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    How OmniGrowl can help you improve your iTunes artwork

    Have you ever wanted to improve your iTunes album artwork, but haven't wanted to spend hours (or days depending on the size of your collection) working on it in a dedicated way?

    Have you wanted to see album cover artwork while listening to iTunes without disrupting your normal workflow by switching to iTunes or even having the iTunes window take up any space?

    Then you may be interested in taking just a little time to set up OmniGrowl and GeekTool 3 and some hot keys for scripts included with OmniGrowl.

    OmniGrowl 4 significantly improves the tools that make this possible. Imagine this workflow:

    Album artwork is displayed on your desktop. An unobtrusive character in the track info indicates whether the artwork was downloaded from the internet or is already in iTunes. You can glance at it, and if it came from the internet, with a key press you can add that artwork to the album currently playing. You continue your work, enjoying your music, and over time improve the artwork in your collection.

    This works especially nicely if you have a secondary monitor, so you can see the album art without losing screen real estate for it.

    Although setting this up takes a little time, it's very easy to do. Basically you have to:

    • install GeekTool 3
    • create 2 "geeklets": an image geeklet called "itunes art" and a shell geeklet called "itunes info"
    • enable GeekTool support in OmniGrowl
    • optional: install your choice of several hot keys programs and attach a few scripts to hot keys
    • run OmniGrowl as usual and enjoy!

    Please read OmniGrowl as an iTunes artwork suite for more information.

    Note: As OmniGrowl 4 makes this even easier than before, this blog entry has been updated on May 5, 2010 in anticipation of the release of OmnIGrowl 4.0.

    OmniGrowl 3.9 released, focusing on iTunes artwork

    OmniGrowl 3.9 has been released. Changes focus on iTunes artwork. Better quality images are downloaded from discogs. Additions and improvements to Immediate Actions and plugins and other tweaks make Omnigrowl play even nicer with GeekTool 3. With some set-up, the changes make OmniGrowl a more useful tool to relatively passively set missing artwork in iTunes. In addition, the documentation has been revised and reorganized, and moved entirely online. As always, please see the version history for details.

    Update Hat-Trick: iDupe, Omnigrowl, and Cast Away

    This weekend, WBC released updates to three of our products:

    iDupe has been updated to version 2.8.2. The update focuses on special handling for lossless media files and improved fuzzy matching.

    OmniGrowl has been updated to version 3.8.2. This update validated the RSS presets and fixed any outdated ones. It also adds the ability to turn off power status checking.

    Cast Away has been updated to version 2.9.5. It focuses mainly on bug fixes and improving troubleshooting.

    Please see each of the linked version history pages for more details.



    We will be on holiday from February 26 through March 7. Answers to support emails will likely be delayed during this period. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

    OmniGrowl 3.8 released

    OmniGrowl 3.8 focuses on updates to Yahoo Weather, and adds a couple other new features. Please see the version history for details.

    CaliBrate 1.7.4 released

    CaliBrate 1.7.4 adds features related to multiple alarms. You can now search for events with at least X alarms, either all alarms or particular types of alarms. When adding alarms, it is now optional whether or not to clear alarms of the same type first. The event drawer now provides better status information on the number of alarms for an event. Please see the version history for details.

    OmniGrowl 3.7.2 released

    OmniGrowl 3.7.2 has been released. It fixes a bug that caused birthdays around or just after New Year's to notify on the wrong days.

    WBC iTunes Scripts Collection 1.8.4 released, adds Snow Leopard Services

    The WBC iTunes Scripts Collection has been updated to version 1.8.4.

    Although it's been hard to keep every script in the collection 100% up-to-date, one thing that's been missing since Snow Leopard has been the functionality of the old Big Cat scripts. Big Cat doesn't really work with the Finder anymore, because of the new way Services are handled. So all of the old Big Cat scripts have been reworked as Snow Leopard Services. A few other minor updates (AMG Info, iPod Playlist Catalog) have also been made.

    Full release notes in the distribution read me.

    If you have ever used or had an interest in the Geek Tool script, I strongly recommend using OmniGrowl with GeekTool 3 instead.


    Attach a contact to the selected event in iCal (new script)

    Ever want to attach a contact to an event, but not set that contact as an attendee? Here's a new script that will put a selected or chosen Address Book contact into the URL field of the selected event in iCal. This will create a link in the event which will display as "Show in Address Book..."

    Cast Away 2.9.4 released

    Cast Away 2.9.4 may fix a rare issue where the removal script fails to read settings from the main application. Update is only necessary from 2.9.3 if you are experiencing this issue. Please see version history.

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