iRooster 2.4.3 - March 29, 2007

iRooster 2.4.3 corrects issues experienced with iTunes 7.1.1, fixes bugs with the Snooze window on Mac OS X 10.3, and corrects issues with the Apple Remote experienced on some Macs.

Please note: This is the last version of iRooster that will be supported on Mac OS X 10.3 Panther.

iRooster 2.4.2 - March 10, 2007

Welcome to planet Bug Fix, population: iRooster. We've made a few neat additions, including automatic support for system date settings, the removal of over 2000 lines of code from iRooster (less code means more stable software), several customer-reported bug fixes, and a visual refresh of the iRooster Alarm Editor.

There is one other thing worth nothing: with the impending release of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, we have made the always difficult decision to drop support for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. If you are still using Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, please do not upgrade to this release.

iRooster 2.4.1 - January 9, 2007.

Less lazy people rejoice! Snooze has a new option that can automatically turn it off after a preset amount of time if you choose. A few minor usability tweaks have also been incorporated. Open the Wake and Sleep preference pane to control this new option. Also, a big thanks to Tom for suggesting this feature.

iRooster 2.4 - January 7, 2007.

Lazy people rejoice! iRooster now supports Apple's Remote Control! Control iRooster from across the room, and snooze or switch songs without getting out of bed. Breakfast in bed and dog-walking are not yet available.

Also, congratulations to David, our winner of the first iRooster iPod nano contest. David is the proud recipient of a brand-new iPod nano (PRODUCT)RED edition with a special message engraved on the back. And a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Child's Play charity drive in December; hundreds of dollars were raised for the Seattle Childrens Hospital thanks to you!

iRooster 2.3 - December 10, 2006.

iRooster now features volume fade-in for alarms! Wake up slowly and peacefully instead of being ripped cruelly from sleep.

iRooster 2.2.1 - December 2, 2006.

A few bugs were fixed in the Compact Display. It should work correctly with transparent settings and being pinned on top again.

iRooster 2.2 - November 22, 2006.

iRooster 2.2 is FINALLY DONE!!! Woo-hoo!!!

iRooster 2.2 Beta 'X-3' - November 19, 2006.

A bug preventing wake from sleep from working on some Intel Macs has been corrected in this release, along with an option to select two different clock styles.

Also, if you are using an Intel Mac for which Apple has issued a Firmware Update, please be sure to install it!

  1. [BUG]Wake from sleep should work on all Intel Macs now.
  2. [BUG]A few minor issues with Chimp Tunes integration have been corrected.
  3. [FEATURE]Choose between two different clock styles.

iRooster 2.2 Beta 'X-2' - November 5, 2006.

A really dumb upgrade bug made it through my net on testing. It looks like it's been stamped out, now. Upgrading from 2.2 Beta 9r2 to iRooster 2.2 Beta X-2 now works beautifully. (in case you're wondering, I *have* been playing a lot of Final Fantasy, lately ^_^). Changes:

  1. [BUG]Upgrade bug has been stamped out.

iRooster 2.2 Beta 'X' - November 5, 2006.

We are rapidly approaching the release of iRooster 2.2. It's been a long, slow, arduous road, and I thank you for your patience. I think you'll be quite pleased with the improvements in stability and reliability made across the application. We're over the hump, and you can start expecting a good number of new features to start entering the application again. Hooray! Changes:

  1. [BUG]Chimp Tunes integration is back up and running, and Panther support should still work. Flippin' sweet!
  2. [FEATURE]New look and feel for iRooster.
  3. [FEATURE]New artwork in iRooster.
  4. [BUG]Whoa, lots of bugs fixed: over 30, including some nasty crashes.

iRooster 2.2 Beta 9r2 - June 28, 2006.


  1. [BUG]Fixed the registration bug affecting previously-registered users of iRooster.

iRooster 2.2 Beta 9 - June 22, 2006.


  1. [FEATURE]Support has been added for the Sparkle Update engine. This will allow iRooster to automatically check for updates, saving you the trouble of having to manually look for the latest version of iRooster.
  2. [BUG]Recurring alarms are working pretty well again in iRooster. Cleaned up the alarm engine code.

iRooster 2.2 Beta 8 - May 31, 2006.


  1. [BUG]Panther support has been fixed. Sorry about that, it was a dumb bug that slipped through.

iRooster 2.2 Beta 7 - May 22, 2006.


  1. [FEATURE]Now a Universal Binary for native use on PowerPC and Intel Macs!
  2. [FEATURE]Clock-users rejoice! The Snooze window now features its own clock!

iRooster 2.2 Beta 6 - Dec 8, 2005.


  1. [BUG]Fixed a crashing bug in the iTunes playback code.
  2. [FEATURE]Updated the look and feel of the Snooze window.

iRooster 2.2 Beta 5 - Oct 23, 2005.


