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A major number of minor updates

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

Today we’re catching up on a bit of a backlog of minor updates…the following apps have updates available for both their direct versions, and (where applicable) their App Store versions. Here’s what’s been updated, highlighting any important changes in each update. You can also click through to the release notes for the full details on each update.

  • Butler 4.4.5 [notes] We’ve hopefully fixed an issue that would sometimes cause Butler to hang if Music was running.
  • Keymou 1.2.10 [notes] We renamed ‘Move to Edge/Corner’ action (and added more details about it in Help) to hopefully prevent user confusion over its effect.
  • Leech 3.1.7 [notes] Nothing changed that you’d notice, but we fixed some minor bugs and improved the behind-the-scenes code.
  • Menuwhere 2.2.1 [notes] Fixed a bug that caused the preferences window to appear on launch, regardless of the setting for showing the preferences.
  • Moom 3.2.25 [notes] The ‘Bring Moomed windows to the front automatically’ setting is now applied more consistently. Lots of other little changes, too—see the notes.
  • Usher 2.2.1 [notes] There are a ton of behind-the-scenes improvements, and you can now insert metadata references into Notes via the Edit menu.

As always, direct users can update in the app itself, or by downloading a fresh copy of the app from our web site. App Store users should see the updates in their App Store app—if not already, then very shortly.

Save 50% on all our apps, and help the people of Ukraine

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

Wrap up: The fundraiser has now ended. Through the sale period, our customers purchased just over $4,000 worth of our apps—wow! Peter and I are also going to contribute roughly $1,000 of our own money, bringing the total donation to $5,000, which we’ll split evenly between Global Giving and UNICEF. Thanks to everyone who participated!


Between now and the end of the day Sunday, March 6th, every one of our apps is on sale for 50% off*.

We will donate all of our net proceeds raised from the sale to two charities that are supporting relief efforts in Ukraine: Global Giving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund and UNICEF‘s efforts to support Ukranian children and families.

This isn’t much, we know, but it’s a bit, and every little bit helps.

* If you want to save exactly 50% off, then you’ll want to purchase directly from us for apps whose prices aren’t divisible by two. On the App Store, we have to use price tiers, and in cases where we couldn’t divide things equally in two, we went with the higher tier, to increase the donation amount.

Our apps and macOS Monterey compatibility

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

Sorry this is a bit late; I didn’t think about it much because, well, everything basically works fine. There are two minor issues (you can’t see rotated movies in Usher, and menu items for saved layouts in Moom are slightly too tall), but both will be fixed in upcoming minor updates. Outside of those two things, we’re not aware of any other issues with our apps in macOS Monterey.

If you do run into a glitch of some sort, please do let us know about it.

Desktop Curtain 3.1.3 and Butler 4.4.4 released

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Two very minor updates today; Desktop Curtain 3.1.3 fixes some issues for those running macOS 10.9 (Mavericks), and Butler 4.4.4 fixes an issue related to non-functional keyboard navigation of pop-up menus after using the clipboard window a couple of times.

I’d include links to the release notes, but really, the above is all you’ll find there.

Direct customers can update in-app, or by downloading a fresh copy of the app from our web site (you won’t lose your settings). App Store customers of Desktop Curtain should see the update available in the Mac App Store app—if not now, then shortly.

Butler, Name Mangler, and Resolutionator updated

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

Three minor (but important) updates today. Butler 4.4.3 now works better with Monterey betas, Name Mangler 3.7.2 fixes a rare crash when dragging files out of the file list, and Resolutionator 2.1 adds support for the 24″ iMac, and improves the display name for some displays.

You could go read the release notes for all three apps, but really, that’s everything that’s in today’s updates. If you bought these apps from us, you can update within each app, or by downloading a fresh copy of the app from our server (you won’t lose your settings).

App Store users of Name Mangler can find the update in the App Store app.

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.

