DropDMG 3.5.9

November 15th, 2019 (DropDMG)

Version 3.5.9 of DropDMG is now available.

DropDMG makes it easy to create a professional disk image for your app. Disk images pack entire folders or disks into a single compressed file, either for transport across the Internet or simply for backup or archival. They are Apple’s preferred format for distributing Mac software and the only archive format whose contents you can directly access in the Mac Finder—no extraction or third-party software required.

Deliver your Mac app on a .dmg file with a software license agreement, a custom volume icon, and a precise icon layout atop a Retina-optimized background picture. Customers can install simply by dragging and dropping the app onto the convenient Applications folder link. Code-sign your .dmg so that macOS knows it can be trusted after download.

This is a free update for owners of DropDMG 3.0 that includes the following enhancements:

  • Worked around a bug in macOS 10.15 that could prevent a custom volume icon from being saved.
  • Worked around a bug in macOS 10.15 that prevented the Set Passphrase… sheet from working from within the New Blank Disk Image… panel.
  • Worked around a bug in macOS 10.15 that prevented licenses from being removed when converting a disk image using license None.
  • Worked around a macOS bug that could prevent DropDMG from launching after you used AirPlay.
  • Worked around a macOS bug that could cause the Command-line tool to fail with error Killed: 9 after being updated to a new version until the Mac was restarted.
  • Fixed a bug where the passphrase sheet could be stretched vertically.
  • Modernized the localizations.

DropDMG 3.5.9 works with macOS 10.7 through 10.15. Older versions are available for older operating systems. For information about previous releases of DropDMG, please see the version history.

If you enjoy using DropDMG, please take a moment to review it on the Mac App Store, Product Hunt, or MacUpdate or to mention it on Twitter, Facebook, or your own site. We’d really appreciate it.

Update (2019-11-15): DropDMG 3.5.9 has been submitted to the Mac App Store and is awaiting approval from Apple.

Update (2019-11-15): DropDMG 3.5.9 is now available from the Mac App Store.

ToothFairy 2.6

October 29th, 2019 (ToothFairy)
Download on the Mac App Store
Available on Setapp

Version 2.6 of ToothFairy is now available.

ToothFairy is a Mac menu bar utility that lets you connect AirPods to your Mac with a single click or keypress. It also works with other Bluetooth headphones and with input devices such as mice, keyboards, and game pad controllers. You can see at a glance which devices are connected, as well as their battery levels. ToothFairy can also make music and videos sound better by using a higher quality codec for audio output.

This is a free update that includes the following changes:

  • Added icons for AirPods ProAirPods Pro Disconnected AirPods Pro Connected, Beats XBeats X Disconnected Beats X Connected, Microsoft Surface EarbudsSurface Earbuds Disconnected Surface Earbuds, and an alternate icon for a pair of regular AirPodsAirPods Disconnected AirPods Connected that are positioned symmetrically rather than offset.
  • Adjusted the way battery levels map to gradations in the menu bar gauge.
  • Added a button to the About tab to open the ToothFairy manual.
  • Worked around a macOS bug that could prevent launching the app after using AirPlay.
  • Fixed a regression where the battery level wasn’t shown if it was exactly 100%.
  • Modernized the localizations.
  • Reduced the size of the app.

ToothFairy 2.6 works with macOS 10.11 through 10.15 and requires a Bluetooth device. For information about previous releases of ToothFairy, please see the version history.

If you enjoy using ToothFairy, please take a moment to review it on the Mac App Store, Product Hunt, or MacUpdate or to mention it on Twitter, Facebook, or your own site. We’d really appreciate it.

DropDMG 3.5.8

October 10th, 2019 (DropDMG)

Version 3.5.8 of DropDMG is now available.

DropDMG makes it easy to create a professional disk image for your app. Disk images pack entire folders or disks into a single compressed file, either for transport across the Internet or simply for backup or archival. They are Apple’s preferred format for distributing Mac software and the only archive format whose contents you can directly access in the Mac Finder—no extraction or third-party software required.

Deliver your Mac app on a .dmg file with a software license agreement, a custom volume icon, and a precise icon layout atop a Retina-optimized background picture. Customers can install simply by dragging and dropping the app onto the convenient Applications folder link. Code-sign your .dmg so that macOS knows it can be trusted after download.

