Archive for September, 2006

Assignment Planner 2.3.2

Another bug fix. It’s over here. The changes:

  • Changes
    • Dates are no longer colored when coloring by Course or Type.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed an error with the date pull down boxes that would crash the program.
    • Fixed a typo in the Enter Code dialog box.
    • Fixed a minor annoyance where the program would fill up your Console with NSScanner errors.

Crash Reporter Followup

It’s a success!� Today, I received 6 crash reports from people using Assignment Planner. Now, it’s not good that it crashed for these individuals, but 6 out of about 600 users in the past two days is a pretty good ratio.

But the real sign of success was the fact that a crash report actually solved a bug, and it was a bug that probably existed in versions prior to 2.3.x.� So thanks to David for submitting that report, and lets hope it solves many more problems!

Assignment Planner Publicity

There was a large surge in Assignment Planner downloads and registrations today as a result of a couple of articles…

The Unofficial Apple Weblog –

Ronald Heft, Jr.’s —

Thanks guys! Oh, and here’s few things that have been mentioned about version 2.3…

“Assignment Planner is one of those applications that the Mac platform was designed for. It’s simple, it’s functional, and it just looks freaking sweet. While some applications try to do everything, Application Planner keeps it simple, which is exactly what I was looking for.” – Ronald Heft, Jr.

“Awesome application, and as a college student, THANK YOU for making it only $5! So great.” – John

“Thanks for the quick response! … I wanted the iCal-style layout, and then I stumbled on Assignment Planner. Great work. Now can you write a program that makes me actually do my homework? :)” – Andrew

“You are a god, this is exactly the type of program I need to stay organized!” – Alex

“This is a brilliant program and just what I’ve been looking for. Thanks a lot.” – Casey

Assignment Planner 2.3.1

Just a bug-fix release. Mainly to fix 10.3.x usability. Get it here!

  • Fixes
    • Fixed an error where the program would crash in Mac OS X 10.3.x.
    • Fixed an error when installing the Assignment Planner widget.
    • Fixed an error where the Grade column would not show a custom title in the main window’s table view.

Assignment Planner 2.3

The new version 2.3 is available! Download it now!

There are a ton of new features, most importantly the Calendar View, new Dashboard Widget, new UI features like the filter bar, the Crash Reporter, and more! The rest are listed below…

  • New Features
    • Added the Calendar, as an easy way to view assignments in a monthly view.
    • Removed filter pop-up menus, and replaced them with buttons, ala iTunes or
    • Added the CrashReporter, to inform the developer, rather than to Apple, when the program crashes.
    • You can now select multiple items in order to delete them.
    • Added a contextual menu to the Assignment Table.
    • Added a keyboard shortcut for toggling the drawer.
    • When you create a new assignment, the drawer will automatically open if it is closed.
  • Changes
    • Changed update checker to SparklePlus, so that system information can by anonymously reported.
    • When starting up, the information will always load, wether the program is in the front or not.
    • Courses no longer must be alphabetical, but can be rearranged in order simply by dragging them.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed an error where the program would crash when the Search field is removed from the toolbar.
    • Fixed an error with the Assignment Table drawing selected cells correctly.
    • Fixed a typo in one of the alert dialogs.
    • Fixed an error when adding multiple assignments would go into an infinite loop.
    • Fixed an error where the Type column would not show a custom title in the main window’s table view.
Up next? Get rid of that old fashioned drawer…

Mail Unread Menu 2.0.1 and 2.0.2

Just two small bug-fix releases. Go and get your copy.

Here’s what’s new:


  • Changes
    • The installation of the mailbundle will actually notify you wether it was succesful or not.
    • When bringing Mail to the front, it will not automatically select the Inbox.
    • Removed unnecessary scripts from the application bundle.
    • Fixed an error where the selected mailbox would not be called.
  • Changes
    • Fixed an error where the selected mailbox would not be opened correctly.

Mail Unread Menu 2.0

Today, Mail Unread Menu 2.0 was released. This was a very significant upgrade to the 1.x versions, which was the result of some serious problems that Mail Unread Menu caused with Apple’s Mail, and I wanted to explain some of those issues here.

Mail Unread Menu versions 1.x were all a single .mailbundle file, which would append itself to Mail and execute it’s own code in and amongst Mail’s. Since Mail Unread Menu was running a significant amount of code behind the scenes, this resulted in a long term compatability problem with Mail. What I found in my personal experience with version 1.2 was that on startup, Mail and Mail Unread Menu seemed to play together just fine. However, after Mail was open for quite a few hours, it would begin to start acting oddly (duplicate messages, notes about messages not being downloaded from the server, etc.). From the user reports on the VersionTracker page, it sounds like other users were having similar odd problems, not always the same as mine.

I hope to have fixed that with version 2.0. With this new version, there are now two components to Mail Unread Menu: the .mailbundle and a .app . Now, the .mailbundle interjects it’s code into Mail, but I’ve minimized the code in order to remove the damaging affect that Mail Unread Menu has. Then, the actual menu bar item is run in a completely seperate application, which recieves messages from the .mailbundle as to when to update the unread count. From what I’ve seen and heard so far, this is a much better solution, and has no adverse affects on Mail at all.

Hopefully this sorts out all of the problems that people were having, and will improve Mail Unread Menu’s use for all of it’s users.

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