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App Tamer 2.5.1 adds more AppleScript support, fixes issues

May 18th, 2020 by Jon

Version 2.5.1 of App Tamer is available now. Among other things, it includes fixes for a couple of complaints with the “using too much CPU” notifications that App Tamer puts up when a process is – you guessed it – using too much CPU. It will no longer notify you if you’ve already throttled an app, even if the app is still over the warning threshold. It also provides a method of making the “Let it continue” button suppress the high-CPU notifications for longer. The default is now 10 minutes (instead of 5) before you see another warning, and you can change that by using this command in Terminal:

defaults write com.stclairsoft.AppTamer notificationMuteTime XXX

where XXX is is the number of seconds to silence notifications.

And for those folks that want to automate control of their apps, a new “manage” verb in App Tamer’s AppleScript dictionary lets you create scripts so you can change settings on a schedule, change an app’s settings with a keyboard shortcut, or something AppleScript-y like that. Here’s an example:

tell application "App Tamer"
manage "Safari" slow yes slowCPU 2 hide yes hideDelay 10
end tell

That will slow Safari to 2% CPU usage when it’s in the background and will hide it after it’s been idle for 10 minutes. To see all of the options, open App Tamer’s dictionary in Script Editor.

This scripting ability is being used by some users to change settings for backups so they run with different CPU limits at night vs. during the day, and throttling background apps more aggressively during video calls. As they say, the possibilities are endless!

App Tamer 2.5.1 also includes a number of fixes for infrequently encountered bugs, such as incorrect behavior when the stats update frequency is set to “never”, and processes not appearing when they’re run from the Terminal using ‘sudo’ or ‘su’.

For a full list of changes and download links, visit the App Tamer release page.

Default Folder X 5.4.5 sorts menus on the fly, fixes performance issues and bugs

April 20th, 2020 by Jon

Version 5.4.5 of Default Folder X is now available to enhance your Open and Save dialogs even more. Default Folder X has always provided hierarchical menus that let you very quickly navigate to a folder or file you want, but sometimes those menus aren’t sorted the way you want them. To switch between sort-by-name and sort-by-date, just hold down the Option key before mousing over a menu or submenu – that can make it much faster to find what you’re looking for.

This release also addresses some performance issues if you’re using ARCHICAD or if you’re using screen-sharing while working from home. And there are bug-fixes, including a fairly common one for folks who access files on a NAS or server.

For full release notes and download links, visit the Default Folder X Release page.

HistoryHound 2.2 can now live in your menu bar

March 20th, 2020 by Jon

HistoryHound 2.2 is now available, giving you the option to add its icon to your menu bar so you can search your browsing history even faster.

HistoryHound still finds text in all the pages you’ve visited in any of the major Mac web browsers, but now handles Chrome and Firefox power users better. If you use multiple user profiles or run both Firefox and Firefox Developer Edition, HistoryHound will now track and search your history more efficiently and accurately.

This release also eliminates delays that could occur when you have HistoryHound set to “search as you type,” and adds a contextual menu to its error window so you can quickly add filters to keep certain pages from being added to your search index.

Release notes and download links are on the HistoryHound Release page.

Default Folder X 5.4.3: Better performance, better previews, and a bunch of fixes.

March 6th, 2020 by Jon

Version 5.4.3 of Default Folder X, our app for managing files and folders in Open and Save dialogs and the Finder, is now available. This release speeds things up when opening items in the Finder, ForkLift and Path Finder, as well as when saving files to slow servers over a network. It also brings little improvements in several areas:

  • The on-the-fly previews (the ones you see when traversing Default Folder X’s menus, in its Finder drawer, and in Open dialogs) have been improved to look better and display more smoothly.
  • It’s now easy to make Default Folder X forget all of your recently used files, folders and Finder windows all at once. Just hold down the Option key when choosing “Forget Recent <whatever>” at the bottom of a menu, and the menu command will change to “Forget All Recent Data”.
  • For any AppleScripters out there, there are new commands for managing files and folders in DFX’s Finder drawer, and an option to pop up its menu at a specific screen location. Note that if you’re using a macro utility that can run AppleScripts (like Peter Lewis’ excellent Keyboard Maestro), this can make it really handy to get to Default Folder X’s menus without going up to the menu bar.

There are also more than a dozen bug fixes, covering everything from occasional reliability issues to more esoteric problems with Pro Tools, Rogue Amoeba’s Fission app, and the built in screen capture utility in Mojave and Catalina. Oh, and Default Folder X’s Finder-click feature will now recognize all the tabs in Finder windows that aren’t in the current Space (if you’re using Mission Control to manage multiple workspaces). That was a really weird one.

Itemized release notes with all the details are available on the Default Folder X Release page, as usual, along with download links.

