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Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
12:26 am
The State of asLJ
I've just released asLJ 0.7.1-beta and with the possible exception of critical fixes, this is the last version that will support OS X 10.5 Leopard. There are a couple of reasons for that, which I'll get to shortly.

First a big thank you to everyone who has submitted a crash or exception report, or otherwise provided feedback. I look at every single report that comes in. Often, if you've included contact information, I'll try to get in touch with you when I have a development build that I think fixes the problem.

The crash and exception reports have been split about equally between problems more closely related to the actual client-server communication, which is handled by the asLJCore library, and problems that are more related to the local computer (user interface, file system, and so on), which are not handled by asLJCore. While I think I have succeeded in eliminating all or nearly all of the reported problems of the second type, many of the issues with asLJCore have been harder to track down and fix, in large part because of some less-than-ideal design choices when I first started asLJCore.

asLJCore and the reasons why Leopard support is endingCollapse )

So, what exactly is the state of asLJ? I'm fairly far along in rewriting asLJCore and have been using the rewritten asLJCore myself on a regular basis for more than a week now. I have also been working on asLJ beyond just asLJCore. The next beta will be "sandboxed" and signed in a way that should work with Gatekeeper on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (though I am not yet testing on Mountain Lion). I expect that it will be several weeks before the next beta release, but I'm hoping to get some development builds to testers in a few weeks.
12:26 am
notes for 0.7.1-beta

Current users can use the "Check for Updates..." menu item under the "asLJ" menu to get this update.

DOWNLOAD (This is beta software—while asLJ has undergone years of testing, it may contain bugs with unpredictable results, and is provided as-is. Use with caution and at your own risk.)

NEW:

  • preference setting for the font family and size used to display the entry body while editing
  • preference setting to have word count display in pop-up sheet (as in previous versions) or in the status bar
  • fixed exception when posting to a moderated community
  • fixed exception when loading empty entries
  • fixed exception when word-counting empty or very short entries
  • improved reporting of errors communicating with the remote server

NOTE: With the possible exception of critical fixes, this is the last version that will support OS X 10.5 Leopard. Future versions will require at least OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. For details, see The State of asLJ.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
12:50 am
any PowerPC users left?
Are any asLJ users still using PowerPC (non-Intel) machines? Apparently, Xcode4 cannot build for PPC (though I'm still mostly using Xcode3 right now).
Sunday, July 17th, 2011
11:14 pm
asLJ is not dead
The 0.6 series appears to have been downloaded over 1000 times, to 6 of the 7 continents. I know it's been nearly 11 months since 0.6.3-beta was released. In fact, 0.7.0-beta, which I just released, is almost unchanged from the development builds that went into testing over 6 months ago. I have not had the time to devote to working on asLJ of late, but I do still catalog the incoming bugs and I am still working on getting rid of them. Some of the finishing touches (translations, documentation) that I'd hoped to have in the 0.7 series will be put off until at least the 0.8 series, but I do think that the 0.7 series improves upon the 0.6 series, particularly in the user interface. Perhaps someone could take a Mac down to one of the research stations in Antarctica and download a copy of 0.7 so that I can say that the 0.7 series has been downloaded on all 7 continents?
10:42 pm
notes for 0.7.0-beta

Current users can use the "Check for Updates..." menu item under the "asLJ" menu to get this update.

DOWNLOAD (This is beta software—while asLJ has undergone years of testing, it may contain bugs with unpredictable results, and is provided as-is. Use with caution and at your own risk.)

NEW:

  • new icon
  • entry body fills more of the window
  • nearly all interactions with the server are asynchronous, with status reported in the bar at the bottom of the screen
  • all the entry options that are in the "drawer" attached to the entry window are now also available as floating pallets that can be docked to the edge of the screen, docked together, collapsed, etc.
  • the past entry calendar is now a separate window, not attached to a particular past entry window
  • the window title of new entries changes from "untitled" to the subject line, once there is one
  • both delete keys will now remove a tag from the list of tags when composing a new entry
  • in the entry body, shift+tab moves the focus back to the subject line
  • the cache of known moods for each server has been removed from the preferences file and put into its own cache file
  • userpics are now cached as individual files inside the application's cache folder
  • Scribbld has been changed from .net to .com
  • numerous bugfixes
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
9:49 pm
notes for 0.6.3-beta

Current users can use the "Check for Updates..." menu item under the "asLJ" menu to get this update.

DOWNLOAD (This is beta software—while it has undergone months of testing, it may contain bugs with unpredictable results, and is provided as-is. Use with caution and at your own risk.)

