SMS Widgets and CallWave

January 6th, 2007

Keaka’s SMS widgets have provided the easiest way to send SMS text messages since August 2005. In the last year and a half, users sent over 3 million messages to friends in dozens of countries through my services.

The SMS widget for Apple’s Dashboard ranked high in Apple’s top 50 widget downloads for 9 months straight. Macworld chose it as one of the top 10 Tiger widgets. It was even featured in an Apple email campaign promoting Mac OS X Tiger.

For the next wave of enhancements, I’m handing the controls over to CallWave. As an innovative leader in communication applications, CallWave is in a great position to add cool new features and release more widgets designed to take tasks that are difficult on the phone and make them easier to perform on the desktop.

CallWave has already created new versions of each of the SMS applications:

If you have any questions about the transition, feel free to contact me.

PowerController 2.1.1, iTunes alarm clock released

May 30th, 2006

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Here’s what’s new in version 2.1:
All of the sub-components of PowerController are now built as Universal Binaries, providing better performance on Intel Macs. Previously, one of the sub-components was not Universal and thus ran under Rosetta on Intel Macs.

This update is ONLY for OS 10.4 (Tiger). If you are using another version of OS X, please download the appropriate version of PowerController from http://keakaj.com/powercontroller.htm.

PowerController is an iTunes alarm clock that is simple to use and packed with amazing features:

  • Wakes your computer from sleep
  • Integrated with iTunes
  • Plays any iTunes playlist
  • The initial system volume and iTunes volume are customizable
  • iTunes alarms can have a gradually increasing volume for a soothing wake experience
  • PowerController can shut off your alarm if you don’t dismiss it after a designated time period (so that your neighbors don’t call the police when you go away for a long weekend!)
  • iTunes alarms and wake events can launch an application, open a file, or run a script
  • Set a different wake time and playlist for every day of the week!
  • You may schedule an unlimited number of events
  • PowerController runs in the background — there is no app hogging Dock space
  • Configurable via System Preferences
  • Admin password is NOT needed to set an alarm that wakes computer from sleep
  • Snooze feature
  • A status item may be kept in your menu bar for easy access to info about scheduled events
  • Free, unrestricted 30 day trial

PowerController can also be used to schedule times for your computer to go to sleep or wake up (with or without an iTunes alarm).

SMS widget 3.3: More free carriers

May 9th, 2006

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We’ve added 2 new free carriers to our SMS widget for your Apple Dashboard.

Now you can send free text messages to Unicel and SaskTel Mobility, in addition to the free carriers already supported. The SMS widget now supports sending free SMS messages to 29 carriers in the USA and Canada.

The SMS widget lets you send free SMS text messages to phones in the USA and Canada, and cheap messages worldwide!

The free SMS carriers now include:

  • ACS Alaska, Alltel, Arch Wireless Pager, AT&T, Boost, Cellular South, Cingular, Cricket, Dobson, Metro PCS, Metrocall Pager, Midwest Wireless, Nextel, Sprint, SunCom, T-Mobile, Unicel, Verizon, Verizon Pager, Virgin Mobile, Qwest, and “Beats me!” in the USA.
  • Bell Mobility, Fido, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel Mobility, TELUS, Virgin Mobile, and “Beats me!” in Canada.

SMS Google Module: New Carriers

May 5th, 2006

We’ve added 4 more free carriers to our SMS module for your personal Google homepage.

Now you can send free text messages to Dobson Cellular, Metrocall Pager, Unicel, and Virgin Mobile Canada, in addition to the free carriers already supported. The SMS Google module now supports sending free SMS messages to 28 carriers in the USA and Canada.

The free SMS carriers now include:

  • ACS Alaska, Alltel, Arch Wireless Pager, AT&T, Boost, Cellular South, Cingular, Cricket, Dobson, Metro PCS, Metrocall Pager, Midwest Wireless, Nextel, Sprint, SunCom, T-Mobile, Unicel, Verizon, Verizon Pager, Virgin Mobile, Qwest, and “Beats me!” in the USA.
  • Bell Mobility, Fido, MTS, Rogers, TELUS, Virgin Mobile, and “Beats me!” in Canada.

We’ve also added an SMS address book feature, so you can quickly select your contacts and send them free SMS messages.

The SMS Google module also lets you send cheap SMS messages worldwide, with reliable SMS delivery to over 180 countries. In Worldwide SMS mode, you can specify your Sender ID, receive SMS delivery acknowledgments, and view your SMS history online.

Cheap Worldwide SMS: New Features Added

May 3rd, 2006

Here are the exciting new features we’ve added to our worldwide SMS service:

  • Added option to receive delivery acknowledgments by email. You’ve always been able to see your message status on your history page, and now you can get notified by email as soon as your message arrives on the recipient’s phone.
  • Added option to always use a delivery route that supports delivery acknowledgment.
  • Added option to always use a delivery route that supports Sender IDs.

All of these new features can be enabled by checking the appropriate checkbox on your account page. Do you need an account? It’s cheap and easy… get started now!

