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PreFab UI Browser 2.0.5

PreFab Software releases a minor update to UI Browser, the "ultimate assistant" for GUI Scripting


SUMMARY: PreFab Software releases UI Browser 2.0.5, a minor update to UI Browser, the "ultimate assistant" for GUI Scripting with AppleScript on Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Download it at

NORTH ANDOVER, Massachusetts -- July 9, 2007 -- PreFab Software, Inc. and Bill Cheeseman today announced the release of version 2.0.5 of their popular product, PreFab UI Browser. UI Browser 2.0 is a Universal Binary that runs natively both on Power PC Macintosh computers and the new Intel Macs.

UI Browser 2.0.5 fixes a bug introduced in version 2.0.4 that disabled the Command-W keyboard shortcut for closing subsidiary windows and that also disabled keyboard navigation in the main browser view. These features now again work as intended.

UI Browser 2.0.5 also fixes a longstanding issue where UI Browser's Hot Keys Screen Preferences window often displayed an incorrect hot key character when a non-U.S. keyboard layout was in use. Hot Key Preferences are based on the key code, which remains unchanged when a different keyboard layout is selected in the Input Menu. The Hot Keys Preferences window now updates to display the hot key character corresponding to the preferred key code whenever the Preferences window is opened or brought to the front after selecting a different keyboard layout.

UI Browser 2.0.4 added a new feature for developers testing their Macintosh software products for correct implementation of Apple's Accessibility technology. UI Browser's browser view, element path view and Screen Reader view now flag parent-child mismatches in the target application's UI element hierarchy by inserting "[MISMATCH]" at the offending element, pinpointing the place where the UI element hierarchy breaks down.

UI Browser 2.0.4 also fixed two bugs in generated AppleScript scripts, one that occasionally assigned invalid AppleScript index number -2147483648 to a UI element, and another that occasionally assigned a blank AppleScript name to a UI element. UI Browser now also generates correct scripts even in most cases where the target application's UI element hierarchy includes parent-child mismatches.

UI Browser 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or newer, and it supports all of the new GUI Scripting and Accessibility enhancements introduced by Apple in 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.

Download a free, full-featured 30-day trial version of UI Browser 2.0.5 now at This trial version will work even if you tried an older version of UI Browser more than 30 days ago.

New customers may purchase UI Browser 2.0 for $55, with quantity discounts available. UI Browser 2.0.5 is a free upgrade for customers who purchased version 1.4.1 or older after January 1, 2006, and for owners of any previous version of UI Browser 2.0. There is a $10 upgrade fee if you purchased UI Browser 1.4.1 or older before January 1, 2006, to help us continue to support and enhance UI Browser. (Even a free upgrade from version 1.4.1 or older requires you to obtain a new registration key. UI Browser 2.0.5 will work for 30 days as a full-featured trial version until you obtain your new key.)

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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