Friday, October 25, 2013

OmniGrowl Update Supports Mavericks, Fixes Trial Limitation

Wooden Brain Concepts today released an update to OmniGrowl which supports OS X Mavericks, and fixes a couple of important bugs.

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

The most important bug fixed is that in many cases, unregistered users were seeing a trial expired message immediately after launching OmniGrowl. The intent is for OmniGrowl to be fully functional for 6 hours of use per launch, regardless of whether it is registered or not. We believe this has now been fixed. Please contact us if this occurs on your system.

OmniGrowl will now display notifications when playing iTunes Radio with iTunes 11, even when "full notifications" is selected. Previously OmniGrowl only showed iTunes Radio notifications if "basic notifications" was selected.

Please note that the "Events" tab remains intentionally blank, while we continue to search for a suitable reliable data source to replace Yahoo Upcoming.

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

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cast Away Update Addresses Compatibility

Wooden Brain Concepts today released an update to Cast Away, a podcast manager for iTunes.

Cast Away allows you to remove podcasts according to criteria that are much more fine-grained than possible in iTunes. Cast Away can prevent podcasts from expiring in iTunes, update smart playlists, and archive selected podcasts. It also includes an auto-player that can play selected podcasts as they arrive and then return to the previously playing music, if any.

The update fixes more issues related to iTunes 11.x. iTunes 11.0 and 11.1 introduced bugs that have been partially fixed by Apple with iTunes 11.1.1. Therefore Cast Away now requires 11.1.1 or higher or many versions of iTunes below iTunes 11.0.

Unfortunately there are still bugs in iTunes relating to removing undownloaded ("cloud") podcasts so this feature remains disabled in this version.

This release is believed to fix an issue related to the creation of the disc image with the previous version, which prevented the application from opening on certain systems.

Lastly, provisional compatibility testing on Mavericks is complete. Final certification will follow.

Please see the version history for details.