Monday, August 17, 2009

Fetch Art 2.5 Released

CHANGES in version 2.5.0:
  • Added support for Amazon's new Web Services. As of August 15 2009, any version of Fetch Art prior to 2.5.0 will stop working as Amazon changed how their servers worked. This requires encrypting part of the call, which does slow each call down a little bit over the previous version.
  • Added more logic in constructing the query to Amazon to improve search accuracy and speed. It can often find album artwork now even if the album name is spelled wrong and it requires fewer calls to the server to find it.
  • Added a debug logging mode. This mode is off by default, but when activated will save a detailed log that you can send to me for support if you are having problems.
  • Added an option to turn off extended searching. Previously Fetch Art would try to find art for any album even if it found the wrong art. Now that level of searching is off by default. It may not find as much are, but accuracy should improve. You can turn it back on in the preferences if you like.
  • Added an automatic check for new versions.
  • Improved error handling.

  • Fetch Art 2.5 will be released by 10pm PDT

    Check back here after 10pm PDT as Fetch Art 2.5 will be available for download.

    Saturday, August 15, 2009

    Version 2.5 Estimated Release on August 17

    I expect to release a new 2.5 version of Fetch Art by August 17.

    Amazon has changed their search service so that all versions of Fetch Art prior to 2.5 no longer work.

    Keep checking back here for updates.

    Tuesday, August 11, 2009

    Working on version 2.5

    I wanted to let you know I've been spending a lot of time on a new version 2.5 that will make sure Fetch Art keeps working beyond Amazon's latest changes. On Saturday, August 15 Amazon will require encrypted signing of all calls to their web services that Fetch Art uses to get album art.

    My goal is to have a new version 2.5 available in time for that change.

    Thank you for all the emails requesting to participate as a beta tester. I have enough beta testers now for this version release, so please don't be offended if you didn't get chosen.

    And remember Fetch Art is free, but there is the ability to make a donation to show your support.