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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
While App Tamer‘s high-CPU-usage alerts are very helpful, they could occasionally be annoying because they’d interrupt keyboard input when they popped up.
They’ve now been rewritten so that you can continue typing until you’re done doing what you’re doing, then deal with the alert.
Version 2.4.9 also adds an option to automatically download and install updates as they become available, and the settings for App Tamer’s appearance preferences are now more clear about how things work.
These are fairly minor changes (because the core functionality already works really well 🙂) but they take care of a few unnecessary pain points.
If you’re interested in App Tamer, Podfeet Podcasts just posted a great write-up about it. The article goes into more depth than our own App Tamer pages, and is a great introduction to its features and why you’d want them. It’s a few minutes’ read, and I highly recommend it if you’re interested in getting the CPU usage of your Mac under control!
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Default Folder X 5.4.2 is now available. It’s a fairly small update, but important if you use MATLAB or are running Catalina.
The first improvement is a workaround for a bug in MATLAB that causes it to hang when Default Folder X is running (it also happens when VoiceOver, Magnet, Spectacles or a number of other apps are running, but I can’t fix that). Default Folder X will now wait until after MATLAB’s splash screen is dismissed before trying to communicate with it. That avoids triggering the bug.
The second change is a bug fix that gets rid of the annoying message that Default Folder X puts up repeatedly in Catalina telling you that the Finder needs to be relaunched. If you’ve run into this, you know what I’m referring to. You’ll no longer see that message unless you explicitly turn Default Folder X’s Finder toolbar buttons on or off in your preferences.