July 2012

July 30 2012 - 11:57 am

Web Sharing and Mountain Lion

I hadn’t gotten around to noticing myself so I just learned from this hint at Mac OS X Hints that Web Sharing is no longer available in Mountain Lion. Web Sharing enables the use of the Apache web server built in to the OS. If you need to get Web Sharing back on Mountain Lion the above mentioned hint contains some links on how to do so.

Unfortunately, the script Re-Add Selected Tracks as Podcast requires Web Sharing be activated, since it uses the local server to re-import files as faux RSS enclosures. So if you want to continue using it on 10.8 you’ll have to restore Web Sharing.

Update: Topher Kessler has a very good Web Sharing restoration tutorial at CNET.

July 26 2012 - 11:06 am

Downloading Doug’s AppleScripts In the Era of Gatekeeper

As you may know, OS X 10.8 introduces a new security feature called Gatekeeper which can conditionally disallow software downloaded from the internet from being launched on your machine. You can access the Gatekeeper settings in the Security pane of System Preferences.

Gatekeeper offers three “trusted source” security settings for launching downloaded apps:

  1. Only launch apps from the Mac App Store
  2. Only launch apps from the Mac App Store or digitally signed with an authorized Apple Developer ID
  3. Launch anything downloaded from anywhere

The default Gatekeeper setting is Number 2. My guess is that the sort of people who visit this site will have lowered that to Number 3, “Allow from Anywhere”.

Gatekeeper doesn’t take notice of most of the types of AppleScripts available from this site so downloading and launching scripts from here shouldn’t trigger Gatekeeper no matter what the security setting. Cocoa-AppleScripts, which constitute the majority of recent applets and droplets, have been/will be codesigned with an Apple Developer ID.

However, it is still remotely possible that a handful of older scripts from this site may be quarantined by Gatekeeper and won’t be permitted to launch after you download them to OS X 10.8. (This does not affect scripts that you have already downloaded and have launched at least once.)

What to do: Control-Click/Right-Click on the script in the Finder and choose “Open” which will present an option to override any Gatekeeper settings. Alternatively, you could lower your Gatekeeper security setting temporarily while you launch the script and then restore the setting afterwards.

Once you’ve successfully launched the script the first time, by whatever means, it will be ignored by Gatekeeper thereafter.

Update: additional new information posted here.

July 25 2012 - 1:01 pm

Mountain Lion

It feels like I just got everything running OK under Lion and Apple updates the OS again.

Luckily, I’ve had several months of preparation and testing with the 10.8 Developer Previews. For the most part, there haven’t been that many significant changes that affect how the AppleScripts for iTunes from this site operate on Mountain Lion. Of course, I haven’t been able to test every script. But I’ve done enough testing to know where some minor problems may crop up and this seems limited to a few Cocoa-AppleScript applets and droplets—mostly due to the way I originally coded them and not necessarily because OS X 10.8 is that much different from 10.7. All Cocoa-AppleScripts will be updated for Mountain Lion and signed with a Developer ID (more on Gatekeeper security in a later post). Unfortunately, today of all days, my production Mac’s hard drive failed—just when I got everything running OK under Lion. So there will be a day or so delay before I can post all updated scripts.

In any case: if you encounter a problem with a script that worked well before but doesn’t work well now in Mountain Lion then 1) check to see if it’s been recently updated or 2) let me know about it.

July 16 2012 - 2:56 pm

Daypart v2.2 Now Available

On the day it gets written up as a Macworld Mac Gem, Daypart gets an update.

Daypart is a simple, full-featured Mac application that allows you to schedule iTunes playlists when to play, giving you an easy way to program varied musical content throughout the week in your home or workplace.

New in v2.2:

  • Compatible with OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • Fixes serious issue whereby saving a schedule would hang
  • Minor stability fixes and improvements

Daypart v2.2 is a free update for registered users.

July 13 2012 - 6:37 am

Dupin v2.5 Released

Dupin v2.5 is now available. You can download it from the Dupin page or, if you have an earlier version, click “Check for Update…” in your Dupin’s Application menu.

Dupin is your iTunes duplicates manager.

New in version 2.5:

  • Compatible with OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion (previous versions will not run on 10.8)
  • Adds Purge Dry Run feature
  • Adds ability to move files to user-chosen location instead of Trash
  • Improves Library Profile feature
  • Consolidates file Purge options
  • Fixes waiting-for-update issue
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements

Dupin is $15. This version of Dupin is a free update if your current Dupin registration was purchased after June 2011. If your registration was purchased before July 2011 then you can upgrade your registration for $7.

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