Archive for December, 2019

Jettison 1.7.5 locks encrypted disk images, fixes bugs and more

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

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

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

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.

App Tamer 2.4.9’s high-CPU-usage alerts won’t interrupt your typing

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

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.

As always, download links and details are available on the App Tamer Release page.

An Excellent Introduction to App Tamer on Podfeet Podcasts

Friday, December 6th, 2019

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!