TunesArt will be updated soon

TunesArt did not receive any update for almost one year, but we did not give up our iTunes companion. We’re currently preparing an update, with some visible enhancements and some other invisible improvements.

First, upcoming version will be sandboxed, as requested by Apple for any update on the Mac App Store since 1st June 2012. This part was not so easy, because we needed to test all parts of our application, in order to detect possible issues. For end-user, this does not change anything except that he feels more secure 🙂

TunesArt version 1.6 will also be fully compatible with OS X Mountain Lion, as some issues are occurring with version 1.5.1 (mostly when you switch from one space to another one). In addition, all the application will be optimized for Retina display of new MacBook Pro, and that was a lot of work.

Among new features, TunesArt will be able to use the notification center found in Mountain Lion, the search window will be revamped for better performance, many UI parts will be improved and many bugs will be fixed. Arrival on the Mac App Store was not really easy because Apple asked us to remove fetching of lyrics from LyricWiki. We did not find any affordable replacement, as the cheapest solution would cost 25,000 $USD per year. We’re aware many users are disappointed about this lack of lyrics fetching, but there will be a small new feature in upcoming version (you’ll have to find it by yourself!).

We hope most users will be happy with this brand new version, so stay tuned, it’s coming very soon!

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TrashMe 2.1.3 is now available

We’ve just updated our application “TrashMe” to fix two issues: one with the smart detection not working properly (app was opened but with no visible window) and the other one displaying the fullscreen button in titlebar.

By the way, we’ve added a new feature in latest version: you can search for junk files on your hard drive, for example Windows files (Desktop.ini, Thumbs.db) or other files (.svn, .git). Upcoming version should add new languages and some improvements too (modify favorites password…).

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An update is coming for TrashMe

With Mountain Lion being released few days ago, TrashMe needs an update. The application is working fine, but you may notice that the main window is not as beautiful as other apps, and some icons are missing in the title bar. In the meantime, we’ve optimized TrashMe for Retina display of new Macbook Pro and we’ve fixed bugs (for example, the smart detection was crashing for some users).

This update has been sent to Apple for reviewing, but these days, they are pretty slow. Please be patient, the update should be released in less than 2 weeks (we hope so).

EDIT : the update is now available on the Mac App Store!

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Optimizing our apps for Retina display

One month ago, Apple unveiled a new model of Macbook Pro with Retina display. Default resolution on the Macbook Pro Retina is 1440×960 but LCD panel has an actual resolution of 2880×1800. This is quite revolutionary as most users will not see any pixels on this sort of display panel, as for latest iPhone and iPad.

However, most applications need to be optimized for this new sort of display, otherwise some GUI elements may appear pixelated or blurry. We’ve started to optimize our apps to support this new Retina technology. Expect new releases in a few weeks.

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Gatekeeper on OS X Mountain Lion

Apple recently unveiled its upcoming version of OS X, Mountain Lion. This announcement was quite surprising, as OS X Lion was released just 8 months ago, and only 3 updates have been published so far (current version is 10.7.3). However, the name Apple chose seems to indicate an improved version of 10.7 and not a major release. And the funniest part is that a Mountain Lion is also known as Cougar or… Panther ! For our earlier-switchers, Panther was the name of Mac OS X 10.3.

Among new features in Mountain Lion, we find “GateKeeper”, which is presented by Apple as an improved security for end-user:

Gatekeeper in OS X Mountain Lion makes the Mac safer than ever. It helps protect you from downloading and running malicious software. It brings you new levels of security. And it puts you in control.

To be more precise, you’ll have three choices:

  • Allow software downloaded from anywhere
  • Allow software downloaded only from Mac App Store
  • Allow software downloaded only from Mac App Store and identified developers

The last option should be selected by default (at least in current Developper Release of 10.8). This is a pretty good choice for most users, as Apple will disable a Developper ID when a software is known as malicious. Some people may find it’s a bit strict, but you’ll be able to select another option, especially “Allow software downloaded from anywhere”.

Here, at Jibapps, we find that it’s a fair solution, much more efficient than requesting sandboxing for every application. We regret that in a near future, some applications will be forced to quit the Mac App Store (because not compatible with Sandboxing) and we hope that Apple will change its mind (after all, they decided to delay Sandboxing a little bit, until June 2012). And don’t forget: sandboxed app doesn’t mean better-coded app!

Apple and application sandboxing

The biggest revolution for Mac applications is coming soon. Apple is going to force developers to implement sandboxing in their applications, before the end of March 2012. At least for applications available on the Mac App Store.

