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PreFab UI Browser 1.4

PreFab Software updates UI Browser, the "ultimate assistant" for GUI Scripting, for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger


North Andover, MA -- April 29, 2005 -- PreFab Software, Inc. and Bill Cheeseman today announced the release of version 1.4 of their popular product, PreFab UI Browser. UI Browser now supports all of the new GUI Scripting and accessibility enhancements introduced by Apple in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

UI Browser is the "ultimate assistant" for Apple's GUI Scripting and accessibility technologies. It helps you to explore, manipulate and monitor the user interface of most Mac OS X applications running on your computer. With the push of a button, it also generates AppleScript statements to control even non-scriptable applications using GUI Scripting. No other utility provides all of the information you need in order to write scripts for GUI Scripting.

UI Browser 1.4 requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther or newer, but it works best with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. It is a recommended upgrade for all customers who are running Mac OS X 10.3 or 10.4. (UI Browser 1.4 no longer supports Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar.)

Download a free, full-featured 30-day trial version of UI Browser 1.4 now at This trial version will work even if you tried an older version of UI Browser more than 30 days ago.

UI Browser 1.4 is a free upgrade for licensed users. The price for new users is $55, with quantity discounts available.

What's New in UI Browser 1.4:

When running under Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, UI Browser 1.4 recognizes all of Apple's enhancements to GUI Scripting and accessibility in Tiger, including the following:

1. Several new kinds of UI elements. These include help tags, hyperlinks, mattes, and text rulers (along with all of a text ruler's UI elements, including tab markers).

2. Many new attributes. These include the new, enhanced Description attribute, a new Top Level UI Element attribute that lets you access the window, drawer or sheet containing a UI element, or the list containing a Dock item, and a dozen others that are available in some UI elements. In addition, a new attribute for strings lets you access the fonts, Web links and other formatting features of text strings in text views and text fields.

3. New actions to open a menu and to delete a marker on a text ruler.

4. New notifications, including Title Changed, Selected Text Changed, Selected Children Changed, and many others.

5. Improvements in Apple's GUI Scripting technology, including navigation between UI elements, such as parent and children elements, and the ability to Set Size and Set Position of windows reliably.

6. UI Browser now comes with a collection of advanced GUI Scripting script examples requiring Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, including scripts demonstrating how to execute commands in Dock items and in Menu Extras at the right end of the menu bar.

UI Browser 1.4 also includes several minor bug fixes.

PreFab Software, Inc. has unmatched experience controlling the GUI via scripts, releasing PreFab Player in 1994 with continued sales and support today for Mac OS 9 and earlier. In 2003, PreFab entered the world of Mac OS X with PreFab UI Browser, a popular utility to support Apple's new GUI Scripting technology. PreFab UI Actions, implementing "universal attachability" for AppleScript, followed in 2004. Download fully-functional 30-day trial versions at UI Browser and UI Actions are based on Bill Cheeseman's Cocoa framework for working with Apple's accessibility API.

This press release was originally issued by PreFab Software, Inc. For current information, visit PFiddlesoft.

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