November 6th, 2014
For folks interested in the more technical side of Red Sweater, I’ve written up a fairly long technical analysis of a recent MarsEdit crash report I received and how I ended up fixing it:
“I love it when customers take the time to write something about the circumstances surrounding a crash. Often even a little clue can be enough to lead to the unique series of steps that will ultimately reproduce the problem.”
I used to write more about this kind of stuff right here on the blog, but in general I leave most of this “programmer-level” stuff on the Indie Stack blog these days. Give it a look if you’re interested in reading more stuff like this.
November 6th, 2014
MarsEdit 3.6.6 is available now from the MarsEdit home page, and has been submitted to the Mac App Store for review by Apple.
This release addresses a pair of performance issues affecting some people on OS X Yosemite, in which typing in the post editor or sorting items in the main window can become very slow.
The update also improves overall reliability, including fixes for several nuisances and crashing scenarios:
- Fix a performance problem that caused slow typing in the post editor for some users
- Fix a performance problem with sorting large lists of posts in the main window
- Fix a bug in which image attachments could be removed erroneously when canceling a draft save
- Fix the functionality of the AppleScript “save” command to save a post as a local draft
- Fix a bug that prevented sorting posts by the Tags column
- Fix updating of post editor window contents when left open after publishing
- Prevent a crash when pasting text with invisible characters
- Fix a bug that could prevent the main category from being changed by the category popup
Let me know if you notice anything unusual after updating to the latest release!
October 30th, 2014
Black Ink 1.6.2 is now available from the Black Ink home page, and will soon be submitted to the Mac App Store for review by Apple.
Starting with version 1.6.1, Black Ink supports the ability to download premium puzzles from the New York Times, prompting for your username and password as needed.
The main purpose of 1.6.2 is to fix a problem that cropped up due to a change in the New York Times’s web page, making it so Black Ink did not detect the need to authenticate and thus could get stuck unable to download premium puzzles.
This update also makes a minor refinement to the drawing of clue numbers within puzzle squares.
Black Ink 1.6.2
- Fix an issue that prevented NY Times Premium login request from appearing
- Fine-tune drawing of clue numbers so they aren’t so close to the left edge of squares
Please let me know if you run into any problems with the update.
October 29th, 2014
One of the interesting new features in AppleScript is support for scripts exposing their own “progress” as they run. This facilitates the system displaying e.g. a busy indicator, or even a progress bar that fills up as the script moves along the steps of its work. Unfortunately the progress feature of AppleScript has not been exposed to 3rd party developers, so far as I can tell. So an app like FastScripts, or any other app that runs scripts on its own, cannot yet take advantage of showing users the fancy progress feedback.
I’m especially impressed and intrigued by the changes Apple has made to iWork to better facilitate scripting. When they launched the major updates to the suite last year, they gutted AppleScript support in the apps. They’ve been gradually adding stuff back, and the latest updates make another big leap. As described by the Automated Workflows post, they’ve gone so far as to provide custom UI in the app for labeling fields with scriptable terms. I look forward to seeing what I can do now with some automated Pages workflows that I’ve been holding back to the previous generation of the app.