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Tokens developer introduces Top Hat for App Store sales reports

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I am a  Tokens fan. Developed by Oisin Prendiville and Padraig Kennedy, Tokens enables you to distribute and track app codes with a beautiful click-to-redeem experience. It’s professional and clean for both you and the reviewers you send the codes to.

Now Supertop, the makers of Tokens, have launched Top Hat. This “sibling” app offers quick access to sales figures via your Mac menu bar. Click on the little hat and view your top downloads and revenues for the day. Top Hat provides instant gratification, with both its immediate overview (as in the screenshot at the top of this write-up) and live links to your iTunes account.

My only complaint is its iOS-only support. My #3 seller is actually a Mac app: the folderol utility that customizes folder icons. With my recent press push (if you want to review it for your blog, please ping me by email!), I am monitoring sales a little more intently than usual. I could not find an option anywhere to enable Mac app stats in the top downloads/revenues list, which lowers the usefulness as I do develop for and monitor both platforms.

The app costs $9, which you commit to after a free 7-day trial. For the price of a couple of beers you get a well designed app by a company that’s built its reputation on solid, well-maintained titles. (And hopefully, one that will soon support OS X reporting as well as iOS. Hint hint hint.)

Top Hat, $9.

Update: The developers sent me a beta that includes Mac support. I’ve run it and can confirm the OS X / iOS joint reporting functionality. They promise they will push this release out quickly.

Folderol FAQ #5: What are these new app options?

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Folderol continues to evolve over time. The latest version (1.95) includes some new and re-stated options. A summary:

folders only: This option prevents folderol from coloring non-folder items like text files. It is enabled by default because OS X builds previews for many document types. When colored by folderol, you lose those document content hints.

tint and tag (OS X 10.9 and later)This option enables you to add custom tags as well when coloring items

replace icon entirely with custom image: This option swaps in your source image preventing icons from cropping to folders and other file shapes.

don’t blend custom image with original icon color: some users really didn’t like the way folderol blended images to the default blue folder color. This option better preserves source image hues.

fit custom image to icon: folderol normally adapts any art to the destination geometry, stretching or squashing the art to fit. Enabling this option forces the image to keep its original aspect ratio. This option may add padding effects (letterboxing or pillarboxing) to the final icon.

 

Folderol FAQ #4: I don’t see icons in list view / column view / etc

User writes:

I was very excited when I found out about your app. I rely on the label color function provided by finder,  but find it very limiting as it only has five colors.  But only folders in the icon view show up as colored  using folderol– at least in Mountain Lion.  I like to organize using the column view and the standard Mac color labeling works with that.
If you cannot see the custom folderol icons in any of the Finder views, make sure you’ve enabled icons in the Finder’s View > Show View Options (Command-J) pane. For this user, re-checking “show icons” fixed the problem.
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Folderol FAQ #3: Avoiding color blending

Kent writes:

Just purchased folderol (v 1.9). I’m having a dilemma when adding custom images. Sometimes it blends the custom image into the blue color of the folder which changes the color of the image. Other times it doesn’t. I’d like to say I’ve figured out a pattern but I haven’t.

Answer:

I don’t have examples to look at so it’s a little hard to diagnose. The active color is always blended to the image unless you choose to remove the active color or choose the do-not-blend option. 

Avoiding Hues: Once you clear the color, you’ll see a checked board background. Now when you add a custom image and drop a folder, the image will not blend with a hue.

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Avoiding Image Blends. There’s also a further option called Don’t blend image to icon. When you enable this, the image will replace the folder instead of blend with it.

Here’s what all these options look like:

Original folder: 

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Blended with image (normal, no tint selected)

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Blended with image (pink/red tint selected)

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Do not blend option enabled (no blend with original folder art or the folder’s blue tint)

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Folderol FAQ #2: Preserving the original modification date

Jeff writes:
Hi Erica,
I just downloaded folderol.  I bought your product.  Please help. I’m a recent PhD who was very surprised with OS Mavericks taking away the colors of my files (not just the folders).  I had a system whereby color coded files would indicate which version of the draft I was working with.  Yellow for 1st, orange for 2nd, green for ready to go. It was great. When I use FOLDEROL to add color to a file, it sends that file to the top of the modified column on my macbookpro. It thereby loses the important DATE-TIME functionality. I no longer know which was my most recent version.

​Can you advise me on how to not have the modification be registered by time-date? ​

​Thanks, ​

​Jeff​

Answer:

I created a drag and drop utility called Mod Date Holder (download). Drop your files on it before using folderol and then drop them on again after. It should preserve your original modification dates.

This app creates a metadata key that stores the most recent modification date. Folderol will modify the file icon and update the modification time. Once folderol-ized, return to the utility and drop the file on again. This time, Mod Date Holder finds the metadata key it created, which stores the original modification date and updates the file to return it to that date.

You can check the stored date in any file from the command line as such. This uses the “print” (p) option for the xattr metadata command. The date appears as a number, which is a time interval offset from the OS X Epoch.

/usr/bin/xattr -p com.sadun.CustomModificationDateHoldKey <path to file>

Folderol FAQs #1: Does it work with Dropbox?

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The color disappears when I move the folder to Dropbox. Any solution to prevent that? It seems to work sometimes now, about every second time I add a folder to Dropbox. Another problem is that the folder doesn’t appear colored anymore if I am reading it in Dropbox from another of my Macs. Do Folderol need to be installed on every computer to have it work?

Answer:

The color should work on-your mac. It may not sync between macs. Dropbox’s folder icon sync problem is apparently longstanding.

More than you want to know:

The “dot” is specific to OS X Mavericks and will not be synced by Dropbox as it is part of the file metadata. You can see it from the command line by running “mdls”, e.g.

 mdls -name kMDItemUserTags /path/to/your/folder

 The icon is actually an invisible file inside the folder, placed there by the OS X workspace. You can see hidden files by running the two following lines in a terminal session:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

And to return the hidden files back to invisible:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder