Butler 4.2 increases its bit count by 100%

September 25th, 2018 by Rob Griffiths

Butler 4.2.2 (see update below) is out now, and the big news is that headlined 100% increase in bit count. That’s right, Butler is now a 64-bit application, so you can say goodbye to that annoying macOS 32-bit nag dialog! This was a huge project for Peter, though from the end user perspective, you won’t see any different except in Activity Monitor…

In other news, Butler gained some additional tricks…

  • There are no longer four separate menu bar sections on macOS 10.12 Sierra and newer. Instead, each top-level item in “Menu Bar” automatically gets its own menu bar representation that you can command-drag around.
  • The “Recent Clipboards” window can now filter entries based on the text they contain. Matching is fuzzy by default, but you can uncheck that via the little magnifying glass’s pop-up menu.
  • Deleting all clipboards via the “Recent Clipboards” window’s action menu now triggers an alert at first, unless you hold option while choosing the menu item.
  • Added some new built-in icons. The new black & white default menu bar icon (hat & bow tie, a.k.a. Butler’s Regalia) in particular goes well with an all black & white menu bar.
  • Modernized the user interface ever so slightly, renamed some things for consistency reasons, and fixed various other bugs and issues.

More changes are detailed on Butler’s release notes page, and you can get the update by checking for updates in the app, or by downloading a new copy of the app from the Butler web page.


Update: Butler is actually at version 4.2.2 now. Version 4.2.1 fixed two regressions (broken right clicks; pasting of Plain Text Smart Items), and version 4.2.2 fixed yet another regression (broken hot keys on older macOS versions). We apologize for the inconvenience!

How to fix Moom’s pop-up in Mojave

September 25th, 2018 by Rob Griffiths

A small number of Mac App Store customers are running into a problem with Moom in Mojave: The green button’s pop-up menu isn’t appearing. The rest of Moom works fine, but not the pop-up.

We’ve been investigating this since the earliest Mojave betas, and it doesn’t seem to be a bug in Moom. Instead, it seems to be related to Mojave’s Accessibility permissions database—for whatever reason, it doesn’t think Moom is allowed to control other applications.

The good news is that the problem is fixable. The easiest suggested fix is to just reboot your Mac, and hopefully that solves it. But if it doesn’t, you’ll need to follow the “The Somewhat Harder Fix” steps in this new FAQ entry.

That longer solution has worked for 100% or so of the dozen people I’ve provided it to, so it should also work for you. If it doesn’t, please open a trouble ticket and we’ll figure it out.

Keymou 1.2.6 gains actions; adds letter ‘u’ to name

September 24th, 2018 by Rob Griffiths

With today’s release of version 1.2.6, the app formerly known as Keymo is now known as Keymou (pronounced like Keymouse minus the “ess” sound at the end). We chose to rename the app after hearing from a user who commented that the pronunciation similarities between Keymo and “chemo” brought back unpleasant memories from his past.

It was certainly never our intent to upset anyone with the name of our app, so changing it was the right thing to do. Beyond the new name, Keymou 1.2.6 fixed a problem that prevented Keymo from working well in Mojave, gains a few new actions related to pressing and holding mouse buttons, and sports a revamped UI and new application icon. As always, the full details can be found in the release notes.

Direct users can update via in-app updates, or by downloading a fresh copy of the app from the Keymou web page. App Store buyers should see the update in the Mac App Store app, or you can install a fresh copy if it’s not presently installed.

Witch 4.3 gains Touch Bar support

September 24th, 2018 by Rob Griffiths

Witch 4.3 is out, with a couple new features as well as the usual bug fixes and improvements. You can read release notes page for the full list, but here are a few highlights…

  • Touch Bar support: If you have a Touch Bar equipped Mac, you’ll notice a new application switcher in your Touch Bar when the Witch panel is onscreen.
  • The ‘e’ key will open the selected item in the switcher, making it easy to use the switcher with just one hand.
  • Restored support for tabs in Chrome, which Chrome broke with their new UI in Chrome 69.
  • Search is now always active, but not included when cycling through listed entries in the switcher. (There’s a new pref that lets you include Search in the cycle—but pressing ‘s’ always works to bring up the search field.)
  • Witch 4 is now Mojave-ready, as we tweaked a couple things to make Witch work better in Apple’s latest macOS release.

Update from within the app (About panel, Check Now button), or by downloading a fresh copy from the Witch web page.

Moom 3.2.11 speeds into existence

May 14th, 2018 by Rob Griffiths

We’ve just released Moom 3.2.11, where the big news is much faster drawing of the full-screen grid when you’re moving and resizing the grid cells. There are a few other changes, including our new in-app log viewer (direct version only), and we squashed a bug related to moving a window to another display then resizing it.

App Store viewers can get the update from the App Store (if not now, then very soon), and direct buyers can update via the in-app updater, or by downloading a new copy from Moom‘s web page.