NEW:

  • fixed bug that caused exceptions when the selected account has a friend or is a member of a community for which the username is entirely numeric
Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
3:57 am
possible bug for users with a friend whose journal username is entirely numeric
I have feedback reports from one or more users that suggest that there may be an issue when you've got a friend whose journal username is entirely numeric. I expect to have a possible fix ready for testing in the next 24-48 hours. If you've got an account with a numerically-named friend and would be willing to test the fix (particularly if you sent a feedback report in the past few hours), please comment. Thanks.
Saturday, August 14th, 2010
5:29 pm
status update
Work on asLJ 0.7 has been underway for some time now. The primary goals are increasing stability, adding documentation/help, and adding localizations (asLJ 0.6.*-beta has been downloaded in 30 countries on 5 continents).

To try to make adding localizations easier, I'm going to try to use crowdin to allow anyone to contribute suggested translations for the text in asLJ. If you are capable of and would be willing to provide translations from English into some other language, please visit the asLJ project's crowdin site.
1:54 pm
notes for 0.6.2-beta

Current users can use the "Check for Updates..." menu item under the "asLJ" menu to get this update.

DOWNLOAD (This is beta software—while it has undergone months of testing, it may contain bugs with unpredictable results, and is provided as-is. Use with caution and at your own risk.)

NEW:

  • fixed entry preview
  • fixed bad behavior on attempting to detect music playing in iTunes when nothing is playing
  • fixed bug where days were improperly clickable in the past entries calendar
  • fixed bug related to loading a saved entry draft with no account set
  • numerous other bugfixes
Sunday, July 25th, 2010
8:54 pm
Feedback/Crash Reporting
When asLJ crashes or encounters an unexpected error, you may see a "crash reporting" dialog, giving you the option to send information about that crash to me. This is the same mechanism that allows you to send feedback through the "Send Feedback..." menu item in the asLJ menu. I have received about half a dozen such reports over the past few months and am working to track down and fix the problems.

If you'd like to be kept updated about the progress on feedback or a crash that you report, please indicate that you'd like to be emailed when I make progress on the problem in your report (in the big text box) and make sure that your email address is there. If you'd like to know about a report you've already sent, feel free to use the "Send Feedback..." menu item to let me know that you'd like to know about it and roughly what the original report was about.
Friday, April 2nd, 2010
7:10 am
notes for 0.6.1-beta

Current users can use the "Check for Updates..." menu item under the "asLJ" menu to get this update.

DOWNLOAD (This is beta software—while it has undergone months of testing, it may contain bugs with unpredictable results, and is provided as-is. Use with caution and at your own risk.)

NEW:

  • Added "Send Feedback..." item to the "asLJ" menu and added crash reporting (at the next launch after crashing, asLJ gives you the option to send a crash report)
  • Fixed a crashing bug related to loading a saved entry and immediately closing the window
  • Added a striped progress bar to the past entry calendar preview panel to show when it is actively loading an entry
  • Fixed bug where the preview of an entry being edited ignored the preformatted option
  • Fixed bug where the escape key did not always close the past entry calendar sheet
  • Fixed bug where the userpic chooser was not always enabled when editing a past entry
  • Removed unnecessary logging
Sunday, March 28th, 2010
4:28 am
release announcements on twitter
I don't know if it will be of use to anyone, but in addition to being announced here (with release notes), asLJ releases will be announced via @aslj_client (twitter).
Monday, March 22nd, 2010
12:34 am
notes for 0.6-beta

Current users can use the "Check for Updates..." menu item under the "asLJ" menu to get this update.

DOWNLOAD (This is beta software—while it has undergone months of testing, it may contain bugs with unpredictable results, and is provided as-is. Use with caution and at your own risk.)

NEW:

  • Changed the bold and italics format commands to use <strong> and <em> tags, respectively.
  • Format commands now maintain the text selection or place the cursor inside the tag(s) when there is no existing text selection.
  • The moods drop-down list and the tags drop-down list are now resizable, initially set to 10 items, and the resized length is saved from session to session.
  • The friend-group selection area of the "Security" panel in the drawer is only displayed when "Custom..." is selected as the security type.
  • When browsing past entries, the preview panel that can be displayed now automatically logs in the account being browsed so that you can preview private/locked entries; this login does not affect any other web browsers and is not saved in any way.
  • The size and position of the entry window is now saved.
  • New entries saved with "Auto" checked under "Date and Time" will load with "Auto" checked.
  • Added "My Friends" and "My Communities" submenus in the "Format" menu—with an account selected, these provide lists of friends and communities to simplify inserting lj-user/lj-comm tags.
  • Added "Word Count" command (in the Edit menu).
  • The asynchronous loading of userpics is now uses a maximum of 20 threads. (This means slightly slower but less resource-hungry first-time loading of userpics for accounts with lots and lots of userpics, but no significant difference in load times once the userpics are cached.)
  • Loading of previously-used tags is now done asynchronously in the background to shorten the time between selecting an account and being able to compose an entry.
  • asLJ is now a "signed" application bundle, so this upgrade should be the last time for a while that you'll have to click "Always Allow" on those keychain access dialogs.
  • asLJ is now a 32-/64-bit universal binary.
  • Fixed issue on 10.6/Snow Leopard where the floating userpic preview was blank.
  • Fixed error when loading a saved entry that did not have an account selected.
  • Fixed behavior when selecting "(Select an Account)" from the account selector in the toolbar to more cleanly deselect any account.
Sunday, October 18th, 2009
12:49 am
notes for 0.5.2-alpha

Current users can use the "Check for Updates..." menu item under the "asLJ" menu to get this update.

DOWNLOAD (this is alpha software and probably has bugs. it is provided as-is—be careful and use it at your own risk.)

NEW:

  • Added formatting commands in the Format menu--Bold, Italic, Underline, Strikethrough, Blockquote, Link, Image, Username, and Community. All commands insert appropriate HTML into the entry, attempting to surround selected text. A Format Toolbar, which can be hidden/shown from the Format menu, provides buttons for the formatting commands.
  • The userpics as shown in the toolbar popup menu are now sized consistently.
  • Added support for the sites Asks, BootieJournal, Ivanovo, OpenWeblog, and Kraslan.
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
10:47 pm
What does asLJ need?
I'm preparing a 0.5.2-alpha release that fixes the issue where userpics don't appear at the proper size in the userpic menu and adds support for four additional LJ-type sites (Asks, BootieJournal, Ivanovo, and OpenWeblog). Are there any other issues that should be fixed in this maintenance release?

After 0.5.2, I'm going to start working on 0.6-beta, the first beta release. Are there any features that you'd like to see in 0.6?
Saturday, September 12th, 2009
5:39 pm
notes for 0.5.1-alpha

Current users can use the "Check for Updates..." menu item under the "asLJ" menu to get this update.

DOWNLOAD (this is alpha software and probably has bugs. it is provided as-is—be careful and use it at your own risk.)

NEW:

  • resolved issue with numeric tags preventing the tag drop-down and the userpic menu from being created properly in the new entry window.
Saturday, August 29th, 2009
3:37 am
notes for 0.5.0-alpha

Current users can use the "Check for Updates..." menu item under the "asLJ" menu to get this update.

DOWNLOAD (this is alpha software and probably has bugs. it is provided as-is—be careful and use it at your own risk.)

NEW:

  • Rewritten from the ground up--faster and with a cleaner interface
  • document-based interface
  • collapsable sections in the entry properties drawer
  • account, journal/community, and userpic selection in the toolbar
  • rewritten preferences window with more options
  • asynchronous loading and caching of userpics
  • past entries now works for other journals to which your account has access (e.g. communities)
  • multiple tags (comma-separated) can be entered in the tags entry field
  • added location field
  • added comment settings
  • added preformatted option
  • preview past entries from the calendar list (uses WebKit, so viewing non-public entries is tied to logging in with Safari)
  • customizable format for iTunes music detection
  • saving and loading of drafts
  • simplified cross-posting with crosspost button and account checklist
  • reduced application size
Monday, July 13th, 2009
4:45 pm
next release
I've been chipping away at some things in asLJ as time permits, but my day job hasn't left much time lately. I haven't made any real changes in the 0.4a line, but rather have been working on a heavily-redesigned 0.5a, which will likely include:
  • some major interface cleanup (inside the drawer, there are sections that can be collapsed to save space; new preferences window)
  • moving to the "document-based" model to allow multiple windows simultaneously as well as leaving the app open with no windows
  • draft-saving (and possibly saving of past entries one-at-a-time)
  • one-click cross-posting
  • entry preview
  • more settings (location, comment settings, etc.)
  • some under-the-hood rewriting that will hopefully yield better performance


If you've got something specific you'd like to see, if you want to encourage me to make sure something on the list above definitely makes it into 0.5a, or if you just generally want to encourage me to keep working on asLJ, please comment.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
3:03 pm
download issue
It looks like there was some lag in a DNS changeover for the server that hosts the download of asLJ, so that some users were seeing an old version of the web site (on a no-longer-used server) that didn't have version 0.4a. If you attempted to get 0.4a and couldn't or if you're running an earlier version and haven't been notified of the update, the issue should now be resolved.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
5:19 pm
With which sites does asLJ work?
Please fill out the poll here and let me know with which sites you've found asLJ to work.

Thanks!
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