Archive for September, 2010

App Tamer 1.0.1 is available

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The reception for App Tamer has been fantastic!  I’m particularly happy with Jeff Porten’s article on Macworld.com, where he aptly describes App Tamer as “giving you a faster computer and a longer-lasting battery through the magic of not-making-your-Mac-work-as-hard.”

We’ve now got a minor update that addresses a few issues, as well as making App Tamer run a little more efficiently, so it uses less of your CPU time to save you CPU time.  These are fairly minor changes because there just haven’t been a lot of problems found with App Tamer 🙂

Check the App Tamer Release Page for all the details and download links.

If you haven’t tried App Tamer yet, by all means give it a look!  The download is a full-featured 15 day trial, and all you do to buy it is make a purchase from our web store and enter your serial number into the demo copy.

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App Tamer almost finished!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

So I’ve been working on this little application that fixes an annoying problem in OS X.

You may have noticed that the remaining battery life on your MacBook Pro (or whatever laptop you have) often plummets if you leave Safari displaying an ad in the background. That’s because most web browsers, as well as a number of other apps, continue running tasks or animations even when they’re sitting idle in the background. This can be pretty frustrating if you’re actually trying to conserve battery or use that CPU power for something useful.

I wrote App Tamer to fix this.  It pauses apps in the background to prevent them from chewing up CPU time (and battery life). I know, I know – you’ve probably seen some utilities that do this already. BUT – here’s the cool part – App Tamer stops and starts applications automatically. You don’t have to distract yourself by manually stopping and starting applications – it just magically works.

Have a look at the App Tamer page for details.  It’s in the final stages of beta testing, and you’re welcome to download a copy of the latest beta and try it for yourself. Let us know what you think at AppTamer@stclairsoft.com.

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Default Folder X 4.3.10 now available!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Version 4.3.10 of Default Folder X 4.3.10 is now ready for download.

It fixes a few problems in the setting of Finder labels that could be very annoying:  In some configurations, the Finder label on newly saved files would default to Yellow.  This version also gives you a couple of new AppleScript verbs, AddFavoriteFolder and RemoveFavoriteFolder.  If you use AppleScript to manage your workflow by creating or renaming folders, this allows you automate your Default Folder X favorites to keep in step.  A few other bugs have been squashed and features added – check the Release Page for details.

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