Black Ink 2.0b11: More Dark Mode Fixes

October 2nd, 2018

I’ve made a lot of progress this year on Black Ink, but most of that work has gone into the 2.0 update, which has been in public beta since earlier this year. While I’ve been releasing updates of my other apps to take advantage of new macOS Mojave features, I decided to focus all such efforts for Black Ink into the 2.0 update.

Black Ink 2.0b11 is now out. You can download it directly, or just “Check for Updates” if you’re running an early 2.0 beta.

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This update includes more improvements for macOS Mojave Dark Mode, as well as a few other fixes:

  • More improvements for Dark Mode for macOS Mojave
  • Increase the height of clue list table rows to give a little padding between text
  • Fix bugs related to puzzles that have blanks as “correct answers” for cells

I hope to finish up Black Ink 2 and ship an official release later this year. In the mean time, I hope some of you will enjoy these betas!

MarsEdit 4.2.1: Continuity Camera in Mojave

October 2nd, 2018

MarsEdit 4.2.1 is now available for download from the MarsEdit home page and has been submitted to the Mac App Store.

After Apple shipped macOS Mojave last week, I got a report from a MarsEdit customer who was trying out all the new bells and whistles. They discovered that the new Continuity Camera feature didn’t work in MarsEdit. Instead of inserting the freshly snapped picture from their phone, it crashed the app!

The problem turns out to be rooted in Apple’s handling of “file promises.” In a nutshell: since MarsEdit has gotten so good at accepting file promises from various apps, it’s also become vulnerable to bugs like this one, where file promise information that will crash the app is placed on the pasteboard.

MarsEdit 4.2.1 works around this crash. Now if you want to take a picture from your phone to add to a blog post, just right-click in the Editor, and select “Take Photo” from the menu item next to your phone’s name:

Screenshot of Continuity Camera feature in contextual menu

Here is the complete list of changes in MarsEdit 4.2.1:

  • Support Mojave’s new Continuity Camera feature for taking pictures from an iPhone’s camera
  • Dark Mode: fix text color in Crash Reporter console log display
  • Support “Extended Entry” content in preview template downloader
  • Restore support for dragging URLs from Safari into MarsEdit’s editor

If you enjoy MarsEdit, please consider writing a review or rating the app on the Mac App Store, spreading the word on Facebook or Twitter, and of course, writing about the app on your own blog! Thanks for your support.

FlexTime 1.4: Mojave Dark Mode Support

September 27th, 2018

FlexTime 1.4 is now available for download from the FlexTime home page and has been submitted to the Mac App Store.

I haven’t updated FlexTime much over the past several years, but I wanted to take the opportunity with the release of macOS Mojave to ensure it fits in better for folks who use it and choose to run in Dark Mode:

Screenshot of FlexTime's main window with Dark Mode appearance.

Here’s the complete list of changes in FlexTime 1.4:

  • Supports Dark Mode in macOS Mojave
  • Displays usage information when prompting on macOS Mojave to allow scripting iTunes
  • Fixes a bug that caused sounds in “Play Sound” parameter menu to be unsorted
  • Requires macOS 10.12 or greater

If you enjoy FlexTime, please consider writing a review or rating the app on the Mac App Store. Thanks for your support!

MarsEdit 4.2: Mojave Dark Mode Support

September 21st, 2018

MarsEdit 4.2 is now available for download from the MarsEdit home page and the Mac App Store.

This update marks the completion of Dark Mode support for macOS Mojave, which is slated to be released by Apple this coming Monday.

Screenshot of MarsEdit running in Dark Mode on macOS mojave.

Supporting Dark Mode throughout MarsEdit turned out to be a lot of work, but it was really fun work. It’s great to see how the app can be adapted to a completely different style of user interface. I hope many of you enjoy it after installing macOS Mojave!

Here’s the complete list of changes for 4.2:

  • Support for macOS Mojave 10.14 Dark Mode
  • Avoids aggressively reloading the preview window after inserting an image into a post
  • Restores ability for MarsEdit to launched as a login item but “hidden” in background
  • Fix a bug that could cause post content to be lost during conversion from Rich Text when a more tag is present

If you enjoy MarsEdit, please consider writing a review or rating the app on the Mac App Store, spreading the word on Facebook or Twitter, and of course, writing about the app on your own blog! Thanks for your support.