Embraceware Blog. Communicate with Us


Awaken 6 for Mac Now Available!

Awaken 6 for Mac is now available as a free major update to everyone.

Download on the Mac App Store



What’s New

  • Refined user interface with Retina display support.
  • New application icon.
  • Redesigned full screen mode.
  • Full screen button added to the main window.
  • Graphite appearance tint support added.
  • Improved iTunes 12 support.
  • Support for alternate iTunes library locations.
  • New “Float on Top” option.
  • A backup alarm sound can now be set in the event there is a problem playing iTunes music.
  • Alarm snooze countdown can now be restarted at anytime.
  • New preview button allows you to preview your music selection and volume settings.
  • Timers continue to countdown when you switch to other areas in the app.
  • A countdown ticking sound added as a preference (with a selection of 4 different sounds).
  • Timers now work in full screen mode, along with keyboard shortcuts for play/pause and switching timers.
  • Support added for Notification Center.
  • New restart button added to allow you to restart the countdown at anytime.
  • Volume and brightness fade out duration can now be set.

AwakenHelper has also been updated. Be sure to “Check for Updates…” using the menu bar icon.

Developer Tips - Source Code Management

Updating a Subversion Repository URL

If the URL of your Subversion repository changes while you’re working on checked out code, you’ll find that you’re unable to commit your changes.

To solve this problem you need to update the repository URL for the checked out branch. You can do this by following these steps via Terminal (Mac) or Command Prompt (Windows).

  1. Change to the root directory of your checked source code.
  2. Run the following SVN command:
    svn switch --relocate OLDURL NEWURL

Now your branch will be pointing to the new repository URL and will allow you to commit and update.

Your Subversion URL may change for several reasons, such as a change in protocol from http:// to svn://, or change in domain name or IP address.

SharePoint Tips Error Messages

Error: The SDDL string contains an invalid sid or a sid that cannot be translated

When setting up a new SharePoint Server 2013 stand alone environment, you may encounter the error “The SDDL string contains an invalid sid or sid that cannot be translated” during the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard.

To resolve this, follow these steps:

  1. Determine which user account you want to use for the search service and add it to the WSS_Admin_WPG group.
  2. Launch the SharePoint 2013 Management Shell and execute the following command: $SearchUser = Get-Credential YOUR-DOMAIN\YOUR-SEARCH-USER
  3. Enter the credentials for the account when asked.
  4. Next, execute this command: New-SPManagedAccount -Credential $SearchUser
  5. Go to the following path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\15.0\Data\Office Server and find the folder that begins with “Analytics_”.
  6. Right-click, choose Properties, Sharing tab, and the Advanced Sharing button.
  7. Share this folder and click on Permissions.
  8. Add the Search user account with Full Control and also add the WSS_ADMIN_WPG with Full Control.
  9. Relaunch the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard and it should complete without an issue.
SharePoint Products

New SharePoint Products

Today we would like to announce the launch of our first products for Microsoft SharePoint Server. These products were acquired from SharePoint Joint and will now be available exclusively from Embraceware.

Vanity URL

Redirect URL

Awaken 6 Beta

Awaken 6 for Mac Beta Round 1

The time is finally here to beta test Awaken 6 for Mac. We’re looking for a wide range of testers to ensure that there are no bugs and to also get your feedback on the many enhancements.

We’ll be doing several rounds of beta testing – in this first round we’re looking for testers that fit this criteria:
– OS X 10.9 Mavericks
– English language

In the next round we’ll be looking for OS X 10.8, 10.7 and 10.6.8 testers as well as other languages.

We’ll be sending out download links within 24 hours for Awaken 6 as well as AwakenHelper 2.

If interested, please email beta@embraceware.com.