  1. [FEATURE/BUG]Fixing issues appearing in German localization.
  2. [FEATURE/BUG]Updating UI to handle languages other than English better.
  3. [BUG]Fixed freaky clock drawing problems.

iRooster 2.2 Beta 4 - Oct 17, 2005.


  1. [BUG]Fixed a persistent crash Lullaby introduced in Beta 3.

iRooster 2.2 Beta 3 - Oct 16, 2005.


  1. [BUG]Fixed a crash from Beta 2 in the Alarm Manager.
  2. [BUG]Fixed a crash from Beta 2 in the About dialog.
  3. [FEATURE]Updated Crash Reporter.
  4. [FEATURE]Updated eSellerate engine. Woo.

iRooster 2.2 Beta 2 - Sept 15, 2005.


  1. [BUG]Fixed an ugly crash that happened to just about everyone. Sorry about that.
  2. [FEATURE]Gutted and rebuilt the Clock.
  3. Updated the appearance of iRooster's main window to match iTunes 5.0.

iRooster 2.2 Beta 1 - Sept 11, 2005.

The "I'm not quite dead yet, I'm getting better" Edition of iRooster! Changes:

  1. Rebuilt the Wake From Sleep engine from scratch. No more passwords required beyond the first use anymore!
  2. Fixed a bug that prevented alarms from going off while the computer was awake.

iRooster 2.1.1 Beta 5 - May 3, 2005.


  1. Fixed a few minor issues on Tiger.
  2. iRooster now caches iTunes playlist names, which can result in a performance increase with large music libraries.

iRooster 2.1.1 Beta 4 - April 20, 2005.


  1. Reduced application size by 800 kilobytes.
  2. Removed over 1500 lines of code.

iRooster 2.1.1 Beta 3 - April 9, 2005.

New Features:

  1. Localized into Spanish, courtesy of Pablo Villalba.
  2. Localized into German, courtesy of Thomas Nowak.
  3. Localized into French, courtesy of Guillaume Cerquant.
  4. Fresh new icon!
  5. Power Event Viewer.

Bug Fixes:

  1. Preferences work again. Sorry about that.
  2. Fixed a bug with alarms.
  3. Fresh new icon!
  4. Snooze bug fixed whereby pressing a key while Snoozing would start playing music again.

iRooster 2.1.1 Beta 2 - March 31, 2005.

New Features:

  1. Localized into Spanish, courtesy of Pablo Villalba.
  2. Fresh new icon!
  3. Power Event Viewer.

Bug Fixes:

  1. Preferences work again. Sorry about that.
  2. Fixed a bug with alarms.
  3. Fresh new icon!
  4. Snooze bug fixed whereby pressing a key while Snoozing would start playing music again.

iRooster 2.1.1 Beta 1 - March 29, 2005.

New Features:

  1. Localized into Spanish, courtesy of Pablo Villalba.
  2. Fresh new icon!
  3. Power Event Viewer.

Bug Fixes:

  1. Fixed a bug with alarms.
  2. Fresh new icon!
  3. Snooze bug fixed whereby pressing a key while Snoozing would start playing music again.

iRooster 2.1 - February 6, 2005.

New Features:

  1. Featuring Chimp Tunes, the online song database for iRooster.
  2. Featuring Lullaby, the best way to fall asleep at night.
  3. Redesigned UI for the Snooze System.
  4. Album art downloading and display in iRooster through Chimp Tunes.
  5. More useful information when using repeating alarms.

Bug Fixes:

  1. Improved appearance of alert panels.
  2. Re-wrote the Alarm Editor from scratch, fixing several bugs in the process.

Good Tunes:

iRooster 2.04 - December 5, 2004.

Bug Fixes:

  1. Fixed a minor bug with product registration.

iRooster 2.03 - November 16, 2004.

Bug Fixes:

  1. The Snooze window doesn't crash now. Really. I made a dumb mistake, which I have now corrected.

Updated Features:

  1. The Snooze window now has Previous Track and Next Track buttons.

iRooster 2.02 - November 6, 2004.

Bug Fixes:

  1. Teased out another few bug fixes in the Snooze window. You shouldn't run into crashes here anymore.

Updated Features:

  1. I have updated the appearance of the Snooze window. The album art looks a little cooler now. I highly recommend adding album art to all of your music in iTunes.

iRooster 2.01 - October 23, 2004.

Bug Fixes:

  1. I have fixed a sporadic crashing bug in the Snooze window.
  2. I have added a crash detection library to retrieve crashing information, just like Apple's. (this is an opt-in system, but all of this information is extremely valuable to me for fixing nasty bugs).
  3. I believe I have fixed the last of the irritating "can't use keyboard on Snooze Window" bugs! Hooray!
  4. iRooster will always be correctly made the foreground application, when an alarm goes off now.

iRooster 2.0 - October 1, 2004.

