Leech and Name Mangler updated

May 22nd, 2024 by Rob Griffiths

Leech 3.2 and Name Mangler 3.9.1 have been released. Both are relatively minor updates, so if you want to skip their release notes pages, here’s what’s new in each one:

Leech 3.2

  • Added new AppleScript commands: number of downloads, number of failed downloads, pause all, queue all, and cancel all.
  • Rewrote help to match latest macOS appearance and to cover new features added since last help update, including the AppleScript commands above.

Name Mangler 3.9.1

  • The warning dialog that appears when renaming files on a network volume can now be disabled.
  • Fixed a regression where date formatting in Advanced mode ignored a specified minimum number of digits and skipped placeholders under certain circumstances. (Hat tip to Ruben H and others for reporting this one.).

App Store users should see the updates in the App Store app (if not now then very shortly); direct users can update within the app by checking for updates, or by downloading a fresh copy of the app from our server (you won’t lose your settings).

Name Mangler 3.9 released

May 7th, 2024 by Rob Griffiths

Name Mangler 3.9 is out, for both direct and App Store customers. There are a number of behind-the-scenes changes in this update, as well as some visible ones. Of the visible changes, this is probably the most notable and useful among them:

When files can’t be renamed, the reason is now shown where the new filename would normally appear. As seen in the screenshot, you can still see the exact name that would have caused the problem by hovering over the red ‘x’ icon, but this should make it a lot easier to spot problems in your renaming actions.

Beyond that visible change, we’ve reworded the Filter menu’s entries to make it easier to understand what each one does; we improved the reliability of date formatting; and there’s a new warning dialog if you try to rename files on a networked drive. There’s more in the release notes, too.

In a rarity for us, we had to remove a feature from this update: The Create Context Menu Service, which let you easily create Services to use renaming actions from Finder, is gone. Changes in macOS made it impossible for the feature to work, which is why we had to remove it.

The good news is that there is still a way to use Name Mangler saved actions in Finder, via the Quick Actions menu. And we have not just a blog post that explains the process, but a video as well. You’ll find both here: Quick Actions are the new Services for Name Mangler. It’s not quite as convenient as before, but it’s really not bad at all, especially after you have one set up that you can use (with one simple edit each time) for other Quick Actions.

App Store users should see the update in the App Store app now; direct customers can check for updates from within the app, or by downloading a fresh copy of the app from our site—you won’t lose your settings.

Quick Actions are the new Services for Name Mangler

May 7th, 2024 by Rob Griffiths

As of today’s Name Mangler update, sharp-eyed users will notice that the File → Create Context Menu Service menu item has vanished. Unfortunately, due to recent changes in what kinds of things Apple allows apps that create Services to do, we had to remove the feature. (Basically, the only thing we’d be able to include would be a set of standard pre-defined Services, and that’s not very useful for an app that renames files.) So that’s the bad news.

The good news is that there’s a relatively easy workaround that will let you create Quick Actions using Automator. These will function as Services did before, though via the Quick Actions menu instead of the Services menu.

The process of creating Quick Actions for Name Mangler isn’t overly complicated, and we have several different ways for you to learn how to complete the task.

We have a video for those who learn best by observing, and a step-by-step write-up for those who learn best by reading. Also, at the end, you’ll find a “just make it work for me!” section that provides a nearly ready-to-go Quick Action that you can duplicate and edit as needed. (However, knowing how to create Name Mangler Quick Actions is important, so we recommend watching the video and/or reading the instructions as well).

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Menuwhere 2.2.2 released

March 5th, 2024 by Rob Griffiths

Menuwhere 2.2.2 is out, with a couple of macOS Sonoma fixes. The first is an easy one to explain: Submenus in Sonoma weren’t respecting custom font sizes specified in Menuwhere’s settings. Now they do.

