Archive for March, 2008

March 28 '08 - 12:23 pm
Site Access

It’s been a worrisome few days.

My hosting company has been having some serious issues with their MySQL servers and as a result this site has been inaccessible. I’m told access will be much better after the current issues are resolved. I’ve managed to workaround their problem to a small extent, but it’s still not perfect, so expect things to be a bit slow-loading for a bit.

March 22 '08 - 12:02 pm
UPDATED: Join Together v5.2

Join Together has been updated to version 5.2.

This AppleScript Studio application automates the process of joining the files of selected iTunes tracks together with QuickTime and exporting them as a single AAC Music or Audiobook file/track. Optionally, with Apple’s ChapterTool application installed, you can create a “chapterized” audio file of the exported AAC file with pointers to the individually joined tracks.

As of version 5.2, Join Together comes in two flavors:

The basic version of Join Together is free and always will be. It has the same or better features–and performs as well or better–as it ever has without restrictions. Most users will find the free basic version of Join Together satisfactory for their track-joining needs.

Join Together Plus is an optional shareware upgrade that provides additional pre-flight and post-op features that have been requested by power-users. You can upgrade to Join Together Plus from the free basic version for US$7. This is to cover development and support expenses, which, in turn, helps make Join Together work better for everybody. See Join Together’s Help pages for more information on its Plus features.

Updated in v5.2

  • Added “enabled” checkbox for the final track
  • Added “Rating” options for the final track
  • Added “Part of a gapless album” and “Skip when shuffling” options for the final track
  • Can cancel operation from QuickTime
  • Updated the interface
  • Updated Help pages
  • Fixed unusual issue with filename replacing track name
  • Addressed QuickTime invalid track error while using pass through
  • Performance enhancements
  • Combine contiguous tracks as chapters [Plus version]
  • Chapter name editing; auto-increment chapter numbers [Plus version]
  • Use grouping tags as chapter names [Plus version]
  • Contextual info windows for tracks/chapters [Plus version]
  • Save options for saving final file to playlist, as a Podcast, and copy to iPod [Plus version]
  • Preferences for various options [Plus version]
  • Dock menu reduces application switching [Plus version]

More information and download.

March 12 '08 - 8:25 am
Apple Updates the AppleScript Language Guide

After nearly ten years, Apple has finally updated the Introduction to AppleScript Language Guide. Its layout and organization is more consistent with other Apple Developer Connection documentation and is much easier to grok (and much less 1999-internet-looking). It is specifically geared towards AppleScript 2.0 and Mac OS 10.5 or later.

March 10 '08 - 8:26 am
UPDATED: Make Video Tags v1.1

I was pleasantly enough surprised at the reaction to the initial version of Make Video Tags that I’ve updated it to include a couple of new features.

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This is a no-big-frills video tagging app that I was using in my rip-dvds-for-iPod-with-Handbrake workflow. Added to the new version is the ability to open files in the Finder whereby they will be added to iTunes and then be available for editing in Make Video Tags. Also, if one or more iPods are detected to you can choose to send the tracks to a selected iPod.

This app handles editing of only the few video tags editable in iTunes itself. I highly recommend using the application Lostify, written by Lowell Stewart, for editing a lot more meta-data, including MPAA ratings, network, air dates, cast information, and so on.

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