Red Sweater Blog https://red-sweater.com/blog Official blog of Red Sweater Software Fri, 31 Jul 2020 17:43:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 MarsEdit 4.4.2: Bug Fixes https://red-sweater.com/blog/3610/marsedit-4-4-2-bug-fixes Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:55:08 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3610 Hot on the heels of MarsEdit 4.4, MarsEdit 4.4.2 is now available on the MarsEdit site and has been submitted for review on the Mac App Store. (If you updated to 4.4.1 previously, 4.4.2 is a quick fix to address a crash in that release.) This update addresses a few annoying issues that cropped up […]

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Hot on the heels of MarsEdit 4.4, MarsEdit 4.4.2 is now available on the MarsEdit site and has been submitted for review on the Mac App Store. (If you updated to 4.4.1 previously, 4.4.2 is a quick fix to address a crash in that release.)

This update addresses a few annoying issues that cropped up in the 4.4 release, as well as some other issues that I had been working on fixes for after the 4.4 release was completed.

Complete list of changes for this release:

  • Fix a bug that prevented changes like setting categories from working when editing an existing WordPress post
  • Fix a performance issue that could occur when publishing to a blog with a large number of posts
  • Fix a bug from 4.4 that caused all blogs to show a disclosure triangle even if they don’t support Page entries
  • Fix a bug from 4.4 that caused Movable Type tags and slug values to not be displayed
  • Fix a crash when uploading images to a blog where authentication is requested

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.

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MarsEdit 4.4: Micro.blog and Performance Improvements https://red-sweater.com/blog/3604/marsedit-4-4-micro-blog-and-performance-improvements Tue, 28 Jul 2020 13:41:21 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3604 MarsEdit 4.4 is now available on the MarsEdit site and on the Mac App Store. This update supports a ton of new features for Micro.blog, and a variety of performance improvements and bug fixes for all users. Complete list of changes for this release: Improved performance for blog refreshing – now shows posts as they […]

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MarsEdit 4.4 is now available on the MarsEdit site and on the Mac App Store.

This update supports a ton of new features for Micro.blog, and a variety of performance improvements and bug fixes for all users.

Complete list of changes for this release:

  • Improved performance for blog refreshing – now shows posts as they load when possible
  • Micro.blog improvements
    • Now an officially supported publishing system
    • Can now edit Page and Post type entries
    • Supports sending Draft status posts to server
    • Supports downloading entire history of posts
  • Bug fixes
    • Restore ability to type to select items in the media manager icon view
    • Don’t support New Page menu option for blogs that don’t support pages
    • Restore drag and drop ability from the “Published” tab of the Media Manager
    • Fix a bug that prevented all authors from being listed on blogs with more than 50 authors
    • Search now matches substrings found in custom field values of posts
    • Ensure the View on Web menu item is enabled whenever a published blog post is selected

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.

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Black Ink 2.0.7: Smoother Full-Screen Transitions https://red-sweater.com/blog/3599/black-ink-2-0-7-smoother-full-screen-transitions Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:12:16 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3599 Black Ink 2.0.7 is now available on the Black Ink site and on the Mac App Store. This update addresses some visual glitches in the app that took away from the goal of providing a “pristine” crossword-solving experience. If you notice other drawing issues that “just don’t look right,” please be sure to let me […]

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Black Ink 2.0.7 is now available on the Black Ink site and on the Mac App Store.

This update addresses some visual glitches in the app that took away from the goal of providing a “pristine” crossword-solving experience. If you notice other drawing issues that “just don’t look right,” please be sure to let me know!

Complete list of changes for this release:

  • Improved animation when entering full screen mode
  • Fix a bug that caused the timer to pause when entering a special answer
  • Fix a problem that could cause blank space at puzzle edges on some Macs
  • Fix the keyboard shortcut Cmd-Period for canceling a puzzle download
  • Fix some grid layout issues on non-Retina displays
  • Fix a bug that caused the first-launch registration panel to contain placeholder strings

If you enjoy Black Ink, please consider writing a review or rating the app on the Mac App Store, spreading the word on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks for your support.

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Daily Crossword Links https://red-sweater.com/blog/3594/daily-crossword-links Fri, 12 Jun 2020 20:06:51 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3594 One of the challenges for Black Ink lovers is finding a steady supply of new puzzles to solve in the app. I publish a list of resources with pointers to many sources of free and paid puzzles, but there are yet more options out there! Matt Gritzmacher has a novel approach to addressing this problem, […]

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One of the challenges for Black Ink lovers is finding a steady supply of new puzzles to solve in the app. I publish a list of resources with pointers to many sources of free and paid puzzles, but there are yet more options out there!

Matt Gritzmacher has a novel approach to addressing this problem, in the form of a daily email newsletter with direct links to puzzles:

Daily Crossword Links

The newsletter includes links to many puzzles that include “.puz” downloadable links. This is a file format that Black Ink can open directly. So if you’re looking for a steady source of puzzles to solve in Black Ink, beyond what’s included in the app, be sure to give Daily Crossword Links a look!

