An Apple spring: new treats in store, general announcements and other assorted nonsense. 30/04/2012 No Comments
Good day to you fine folk out there in shiny Appletopia! Remember us? We’re back with a long overdue update to bring you up to speed with the latest developments and tittle-tattle here at Ettore Towers. We realise the unusually prolonged bout of radio silence may have had one or two of you absently wondering if we’d perished at the hands of frozen night terrors during the winter. Well fear not, for we managed to elude the White Walkers and now that spring has sprung [a leak] we can emerge blinking into the drizzle to give you the lowdown.
So just what have we been doing besides slurping porridge and bingeing on Game of Thrones? To cut a long story short, we’ve been working our socks off. Those of you who’ve been following our software development efforts for a while will have noticed by now that when we go quiet it means we’re super busy squashing bugs, responding to customer feedback and painstakingly building superior iterations of our app offerings. In recent months we’ve been particularly focused on beefing up TypeIt4Me in order to better support your evolving stenographic text expansion needs. Not only is a Mac update nearing completion, but – without wanting to give too much away – we also have a little treat in store on the mobile side of things. Stay tuned for a forthcoming announcement…
…In other news, after the ringing endorsement TypeIt4Me received from Lifehacker in their Mac Text Expansion Faceoff last year, we’re pumped to see the venerable Adam Dachis is still a keen TypeIt4Me user. You can watch him discussing its usefulness in this Take It to the Cloud podcast (about 16 minutes in). The dude’s not on our payroll, we swear – he’s just awesome :)
Special offer on TypeIt4Me has ended 01/08/2011 2 Comments
The 75% special offer in the Mac App Store ended on August 1. Thank you to all who purchased TypeIt4Me and made it climb high in the Mac App Store charts. The price has now reverted to the normal $19.99 both in the Mac App Store and directly from http://ettoresoftware.com
Hear ye, hear ye! Calling all Mac fans and text expansion enthusiasts. For a limited time only, you can take advantage of a Mac App Store exclusive offer and buy TypeIt4Me for the downright silly price of just $4.99 (USD). There’s no need to rub your eyes, you read that right. $4.99 in US dollars. That’s £2.99 for those of you in the UK and 3.99€ for eurozone dwellers. We’ve gone soft in the head with Lion mania and to celebrate the imminent launch of Apple’s latest big cat operating system – Mac OS X 10.7 – we’ve temporarily slashed the price of TypeIt4Me in the Mac App Store by 75%. This special offer will end on August 1st. If you act fast, you can grab yourselves a stonking great bargain.
Even those of you who have already purchased a TypeIt4Me licence from us directly in the past might wish to consider grabbing it from the Mac App Store* now while it’s as cheap as chips. Doing so would entitle you to free updates for all future TypeIt4Me 5.x versions, meaning you could avoid stumping up the standard $8.99 fee for upgrades that will otherwise come into effect 18 months from your initial purchase. Food for thought, no? Why not spread the word and let your friends get a slice of the action, too. …Mmmmmmm, tasty, tasty TypeIt4Me.
* Note that before buying it from the Mac App Store, you will need to quit your existing copy of TypeIt4Me and move it from your Applications folder to the Trash. Don’t worry, your existing clippings and settings will be preserved. After purchasing TypeIt4Me from the Mac App Store, simply double-click your clippings file (usually stored in Home or Documents folder and ending in .typeit4me).
TypeIt4Me 5.2 (49) is released today. 08/07/2011 No Comments
Howdy folks, we’re just poking our heads over the parapet to bring you news that TypeIt4Me 5.2 is out today. This update is free if you paid for a full or upgraded licence after 1 January 2010 – so if you’ve already given us some of your hard earned dosh at some point in the last 18 months, you’re good to go. Otherwise you’ll need to stump up a modest US$8.99 if you want to benefit from the latest features. Can’t say fairer than that, can we?
