updated 02:00 am EST, Tue February 14, 2012
Bugs fixed, release notes truncated
Over the last week, Mac and Windows utility maker Koingo Software has been updating most of its Mac and Windows product lines, fixing bugs and updating requirements. Almost all programs for the Mac now require OS X 10.5 or later, though in many cases older versions that are compatible with previous OS releases are still available. All are minor upgrades that are free for registered users. The company has been on a tear of updates since February 7th.
The cascade of fixes began with a revision of the company's general utility app MacCleanse ($20) to v3.1.3, which restored Applescript support. As with all other updates, release notes for the program have been truncated to just 2012 notations, and the programs now require Mac OS X 10.5 or later. The update is free for 3.x users. Users of version 2.x can upgrade for $10.
Koingo also updated its flagship program MacPilot, a utility that manages normally-hidden settings in OS X, to 4.3.3. This adds two new features -- allowing text selections in QuickLook previews in Lion (10.7.x) and iTunes Dock notifications. It also fixes a drawing bug for text in the Save Point creator. It sells for $20 but the update is free.
Alarm Clock Pro has been brought up to v9.4.7, which fixes several bugs (v9.4.6 addressed a Growl issue). ACP sells for $20 for new customers. The company's media-inventory management app Librarian Pro ($20) is now at v2.1.9 and fixes miscellaneous minor bugs. Koingo's uninstaller program Amnesia ($20) has been updated to 1.3.5 and corrects issues with matching related files and a problem with removing files that require special permissions.
All five of the company's currently-supported games have also received the upgrade treatment, including the two Christmas-themed releases Christmas Super Frog and Christmas Crisis (both request a $5 donation). The former is a Frogger-type game, while the latter challenges players to target gift drops on houses from above. Both have been updated to the latest core development classes for better Lion compatibility and stability fixes.
Pandora's Pests ($10) has been updated to v1.1 which adds minor new features and fixes numerous bugs in the 3D first-person bug-swatter, while Theme Song Trivia ($10) and Mystery Island II ($5 donationware) have received the same treatment. They are up to v1.0.3 and v1.9.2 respectively. The original version of Mystery Island was discontinued in 1999 but is still available for free download from the website (it does not run on OS X at all, requiring OS 7-9 and Hypercard).
The Mac-only apps Display Maestro ($5), Digital Sentry ($20), AirRadar ($20) and Swift Share ($50) have also been updated. Display Maestro 1.1.9 gives users a menubar item to manage various displays, while Digital Sentry 1.2.7 monitors the system for various events and triggers actions based on them (for example, e-mailing a user if a website goes offline). The useful AirRadar v2.2.3 wireless network scanner squashes a bug in joining wireless networks under Snow Leopard in API mode, while Swift Share 2.0.1 fixes retrieving file icons on some items, as well as an issue with saving samba preferences under Lion.
Koingo's mass-email utility Robo Postman ($20) has been updated to v1.1.1, while its secure database app Data Guardian ($20) is now at v2.1.1. The former has simply received the "core classes" update, while the latter has updated its icons and fixed a problem where records with a large number of fields opened below the bottom of the screen. E-Mail Commander users should contact Koingo for a free replacement to Robo Postman, as E-Mail Commander has been discontinued for several years.
Finally, two of the company's creative apps have also been updated. Project Canvas ($30) is a PowerPoint-like presentation app but at a fraction of the price, while Image Smith ($16) is a powerful batch-processing tool for images. Project Canvas is now at v1.1.4 and Image Smith is up to v1.2.3, both with only the "core classes" update.