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Black Ink 2.0.6: Solving Improvements https://red-sweater.com/blog/3589/black-ink-2-0-6 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 15:03:44 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3589 Black Ink 2.0.6 is now available on the Black Ink site and on the Mac App Store. This update improves some of Black Ink’s nuanced solving affordances, including its support for “direct clue navigation”. When you type a numeric value while solving in Black Ink, you see a heads-up display previewing the clue number you’ll […]

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Black Ink 2.0.6 is now available on the Black Ink site and on the Mac App Store.

This update improves some of Black Ink’s nuanced solving affordances, including its support for “direct clue navigation”. When you type a numeric value while solving in Black Ink, you see a heads-up display previewing the clue number you’ll navigate to:

Screenshot from Black Ink showing the numeric display that appears when typing a clue number for direct navigation

Previously to 2.0.6, after typing a clue number you had to press return to “confirm” the jump. Starting with this release, after a short pause the focus will automatically jump without confirmation. It’s the little things that add up!

Complete list of changes for this release:

  • Typing a number to jump to a clue now automatically commits without pressing enter
  • Change default navigation preferences to not pause cursor movement when changing directions
  • Fix the appearance of circled cells to prevent the circle being shifted a little too high
  • Fix a crash that could occur when tabbing in a puzzle with squares that do not correspond to any clue
  • Fix a bug that could change other answers when revealing a multi-character answer
  • Fix a bug that caused the wrong clue to show when reopening the app with a down clue selected

If you enjoy Black Ink, please consider writing a review or rating the app on the Mac App Store, spreading the word on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks for your support.

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Black Ink 2.0.4: Support for The Inkubator https://red-sweater.com/blog/3575/black-ink-2-0-4-support-for-the-inkubator Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:50:37 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3575 I’m excited to announce a new premium puzzle source for Black Ink: The Inkubator. This puzzle is dedicated to showcasing puzzles constructed by women. Or, as they put it: “cis women, trans women, & woman-aligned constructors.” The puzzles come out twice a month, and normally cost $25/year, but at the moment they are offering a […]

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I’m excited to announce a new premium puzzle source for Black Ink: The Inkubator. This puzzle is dedicated to showcasing puzzles constructed by women. Or, as they put it: “cis women, trans women, & woman-aligned constructors.” The puzzles come out twice a month, and normally cost $25/year, but at the moment they are offering a free, two-month trial, which also includes access to the archive of past puzzles.

Black Ink 2.0.4 is available on the home page and on the Mac App Store.

If you enjoy Black Ink, please consider writing a review or rating the app on the Mac App Store, or spreading the word on Facebook or Twitter! Questions or concerns? Get in touch at support@red-sweater.com. Thank you.

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Rex Parker Does the NY Times With Black Ink https://red-sweater.com/blog/3573/rex-parker-does-the-ny-times-with-black-ink Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:44:59 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3573 What better way to pass the time indoors than by enjoying a nice crossword puzzle? For many of us who solve the New York Times daily crossword, Rex Parker’s blog is a regular post-solving stop. If there’s anything that seemed unusually great or, more likely, unusually groan-worthy about a particular puzzle, Rex is likely to […]

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What better way to pass the time indoors than by enjoying a nice crossword puzzle?

For many of us who solve the New York Times daily crossword, Rex Parker’s blog is a regular post-solving stop. If there’s anything that seemed unusually great or, more likely, unusually groan-worthy about a particular puzzle, Rex is likely to have nailed it with concision in his daily review.

Today’s entry is a particular treat because Rex shared a live video of his solving process, featuring none other than Black Ink, our Mac crossword solving app. Here’s a direct link to the YouTube video, which I don’t recommend clicking through to until AFTER you’ve solved the puzzle, unless you don’t mind spoilers:

Watch Rex Parker solve the New York Times crossword with Black Ink

It’s fun to see a master at work, especially when he’s using such an excellent tool to get the job done!

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Dictionary Lookups in Black Ink https://red-sweater.com/blog/3570/dictionary-lookups-in-black-ink Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:04:55 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3570 Crossword lovers enjoy Black Ink’s beautifully rendered puzzle grids, elegant solving dynamics, and the ease with which you can download and solve puzzles right on your Mac. But there are many other features lurking just beneath the surface. One lesser-known capability leans on the brilliant system-wide dictionary lookup service that Apple provides, built-in to every […]

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Crossword lovers enjoy Black Ink’s beautifully rendered puzzle grids, elegant solving dynamics, and the ease with which you can download and solve puzzles right on your Mac. But there are many other features lurking just beneath the surface.