This is a free update for owners of DropDMG 3.0 that includes the following enhancements:

  • The Create macOS Install Disk command works around some issues with the macOS 10.15 Catalina installer that could cause errors or the creation of incomplete installation disks.
  • Create macOS Install Disk automatically shows you the volumes list when it’s time to select the destination volume, saving you a step.
  • Updated the Create macOS Install Disk and Signing sections of the manual.
  • When calculating the size of the source folder or app, DropDMG now counts the sizes of any extended attributes. This fixes a problem where some apps (e.g. those made using the Qt framework) that include large numbers of small code-signed files wouldn’t fit on the disk image.
  • Work around a series of bugs in macOS 10.15 that sometimes caused a “Resource temporarily unavailable (-54)” error when creating a disk image with a license agreement.
  • Worked around an issue with macOS 10.14 where the log detail drawer might be slightly too short to fit all of its contents without scrolling.
  • If you have a disk image with a pre-existing license agreement and convert it with None as selected license, on macOS 10.15 the license is kept rather than deleted. This is due to a pair of bugs in Catalina (FB7362946, FB7362950).
  • Fixed a crash that could occur if there was an error creating a macOS install disk.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when a Software Update error occurred.
  • Fixed a bug with the crash reporter window and Dark Mode.

DropDMG 3.5.8 works with macOS 10.7 through 10.15. Older versions are available for older operating systems. For information about previous releases of DropDMG, please see the version history.

If you enjoy using DropDMG, please take a moment to review it on the Mac App Store, Product Hunt, or MacUpdate or to mention it on Twitter, Facebook, or your own site. We’d really appreciate it.

Update (2019-10-10): DropDMG 3.5.8 has been submitted to the Mac App Store and is awaiting approval from Apple.

Update (2019-10-11): DropDMG 3.5.8 is now available from the Mac App Store.

macOS 10.15 Catalina Compatibility

October 8th, 2019 (BBAutoComplete, DropDMG, EagleFiler, SpamSieve, ToothFairy)

macOS 10.15 Catalina is now available. The latest versions of all of our apps are compatible with Catalina. These are:

You should update to these app versions before updating your Mac to Catalina. Otherwise, depending on how old a version you’re using, you may run into a bug in the automatic software updater and need to update manually. Any known issues are mentioned below. This post will be updated as we address the issues or if any new ones are found.

Although our apps are compatible, we do not recommend updating to Catalina at this time. We have heard many reports of bugs in the initial release of Catalina, from installer issues, to lost settings, the App Store forgetting purchases, miscellaneous glitches, and even data loss (unrelated to our apps). So, if at all possible, we recommend waiting for Apple to address these issues in macOS 10.15.1 or 10.15.2 before you update to Catalina.

If you must update to Catalina now, be sure that you have created a backup (or two) first. As a last resort, you may be able to revert to a snapshot created by the macOS installer before it installed Catalina, although this would lose any files that you modified or created after the update.

BBAutoComplete

  • No known issues.

DropDMG

  1. Creating a disk image with a license agreement may intermittently fail with error -54. This is fixed in DropDMG 3.5.8.

  2. The Create macOS Install Disk command may fail or crash when used with the macOS 10.15 Catalina installer. This is fixed in DropDMG 3.5.8.

  3. If you have a disk image with a license agreement and convert it with None as the selected license, the license is kept rather than deleted. This is due to a pair of bugs in Catalina (FB7362946, FB7362950). This is fixed in DropDMG 3.5.9.

  4. macOS sometimes fails to set a custom volume icon due to a bug in Catalina (FB7365644). This is fixed in DropDMG 3.5.9.

  5. The Set Passphrase… sheet in the New Blank Disk Image window cannot be dismissed by clicking OK or Cancel. This seems to be due to the new save panel architecture in Catalina. You can work around this by setting an encrypted disk image’s passphrase using a configuration or by skipping the Set Passphrase… button, in which case DropDMG will prompt you for the passphrase midway through creating the disk image. This is fixed in DropDMG 3.5.9.

EagleFiler

  • Due to a bug in Catalina (FB7435415), embedded images imported from Evernote may not display at the right size.

