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Bug fixes to VectorBoolean

If you’ve followed this blog for any time you’re probably aware of my series of articles on how to implement boolean operations for vector graphics. As part of that series I created some sample code called VectorBoolean to demonstrate the principles.

If you used the sample code in one of your projects, you may have noticed it had several bugs of varying severity. Fortunately, I recently spent some time fixing many bugs, and adding enhancements to deal with some of the more complicated scenarios. You can find the most recent version in the BitBucket repo.

These fixes were possible due to the gracious funding of Mapdiva, makers of Artboard, which incidentally is using this new version of VectorBoolean. You might also recognize them as being the creators of DrawKit.

If you would like to use VectorBoolean but need some bug fixes or enhancements, I am willing to do them for a reasonable fee. If interested, email me at, with my first name as username. I don’t have immediate availability, and there’s already a queue, so please keep that in mind.

Announcing Skyscraper

I’m happy to announce that I’ve acquired Pandora from Positive Spin Media, and renamed it Skyscraper in order to reduce confusion with the music service. Skyscraper is a web scraper specializing in finding and downloading images. It can take advantage of Google Image Search to do keyword searches or simply scrape images (or other kinds of files) from a URL that you give to it. It automatically downloads the images into folders and allows you to perform some simple management. It also has a built-in slide show.

Skyscraper has a free limited trial, so there’s no reason not to give it a try. Skyscraper is free for existing Pandora customers, otherwise $29.99 for new customers.

You can read more about the acquisition in the press release.

Illuminate 1.2 Overhauls the Window Switching UI

Illuminate 1.2 is out with major changes to how the cycle windows feature works. Since cycle windows is the main feature in Illuminate, I made an effort to streamline it and make it usable in fewer keystrokes. The most noticeable change is that Cycle (All) Windows and Cycle (All) Tabs have been consolidated into one feature: Cycle Windows. Cycle Windows cycles through all the windows and tabs using just one keyboard shortcut (Option-Tab), plus they’re now grouped by application, making application switching more obvious.


In order to speed up switching between windows, sticky mode has be turned off by default so the window selection happens as soon as you let up on the modifier keys. Also, there is now a configurable delay between when the keyboard shortcut is pressed and the UI shows up. This means you can quickly switch between windows or tabs without the UI flashing up or otherwise having to wait on it.

The 1.2 includes some other features and bug fixes:

  • Support for Google Chrome tabs

  • Ability to exclude certain applications from the window switching list.

  • You can now change the order windows appear in when switching windows: last time accessed or alphabetical.

  • Improved layout in the cycle windows UI so more space is used by the window thumbnails.

  • Fix for a crashing bug.

The update is free for existing customers, $9.99 for new customers, and is available from Fortunate Bear’s online store or Apple’s Mac App Store.

You can read the full press release here.