July 11, 2007
Have you ever used Everyone Votes on the Nintendo Wii? If so, then you know how addictive it can be to vote on something, then see how you compare with everyone else. If you haven't used Everyone Votes then may I present a new addiction for you to enjoy. ClickScore. ClickScore is a site that lets you review items, then based on your reviews you can see how well you "click" with your friends, or anyone else. It runs (for now) inside Facebook and can be added using their application directory, or simply by browsing to www.myclickscore.com.
ClickScore is the brainchild of Chris Ysebert, a friend of mine, and what a brainchild it is. Chris handles all the design, layout and publicity and I just bang out code. The perfect partnership for someone (like me) that loves to code. I don't have to worry about any of the tedious things, like what colour the headers should be, or what shape the icons are. I can just code to his specs and end up with something that works well and looks great.
June 27, 2007
iTunes Sync 1.4.0 has been released and it's jam packed full of changes. The biggest change in this new release is that iTunes Sync can now check for updates on program startup, if you so desire. The auto-update check is enabled by default but can be easily disabled using the system tray menu. The other big change is the re-design of the synchronize window (again). I have merged the "Select a Drive" window with the sync window, so that you can get your music sync'd easier, with less clicks.
Here is a complete rundown on the changes:
Download it and enjoy it's delicious fat-free flavour today!
June 25, 2007
I was checking my stats for iTunes Sync recently and noticed that in my top 10 referring sites 1 was French and 2 are German. This came as a bit of a surprise to me, as iTunes Sync is English only. This got me thinking, is there any demand for localized versions of iTunes Sync? I have always wanted an excuse to play around with localization, so if anyone is interested in assisting with translations just drop me a line. There really isn't that much text in the interface, so translation would consist of about 50-60 words and phrases. If there isn't enough demand right now this is always something that can revisited for a later release.
June 23, 2007
Thanks to the tremendously positive feedback I have received from many people regarding iTunes Sync, I have been able to add a dozen devices so far to the Tested MP3 Players List. There is a healthy mix of makes and models, along with a couple cell phones as well. Keep that feedback rolling in using the Contact Me link at the top of the page to have your device, name and a link to your website (if you want) added to the tested MP3 players list. A big thanks to everyone who has submitted feedback so far - without your feedback iTunes Sync couldn't have developed to the point it is at now. Thanks!
June 19, 2007
Let's get right down to business. iTunes Sync v1.3 has been released and includes many requested features and many fixes:
The biggest change is the elimination of the "identification file or folder" setting. This confused a number of people when trying to get their MP3 player to sync, so after much debate I decided to scrap it all together. I originally implemented it this way because I had been using iTunes Agent for so long, and had gotten used to it. However, I believe this new system will be better in the long run, especially when MTP support (currently in development) is released. So, now you just configure your device by giving it a name, sync path, playlist and folder structure. Simple. No creating files on the device for iTunes Sync to search for. When you want to sync you just choose your MP3 player from the list, choose a drive from the list of available drives and voila, sync magic happens. iTunes Sync will remember which drive volume label you used for each device and will automatically select it for you next time. Another big change is the addition of many more file extensions, which as a bonus also allows iTunes Sync to copy over vodcasts (video podcasts) to your device.
If you have any problems, questions, concerns, suggestions or anything else just jump over to the Discussion Forum.
June 18, 2007
A minor update to Clipboard Text Scrubber has been released.
It fixes a few little problems and cleans some things up:
June 17, 2007
I'm sure you all can imagine how many emails I have received from people asking me to add support for new MP3 players in iTunes Sync (trust me, it's a lot). So far my biggest problem with adding MP3 player support has been getting a hold of different devices to test with. It's nearly impossible! I have tested with as many devices as I can gather from my friends, but unfortunately this doesn't include any Sansa devices or Sony devices. These are by far the most requested devices to add support for, but so far have been the trickiest to find for testing. I am hard at work building in MTP support for a future version which will add support for a huge number of devices, but I'm not sure about the Sansa or Sony devices. If you have one of these devices, and you are somewhat technically inclined, I invite you to contact me about testing private builds of iTunes Sync.
A big thanks to everyone who has contacted me so far about results with their MP3 players. It has been a huge help, so keep those emails coming!
June 16, 2007
iTunes Sync v1.2 has been released into the wild. This version has many requested features and some interface tweaks.
Changes for this version:
Go and grab the new version of iTunes Sync right now!
June 16, 2007
In addition to posting iTunes Sync v1.2 last night I also had a chance to update and post some new pages. The Help page has been updated with v1.2 information and is more complete than it was a couple days ago. I have posted a Tested MP3 Players page to keep track of MP3 players that are working and not working. If you have had success with iTunes Sync I invite you to contact me and let me know what device you have. I will add your device to the tested players list and give you credit for the testing, including a link back to your site. Last, but not least, is the new Change Log. The main iTunes Sync page was getting a bit cluttered so I moved the change log onto it's own page.
I have been steadily receiving emails about requested features and requested device support so I'm building the change list for v1.3 this weekend. Keep an eye open for the new version next week sometime. If you have something you would like to see included just drop me a line and I'll see what I can do.
June 15, 2007
If you find that Firefox starts using way too much memory after you've had it open for a while, give these 2 tweaks a try. I use them both at home and work, and they work like a champ. Just browse to "about:config" (without the quotes) and find change settings:
browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers = 0
browser.cache.memory.enable = false
Let me know if there's any I missed that help reduce memory usage.