Rob Griffiths to join Many Tricks

Portland, Oregon (February 22, 2010) — Many Tricks, a long-time creator of numerous essential Mac utilities, is pleased to announce that Rob Griffiths, founder of and previously a Senior Editor at Macworld, will be joining Many Tricks as a partner, beginning March 1st. Rob Griffiths will handle all aspects of the business side of the company, including marketing, accounting, web systems, sales, and support, while Peter will focus on writing code for Many Tricks’ products. Both partners will work together on improving existing programs and on new ideas.

Peter Maurer, founder of Many Tricks, said, “I’m thrilled to have Rob on board to help run the company. For many years, I’ve wanted to do more with my applications, but I’ve had no interest in the “business” side of the software industry. Rob’s strong background in business, along with his experience in the Mac software world, will help take Many Tricks to the next level.”

“I’m incredibly excited by the opportunity to join Peter Maurer at Many Tricks,” said Griffiths. “Many Tricks’ utilities, especially Butler and Witch, have been essential tools on my Macs for many years. I’m really looking forward to working with Peter to help grow the business.”

Many Tricks will be updating its existing lineup of Mac utilities throughout 2010, and launching some entirely new programs. “We’ve got some good stuff in the pipeline, especially for the upcoming iPad,” said Rob Griffiths.

In closing, Peter stated “I’m feeling great about this partnership; it really frees up my time to focus on coding, and I’m confident that the two of us can create compelling solutions in the utilities space on the Mac, the iPhone, the iPod touch, and the iPad.”

About Many Tricks: Many Tricks, co-founded by Peter Maurer and Alexander Schön, has been producing great Mac software since 2003, and its product line currently includes Butler, Witch, yFlicks, Leech, and Name Mangler.

10 Responses to “Rob Griffiths to join Many Tricks”

  1. Tom says:

    Well, after having commented a few blog entries here I feel it is a pity that THIS blog entry hasn’t yet been commented, i.e. that You, Rob haven’t been welcomed by the user base of Many Tricks.

    As Peter can tell you, I’m the guy (or perhaps one of the guys) who’s been whining a lot about how bad Many Tricks’ communication has been in the recent past, culminating in the demise of the former Many Tricks Help Forum.

    So I’m much the more very happy that you’re joining the company, having read your good stuff a LOT in the past decade, must’ve been a reader from quite the beginning of MacOSXHints, when it was “your own” thing.

    I look forward to a much more verbose Many Tricks, telling us folks what you’re up to, where things are in a stall and what’s coming next.

    I can’t really express how glad I am about the recent changes in Many Tricks — except if I’d say that I almost went bananas when I read you’re joining Many Tricks.

    So, Alex, Peter, Rob, keep up the good work, and be sure that this faithful customer is watching you closely :-)

    Greetings, Tom Rohde aka Bonobo

  2. Rob Griffiths says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Tom! I’ll do my best to keep everyone informed and aware of what we’re doing. We’re also working on improving the customer support end of this business; the current solution isn’t ideal, but I wanted to have something out there for you all to use when we re-launched. There will be changes, though!


  3. Michael says:

    In-ter-est-ing. Wouldn’t have guessed Rob would pop up here after his vanishing act at Very happy to see that Name Mangler has been updated after a long drought; does it still hang forever when movie files are dragged into it in Snow Leopard? I do hope this means that Butler will continue to be maintained; I can’t live without it!

    • Rob Griffiths says:

      Well, it’s not like my coming here was much of a secret — it was in the announcement I posted on :)

      Name Mangler and movie files in 10.6: I just dragged in 18 large-ish movies, and it updated within a second.

      Butler: Yes, it’s not going anywhere except to the land of “bigger better faster more” :)


  4. Tom says:

    > Butler: Yes, it’s not going anywhere except to the land of “bigger better faster more”

    Whoa. I was a bit shy to ask more explicitly about Butler, but this sounds very exciting. Can’t wait …

  5. Stuart says:

    It’s really good to see ManyTricks up and running again; wishing you success for the future!

    I’m especially looking forward to an update to yFlicks [or whatever it will be called in the future] which is my favourite video player by far.

    Also, I’d like to welcome Rob- good luck!

  6. Frank Eves says:

    What do you get when you combine a brilliant software guy with a very savvy, technology educator? Peter Maurer and Rob Griffiths have generously shared their knowledge and expertise for many years, with very little financial compensation, I hope that’s about to change. I’m looking forward to paying for and using the helpful stuff that Many Tricks develops.

  7. Gabriel R. says:

    Wow, this is awesome news.


    PS: I discovered it just today, 2nd of April, so I’m fear it may be a trick too much :-)

  8. aaargh! says:

    I’m starting to get impatient- PLEASE can you tell us when yFlicks will be updated? :)

    • Rob Griffiths says:

      We’re working on Witch now, hope to have that out next week, then we need to finish Paddock. After that, it’s yFlicks. We will, however, have a beta program available sooner than that, so keep your eyes here for info.