I imagine FastScripts users might be feeling a little neglected, what with all the attention I’ve been giving FlexTime over the past several months. But worry not, I’ve been collecting improvements for FastScripts all along, and am nearly ready to release a 2.3 version of the app.
It’s actually pretty close to ready for shipping. But it would be nice to have a little 3rd party testing, because quite a bit has changed. Click here to download the 2.3b2 release.
The most “scary to me” parts that have changed are all infrastructure-level. At the user feature level there were a bunch of minor enhancements and these more substantial changes:
- Grayscale Menu Icon. For years a vocal minority has copmlained about the colorful FastScripts icon being both distracting and clashing with the appearance of Apple’s icons. They finally convinced me to agree with them. I know some people will miss the old icon, so I’ve left it in as a preference choice. The grayscale icon will probably see a few minor tweaks before 2.3 ships, so let me know what you think of it.
- Modifier-free Shortcuts. Up until now FastScripts has only supported keyboard shortcuts where some modifier key is held down (except for the special case of Function Keys). I was hesitant to add support for plain keystrokes, because it’s easy to imagine users getting themselves into trouble. But there are a few examples where overriding a bare keystroke (usually in an application-specific context) is a useful thing to do. Just beware that you won’t be able to type that keystroke into any text after you’ve set the shortcut. FastScripts will warn you when you attempt to set such a shortcut, so don’t worry too much.
- Preference Window Overhaul. Well, maybe overhaul is too strong, but things have been shaken up. I’ve added a new “General” tab to house a new UI for controlling whether FastScripts is in your Login Items or not. That feature is long overdue. I’ve also moved some other preferences into that pane, where they seem better suited.
I’m really looking forward to hearing your impressions. Please let me know especially if you run into any problems.