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2017 News

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12/2/17: Updates and a new app

The biggest news is a new productivity app, Growly Calculator: a simple spreadsheet with additional, specialized calculator windows. This is not Excel or even Numbers: it’s a traditional spreadsheet app with no frills — no charting, macro language, or alien technology. It handles numbers with high precision and offers 80 functions for constructing formulas. Building formulas is easy, and the many formatting options are simple to apply at any level.

Notes has been updated to 3.0.6 on the App Store with a few enhancements and better compatibility with Mac OS High Sierra.

While I pushed to finish Calculator a lot of other updates have been languishing, so I’m releasing them all in a bunch. Write, Draw, Photo, Journal, and Groceries all have minor improvements and bug fixes. Backgammon has had a major revision, with some nice new preferences, and it’s now a 64-bit app that requires 10.8 Mountain Lion. So does Groceries, by the way.

9/29/17: Mac OS 10.13 warning

The latest releases of all of our apps, including Notes, are compatible with Mac OS 10.13 High Sierra. But one person has reported that after upgrading, his notebooks were missing recently-added data. I don’t know for sure what happened, but it’s possible that when the installer reformatted their hard drive for APFS something went wrong.

Back up your files before upgrading your operating system! In fact, back up your files anyway. I am constantly astonished at how many people do not keep backup copies of their critical data. Do you leave all your cash and valuables on your front porch? Computers are fragile, all software (including Mac OS) has bugs, and anything can happen. If your data is important to you, make sure you back it up regularly. Check our our free Growly Backup app, which can help, or use Time Machine, which is pre-installed on your Mac. Or consider storing backups in the cloud, if you feel you can trust it.

8/21/17: Various updates

Yes, it’s another update to Notes — version 3.0.5. The switch from 2 to 3 was a little bit rockier than I’d hoped, but I suppose I should have expected it, because every part of the app had to change to accommodate the new file format. So thanks to all who put up with the glitches during the transition. I think this update completes the process and we can all just get back to work, or having fun, or watching today’s solar eclipse.

Today there are also updates to:
  • Write: Support for the latest Mac OS beta, better import quality for Word 5 documents, and other bug fixes.
  • Draw: This is the first GrowlyBird app with full support for the window tabs introduced in Mac OS 10.12 Sierra. I’lll be adding this to other apps in the future, eventually including Write — but not Notes, which already has several window management systems. Draw also has a few other improvements.
  • Checkbook: Something in a recent update to Mac OS broke Checkbook. I couldn’t pin down exactly what it was, but I managed to fix it anyway. Checkbook still supports Mac OS 10.7 Lion, but it won’t always.
  • Calendar: Some versions of Apple Mail messed up the format of lines in update messages; Calendar now works around this. Also, Calendar now requires 10.8 Mountain Lion.

5/23/17: Hello again

It’s been a while since I’ve updated anything here, but I haven’t forgotten you. Our new house wasn’t finished until Valentine’s Day, and moving in and doing the landscaping ourselves has been a huge effort. I’ve only recently returned to working on GrowlyBird full time, and I’ve put all my effort into finishing Notes 3.0. A lot of other updates have been waiting in my queue until that was done.

Which it is! Notes 3.0 is now waiting for App Store approval. It’s a huge update:
  • The new file format enables you to have huge notebooks — many gigabytes — with super-fast loading and saving times. Constant autosaves keep your work safe.
  • Entire notebooks can now be password-protected.
  • Tags can be used within text inside notes as well as on entire notes.
  • A new “blue” ruler is easier to use than the old one.
  • A new message panel in the Workbench collects all status information for the notebook into one place.
  • The left-side navigator can be closed to maximize working space.
  • The new page picker lets you navigate to a page using thumbnails.
  • Hundreds of smaller improvements, and dozens of bug fixes.

Two other things have changed in Notes 3.0 that you need to be aware of:
  • Notes can no longer add annotations or highlights to PDF. Instead it allows you to easily open the PDF note in Preview, which is a more capable and stable way to edit PDFs.
  • Audio and video recordings must be stored outside the notebook in version 3. When version 2 files are converted, the A/V files are copied to your default recording folder.

All my pending updates are now available: Write, Draw, Photo, Backup, and Journal have all been updated. These are mostly all bug fixes.

Please be aware that from now on, all updated apps will require Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion). This includes everything mentioned above.