Archive for the ‘Macintosh’ Category

Spell Catcher X MacUpdate Promo – 50% Off

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

For the day of Dec 23, 2011 – Spell Catcher X is only $19.99!

For two weeks following the promo, Spell Catcher X is an “Extended Discount App” – $31.96 (20% off).

If you already own Spell Catcher X, the MacUpdate folks tell me that sales are usually directly related to the number of comments that are posted. So we’d appreciate comments (not here, over on MacUpdate) from existing customers telling everyone that they’re getting a great deal on a similarly great product!

When the promo starts, at 12:00am EST, comments will be open (as will sales!).

Follow this MacUpdate Promo link to get there!

Spell Catcher X 10.4.1 is Here!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Spell Catcher X version 10.4.1 is now available!

Spell Catcher X 10.4.1 is a free update to Spell Catcher X 10.4.

Spell Catcher X 10.4.1 requires Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7, running on Intel Macintosh hardware.

See what’s new in Spell Catcher X 10.4.1!

It’s probably a good idea to read our FAQs for Spell Catcher X 10.4.

Spell Catcher X 10.4 is Here!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Spell Catcher X version 10.4 is now available! There’s a lot of new stuff in there, we’re sure you’ll like it.

Read the official press release.

See what’s new in Spell Catcher X 10.4!

Customers that purchased Spell Catcher X on or after May 1, 2010 qualify for a free upgrade to Spell Catcher X 10.4. Otherwise, those with an “X102” license can purchase the Spell Catcher X 10.4 upgrade for $14.95 USD.

For customers that only own an old “SCX” license code, the upgrade is $19.95.

Check your upgrade eligibility

If you have a license code that begins with “X102” – check here.

If you have a license code that begins with “SCX” that never been used to purchase the upgrade to Spell Catcher X 10.2 or later – check here.

And it’s probably a good idea to read our FAQs for Spell Catcher X 10.4.

Spell Catcher X MacUpdate Promo

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

For the day of May 2, 2011 – Spell Catcher X is only $19.95!

If you already own Spell Catcher X, the MacUpdate folks tell me that sales are usually directly related to the number of comments that are posted. So we’d appreciate comments (not here, over on MacUpdate) from existing customers telling everyone that they’re getting a great deal on a similarly great product!

When the promo starts, at 12:00am EST, comments will be open (as will sales!).

Follow this MacUpdate Promo link to get there!

Spell Catcher X 10.3.7 is Available!

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Spell Catcher X 10.3.7 is a free update to Spell Catcher X 10.3, and recommended for all Spell Catcher X 10.3.x users. Spell Catcher X 10.3.7 includes a Quick Look generator, supporting previews of Learned Words, Omitted Words, Shorthand Glossary, Dictionary Server, and Modify Selection Macro documents, handles soft hyphen characters (Unicode SOFT HYPHEN U+00AD) during Spell Checking, improves compatibility with Spell Catcher’s input methods and Google Chrome, and fixes a couple of bugs.

See what’s new in Spell Catcher X 10.3.7.

Get it from our Downloads page, or by downloading it via Spell Catcher > Get Updates and Languages.

Spell Catcher X MacUpdate Weekend Promo

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

This weekend (Dec 4/5, 2010) – Spell Catcher X is only $19.95!

If you already own Spell Catcher X, the MacUpdate folks tell me that sales are usually directly related to the number of comments that are posted. So we’d appreciate comments (not here, over on MacUpdate) from existing customers telling everyone that they’re getting a great deal on a similarly great product!

Spell Catcher X Quick Look Generator (pre-release)

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Is available from our pre-release downloads page. Enables Quick Look previews for various Spell Catcher X references and documents.

  • The format of previews has not been finalized. We welcome your feedback and suggestions!
  • Icon previews (thumbnails) are available only for Language Plug-Ins.
  • Spell Catcher X documents are generally found (in the Finder) in your (home) ~/Library/Application Support/Spell Catcher folder. Look inside the Additional Languages, Additional References, References, and Modify Selection Macros folders. Alternatively, use the Show in Finder button found in a number of Spell Catcher windows – the References pane of Preferences, Find in References and Edit Macros for instance.

Please read the “How to Install” document that’s on the installation disk image for more details.

Spell Catcher X 10.3.6 is Available!

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Spell Catcher X 10.3.6 is a free update to Spell Catcher X 10.3, and recommended for all Spell Catcher X 10.3.x users. Spell Catcher X version 10.3.6 fixes the Look Up window crash when Safari 5.0 is installed, and fixes the problem introduced in Spell Catcher X 10.3.5 where function keys without modifiers could not be used as keyboard shortcuts.

See what’s new in Spell Catcher X 10.3.6.

Get it from our Downloads page, or by downloading it via Spell Catcher > Get Updates and Languages.

And yes, go ahead and install Safari 5 if you haven’t done so already.

Status Update on the Safari 5.0/WebKit-related Look Up Crash

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

For those that only care about the current state of affairs – this problem has been addressed from both ends. It was classified as WebKit bug, fixed by an Apple engineer, and landed in WebKit Open Source the day after I reported it. I worked around the problem by writing my own version of WebKit’s WebBackForwardList class, and using it instead.

Neither fix has been officially released at this moment in time. I’ve posted a 10.3.6f1 build for my beta testers to pound on. I am not privy to information regarding when WebKit Open Source fixes actually get rolled into a Mac OS X software update. I’m guessing that my fix will be out the door first.

The longer, probably only of interest to developers version:

Shortly after hearing about this problem and reproducing it myself, I needed to find out what was really going on. This meant building the latest WebKit from source, and then reproducing the crash in the debugger. The problem was pretty obvious at that point, and that it would be a pretty easy fix for the WebKit folks to make – should they decide to. I could also see there was no good work around for me, at least if I wanted to continue to use the same WebKit’s APIs.

Armed with the actual facts, I filed my bug report with Apple, and posted the “Don’t install Safari 5.0″ warnings here and in our forums. Soon afterwards, I got an email from an Apple engineer (the one that ended up fixing it) telling me he knew why the crash was occurring (I knew at that point as well). We discussed possible work arounds. A couple hours later, I get the standard “We’re looking into this” courtesy email from Apple Developer Support. Gotta be the fastest response to any radar I’ve filed…

But by then it was really a no-brainer. Just write the code I need and fix it myself. I mean, pretty basic stuff – a couple hours work maybe. Waiting was not an option.

Thanks to Apple for getting to this so quickly! Bummer it happened in the first place, but that’s life.

Anyway folks, hang in there a couple more days while the beta testers do their thing.

Do Not Install Safari 5.0!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

There’s a nasty bug in the version of WebKit that Safari 5.0 installs. I’ve filed a report, but there is no work around. This bug causes Spell Catcher’s Look Up feature to crash.

If you’ve already installed Safari 5.0, please report this problem to Apple. Send the crash report to them. Use the “Report bugs..” command in the Safari application as well. I have filed a bug report, including a small Xcode project that reproduces their bug with ease.

Details: Look Up uses WebKit’s WebBackForwardList to keep track of your Look Up history. Adding a new item (via -addItem:) to a WebBackForwardList now crashes. Any application that does the same thing (with a WebBackForwardList that is has created). Spell Catcher X has been using these same APIs in the same way for years. This is not related to the Spell Catcher X 10.3.5 update we released last week. All versions of Spell Catcher X are affected by this.