February 25, 2012 in Software (F)
[prMac.com] Quechee, Vermont - PFiddlesoft has announced the release of version 2.1.1 of UI Actions, bringing "universal attachability" to AppleScript. This is a minor update.
UI Actions implements "universal attachability" for AppleScript. With UI Actions, you attach an AppleScript script to a native Mac OS X application. From then on, the script will be triggered automatically every time the user performs the actions you specify in the target application. A UI action script can respond to all manner of user actions, such as opening or closing a window, selecting a menu item, editing a text field and many others.
UI Actions is universal. While Apple's Folder Actions and Digital Hub Actions are specialized tools that let your scripts respond when the user performs narrowly defined tasks, UI Actions goes much further. It allows any accessible user interface element in any application to trigger a script in response to any supported user action. UI Actions opens up whole new worlds of possibilities.
Download a free, full-featured 30-day trial version of UI Actions 2.1.1 now at pfiddlesoft.com/uiactions/.
UI Actions 2.1.1 fixes minor bugs in UI Actions.
New Features in UI Actions 2.1.0:
* Moved the UI Actions Folder, containing documentation, tutorials and sample UI action scripts, to the PFiddlesoft folder in the local library's Application Support folder from the home Documents folder
* Added new Open UI Actions Folder and Open UI Action Scripts Folder buttons to the main window to provide quick access to these folders
* Added a new Open UI Actions Folder menu item to the Help menu and a new Open UI Action Scripts Folder menu item to the UI Actions menu, and removed the old Open Scripts menu item from the UI Actions menu
* Added new settings in the Preferences window so you can change the default locations of the UI Actions Folder and the UI Action Scripts folder. You can also rename them in the Finder and drag them to a new location, and UI Actions Setup will still remember them
* UI Actions Setup now speaks a description of the UI actions that will be selected when you click the item under the pointer in the main window, if VoiceOver is turned on. You can also use the up and down arrow keys to change the selection
* Added keyboard shortcuts for the Reveal in Finder and Edit Script menu items in the UI Actions menu
* Multiple UI action scripts attached to the same application for the same notification are now triggered in alphabetical order. To change the order of execution, rename the scripts
UI Actions 2.1.0 also fixed a few memory leaks and updated internal routines to the latest Apple APIs.
UI Actions 2.1.1 is a free upgrade for licensed users. New customers may purchase UI Actions 2.1.1 for $35 (USD), with quantity discounts available.
UI Actions is based on the PFiddlesoft Frameworks, which include the PFAssistive and PFEventTaps Frameworks. The frameworks are written using Objective-C 2.0, and they support 32-bit and 64-bit architectures using reference counted memory management. Developers can now license the PFiddlesoft Frameworks for distribution or use with their own products that use Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps technologies. The frameworks may be licensed free of charge for personal use or for distribution or use with a free software product. A modest license fee is required to distribute or use the frameworks with a product for which payment is requested or required. Source code is available for a separate fee. Different terms apply to large or established commercial software developers. For more information, go to pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/.
PFiddlesoft has unmatched experience controlling the Macintosh Graphical User Interface using AppleScript and other technologies. PFiddlesoft is a trademark of PreForm Assistive Technologies, LLC, a company formed by Bill Cheeseman in 2010 to develop and market Macintosh software based on Apple's Accessibility and related technologies. In addition to new products to be announced later this year, PFiddlesoft is distributing applications written by Bill Cheeseman and formerly distributed by PreFab Software, Inc., including UI Browser, UI Actions, Event Taps Testbench, and the PFiddlesoft Frameworks. These products for Mac OS X carry on the tradition of PreFab Player, a seminal product released for the classic Mac OS in 1994. UI Browser was first released in 2003 to support Apple's GUI Scripting and Accessibility technologies. It was followed in 2004 by UI Actions, implementing "universal attachability" for AppleScript, and in 2007 by Event Taps Testbench, a free developer utility to explore Quartz Event Taps. Copyright (C) 2012 PFiddlesoft. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Mac OS X platforms are trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.