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Thu, 07 May 2009

Updates, and Tk-Cocoa

Somewhat unexpectedly, I've finished another round of updates to all my programs. I had planned to focus on new product development for a while, but a user request for some new features in Manpower prompted me to implement the features in all of my programs. It was also a chance for me to add Tkdock, the Cocoa-based icon-switching extension that I developed, to my programs; I also added a small Tcl extension that plays system alerts using the built-in sounds in OS X. All in all, a meaningful round of improvements and bug fixes.

Now that I've done these updates, it truly is time to go into R&D mode for a while. I really, really want to move my development base over to Tk Cocoa, which promises a lot of improvements to my programs, and removes some serious limitations in the Carbon-based implementation of Tk that led me to discontinue at least one application.

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PortAuthority 2.8

I've released version 2.8 of PortAuthority, my GUI for the MacPorts system of Unix software installation. This release includes better notifications of activity, such as a changed icon during a long-running process, and the use of system sounds to mark the beginning and end of activities; it also includes several bug fixes. If you use MacPorts, PortAuthority is worth a look.

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