App Tamer 2.5: The Browser Edition

February 26th, 2020 by Jon

Version 2.5 of App Tamer is available, addressing a number of issues with different web browsers.

It adds default settings for Microsoft Edge, throttling Edge to 2% CPU when it’s not in the foreground.

It also fixes issues with Chrome apps that run as separate processes (created by saving a Chrome Shortcut with the “Open as window” checkbox turned on), making sure that Chrome is left running at full-speed when a shortcut app needs to run unhindered.

Performance problems have been resolved when site-specific browsers created with Epichrome are running. Previously, their reliance on frequent, repeated calls to shell commands was causing App Tamer itself to use too much CPU.

And finally, site-specific browsers created with Coherence Pro can each have their own settings in App Tamer, rather than all being managed with the settings you’ve given to Chrome.

Full release notes and download links are available on the App Tamer release page, or by choosing “Check for Updates” in App Tamer if you’re already running it.

HistoryHound 2.1.1 searches Microsoft Edge history and bookmarks, enhances speed and accuracy

February 20th, 2020 by Jon

HistoryHound 2.1.1 is available, adding support for Microsoft’s Edge browser to our multi-browser search utility. It also improves the way HistoryHound creates its search index, resulting in faster updates and yielding more accurate results. As usual, a number of bugs were also fixed to make HistoryHound more stable and reliable.

For a list of changes and links to download the latest release, go to the HistoryHound release page.

Go64 1.1.1 refines its detection of Catalina-incompatible 32-bit apps

January 30th, 2020 by Jon

Go64 version 1.1.1 is now available. It’s a minor update that fixes a bug that could result in Go64 reporting that an app had a 32-bit-only internal component when the app actually also had a 64-bit version of that component. So it’d mistakenly report that the app wouldn’t run on Catalina when it would, in fact, run.

This update also fixes a situation where, if you multi-selected a bunch of apps and revealed them in the Finder, Go64 would open a separate Finder window to show each application. Now it’ll just open whatever folders it needs to and highlight all of the selected apps that reside in that folder.

If you’ve already got Go64, just choose “Check for Updates” from its menu. If not, you can download it from the Go64 page. Go64 is free.

HistoryHound 2.1 searches your browser history for exact phrases

January 22nd, 2020 by Jon

HistoryHound 2.1 is available, adding a new capability to our multi-browser search utility. You can now search for exact phrases in your browser history and bookmarks. By choosing the “Spotlight-style query” option and then including a phrase in quotes, you can search for it exactly rather than any combination of the words.

Note that if you’re an existing user, you’ll need to rebuild your search index before phrase-searching will work. Just open the Index Status window and click the “Rebuild Index” button.

Also in version 2.1, I’ve done a lot of under-the-hood work to improve the indexing process. In previous versions, there was a chance it’d miss a page under certain circumstances. That’s been fixed, as has the handling of indexing tasks that are cancelled or that run for longer than 10 minutes. Overall, things are much more robust in general. Oh, and there’s a fix for a crash when indexing Google Chrome bookmarks.

Full details and download links are on the HistoryHound Release page.

Jettison 1.7.5 locks encrypted disk images, fixes bugs and more

December 12th, 2019 by Jon

Version 1.7.5 of Jettison is now available. It ensures that encrypted sparsebundle disk images are locked after being ejected, so if you’re using them as “secure containers”, they’ll be safely locked when your Mac goes to sleep. Getting at the files on them after waking the machine will require you to re-enter the secure disk image’s password.

In addition, this release of Jettison corrects several bugs that could cause it to hang, or that caused its icon to disappear from the menu bar even when it was still running. It also lets you use function keys as keyboard shortcuts without combining them with a modifier key.

Full details and download links are available on the Jettison Release page.

HistoryHound 2.0.3 searches your NetNewsWire history

December 12th, 2019 by Jon

If you’re a user of NetNewsWire 5, the release of of HistoryHound 2.0.3 is of particular interest because it can now search for articles you’ve read in NetNewsWire. It won’t search everything that’s in your news feed, just the articles you’ve actually clicked on – which is what you want. So if you remember you read something last week about the legless larvae of gall midges being able to jump, you’ll be able to find it again, rather than having to google and pore through all the search results for gall midges.

And even better (and as current HistoryHound users already know), HistoryHound can search through all of your browsing history, so it doesn’t matter whether you read that article in Chrome, Firefox, NetNewsWire, Safari or some other browser. A quick search in HistoryHound will find it.

Version 2.0.3 also enhances HistoryHound’s ability to search Google Chrome bookmarks, and fixes a bug that could prevent HistoryHound from launching when you log in. Full details and download links are on the HistoryHound Release page.

 

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