DockShelf 1.5 Released

DockShelf Version 1.5 has new features, improvements and bug fixes.

Note: DockShelf now requires OS 10.9 or higher and OS 10.10 or higher for Desktop docks (which were effectively broken on 10.9 anyways but went unnoticed in earlier updates).

New:

  • URL items can show an optional favorite icon (see the preferences).
  • Paste files, links, text and images into stacks or folders.
  • “Sort by” options in folder browsers are now in the correct order (duh!), size ordering is more accurate and there’s a new option to sort by date added.
  • Text, images and links can be dropped and saved into folder items and folder docks.
  • Small edit dock button which can be used instead of contextual-clicking.
  • Add folder and desktop item in the dock info window which adds a new empty folder or desktop.
  • “Dragging out shares” option for docks which drops the item on the destination then removes the item from the dock. This option is used for docks that are temporary storage during drag and drop.
  • More built in dock images (see the dock info window).

Improved:

  • Drag and drop using hiding is now much improved and easier to use but requires you grant DockShelf access in the System Preferences (Security & Privacy > Privacy add enable DockShelf in the list).
  • Animations have finally been optimized so DockShelf feels smoother and snappier now (make sure animations aren’t disabled in the preferences to check it out).
  • Stacks have QuickLook previews now.
  • Stacks can set top item so it’s easier to identity the stack in the dock.
  • It’s easier to not drag items out of the dock by accident.
  • Cleaned up the preferences window.
  • Large size tag is 16pt instead of 14pt like before.
  • Note items are all opened in a single window with a system standard style toolbar. Warning: this feature has been disabled by default because there is a crash in Sierra which Apple will probably fix later.

Fixed:

  • Bugs in the “edit smart item” window when selecting custom locations.
  • Bug when renaming folder items.
  • Bug with DockShelf not appearing after logging in even though it was set to do so.

iCloudStatus 1.2.2 Released

Small update with some improvements and maintenance for the upcoming macOS Sierra.

What’s new?

  • Important fix for a crash upon startup on macOS Sierra. All users that plan to upgrade to the new OS should install this version.
  • Text field which shows the amount of disk space used in the iCloud Drive folder on the disk local disk. Note that this value may not match what is shown in the Finder exactly but is close (type the “man du” command in the terminal for more information).
  • Button to open iCloud system preferences so you can check on actual space remaining on your iCloud account. Unfortunately there’s no known way now to get this information directly inside of iCloudStatus.
  • In the preferences the notification sound can be set to “none”.

iCloudStatus metadata.store-shm transfer getting stuck

If you’re using iCloudStatus 1.1 and experienced a transfer named metadata.store-shm getting stuck please know this is a bug in reporting and will be fixed.

The solution is to hover the mouse over the item in the list  and press the X button which appears on the right. This will simply dismiss the item from the list but will not affect any files on your system.

This will be the first thing to fix when I can get iCloudStauts 1.2 released. Thanks for your patience and sorry for the inconvenience!

iCloudStatus – Not seeing transfers?

If you’re testing iCloudStatus for the first time and you’re not seeing changes being tracked please review this list.

  1. Are the files you’re tracking in-progress transfers that you uploaded before launching iCloudStatus? If they are then progress will not be shown but you can press the Rescan button in the preferences to begin tracking existing transfers (please note this may take some time).
  2. Review the path of the directory in the preferences and make sure it descends from ~/Library/Mobile Documents for tracking iCloud (including non-iCloud Drive apps like Numbers, Pages or any others that save to iCloud) or ~/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs for iCloud Drive only.

    Please keep in mind that iCloud and iCloud Drive are not the same. If you save files to iCloud using the standard save window those files are saved in ~/Library/Mobile Documents even thought they may appear to be part of the iCloud Drive folder when you’re browsing in the Finder.

  3. Open the iCloud Drive folder in the Finder and confirm that you’re seeing the transfers there and that the iCloud system daemon is actually uploading the files. Starting in 10.11 El Capitan you should see progress in the status bar even for files being transferred to iCloud using 3rd party apps so you can confirm if the system is actually aware of the transfer.

Problems purchasing iCloudStatus?

There have been ongoing server problems when attempting to purchase iCloudStatus via PayPal. I’ve contacted both PayPal and my payment service provider e-junkie both of which claim it’s not on their end.

The solution is to just keep trying until it works or try using another web browser but if it doesn’t please contact us at info@thealchemistguild.com and arrange to send payment directly (using PayPal also).

Sorry for the inconvenience!

iCloud Drive vs iCloud

If iCloudStatus is not tracking changes to certain files that’s probably because those files aren’t actually a part of iCloud Drive even though they appear in the Finder (typically they have the icon of the app they belong to on the folder like in the picture below).

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When you first launch iCloudStatus you will be prompted to track changes in just iCloud Drive or all of iCloud but in case you didn’t choose iCloud you can do this later by following the steps below.

  1. In the iCloudStatus settings press the choose button to open the navigation dialog.icloudstatus_2
  2. When the window opens press command-shift-G which will open the Go to Folder window. Type in the text field ~/Library and press return.
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  3. You will now be in the otherwise hidden Library directory where you can select the folder named Mobile Documents then press choose to finish.
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  4. If you were successfully iCloudStatus should now be tracking changes in ~/Library/Mobile Documentsicloudstatus_5