New Features:

  1. iRooster now supports repeating alarms!
  2. iRooster will automatically unmute your computer when playing an alarm.
  3. The lists in iRooster now support proper iTunes-style gradients.
  4. Snazzy new icons will help you easily identify your playlists.
  5. iRooster supports a 24-hour clock display.
  6. Tons of little improvements, too many to detail!

Aaron's iRooster Wake-up Music:

  1. Get Your Hands Off My Woman by Ben Folds.
  2. Rentacop by Ben Folds.
  3. Love So Pure by Puffy AmiYumi.
  4. Little One by Beck.
  5. XFire by The Bens.
  6. 1980-1990 by Barcelona.
  7. Hey Mama by Black Eyed Peas.

iRooster 1.1.6 - August 1, 2004.

New Features:

  1. Test your alarms before you go to sleep!
  2. Wake up to a random playlist!
  3. Better-looking Preferences.
  4. A preference to hide the iTrip FM radio transmitter's iTunes playlist.
  5. A better-looking icon.

Bug Fixes:

  1. Keyboard shortcut bugs were resolved.
  2. Removed unused resources, decreasing the app size.

Music that helped produce this software:

  1. Outkast - The Love Below.
  2. Ben Folds - Sunny 16.

iRooster 1.1.5 - June 30, 2004.

Just call this the "Christopher" edition of iRooster. I fixed a series of bugs and added many small features that were brought to my attention by a user. I also discovered a very nasty bug with the small alarm display that prevented you from doing direct alarm modification.

List of changes:

  1. Main window alarm list does not grow correctly on resize.
  2. Arrow keys don't work in alarm list.
  3. Page Up/Home and Page Down/End will move you through the alarm list now.
  4. The blinking clock time indicator can now be controlled through a preference.
  5. Command-Delete deletes alarms from the alarm list with no confirmation.

The moral of the story is that small, bite-sized feature requests may be implemented immediately, and I always like feedback :-).

iRooster 1.1.4 - June 29, 2004.

This release adds a fresh new visual style to the alarm list and corrects a possible bug in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

iRooster 1.1.3 - May 20, 2004.

This release fixes a bug in registering iRooster after your trial use period has expired.

iRooster 1.1.2 - May 9, 2004.

This release fixes a couple minor problems that could occur with the Party Shuffle feature in iTunes 4.5.

iRooster 1.1.1 - Mar 19, 2004.

iRooster is now sporting a snazzy new clock!

iRooster 1.1 - Feb 29, 2004.

iRooster now supports wake from sleep under Panther! iRooster also will smartly select the initial date for a new alarm. Alarms created between 12:00 AM and 6:00 AM will default to the current day, instead of tomorrow.

iRooster 1.05 - Feb 20, 2004.

There's one new feature in iRooster 1.05. You now have the option of enabling iTunes's visualizer when your alarm goes off. This feature was implemented due to requests posted on the iRooster discussion board (hint!).

iRooster 1.04 - Feb 13, 2004.

This update modifies the Preferences in two ways. First, it cleans up checkbox labels. Second, it adds an indicator that the Auto-Wake feature does not work under Jaguar. The Reauthenticate menu item is removed under Jaguar, as well.

iRooster 1.03 - Feb 10, 2004.

This update features a greatly cleaned-up Preferences window, and adds a few more minor fixes and upgrades. I have added an Alarms menu to better reflect the purpose of a few menu items. A great deal of time has been spent on refactoring iRooster's source code to better facilitate future changes.

iRooster 1.02 - Feb 1, 2004.

An updated Alarm Editor has been added to iRooster. It allows you to edit alarm dates using natural language (e.g. "Tomorrow" or "Next Thursday") instead of having to select a date on the calendar. It also replaces the Pop-Up Button used for selection with a Table View. In the off-chance you don't like the new Alarm Editor, I have kept the old one intact. You can switch back to it through a set of radio buttons in the Preferences.

Most of the other changes are under-the-hood sort of things, which have resulted in greatly improving my ability to add cool stuff to iRooster in the future.

iRooster 1.01 - January 6, 2004.

New features include: a new icon, a redesigned Preferences window, a redesigned Compact Alarm Display, and constantly-refreshing playlists. This release also fixes a few rather egregious bugs.

Music that helped in the production of this release:

  1. Puffy AmiYumi - An Illustrated History. Radiohead - OK Computer and Hail to the Thief. Ben Folds - Sunny 16 and Speed Graphic.

A special thanks go out to the Mac Geniuses at the Apple Store, Mall of America, who were able to get my iBook with its bad logic board fixed and back to me in 5 days, including a weekend. Also, a big thanks to Stef Bollow, who designed iRooster's rather retro icon.

iRooster 1.0 - August 15, 2003.

First release!
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"Well, yes. I do. It is stupid."
"You're right. It is a stupid name. But at least you'll never forget it."