Witch 4.2 released

April 11th, 2018 by Rob Griffiths

Witch 4.2 is now in the wild, and it contains a lot of goodies for a little “dot one” release. The release notes page has a summary of everything, including some nice new features. Here’s a brief summary on how to use a couple of the new features—the help file has more detail, including screenshots.

See active app’s icon in the menu bar: If you’re using the “Show in menu bar” checkbox to see Witch’s actions in the menu bar, you can now have the icon reflect the frontmost app, in place of the standard Witch icon. Hold down the Option key when selecting the Witch menu item, and the Preferences entry will change to Reflect Frontmost App. Select that to see the frontmost app’s icon in the menu bar (and a checkbox next to the frontmost app in the list).

Control frontmost window’s tab handling: Hold down the Option key while clicking the Mode pop-up in the “List tabs” section of an action, and the pop-up menu changes to indicate that the selection will only affect the frontmost window.

For example, if you want the frontmost window to always treat tabs as windows (i.e. list them separately in the switcher), hold down the Option key, click the Mode pop-up button, then select Frontmost Window: Treat Tabs as Windows from the pop-up menu. You can then select a different behavior (by not holding the Option key) for non-frontmost windows.

On the bug fix front, Witch 4.2 should resolve the occasional crash issue that a small number of users were seeing, gets rid of the annoying phantom Login item some of you were seeing, and greatly—and I do mean greatly—improves the quality of the mini window previews, if you use that feature. There’s lots more goodness in this release, so check for updates and install Witch 4.2 today.

Name Mangler 3.4.1 released

April 9th, 2018 by Rob Griffiths

Name Mangler 3.4.1 has been released, and should be showing in the in-app updater (for direct customers), or in the App Store app (for App Store customers). Direct customers can also download a full copy of the app from our site.

While only a tiny bump in release number, there’s actually a lot of goodness in this update, including…

  • Hold down the Shift key then click to select Files, Folders, and Folder Contents from the “what to rename” pop-up menu—in one click. The clicks you save will help extend the life of your clicking device!
  • Free spacing mode—for regular expression users—can now be toggled off or on in the preferences.
  • You can change Name Mangler’s default action, even setting it up with a series of Actions if you prefer. Set up the Action(s) you’d like to use, then hold down the Option key and select File > Save Default Configuration.
  • Name Mangler’s “traffic light” indicators, which let you know whether a given file was going to be cleanly renamed (green), renamed but with a note (yellow), or not renamed (red) are now distinct in both color and shape.
  • If Name Mangler is scanning a massive (hundreds of thousands of files) folder and you want it to stop, click the Rename button while the scan is in progress, and it will stop.

There are a few other goodies in this release, so check out the release notes for all the details.

Moom 3.2.10 released

October 19th, 2017 by Rob Griffiths

Moom 3.2.10 is out—now for direct customers, and should be very soon (if not already) for App Store customers. What’s new in 3.2.10? Not all that much; the main item is a fix for some users’ crash on launch in High Sierra.

If you’re experiencing this crash, and you use the direct version, you’ll need to download a new copy of the app from the Moom web page—don’t worry, you won’t lose any of your settings. Just copy the new version to /Applications and replace the existing copy of Moom. (Make sure Moom’s not running.)

Beyond that, there were a couple fixes for issues with uBar 4 and Transmit.

Moom 3.2.9 released

August 1st, 2017 by Rob Griffiths

Moom 3.2.9 has been released, and it includes one major change (in addition to some other minor changes) from the prior release: A new full-screen grid option is the default for grid-based resizing; hexagons are still in place, but they’re the non-default choice.

Moom now uses the entire display as the grid. You can still specify your grid dimensions, but you’ll be selecting regions of the entire display, instead of on a slanted hexagonal window. One advantage of this approach—besides not dealing with hexagons—is that you can drag a grid on any connected display, not just the display where the window currently resides.

App Store users should see the update in the App Store very soon now, and direct users can update via the in-app updater, or by downloading a new copy from our site.

Witch 4.1 released

June 7th, 2017 by Rob Griffiths

Witch 4.1 is out, and the big news here is badges: You can now see Mail’s unread message count on Mail icons in the Witch switcher panel. Witch also has a soon-to-be-public API that other developers can use to make it simple to send badge data to other apps, including Witch—hopefully we’ll see more badges coming to Witch in the future.

In addition to the badges, we did a ton of work to improve Witch’s speed when working with slow-to-respond (to Witch’s queries) apps. We’ve also improved cross-Space window switching, and we found and fixed a memory leak that could make Witch’s RAM usage balloon if you used a lot of window previews.

You can find other goodness in the Witch release notes, and you can update to Witch 4.1 either via the in-app updater, or by downloading a fresh copy from the Witch page (you won’t lose your settings).