Our Big Sur app compatibility report

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

With Big Sur’s release, here’s an update on our apps’ compatibility…

All of our apps run in Big Sur, and almost all of them run 100% perfectly.

We’ve tested them all many times, and they all seem to be working as we’d expect them to, with one minor exception (and a “check your version” warning about one of our baubleries). We also have a general heads-up on a permissions request you may or may not see from some of our apps.

Although we’ve tested extensively, some of our apps have lots of features and can be used in many different ways, and we probably didn’t test all of those cases—many of you seem to find ways to use our apps that we never anticipated! So if you do find something that’s not working right in Big Sur, please let us know by opening a support ticket.


Permissions request

In our testing with Big Sur’s release candidate, we were surprised to find that some of our apps ask for permission to write to the Documents and/or Desktop folders. We’ll be completely honest here and say that we have no idea why this is happening. We have some guesses, but they’re just guesses at this point.

This issue did not appear in any of the prior betas (nor did it happen with every app), so we just discovered it yesterday when we installed the final version. As a general rule, our apps—unless you’re doing something that explicitly uses one of those folders, like saving Leech downloads to your Desktop—do not write to those locations.

We’re trying to get an answer as to why this dialog is appearing, but until we do, you can safely say “Yes” when macOS asks if it’s OK to use those folders—becausedo we’re not using them.

App-specific items

Displaperture: Please update to the current version (1.5.2) of Displaperture before you try using it in Big Sur. There’s no in-app updater, so you’ll have to download the new version from our site.

If you launch an older version, you may find yourself staring at a blank whiteish screen with rounded corners, and nothing else on it at all. Unfortunately, this screen sits above everything, including the Force Quit dialog. If you have remote login enabled and access to another Mac, you can connect and kill the Displaperture process, but if you don’t…well, the only way out is a forced reboot.

So please, make sure your copy of Displaperture is up to date before you launch it.

Witch: As a general statement, Witch is working fine. However, you will notice at least a few additional windows, mainly related to things in the menu bar. We’re working to get rid of these spurious entries, but for now, here’s the best workaround…

On the Advanced tab in Witch’s preferences, in the Do not list apps text box, enter this:

Control Center, SystemUIServer

If you have existing entries there, put a comma at the end and add the two new entries. Next, in the Do not list windows, enter this:

Item-0

Again, if you have existing entries, add a comma then that text.

These two changes should make Witch look mostly as it did in pre-Big Sur systems.


We’re working on the Witch issues, and we’ll keep you updated on our progress.

Again, if you notice anything askew in Big Sur, please do open a support ticket and let us know.

Butler 4.3.3 released

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Butler 4.3.3 is out now; this is a bug fix release that improves the reliability of the Screen Saver Smart Item, fixes Butler’s applications database in Catalina (so that it finds everything that shows in Applications and Utilities), and fixes a couple other minor things—you can read the full release notes page for the nitty-gritty.

We have more to do for full Catalina compatibility (i.e. iTunes no longer exists there), and we’re working on it, but we felt these fixes were important to get out now.

As always, you can update via either the in-app updater, or by downloading a fresh copy from Butler’s web page.

Butler 4.3.2 released

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Butler 4.3.2 is out with only two changes—so no need to link to the release notes, but I will anyway. (And yes, that’s the same intro I used for Butler 4.3.1’s blog post.)

The first change is that Volumes Smart Items now sort alphabetically; the second is that Firefox bookmarks once again work in Butler (after you take this extra step). Thanks to Tony C. for asking about the Firefox bookmarks, which made us take another look.

You can get the new version by using the in-app updater, or by downloading a new version from the Butler page.

Butler 4.3.1 released

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Butler 4.3.1 is out with only two changes—so no need to link to the release notes, but I will anyway. Change number one fixed a bug that affected Contacts-related Smart Items under macOS Mojave. Change number two fixed a double-word typo in Butler’s Preferences that must have existed for years—thanks, Bill E. for noticing this one!

You can get the new version by using the in-app updater, or by downloading a new version from the Butler page.