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.
There’s a new release of Go64 available. Version 1.1 lets you selectively hide applications in its list of results.
If you’re scanning your Mac to see which applications aren’t compatible with Catalina, there may be some that aren’t 64-bit but that you can live without. If you know you’re not going to upgrade an app, you can now hide it so it’s not listed, letting you focus on the apps that you need to worry about before installing Catalina. Just select the app and click the “Hide App” icon in the toolbar.
Version 1.1 also fixes a bug that caused the count of 32-bit and 64-bit applications to be incorrect when running Go64 in French.
If you’ve already got Go64, just choose “Check for Updates” in its menu. If not, head over to the Go64 page to download it now!
Version 1.0.6 of Go64 is now available, bringing intelligent updating that refreshes the data in Go64’s list of applications when you update an app on your Mac. This version also now runs on versions of macOS all the way back to Yosemite (10.10), so even if you’re updating to Catalina from a really old version of the system, you can still prepare with Go64.
If you’ve already got Go64, just choose “Check for Updates…” from its menu to get the new version. If you still haven’t downloaded it, you can get it from the Go64 page – it’s completely free (though donations are still appreciated).
Oh, and about that update-checking mechanism… I do know that the modal alerts that pop up in Go64 stall the installation of updates until you click “OK”. That’s also been fixed in version 1.0.6, so shouldn’t be a problem for updates after this one.
Default Folder X 5.4.1 is now available. It fixes several issues that have been reported with macOS Catalina. A couple were simple bugs in Default Folder X itself:
Empty folders were not added to the Recent Folders menu
Items in the Utility menu were sometimes not enabled correctly
File dialog menu shortcuts were not working as advertised
Those issues have all been fixed. One other fix, however, is a bit bizarre. I figured I’d briefly talk about it in case other Mac users or developers encounter this:
In Catalina, the Finder must be running before you can approve apps to record the screen
In macOS 10.15, Default Folder X requests permission for Screen Recording (here’s why). If it doesn’t have permission, it tries to capture a portion of the screen, which causes Catalina to pop up an alert asking for your approval. Default Folder X then leads you through System Preferences to ok everything. It’s an annoying process, but works as well as can be expected given Catalina’s limitations. UNLESS you happen to also be a user of CocoaTech’s Path Finder app.
If you’re running Path Finder and have chosen to have Path Finder launch when you log in and have its preference set to quit the Finder after it launches, you’re in for a treat. If an app needs permission to record your screen, you will never see the prompt, and the app will not be added to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Screen Recording, so there’s no way for you to manually approve it there if you happen to realize it needs permission.
Based on testing that I and Ben Surtees at Surtees Studios (developer of the excellent Bartender app) have done, if the Finder isn’t running, the permissions system for Screen Recording just silently fails. Default Folder X, Bartender or whatever app needs permission doesn’t know this, and will continue prompting you to authorize them in System Preferences. Unfortunately, you have no way of approving them because there’s no way to manually add apps to the Screen Recording privacy panel, and if the Finder’s not running, the system doesn’t automatically add apps as it should.
As a developer, this seems pretty arbitrary – why would we need to have the Finder running in order to get permission for Screen Recording? But there you go – if you’re running into this, now you know why. As of version 5.4.1, Default Folder X will launch the Finder when necessary (and quit it afterwards) if it runs into this scenario. It’s a bit of a comical workaround, but hey, it gets you up and running without further pain.