Added support for Moutain Lion. Please note that due to major changes to the Spaces system in Mac OS X 10.8, Stay’s support for Spaces works differently than it did with previous versions of Mac OS X. The most important change is that floating palette/panel-style windows can only be stored and restored in the active application, on the active Space. For more detailed information, please refer to the Stay FAQ.
Added high resolution artwork for Retina display Macs.
Other minor bug fixes.
This version is primarily a bug fix release, adding support for Mountain Lion and high resolution artwork for Macs with Retina displays.
Despite the short change list, this was a huge release development-wise. The original feature list for 1.2.1 was significantly longer, but as the months went by, adding support for Spaces on Mountain Lion went from being an inconvenience, to an annoyance, to a nightmare, and one potential feature after another was dropped in the interest of ensuring 1.2.1 was available in time for Mountain Lion’s release.
It seemed as though every approach we took to reimplementing Spaces support looked promising right up until the last minute when it was revealed that some critical component of the Spaces system had been modified, removed or disabled. Such are the perils of relying on undocumented parts of the OS; Apple can and does break things at any time, without any prior notice.
Suffice it to say, it simply wasn’t possible to support Spaces in the same way on Mountain Lion as we had on Lion and Snow Leopard. Compromise was inevitable, and the palette/panel-style window limitation, while not ideal, was the best of the available compromises.
Unfortunately Apple has explicitly stated that the parts of OS X that Stay relies on for its functionality are not supported in sandboxed apps, so there is no way at present for Stay to be sandboxed. Fortunately though, developers will be permitted to submit bug fix releases for existing App Store apps even after the sandboxing deadline. Whether it will be possible to include new features in these bug fix releases remains to be seen.
Please note that due to Apple’s App Store policies, the App Store version of Stay does not include support for Spaces. If you use Spaces it is recommended that you purchase Stay from Cordless Dog directly.
If you would prefer to, or have already purchased Stay from the App Store, the direct download version of Stay will recognise your purchase and not prompt you to enter a serial number. All you have to do is ensure that you run the App Store version of Stay once before running the direct download version.
Fixed a crash that could occur when deleting stored windows when running Stay on Lion.
Fixed other bugs related to deleting stored windows.
The window linking hot key now works properly.
Stay no longer resets the Display Menu hot key setting on quit.
Improved the reliability of restoring windows in certain cases.
This is predominantly a maintenance release, though it does bring one new “feature”, in that Stay has been submitted to Apple for inclusion in the Mac App Store. It’s currently awaiting approval; I’ll post again when it’s available.
The bad news is, due to Apple’s policy of not allowing apps that make use of private APIs, the App Store version of Stay does not include support for Spaces.
The good news is, if you do need Spaces support but would prefer to buy Stay via the App Store, the direct download version of Stay can be registered using your App Store receipt; all you have to do is ensure that you run the App Store version once before switching to the direct download version.
It’s not an ideal situation, but given the restrictions Apple has put in place, it’s about the best of the available compromises. And of course, Stay remains available for purchase from Cordless Dog directly.
Thanks to everyone who has supported Stay thus far. Whether by your purchases, your emails of support, or your bug reports, you’ve all helped to make Stay what it is at the end of its first year.
I wrote Stay to make using a Mac with multiple monitors less irritating for me. I wasn’t sure how useful it would be to others, but the response and support has been fantastic. It’s one thing to make something that’s useful to you, but it’s another thing entirely to know that something you’ve created makes computing life easier for other people too. I’m still surprised by that.
Updates have been less frequent than I’d have liked; mainly because the burden of support has been greater than I’d expected (in a good way), and because I started a new job this year. All that said, work on Stay continues (however slowly), with a bug fix update due for release soon, followed by a more major update with some new features, hopefully before the end of the year.
There are a couple of issues with Lion and version 1.1.2 of Stay, particularly with Stay’s support for Spaces. We’re currently testing a compatibility update and hope to have it available in time for Lion’s release.