Version 1.7 of Board Game Stats has been submitted to Apple. It can take 1 to 2 weeks until it appears in the App Store.

  • Biggest new things in this version:
  • Support for anonymous players
  • Auto-post to BGG
  • Better image management
  • Search fields for Players and Games
  • Settings for articles to be ignored while sorting
  • Average play time for a Game
  • and lots of other small things, fixes and improvements.

Apple has just updated Aperture to use Apple’s maps in the application, instead of Google’s version. I really like this update, because I always managed to accidentally zoom in and out with my magic mouse in the old version.

Now we have some wonderful possibilities with your mouse and keyboard modifiers:

  • Scroll around the map using horizontal and vertical scrolling on your mouse (or trackpad), click and drag also works of course, but make sure you drag the map and not one of the pins if you’re in moving-pins mode.
  • Zoom in or out with Shift + scrolling or Shift + dragging, or pinch-in and pinch-out on your trackpad.
  • Command + drag to draw a rectangle — the map zooms to include everything in the rectangle.
  • Double-click to zoom in, Option + Double-click to zoom out.
  • Click a pin to select all photos at that pin; Command + click to select more pins and all their photos.
  • Click a photo to select the pin and move the map so it’s visible; select more photo’s to select and show all related pins.

Right-clicking (or Control-clicking) on the map displays a contextual menu with the following options:

  • Assign photos: all selected photos will be pinned at the clicked location.
  • New place: opens a separate dialog where you can define and name your own place, including exact positions and size of the surrounding area. This place can from now on be found in the search box on the top right, and is displayed as the Location’s name for the photo.
  • Move pins: puts you in moving-pins mode, in which dragging can pick up existing pins and move them. You can close this mode using the Done button of the floating bar that appears on the bottom of the map.

I did not use the new map for large numbers of photos yet, but it feels to me it will be much less of a burden from now on.

My popular little freeware utility Focus has been updated to version 2.7.

Focus shows a gorgeous floating icon of the currently active application with an optional analog or digital clock, and has lots of configuration possibilities.

Version 2.7 finalizes Leopard compatibility by making sure it is always visible, even when using Spaces. Its icon is also updated to be more Leopard-like and of higher resolution.

Find out more about Focus here.

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