All current apps work with macOS Catalina

October 2019

Apple chose today to release macOS 10.15 Catalina. The latest major update to the Mac operating system. 🥳

I’ve been testing Denied, Carbonize, Relax, Pipvid and Timeless with every new beta since they came available and I’m happy to report they all work fine.

Upgrading

You’ll get a notification about the update at some point. If you want to upgrade early, open System Preferences and select System Update.

A screenshot of the Catalina upgrade dialog

After a moment or two you’ll get the option to Upgrade Now.

Denied

iTunes has been replaced by separate apps for music, podcasts, TV and books. All very appropriately named after the media they expose. I’ve added support for Music.app in Denied v1.7.

Song skipping through all filters works perfectly. There’s an unfixed bug in Music that prevents Denied from grabbing the track information when the app first launches and before Music was set to play, pause, skip to the next or previous track. This is mainly cosmetic. I’m confident Apple will address the issue in a future update to Catalina.

A screenshot showing Denied and Music.app on Catalina

Pipvid

QuickTime gained a built-in picture-in-picture mode in macOS 10.15. I’ve been on the fence about removing my custom solution, now there’s a native implementation.

For the moment I’ve decided to stay with the custom feature I built specifically for Pipvid. The main reason being that my solution allows me to enable and disable picture-in-picture by simply resizing the player window. I love that feature myself.

The new pip-button in QuickTime is easily accessible to those who prefer the native variant.

I’m working on a hybrid solution that could make the best of both options. That’s not quite ready yet.

Others

Carbonize, Relax and Timeless work exactly like they did on macOS Mojave. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much on Catalina as you did on Mojave. 😄

Have fun exploring the new features!

Adjusting prices

April 2019

The last time I posted about Denied, I introduced the Tip Jar and announced the app would become Free. My goal was to try and see if I could reach more people by lowering the bar of entry and in turn increase revenue by convincing a significant amount of those people to voluntarily pay through the Tip Jar.

We’re about six months into the experiment and unfortunately this hasn’t happened.

It has warmed my heart that a number of people did actually purchase one of the ‘love jars’ without getting anything substantial in return. Thanks so much if you did this. It has lead me to not remove the Tip Jar entirely, but rather iterate on it. More on that below.

The fact remains however that revenue decreased. This means I need to try something different to reach my goal of achieving a sustainable income from my apps.

In the coming week I’ll change Denied and Relax (back) from Free to Paid Upfront apps, leaving the Tip Jars intact. I’ve also released updates for all my apps to include a new, more personal tipping screen that will hopefully give you a better picture of who you’re supporting by donating. 😊

A screenshot of the new Tip Jar, showing a picture of me, text explaining why donations are most welcome and three donation options: a cookie, coffee or a sandwich

If you got the app before the price change, everything will remain the same. I hope this does motivate you to have another look at the Tip Jar and help me, help you get some great updates and new apps. 💪

Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter if you have any questions, or just to say hi.

Relax v1.1 adds mute after waking from sleep

February 2019

Relax version 1.1 is out now. I’ve added support for pausing after your computer wakes from sleep.

I’ve also changed Relax’ muting-after-enabling behavior a bit:

Previously only starting Relax while it wasn’t running would trigger the mute-at-startup sequence. Now disabling and the re-enabling Relax will also mute the built-in speakers and pause any players. This should prevent even more awkward moments where you thought your speakers where muted while they actually weren’t. 👌

Update in the app, through the Mac App Store or get Relax today!

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.