Vibrant KPCTabsControls are coming

An interesting feature request from a user of my power tabs KPCTabsControl on OSX: make them vibrant in Yosemite. The effect is subtle, but I managed to implement it. It requires some additional work though before release, to make sure the core feature of KPCTabsControl continues to work on older versions. 

On Yosemite, make sure to use a NSVisualEffectView as container view, and that this view is layer-backed. The demo app will have everything for you to check.

QLFits3 has now options!

That’s it. I managed to implement options for QLFits3, thanks to the fantastic help from the BetterZipQL developer (Thanks Robert!). 

It has been quite an interesting challenge! Now a tiny “config” app is bundled with the QL generator and is running un background, listening for some custom URL scheme whose content is formatted in such way it is transformed into key-value pair, which in turns is saved inside a pref file… 

Let me know if it works for you! The one-line installer:

curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/onekiloparsec/QLFits/master/Scripts/install.sh | sh

QLFits 3 options

QLFits is certainly the most well known of of my software. It all started just before iObserve, actually, back in 2010! Long ago, when QLFits was in version 2.0 (or even before, I think), there was the possibility to customise the output. This is a requested feature again. And indeed, some people want to customise the output, not really the look of it, but rather the presence, or not, of the headers, by defaults.

Given the very small amount of documentation that Apple is providing on that matter, I am struggling a bit alone. However, I got help from the developer of another great QuickLook plugin: BetterZipQL. You must definitely grab it. It’s free, and provide invaluable insight of your zipped files.

SwiftVOTable

Let me introduce a new open-source project: SwiftVOTable, a simple VOTable parser written in Swift. It is really work in progress, but I am developing it for a coming app… Pretty nice to learn Swift finally!

iObserve 1.4.2 just pushed for review!

iObserve 1.4.2 has just been pushed for review. This update fixes two small issues with manual coordinates for new objects, as well as the webservice URL for individual exoplanets. This should prevent the planet mass and other important parameters to disappear upon update. Oh, and the buttons (and other small visual tweaks) in Mavericks have been restored in their previous shine… Interesting to realise that many users are still on Mavericks! I guess you all wait to be sure that iraf, MIDAS, ds9 work as usual on Yosemite…