Red Sweater Blog https://redsweater.com/blog Official blog of Red Sweater Software Fri, 16 Oct 2020 16:10:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 A Long Time Coming https://redsweater.com/blog/3629/a-long-time-coming Fri, 16 Oct 2020 16:02:19 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3629 When I founded Red Sweater Software in 1999, I picked the name “Red Sweater” because I happened to be wearing a red sweater (jumper, to you Brits) as I was thinking of a name for the company. I liked the way the words rolled off my tongue, and I knew it would lend itself to […]

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When I founded Red Sweater Software in 1999, I picked the name “Red Sweater” because I happened to be wearing a red sweater (jumper, to you Brits) as I was thinking of a name for the company. I liked the way the words rolled off my tongue, and I knew it would lend itself to a warm, welcoming brand.

I didn’t think to check whether the domain, redsweater.com, was available.

As luck would have it, even back in 1999, before quite as many domain names were snatched up, redsweater.com was in fact already taken. An artist named Kira Nam Greene used the domain to showcase her artwork. I had to settle for red-sweater.com. “That’s red, dash sweater, dot com.” It turns out I would be saying this for the next 20+ years, while worrying and wondering whether it was ambiguous to say dash when I really meant hyphen.

I had a recurring reminder to check on the registration status for the domain, in case Ms. Greene decided to let it lapse. I also emailed her periodically, but not too often, in case she had decided she was willing to sell the domain. Understandably, she was not interested in giving it up, as it had become a central part of her own business identity.

As the years rolled by, I noticed she was using redsweater.com less and less actively, as she shifted towards her eponymous domain name. I grew increasingly optimistic that it might one day be possible to acquire the domain, but all of my inquiries were unfortunately met with apprehension.

After over 20 years of trying and failing to acquire this domain, I had stopped inquiring very often at all. It seemed hopeless. I did continue to check the name registration status whenever it came up for renewal, but the domain was always renewed. A few weeks ago I decided to make another effort, and after sending the email, I also posted this message to Twitter:

Alas, I didn’t hear anything back.

Then, about two weeks later, I was shocked to receive an email from Ms. Greene’s associate, indicating that they would be willing to sell me the domain. Over the following couple weeks, we exchanged details and compensation, and I am excited to share that as of this week the domain is finally mine. In fact, you’re reading this on redsweater.com. “That’s red sweater dot com”. No dash. No hyphen. #Finally.

I don’t know if the Twitter post did lead to somebody who knew her giving her a nudge, or if it’s a complete coincidence. In any case I am very excited and relieved to finally have this domain, and it gives me renewed ambition to continue growing Red Sweater into a business that honors such a canonical web presence. Thanks to Kira Nam Greene and her associate for helping me achieve this goal!

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Black Ink 2.0.9: Crashing Fix for Big Sur Beta 9 https://redsweater.com/blog/3627/black-ink-2-0-9-crashing-fix-for-big-sur-beta-9 Sun, 04 Oct 2020 23:14:15 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3627 Black Ink 2.0.9 is now available on the Black Ink site and has been submitted for review on the Mac App Store. This update addresses a crashing issue introduced by Apple in recent beta releases of macOS 11 Big Sur. If you’re testing the betas you’ll want to update to Black Ink 2.0.9 in order […]

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Black Ink 2.0.9 is now available on the Black Ink site and has been submitted for review on the Mac App Store.

This update addresses a crashing issue introduced by Apple in recent beta releases of macOS 11 Big Sur. If you’re testing the betas you’ll want to update to Black Ink 2.0.9 in order to continue using the app!

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

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MarsEdit 4.4.3: Crashing Fix for Big Sur Beta 9 https://redsweater.com/blog/3622/marsedit-4-4-3-crashing-fix-for-big-sur-beta-9 Fri, 02 Oct 2020 19:06:03 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3622 MarsEdit 4.4.3 is now available on the MarsEdit site and on the Mac App Store. This update includes a few bug fixes and a workaround for a crashing bug that affects all users running the macOS Big Sur beta 9 update. I’ve filed a bug with Apple about the underlying cause of the crash, which […]

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MarsEdit 4.4.3 is now available on the MarsEdit site and on the Mac App Store.

This update includes a few bug fixes and a workaround for a crashing bug that affects all users running the macOS Big Sur beta 9 update. I’ve filed a bug with Apple about the underlying cause of the crash, which is in their image-processing frameworks, but I found a workaround for MarsEdit so thought I would update it ASAP to avoid people running into the problem sooner than later.