Sandboxing is a great concept for end-user, as it improves security: a sandboxed application does not have any access to your system, except for some particular and limited tasks. Thus, the application don’t see your filesystem, but only its “sandbox” (also called “container”). iOS already implements this concept, which main limitation is the impossibility for an application to read or write file in another application container.

However, what is good for a mobile phone is not always good for a computer! On Mac OS X, many applications need a wide access to your system, such as our application TrashMe (we’re looking and deleting files in you Library folder, which is forbidden for a sandboxed app). We don’t have any guarantee that our app will be compatible with future Mac App Store rules. Previous deadline was November 2011, but there were too many bugs with sandboxing and Apple decided to define a new deadline.

We’re working hard on improving our applications and testing sandboxing (and a new project is coming soon). We’ll keep you informed.

Future improvements in TrashMe

We’re currently working hard on improving our uninstaller “TrashMe”. First, we’re developing a new tool to search for junk files, those little files completely uselesss even though they don’t take too much space on your hard drive. For example, when you copy folders from an old Windows partition, you may find a lot of useless “Desktop.ini” and “Thumbs.db”. Even with Mac OS X, you may want to delete “.git”, “.svn” or “.DS_Store” files. Next version of TrashMe will help you searching and removing this kind of files.

The other feature we’re working on is the “Orhpans search”. This feature was part of TrashMe 1.x but was not perfect as it was searching only for Preferences files left by already uninstalled applications. So we decided to wait a little bit before getting the feature back into TrashMe, because we want something more powerful. This feature will be back either in upcoming version or the next one, depending on a beta test we will offer.

Be sure that we listen carefully to our customers feedback, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you’ve got some specific requests.

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TunesArt 1.5 today on the Mac App Store

Today, Apple approved our application “TunesArt”, a great companion for iTunes, which you can buy on the Mac App Store.

This new version is compatible with Lion and new versions of iTunes and we’ve added a lot of new features : Twitter support, Tags manager, new theme (others can can be downloaded here), ratings directly in your menubar and a time slider on desktop controls (for full changelog, go to TunesArt page). We’ve listened to our customers and integrated most of popular requests.

By the way, we’d like to answer two common objections:

The application was free and now we have to pay.
Actually, we decided to offer a version with neaw features on the Mac App Store, instead of just putting previously available version. We charge only a few dollars for TunesArt and comparing to other apps, you’ve got more features (lyrics, Twitter, Tags manager…). Don’t forget you’ve got free updates and you can install TunesArt on your different computers. Last, donators may contact us to request a free copy.

Download of lyrics has gone!
In order to comply with Apple rules on the Mac App Store, we removed the automatic donwload of Lyrics (TunesArt has been rejected three times just because of this feature). This is a matter of copyrights, and we’re looking for a way to get this feature back, either with LyricWiki or another provider. For the moment, the lyrics window will inform you if lyrics are available on LyricWiki and you’ll be able to open the lyrics webpage. Then, you can use our new feature “Paste from clipboard” to paste and save lyrics with one click.

We really hope you’ll enjoy TunesArt, and hurry up, discount price will end the 14th of August!
Check TunesArt product page.

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TrashMe 2.0 is now available

After several weeks of hard work, we are pleased to announce that TrashMe 2.0 is now available on the Mac App Store. This is a major update with a brand new user interface and great new features. Along with our powerful uninstall mechanism, we’ve added a “Favorite apps” manager where you can store registration information and other notes. We’ve also integrated a caches cleaner and a tool to delete only some files in your Trash. Note that you need to download a small add-on in our FAQ to be able to remove apps with admin privileges (this is an App Store restriction).

Our application is compatible with Lion. Just one note about the uninstall mechanism built in 10.7: Lion is able to “uninstall” only apps downloaded from the Mac App Store, and not the other ones. In addition, Lion is only removing the main bundle and not its related files. So, even with Lion, TrashMe is very useful!

You can buy TrashMe at a discount price until 26th of July 2011 on the Mac App Store. Read more on this page.

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Welcome to our new website

To celebrate the forthcoming arrival of our applications to the Mac App Store, we decided to redesign our website. This new version, entirely “home-made”, is cleaner, simpler, nicer.

The forum has been closed because it was hard to maintain. Instead, we encourage our fellow customers to check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), where we’ll add a lot more questions/answers in the next couple of weeks. Our contact form has been improved, as it’s the best way to send us bug report and request assistance. Feel free to contact us, we usually answer in 24-48 hours (in English and in French).

Last, we’re pleased to offer a bilingual website. This is quite obvious for a French company, but it’s also a lot of work, because we don’t use automatic translation.

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