July 2010

July 25 2010 - 11:32 am

Re: Scripting Bug with iTunes 9.2.1?

Apple may be aware of the issue. This Discussions thread discusses the issue and RoyB suggests re-downloading and re-installing iTunes 9.2.1(5)—you may have 9.2.1(4)—as a solution. (Thanks Tom R.)

Update: I forgot to mention that Software Update will not report v9.2.1(5) as a newer version if you have 9.2.1(4). You must download iTunes from this page at Apple and install it from the disk image.

July 25 2010 - 8:28 am

Scripting Bug with iTunes 9.2.1?

I have received two reports over the past couple of days of some unusual behavior that occurs with iTunes 9.2.1 and some AppleScripts. After running a script that changes the track name tag, the track’s Genre tag is replaced with a number in parentheses, eg, “(10)”. In such cases, it appears that this is a number representing the specific Genre, such that Rock = 30, Jazz = 10, and so on. Like this:

Each report involved a different script which until now presented no problems. Experience suggests that this is not an issue with the scripts (since nothing about the script has changed) but with iTunes.

I have not seen this behavior myself, but I have not yet done any rigorous testing. Since I have only received two reports at this point my guess is that this may be a problem with something else and iTunes; a misconfigured plug-in or background app. But that may be wishful thinking and the problem may indeed just belong to iTunes.

If you have seen any behavior like this please let me know as soon as you can. I’d like as much information as possible before I test and eventually report this to Apple.

[UPDATE: see here for the fix.]

July 20 2010 - 8:51 am

PDF Adder and Safari Reader

I hadn’t realized this until giving it a shot this morning, and I haven’t seen this mentioned elsewhere: I’ve been taking advantage of Safari Reader mostly for reading long form stuff (Esquire magazine has a lot of their classic articles on line, for example). For laughs, while the Reader window was open, I hit Safari’s Print button to see if the Reader formatting is what gets recognized, rather than the original page. Perhaps not so surprisingly, it is!

Now it’s a simple matter of using the “Add as PDF to iTunes” PDF Service in the PDF Adder collection to add the Reader-formatted page to iTunes’ Books category and from there sync to iBooks. Of course, I’ve been PDFing stuff like this from Safari for awhile, but hadn’t thought to try it with Safari Reader. Neat!

July 19 2010 - 7:42 pm

iTunes 9.2.1 Released

Apple has released iTunes 9.2.1 and it looks like there’s a nice batch of fixes there. I won’t have time to check tonight, but I’ll report any AppleScript-related stuff as soon as I can.

July 16 2010 - 2:55 pm

Short URLs Added

For convenience I have provided a short URL for each script for easy bookmaring, link copying, Twitter posting, and what have you. So instead of having to copy (or even type) something like this:

…you only need this:

Gee, that’s about half the length now that I see it like that.

The short URL can be found in the script’s entry listed in the “Info” section. And the title of the entry is also a link using its short URL. The permalink for each entry is, of course, still viable, but I hope you’ll use the short URL when possible.

July 15 2010 - 10:16 am

NEW: Have a Quick Look v1.0

Inspired by this recent Mac OS X Hint, I’ve posted Have a Quick Look. This script uses the UNIX qlmanage command to display a Quick Look window of the selected iTunes track(s), which can be audio, video, and, perhaps most usefully, PDF, whereby is not necessary. Need I add that a keyboard shortcut makes this very handy.

July 6 2010 - 9:23 am

Spins Ranks Your Most-Played Tracks

Spins analyzes your iTunes library and displays rankings of your most-played tracks. You can configure Spins to show rankers and breakouts based on spins by Song, Artist, Album; rankings can be filtered by Rating, Genre, and Year; see rankings for the entire library or a single playlist. Spins can monitor iTunes and display ranking information updates for the current track. You’ll find that Spins is easy to configure and even fun to use.

Give Spins a spin…check out the demo and see what you’ve been spinning. If you like Spins, $10 unlocks the full-featured version.

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