I have received several bug reports about version 1.3 of iSyncIt closing after the sync has been completed. I have now narrowed down the cause of this problem and will rectify it ASAP. For the moment you can use the previous version of iSyncIt by downloading it from:
Version 1.3 of iSyncIt has been released, this release adds Growl support and will be the last release for Mac OS X Tiger. This is due to the fact I only have one machine for testing and it now runs Leopard. You can download the new version here.
From my preliminary tests iSyncIt appears to work in Leopard, but it will still be undergoing a re-write to take advantage of Objective-C 2.0 and the new Interface Builder palettes. The next release may be in development for a little longer than normal, but I promise I won’t forget about it.
After a flurry of activity over the summer it would appear that moving back to university has taken me out of my stride as far as developing and maintaining the website goes. However I am going to try and manage my time better in the coming weeks and increase the activity on the website. Hopefully what I write below will help to clarify this.
In regards to iSyncIt, the 1.3 release is moving on well, albeit a little slowly at the moment, I am aiming to release it within the next week if my workload and university commitments don’t pile up to quickly. In a sort of executive decision I have decided, with Leopard dropping onto my doorstep next Friday that 1.3 will be the last release for Tiger, assuming there are no major problems. My main reason for doing this is that I don’t really have the time to simultaneously maintain two versions of the software, nor do I wish to run two different OSs.
Again, workload permitting, I am hoping to update the Western Digital My Book icon set to incorporate the new style drives that have been announced by Western Digital. It would appear that my current set are quite popular and I don’t want to disappoint.
Finally, the website went through a short migration earlier this week, hence a small amount of downtime (yet again). Everything appears to be working fine, but if you notice some unusual glitches please contact me.
I think that’s about all I have to vent about for now. Check back soon and roll on Leopard.
I am aware that there were a few problems with the website earlier today and most visitors that weren’t downloading files received “HTTP 500” errors. The problem turned out to be a rouge FastCGI process that was created and wouldn’t shut down or handle requests, I have shut the process down manually now and all systems should be running fine.
On another note regarding problems, I have been made aware of a bug in iSyncIt that causes iSyncIt to crash under certain circumstances. I have only had one actual report of this but if you have also being experiencing problems please contact me through the website. Please include details of your system, language etc. in your bug report. I am working on a fix as you read this.
Well, I’m posting this a little late, I had completely forgotten about posting information about the update on my own website, yet I’d posted on everyone else’s. That’s right iSyncIt 1.2 has been released and as always you can download it here. The main changes in this release are the introduction of German localization, to match this iSyncIt is now bundled with the localized version of the Sparkle update engine. As for interface enhancements the time of last sync is now shown in the menu, this time comes from iSyncIt’s own records rather than iSync’s records. I have also introduced a menu bar icon that changes depending on the current bluetooth status again this is a work in progress but works well if you use iSyncIt to control your bluetooth power.
I’m pushing them out as fast as I possibly can now. iSyncIt has been updated yet again (download here) to version 1.1. The main emphasis for this version was a revised scheduling system. I was happy with the previous system but after many emails I felt it was necessary to implement a time based system as well as the current timer based system. This new system makes the program much more useable and should cater for the needs of many more people. It may also have introduced a few bugs so feel free to email me with them using the contact form.
My plans for the next release of iSyncIt include a menu bar item that will change depending on the current bluetooth status, unfortunately this requires a re-write of my older, less well formed menu bar code so this release will take a little longer to push out than recent releases, but please bear with me.
Update: Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to work any more.
A while ago I wrote a short post (here) about some additions that I had made to TextMate in order to improve its compiling of Java applications, I had made the changes because I had started programming in Java at university and wasn’t happy with the way that TextMate handled the files. In the post I promised a follow up post detailing some other improvements I had made to the Java bundle, finally, that post is here, sort of.
I’ve made so many changes to various bundles and themes it has become to difficult / long winded to document the changes in a post so instead, I have decided to release the changes as a small download from the website. You can find the files you will need on the relevant software page (this does not work anymore, read the update at the top of the page). The main changes are some slight tweaks of the Blackboard theme, the main theme I use and the addition of some new snippets, the compiling shortcuts from my previous post & some menu reordering in the Java bundle.
Make sure that you follow the instructions on the download page or in the README file when installing the files, I don’t want you to go breaking your computer now.
Sorry for the delay in this one, hope it satisfies you appetite, check back soon.
Things appear to be moving along more quickly than expected this week, I posted my main application iSyncIt and the My Book Icons on a few forums and the Apple software website and suddenly the visits to my website have rocketed from 200 a day up to 700 hits or more a day. Not as massive as some websites but it’s certainly an incentive for me to do some more work.
After many requests I have started to implement a more suitable scheduling system in iSyncIt, I added the original system for people that change their calendar and contacts very often but it seems people want more flexibility so I am currently coding something more suitable and user programmable.
Also, partially as an experiment and partially due to me wanting to unify my websites into a single website I have today programmed and uploaded a photography section to the website. This portion of the website showcases some of the better photographs that I take, for other people to see. It has been created using the ‘rflickr’ gem and my Flickr Photostream. I had several problems creating the section due to the lack of documentation for the ‘rflickr’ gem, so I will be writing a tutorial in the coming days to help other people who want to create something similar.
Today I have done the unexpected and moved to the dark side, well, for a few minutes anyway while I release version 0.4 of My Book Icons, the main change for this set of icons is the inclusion of Windows versions of all the icons, including resources for Vista. My main reason for doing this is to give people some consistency between their OS X and Boot Camp / virtualization installations of Windows. But I don’t object to pure Windows users using the icons either, so, anyone that wants them, feel free to download them here.
Now you have recovered from the shock of reading the above I can tell you about a couple of other changes, to the website mainly. In order to try any fund the website and my software / graphics development I have introduced Google Ads to the website, I’m not particularly fond of Google Adverts so I’ve tried to make them as minimal and tasteful as possible, you will only see adverts in the header above and at the bottom of blog and software pages in the form of text ads.
If you like the work I produce I would also like you to consider making a donation using the button to the right (on the website if you are viewing this through RSS), any amount you choose to donate would be helpful to me.
Any money raised through adverts / donations will go towards funding the website and my development of software / graphics. In terms of development the money will be used for my Intel Mac fund so I can develop Universal applications that I can test properly as at the moment all my development is completed on a 12″ PowerBook.