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.

MarsEdit 4.1.4: Bug Fixes & Dark Mode Refinements

September 11th, 2018

MarsEdit 4.1.4 is now available for download from the MarsEdit home page and has been submitted to the Mac App Store.

This update includes a good number of fixes as well as more changes to support macOS Mojave’s upcoming Dark Mode. Folks who are running the beta Mojave should find that most aspects of the app are now tuned to draw properly in Dark Mode. One area where I’m still planning to put some more time in is in the “Media Manager” where there are still some white backdrops that need to be adapted.

Here’s the complete list of changes in this update:

  • Fix a bug that prevented some preference changes from “sticking”
  • Restore support for dragging images from Preview’s thumbnail list to the app
  • Preserve <script> elements when editing HTML content that contains them
  • Restore scripting support for custom field values on posts
  • Fix an issue converting Emoji characters from entities and back
  • Fix a crash when using VoiceOver to select Featured Image
  • Update default “Quick Posts” markup to use a more correct HTML structure
  • Fix preview of Quick Posts template which was not displaying correctly
  • More preliminary support for Dark Mode
    • Use different syntax highlighting colors in Dark Mode
    • Fix text color for the Network Log’s content
    • Adapt about box and acknowledgements windows
    • Adapt main window preview area

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.

FastScripts 2.7.3: Just a Couple More Fixes

August 29th, 2018

FastScripts 2.7.3 is now available for download from the FastScripts home page and has been submitted to the Mac App Store.

FastScripts 2.7, which I released earlier this month, was a fairly minor update in terms of functional changes, but a dramatic change in terms of the version of tools used to build it, and the system requirements of the app itself. FastScripts 2.6.13 and earlier were built with an older version of Xcode, on an older Mac, and supported OS releases as old as Mac OS X 10.6. As part of a solution to get FastScripts working as expected on macOS Mojave betas, I finally updated it to require macOS 10.12 or greater, and switched to newer tools.

The rapid-fire releases of FastScripts 2.7.1 and 2.7.2, were the result of unexpected bugs resulting from that shift, and my prematurely thinking I had ironed out all the issues before releasing the follow-on updates. In the lead-up to today’s release of 2.7.3, I spent a longer period of time examining the remaining issues that have surfaced, and I hope that things will be quieter in terms of bug-fix updates moving forward.

This update includes another subtle fix for “path to” handling, and a fix for a crash when running JavaScript for Automation scripts:

  • Remove FastScripts’s custom “path to” handler as it appears the system handler behaves as we expect now
  • Add an Apple Events usage explanation string to accompany the system prompt for approving Apple Events
  • Fix a crash that occur when running JavaScript for Automation scripts

An important note for users who use FastScripts to perform GUI scripting: After updating from FastScripts 2.6.13 to 2.7 or later, you may experience trouble running scripts that rely upon the Accessibility framework. To work around this problem, go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Privacy -> Accessibility, and uncheck any existing copies of FastScripts listed. Then restart your Mac before adding back FastScripts 2.7.3. This should restore functionality as it was with 2.6.13.

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