Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Version 1.3.0 Fixes a PowerPC/Intel Issue

This Intel compatible version also works with PowerPC Macs. I'm not sure why yet, but the installer builder for 1.3.1 did not build my installer correctly. I'm making the 1.3.0 version available for download right now. Report back if you have any problems with it.

Here it is, version 1.3.0.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

New Beta Version Compatible with Intel Macs!

Well, here it is. The first version that brings compatibility to Intel based Macs.

This is the 1.3.1 release. I'm releasing it as a public beta. You can download it here.

PowerPC and Intel users, please report back to me successes or problems.

Thanks again to all who donated to make this happen!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Good Progress Being Made

I'm making good progress. I've found some (possibly all) of the problems and am investigating multiple ways to fix them.

I should have an Intel Mac compatible beta version out in about a week. In the past, I've always had private beta tests (where only selected users would be able to get the download through email) however, this time I plan on holding a public beta test.

I'll post a download link on this blog, once I've got a beta installer going. I'll need PowerPC testers too to make sure I didn't break anything that used to work.

Thanks again for all the support, and check back here in about a week from now for the beta download!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Working on an Intel Mac version of Fetch Art

Well I've been super busy with work and even did some traveling but I've found some time to work on an Intel Mac version of Fetch Art.

Currently I just finished getting Perl updated and installed with all the dependent libraries I need from CPAN. One struggle I had was that they broke the Perl Packager (PP) out of the PAR distribution, and I didn't realize I now needed PAR::Packer as well, which I didn't need the last time I setup my dev. environment.

So now development is proceeding. I'll keep posting progress as I make it.

Fetch Art Uninstallation Instructions

So let's say you've installed Fetch Art and now you want to uninstall it.

It's really quite simple. You will find files installed in two locations.

The application itself should be installed at:
[your hard drive]/Applications

The script that appears in the iTunes menu bar is at:
[your hard drive]/Library/iTunes/Scripts/

If it was the only iTunes script you had, you can delete the Scripts directory and the script menu in iTunes should disappear.

Alternately you could go in the Finder, go to File->Find... and search on Fetch Art to find the locations of the files and simply delete them from the Find results window.

Fetch Art Manual Installation Instructions

The most common support email request I get is with help installing Fetch Art. I'm not sure why, but for some users the installer does not successfully put the files on the user's hard drive. This may be a permissions issue, or possibly a bug in the Apple Installer (the Fetch Art installer, is actually just an installation script that is used by the Apple Installer application).

Installing Fetch Art manually is very simple, and solves most reported problems except for Intel Mac users. Fetch Art doesn't work yet on Intel Macs. I'm working on it (See donation page.)

To install Fetch Art yourself, without the installer:

1) Place the Fetch Art application in your Applications directory:
[your hard drive]/Applications
You can get the Fetch Art application here.

2) Place the Fetch Art iTunes script in your iTunes script directory:
[your hard drive]/Library/iTunes/Scripts/
Note that if you haven't installed any iTunes scripts before, you may not have a Scripts directory. That shouldn't be a problem, just create one and put the Fetch Art script in it.
You can get the Fetch Art iTunes script here.