Again, it has been quite a while since my last post (almost a month in fact) and quite a lot has happened since then. Any regular visitors to the website will have noticed the new theme, the website maintains the new layout released a couple of months ago but the colour scheme has changed to something a bit more minimal. Along with the new theme I have re-introduced some small adverts to the bottom of pages and modified the URL of the blog feed to allow tracking through FeedBurner.
The other main updates to the website are the introduction of My Book Icons 0.8 and My Passport Icons 0.3. The My Book Icons update includes a new icon for the Western Digital My Book Studio II drive. Both of the icon sets now include icons in Windows ICO format and Linux PNG format. On the Mac side of the icon sets, after popular demand, I have added copy & pasteable icons to allow setting of icons using the “Get Info” window in Finder.
You can download My Book Icons here and My Passport Icons here
By popular demand, but a little late, I have released a set of icons to represent the Western Digital My Passport range of external hard drives, this release was driven primarily by requests that I have received and the fact that I have just purchased a WD My Passport drive myself.
For now the release contains only two icons, they are for the red and black “Essential” variants of the My Passport drive. I will be releasing icons for the remaining drives shortly so if you don’t have one of the two drives included keep checking the website.
It must be that time of the year again, I’m on holiday so I’ve started to update all of the downloads I maintain. The first of these updates, and the one most requested, are the vertical orientation icons for the new Western Digital My Book drives. You can download the new version of these icons from the downloads page. I am planning on updating iSyncIt in the next few weeks too.
The website has also undergone a bit of an update, nothing major, just a few tweaks to make things work a little better now. For example when you login, you will no longer be sent to a confirmation page, you will be returned to the page you were on. Much more convenient when posting comments.
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.
Well, it looks like I lied, the iSyncIt release took longer than expected, due in part to my own laziness when it comes to programming but I put the effort in and iSyncIt 1.0 has finally been released. You can download it here.
The main changes to iSyncIt are the removal of the function to remove files installed by versions less than 0.4, the introduction of a preference to change the menu bar icon to one with a little more colour – this is at the request of several people that have emailed me. The final and largest change is the introduction of scheduling for your syncs, this means that you can now tell your computer to sync with your devices every 15, 30, 60 or 120 minutes, it even takes into account your bluetooth control preference. Along with the release of iSyncIt I have also re-vamped some of my smaller applications.
Kill Dashboard, Web Server Management and Kill Front Row have all gone to version 0.2, the main changes to these applications are improved workflow and brand new icons so you can actually keep them in the dock. I’ve also had a little fun with the icons for Kill Dashboard & Kill Front Row.
To continue the theme of making new icons I have released the My Books icons I created for my own external drive to the internet. After very high demand for the icons and a large number of requests I have added the larger My Book drives, vertical versions of the icons and Leopard 512×512 resources to the icon package. You can download them here.
I don’t think I have any other news at the moment, I’m sure i’ll think of something though whilst trying to come up with my next project and more features for iSyncIt. Check back soon.