xScope Problem

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Tom Genoni

03 Mar, 2012 08:58 AM

I use the global 'control-option-command' along with a number to bring up the various tools in xScope. This is to avoid conflicts with other hotkeys in other often used apps.

Using the crosshairs with this key combo apparently triggers bullet holes and sound effects. It was cute the first time but I cannot get rid of it and that tool is basically unusable to me.

How can I turn this Easter egg off?

- Tom

  1. 1 Posted by Ben Jaffe on 09 Mar, 2012 04:34 AM

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    I'll second this. I paid for it, and it's amazing, but when the bullet holes appear, the only way to remove them is to quit and reopen xScope. It's very frustrating.

    Can anybody offer any suggestions?

  2. 2 Posted by Tom Genoni on 09 Mar, 2012 05:18 PM

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    You can do what I did. Find and 'empty' the following files:

    /Applications/xScope.app/Contents/Resources/gun1.aif /Applications/xScope.app/Contents/Resources/gun2.aif /Applications/xScope.app/Contents/Resources/gun3.aif /Applications/xScope.app/Contents/Resources/siren.aif /Applications/xScope.app/Contents/Resources/hole_large.png /Applications/xScope.app/Contents/Resources/hole_medium.png /Applications/xScope.app/Contents/Resources/hole_small.png

    The files need to be there for the app to work but you can open the png files in Photoshop, select all, delete and save. Then open the aif files in a sound app (I used SoundStudio) select all, delete and save.

    The app will still try to trigger the sounds/images but because they are empty you won't know they are there.

    It was silly to include this in the first place and just stupid of them for not providing users a way to disable it.

  3. 3 Posted by Ben Jaffe on 09 Mar, 2012 06:44 PM

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    Tom, that's brilliant, don't know why I didn't think of that!

    (For anyone who doesn't know how to get inside the xScope.app directory, right-click on the app and click "Show Package Contents.")

  4. 4 Posted by nheger on 12 Mar, 2012 03:25 PM

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    I also found this frustrating - I thought this is just in the demo version but... hey, there they are. Guys, it's funny, but less than funny when you're trying to get some work done.

    The other issue is pink overlays. I think it's the "screens" feature but I have checked and re-checked to make sure all shortcuts that could trigger "screens" are off, yet it still happens.

    - I am using Loupe tool - I hit ctrl-opt-cmd and want to do ctrl-opt-cmd-C to capture a color. However, as I hit ctrl-opt-cmd, a pink overlay appears on many of my iPhone UI elements. It seems to be some sort of detection. If I hit C, I capture the pink - less than helpful. The pink overlay comes and goes when I hit/release the modifier keys.

    Regression: This doesn't always happen, but it happens often enough to be annoying. I am confused as to why or what this is, as I am not using Screens, and have no intent to use it.

  5. 5 Posted by Kelly on 15 Mar, 2012 06:35 PM

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    Nik and Ben,

    We have the next version of xScope (now with optional bullet holes!) submitted to the App Store and it is 'in review'. This version will address a few issues, including an easy way to disable the bullet holes. As soon as it's released we'll post the instructions on disabling so you can turn it off and it's a lot less complicated than the steps above.

    Please let me know if you have any trouble with the new version once it's released.

    -Kelly Iconfactory Support

  6. Kelly closed this discussion on 15 Mar, 2012 06:35 PM.

  7. nheger re-opened this discussion on 22 Mar, 2012 05:00 AM

  8. 6 Posted by nheger on 22 Mar, 2012 05:00 AM

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    Any update on the pink overlay? Please tell me what feature that is, and how I can turn it off.

    In other news, after using Loupe and rulers for a while I have to say they make my life a lot easier. Great stuff. Now if the rulers shortcut to reset the origin worked, it would be perfect... ;)


  9. 7 Posted by Kelly on 26 Mar, 2012 06:01 PM

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    We have updated instructions for how to remove the bullet holes in this KB article:

    Let me know if you still have trouble after following the instructions.

    -Kelly Iconfactory Support

  10. 8 Posted by Ben Jaffe on 26 Mar, 2012 06:12 PM

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    Fantastic! It's nice to see a software company respond to feedback. Thank you for an awesome product!

  11. 9 Posted by Kelly on 26 Mar, 2012 06:14 PM

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    Thanks Ben! Enjoy xScope now with less bullet holes (or not, if you prefer). :)

    -Kelly Iconfactory Support

  12. Kelly closed this discussion on 26 Mar, 2012 06:14 PM.

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