Few weeks ago, Apple announced the new version of macOS coming this fall: Catalina. Since 2014, Apple names macOS after California locations and version 10.15 refers to Santa Catalina Island, located just 35 kilometers off the Southern California coast.
Catalina will offer some neat features:
- New Music, TV and podcasts apps, replacing iTunes
- Improved Notes and Reminders apps
- Sidecar lets you extend your workspace by using your iPad as a second display
- Screen Time is giving you greater insight into how you’re spending your time
And behind the scenes, macOS Catalina will come with enhanced security features to better protect macOS against tampering, help ensure that the apps you use are safe, and give you greater control over access to your data. This is what impacts our apps most.
We immediately started to test and adapt all ours apps to be fully compatible with Catalina when it will be released. New security features affect many functions in our apps, because you’re now requested to give new permissions in Catalina: accessing files in your Documents, Desktop and iCloud folders, capturing keyboard activity or a photo/video of your screen. For example, taking screenshots for the first time with our app Displays will pop-up a system dialog asking your permission to take screenshots. We’ve also reworked some functions to avoid unnecessary permission dialogs.
Our iTunes & Spotify companion, TunesArt, offers a different challenge: iTunes is not available anymore on macOS Catalina. But don’t worry, the new Music app is quite similar to iTunes and we’ve successfully adapted TunesArt to it.
We’ve just released a new version of our app Displays, which helps you to change your monitor resolution and adds tons of premium features. Displays 1.8 is a free update for all our users, but it now requires at least macOS Mavericks 10.9. People having bought Displays on the Mac App Store can obtain a free license key to upgrade to this version, as the Mac App Store version is not updated anymore.
Capture your screen
In this version, we’ve written our screenshot tool from scratch. Instead of capturing the entire screen, you may choose to capture a specific window or only a portion of your screen. In this case, some presets help you to capture with fixed dimension and you’ve got some hints about dimension and position of the selected portion. All settings can be changed on the fly: screenshot destination, timer, mouse pointer capturing…
The screenshot editor is also greatly improved in this version. We’ve added new tools to annotate your screenshot: polygon, star, bubble speech and rotation are now available. Positioning elements is also easier as you can automatically align them with our magnet function. New functions to export your screenshot are now offered: copy to macOS clipboard and save to a new location. Last, we’ve improved many parts of the editor and fixed some bugs.
Displays already supported cloud services where you can upload your screenshot: Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, CloudApp and FTP server. In this version, we’ve added three new services: pCloud, Box and SFTP server. Uploads are now more reliable and cancelable.
Displays is available as a Free Download with a 15 days trial period, so give it try!
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After a long time without any update, we’ve just released a new version 1.8 of TunesArt, our popular companion for iTunes. The major new feature in this release is the support for Spotify client in macOS.
Spotify is a popular music service, with 180 million monthly active users and 83 million premium subscribers. TunesArt now supports the macOS client: album cover of current track can be displayed on your desktop, playback can be controlled from TunesArt and you can quickly search in Spotify database. Obviously, you can also display lyrics of any track (through the LyricWiki API). Both iTunes and Spotify can be controlled, so you need to choose the preferred app in TunesArt preferences, just in case both apps are running at the same time.
We’ve also improved many functions, like notifications that can be automatically removed from macOS notification center, Twitter integration (genre and artwork can be included) and album covers with a new default theme. Last, we fixed several bugs.
TunesArt can be tried out for 15 days and is only 3,49€ for purchase.
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Today our app Displays is receiving a major update. Version 1.7 comes with a lot of new features, improvements and fixes, especially for the latest release of macOS Mojave. This is a free update for all our users.
Powerful night mode
We’re very proud of our night mode, conceived to rest your eyes when you’re working in a dark environnement. With version 1.7, we’ve added an auto-switch feature: night mode will be automatically enabled when you launch any app of your choice, and will be disabled when you quit this app. Our night mode is far more powerful than Apple implementation launched with macOS High Sierra (called “Night Shift”), so give it a try! And don’t forget: our app Displays is working from macOS Mountain Lion (10.8), so you can get a night mode even with older macOS versions which don’t include Night Shift from Apple.
We’ve largely improved notifications, either those using our internal mechanism or those displayed in macOS Notification Center. First ones now adopt same appearance than macOS on recent versions. Second ones have now an icon associated to each action, and for some actions you can easily cancel it by clicking embedded button (let’s say you hid desktop icons, embedded button will let you show desktop icons again).
Better support for macOS Mojave
With the release of macOS Mojave a few weeks ago, we’ve worked hard to fix all bugs and to extensively support new dark theme. Indeed, Displays already included a dark theme, but now all parts of our app is supporting dark theme too (Preferences, Welcome screen, screenshot window…).
Other improvements and bugs fixes are too numerous to get listed here, but you can read the full release notes here.
Displays can be tried out for 15 days and is only 5,99€ for purchase.
We’ve just updated Displays to version 1.6, our app to change resolution on Mac and manage monitors. This version adds a lot of features for taking screenshots.
First of all, when you take a screenshot, a new sharing window is now opened by default, as shown below. Inside this window, you can preview your screenshot and share it easily: either to an hosting service or to any other app installed on your Mac (we’re using the macOS sharing facility). In addition to Cloudapp and Dropbox, already supported, we’ve added OneDrive, Google Drive and FTP server support.
The other improvement is screenshot edition and annotation: directly in the sharing window, you can resize and crop your screenshot. We’ve added a lot of useful tools to annotate your screenshot, like drawing rectangle/circles, lines, free drawing, text, highlighter and even a blur/pixelate tool to hide sensitive data.