New or changed features in TypeIt4Me 5.2:
- We’ve added a spiffy new Date / Time Math function that will expand a date abbreviation of your choosing to a calculated-on-the-fly date and / or time in the future. Or in the past, for that matter… It’s better than a flux capacitor, really. Great Scott!
- There’s a new way to issue a SHIFT-TAB (which can move the cursor to a cell to the left in a table or to a previous field in a form).
- As requested by one of our customers, we’ve introduced another ‘hidden’ option. It tells TypeIt4Me not to use just the first four characters of what you’ve copied to the clipboard as a default suggestion when proposing an abbreviation in Add a Clipping:
defaults write com.typeit4me.TypeIt4MeMenu shortenProposedAbb -bool NO
For now, the above command needs to be copied and pasted – or typed – in Terminal as the option is not currently included in TypeIt4Me’s preferences screen. If this feature proves popular we will look into making it more user friendly in a future release. If you try it and decide you don’t like it, you can revert to normal by firing up Terminal again and entering the following line:
defaults write com.typeit4me.TypeIt4MeMenu shortenProposedAbb -bool YES
SpeakMyTunes hits No. 1 in Italy 10/06/2011 No Comments
We are happy to report that since we released version 2.0 of SpeakMyTunes yesterday, it has climbed all the way to the top of the Mac App Store’s free Music downloads chart in Italy. Not only is it occupying the number one spot in the Music category, but at the time of writing it’s also the seventh most popular free app overall. It’s great to see people enjoying SpeakMyTunes and giving us so much positive feedback. We will of course continue development and add further features in future. Grazie mille.
SpeakMyTunes 2.0 is out now. 09/06/2011 No Comments
Yep, we like to keep busy. Hot on the heels of version 1.0′s debut less than a month ago, it’s our pleasure to announce that SpeakMyTunes 2.0 is available for download now. You can grab it straight from our website or, if you prefer, from Apple’s Mac App Store.
It was just a bit of fun when we launched it, but SpeakMyTunes has proven to be quite a hit. In a few short weeks our freeware song announcer for iTunes has been downloaded by thousands of music lovers across the globe. We’d like to thank everyone for the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response: your positive feedback and suggestions just keep pouring in. As you might expect, we’re pretty jazzed that people are enjoying SpeakMyTunes and finding it useful. Encouraged by your kind words and great ideas, we’ve gone on to add some spiffy new features. This is what’s new in version 2.0:
- You can now compose your own announcement, by combining and reordering any of the available song information tags with custom phrasing you type yourself.
- There are four new song information elements: Genre, Composer, Year and Comments.
- Pausing iTunes during SpeakMyTunes announcements is now optional.
- We’ve added an independent volume control for voice announcements.
- The application icon can be displayed in the dock only, in the menubar only, or in both.
- SpeakMyTunes has been localised for French, Spanish and Italian users.
That’s it for the time being. We hope you’ll get a kick out of these improvements – we’ve certainly enjoyed the challenge of implementing your requested features. Anyway, have fun tweaking SpeakMyTunes to your hearts’ content and keep the feedback coming. We love to hear your thoughts. Toodle pip…à bientôt…adiós…and arrivederci!
Good news, everyone! We’re pleased to introduce our new Mac freeware offering: SpeakMyTunes. This latest addition to the Ettore Software product lineup is a song announcer for iTunes. It can read out loud the title of the song currently playing in iTunes, then cheerfully inform you who’s performing it and which album it’s on. If, like us, you have less than perfect vision and despair of having to squint in vain to read the tiny text in iTunes, you might want to try it out. It’s also useful for free roaming spirits who listen to shuffled playlists while wandering about the room. Granted, it’s not going to cure the common cold or make you coffee in the mornings, but it is free, so why not take it for a spin and let us know what you think?
Royal Wedding fever is upon us. 28/04/2011 No Comments
You may possibly have heard hushed whispers and noticed a few subtle indications that royal nuptials are afoot. Supposedly, some prince or other might be getting hitched at Westminster Abbey tomorrow. It could just be hearsay and we’re not sure we believe these vague rumours, but we’ve decided to enter into the spirit of things, regardless. Any excuse for a party: we love a good old-fashioned knees-up, we do.