SpamSieve

  1. SpamSieve should automatically update its Apple Mail plug-in to the Catalina version at launch. After updating the plug-in, you’ll need to enable it in Mail’s Manage Plug-in… sheet. It is possible, e.g. if something delays or prevents SpamSieve from launching, that Mail will move some new messages to the Spam mailbox without consulting SpamSieve.

    To prevent this, and to make updating as smooth as possible, we recommend:

    1. Before updating to Catalina, go to the Rules section of Mail’s Preferences window and uncheck the SpamSieve rule to temporarily turn it off.
    2. After updating to Catalina, before launching Mail, open SpamSieve and choose Install Apple Mail Plug-In from the SpamSieve menu.
    3. Launch Mail and enable the SpamSieve plug-in.
    4. Turn the SpamSieve rule back on in Mail’s Preferences.
  2. Catalina seems to be a bit more strict about the locations where Apple Mail plug-ins can be loaded from. If you don’t see the SpamSieve plug-in listed in the Manage Plug-in… sheet, please follow the If the Plug-In Won’t Load or Stay Enabled instructions. Mail requires that plug-ins be stored on the same volume as your home folder, so do not try to use a symlink to redirect Mail’s data files to another location.

  3. A bug in Catalina prevents SpamSieve from being able to tell whether an account in Apple Mail is disabled (FB7035263). In some circumstances, this can cause SpamSieve to move a message to the inbox of a disabled account when you use the Train as Good command. Because the account is hidden, it will look like the message has disappeared. For more information, please see #3 in this section of the manual. Fixed in SpamSieve 2.9.38b1.

  4. A bug in Catalina may prevent the Apple Mail - Discard Spam script from fully deleting messages from the Spam mailbox, instead leaving them in the trash (FB7145734). You can manually empty the trash to finish deleting them.

  5. We’ve received 3 reports (but have not been able to reproduce here) that Apple Mail rules that move messages to iCloud mailboxes instead make the messages disappear. This ended up being a temporary iCloud server issue, unrelated to Catalina or SpamSieve.

  6. We’ve received 10 reports (but have not been able to reproduce here) that spam messages are marked and colored as spam in the inbox but not moved to the local Spam mailbox under On My Mac. This seems to be due to a bug in Apple Mail (FB7388651), as it also occurs for regular, non-SpamSieve rules that move messages to a local mailbox. It’s not clear why the bug affects only a small number of users. You can bulk-select the messages in the inbox and choose Message ‣ Apply Rules to re-apply the rules, and that does move the messages. To automatically move the messages, you can install SpamSieve 2.9.38b2, choose Install Apple Mail Plug-In from the SpamSieve, and use an Apple Mail Script Rule.

  7. We’ve heard reports (but have not been able to reproduce here) that moving Apple Mail messages between mailboxes (whether or not SpamSieve is installed) can make the messages turn blank. You can still use SpamSieve without moving any messages. For example, you can use the Change Settings command to tell SpamSieve not to move messages trained as good back to the inbox. And you can Option-drag messages to copy them instead of moving them.

ToothFairy

  • No known issues.

Although many customers have been testing the apps with beta versions of Catalina for several months, it is possible that there are issues that we have not seen before. Please let us know if you encounter any problems. It’s helpful if you choose Save Diagnostic Report from the Help menu and attach the report file to your e-mail.

ToothFairy 2.5.1

October 1st, 2019 (ToothFairy)
Download on the Mac App Store
Available on Setapp

Version 2.5.1 of ToothFairy is now available. ToothFairy is a Mac menu bar utility that lets you connect AirPods to your Mac with a single click or keypress. It also works with other Bluetooth headphones and with input devices such as mice, keyboards, and game pad controllers. You can see at a glance which devices are connected, as well as their battery levels. ToothFairy can also make music and videos sound better by using a higher quality codec for audio output.

This is a free update that includes the following changes:

  • The battery gauge uses twice as many gradations as before to show the battery level more precisely.
  • The Control-click menu now shows the battery percentage on a separate line, to avoid having such a wide menu item.
  • If you rename a Bluetooth device, the name now updates in ToothFairy without having to relaunch the app.
  • The Bluetooth devices are now sorted by name in the Preferences window.
  • Adjusted the battery level tooltip text so that it doesn’t look funny if only one of the AirPods is connected.
  • Worked around a crash on macOS 10.15 that could occur if the system asked you for permission to allow ToothFairy to control your Bluetooth device and you declined.
  • Worked around a potential crash that could occur if a Bluetooth device’s name couldn’t be loaded.
  • All the settings are now documented in the manual.

