Get ready for this. Ready? Oh my fake blog, it's an update to Fountain Music. I'll lead off with the bad news: it requires iTunes 10 or later and Snow Leopard. Well, it definitely requires Snow Leopard, but I haven't tried it on older iTunes versions. The story behind this release is that I recently dusted off the Fountain Music source and tried to build it on Snow Leopard. It did not compile, mostly due to ATSUI being thoroughly deprecated in favor of CoreText. This release fixes that, and as a side effect text looks a little better. Another change I have made is to remove the option to set full screen resolution, since iTunes 10 (and possibly before) ignores these settings and just uses your display's native resolution. The installer has also been rewritten, so it will hopefully work a lot more reliably now.
And I call it: Fountain Music 2.3.
I've posted a small update to Fountain Music. The particles should have a slightly different appearance.
A new program! It's for a very specific niche: users of both the online to-do service Remember The Milk and the fantastic Mac utility Quicksilver. In short, it's a Quicksilver plugin that lets you quickly enter tasks into Remember The Milk. I wrote it mostly for myself, but I hope it is useful for other people. Find out more here.
As you can see, I have redesigned the site to be a little less noisy and conform more to modern standards (particularly the one about not using tables for page layout).
In other news, there is a new release of Fountain Music, version 2.23. Check it out, it fixes a very common bug.
As you may have noticed, it has been a while since the last update of Fountain Music. This is mostly due to the fact that I am very busy with many different things and have not gotten a chance to do anything major. Unfortunately, this situation is not likely to change in the near future. Still, I don't want this software to vanish entirely. Thus, I've decided to make Fountain Music open source under the GPL.
Honestly, I know this isn't groundbreaking news and I don't expect my software to be forked into something which takes over the world. I do hope, however, that by open-sourcing Fountain Music, someone will be able to learn from the good, the bad and the ugly parts of my code. Personally, I think the latter two are vastly more prevalent, but if you look hard enough I think there's something of merit in there.
The fact that I am releasing the code for this plugin is partially what it seems: development on Fountain Music is in the process of stopping. I don't want to say I've entirely halted development, but Fountain Music is definitely not a priority anymore. So consider this release, version 2.2, the last major update to Fountain Music. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Binary Minded Software, your support is still very much appreciated. It's just time for me to move on to other projects now.