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I Love Stars 4.0 Released

It's my pleasure to announce that I Love Stars 4.0 is now available. It's a free upgrade to existing users but it's now priced at $1.99.

It's hard to believe, but I Love Stars will be 4 years old in about 2 weeks. Thinking back to these past 4 years, I've rated a ton of songs with this little tool and I hope that it has helped many of you reading this as well. My goal with the app has always been to provide a distraction-free way to quickly rate songs, and thus, I've kept the design of the app to a bare minimum. The new version, however, adds a little bit more meat to the app. It now has a very minimal iTunes controller that also shows the album cover of the currently playing song. You can see it in action in the movie below:

The Hit List 1.1 for Mac and iPhone Released

I'm happy to announce that version 1.1 of The Hit List for both Mac and iPhone are now available. These updates are free for licensed The Hit List customers.

Better Software Through Less UI

The Hit List 0.9.3 is out. A lot of work went into this release but the two main user visible changes are repeating tasks and AppleScript support. Of those two features, repeating tasks took a surprisingly long time to implement. The code itself wasn't too hard to write, but as usual, settling on a design was the hardest and the most hair-pulling part of the job.

The Hit List Public Preview

I'm happy to announce that the public preview of The Hit List, my new task-management application is ready:

Download The Hit List

It's a real pleasure to finally take the veils off since I have poured so much care and love into this application.

Of course, as a preview, it's not quite feature-complete yet, but the beta testers report that it's stable enough for daily use. It should be enough to give you a taste of what its personalty is like.

If you have thoughts you would like to share about The Hit List, you can do so at The Hit List Users Google Group.

On a final note, I'm taking pre-orders until version 1.0 ships. The final price will be $69.95, but you can get it for $49.95 for now. While you don't have to purchase a license until the final version ships, that deal won't last forever.


I Love Stars 3.0

UPDATE (1/6/2011): I Love Stars is now available exclusively at the Mac App Store for the price of $1.

I'm happy to announce that I Love Stars 3.0 is out! Please consider it my small Christmas present to fellow Mac users as it continues to be free.

I Love Stars 2.0 was a little menubar application that did just two things: 1) show you the star rating of iTunes' currently playing song and 2) let you click to set a new rating.

Version 3 keeps to its simple mission but adds two important new features: