Archive for February, 2007

Mail Unread Menu 2.2

Just a quick update to Mail Unread Menu. In the filter list, where it was formally just a text box, there is now an NSTokenField, which looks something like Mail’s To: field with the little blue bubbles. It allows for autocompletion of the mailbox names, to make it easier to add mailboxes to the list. You can get the new version here.



Customer Support

Take a look at Manton Reece on Customer Support

I think that Customer Support is one of the places where Assignment Planner and Mail Unread Menu really shine. I try to make the forums, my email address and even my AIM screenname as accessible as possible, because I really like to hear as much feedback from users as I possibly can. And, if this type of feedback involves a lot of support fixing issues, I’m glad that I can help. I get a handful of emails and forum posts, maybe not as much as Manton mentions, but as least a dozen or so a week and I do my best to answer them as quickly and effectively as possible. I know that there are free alternatives to Assignment Planner, even using iCal which comes standard with every Macintosh, but if a user is going to be paying $5 for a product, they should get some decent tech support. So, if anyone is ever having a problem with one of my products, please let me know and I will help to get it fixed for you right away.

This also holds true for feature requests. I can’t come up with all of the ideas myself, so if anyone has any input regarding the features of a program, I am more than willing to listen. All of the features in the early versions of my programs were things that I wanted to see. I’ve found that even though the programs are becoming more advanced, I really don’t use a lot of the new features in my daily life, because if I had wanted them, I would have added it already. Typically, if a feature request is fairly small, I’ll be willing to put it in right away. I feel that if one user wants something added, enough so that they’re willing to let me know, then it’s worth adding it as an option. So please, let me know how I can make my software better.



Quicksilver and Play Pause

So, Quicksilver is amazing. There’s no debating that. I don’t use it to the full potential that a lot of others seem to use it to, but it makes launching applications as quick as humanly (or computer-anly) possible. When I’m using anyone else’s computer, it kills me that they don’t have the quick launch access, and I have to make Spotlight act as a poor replacement.

The only Quicksilver plugin I’ve found myself using on a regular basis is the iTunes Plugin. I can play or pause iTunes with a quick Option-Space-P-P-Enter and it’s become second nature to me now. However, I noticed that I was watching a Quicktime movie the other day and I wanted to pause the movie, instinctively running the Quicksilver command before even realizing it wouldn’t work. So, I decided that I needed a Play/Pause script that would work for multiple apps. I ended up adding iTunes, Quicktime, DVD Player and VLC. The best part is, it’s just one Applescript that will detect which of the four applications is open and play/pause them all. So, if I just have VLC open and I run the script, just VLC gets paused. If all four of them are open, they’ll all play/pause, which is pretty cool and hectic all at once.

Anyways, here’s the contents of the Play/Pause script. Enjoy!

-- iTunes
tell application "System Events" to if (application processes whose
name is "iTunes") is not {} then

    tell application "iTunes"
        if player state is playing then
            pause
        else
            play
        end if
    end tell

end if

-- Quicktime
tell application "System Events" to if (application processes whose
name is "Quicktime Player") is not {} then

    tell application "QuickTime Player"
        if the movie 1 is playing then
            pause movie 1
        else
            play movie 1
        end if
    end tell

end if

-- DVD Player
tell application "System Events" to if (application processes whose
name is "DVD Player") is not {} then

    tell application "DVD Player"
        if dvd state is playing then
            pause dvd
        else
            play dvd
        end if
    end tell

end if

-- VLC
tell application "System Events" to if (application processes whose
name is "VLC") is not {} then

    tell application "VLC"
        play
    end tell

end if


Mail Unread Menu 2.1.1

There were some problems with the new release of Mail Unread Menu, most notably the crashing of the program and the misrepresenting of zero counts. Those have been fixed, as well as a new feature added that was requested in the forums. Go ahead and download the new version at the website.



Mail Unread Menu 2.1

I’ve just released version 2.1 of Mail Unread Menu, the Apple Mail menubar utility. It provides support for Leopard, as well as adds a feature that most people have been asking for. In the Preferences, there is now a text box titled Exclude Mailboxes, where you can enter in the name of a mailbox and Mail Unread Menu will ignore it. This makes it easy to get rid of Junk mailboxes in your count, as well as any other mailboxes you wouldn’t want to count. Hopefully this helps out a lot of users.




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