July 16, 2021, updated July 20, 2021 — by Ron Elemans
Version 1.10 of News Explorer is a maintenance release with bug fixes, compatibility improvements, and support for new Twitter feed types. This blog article will focus on the new features.
New Twitter feed types
Version 1.10 adds support for the following Twitter feed types, in addition to the current support for Twitter account and hashtag feeds:
- Twitter Search feeds makes it easy to track for Tweets that contain the name of your company, product or anything else that you want to track. It works best with single word unique phrases. To add a Twitter Search feed, choose File > New Feed in the menu (macOS), or tap on the plus icon in the bottom toolbar and choose New Feed. Then enter your search phrase in the presented dialog, wait until the result dropdown shows Twitter Search Feed and then select a target folder to store the new feed in. In case you enter a search phrase with zero related Tweets, you will see a warning.
Tip: You can add filter operators to your search phrase to get a more compact feed. The standard search operators are listed here, but there are also some undocumented search operators. Two of these are
exclude:retweets to filter out retweets, and
filter:verified to get only tweets from verified Twitter accounts. For example
"Apple TV+" exclude:retweets filter:verified
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May 6, 2021, updated May 14, 2021 — by Ron Elemans
Movie Explorer Pro 2.3 is a maintenance release with some new features, improvements and fixes.
The following new features have been added to Movie Explorer Pro:
- Identifier and Comments have been added as custom fields to the Disc editor and Discs view. These new fields can be edited in the Status tab page of Disc editor, and are being displayed in the Inspector panel at the right side, when populated. Field Identifier can also be added to the table view of the Discs view, by using the right-click context menu on one of the column headers. Field Identifier is also being shown in the Media Inspector of the Movies and TV Shows views.
- Audio Codec is a new filter field, together with the two new fields mentioned above, when making a Query with the Disc entity.
- Aspect Ratio and Identifier have been added to the list of fields where the Discs view can be sorted on.
- Default media type is a new setting in the Discs section of the Movie Explorer Preferences. It is being used when you add manually a disc by searching on title, or in any other case when the media type of a new disc can not be determined.
- Character is a new filter field when you make a Query with the Movie entity. With this field it becomes simple to select all movies related to a particular role, for example ‘James Bond’.
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April 14, 2021 — by Ron Elemans
Version 1.6 of Core Data Lab features a Xcode 12 style toolbar and full-height sidebar when using macOS 11, support for opening SQLite databases, and a few other improvements and fixes.
Big Sur style adoption
We have done some compatibility improvements with macOS 11 in previous updates of Core Data Lab, but none of them seriously adopted any Big Sur design change. We have started the style adoption process with the most important part of the app, the main document window.
When using macOS 11, the toolbar layout is divided in split panels, nearly all button icons are based on SF Symbols, and the sidebar uses the full height of the window. Background of the status panel, and the hovering effect of the path button have been tuned too. When using older macOS version, the toolbar and sidebar look the same as the previous version.
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