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Mousqueak is an one-slider style iTunes controller for mouse.
It has many functions.

Drag Slider Knob:
Play/pause, next/previous, and volume adjustment
Control-click Slider (...or hold button press on Slider):
Show the context menu
Command-drag Slider:
Move Slider Position
Double click Slider:
Open / close iTunes Window

You can open the preferences window or quit this application by using the context menu of Slider.
Some windows will appear when more...

What's New

Version 1.1.3:
  • Includes 64bit binary for Snow Leopard.
  • Slider
    • Control with mouse wheel.
    • Rating menu shows half-stars when option key is pressed.
    • Added an option to hide behind other windows when iTunes is paused.
  • Artwork Window
    • Core Graphics Animation "Warp Switch" have been added.
  • Floater 1.0.3

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later, iTunes 8.2 or later

*Previously available here

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Eggshell Member IconReview+46
Eggshell
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Very pleasant looking app , the only thing that buggs me is the weird gestures , something simpler would be better - like using the additional mouse buttons on hover ( for back/forward ) and the scroll button for the volume ( also only on hover )

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Version 1.1.1b1
bobzozus Member IconReview+41
bobzozus
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Me, again, Zom. Whatever you did in your update now fixed Mousqueak for me! Thank you, sincerely!! A great piece of software- and free! Works as advertised in all aspects now- at least in my testing (Leopard, on 98 Macbook 2.4 ghz Intel.

I love Mousequeak for the following reasons. Gives instantaneous access to Itunes. Allows me to see Lyrics for songs with just passing the cursor over the slider. I keep the album art on my desktop above all other windows- with is a fun reminder of what I am listening too. Like the animation when the song and album cover changes. And, I like the fact that I can access the playlists, and invoke shuffle (on or off) from the slider.

I now use this with three other programs to make my Itunes listening experience complete. I use ILyric- except when screen real estate is at a premium- to always keep my lyrics available to look at- and the size of the screen is somewhat customizable. It also is a great help in looking up Lyrics. I use Synergy because it offers a better way to show a Floater with Album information than currently Mousequeak offers. Also, it offers keyboard control of Itunes which I find quicker to use than the slider. Finally, I use I Love Stars to rate the Music- because it gives audio reminders of Music needing a rating- and allows for 1/2 star ratings.

Anyway, I included the above in case you wanted some ideas on improving Mousequeak. However, I am thrilled that it works on my computer once again- and for the functionality it provides. You should be proud of this program- it is really useful!

Bob

P.S. I also appreciate your efforts to explain simply all the functionality of Mousequeak. It is certainly impressive- and allows one to easily grasp all this program does. Also, I believe that it has become much more stable in it's current iteration! Way to go!!

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Version 1.1.1b1
zom Member IconComment+1
zom
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2 new plug-ins (Track Browser & Trump Albums) have been released.

http://homepage.mac.com/dy4/zumuya/Mousqueak/index.html#TrackBrowser

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Version 1.1
bobzozus Member IconComment+41
bobzozus
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I've determined that on my system, at least, the problems seem confined to Leopard. Tiger still seems to be fine!

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Version 1.0
zom
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Sorry for the delay.

1. I have a plan to add some function that tells users the updates of the app, and plugins.

2. "Mousqueak" is a coined word that means "tunes" in Japanese.
I want to say that this is an i"Tunes" controller for "mouse" (not keyboard).

3.
a. Since Slider is small, I think it's not a problem.
If you think it obstructs the view of the screen, then please set Slider's opacity to 0.2.

b. The problem doesn't occur to My 3 Macs (2 Leopard and 1 Tiger).
Is there any logs in Console when the menus disappear, please send me.

Thank you always.
zom

bobzozus
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Thanks, Zom, for getting back to me...

1. No, I don't think the slider is obtrusive at all. My problem on my system is that it does not float above all the other windows- like it did in Tiger. In other words, when I switch to an app that takes up the whole screen- it disappears. Unfortunately, that limits greatly the use of the slider.