ToothFairy 2.5.1 works with macOS 10.11 through 10.15 and requires a Bluetooth device. For information about previous releases of ToothFairy, please see the version history.

If you enjoy using ToothFairy, please take a moment to review it on the Mac App Store, Product Hunt, or MacUpdate or to mention it on Twitter, Facebook, or your own site. We’d really appreciate it.

EagleFiler 1.8.10

September 26th, 2019 (EagleFiler)

Version 1.8.10 of EagleFiler is now available.

EagleFiler makes organizing and managing your information easy. It lets you archive and search mail, Web pages, PDF files, word processing documents, images, and more. Use it to collect information from a variety of sources. Browse different types of files using a familiar three-pane interface. Organize them into folders and annotate them with tags and notes, or leave everything in one folder and pin-point the information you need using the live search. Since EagleFiler stores its library in Finder format, you can use it in concert with the other tools in your Mac ecosystem.

EagleFiler is a digital filing cabinet, a research assistant, snippet collector, and document organizer. You can use it to write a journal, track all the files for a project or job, manage your bookmarks, save your favorite Web articles, store financial statements and receipts, run a paperless office, plan a trip, collect your course notes, archive your e-mail correspondence, search mailing list archives, research a purchase, remember recipes to cook or books to read, store scientific papers, sort photos, gather legal case notes, or assemble a scrapbook. It’s the most flexible tool on your Mac.

This is a free update that includes the following enhancements:

  • When converting from Evernote to rich text (RTFD), EagleFiler makes images display at their intended sizes. (Previously, EagleFiler used the actual sizes of the image files it was given.) Very large images are scaled down to fit a reasonable page width. No image data is lost, as EagleFiler changes the logical image resolution rather than resampling the image.
  • Searching using Match Partial Words now works better with queries containing the / character.
  • When multiple records are selected in the viewer, EagleFiler now shows the overall count in addition to the breakdown by file type.
  • Temporary files are now excluded from iCloud Drive syncing.
  • Worked around a Spotlight bug in macOS 10.14 that could prevent indexing from making progress.
  • Fixed various bugs in the Evernote-to-RTF converter: lines that would run together into one, extra line breaks and spaces, and text content that was missing or incorrectly formatted due to a macOS bug.
  • Fixed a bug where EagleFiler would let you import a new file using the same name as an existing record whose file was missing. This could lead to the old record becoming linked to the new file.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when a Software Update error occurred.
  • Fixed a bug with the crash reporter window and Dark Mode.
  • Fixed a bug where importing a Web page whose title was “.” could cause an error.
  • Updated to Xcode 11.

EagleFiler 1.8.10 works with macOS 10.9 through 10.15. Older versions are available for older operating systems. For information about previous releases of EagleFiler, please see the version history.

If you enjoy using EagleFiler, please take a moment to review it on the Mac App Store, Product Hunt, or MacUpdate or to mention it on Twitter, Facebook, or your own site. We’d really appreciate it.

Update (2019-09-26): EagleFiler 1.8.10 has been submitted to the Mac App Store and is awaiting approval from Apple.

Update (2019-09-26): EagleFiler 1.8.10 is now available from the Mac App Store.

DropDMG 3.5.7

September 3rd, 2019 (DropDMG)

Version 3.5.7 of DropDMG is now available.

DropDMG makes it easy to create a professional disk image for your app. Disk images pack entire folders or disks into a single compressed file, either for transport across the Internet or simply for backup or archival. They are Apple’s preferred format for distributing Mac software and the only archive format whose contents you can directly access in the Mac Finder—no extraction or third-party software required.

Deliver your Mac app on a .dmg file with a software license agreement, a custom volume icon, and a precise icon layout atop a Retina-optimized background picture. Customers can install simply by dragging and dropping the app onto the convenient Applications folder link. Code-sign your .dmg so that macOS knows it can be trusted after download.

