Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Traveling Abroad Dec 4 - Jan 8: Support Limited

I will be traveling abroad from December 4 thru January 8. When I return I expect to have lots of catch up to do, so support might not be available until some time in January.

If you are evaluating WBC software, please refrain from making any payments until after that time, so that no one is disappointed!

Thank you for your understanding and have a happy holidays!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

CaliBrate 1.4.2 released

CaliBrate 1.4.2 adds an option to search event modification dates rather than event times for most date range searches. See version history for details.

OmniGrowl 3.4.2 released

This version allows you to globally set whether Instant notifications coalesce (newer ones replace older ones when still on screen). It also adds a new notification for Ambient News from CityTools. Please see the version history for details.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

iTunes 8: provisional tests indicate OK, detailed reports needed

WBC has performed basic testing of Cast Away 2.6 and iDupe 2.5.2 on both OS X 10.5.4 on an Intel MacBookPro and on OS X 10.4.11 on a PPC G5. On these systems, we encountered no problems with iTunes 8.0 at all.

This is not to say there are no potential problems -- just that we did not encounter any. To test further, we will need detailed reports from anyone having problems, including:

• Did the error occur when the iTunes license agreement screen was still active? If so, try again. That is a likely culprit.

• Can you reproduce any errors after iTunes 8 has finished initial processing?

• If so, can you reproduce any consistently?

• The exact error message and how it was shown to you.

• Logs from the application in debug mode. (Turn on debug mode in help menu, perform action to get error, then copy logs and send to WBC.)

In short, we'd like to hold off on recommending upgrading to iTunes 8 until we've received more detailed reports. However our determination thus far is there are no major problems.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Don't rush to update to iTunes 8

If you use any 3rd party software that interacts with iTunes, including iDupe or Cast Away, please do not rush to update to iTunes 8. Since this is a full version update, there are likely to be major changes.  Developers typically do not have access to iTunes pre-releases, and we have not had time to test compatibility.
We have had one error report with Cast Away so far.  
We will attend to this as soon as possible, but please be patient.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

OmniGrowl 3.4 released

This started out as a minor revision but wound up being a huge revision. We got rather obsessed about it, actually. The biggest changes are support for coalescing, adding over 100 preset RSS feeds, and including custom RSS icons for almost all of them. Growl coalescing means that for "stay on screen" notifications, newer ones of the same type will in most cases replace older ones. Please see the version history for details.

WBC ASS Growler 1.1 released

WBC ASS Growler is a demonstration project for how to create clickable Growl notifications with AppleScript Studio (ASS) by using a custom obj-C class. Version 1.1 works around a problem (apparently unique to this kind of ASS solution) where the same click call back is received twice. It also adds support for identifiers, and cleans up a few things.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

CaliBrate 1.4 released

CaliBrate version 1.4 has been released. It fixes one major bug, several minor bugs, and adds a lot of new features, including the ability to edit alarms on the event drawer. Please see the version history for details.

Friday, August 29, 2008

OmniGrowl 3.3 released

OmniGrowl 3.3 fixes some important bugs and adds a few major new features including:

• custom icons for RSS notifications
• ability to exclude certain calendars

Please see the version history for details.

Cast Away 2.6 released

Cast Away 2.6 has been released. See the version history for details. Please note that this is the same version as the public beta 1. No problems have been reported. Unfortunately WBC has been unable to test this on Tiger on systems where Growl is not installed, so the presumed fix still does need to be confirmed.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Cast Away 2.6 public beta released, Tiger beta testers needed

Cast Away beta testers on Tiger needed!

It had come to our attention that Cast Away was not working on Tiger properly. This happens in cases where "Growl" is not installed. Growl is meant to be optional. Unfortunately the 2 Tiger systems we have access to already have Growl installed, making it difficult to test.

So, anyone on Tiger without Growl please try this version. Please submit comments by e-mail or through the support form.

Please do not announce on update sites just yet.

Download 2.6.1 public beta here.

Important Note: please backup ~/Library/Prefrences/com.wbc.castaway.plist as Podcast settings will be upgraded and cannot be downgraded.

public beta 1:

Added per-podcast feature to enable podcast episode shuffling. This allows podcasts to play without interruption on iPods and in general be treated like other music.
Work around major problem with Tiger introduced with 2.5.3 due to an Apple bug in Leopard.
Above problem prevented Cast Away from working on Tiger if Growl is not installed.
Fixed problem checking global caps if any playlist other than “Podcasts” was selected.
Broke up documentation into several screens.
Revised documentation.
Updated links for new WBC web site.

DevonSync & Osiris updates released

DevonSync 1.2.4 was released today. References to .Mac are now to MobileMe. Links were also updated.

Osiris 3.2 increases the maximum part size to 10,000. Links were also updated.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

CaliBrate 1.3 released

CaliBrate 1.3 adds the ability to save & load search criteria sets and to restore date & time searches relatively according to presets. It also fixes several bugs. Please see the version history for more details.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Cast Away 2.5.3 released

iTunes 7.7 had broken Cast Away's ability to check whether there were podcasts currently downloading. Fixed. For more information see the version history.

Friday, July 18, 2008

OmniGrowl 3.2 released

WBC has released OmniGrowl 3.2, which focuses on improvements to RSS instant message handling. Please see the version history for details.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Welcome to the make-over of Wooden Brain Concepts! Enough of you clamored for it, so here we are, dragged kicking and screaming into the brave new world of web two point ah. We admit it looks jazzier by far. But oh, how we pine for the days when hypertext was a novel concept, as it were.

To celebrate the new web site, the first ten people who buy a product and then write that they did in these comments will receive any additional product of their choice for free. Just say what you bought and what bonus you picked. Extra credit for why.