Advenio News


Welcome to Advenio News, a blog that lets users of products released by Advenio, a small, independent Mac software developer, know what's happening at the company, including coverage of MacGourmet and SQLGrinder.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

SQLGrinder 2 Beta 6 now available


The sixth beta version of SQLGrinder 2, the completely-rewritten version of our database development tool was posted today.

Please see the release notes page for the full list of changes.

Some highlights: This update moves keyword fetching to a background thread, fixes schema refresh problems that were hanging the application, and handles connections that are terminated by the server in a more robust manor.

There are still some outstanding issues with Microsoft SQL Server. I still don't have access to my test server, but once I get something back, I should be able to resolve those issues.

Also, just a reminder that beta builds are full debug builds and aren't optimized for speed, size, etc. yet, and carry the usual "use at your own risk" warnings.

Finally, you can subscribe to the release notes page, which now has an RSS feed, to stay up-to-date on what's changed and what known issues there might be.
Pricing and availability for SQLGrinder 2

Pricing for the new version has been set at $59. During the beta period however, SQLGrinder 2 can be purchased for the current price of $49.95 with purchasers receiving a free upgrade to the final version once available. Owners of the current version can purchase an upgrade for only $19 by sending their current registration information to upgrades@sqlgrinder.com. Beta coupons will be sent out to users near the end of the beta.

SQLGrinder 2 for Mac OS X is currently available for a limited time as an unlimited beta version.

The beta of SQLGrinder 2 can be downloaded from the Advenio web site at: http://www.advenio.com/sqlgrinder/download.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

MacGourmet 1.1.6 Now Available


MacGourmet 1.1.6 is now available.

You can find a full list of the changes here.

This free update is available from the MacGourmet download page.

This release primarily resolves a few timing issues related to making web clippings that cropped up. The problems had existed for a while (even though I rolled back a clipping fix made for 1.1.5, the problems still occurred), but were hard to track down, as they weren't happening frequently enough for me to get a good fix on where they actually were. Well, for some reason, 1.1.5 made these issues surface more often, which was good because I was able to nail down the problems and fix them. Problems launching MacGourmet when a clipping is made should now be solved.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

MacGourmet 1.1.5 Now Available


MacGourmet 1.1.5 is now available: "Today Advenio updated MacGourmet, its recipe, wine and cooking note organizer, to version 1.1.5. This free update includes support for .Mac's Backup 3 application, adding a QuickPick for easily backing up your MacGourmet database. Also included are many fixes for problems users have found. MacGourmet is priced at US$24.95."

You can find a full list of the changes here.

This free update is available from the MacGourmet download page.

For those wondering when new features will be available, development is continuing, but in another branch, which allows for things to be fixed in the 1.1.x version which is available now, while work continues on the next major update. This allows small problems in the 1.1.x version to be fixed sooner rather than later. The next major update looks like it will be a bigger update than originally intended, which is why there has been no recent 1.2 or 2.0 releases. The plan is to continue providing fixes and small enhancements to 1.1.x, while working on bigger changes for the next major release.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

SQLGrinder 2 Beta 5 now available


The fifth beta version of SQLGrinder 2, the completely-rewritten version of our database development tool was posted today.

Please see the release notes page for the full list of changes.

This update fixes a bug that was probably the single biggest crasher for people. Before fixing it, and it was a needle-in-the-haystack type bug that I tracked to a single mistyped line, the crash log for this bug was the same as most of the logs I was receiving from people, so stability should be greatly improved if you were seeing this crash.

I also finally had a chance to go through the app with a fine-tooth comb and plug any memory leaks. I did find a fix a couple of sizable ones, ones that were in code written when I was first learning Objective C. I clearly didn't understand the retain/release scheme of Objective C back then like I thought I did, and like I do now.

Finally, the last main change, beyond a few other bugs that were fixed, was the addition of Oracle package support.

There are still some outstanding issues with Microsoft SQL Server. I lost access to my test server, but once I get something back, I should be able to resolve those issues.

Also, just a reminder that beta builds are full debug builds and aren't optimized for speed, size, etc. yet, and carry the usual "use at your own risk" warnings.

Finally, you can subscribe to the release notes page, which now has an RSS feed, to stay up-to-date on what's changed and what known issues there might be.
Pricing and availability for SQLGrinder 2

Pricing for the new version has been set at $59. During the beta period however, SQLGrinder 2 can be purchased for the current price of $49.95 with purchasers receiving a free upgrade to the final version once available. Owners of the current version can purchase an upgrade for only $19 by sending their current registration information to upgrades@sqlgrinder.com. Beta coupons will be sent out to users near the end of the beta.

SQLGrinder 2 for Mac OS X is currently available for a limited time as an unlimited beta version.

The beta of SQLGrinder 2 can be downloaded from the Advenio web site at: http://www.advenio.com/sqlgrinder/download.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

If You Have .Mac and Use Backup 3, Protecting Your MacGourmet Database Just Got Easier


The latest version of Backup 3, available with your .Mac account, lets you select "QuickPicks" and easily backup things with one click. Now, you can add a QuickPick to the list in Backup for MacGourmet. If you store your database in the default location, installing the MacGourmet QuickPick for Backup 3 will allow you to easily and safely backup your entire database.

The download page has two downloads, one that is a package installer which will install the QuickPick for you, allowing anyone on your computer to use it. The second download is for those who'd like to install the QuickPick themselves, in their own user account.

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