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TrafficCamNZ Desktop for Mac v1.2.7 released 21 January 2016

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A new version of TrafficCamNZ Desktop for Mac has been released and will be available from the Mac AppStore.

v1.2.7 includes
● Fixed an image layout issue on the main screen – single pixel per image row/column
● Fixed a possible issue when saving the camera data file

– David

TrafficCamNZ v1.9.8 released 18 January 2016

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A updated to TrafficCamNZ for iOS has been released.

This release includes:
● Fixes some icon imagery
● Bugfix for data import / update

Did you know that you can rotate your iPhone 6+ sideways and the image view will show you two images instead of one.

– David

Resizor 1.0.1 for Mac has been released 18 January 2016

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It is available from the Mac AppStore.

In this release v1.0.1:
• Specified image sizes can be a fraction of a pixel
• A button now reveals in the finder your image directory
• Enhancements to image sizes when saving – images that are x.5 in size are saved as x
• Updated to include support for 3x images
• The file naming convention has been updated to now be imagename[width]x[height]2x.png – 2x, 3x present if applicable

– David

Resizor for Mac – development update 13 January 2016

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There is some important stuff I should be doing and I’ve put that aside for a few hours while I have updated Resizor for Mac.

Resize for Mac is a developer Image resizing tool – you drag and drop your image, perhaps an icon or application launch image, into the picture area – then you get to save the icons or images to a folder. Resize will produce all of the files you have requested in their 1x, 2x, and 3x sizes. The application can be used by anyone who wants images resized as the application will remember the sizes you have requested between launches.

The new features added are for:
• 3x support
• Reveal in Finder – click on the folder in the bottom left of the screen to be taken to the folder location

Behind the scenes I’ve probably exhausted a lot of energy on the NSOpenPanel and related container security. The adventure all started with changing the OK button to Build – that was a single API call. Then I wanted the Build button to be setup with a “keyEquivalent” – meaning that if the directory selected was correct – all the user would need to do is press return. Doing this would be cool [panel.okButton setKeyEquivalent:@”r”];. So that’s not possible – there is no available API for it and I was unable to work my way programmatically through the view hierarchy to find the NSButton. I decided to try my hand at the NSSavePanel – this was cool as it automatically set up the keyEquivalent. Then things came to a halt with the Application Sandbox security as PowerBox didn’t give me permission to save files into the directory. I’ve left a question on the Apple Developer Forums about setting the keyEquivalent and will see what comes of it.

Now I need to get back to my todo list… it is important.

– David

TrafficCamNZ Free – updated and available for download 20 December 2015

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TrafficCamNZ Free has been updated and is available now for download via the AppStore.

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/trafficcamnz-free/id299029583?mt=8

The updates in this version include:

• launch Images updated
• Updated with 64bit support
• Bug fix for potential crash when attempting to return image data to a screen that no longer exists
• Fixes an issue when displaying All Images – the correct initial image is shown now
• minor update
• minimum iOS is 7.1
• Added support for larger devices

The default camera data was also updated – so more cameras are included now.

– David

MacPro1,1 to MacPro2,1 and El Capitan installation 19 November 2015

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I’ve posted previously about getting a MacPro1,1 being “hacked” to run an operating system it isn’t allowed to. And for some time there has been some work by some very smart smart people to make this possible for the rest of us humans. The technical wizardry is in the replacement of the boot.efi file and tricking the operating system into believing that’s got a 64bit machine upon which to run – this of course is not true because the machine is only a 32bit one.

This topic is discussed in detail in two threads in the MacRumors forums:
Developers Thread:
http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/boot-efi-developers-thread.1924434/page-34

General Thread:
http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/2006-2007-mac-pro-1-1-2-1-and-os-x-el-capitan.1890435/

Build an installer “pikeify3.1:
http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/boot-efi-developers-thread.1924434/page-33#post-22222642
The forum post has a link to a zip file – download this, expand and use the script to create your install media.

RAM
Lots of my installations failed during installation either with an error around Essentials.pkg or a Kernel Panic I suspect in the same please.
I only had 6GB of RAM available to me and it was suggested that perhaps my RAM was BAD. The link below to Amazon A-Tech RAM was posted so I ordered 2 x 8GB of RAM – giving me 16GB – including shipping it was around NZ$75.00. When the RAM arrived I installed 8GB of it – retried the install and it again failed with the same error. I then added the rest of the RAM now giving me 16GB total – repeated the installation with success! Another forum member has also reported successful installation with 12GB of RAM.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D6Q45BA?tag=macrumors-20&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_1&smid=A3LKWIQ3PBTNT2

Firmware, SMC upgrades
I have also performed a firmware upgrade – the Machine is now a MacPro2,1 – this is probably only essential if you intend to replace the CPU’s.
In addition I have upgraded the SMC – this is probably not essential.
These upgrades were done when I had the “Bad RAM” … that probably wasn’t – just not enough.
And doing this upgrades is tricky. Difficult to find the software, and difficult to perform – for the SMC upgrade I had to perform this off my 10.9 OS installation.

