News

You wait for ages, then along come three at once…

Another beta, this time to fix a problem with the preferences panels.

There is still a slight problem with the auto-update mechanism at the moment, so another beta will probably follow shortly.

I’m looking into this, but if for any reason you have trouble getting your existing copy of Ambientweet to update, I would suggest simply downloading it again from our beta software page.

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A few weeks back, Twitter made some changes to their service.

Unfortunately, these changes caught me on the hop slightly, and Ambientweet (which hasn’t been receiving a lot of love recently, I must admit) stopped working.

Happily, I have now released version 1.1.2b7, which fixes these problems, and resumes normal service.

It appears that there may also be a slight problem with the auto-update mechanism at the moment. I’m looking into this, but if for any reason you have trouble getting your existing copy of Ambientweet to update, I would suggest simply downloading it again from our beta software page.

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It’s fairly old news by now, but I’ve recently had a slight change of direction and taken a permanent role at Bohemian Coding. As a result, it is past time for me to mention it here, and to address this important question:

What does this mean for Elegant Chaos and our products?

Ambientweet

I’ve made the decision to effectively retire Ambientweet, and from today onwards it will be free (in fact, I changed the price a couple of days back). Ever since Twitter started discouraging third-party clients, it has been hard to justify continuing to work on it, and some recent API changes at Twitter’s end seem to have broken it completely. I will endeavour to fix it again, if I can do so without expending an insane amount of effort, but after that, it isn’t likely to receive much love.

I actually had a lot of plans for Ambientweet, and had also been hoping to do a version for app.net. Perhaps one day this will still happen, but it’s not likely to be soon.

Neu

On the other hand, Neu is still very much alive, and there are some new features on the way.

However, to streamline things slightly, I am going to move directly to releasing a 2.0 version, which will require OS X 10.7 or greater (or possibly even 10.8). This will allow me to tidy up and modernise the code, which will have some internal benefits as well as speeding the development process.

Additionally, I may well remove Neu from the Mac App store. Neu is in that category of helper applications which have a difficult time complying with Apple’s rules for the store.

It doesn’t do anything particularly complicated, but it integrates quite tightly with the Finder, and in the future I have some plans to integrate it further - both with the Finder and with other apps. Doing this whilst staying correctly sandboxed is quite difficult, and is deflecting time from the development of new features.

Early on, I made the decision that I didn’t want to release a new version on my website until I’d had the same version approved for release on the store, so that store customers didn’t feel that they were lagging behind.

Unfortunately, this has resulted in no new official version of Neu being released since Apple required sandboxing. Given that I now have a limited amount of time to work on it, I would prefer to move it forward by adding features, rather than by working around sandboxing problems.

The most pragmatic way to do this is to remove it from the store, for now at least. This is likely to happen when I release 2.0.

What does this mean if you already own a license for 1.0? The good news is that I intend Neu 2.0 to be a free update. If you bought Neu through my store, it will continue to accept your existing license file.

Unfortunately there is no way for a developer to obtain a list of the people that bought a product on the app store. I have some existing technology in Neu which allows non-app store versions to spot that you once ran a licensed app store copy, and to accept this as proof of purchase. This should continue to work for Neu 2.0, but it does have the slight annoyance that would will have to have downloaded Neu from the store and run it at least once on your machine. I will continue to explore other options - possibly I may be able to add something that allows you to request a new license file when the app spots that you have an app store license on the machine. More on this later, no doubt…

Other Products

I have various other products that I was planning on. Most of these are things that I want for myself, so they may well happen, but unless someone invents a time machine, they will take a while…

## Welcome To The Future

So… that’s my news. Hopefully it’s all good. Do continue to keep the feature requests and bug reports coming in (especially for Neu). Please bear with me if I take a while to respond, but I am definitely still here and beavering away!

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May 28, 2013

Fresh off the press today comes Neu 1.3b4.

The main change in this version is an additional template substitution:

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When you create a new document from a template, this substitution will be replaced by any text that was on the clipboard.

This allows you to easily copy some text, fire up Neu and select a template, and have it create a new document containing your selection.

You can download 1.3b4 from the beta software page.

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March 12, 2013

Hot on the heels of 1.3b1 came 1.3b2, which fixed the support for OS 10.6 that had accidentally got broken!

And if that weren’t enough, hot on the heels of that came 1.3b3, which adds support for a new service command: “Add To Templates…”.

This command adds a copy of the selected files into Neu’s templates folder.

As always, you can find this version on the beta software page.

The software update mechanism within Neu will also grab this new version, if you have the “Update to beta versions when available” box checked. Unfortunately, if you auto-updated to 1.3b1 on OS X 10.6, you’ll have to download it, since 1.3b1 is totally broken on 10.6.

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