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    iDupe, MoveTunes, DevonSync, and Osiris Updated for Mountain Lion

    WBC today released updates to four more of our applications: iDupe, MoveTunes, DevonSync, and Osiris. Each of these applications has been code signed for Gatekeeper support on OS X Mountain Lion.

    iDupe is an intelligent duplicate remover for iTunes. MoveTunes allows selective moving of iTunes music among volumes while retaining metadata. DevonSync allows synching additions and changes to DEVONthink Pro databases over a local network. Osiris is an auto-poster for the usenet newsreaders Thoth and MT-NewsWatcher.

    Other than the code signing, significant revisions were made to DevonSync. Since MobileMe has been discontinued by Apple, support for MobileMe synching has been removed, and so DevonSync now works with local networking only. Reliance on the OS X system keychain has been completely replaced by blowfish encryption for passwords, meaning that full support for Lion and higher is now in place at long last.

    These releases continue our first round of updates for OS X Mountain Lion. OmniGrowl and Cast Away have already been updated. CaliBrate and ThinkArch updates will follow in July.

    Rather than make each of our applications fully "at home" with Mountain Lion one by one, we have decided to focus first on Gatekeeper and basic compatibility in a first round of updates, and then fine tune them in a second update round. Since it has long been difficult to continue supporting Tiger and Leopard and PPC Macs, this first update round will be the last to do so for many of our applications. In the planned second round, we will unfortunately need to require OS X Snow Leopard and thus Intel macs for some of our products. When possible, we will continue to build for those older systems, but can no longer offer support for them. Please see this FAQ entry for further details about legacy support.

    Despite the major effort (and new expenses) required to update many our products for Mountain Lion, we have decided not to charge any upgrade fees. However, we gratefully accept additional donations from our loyal customers! Please use the donate button on the right if you wish to do so. Those who have paid in the past and also donate now will receive special consideration in the event that we decide to charge upgrade fees in the coming months.

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    OmniGrowl & Cast Away Updates and Big Things to Come

    WBC today released updates to two of our popular applications: OmniGrowl and Cast Away. These are the first of our applications to be code signed with Gatekeeper for OS X Mountain Lion support. All of our other applications will also be updated and signed for Gatekeeper in the coming weeks.

    OmniGrowl 4.4.4 includes a number of fixes for existing data sources including Woot, Pollstar, discogs, and Oxford English Dictionary. It also includes a number of other bug fixes and many initial changes to support Mountain Lion.

    Cast Away 2.9.8 fixes a Lion issue related to resuming application states after a restart. It now auto-launches iTunes and waits for it to become available rather than present a dialog asking you to start iTunes first. It also includes a work-around for a plugin issue, for our advanced users.

    This is the beginning of a wave of big updates that WBC has planned for Mountain Lion. Rather than make each of our applications fully "at home" with Mountain Lion one by one, we have decided to focus first on Gatekeeper and basic compatibility in a first round of updates, and then fine tune them in a second update round. Since it has long been difficult to continue supporting Tiger and Leopard and PPC Macs, this first update round will be the last to do so for many of our applications. In the planned second round, we will unfortunately need to require OS X Snow Leopard and thus Intel macs for some of our products. When possible, we will continue to build for those older systems, but can no longer offer support for them. Please see this FAQ entry for further details about legacy support.

    Some of our customers have asked whether we plan to offer our applications in the Mac App Store. Since most of our products focus on integration with other applications, and since Apple has introduced new "sandboxing" requirements that severely limits or makes impossible such functionality, we have decided to continue to distribute our products directly to our customers. We appreciate those who help spread the word about useful software that is not available in the Mac App Store.

    Despite the major effort (and new expenses) required to update many our products for Mountain Lion, we have decided not to charge any upgrade fees. However, we gratefully accept additional donations from our loyal customers! Please use the donate button on the right if you wish to do so. Those who have paid in the past and also donate now will receive special consideration in the event that we decide to charge upgrade fees in the coming months.

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    CaliBrate Featured in TheMacBundles’ Special Gems Bundle

    Ann Arbor, MI June 4, 2012

    Ann Arbor, MI - Mac users can enjoy
    CaliBrate, one of Wooden Brain Concepts’ flagship products, at a great discount from today through June 17. Wooden Brain Concepts, a software company specializing in practical tools for Mac home users, has partnered with TheMacBundles in order to offer an exclusive discount in this month’s “Special Gems Bundle” as well as in its innovative Build Your Own Bundle stores, where people can put together their own discounted software packages. This Special Gems Bundle features applications that MacWorld has named MacWorld Gems.

    “CaliBrate is an immensely useful tool for anyone who uses iCal,” said Loren Ryter, President. “We know you’ll agree when you try it. That's why we're working with TheMacBundles - we want to get our software in more hands.”

    “CaliBrate is a multi-purpose utility for iCal. It allows you to perform many batch functions with events, such as removing duplicates, adding or removing alarms, modifying titles and notes, moving events between calendars, and much more. Search criteria are extremely flexible, and you can save frequently used searches for later. CaliBrate is also able to create new events from text dropped onto its ‘Magic Hat’.”

    Ryter emphasized that he is especially honored to see CaliBrate included in this Special Gems Bundle. “As a Mac user, I originally discovered many of the applications I personally use every day through MacWorld Gem reviews.”

    In his 2008 Gem review, MacWorld’s Dan Frakes wrote: “It’s easy to edit a single event in iCal, but what if you want to modify multiple events? Wooden Brain Concepts’ CaliBrate is the answer.”

    TheMacBundles was setup by Steve Becker as a “Farmers’ Market” for software, essentially a co-op where software developers can bundle their software titles for maximum exposure.
    Users are protected by TheMacBundles' no-fine-print policy, which means that purchasers of its bundles get the same software, support, licenses, and upgrade benefits that apply to users who pay the full price for the software. That’s why TheMacBundles motto is: “No Games, No Hype, No Middlemen...Just Great Software at a Great Price™.”

    This MacWorld Gems Bundle of 10 titles has a retail value of over $250 but sells for only $39.95.

    TheMacBundles
    Wooden Brain Concepts
    CaliBrate
    MacWolrd Gem Review

    Wooden Brain Concepts has been making Mac software for well over 10 years. Besides CaliBrate, its popular products include OmniGrowl (which provides all kinds of practical notifications using Growl), iDupe (a smart duplicates remover for iTunes), and Cast Away (a utility to customize podcast management and auto-playback on a per-podcast basis). Wooden Brain Concepts believes in affordable software and the true principle of shareware.
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    Loren Ryter
    President
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