Pump That BASS!

Vox 0.2.7 Yosemite Compatibility Update 1.1 updates Vox 0.2.7 with the most recent BASS 2.4.14 core audio library.

Plain and simple!

New in Vox 0.2.7 Yosemite Compatibility Update 1.1:
- Updated the core audio library to un4seen's awesome BASS 2.4.14.

Vox 0.2.7 application icon.

To a New Decade

Happy new year, guys!

Looking back on 2019, it somehow ended up becoming the most eventful year here at Mednotes.net ever since the web site's inception more than a decade ago. And there seems to be no time for slowing down in 2020.

I've already got several brand new applications for both Classic Mac OS and Mac OS X lined up for release, as well as several updates for my existing applications in the wings. And there's even some crazy awesome news for all you less computer-savvy out there I just can't wait to share with you all!

Here's to an amazing new year, and to an amazing new decade!

Winter is Coming

Until today Hardcover 2 has been composed of 'Hardcover [Crystal]' placing your album art on a highly polished reflective glass surface, and 'Hardcover [Aurora]' placing your album art in front of a vivid pulsating polychromatic spectrum.

Well, that was until today...

I'm proud to give you Hardcover 2.3 introducing the brand new 'Hardcover [Blizzard]' iTunes visualizer, the latest addition to the Hardcover family. Hardcover [Blizzard] places your album art in the middle of a frozen lake with a snow flurry slowly descending both behind and in front of the rotating jewel case. It's the perfect way to enjoy your music during both Christmas and Easter - and everywhere in between.

Let it snow!

New in Hardcover 2.3:
- Added brand new Hardcover [Blizzard] visualizer.

Hardcover 2 iTunes visualizer now with optional snow flurry.

New Tricks...

Returning to Mac OS 9 again after all this time, wielding the system came just as natural to me this time around as it did back then. It was almost as if I'd never left in the first place. However, I never really seemed to be able to shake off the Mac OS X-specific habit of jabbing at the F-keys on the keyboard whenever the sound was playing too loud.

As such, I decided to venture into partially unexplored territory in order to provide Classic Mac OS with tried and true Mac OS X-esque keyboard media controls. Not only did I succeed in this, but ended up going far beyond my initial call.

I'm therefore thrilled to give you Functional Keys for Classic Mac OS, providing you with organic unified control over everything from music track and sound volume to screen depth and screen resolution. Functional Keys even gives you Exposé-esque window management for the first time on any Classic Mac OS system. All the functions can easily be accessed either from the F-keys on your keyboard or from a brand new Functional Keys menu to the left in your menu bar.

Functional Keys is extremely versatile, and makes it easy for anyone with the most basic of coding skills to add additional functions. And as a most wonderful side-effect, you can now finally get rid of that pesky inconsequent floating mess of a Control Strip, as all basic functions now are accessible where the Control Strip should have been in the first place: The menu bar.

Who said you can't teach old dogs new tricks? Laugh

Version History:
Version 1.9:
- Added custom skin to KeyboardLauncher.
- Added custom skin to OtherMenu.

Version 1.8:
- Added Eject-function (Thanks to Apple Inc. and their awesome Eject Extras).
- Added Volume Increment-function exclusive to the menu bar (Thanks to James Walker and his awesome OtherMenu Externals).
- Added Exposé Windows-function exclusive to the menu bar (Once again thanks to James Walker and his awesome OtherMenu Externals).
- Changed installation procedure for easier installation.

Version 1.7:
- Added support for OtherMenu and other menu bar application launchers.
- Changed color scheme of custom icons for better visual contrast when used with menu bar application launchers.
- Changed names of the Functional Keys utilities for a cleaner appearance when used with menu bar application launchers.
- Changed order of the Functional Keys utilities for a more natural progression.

Version 1.6:
- Added compatibility with almost all known classic Mac OS emulators for modern systems.
- Fixed bug that caused Exposé-function for bringing running applications to the foreground to freeze.
- Fixed bug that caused Exposé-function for bringing running applications to the foreground to bring the first application opened frontmost instead of the last application used frontmost.
- Fixed bug that prevented Exposé-function for bringing Finder to the foreground from hiding the frontmost application.

Version 1.5:
- Added compatibility with Mac OS 7.1 or newer.
- Added compatibility with full screen applications.
- Functional Keys now no longer brings Finder to the foreground when activated.
- Optimized Exposé-function for bringing running applications to the foreground.

Version 1.4:
- Added controls for Exposé.
- Fixed sound feedback for upper sound volume extreme.

Version 1.3:
- Added controls for iTunes.
- Added custom icons.

Version 1.2:
- Added limits for upper and lower sound volume extremes.
- Removed interface feedback sounds for color depth and screen resolution due to sound looping on some systems.

Version 1.1:
- Functional Keys now run as background processes.
- Added optional interface feedback sounds.

Version 1.0:
- Initial release.

Central Control application icon.

3... 2... 1...

The trip down memory lane begins with the release of Startup for Classic Mac OS.

Thinking back on Mac OS 9, I vividly remember the startup screen sporting a bright orange number nine. Imagine my surprise installing Mac OS 9 for the first time in 15 years, only to realize this never really was the case.

