Mousqueak
Mousqueak 1.1.3
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iTunes volume controller and more (was iTunesVolume).   Free
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  • Mousqueak has been discontinued
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    zom
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
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
    • Added the multi-display support.
    • Added an option to disable it when cursor is touching Slider.
  • Simple Info 1.0.3
    • Added an option to fade out when touched.
  • Sleep Timer 1.0.3
    • Now the timer continues counting down after the computer awakes from sleep.
  • Track Browser 1.0.3
    • It no longer beeps when pressing keys.
  • Others
    • Some Foundation methods were replaced to Core Foundation functions.
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 more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, iTunes 8.2 or later

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Eggshell reviewed on 03 Oct 2009
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 )
[Version 1.1.1b1]


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+37

bobzozus reviewed on 17 Sep 2009
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!!
[Version 1.1.1b1]


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zom commented on 10 Aug 2009
2 new plug-ins (Track Browser & Trump Albums) have been released.

http://homepage.mac.com/dy4/zumuya/Mousqueak/index.html#TrackBrowser
[Version 1.1]


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zom commented on 25 Apr 2009
Mousqueak 1.0 is a successor to iTunes Volume 1.2.1.
[Version 1.2.1]

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zom replied on 25 Apr 2009
correction:
iTunes Volume -> iTunesVolume
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+37

bobzozus reviewed on 14 Feb 2009
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!
[Version 1.2.1]

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zom replied on 25 Apr 2009
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".
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+29

Bonobo reviewed on 19 Aug 2008
Thanks so much for letting us Tiger users in again, I wouldn't want to use my iTunes without iTunesVolume again.
[Version 1.2.1]


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ClarusAD reviewed on 19 Aug 2008
Thank-you very much for supporting Tiger again. Your little add-on is a "must-have" !
[Version 1.2.1]


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zom (developer) commented on 19 Aug 2008
The latest version supports Tiger again.
[Version 1.2.1]


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zom (developer) commented on 06 Aug 2008
Sorry, but the support for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) has been removed on the latest version.
[Version 1.2]

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+29
Bonobo replied on 10 Aug 2008
Please provide your faithful users (who have donated) with a version that still runs on Tiger.

Thanks in advance, Tom
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+61
Tlance commented on 24 Jul 2008
Please add year and song length to the wonderful floater that appears on song change. Also good would be able to show floater on keystroke or mouse over (like art window is).
[Version 1.1.4]


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bobzozus had trouble on 30 Apr 2009
I've determined that on my system, at least, the problems seem confined to Leopard. Tiger still seems to be fine!
[Version 1.0]

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zom replied on 01 May 2009
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
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bobzozus commented on 03 May 2009
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.
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bobzozus had trouble on 26 Apr 2009
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
[Version 1.0]


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cntrytwist had trouble on 26 May 2008
Is there some trick to being able to move the various windows around that go with this app? When I leave the slider, they disappear. I've even placed the slider over top of the windows and yet, they go away when I move the mouse over to them.
[Version 1.0.4]

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zom (developer) replied on 26 May 2008
Please touch Slider and move cursor to the window pressing control key.
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cntrytwist commented on 26 May 2008
Thank you so much. I somehow missed the "hold down the ctrl key while moving away from the slider."
Seems like a nice little utility. Matches my style of computer.
Thanks.
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Gudni had trouble on 11 Jan 2007
I noticed a potencial bug.

When the iTunes Volume slider app is running, and I turn on the rocketboom podcast, the video stops randomly and then continues.
This behaviour doesn't seem to apply to other podcasts I have. The only difference I see in these podcasts is that the rocketboom podcast is chapter enabled.

P.S. Would have posted that at the developer site, but could find a e-mail or feedback form.
[Version 8.4.7]


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locutisofbored had trouble on 31 Aug 2006
Found my problem. The program does not float the windows above other programs like most iTunes controllers. Still never did figure out how to quit this program though and the functionality of it seems very limited.
[Version 6.0]

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zom (developer) replied on 31 Aug 2006
please control-click the slider when you want to quit application.
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Version Downloads:4,858
Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Free
Date:11 Nov 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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 cursor touches Slider. When you want to click them, touch Slider and move cursor to the window pressing control key.


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