I’ve been getting alot of emails about my lack of updates; I’m very sorry for the delay in software updates, and just my unresponsiveness in general!
I’ve been extremely busy with a bunch of other projects and just haven’t had the chance to work on my software projects. Things seem to be slowing down a tiny bit, and I’ve had some time to start improving the web-site in preperation for the next round of updates (iDictionary 1.3 & App Stop 1.2!).
Another reason for the delay in updates is I’ve been working on a new application. It is coming along nicely and I’m planning to release a beta version with the iDictionary & App Stop updates.
There hasn’t been any updates for awhile, but don’t fear, I haven’t been sitting idly at my computer: updates are on the way.
I’ve finished all the programming for iDictionary 1.3 & App Stop 2.2, I’m just working on updating the web-site materials now. So stay tuned, updates will be coming within the next week or so!
Within a month of the release of App Stop 2.0 I’ve managed to release App Stop 2.1. The main focus in this release was the user interface, making App Stop look and act the way a polished Mac app should. With 2.1 App Stop looks and works much nicer. download it and see for yourself. App Stop 2.1 comes with the following changes and improvements:
- Priority slider now increases priority when moved to the right, and decreases when moved to the left
- Improved Application Manager UI
- Updated preferences to look and work more like Safari & Mail.app’s preferences
- When items in the menu-bar list are paused they are now colored red instead of displaying “(Stopped)”
- Added ‘All’ filter criteria
- Less frequent nagging for demo users (every 2 days)
- Improved crash/bug reporting (now outputs stack traces and notifies user of exceptions)
- You can now specify a global shortcut that can be used to bring the Application Manager forward
- Improved ‘hide and stop’ reliability
- Your filter criteria will now be preserved between App Stop startups
- Totally rewrote the ’startup at login’ code
- Fixed a bug where the menu item would remain in ‘paused state’ when an application that was paused was killed
- Major memory usage enhancements
- Minor performance enhancements
As always let me know any feedback you may have!
In other news, thank you for all who bought my software on December 7th, you’ve made a net donation of $80 to Child’s Play!
Mike Zornek, creator of Billable, asked a couple weeks ago if a bunch of mac developers would be willing to band together and donate all sales from one day to Child’s Play, a charity organization that gives toys and games to sick kids in hospitals across America in an effort to make their day a bit brighter.
I couldn’t wait to participate and, along with a host of other developers, signed up. On December 7th all money made from the sales of App Stop & iDictionary will go directly to Child’s Play. If you haven’t purchased App Stop or iDictionary and want to support a charity, tomorrow’s your chance to do both!
I’m happy to report that App Stop 2.1 is almost complete and will probably be released within the next week or so. The main development focus in 2.1 was the user-interface. 2.1 contains alot of user interface enhancements that I’ve wanted to put in App Stop for a long time, but never had the chance. I’m very happy with the results and cant wait to get it out to the public.
I’ve decided to keep the discounted upgrade pricing up for the next week. If you haven’t gotten a chance to get discounted pricing on App Stop if you were a user of previous versions of App Stop, nows your chance!
I’ve recently discovered osx.iusethis.com, a unique site that allows you create a profile of which apps you use. Once you’ve selected which application you use the site will suggest similar apps as well as suggest new applications that you might want to try out. Its sort of a fusion of macupdate.com & digg.com; allowing users/developers to post updates to applications as well as voice which applications they think are most useful (ones that they use regularly). I’ve created a profile for myself, as well as added App Stop and iDictionary to the site; if you havent heard of the site before, check it out, it is really neat!
Well, that new product that I eluded to earlier has finally been released. I proudly present you App Stop 2.0. If you have you used App Stop before, you know that it had alot of issues, Intel incompatibility being one of them. Well, this and much much more has been fixed in 2.0.
I’m very excited to get 2.0 out the door so I can start working on 2.1, and later 2.2. I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback on how App Stop can be improved and molded into a better application. If you decide to purchase App Stop you can get involved in the App Stop beta mailing list which keeps you updated with the latest pre-release builds of App Stop and gives you the opportunity to provide your feedback on features in development, as well as request new ones.
Users of previous incarnations of App Stop can purchase App Stop at a discounted price for the next two weeks only.
I just found and fixed a problem in the contact form. Any messages sent through that form since september did not get to me. If you tried to contact me using that form and I never replied, thats why; please resend your message and I’ll reply ASAP.
As promised, iDictionary 1.2 has been released! this release includes some nice improvements, the most notable being the “iPod Contacts” dictionary file type option.
- Added ability to choose the file type for the dictionary creation
- In addition to the previous “iPod Notes” file format, you can now choose a “iPod Contacts” file type. This eliminates the file limit restrictions in previous versions of iDictionary, allowing users to view the full dictionary and thesaurus on their iPod.
- Updated to Sparkle V1.1
- Fixed a bug where some licenses would validate and provide no user feedback
- Some minor UI improvements along with a couple minor bug fixes
You can read more about all of iDictionary’s features here.
Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on what’s going on.
iDictionary 1.2 is almost ready to be released (just have a couple bugs to work out). If everything works out I should have it released by the end of the week.
The payment processing problems that were reported have been fixed, so there should be no payment processing issues for iDictionary or any future applications.
And about future applications… I’m currently working a new application that I’m planning on releasing within the next couple months depending on how much time life gives me to work on it. I’ll be releasing more information on upcoming software releases soon so stay tuned!
Many of you have reported problems in the payment processing system, reporting that you didn’t receive your license after your purchase. I’ve confirmed this problem and a solution is in the works, it should be fixed within the next day or two.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.