FastScripts 3.1.2: Workaround macOS Ventura Crashes

August 9th, 2022

FastScripts 3.1.2 is now available on the FastScripts home page, or by selecting “Check for Update” from the FastScripts menu.

This update addresses a couple crashing issues, including one that specifically affects users who are running the macOS Ventura beta. A change in the system’s handling of event dispatch causes a crash to occur whenever FastScripts’s built-in “display message” notification gets dismissed. If you’re running Ventura, you definitely want this update!

Complete list of changes for this release:

  • Work around a crashing bug in macOS Ventura beta when dismissing a “display message” panel
  • Fix a bug that could cause some scripts that generate keystrokes to terminate unexpectedly
  • Improve the reliability of the built-in crash reporter

If you enjoy FastScripts, please consider spreading the word on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks for your support.

MarsEdit 4.6: Share Extension, Color Scheme Choice, and Micro.blog Improvements

July 28th, 2022

MarsEdit 4.6 is now available on the MarsEdit site and has been submitted to the Mac App Store.

This update adds a new Share Extension for macOS, to support listing MarsEdit as one of the targets from any of the standard, system-wide share menus that supports sending images to another app. Now, when you have a photo in Preview, Photos, or any other app with the share menu, and you want to blog it, just select MarsEdit from the Share menu list to add it to a post. If MarsEdit doesn’t appear in the menu, you may need to enable the MarsEdit Share Extension in System Preferences.

The update also includes a new preference for choosing whether MarsEdit runs in Dark Mode or Light Mode, independently from the system default setting, and a couple fixes to improve the experience for Micro.blog users.

Here’s the complete list of changes for this release:

  • New Share Extension supports opening images from the Share menu of other apps
  • New Color Scheme preference to choose Dark, Light, or System appearance
  • Improve appearance of color preference indicators on a future update to macOS
  • Fix a bug that caused incorrect character count when HTML entities were included in post
  • Fix an issue that caused the Media Manager selected blog to change unexpectedly
  • Micro.blog specific improvements
    • Title is now hidden by default until post exceeds 280 characters
    • Added support for creating new categories

If you enjoy MarsEdit, please consider writing a review or rating the app on the Mac App Store, spreading the word on Facebook or Twitter, and of course, writing about the app on your own blog! Thanks for your support.

FastScripts 3.1.1: Gentle Update Reminders

July 21st, 2022

FastScripts 3.1.1 is now available on the FastScripts home page, or by selecting “Check for Update” from the FastScripts menu.

This update includes a change to the Software Update mechanism so that when future updates to FastScripts are available, you will be prompted with a passive system notification, rather than the full update dialog that demands your immediate attention. Because of this change, you will be asked after updating to approve notifications from FastScripts. I recommend approving this request.

Complete list of changes for this release:

FastScripts 3.1.1

  • Software Updates are now announced via system notifications when authorized
  • Recently run scripts are now exposed by FastScripts’s own scripting interface
  • The FastScripts menu can now be presented by keyboard shortcut even if the menu bar icon is not visible
  • Check for Updates now includes a link to Version History when there are no new updates
  • Mitigate a problem that could occasionally cause a delay when invoking a script
  • Recent Scripts now appear below App-Specific Scripts in search results

If you enjoy FastScripts, please consider spreading the word on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks for your support.

Black Ink 2.2.4: Improved Keyboard Mechanics

July 14th, 2022

Black Ink 2.2.4 is now available on the Black Ink site and on the Mac App Store.

This update adds support for a common keyboard-navigation convention in other crossword apps: holding the shift key while pressing the arrow key to change words without changing direction. It also includes some other keyboard navigation improvements, as well as some bug fixes:

  • Puzzle Notes popover is now keyboard navigable
  • Shift-arrow keystroke now changes focused word without changing the current direction
  • Puzzle picker now supports left arrow key to navigate from calendar view back to puzzle list
  • Refinements to focused square coloring
  • Check for Updates now includes a link to Version History when there are no new updates
  • Fix some subtle issues with determining the valid dates for downloading puzzles
  • Fix issues with text encoding of Across Lite puzzles with unicode characters

If you enjoy Black Ink, please consider writing a review or rating the app on the Mac App Store, and spreading the word on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks for your support.