Last, we improved support for video card switch. MacBooks Pro and iMacs have two video cards, one called integrated (Intel) and the other one dedicated (Nvidia or ATI) ; macOS switches to the best video card, according to its needs. We’re now displaying the actual name of the video card in use, instead of just “Integrated” or “Dedicated”. And we’ve also added a notification when macOS is switching video card in use (enable this notification in Displays preferences, as this is turned off by default).
Nowadays, we’re spending most of our evenings in darkness, in front of an electronic device, a computer, a smartphone or a television. Researchers have found that light emitted by those electronics could be harmful to your health. As stated on this article by Harvard Medical School:
Light at night is part of the reason so many people don’t get enough sleep. While light of any kind can suppress the secretion of melatonin, blue light at night does so more powerfully.
That’s why we developed a powerful night mode in our app Displays, to reduce unwanted effects of lights, when you’re working on your Mac at night. With our night mode, in one click you can:
- Reduce the brightness of your screen
- Reduce the level of blue light emitted by your screen
- Switch macOS to dark mode
- Set another wallpaper
- Enable grayscale mode
Most of the time, when you’re using an external monitor, brightness cannot be changed in macOS. But this is not an issue for Displays because we’re simulating screen dimming.
In latest version 1.5, we also introduced scheduling. Night mode can automatically be enabled either in a user-defined period of time or based on sunset / sunrise of where you’re living. So you don’t even need to remember to enable the night mode, even if manual mode is still working when scheduling is on.
Don’t wait and try Displays for free.
We’re releasing a new version of TrashMe, our uninstaller and cleaning tool for macOS. This new version 2.1.16 is recommended for everybody as we fixed some small annoying bugs. TrashMe now speaks Brazilian Portuguese too, thanks to Paulo Neto.
Starting today, TrashMe is available for direct purchase on our webstore, in addition to the Mac App Store version. The main difference is that the Mac Store version is a bit more limited as it requires installation of our free addon whereas the version available for direct purchase is fully functional even with apps requiring admin password to get uninstalled.
To celebrate the launch of TrashMe on our webstore, we offer a 20% discount with the coupon code TRASHME20. Hurry up, it’s only for a few days!
More information: TrashMe page | Release notes | Webstore
We’re releasing today a new version 1.4 of Displays, our app to change resolution on Mac and manage monitors.
With this version, you can choose the amount of blue light to reduce, in order to rest your eyes, and you can now assign a keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot. Other improvements have been made to better handle overheight menus and to show if a monitor supports P3 wide gamut.
But above all, we fixed bugs occurring with macOS Sierra. With version 1.3, Displays was not able to support retina resolutions on all Macs. We’ve fixed that. We also fixed a bug preventing the dark mode to be correctly switched on/off when using our night mode.
This version is only available on our website, as we’re not selling it on the Mac App Store anymore. If you bought Displays on the Mac App Store, you are eligible to a free licence.
For a limited-time only, you can buy Displays on our webstore with a 30% discount offer: enter the coupon code “WELCOME”.
Today, we took the decision to start selling our apps by ourselves.
When Apple opened their App Store for the Mac in 2011, we immediately decided to sell our apps on it. TunesArt was the first app on the store, and TrashMe just after. In may 2016, we launched a third app on the Mac App Store: Displays.
The Mac App Store is a great way to discover new apps. For users, it also means a centralised place to buy, manage and install their apps. However, nothing has been really easy! Before releasing TunesArt on the Mac App Store, we submitted dozen of versions to Apple: all rejected. We removed two features (automatic download of lyrics and iPod scrobbling) to conform to Apple rules. Same happened with TrashMe: on the App Store, an app can’t offer a feature requesting admin password. That was a major issue, as the purpose of TrashMe is to uninstall apps and clean your Mac, which means sometimes requesting admin password.
For Displays, the situation is a bit different: Apple changed something in their API designed to manage resolutions. That means that Displays can’t manage Retina resolutions anymore on macOS Sierra… at least not with the official way. You need to know that there are public and private APIs. When you change your screen resolution, Apple is using a private API, and not the public API exposed to all developers. And guess what? Using private APIs is strictly forbidden on the Mac App Store, so we have no choice: leaving the Mac App Store is the only solution.
That does not mean we’re removing all our apps from the Mac App Store. Only Displays is leaving the store today, our other apps will be shortly available both on the Mac App Store and our webstore. For people having bought Displays on the Mac App Store, we’re offering a free licence key to migrate outside the Mac App Store.
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We’ve just released a new version 2.1.15 of our uninstaller TrashMe for macOS with some new features and bug fixes. The update is available on the Mac App Store and is recommended for everyone.
First, we’ve implemented preliminary support for the Touch Bar introduced with latest MacBook Pro. This Touch Bar at the top of your keyboard adapts to what you’re doing and gives you intuitive shortcuts and app controls when you need them. With this version 2.1.15 of TrashMe, you can easily navigate through different parts of the app and perform some actions. For sure, we’ll improve Touch Bar support in next release.
Among other new features, you’ll find the ability to use TouchID to protect your favorite apps data. With MacBook Pro late 2016, Apple introduced their famous TouchID, a fingerprint reader used to unlock your Mac and make purchases. When available, we use TouchID instead of asking you to create a password.
Last, we’ve added a crash logs option in “Delete caches” tool, in order to easily remove all reports created by apps when they crash. We’ve also improved general usability, updated localizations and fixed some bugs reported by our fellow users.
More information: TrashMe page | Youtube channel