Thursday, December 4, 2014

OmniGrowl resigned again

It was brought to our attention that the last version of OmniGrowl was improperly signed for Gatekeeper. This resulted in OS X throwing up a "damaged" error when trying to open it on some systems. It has now been properly signed, we very much believe. We're calling this version 4.5.5y3.

In other news, the royal we will be traveling from December 5 through January 7, so please forgive any delays in support responses during this time.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Re-signed, not resigned, and more

At today's Apple event, we expect OS X Yosemite to be released to the public.

Last August, Apple made it clear that all applications would need to be re-signed for GateKeeper compatibility under Mavericks and Yosemite. While it turns out these new requirements may not be enforced as strictly as originally warned, we have complied by re-signing the last versions of the following apps. CaliBrate, Cast Away, iDupe, MoveTunes, OmniGrowl, Osiris, and ThinkArch.

Each of these apps has been tested to open and function as designed with the last developer preview of Yosemite. Several of these apps will require some further changes to "fit" with Yosemite, but these are mostly cosmetic. We anticipate completing those updates in short order.

For now, if the last version of an app you use (and hopefully bought, thank you very much) is working normally under Yosemite, there's really no need to update to this re-signed version.

In other news, we are disappointed that 4info has shuttered its service last May. Therefore the stock quotes, sports scores, and horoscopes previously supported by OmniGrowl using data from their service will no longer function. We have been searching for alternatives (ideas welcome). In the meantime, you can save some CPU cycles by simply setting the cycle slider to 2 hours and/or removing your search terms.

Also, if there is anyone out there who used ThinkArch with MS Entourage and wished for a version compatible with MS Outlook, please drop us a line. Producing that update has continually fallen to the end of the priority list, but if there is any interest at all there may finally be some time to do it.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Cast Away Update Works Around iTunes 11 Bugs

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 11.1 introduced bugs that have been partially fixed by Apple with iTunes 11.1.4.

For those curious, we're actually dealing with a rather odd situation. Cast Away uses Apple Events to ask iTunes for a list of podcast episodes for each subscribed podcast. Before iTunes 11, we could tell which episodes had been downloaded and which have not by whether they were "file tracks" or "URL tracks". With ITunes 11, the list of URL tracks grew very large. It turns out that iTunes was including "cloud" URL tracks that had already been deleted by the user. This has been partially fixed by Apple but not completely. As a result, Cast Away was trying to process a lot of "phantom" tracks, which was causing errors and significant delays.

With this version, Cast Away still has to handle lists of tracks that include these phantoms. The difference now is Cast Away recognizes them and ignores them right away without excessive processing, thus eliminating the errors seen by the user and speeding up the checking.

Unfortunately, due to that and related bugs, the feature to remove undownloaded ("cloud") podcasts remains disabled in this version.

Please see the version history for details.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

OmniGrowl Update: Weather, iTunes Radio

Wooden Brain Concepts today released an update to OmniGrowl which adds a requested feature related to Yahoo Weather notifications and tweaks support for iTunes Radio.

One of our loyal customers told us that he didn't need to see the extended weather forecast in weather notifications. So we added an option to include forecast on the Info tab (where the weather section is). By default OmniGrowl will show the forecast as before, but you can now turn it off if you wish, in which case only the current conditions and temperature will be shown.

This update also tweaks support for iTunes Radio notifications.

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