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Updates for our end-of-alphabet apps

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Not by plan, but today’s updates affect only the end of the alphabet:
Time Sink, Usher, and Witch have all been updated. These are primarily bug fix and behind-the-scenes updates—check the release notes (Time Sink • Usher • Witch) for each for all the details, but there are two new features that may be of interest to users of Usher or Witch:

  • Usher adds multi-criteria sorting—try holding the Shift key down when choosing a sort criteria.
  • Witch gains support for tabs in Microsoft’s Edge browser.

The updates are available now, and can be found by checking for updates within each app. (The update for the App Store version of Time Sink can be found in the App Store app, and it’s also available now.)

Usher 2 is now available

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Usher 2.0 is out, and available now for both new customers and those upgrading from previous versions. The normal price is $20 for a new user and $10 for an update, but for the next two weeks, new users pay just $14, and updates are only $6.

Either type of purchase includes at least a year of updates; after that, it will cost $10 to update to the most-current version at any point in the future—and that purchase will also include another year of updates. More details on our evolutionary update model are provided in this blog post.

What’s new in Usher 2? Way too much to even try to list here; a read-through of its release notes shows just how much we’ve added, improved, and fixed in this release. We spent a lot of time and effort improving scrolling speed when browsing large collections, and have added many new view modes to help you browse your collection. But really, those are the tip of a very large iceberg of new features and improvements.

If you’ve never used Usher, download the trial version today and test it out for a full month to see everything that it can do.

Name Mangler 3.7.1 is out

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Name Mangler 3.7.1 is out with some general UI improvements, a fix for a rare crasher, and Name Mangler will no longer randomize names when you drag in a manually sorted list of files.

App Store users should see the update now or shortly; direct users can update from within the app or by downloading a fresh copy of the app from our site.

Desktop Curtain 3.1.2 released

Monday, April 26th, 2021

Desktop Curtain 3.1.2 is out with a couple of fixes.

In both the App Store and direct versions of the app, the isolate frontmost window feature should now work properly on macOS Big Sur. And for direct users, Spaces support has returned—it appears we accidentally disabled it a while back, but just heard about the problem yesterday. Sorry!

We are not allowed to include Spaces support in the App Store version; if you want Spaces support, please follow the instructions in this blog post to Crossgrade to the direct version.

App Store users should see the update in the Mac App Store app soon, if not now; direct users can update in-app or by downloading a new copy from the Desktop Curtain web page.

Menuwhere 2.1 released—keyboard lovers rejoice!

Saturday, April 24th, 2021

Menuwhere 2.1 is out with one great improvement and one new feature. First, the great improvement: Responsiveness when using the keyboard is now much better. Much much better—even in apps like Safari that were slow before, you should see very rapid responses to your typing.

The new feature is somewhat esoteric, but it should make some menus in certain apps work in Menuwhere. More specifically, menus whose menu items rely on selected text. Here’s how we explained it in Menuwhere’s help:

The Advanced tab of Menuwhere’s preference has a new “Preload menus” box that needs a bit of an explanation. You should only have to use this box if both of the following conditions are true:

  1. You use an app that contains a menu whose functionality is dependent on selected text—the Text menu in BBEdit, as listed in that box, is one such menu.
  2. Those menus are not working by default in Menuwhere.

If both of those conditions are true, you can add the app and the menu name to this box, as shown by the two apps we’ve already listed—just add a comma and then the name of the app (as seen when you hover over its Dock icon), the greater-than symbol, and the name of the menu.

With that entry in place, those menus should now work from Menuwhere. If you run into any that don’t, please let us know.

As always, you can update in-app, or by downloading a fresh copy of the app from the Menuwhere page.

Menuwhere 2.0 is out

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Yes, 2.0. Yes, 1.0 was yesterday. But yesterday, we had basically one main feature (menus under the mouse!). Today, we have two new major features, and one new minor feature, so we think the 2.0 is merited—and don’t worry, this is not a paid upgrade!

So what’s new? The first big new feature is an “all apps” menu option: Define a separate hot key, and Menuwhere will show you all the menus from all your apps:

Tip: If you activate the top-level entry (the app name), then Menuwhere will switch to that app.

The second major new feature is that you can now customize the size of the text in the menus, from 10 to 30 points—check out the Menuwhere web page if you’d like to see a comparison image. If you find the default menu size too small or too big, you’ll love this feature.

The small new feature is that in macOS Big Sur, you can set Menuwhere to Dark or Light mode independent of the setting of your system’s appearance. There are some other minor bug fixes, too, which you can read about in the release notes.

Thanks everyone for the great feedback on the app; we’ve got a nice list of stuff to work on for future releases—and no, 3.0 is not coming out tomorrow.

Introducing Menuwhere: The menu where you are

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Say hello to Menuwhere, Many Tricks’ newest app. This handy $3 utility puts the frontmost app’s menu bar into a pop-up menu at your mouse’s location—say goodbye to those long trips to the menu bar; the main menu is now just a hot key away:

Once onscreen, you can navigate the menus by typing letters in the names of the menu items you wish to access (then pressing Enter), or by using the arrow keys and Enter, or even via the mouse.

If you’re a long-time Mac user, you’re probably aware of similar apps from the past…which is why we wrote Menuwhere, because those apps are all in the past. Menuwhere is here now, fully supported, 64-bit and Universal—it runs natively on Apple Silicon and Intel.

As this is a Many Tricks app, though, we didn’t stop at just displaying the menu under the mouse cursor.

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Leech 3.1.6 released

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Leech 3.1.6 is out. There aren’t any new features, but this release reduces CPU usage while downloading multiple small files, and fixes a problem with filenames when downloading from certain servers. We’ve also improved Leech’s Dark Mode support.

You could read the release notes, but really, that’s all you’ll find there.

Customers who purchased directly from us can update within the app, or by downloading a fresh copy from the Leech web page. App Store customers should see the update in the App Store app—if not now, then very shortly.

Butler 4.4 is at your (Universal) service

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

That’s right, Butler 4.4 is now a Universal app, running natively on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs. (This means that all of our apps are now Universal.)

Butler can finally control the Music app, and we improved a few other things that you can read about in the release notes.

Butler is also our oldest app, and during its lifespan, it’s gone from Motorola to 32-bit Intel to 64-bit Intel to Apple Silicon. That’s quite the evolution!

As always, update in the app itself, or download a fresh copy from the Butler page on our site.

Desktop Curtain 3.1 revealed

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Desktop Curtain 3.1 is out today, and like many of its relatives in our app family, it too has joined the Universal world—Desktop Curtain is now a native app on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs. In addition, we’ve cleaned up the interface for the new Big Sur design language, and its icon now fits in with the others as well.

Direct users can update in-app, or download a fresh copy of the app from our site (you won’t lose your settings). App Store users should see the update in the App Store app.

App Store users: If you updated to 3.1, please update again to 3.1.1, as we fixed a regression that was affecting some users. Sorry about that.