Friday, May 10, 2013

OmniGrowl Update Fixes AMG & OED, Removes Support for Yahoo Upcoming

Wooden Brain Concepts today released an update to OmniGrowl which fixes issues with AMG artist biography notifications and Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Word of the Day Notifications. It also fixes an issue with authenticated RSS feeds.

OmniGrowl provides over a dozen kinds of useful notifications, including calendar events, reminders, weather, traffic, flights, and news.

Unfortunately, with this release, we have had to remove support for local events provided by Yahoo. Prior to this month, OmniGrowl could notify you of public events in your area. It drew its data from Yahoo Upcoming, which Yahoo shut down in May 2013.

Thus far, we have unfortunately been able to find a suitable data source for local events with anything close to global coverage. After an initial assessment, we have found the data of eventful to be too sparse outside of concerts which OmniGrowl covers with other data sources, and the business model of zvents not amenable. (We are open to reconsideration of either given better information.) If and when one emerges, we will make every effort to restore support for local event notifications. Suggestions are welcome.

As usual, please refer to the version history for details.

Friday, May 3, 2013

CaliBrate Updated and OmniGrowl and DevonSync News

Calibrate Updated

Wooden Brain Concepts today released an update to CaliBrate which improves support for adding attendees and fixes a bug affecting OS X 10.7+ that caused events copied between calendars to move them instead. Events are now copied rather than moved. Please see the version history for details.

CaliBrate allows you to search for and batch process multiple events in Calendar or iCal. With it, you can remove duplicate events, shift them in time, change titles or notes all at once, move them between calendars, and much more.

OmniGrowl, Yahoo Upcoming, and Local Events

We'd like to take this opportunity to address the situation with local events support in OmniGrowl. OmniGrowl provided local events notifications using Yahoo Upcoming, which is now defunct. The current version of OmniGrowl will work as normal, but the local events will no longer work.

While Yahoo announced it would sunset Upcoming long ago, it gave only two weeks notice before the eventual shut down date. WBC has been evaluating potential replacements, but so far has not found anything satisfactory. We welcome comments and suggestions in this forum thread. If no satisfactory replacement is found in short order, we will unfortunately need to simply remove this feature in a coming update.

DevonSync No Longer Supported or Sold

This announcement is overdue. DevonSync was always intended to be somewhat of a stopgap measure until DEVONthink supported synching natively. After a long beta period, DEVONtechnologies debuted native sync support for DEVONthink, a development which we warmly welcome. As of May 1, 2013, DevonSync will no longer be supported or sold. We'd like to thank our customers for your prior support.