This is a free update for owners of DropDMG 3.0 that includes the following enhancements:

  • If setting a disk image’s layout fails, DropDMG will now report a better error message that explains how to enable Automation access in System Preferences, rather than just mentioning error code -1743.
  • Worked around a Mac App Store bug that prevented setting disk image layouts when using macOS 10.14 or later.
  • Expanded the Signing section of the manual with more information about the different kinds of signing, as well as notarization.
  • Worked around a bug in macOS 10.13 and later that can corrupt a custom volume icon.
  • Worked around permissions error that could occur when converting a disk image to an archive on newer versions of macOS.

DropDMG 3.5.7 works with macOS 10.7 through 10.15. Older versions are available for older operating systems. For information about previous releases of DropDMG, please see the version history.

If you enjoy using DropDMG, please take a moment to review it on the Mac App Store, Product Hunt, or MacUpdate or to mention it on Twitter, Facebook, or your own site. We’d really appreciate it.

Update (2019-09-03): DropDMG 3.5.7 has been submitted to the Mac App Store and is awaiting approval from Apple.

Update (2019-09-03): DropDMG 3.5.7 is now available from the Mac App Store.

BBAutoComplete 1.6.1

September 3rd, 2019 (BBAutoComplete)

Version 1.6.1 of BBAutoComplete is now available.

BBAutoComplete adds word auto-completion to scriptable applications. You type the start of a word, press a key, and BBAutoComplete types the letters to complete the word. If BBAutoComplete guessed wrong, you can keep pressing the key to cycle through other possible completions. Other auto-completion utilities need to be taught the abbreviations and expansions that you use; BBAutoComplete avoids this hassle by automatically looking for expansions in the program’s open documents. This means that it always suggests completions that are relevant to your current task.

BBAutoComplete is probably most useful for programmers, who need to remember and type long variable and method names, but it can also help with prose writing and LaTeX. It’s useful any time you need to type long words quickly and accurately.

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • The Software Update… installer now works on macOS 10.15. If you’ve already updated to macOS 10.15, you can use it to download the new version but will have to install it manually, as described in the Updating From a Previous Version section of the manual.
  • BBAutoComplete now supports the Hardened Runtime on macOS 10.14 and later.
  • BBAutoComplete is now notarized by Apple.
  • Fixed a bug where the front-window-only script for BBEdit reported an error.
  • The About window now includes a link to the privacy policy and has an updated layout.
  • Improved support for Dark Mode.
  • Improved the diagnostic report.
  • Updated to Xcode 10.3.

BBAutoComplete 1.6.1 works with macOS 10.7 through 10.15. Older versions are available for older operating systems. For information about previous releases of BBAutoComplete, please see the version history.

EagleFiler 1.8.9

August 20th, 2019 (EagleFiler)

Version 1.8.9 of EagleFiler is now available.

EagleFiler makes organizing and managing your information easy. It lets you archive and search mail, Web pages, PDF files, word processing documents, images, and more. Use it to collect information from a variety of sources. Browse different types of files using a familiar three-pane interface. Organize them into folders and annotate them with tags and notes, or leave everything in one folder and pin-point the information you need using the live search. Since EagleFiler stores its library in Finder format, you can use it in concert with the other tools in your Mac ecosystem.

EagleFiler is a digital filing cabinet, a research assistant, snippet collector, and document organizer. You can use it to write a journal, track all the files for a project or job, manage your bookmarks, save your favorite Web articles, store financial statements and receipts, run a paperless office, plan a trip, collect your course notes, archive your e-mail correspondence, search mailing list archives, research a purchase, remember recipes to cook or books to read, store scientific papers, sort photos, gather legal case notes, or assemble a scrapbook. It’s the most flexible tool on your Mac.

This is a free update that includes the following enhancements:

  • EagleFiler can now display multi-page Adobe Illustrator documents, and the text is selectable and searchable.
  • Updated the Importing From a Scanner section of the manual.
  • You can now rename a record and change its extension if the new extension is equivalent. For example, if you import a file as .jpeg you can now rename it to .jpg, but EagleFiler will still protect you from renaming it to something completely different that would prevent the file from opening.
  • Optimized the toolbar to improve responsiveness.
  • Fixed a bug where accented characters an an ENEX file could be lost during import.
  • Fixed a bug where importing an ENEX file could add an extra character after a link.
  • Fixed a bug where a .eml file might not display properly after renaming it.
  • Fixed a regression where some .eml files did not display the sender.
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes EagleFiler would neither quit nor report an error if you tried to quit while an operation was in progress.
  • Fixed a regression (due to no longer using QuickTime) where animated GIFs were not playable.
  • Fixed a bug with the Replace in Filenames (Regex) script and some special characters.
  • Fixed a regression where the Tag Cloud toolbar button was disabled when it shouldn’t have been.

