UI Browser 2.6.3
SUMMARY: PFiddlesoft releases UI Browser 2.6.3, an update to the "ultimate assistant" for Apple's AppleScript GUI Scripting and Accessibility technologies.
QUECHEE, VERMONT -- July 17, 2017 -- PFiddlesoft today announced the release of version 2.6.3 of its popular product, UI Browser, the "ultimate assistant" for GUI Scripting with AppleScript, and a developer utility for exploring Apple's Accessibility API.
UI Browser helps you to explore, manipulate, and monitor the user interface of most macOS applications running on your computer. With the push of a button, it also generates AppleScript statements to control any application using GUI Scripting, even applications that are not otherwise scriptable. No other utility provides all of the information you need in order to write scripts using GUI Scripting.
Version 2.6.3 of UI Browser incorporates PFEventTaps Framework 1.5.4 with minor bug fixes. It also works around an Apple bug in macOS Sierra 10.12 that prevented UI Browser from displaying menu extra bars and menu extras for any target application that installs them; it fixes a longstanding crashing bug when UI Browser is in Follow Focus mode and selecting a new UI element causes another element, such as a pop-up menu, to close; it changes how the target application's name is determined for display when in Follow Focus mode to comply with Apple Technical Q&A QA1544; and it fixes a bug that prevented the use of the arrow keys to navigate UI Browser's main browser view after selecting a new UI element or opening or closing a UI Browser drawer.
It also incorporates the changes made in UI Browser 2.6.0 through 2.6.3, which accommodated security improvements recently made to our in-app and online web stores managed by eSellerate, provided new instructions for purchasing a license when running UI Browser in Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or OS X Mountain Lion 10.8, added support for new accessibility features introduced by Apple in OS X Mavericks 10.11 and macOS Sierra 10.12, and added the following additional improvements:
- It embeds both of the PFiddlesoft Frameworks in the application, permitting UI Browser to be installed by dragging it to the Applications folder instead of running an installer.
- Script statements generated by its AppleScript menu can be sent to Script Debugger 6, as well as to earlier versions of Script Debugger and other script editors.
- The example scripts provided with it have been updated as needed to run in macOS Sierra 10.12.
- It presents an alert when it refreshes its view because a UI element was destroyed in the target application or a Mission Control space was changed.
- Minor bug fixes.
Download a free, full-featured 30-day trial version of UI Browser now at pfiddlesoft.com/uibrowser/.
New customers may purchase UI Browser for $55, with quantity discounts available. It is a free upgrade for registered owners of UI Browser 2.0.0 and newer. UI Browser 1.4.1 is no longer supported and no free upgrade path is available.
UI Browser is based on the PFiddlesoft Frameworks, including the PFAssistive and PFEventTaps Frameworks. The frameworks are written using Objective-C, and they support 64-bit architectures using reference counted memory management and ARC. Developers can now license the PFiddlesoft Frameworks for distribution or use with their own products that use Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps technologies. The frameworks may be licensed free of charge for personal use or for distribution or use with a free software product. A modest license fee is required to distribute or use the frameworks with a product for which payment is requested or required. Source code is available for a separate fee. Different terms apply to large or established commercial software developers. For more information, go to pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/.
PFiddlesoft™ has unmatched experience controlling the Macintosh Graphical User Interface using AppleScript and other technologies. PFiddlesoft is a trademark of PreForm Assistive Technologies, LLC, a company formed by Bill Cheeseman to develop and market Macintosh software based on Apple's Accessibility technologies. PFiddlesoft distributes applications written by Bill Cheeseman, including UI Browser, Event Taps Testbench, and the PFiddlesoft Frameworks. These products for macOS carry on the tradition of PreFab Player, a seminal product released for the classic Mac OS in 1994. UI Browser was first released in 2003 to support Apple's GUI Scripting and Accessibility technologies. It was followed in 2007 by Event Taps Testbench, a free developer utility to explore Quartz Event Taps.
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