What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing eDice

Windows software eDice

TOKYO (MacHouse) – As the day nears when Apple, Inc. implements Desktop Policing Act of 2011, our Mac software development has officially ended. Now, we are actively developing Windows software. A new Windows freeware title we’ve just released is called eDice.

Windows software eDice   Windows software eDice

eDice is a simple password generator. It’s quite similar to the Dice feature from OrganizeX, a Mac software title. The maximum length a password can have is 200. Just tell eDice which character set to include by enabling checkboxes at the top. You can include not just alphabetic letters and special characters but also Greek letters and even Japanese letters.

Click on the button for more information on edice. VTC

edice is a product of MacHouse.

Mac App Store Rejects Software Update for T-Styles

Mac software T-Styles

TOKYO (MacHouse) – T-Styles is a simple Mac software title that allows the user to store text styles (text color, font, text size…). We released it at the end of May this year. And it’s currently for sale at Mac App Store. Furthermore, we submitted a software update for T-Styles a week ago.

Mac App Store T-Styles
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Today, Mac App Store rejected the latest software update for T-Styles. The following is what they say. “When the user attempts to enter a hex value in the color field, the entry is not recognized.” (See Screenshots 1 and 2.) This reviewer thinks that the application is designed such that it will automatically change the selected color when the user changes the hexadecimal value manually. If the application doesn’t work in their way, they just reject it by saying “That a software bug.” Well, we have never stated anywhere that’s how the application works. It appears that existing users will never get the latest software update.

MacUpdate Flooded by Spam Suggesting Chinese Product Website


TOKYO (MacHouse) – If you are a Mac user, you should have heard of a web site called MacUpdate. It’s a very popular web site where you can browse Mac software titles. This web site appears to be currently flooded by Chinese spam. If you enter the information page for a software title called ACLr8, you will see a suspicious site advertisement there. (See Screenshot 1.) This site advertisement is posted by someone who goes by the name of Xiao Mimjj. If you click on his or her icon, you will see the same site advertisement over at least ten applications. (See Screenshot 2.)

MacUpdate spam
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The web site sponsoring this spam advertisement seems to be run by a Chinese vender. Their web site is located at www.netetrader.com. And its domain registration form suggests that they are from China.

What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing TextPlay

Mac software TextPlay

TOKYO (MacHouse) – There won’t be any more new software titles to be submitted to Mac Police Store run by Apple, Inc. for sure. But we are still months away from releasing a Windows application. Till then, enjoy another freeware title developed for the Mac platform. This new release is called TextPlay.

Mac software TextPlay

TextPlay lets you manipulate a text string quickly and easily like putting the entire phrase into reverse or displaying it vertically. Simply, set an original string at the top text field and then choose a command from the drop-down menu to the right. TextPlay is a simple app, and we’ve only spent some 10 hours. Hopefully, it won’t crash. It’s designed to run under Snow Leopard and Lion. Though it’s a beta version, it’s fully functional and will expire in December 31st.

Click on the button for more information on TextPlay. VTC

TextPlay is a product of MacHouse.

Apple’s Over-Police Act of 2011 to Fully Come into Effect in November

Mac software Mac App Store

TOKYO (MacHouse) – If you use software applications from Mac App Store, you should know that Apple, Inc. is about to require all software submissions to be sandboxed. The sandboxing technology has been adopted from iPhone. It will simply prevent member applications from accessing prohibited locations. You can easily tell which application is sandboxed by opening Users > User > Library > Containers. If you are using Mac OS X Lion, you should find at least two folders there: com.apple.Preview and com.apple.TextEdit. So Preview and TextEdit must be sandboxed.

Mac App Store Sandbox
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Who should be worried? If you aren’t using sandboxed applications, you have nothing to worry about. If you aren’t using Mac App Store applications, you probably have nothing to worry about, either. But if you use Mac App Store applications, you do have a lot of things to worry about. First, a sandboxed application can misbehave when you try to move its saved file from one location to another. You may have seen that with TextEdit under Lion. Some sandboxed applications will be forced to have some features reduced. For example, DeskPics would no longer allow the user to change the default desktop screenshot export path and file format. (See Screenshot 1.) Why? That’s because DeskPics would have to Shell-edit a file that doesn’t belong to itself, which is not allowed for a sandboxed application. You will probably see some sandboxed application to crash when you try to save a file.

Remember, Mac App Store will require that all software submissions be sandboxed effective in November 1st. Your Mac life will never be the same. Software development will forever be boring. For now, we have no plans of joining Apple’s Over-Police Act of 2011. So most of our existing software titles that are available at Mac App Store will never be updated again.