Some reference links for firmware:
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201518
http://forum.netkas.org/index.php/topic,1094.0.html
– this one requires a login – I still haven’t got mine!
http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/mac-pro-1-1-firmware-to-2-1.1392341/

Some reference links for SMC
http://forum.netkas.org/index.php?topic=5454.0
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295

This is a fun journey for those that enjoy it. I have two MacPro1,1 machines now with the last one costing me less than NZD$200 plus the RAM plus the appropriate video card (you need upgraded video card to run these later operating system). Add to this a monitor and keyboard and time.

– David

TrafficCamNZ – version 1.9.7 to be released soon 11 November 2015

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Version 1.9.7 of TrafficCamNZ will be available shortly for you to update on your iPhone’s and Apple Watch.
It’s been updated for Apple Watch with WatchOS 2 support with glance support and showing you the top four camera images that you have selected on the iPhone.

If you’re using iCloud with TrafficCamNZ there have been some internal changes to improve support and Sync devices.

1.9.7
In this version
● iOS 9 and WatchOS 2 support
● iOS 8 is minimum supported release
● CoreData changes to improve support

For reference here were the changes in release 1.9.6

1.9.6
In this version
● Fixed an issue with switching iCloud preferences
● Squished some vermin
● Squished some bigger vermin related to choosing favourite cameras on the iPhone
● Updated the camera defaults to improve your first launch experience
● Main screen on iPhone now has a cleaner display, the mode indicator will show in Green – Favourites, Auto Detect, Predictive – instead of a place holder for each one.
● Updated ChromeCast / GoogleCast software version
● Added support for Application Notifications
● Added AppleWatch Support – The selected Favourite cameras on the iPhone are displayed on the Apple Watch. To change the cameras shown on the Apple Watch edit your favourites in the iPhone application. Double Tap an image to refresh. Long Press for Menu and select refresh to refresh all images.

– David

LogoSaver for Mac OS – update for El Capitan compatibility 18 September 2015

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This update is available at the link below.

LogoSaver v2.3 – screensaver for Mac OS X

A brief version history:

Version History
2.3 El Capitan compatibility, the screen trails on the text phrases are no longer a feature.
2.2 Added the ability to have a background colour

So the side effect of getting this screensaver to work on El Capitan is that the “feature” which was the text artefact trails is no longer a feature. The text is drawn clean now.

Good luck, hope you like the change… and the obvious fact that it works now too!

– David

LogoSaver – a ScreenSaver for Mac 12 August 2015

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Updated to add support for a background colour… LogoSaver is now available for download at the address below.

Use this link if you are running Mac OS 10.10 (it may also work for 10.9 and 10.8)

LogoSaver v2.2 – screensaver for Mac OS X

Use this link if you are running Mac OS 10.7

LogoSaver v2.2 special – screensaver for Mac OS X

– David

TrafficCamNZ for Apple Watch – released 12 August 2015

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Releasing shortly is a update for TrafficCamNZ that includes support for the Apple Watch.

Here’s some watch screen shots so that you can see what it looks like.
Glance on the watch is also supported showing you the first camera in your Favourites on the iPhone.

Here’s what is included in this release (1.9.6) :
● Fixed an issue with switching iCloud preferences
● Squished some vermin
● Squished some bigger vermin related to choosing favourite cameras on the iPhone
● Updated the camera defaults to improve your first launch experience
● Main screen on iPhone now has a cleaner display, the mode indicator will show in Green – Favourites, Auto Detect, Predictive – instead of a place holder for each one.
● Updated ChromeCast / GoogleCast software version
● Added support for Application Notifications
● Added AppleWatch Support – The selected Favourite cameras on the iPhone are displayed on the Apple Watch. To change the cameras shown on the Apple Watch edit your favourites in the iPhone application. Double Tap an image to refresh. Long Press for Menu and select refresh to refresh all images.

and if you haven’t updated in a while… updates in the previous release (1.9.5) include:
● Support iPhone 6+
● Support for splitscreen on iPhone 6+ in the Library – rotate your phone to landscape to see this
● Main screen on iPhone 6+ shows two camera images side by side when in Landscape
● Alternate preverences layout presented depending on device model when rotated
● Fixed an issue loading cameras when the preferences screen had never been viewed – this enhances the initial user experience
● Fixed an issue for initial load – the Load Defaults button is now visible on iPhone

[Update 13 August – TrafficCamNZ has been release for AppStore distribution]

– David

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