I had some other improvements in mind for this update, and thought at first that I’d wait until they were done, but I’ve been surprised by the substantial number of crash reports I’m getting from folks who are running the macOS Beta. Hopefully Apple will fix the issue for the next beta, but just in case they don’t this should prevent a lot of users from running into the annoying crash!

Complete list of changes for this release:

  • Fix a crashing bug at launch on a pre-release version of macOS
  • Fix a bug that prevented categories from being added to a post on Hatena, Live Door, and other AtomPub based blogs
  • Restore ability to select multiple images at once from “Published” tab of Media Manager
  • Fix some bugs that could occur when attempting to publish posts with no blog added

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.

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FastScripts 2.8.2: Preparing for Big Sur https://redsweater.com/blog/3617/fastscripts-2-8-2-preparing-for-big-sur Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:00:10 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3617 FastScripts 2.8.2 is now available on the FastScripts site and on the Mac App Store. This update addresses a few issues that have come up while testing FastScripts with the forthcoming release of macOS 11, also known by the code name “Big Sur”. The main practical update is to offer an easy way for users […]

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FastScripts 2.8.2 is now available on the FastScripts site and on the Mac App Store.

This update addresses a few issues that have come up while testing FastScripts with the forthcoming release of macOS 11, also known by the code name “Big Sur”. The main practical update is to offer an easy way for users to restore the default color for the menu icon, since changes in macOS Big Sur might make a custom menu icon color seem less appropriate.

Complete list of changes for this release:

  • Add a “Restore Default” button to Preferences for the custom menu icon color
  • Update the color well in Preferences to accurately reflect the default color as it will render in the menu bar
  • Fix visual glitches when running on beta releases of macOS Big Sur

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

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Black Ink 2.0.8: Typesetting Refinements https://redsweater.com/blog/3615/black-ink-2-0-8-typesetting-refinements Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:55:12 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3615 Black Ink 2.0.8 is now available on the Black Ink site and on the Mac App Store. This update includes some subtle improvements to the placement of clue numbers and letters in the puzzle grid, both in the on-screen rendition and in the version that is generated when printing. It also includes some bug fixes […]

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Black Ink 2.0.8 is now available on the Black Ink site and on the Mac App Store.

This update includes some subtle improvements to the placement of clue numbers and letters in the puzzle grid, both in the on-screen rendition and in the version that is generated when printing. It also includes some bug fixes and new menu items and a keyboard shortcut for switching direction.

Complete list of changes for this release:

  • Improved positioning of clue numbers and letters in puzzle grid
  • Improved layout of puzzle grid when printing
  • Web Puzzle panel now defaults to the last puzzle source opened
  • Added menu items for switching puzzle direction and moving to next and previous words
  • Fixed a crash that rarely occurred while printing
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening a new puzzle

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

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MarsEdit 4.4.2: Bug Fixes https://redsweater.com/blog/3610/marsedit-4-4-2-bug-fixes Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:55:08 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3610 Hot on the heels of MarsEdit 4.4, MarsEdit 4.4.2 is now available on the MarsEdit site and has been submitted for review on the Mac App Store. (If you updated to 4.4.1 previously, 4.4.2 is a quick fix to address a crash in that release.) This update addresses a few annoying issues that cropped up […]

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Hot on the heels of MarsEdit 4.4, MarsEdit 4.4.2 is now available on the MarsEdit site and has been submitted for review on the Mac App Store. (If you updated to 4.4.1 previously, 4.4.2 is a quick fix to address a crash in that release.)

This update addresses a few annoying issues that cropped up in the 4.4 release, as well as some other issues that I had been working on fixes for after the 4.4 release was completed.

Complete list of changes for this release:

  • Fix a bug that prevented changes like setting categories from working when editing an existing WordPress post
  • Fix a performance issue that could occur when publishing to a blog with a large number of posts
  • Fix a bug from 4.4 that caused all blogs to show a disclosure triangle even if they don’t support Page entries
  • Fix a bug from 4.4 that caused Movable Type tags and slug values to not be displayed
  • Fix a crash when uploading images to a blog where authentication is requested

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.

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MarsEdit 4.4: Micro.blog and Performance Improvements https://redsweater.com/blog/3604/marsedit-4-4-micro-blog-and-performance-improvements Tue, 28 Jul 2020 13:41:21 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3604 MarsEdit 4.4 is now available on the MarsEdit site and on the Mac App Store. This update supports a ton of new features for Micro.blog, and a variety of performance improvements and bug fixes for all users. Complete list of changes for this release: Improved performance for blog refreshing – now shows posts as they […]

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MarsEdit 4.4 is now available on the MarsEdit site and on the Mac App Store.