Features of worldwide SMS:

  • Type messages using a full sized keyboard instead of a tiny phone keypad.
  • Quickly send messages from your Dashboard using the SMS widget. The widget integrates with your Mac OS X address book.
  • Send messages from any web browser.
  • Reliable delivery to over 180 countries.
  • View your message history online.
  • Specify a Sender ID. In most cases, this allows the recipient to see who messages are from and reply to them.
  • Supports all of the ‘special’ characters! For example: € £ ¥ è é ñ ç ß ä å ¡
  • In the rare case a message can’t be delivered, you will be notified by email.
  • It’s cheap! Just 9 cents or less (€0,09) to send a message to most countries.

For a list of supported countries and the number of credits for each country, check our coverage table.

PowerController 2.1, iTunes alarm clock released

April 26th, 2006

Download it!

Here’s what’s new in version 2.1:
iTunes alarms and wake events can launch an application, open a file, or run a script. Your alarms can now do anything you want!

This update is ONLY for OS 10.4 (Tiger). If you are using another version of OS X, please download the appropriate version of PowerController from http://keakaj.com/powercontroller.htm.

PowerController is an iTunes alarm clock that is simple to use and packed with amazing features:

  • Wakes your computer from sleep
  • Integrated with iTunes
  • Plays any iTunes playlist
  • The initial system volume and iTunes volume are customizable
  • iTunes alarms can have a gradually increasing volume for a soothing wake experience
  • PowerController can shut off your alarm if you don’t dismiss it after a designated time period (so that your neighbors don’t call the police when you go away for a long weekend!)
  • iTunes alarms and wake events can launch an application, open a file, or run a script
  • Set a different wake time and playlist for every day of the week!
  • You may schedule an unlimited number of events
  • PowerController runs in the background — there is no app hogging Dock space
  • Configurable via System Preferences
  • Admin password is NOT needed to set an alarm that wakes computer from sleep
  • Snooze feature
  • A status item may be kept in your menu bar for easy access to info about scheduled events
  • Free, unrestricted 30 day trial

PowerController can also be used to schedule times for your computer to go to sleep or wake up (with or without an iTunes alarm).

Visage Login 1.1.1 Released

April 24th, 2006

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Look at all those ones! Version one point one point one. It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? This new version fixes an issue where characters such as parentheses in the login panel text message could prevent the message from being displayed on the login panel.

Visage Login allows you to easily and safely customize your Mac OS X login screen. Visage Login keeps track of Apple’s default settings for every customization, so you can easily switch back to the original settings at any time. Check out the amazing screenshots!

Visage Login requires Mac OS 10.4+. If you are using an older version of Mac OS X, you can download the appropriate version of the Visage System Preferences pane instead.

Visage Login vs Visage Preference Pane:
Visage Login is a standalone application that is designed to be extremely simple and easy to use. It is ideal for organizations that wish to quickly and easily customize a master machine which can then be mirrored to a large number of clone machines. The Visage preference pane has all the features of Visage Login, and it offers even more customization options such as the ability to run screen savers as your desktop background, personalize system alerts, randomize the login screen background, and more.

Visage 2.4.1 Released

April 24th, 2006

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Here’s what’s new in version 2.4:

  • Non-admin users can now replace the login screen background image after authentication.
  • Fixed issue where characters such as parentheses in the login panel text message could prevent the message from being displayed on the login panel.
  • Fixed rare issue where Visage could crash on launch.
  • This update is only for OS 10.4 (Tiger). If you are using an earlier version of Mac OS X, please download the appropriate version of Visage from the main Visage page.

Visage allows you to easily and safely customize the appearance of your Mac. The preference pane’s simple interface contains five tabs, each of which will help you customize a different part of your Mac. You can run screen savers as your desktop background, customize your login panel, personalize system alerts, and more! Visage keeps track of Apple’s default settings for every customization, so you can easily switch back to the original settings at any time.

SMS widget 3.2 Released

April 20th, 2006

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Here’s what’s new in version 3.2:

  • Added Dobson as a free carrier.
  • Added Metrocall Pager as a free carrier.
  • Added Virgin Mobile Canada as a free carrier.

The SMS widget lets you send free SMS text messages to phones in the USA and Canada, and cheap messages worldwide!

If you use Windows or Mac OS 10.3, you should use the SMS Yahoo! widget instead. Text messages can also be sent from our web interface using any web browser:
http://keakaj.com/sms/sms.cgi

You can even send messages from your personalized Google homepage using the free SMS Google module.

Visage Login 1.1 Universal Binary Released

April 19th, 2006

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Visage Login is now a Universal Binary, so both PowerPC and Intel Mac owners can join in on the customization fun!

Visage Login allows you to easily and safely customize your Mac OS X login screen. Visage Login keeps track of Apple’s default settings for every customization, so you can easily switch back to the original settings at any time. Check out the amazing screenshots!

Visage Login requires Mac OS 10.4+. If you are using an older version of Mac OS X, you can download the appropriate version of the Visage System Preferences pane instead.

Visage Login vs Visage Preference Pane:
Visage Login is a standalone application that is designed to be extremely simple and easy to use. It is ideal for organizations that wish to quickly and easily customize a master machine which can then be mirrored to a large number of clone machines. The Visage preference pane has all the features of Visage Login, and it offers even more customization options such as the ability to run screen savers as your desktop background, personalize system alerts, randomize the login screen background, and more.