Due to the limitations imposed by Mac App Store sandboxing requirements that make it impossible to support keyboard media keys out of the box, omPlayer will now be distributed outside of the Mac App Store and is free.
omPlayer is a special minimalist web browser to comfortably listen to music from online music services. For supported services it lets you control playback from menu bar or from any application with global shortcuts and media keys, supports Growl / Notification Center notifications and Last.fm scrobbling. For other websites additional functionality will not be available but you will still enjoy its unobtrusive behavior.
Currently supported services: Google Play Music, Grooveshark, Pandora, Deezer, Rdio.
Download omPlayer from http://mifki.com/omplayer
Many of you have noticed that the recently released omPlayer 2.0 does not support media keys to control playback. That’s because of stupid MAS sandboxing requirements that the new version has to follow and that are preventing access to media keys.
But there’s a solution. I will provide separate component that brings back support for media keys to omPlayer. Just download and install omPlayer Helper package, relaunch omPlayer, and you will have media keys checkbox again on its usual place in omPlayer preferences.
Unfortunately, it seems that you will have to reinstall this package every time you update omPlayer. I don’t know of a better way to implement media keys support until Apple provides a way to access them from sandboxed environment (and I doubt it will happen).
Wikimapia.org is a great community project providing information about places all over the world you won’t find anywhere else. And for many years WikiPlaces has been the first and only native application to access Wikimapia on iOS devices. Unfortunately, Wikimapia API was very unstable and many times users were not getting any information in WikiPlaces and blamed me for problems I can not fix.
During these years I had several discussions with different Wikimapia. team members about WikiPlaces, their API, and possible cooperation. Many things were promised to me but always those people just disappeared.
This wasn’t that important until recently particularly because things like API usage limits didn’t work either.
With the release of new Wikimapia API that allowed to add support for viewing comments and photos to WikiPlaces, they also started to enforce API usage limits for “unverified” applications. I contacted Wikimapia team once again to discuss how to verify WikiPlaces but after couple emails they just stopped responding to my messages, as usual.
In WikiPlaces 3.0 users now can specify their own Wikimapia API key to be used instead of the shared one, and I encourage all users getting just a blank map in WikiPlaces to do this.
Just go to http://wikimapia.org/api?action=my_keys and create your own API key (Wikimapia account is required), and then enter it on advanced settings screen in WikiPlaces.
Support for Google Music in omPlayer has been fixed. Please reload GM page twice in omPlayer giving it some time between reloads to download updated script.
If that doesn’t work, you may need to close omPlayer, remove folder
~/Library/Caches/com.mifki.omplayer and try again. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Also, it seems that at least GM All Access now requires Flash being installed and enabled. If you see a message that you need to update Flash Player, go to omPlayer preferences, Advanced tab and check Enable Flash for Google Music.