Tag: macOS

Preparing for macOS Catalina

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.

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Major update 1.7 for Displays

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.

Improved notifications

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.

Displays 1.6 is now available

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).

TrashMe 2.1.16 available on our webstore

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

Uninstallers accuracy

We’ve started to develop our best-seller TrashMe in 2010. Since then, we’ve drastically improved the algorithm to be as accurate as possible when searching for related files to delete. Because our customers don’t want to remove critical files from their system. Because our customers want to rely on an accurate search engine.

Some uninstallers are not so accurate. For example, we compared TrashMe to iTrash when uninstalling CloudApp application (see picture below). At first glance, iTrash gives us more results: 10 files instead of 5 files for TrashMe. But look at the results: even with the “Expert mode” disabled, iTrash is inaccurate, listing some critical files used for Apple iCloud settings. 5 files among the 10 files founds are completely wrong.

We’ve tried uninstalling other applications and found similar issue: when uninstalling Adobe Illustrator, TrashMe is finding 5 related files where iTrash is finding 34 files offering us to remove all Adobe settings (Photoshop, Acrobat…) !

So, be careful, always choose an uninstaller with high accuracy.
TrahsMe is only 7.99 US$, available on the Mac App Store.

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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