One lesser-known capability leans on the brilliant system-wide dictionary lookup service that Apple provides, built-in to every Mac. If you’re not familiar with it, try it out as soon as you can: just hold the Command, Control and D keys while the mouse cursor on your Mac is hovering over some text. A dictionary lookup is performed and the results bounce to life right before your eyes. Pretty neat, huh?

Black Ink offers several features that give you some help when you’re stumped with a puzzle. There are options to check the accuracy of an entry you’ve made, and integration with the popular OneAcross.com service, which helps to suggest possible answers based on your current entries. When all else fails, you can even ask Black Ink to reveal the answer for any cell in the grid.

But sometimes the challenge isn’t so much in figuring out the answer, as it is in figuring out the clue itself. I took care in developing Black Ink that the same dictionary lookup functionality can be applied to the clues of a puzzle you’re in the midst of solving, so that you have a sporting chance of guessing the answer.

For example, many of the world’s most famous puzzles are American, and include clues that are aimed at an American audience. For folks elsewhere in the world who still enjoy the puzzles, it could be perplexing to come across a clue like “Betty Crocker product”. Now, I know who Betty Crocker is, but if you’re not from the United States, I’m not sure you do! Not a problem, just hold down Command, Control, and D. Because Wikipedia is configured as one of the dictionary lookup sources, I get this useful result:

Screenshot of Black Ink crossword app with the words

Aha, Betty Crocker is a famous brand food products company in the US. This summary doesn’t completely convey the cultural knowledge of what Betty Crocker means to the average American, but it’s at least a good head start in figuring out the answer to this clue, which happens to be CAKEMIX.

One of the things I love about solving crossword puzzles myself is that they are at once a challenge of my existing knowledge, and a means of increasing it. Of course I try to answer every clue without assistance, but when a “Betty Crocker” comes along, I know just what to do to level the playing field.

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MarsEdit 4.3.7: Fixes for Apple Photos and Lightroom Integration https://red-sweater.com/blog/3567/marsedit-4-3-7-fixes-for-apple-photos-and-lightroom-integration Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:18:37 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3567 MarsEdit 4.3.7 is now available on the MarsEdit site and on the Mac App Store. This update addresses a few issues related to media management in the app, mainly to fix an issue that prevented some users’ Apple Photos library from appearing in the Media Manager, and to update support for Lightroom integration to work […]

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MarsEdit 4.3.7 is now available on the MarsEdit site and on the Mac App Store.

This update addresses a few issues related to media management in the app, mainly to fix an issue that prevented some users’ Apple Photos library from appearing in the Media Manager, and to update support for Lightroom integration to work with more recent versions of Lightroom.

Here’s the complete list of changes for this release:

  • Fix a problem that could cause Photos library to appear empty in the Media Manager
  • Update Lightroom integration to support Lightroom CC 9
  • Fix a bug that caused some images to be rotated wrong when all metadata is preserved
  • Work around a system bug that caused artifacts to remain on the screen after deselecting text

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.

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Black Ink 2.0.3: Printing Improvements & More https://red-sweater.com/blog/3561/black-ink-2-0-3-printing-improvements-more Thu, 05 Mar 2020 14:09:59 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3561 Black Ink 2.0.3 is now available on the Black Ink home page and on the Mac App Store. While most people love Black Ink for its digital solving features, it’s also an excellent tool for printing. Whether you’re practicing for the ACPT, or you just want to spend a little time away from your screens, […]

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Black Ink 2.0.3 is now available on the Black Ink home page and on the Mac App Store.

While most people love Black Ink for its digital solving features, it’s also an excellent tool for printing. Whether you’re practicing for the ACPT, or you just want to spend a little time away from your screens, turn to Black Ink for an effortless paper rendition of your favorite puzzles.

When you print a puzzle, you get Black Ink’s usual beautiful grid rendering, along with a sophisticated clue layout algorithm, and many options for fine-tuning the content and positioning of the puzzle’s elements:

Screenshot of Black Ink's printing options

This update includes a variety of small improvements to the printing feature, as well as a number of other important fixes to improve the usability and reliability of the app:

  • General improvements to puzzle printing
  • Fixed a bug that caused puzzle clues to print in bold when fitting to a single page
  • Fixed the appearance of the Puzzle Notes when Dark Mode is enabled
  • Improved the centering of circles when drawn in puzzle squares
  • Decreased the severity of the shadow drawn on text in selected cells
  • Fixed a bug that caused the last row/column to be slightly shorter/narrower than other cells
  • Typing a clue number to jump to a clue now favors the clue in the same direction as currently selected clue
  • Removed Emoji & Symbols menu item since it’s not used for puzzle answer entry
  • Direct navigation by typing clue number now favors the orientation where the answer is not yet entered

If you enjoy Black Ink, please consider writing a review or rating the app on the Mac App Store, or spreading the word on Facebook or Twitter! Questions or concerns? Get in touch at support@red-sweater.com. Thank you.

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