A touch more color coming in CheckBook 2.6

Since the dawn of the CheckBook Era, our use of color has been about helping folks identify Deposits vs. Debits at a glance, without thinking too hard.  So when we added the running balance column years ago we decided to not color the individual balance figures because we thought it’d look a little messy, unkempt even, a bit more rainbow stew than helping hand.

Besides, we thought, a negative balance has a negative symbol.

That should do, we thought.


Symbols work in different ways for different people.  Same thing with color.  Some are just fine with symbols, some need colored amounts.  It’s really easy to tell when you miss the mark on something like that, when “should do” doesn’t quite, cause you tend to get a few messages here and there about it.  Sometimes more than a few.

True story.

And by Jobs, when CheckBook 2.6 is ready we’re gonna give our folks what they need.


A touch of color in CheckBook Pro 2.6

A touch of color in CheckBook Pro 2.6

A touch more color in CheckBook Pro 2.6

A touch more color in CheckBook Pro 2.6

That should do.

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CheckBook & CheckBook Pro 2.5.15 Ready For General Consumption

What’s new?

Well, besides the fixes, this release comes with a big new feature that’s been oft-requested over the years:  you can now copy & paste Entries between Accounts (and even to other applications, like TextEdit or Numbers).  Heck, if you’re a CheckBook Pro user, you can even drag & drop.  At long last, if you happen to throw down some Entries and look up only to find you’re in the wrong Account, you can do something about it.  Works for Schedules, too.  All that power comes without a way to undo, though, so be careful out there!

Get the update!

CheckBook folks:  splasm.com/checkbook/update.html

CheckBook Pro people:  splasm.com/checkbookpro/update.html

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Audiobook Builder tells me it’s unable to eject a CD because something’s still using it. Wha?

Have you seen a message like this after importing a CD?

Audiobook Builder 1.5.6
 Unable to eject disk
The disk or some of its contents may be in use by another application.
Disk:  I Am the Pretty Little Audiobook That Haunts Your Subway Commute [Disc 13]

It’s been on our radar for quite a while but we were flat stumped because it never happened on any of our Macs.

Until yesterday.  A very helpful user reported the error and almost immediately they realized it was only happening when their Mac’s display went to sleep during the import.  So we set a Mac to let its displays sleep after 1 minute and bingo!

A couple of hours of testing on various versions of macOS later and now we know:  since OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion no process can eject a CD while the display is asleep without resorting to brute force.  We’re not brutish so…

Wait.  Are we?

Of course not.  And so a most elegant fix is on the way:  Audiobook Builder 1.5.7 will prevent the display from sleeping while it’s importing a disc, but not while it’s waiting for the next disc.  That way it’ll be able to eject discs just like old times – and your display will still sleep if, while waiting for the next disc, your Mac is left idle the requisite time per your Energy Saver settings.

The fix is already in a pre-release build you can download right now if you’d like.  Shoot us a message at support@splasm.com and we’ll get you set up.  Otherwise, the official 1.5.7 release should be out in a matter of weeks.

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Apple to allow developers to respond to App Store reviews – and more!

The Loop reports Apple will not only allow developers to respond to reviews, they’re also rolling out an API that brings in-app rating and review to every user’s fingertips while preventing developer abuse.  It’s not quite what we asked for over five years ago as tech support issues – which can start off a bit hostile – will still face the public before developers have a chance to respond and they’ll remain visible, coloring an application’s story without any accountability, unless users remember to remove them.  That’s OK.  This is a great and much-needed move in a direction that helps users, developers, and Apple.  Win-win-win!  Thank you for finally taking this part of application development and deployment on the App Store seriously, Apple!

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Audiobook Builder doesn’t like Dropbox

Turns out adding files to an Audiobook Builder project stored in Dropbox will probably not work so well.  Things get dicey when we ask QuickTime to flatten the incoming files to new MOV files inside the project, so it’s likely QuickTime and Dropbox are contending for these new files as they’re being created and/or all the original data is added to them.  For now, as of Audiobook Builder 1.5.6 (and like 1.5.7), it’s best to store your projects outside of Dropbox for best results ;).

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I purchased from the Mac App Store, but this app keeps asking for a serial number!

The short of it is Mac App Store apps won’t ask for a serial number.  If you’re asked for one, you’ve got a version that isn’t from the Mac App Store.  Namely, a trial from our website.

The long of it is the Mac App Store is a one-stop shoppe for finding, purchasing, installing, and updating apps on your Mac – but there’s one thing it doesn’t do and that’s let you try before you buy.  That’s OK, you say.  You visit our website and download a trial.  While you’re kicking the tires you’re asked for a serial number, but you let it pass because you’re just giving it a spin to see if everything works as advertised.  Before you know it, the app rocks your world and you can’t live without it.  You head back to the Mac App Store, click the Purchase button, and then…nothing noteworthy happens, so you, proud new owner of a copy of a shiny new app, get to using it in earnest.

There’s just one hitch:  every time you use the app it keeps asking for a serial number.  What’s this?  You never got a serial number!  You rummage.  There, there’s an order number.  It doesn’t work.  You fluster.  Have you been conned? And then you realize the trial is still installed, never replaced by the Mac App Store version because…the Mac App Store is a little dense when it comes to figuring out how to update what’s already installed.  It won’t replace non-Mac App Store copies with Mac App Store copies unless the Mac App Store version number is higher and it only gets more confused when it finds multiple copies of the same app (it’ll update one copy but you get to guess which!).

The secret handshake is to remove the trial by dragging its application icon to the Trash before clicking the Mac App Store’s Purchase button.  If you’ve already purchased, just drag the application icon to the Trash anyway, go back to the Mac App Store, click the Purchased button at the top of the window, and click the Install button next to the application.  That’s it, unless you’re not signed into the Mac App Store with the Apple ID used for your purchase, or the purchase has been hidden in the meantime, or the Mac App Store goes on the blink and you have to try restarting your Mac in between dragging the app to the Trash and purchasing or reinstalling.  And note we recommend dragging only the application itself to the Trash.  Dragging anything else besides the application icon – or using a third-party uninstaller or “cleaner” app to do the deed – can zap any of the hard work you put into the trial.  As long as you just swap out only the application file itself your work should be there waiting for you the next time you fire up the app.

So that’s the short and long of it.  Drop us a line at support@splasm.com for additional details!

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