Did your jEdit break this week, too? Here’s the fix

After using and touting jEdit for all my programming needs this year, health I was left high and dry this week after Apple’s latest Java update seemed to cripple the app’s launcher. I could still launch the editor using the jar file within the app bundle, but this wouldn’t allow auto-launching or drag-and-drop opening (and the interface looked like crap).

Thank goodness Doug Letterman of Render Fast came to the rescue with a couple of solutions (one of his own creation, and one from the Apple support forums).

So if you’ve been putting up with inferior editors and clamoring for a solution this week, too, relax: jEdit is back on OS X.

And for what it’s worth, the developers of jEdit assure us a new version is in the works that will correct the issue “out-of-the-box,” but for now, this solution should get you back in the game. Happy coding!

ActiveState offers further enticement to create OpenKomodo AS3 solution

The ActionScript Editor Developer’s Challenge is in effect now, viagra and already the stakes have been raised: Shane Caraveo of ActiveState has donated a full license of Komodo IDE (a $295 value!) to the top vote-getter who uses the company’s open-source OpenKomodo platform to create their entry.

This is great news, and we welcome ActiveState’s participation in this. The latest version of Komodo already has ActionScript 2 parsing using MTASC, and we can’t wait to see what the open-source development community can do with ActionScript 3!

Remember to sign up in the Developer forums before March 15, and get your entries in by April 15. Official rules are available in the forums.

A fantastic deal on Mac software

I try not to shill products or special deals in my posts, unhealthy but this one’s too good to keep to myself: If you’ve got a Mac user on your Christmas list — or if you just want to freshen your own OS X software library — you should check out the bundle currently being offered at MacUpdate’s promotional site, www.mupromo.com (and no, I’m not getting any referral money for this).

For $49.95, they’ve packaged together eight real and useful programs that might otherwise cost more than $500 if bought separately. Sure, I’ll probably never use the Marine Aquarium screensaver, but it will make someone else happy — and I’ve already got my money’s worth with the discounted Forklift and Yep utilities. The other programs, which include the top-rated RapidWeaver, MemoryMiner, XSlimmer, Swift Publisher and XMIND 2008 PRO, are just great gravy that I can now explore with a full license.

So why am I bothering to tell everyone else? Because if enough people buy the bundle, MacUpdate promises to throw in a couple of additional programs for free. And I could really use iStabilize myself…

Trap Flash CS3 compiler errors and line numbers… in jEdit!

Love editing your Flash ActionScript files in jEdit, this site but want better debugging tools within the editor itself? Maybe you’d like to jump directly to errors indicated within your code without resorting to the Flash IDE?

Today’s tip just makes me plain happy.

placeLogo(‘jedit’); The result of today’s exercise promises to increase productivity dramatically when editing ActionScript using jEdit: Assuming Flash is running alongside the editor, stuff we’ll not only be able to test our current movie with CMD-ENTER (just as we did two months ago), but we’ll also be able to get a list of compiler errors and warnings to appear within jEdit’s errorList panel, and we’ll be able to click those errors to jump to the offending code — without ever having to edit any code within the Flash IDE itself!

It may take a few minutes to set up, but it definitely shows off the power and expandability of jEdit — while also providing a heckuva nice (and long awaited) feature for us cross-platform Flashers.

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AutoStacks Redux: Making Leopard work another way…

Several people have been asking for a slightly modified version of AutoStacks since we released the little utility this month, health so I figured I’d revisit the tool today.

In its original incarnation, AutoStacks moved selected files to a new folder and created a new Leopard “Stack” by adding the folder to the right-hand side of the dock. This is the way I expected Apple’s Stacks functionality to work out-of-the-box, but apparently, others have their own ideas as to how Stacks should act: In particular, many people seem to want their Stacks to contain aliases to existing files, rather than the files themselves.

Not to begrudge these people, I’ve made some changes to AutoStacks that should appease both camps: Starting with version 0.2, AutoStacks will now prompt the user upon first use as to which way they would like to have it behave from then on (move the files, or create aliases to them).

After the first use, it will assume you always want it to behave the same way, and it will refrain from asking again until you decide it’s time for a change; On the off chance you change your mind, you can always double-click the AutoStacks application icon (i.e., launch it without dragging files to it), and it will be happy to ask you again.

Oh! And I almost forgot… Thanks to the the original creator of a nice set of overlay icons and information provided by these fine folks, I’ve also added an extra icon to each new AutoStack to help restore some order to your AutoStacked dock. Hope you enjoy the extra touch!

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