December 7th, 1999
|[8:30 AM] Tilery Update Includes Many New Features
Semicolon Software has updated the desktop organizer/launcher utility, Tilery, to version 4.1. The new version include a host of new features and bug fixes. The Tilery functions like Apples own Launcher, but is far more customizable with a series of expanded features. According to Semicolon:
The Tilery displays tiles, each of which represents an application, document, folder, control panel, or other such item. Clicking a tile opens its item: applications are launched or brought to the front, documents are opened, folders' Finder windows are opened and displayed.
The Tilery supports Macintosh Drag and Drop. Dropping a document icon onto an application tile opens the document in the application; dropping anything onto a folder icon moves or copies it into the folder.
The Tilery is just an application. It's not an INIT or system extension, not a DA, not a control panel. It doesn't do anything that a well-behaved application shouldn't do, so it is reliable and highly compatible with the rest of your software. Complete on-line help with pictures and hyperlinks is available under The Tilery's Help menu.
System Requirements: Power Macintosh or 68020 or better, running System 7.0 or later. System 7.5 or later and color display are recommended but not required. Fully compatible with Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9.
What's New in Version 4.1?
- Improved tile placement: The Tilery now remembers your tile layouts at different screen sizes and monitor resolutions, and will correctly rearrange your tiles when your monitor setup changes. Helpful after playing that game that resets your monitor to 640x480 every time you run it! Also useful for Powerbook users who use a larger desktop monitor when not traveling, and folks who like to change their screen settings for different occasions.
- "Select New Original" command allows tiles to be retargeted. This is especially handy when you've installed a new version of a favorite application, because you can easily switch your existing tile to use the new version.
- Improved icon display - Tilery can now display the new 32-bit true-color icons, and because of improvements in the Mac OS, Tilery no longer tends to forget what the Finder's icon looks like. (Mac OS 8.5 and later.)
- Tilery now uses Navigation Services (the new Open and Save dialogs) if enough memory is available. (Mac OS 8.5 and later.)
- The "Blank Tile" bug has been fixed at last!
- Tiles can no longer be lost offscreen, under the menu bar, or under other tiles.
- Drag and Drop now working again on 68K Macs.
- Fixed a bug that could cause a system crash shortly after quitting The Tilery.
- Other minor bug fixes and improvements.
The Tilery is available as shareware for US$15. You can find more information at the Semicolon Software web site.