So I re-designed the Mac OS 9 startup screen according to my brain. And while at it, I threw in redesigns for Mac OS 8, Mac OS 7 and System 6 for good measure. As with Yosemite Classic, all the startup screens have been designed using the official colors of each separate iteration of Mac OS.

...Ignition!

Version History:
Version 1.2:
- Added startup screen for System 6.
- Aligned the grayscale and monochrome startup screens with the full-color startup screens for each version of Mac OS.

Version 1.1:
- Added startup screens for Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 7.

Version 1.0:
- Initial release.

Custom Mac OS 9 startup screen.

Going Retro

A couple of years ago I suddenly got a call from my dear colleague and childhood acquaintance, Dr. Omenaas, wondering if I would be interested in some of the vintage Macs he'd been collecting through the years.

Not only did these consist of what I consider to be the epitome of industrial design, including the iMac G3 DV SE, the iMac G4 and the Power Mac G4 Quicksilver. Not only were all of these able to run both of my all time favorite operating systems, Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. But he didn't want a dime for them - as long as I promised to give them a good home.

Naturally I agreed Winking

Upon receiving this unexpected gift, they initially represented nothing more to me than beautiful sculptures of fine art to be displayed. But once good ol' Mac OS 9 had been installed on them, they suddenly transitioned into that wonderful warm blanket of nostalgia from years long past. And as I started adding the applications I once used for creating most of my creative works for almost 2 decades, it suddenly dawned on me that I had regained access to all the well-known tools I would never ever have the time to re-learn on modern day hardware - everything from 3D modelling to vector illustration, from music composition to video production, from user interface modification to video game creation.

However, I didn't truly realize how deep the rabbit hole really went until I started trying to find what these marvels could NOT do.

Could they play all my DVDs and DiVX movies? Check. Could they play all my CDs and MP3 music? Check. Could they play all my all-time favorite computer games? Check. Could they browse modern day internet and e-mails? Check. Could they broadcast all of these to my TV? Check. And before I knew it these 20 year old relics had transformed from a simple curiosity to full-fledged media centers as well as my PRIMARY work machines for most things creative.

But for anyone who knows me, I can't ever touch something without leaving my footprint in the snow...

So hold on to your seats while I release some brand new software for some truly classic Macs!

The pinnacle of industrial design.

The New Classic

Back around the turn of the millennium the Mac jumped lightyears ahead of it's competition with the introduction of Mac OS X. However, this jump also meant leaving a wealth of software from the Classic Mac OS era behind. To offset the inevitable, Apple left the door open for running Classic Mac OS software during the first few iterations of Mac OS X through the aptly named 'Classic Environment'. Though the days of the Classic Environment are long gone, recent versions of Mac OS X still have the ability to run Classic Mac OS software through the use of emulators.

Introducing Yosemite Classic, the proper way to dress up your Classic Mac OS emulators.

Yosemite Classic consists of a collection of icons designed using the official colors of each separate iteration of Mac OS, the concept of the original Classic Environment icon, and the polish introduced with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The icons pay respect to both the past, present and future of Mac OS, and they look right at home next to Finder in the dock where the Classic Environment once resided.

Take a trip down memory lane!

Version History:
Version 1.2:
- Added icon for Mac OS X.
- Gradient of the Mac OS 8 icon intensified due to visual discrepancy.

Version 1.1:
- Added icons for Mac OS 8, Mac OS 7, and Mac OS 6.

Version 1.0:
- Initial release.

Classic Environment for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

On a Limb

Following through with keeping my software current and up to date both here at Mednotes.net as well as at MacUpdate.com, I'm making my Vox 0.2.7 Yosemite Compatibility Update available over at MacUpdate.com as well today.

For those of you who prefer a more recent version of Vox and don't mind the background daemons and the monthly subscription fee, Coppertino has polished Vox wonderfully for recent versions of Mac OS X. For the rest of us, Vox 0.2.7 Yosemite Compatibility Update is here to save the day!

Crank it up!

Kitten Chaos

Three days after our first Siberian kitten NO*Trans-Siberia Lily moved to her new home, I got a frantic call from her new owner. The youngest child in their household sadly had developed a cat allergy. They were not willing to try medication, nor were they willing to wait out the next couple of months until Lily becomes truly hypoallergenic.

So what do you do when one of your babies suddenly face uncertainty, whether it be relocation or euthanasia? For me, the only right thing to do was to welcome Lily back into our family. And, for the shortest while, our little cat family was whole again.

Since then, both of Lily's brothers, NO*Trans-Siberia Milo and NO*Trans-Siberia Nemo, have moved to wonderful new homes. Lily will forever stay here with us.

Who knows? Perhaps Lily one day will have a litter of her very own... Winking

Performance Boost

Despite Apple's best efforts, Hardcover 2 pushes forwards with a brand new release. Hardcover 2.2 adds the much requested contrast between the foreground track information and the background frequency spectrum in Hardcover [Aurora]. Version 2.2 also brings major codebase reorganization and performance optimization ensuring the best possible experience on any Mac you decide to run it on.

Smooth sailing!

New in Hardcover 2.2:
- Added highly requested contrast between the track information and the frequency spectrum in Hardcover [Aurora].
- Performed major performance optimization ensuring that Hardcover runs perfectly smooth on any Mac sporting an Intel processor (and hopefully also on any supported Mac sporting a PPC processor).
- Performed major codebase reorganization.