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Kevin Walzer, software developer.
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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.
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.