Denied is now free 🙀, with a Tip Jar

December 2018

I’m trying something new to support the development of my apps. Instead of charging upfront, Denied is now free with optional in-app purchases.

Screenshot of Denied with the Tip Jar visible

This puts a lot of trust in you, my customer. I rely on your generosity to generate enough revenue to continue working on my software. It’s a little scary, I have to say.

That said, I’m very excited about lowering the bar to use my apps. There’s nothing stopping you anymore from recommending Denied to others and for them to install it on their Macs.

If you’ve purchased Denied before, that’s marvelous. Your support has kept me working on Denied since 2014! I’m hoping you’re with me for this next chapter. 🤟

Don’t have Denied yet? Get Denied!

Relax pauses iTunes too

November 2018

A screenshot of Relax' actions preferences screen

Relax version 1.0.1 is out now. I’ve added support for pausing iTunes (and thus Apple Music) when you unplug or disconnect your headphones.

Update within the app, or get Relax today!

Introducing Relax

November 2018

A vector image showing an avatar unplugging AirPods

Relax automatically mutes your internal speakers and pauses music apps when you disconnect headphones.

You can get Relax today!

Mute automatically 🔇

Disconnecting your headphones or speakers from your Mac automatically selects the Internal Speakers. Any sound that was playing before is now shared with everyone around you.

Your Cyndi Lauper playlist? Yea, that’s no longer a secret.

Rely on Relax 🍹

It monitors your default audio output and takes action when it notices you switch back to your internal speakers. Whether it’s dead batteries, wired or wireless.

Screenshot of a desktop running Relax in the menu bar

Works with wireless and wired headphones 🎧

Even Apple’s AirPods are supported. If any output device gets disconnected Relax has got your back. Battery dies halfway through your Dubstep set? Relax makes sure your disco stays private.

Pause music apps 🎵

Besides muting the volume, Relax can pause playback for some apps.

  • Spotify
  • YouTube playing in Chrome* (experimental)

I’ll be adding more apps to the list every update.

*: Enable “Allow JavaScript from Apple Events” under ViewDeveloper in Chrome.

Screenshot of Relax' app actions settings

Free software 🌴

Relax is free to use. Consider using the Tip Jar in the app to support its development.

Get Relax for free.

A screensot of Relax' tip jar screen

Press 🌐

More information, screenshots and icons are available in the Press Kit. Get the Press Kit here.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2018

November 2018

You can pickup Denied for just $1 the next few days!

Make sure you’re all set for the Christmas season and only listen to the carols you want to hear. 🎄

Screenshot of Denied skipping explicit content

Denied update 1.5.3 out now

November 2018

A customer pointed out an issue with Denied and iTunes when playing songs from Apple Music playlists. If you skipped back a track in the Mini Player, the artwork would disappear.

This update resolves the issue and improves how Denied works together with Apple Music. Read on to learn what I changed in this latest release.

After some investigation I discovered that Apple Music only returns the artwork for offline tracks, or songs that you’ve added or saved. You don’t even have to store them offline, simply adding them to one of your collections enables retrieving the artwork through AppleScript. That sounds odd, and I was a little surprised at first. An explanation I found online states that iTunes uses two different types of tracks to represent an online and an offline track. It’s unfortunate that the online variant does not include the artwork. I’ll submit a bug report to Apple and ask them if this is by design, or if it can be resolved.

This means that Denied can’t display an image for some of the songs that you’re playing through Apple Music. To accomodate for this I’ve updated the ‘artwork not available’ placeholder image. It changes with the new accent colors in Mojave.

New 'artwork not available' placeholder image in Denied

You can get the update now on the App Store. 🚀

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