This update supports a ton of new features for Micro.blog, and a variety of performance improvements and bug fixes for all users.

Complete list of changes for this release:

  • Improved performance for blog refreshing – now shows posts as they load when possible
  • Micro.blog improvements
    • Now an officially supported publishing system
    • Can now edit Page and Post type entries
    • Supports sending Draft status posts to server
    • Supports downloading entire history of posts
  • Bug fixes
    • Restore ability to type to select items in the media manager icon view
    • Don’t support New Page menu option for blogs that don’t support pages
    • Restore drag and drop ability from the “Published” tab of the Media Manager
    • Fix a bug that prevented all authors from being listed on blogs with more than 50 authors
    • Search now matches substrings found in custom field values of posts
    • Ensure the View on Web menu item is enabled whenever a published blog post is selected

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.

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Black Ink 2.0.7: Smoother Full-Screen Transitions https://redsweater.com/blog/3599/black-ink-2-0-7-smoother-full-screen-transitions Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:12:16 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3599 Black Ink 2.0.7 is now available on the Black Ink site and on the Mac App Store. This update addresses some visual glitches in the app that took away from the goal of providing a “pristine” crossword-solving experience. If you notice other drawing issues that “just don’t look right,” please be sure to let me […]

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Black Ink 2.0.7 is now available on the Black Ink site and on the Mac App Store.

This update addresses some visual glitches in the app that took away from the goal of providing a “pristine” crossword-solving experience. If you notice other drawing issues that “just don’t look right,” please be sure to let me know!

Complete list of changes for this release:

  • Improved animation when entering full screen mode
  • Fix a bug that caused the timer to pause when entering a special answer
  • Fix a problem that could cause blank space at puzzle edges on some Macs
  • Fix the keyboard shortcut Cmd-Period for canceling a puzzle download
  • Fix some grid layout issues on non-Retina displays
  • Fix a bug that caused the first-launch registration panel to contain placeholder strings

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

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Daily Crossword Links https://redsweater.com/blog/3594/daily-crossword-links Fri, 12 Jun 2020 20:06:51 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3594 One of the challenges for Black Ink lovers is finding a steady supply of new puzzles to solve in the app. I publish a list of resources with pointers to many sources of free and paid puzzles, but there are yet more options out there! Matt Gritzmacher has a novel approach to addressing this problem, […]

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One of the challenges for Black Ink lovers is finding a steady supply of new puzzles to solve in the app. I publish a list of resources with pointers to many sources of free and paid puzzles, but there are yet more options out there!

Matt Gritzmacher has a novel approach to addressing this problem, in the form of a daily email newsletter with direct links to puzzles:

Daily Crossword Links

The newsletter includes links to many puzzles that include “.puz” downloadable links. This is a file format that Black Ink can open directly. So if you’re looking for a steady source of puzzles to solve in Black Ink, beyond what’s included in the app, be sure to give Daily Crossword Links a look!

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Black Ink 2.0.6: Solving Improvements https://redsweater.com/blog/3589/black-ink-2-0-6 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 15:03:44 +0000 https://red-sweater.com/blog/?p=3589 Black Ink 2.0.6 is now available on the Black Ink site and on the Mac App Store. This update improves some of Black Ink’s nuanced solving affordances, including its support for “direct clue navigation”. When you type a numeric value while solving in Black Ink, you see a heads-up display previewing the clue number you’ll […]

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Black Ink 2.0.6 is now available on the Black Ink site and on the Mac App Store.

This update improves some of Black Ink’s nuanced solving affordances, including its support for “direct clue navigation”. When you type a numeric value while solving in Black Ink, you see a heads-up display previewing the clue number you’ll navigate to:

Screenshot from Black Ink showing the numeric display that appears when typing a clue number for direct navigation

Previously to 2.0.6, after typing a clue number you had to press return to “confirm” the jump. Starting with this release, after a short pause the focus will automatically jump without confirmation. It’s the little things that add up!

Complete list of changes for this release:

  • Typing a number to jump to a clue now automatically commits without pressing enter
  • Change default navigation preferences to not pause cursor movement when changing directions
  • Fix the appearance of circled cells to prevent the circle being shifted a little too high
  • Fix a crash that could occur when tabbing in a puzzle with squares that do not correspond to any clue
  • Fix a bug that could change other answers when revealing a multi-character answer
  • Fix a bug that caused the wrong clue to show when reopening the app with a down clue selected

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

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