EagleFiler 1.8.9 works with macOS 10.9 through 10.15. Older versions are available for older operating systems. For information about previous releases of EagleFiler, please see the version history.

If you enjoy using EagleFiler, please take a moment to review it on the Mac App Store, Product Hunt, or MacUpdate or to mention it on Twitter, Facebook, or your own site. We’d really appreciate it.

Update (2019-08-20): EagleFiler 1.8.9 has been submitted to the Mac App Store and is awaiting approval from Apple.

Update (2019-08-20): EagleFiler 1.8.9 is now available from the Mac App Store.

SpamSieve 2.9.37

August 19th, 2019 (SpamSieve)

Version 2.9.37 of SpamSieve is now available.

Save time by adding powerful spam filtering to the e-mail client on your Mac. SpamSieve gives you back your inbox, using Bayesian spam filtering to provide amazing accuracy that’s constantly improving. SpamSieve learns and adapts to your mail, so it’s able to block nearly all the junk—without putting good messages in the spam mailbox. It’s quick and easy to control SpamSieve from within Apple Mail, Airmail, Entourage, MailMate, Mailsmith, Outlook, Postbox 5, PowerMail, and more.

SpamSieve running on your Mac can keep the spam off your iPhone/iPad, and you can even train SpamSieve from your iOS device.

SpamSieve protects your privacy. It does not need access to your mail account login and does not transmit your mail data anywhere. All the processing is done on your Mac.

This is a free update that includes the following changes:

  • SpamSieve is now compatible with Apple Mail under macOS 10.15 (which is now in beta).
  • It’s best to update to SpamSieve 2.9.37 now, before updating to macOS 10.15. If you are already using macOS 10.15, the SpamSieve 2.9.36 auto-updater won’t work, so you should instead use the Download button in the Software Update… window and install the update manually, according to the instructions in the Read Me file. Once you have SpamSieve 2.9.37, auto-updates on macOS 10.15 will work normally.
  • Updated the documentation for macOS 10.15.
  • The Outlook - Filter Mailboxes app is now notarized for compatibility with macOS 10.15. If you’ve already installed the helper app, it should not be necessary to update it, but this change is needed for future updates as well as new installations.
  • Various Apple Mail error messages and documentation are better at reminding you to grant SpamSieve Full Disk Access when not having that might be the cause of the error, e.g. SpamSieve thinking its plug-in is not loaded.
  • Apple Mail on macOS 10.15 has a bug where it will not load plug-ins that are installed in the normal location if you’ve redirected your home folder to another volume. If SpamSieve detects this situation, it will apply a workaround (moving the plug-in to an alternate location) and show an alert that explains what it’s doing.
  • Renamed the “Setting Up Outlook 365” section of the manual to Setting Up Outlook, as it covers all current versions of Outlook, not just 365. This section has also been substantially rewritten to make it clearer what to do for each type of account.
  • The Can other Apple Mail plug-ins cause problems with SpamSieve? section of the manual now recommends using Mail’s own plug-in manager instead of manipulating the Bundles folder directly.
  • Fixed a bug where SpamSieve would sometimes ask you to enable an old Apple Mail plug-in (which wasn’t possible, because it was old) and quit, where instead it should have offered to update it first.
  • Worked around an Apple Mail bug where training a message as good sometimes didn’t move it to the inbox because Mail reported a script error when checking whether the account was enabled.
  • Improved the diagnostic report.
  • Software Update… reports a better error message if it was unable to install the new version of the app.

SpamSieve 2.9.37 works with macOS 10.7 through 10.15 and requires an e-mail client. Older versions are available for older operating systems. For information about previous releases of SpamSieve, please see the version history.

If you enjoy using SpamSieve, please take a moment to review it on Product Hunt or MacUpdate or to mention it on Twitter, Facebook, or your own site. We’d really appreciate it.