As the world vigorously celebrates all things quaintly British and somewhat pointless, we’re delighted to inform you that we’ve spruced up our BigBen clock app, giving it a makeover for this most romantic occasion. For a limited time, you can download it to your iPhone for free. Why not whip it out during the ceremony and wipe away a tear as you salute the monarchy and listen to our cherished London icon belt out its famous Westminster Chimes? Ding Dong!
It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally updated BigBen with some hi-res photos and professionally recorded chimes.
It now plays every quarter and correctly starts the chime on the hour, to end in time for the first bong to play as the clock strikes the hour.
Check it out here and tell all your friends.
TypeIt4Me 5.1(45) adds PPC support 03/04/2011 No Comments
A few users alerted me last week that 5.1 (44) no longer worked on their PPC (non-Intel) Macs.
Turns out that in order to compile for PPC, Xcode 3.2.6 now requires manual intervention to change the default setting, which is now Intel only.
Today, we replaced the TypeIt4Me binary included on the distribution disk image with a binary that supports PPC as well as Intel and will run on both Leopard and Snow Leopard:
Unless you are still using a PPC, non-Intel Mac, there is NO need to download this version which is otherwise identical to 5.1(44).
With Lion 10.7 coming later this summer, 5.1(45) may very well be the last PPC-friendly version and we may also be dropping Leopard support, focussing on Snow Leopard and Lion only.
NB This version now supports Command-Q to quit the app. If you prefer NOT to have this, open Terminal and paste in the following command:
defaults write com.typeit4me.TypeIt4MeMenu AddCmdQ -bool NO
TypeIt4Me 5.1 (44) Released Today 27/03/2011 No Comments
Select Check for updates from the TypeIt4Me menu. If you purchased TypeIt4Me from the Mac App Store, the new version will show up in your updates list in a week or so, once Apple approves it.
New or changed features:
- Added Show Duplicates.
- Added warning when pasting clippings (cmd-v) would create duplicate(s).
- In Edit Clippings window, cmd-F now moves keyboard focus to search field, cmd-L to clippings list.
- Periodic file save now only happens if there are unsaved changes.
- The position of the vertical split bar in Edit Clippings window is saved and restored.
- Added the following 3 options, each requested by a single user:
- defaults write com.typeit4me.TypeIt4MeMenu noFadeEffectOnMainWindow -bool YES
- defaults write com.typeit4me.TypeIt4MeMenu dontProposeContentsOfPasteboard -bool YES
- defaults write com.typeit4me.TypeIt4MeMenu AddCmdQ -bool YES
The above commands need to be typed in Terminal as there is currently no UI for them in the preferences.
- Added “ALMOST EQUAL TO” (Unicode 2248) to set of punctuation signs (“.,+-~/”) that can precede numerals in abbs that expand number+suffix combos.
- Users can now add more than one backspace symbols at the start of clippings.
- Fixed crashes when launching TypeIt4Me when its preferences file has become corrupted.
- Restored “Trigger on period(.) followed by another delimiter” functionality.
A bug in Firefox can prevent any text expander, including TypeIt4Me, from observing keyboard input because “Secure Event Input” is enabled when a user enters a password but not always disabled when leaving the password field.
This bug was reported back in April 2010 and the Mozilla team have now provided a fix, available in the Firefox nightly build and in an upcoming beta release.
The above bug in Firefox and several other applications, including Quicken, is what prompted us to add a Growl notification every time TypeIt4Me detects that Secure Event Input has been enabled. This will alert the user that TypeIt4Me will no longer expand until Secure Event Input has been disabled.
If you see the Growl message and it isn’t followed by one to say that Secure Event Input has been disabled (once the password entry action is completed, for example), please make a note of what application you are using so we can report this to their developers.
If you do not have Growl installed, we would heartily recommend you install it as it can be very useful over and beyond the TypeIt4Me-related notification.