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Sunday, April 21, 2013

beaTunes 3.5.12 - on Java7

beaTunes2 logoEven though Java 7 was originally released in 2011 (yes, pretty much two years ago!), there still isn't a version available for OS X that works as well as Apple's Java 6. However, we are getting very close to going prime time. As far as I know, only a couple of things are still missing. Most notable are Retina support and a flawlessly working full screen mode. But neither are really showstoppers. So, in addition to the regular beaTunes update, which can be found at the usual location, I decided to post another version of the update which comes with a bundled Java 7.
Why? Well, there really are two reasons:
  1. Feedback
  2. Speed!

Seriously, when playing around with it, it just left a really good impression. It feels a lot faster, more responsive. Neat. I figured, some of you might appreciate this :-)
So, take it for a spin and if you encounter any issues, please let me know in the support forum.
Requirement: OS X 10.7.3 or later
Download link: beaTunes-3-5-12-jre-osx.dmg (98mb)


Due to this bug in Java 7, you cannot create new folder-based libraries with this release. beaTunes simply won't let you choose a folder (see also here). To work around this issue, you can first download the regular release, create the library and then install the Java 7 release.

Update 2

Unfortunately, the current Java 7 (1.7.0_21) for OS X still can't deal with Umlauts in file names. For beaTunes this means a lot of FileNotFoundExceptions. I was assured by the Java dev team, that the fix, which is already included in Java 8 EA versions, will be available soon.

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