We're happy to announce today the release of Pukka 1.5! This release has lots of goodies, so you can either cut to the chase and go download it or read on for more information.
Pukka 1.5 brings three classes of changes: improved performance, new features, and minor changes. I'll summarize some of them here. As always, you can get the full list within Pukka's self-updating functionality or straight from the RSS changelog.
First and foremost, we've done the near-impossible and made Pukka launch faster! Many parts of the UI are now loaded on demand so that the initial application is leaner and meaner. We think you'll like the improvement -- but after all, one bounce in the dock is still one bounce ;-)
Second in the performance department, Pukka is now much gentler on the bookmarking API. In recent weeks, del.icio.us seems to have implemented some checks that would cause background caching of bookmarks to result in errors. This was particularly true for users who posted many links quickly. We've optimized this process and now you should rarely see this issue at all.
On a related note, Pukka now features a pull-out console for the times when things are not going smoothly. Perhaps you've entered your password wrong or the API is just down. Now if you like, you can dig into the problem a bit and see if it's something you've done or if it's the service instead.
Speaking of services, Pukka now supports alternate API URLs. What this means is that if the del.icio.us API URL ever changes (info on that here) and we don't get to it first, you can keep on bookmarking. However, more importantly, Pukka can now work with services other than del.icio.us as long as they mirror the del.icio.us API. One popular service that does this is Ma.gnolia (more info here). More on Pukka and alternate API URLs a bit later.
In order to support some of these new features, Pukka's preferences have gotten a visual overhaul as well. The pictures say it all:
I won't go into everything else that's new, but a couple other minor features that made their way in include:
- Pukka can now quit immediately after posting for the ultimate in low overhead.
- You can configure Pukka to bounce the dock icon upon successful posting. Useful if you don't use the sound effects or Growl.
- The tag suggestion delay can now be configured in the preferences between None, Short, Medium, and Long delay.
- You can now enable or disable the menus of accounts, tags, and bookmarks that appear in the dock menu.
- A new intro screencast is available from the Help menu.
Whew... ok, that's it -- now go get Pukka!