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Gawker 0.8.3

Gawker 0.8.3 has been released. This release improves support for UVC webcams and fixes an issue that caused Desktop Recording to stop working on Snow Leopard.

The source code for this version is in the git repository and has been tagged “v0.8.3.rel″.


Gawker 0.8.2

Gawker 0.8.2 has been released. This release fixes a bug that was introduced in 0.8.1 that caused desktop recording to not work correctly. Sorry ’bout that!

The source code for this version is in the git repository and has been tagged “v0.8.2″.

If you have Gawker 0.8.1 the new version will be picked up by ‘Check for Updates’, otherwise please download it manually.


Use Macam to improve Gawker’s camera support

Macam is a wonderful library that greatly improves the support for USB webcams in Mac OS X. The list of supported cameras is available here.

Gawker can take advantage of Macam, so check it out if you’re trying to get your USB webcam to work with Gawker. Just install the macam.component as directed and you’re set!

Gawker 0.8.1

Gawker 0.8.1 has just been released. This is the first release in a bit over 3 years! Time flies! I had figured that the recent crashing issue related to the stale update feed should be fixed as that was just extremely sloppy. The feed is now hosted on which solves these problems. Big thanks to Daniel (Moird) Myers for his help with getting this working and sorting out the details.

Since the update feed is now hosted in a new place, ‘Check for Updates’ from within Gawker will not be able to grab this new version. Please download it manually. Future versions will be picked up.

This release also contains a fix for a bug that caused temporary files created by Gawker during recording to not be cleaned up. These files get created in /var/tmp/ and have names like tmp.0.*. You may want to check for these and clean them up if you’ve been using Gawker 0.8 and earlier.

The source code has been moved to git and is available here. The code for this version has been tagged “v0.8.1”.

I am hoping to blow the dust off of Gawker and continue development. There’s not much new in this release but it’s been a good way to jog my memory and get back into the swing of things.

If you’re interested in contributing or have any feedback, please drop me a line. Thanks!

If Gawker crashes on startup…

Some folks have been reporting recently that Gawker crashes on startup. This is related to the “Check for updates” feature which no longer works because where I was hosting the app feed for updates no longer exists since I cancelled my .mac account. Try disabling this so that it won’t check for updates and you should be good to go. If it crashes before you can get to the Preferences, delete your Preferences file and start Gawker, on first launch it’ll ask you if you want to check for updates on startup. The Preferences file is located under your home directory at:


Hope that helps, sorry for the inconvenience. I am without a Mac currently, if I get a chance I may release a new version that does not check for updates as I am not planning on making any in the near future.


You may now give me money.

I added a PayPal donate button to the Gawker website so you may now commence with the giving of money to me. Feel free to donate as much (or as little) as you would like. Or donate nothing. It’s all up to you.

I hadn’t thought of doing this before, but a Gawker user (fan?) suggested I do it, so it’s done. Of course, don’t feel obligated to donate anything, but if you use Gawker and enjoy it, make a donation!