2. And, with regard to the upper right hand side of my menu disappearing- I'm not sure where I would get such a log. I'd be glad to search for it- if I knew how!

3. Glad you are thinking of adding an updater.

I really miss Mousequeak. I do hope that I can again use it- soon!


With respect and admiration,
Bob

P.S. I'm glad you explained the logic behind the name. Makes sense. However, not sure if it would work in the U.S. should you decide to market Mousqueak in the U.S. as a shareware app.

bobzozus Member IconComment+41
bobzozus
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Hi Zom!

Thanks for continuing to work on this. I do like the modular design that you are working towards- to reduce potential conflicts with other programs- I bet. Nice.

However, a few thoughts on the transition and new program.

1. It would be nice if there was an easy way to know there are updates to Mousquek. Sparkle, perhaps. Or, at least a link that would allow one to know if you updated the app.

2. The name- I'm sorry, I just don't get it. What about "ITunes Slider Control" or the "ITunesSlider" or even "ITunesSlider Control & Display"?

3. Just recently, I had both ITunesVolume 1.22 & Mouseqeak break on me so that I can not use them. Specifically, it won't do the following:
a. Stay above all the other application windows. No matter if I ask it to stay above the menu- or float.
b. And, it destroys the right side of my finder menu. Once I run Mousquek, or ITunesVolume for that matter- the right upper side of my Finder menu disappears- in all apps. Very frustrating. No more time, date, etc.

Anyway, I will keep an eye on your efforts. Your program, in comparison to all the other myriad ITune products out there does some things outstanding (or has, in the past). They are:

1. Animate the album art when the song changes. Great effect!! If possible, a feature request would be to allow the possibility for the effect to be invoked with each song change- not just each album change. It is so cool having the album artwork hurdle towards you- no other app does this- to my knowledge.
2. Best implementation of showing the lyrics and artwork to an album by simply putting your cursor over the slider. Outstanding. Now that I can't use your app- I go to the Dashboard to look at Lyrics & artwork. Not as convenient.
3. Only Itunes controller app that I know of that allows switching of playlists without using a menu item.

For each of these three things- your app stands alone. I am sorry that I can no longer use it for these three functions- in particular. I know of no alternative programs that allow this functionality.

Good luck with further development. I'll be watching. And, thanks!!

Bob Zozus

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Version 1.0
zom Member IconComment+1
zom
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Mousqueak 1.0 is a successor to iTunes Volume 1.2.1.

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Version 1.2.1
zom
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correction:
iTunes Volume -> iTunesVolume

bobzozus Member IconReview+41
bobzozus
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Dear Zom: Great Work! I find the slider much more responsive under Tiger! It just works!! Thanks again...

If you do decide to polish the app further- I would suggest the restoring some of the functionality that was present in earlier incarnations of Itunes Volume. There are only two:

1. Allow the slider to be positioned horizontally, as well as vertically.

2. When you slide the cursor over ItunesVolume, besides showing the album cover, and info balloon connected to the cursor- could you please restore the window showing the song's lyrics. That would be great!

Thanks again for your hard work. Your app is now quite polished from where it began. I'm very impressed- and hopeful that you will continue the fantastic work!

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Version 1.2.1
zom
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Sorry for the delay and thank you for your comment.

1. The setting to rotate Slider is available for Leopard. It is because it uses Core Animation.

2. Sorry, but I didn't get your point for "restore".

Bonobo Member IconReview+59
Bonobo
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Thanks so much for letting us Tiger users in again, I wouldn't want to use my iTunes without iTunesVolume again.

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Version 1.2.1
ClarusAD Member IconReview+77
ClarusAD
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Thank-you very much for supporting Tiger again. Your little add-on is a "must-have" !

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Version 1.2.1
zom (Developer) Member IconDev+1
zom (Developer)
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The latest version supports Tiger again.

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Version 1.2.1
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Date 11 Nov 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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