The second is more complicated to explain, so I’ll just steal the text from the release notes:

Menuwhere can now detect menu item alternates on macOS 14 Sonoma. Please note that this is a workaround for a macOS bug (FB13141185), where we’re forced to take an educated guess regarding which menu items may be alternates. If you’re missing menu items that should be visible by default, consider checking the “Make alternate menu items permanently visible” checkbox in Menuwhere’s settings.

We’ve come up with a workaround for this bug, which we’ll hopefully only need until Apple fixes the bug in macOS.

Our workaround seems to work quite well, but it’s possible it may identify something as an alternate that is not, and vice versa. So as explained above, if you notice missing menu items, try making alternate menu items permanently visible. And if you’re so inclined, let us know which app you saw the issue in so we can take a look.

As usual, you can get the update via the in-app updater, or by downloading a fresh copy of the app (you won’t lose your settings) from the Menuwhere page.

Witch 4.6.2 released

February 14th, 2024 by Rob Griffiths

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, give your special someone the gift of a Witch 4.6.2 update, which fixes a bug that could occasionally garble vertical switchers. That’s it, no more no less. Update in the Witch System Settings panel, or by downloading a fresh copy from our site.

Moom 3.2.26 released

February 12th, 2024 by Rob Griffiths

Today’s Moom update fixes a few annoying little things that have popped up, mostly since Sonoma was released:

  • Moom will no longer generate a macOS permissions request about accessing data from other apps. (This only affected users using third-party desktop image apps from the Mac App Store.)
  • We’ve improved error logging to help diagnose issues Moom may have when interacting with other apps.
  • Moom’s pop-up menu now works when the LanguageTool app is running.
  • Moom’s pop-up also now works when the TopDrop app is running (Hat tip to Alex P. for reporting this one.)

As always, update from within the app, or just download a fresh copy from Moom’s page (you won’t lose your settings).

Butler and Witch updated

January 8th, 2024 by Rob Griffiths

Today we released Butler 4.4.8 and Witch 4.6.1. Both are minor updates to fix issues that cropped up with the release of macOS Sonoma. You can either check for updates from within the app, or just download a fresh copy of the full app from the above-linked pages (you won’t lose your settings if you do this).

Very important note: Due to changes in Xcode, the minimum macOS version required to run the updated apps is macOS 10.13 (High Sierra). If you need a version of our apps for an older version of macOS, you can find it on our Museum page.

Witch 4.6 released

August 10th, 2023 by Rob Griffiths

Witch 4.6 is out, and it’s got a couple of hopefully useful fixes. First off, we finally managed to squash a longstanding issue where web apps wouldn’t recognize that they’d been switched away from when using Witch—this would leave those apps thinking their windows were still in the foreground when they really weren’t. And second, we made some changes that we think will improve the reliability of listing—and switching to—windows on other Spaces. (You can read the release notes if you wish, but these are the only two changes.)

As always, you can update directly from the Witch System Settings panel, or you can download a fresh copy of Witch 4.6 and install it—you won’t lose your settings.

Witch 4.5.4 released

June 7th, 2023 by Rob Griffiths

Witch 4.5.4 is out now, with a number of minor fixes and improvements—check the release notes for all the details. The biggest improvement is probably for those who use Spaces: Switching between them should be more reliable now, especially when at least one of the apps involved has windows on more than one Space. (Switching across Spaces is still slower than non-Spaces switching, but we can’t do anything about that, due to how we have to switch Spaces.)

As always, you can update directly from the System Settings panel (on the About tab), or by downloading a new copy of Witch from our site (you won’t lose your settings).

Witch 4.5.3 released

November 21st, 2022 by Rob Griffiths

Witch 4.5.3 is out, with improvements in Spaces support and smarter logic when switching after you’ve used a combination of Witch and non-Witch actions to switch windows and/or tabs. We also worked around an issue where an app that provides nonsensical information about its tabs could crash Witch. You can read the release notes, but the above is all they say, though in an easier-to-read format.

If you have Witch set to automatically update, you should see the update now. If you don’t have automatic updates enabled, open Witch’s System Settings panel, click on the About tab, and click Check Now.