DisplayFusion 3.0.6 Released

June 10, 2009

I am very happy to announce the release of DisplayFusion 3.0.6! Actually, it was released last weekend and I forgot to announce the release. Oops! Well, never mind that, the new version is out there and it's better than ever. The observant among you may have noticed that there was no version 3.0.5 announcement. Unfortunately version 3.0.5 was released then followed up 3 days later by version 3.0.6. Version 3.0.5 represented a significant change in the way DisplayFusion handled the taskbars, so I was expecting a few bugs to slip through. And a few did slip through, but no worries, version 3.0.6 was released quickly to take care of any loose ends. These new versions have a number of changes:

  • Added the "All taskbars show relevant windows" in Windows 7
  • Taskbars now use Aero rendering in Windows 7
  • Better Winamp compatibility
  • Taskbar buttons with & in the text would show up incorrectly
  • Added an "Open Task Manager" to the DisplayFusion context menu
  • Changed: Added a bunch of new advanced settings
  • Taskbar window thumbnail previews now use the windows themes and look more native
  • Taskbar items now blink/flash when they need attention (ex: instant messaging windows)
  • Performance improvements (reduced CPU usage, reduced response time... etc)

As always, this represents only a fraction of the actual changes in this release, and only highlights the major advances. For a complete run-down head over to the official change log. If you haven't been prompted to upgrade already, I would encourage you to head over to the DisplayFusion page and download the new version today!

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DisplayFusion 3.0.4 Released

May 10, 2009

I am very happy to announce the release of DisplayFusion 3.0.4! This new version has some important bug fixes, along with some exciting new features. Some of the biggest new features are the addition of taskbar thumbnail window previews and the ability to drag/drop files onto the DisplayFusion taskbar items, just like the Windows ones. Here are some more of the new features and fixes:

  • Added taskbar thumbnail window previews (hover over taskbar items for a thumbnail window preview)
  • Added drag/drop taskbar button sorting (on DisplayFusion taskbars only)
  • Taskbars are no longer removed/re-added when closing the Settings window
  • Dragging over a DisplayFusion taskbar item now restores that window so you can drag/drop in it
  • Added an option to disable the "Do you wish to apply these settings?" wallpaper prompt
  • Full Microsoft Excel 2002/2003/2007 taskbar compatibility in all operating systems
  • Fixed an issue that caused the taskbar icons to be lower quality in certain situations
  • Fixed clicking on a focused taskbar item didn't always minimize it in Windows 7
  • Fixed monitor order was sometimes different than Windows and affected window movement hotkeys
  • Fixed an issue that caused the wallpaper to be tiled incorrectly when high DPI settings are in use in Vista/Win7
DisplayFusion 3.0 Taskbar Window Thumbnails
Taskbar thumbnail window previews

As you can see, there are a number of important changes. You can see the complete list of changes in the DisplayFusion Change Log. There is also a new Portuguese (Portugal) translation available on the DisplayFusion Languages page - thanks Rui Pedro da Silva Gomes da Costa!

I would encourage everyone to update as soon as you can to take advantage of the new functionality.

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DisplayFusion Reaches 500,000 Downloads!

May 5, 2009

Raise a glass with me as I celebrate DisplayFusion's 500,000th download! Since being released in August 2007, DisplayFusion has racked up more than a half a million downloads. Unfortunately, I only started tracking downloads in January 2008. Starting from January 2008, DisplayFusion reached 500,000 this afternoon! If I'm not mistaken, I believe a celebration is in order. To commemorate this special event I will be raising DisplayFusion's price to $500,000 per license. Oh wait, that doesn't sound right. How about 50% off instead? Starting right now, until Wednesday at midnight (GMT-5), DisplayFusion will be on sale for only $10 per license! Volume discounts still apply as well. That means you can pickup 2 licenses for only $16, or 5 licenses for just $30 (Canadian Dollars). This sale is only on for 24 hours, so if you've been waiting to pickup DisplayFusion Pro now is your chance!

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DisplayFusion 3.0.3 Released

April 12, 2009

I am very happy to announce the release of DisplayFusion 3.0.3! This new release fixes over 20 issues, and adds full Windows compatibility. Here are a few of the important changes in this release:

  • Significantly better Windows 7 and Windows 2000 support
  • Applying the wallpaper settings manually (in the Wallpaper window) now turns off the image freezing
  • New HotKey: "Move window to previous monitor" (Ctrl + Win + W)
  • New HotKey: "Move window to previous monitor and size proportionally" (Ctrl + Win + E)
  • New HotKey: "Move window to previous monitor and maximize" (Ctrl + Win + D)
  • Fixed an issue that caused the HotKeys to get reset on reboot with Windows Vista/Windows 7 in certain situations
  • Fixed the "Arial does not support style 'regular'" error in the Wallpaper and Settings windows
  • Better application compatibility with Outlook 2007, MySQL GUI Tools, Google Chrome, Apple Safari 4 and Delphi applications (TOAD for Oracle, PSpad, FlashFXP... etc)

To see the complete list of changes, just visit the DisplayFusion Change Log. I would encourage everyone to update to this new version as soon as possible to take advantage of all the fixes and added functionality. If you have the auto-update feature enabled in DisplayFusion you will be prompted to upgrade the next time you start-up. Otherwise, just head over to the DisplayFusion page to download this version right now.

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HashTools 1.3 Released

April 5, 2009

I am very happy to announce the release of HashTools 1.3. This release adds support for CRC32 checksum generation. I also added support for AutoCRC, something Microsoft uses when generating CRC32 checksums for their ISO images. When an AutoCRC value is present in an ISO, the CRC32 checksum will always return 0xffffffff. HashTools will let you know when the AutoCRC value is present so that you know it's a good checksum value, and not an error in the file. I would encourage everyone to update to this new version today to take advantage of the new functionality.

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DisplayFusion 3.0.2 Released

March 30, 2009

I am very happy to announce the release of DisplayFusion 3.0.2. Actually, I released this new version last weekend and forgot to post about it. Sorry everyone! This release is a substantial update to DisplayFusion and includes a number of often-requested features, like Taskbar auto-hiding. So, without further ado lets take a look at what has changed in this version:

  • Taskbars now support auto-hiding
  • Added a "Taskbar Opacity" option, to make the DisplayFusion Taskbar translucent
  • Wallpaper checker/changer is now delayed 30 seconds from application startup, to allow the system to fully start before trying to change anything
  • Huge improvement in response time for taskbar item updating (new windows, closed windows, focused windows... etc)
  • Better window management compatibility with Google Chrome and Apple Safari 4 (doesn't move browser to the next monitor when middle-clicking a tab at the top of the window)
  • Silent installations now work correctly
  • Installer would sometimes use English, even if another language was selected

As always, you can see the complete list of changes in the DisplayFusion Change Log. I would expect that everyone that has the auto-update notification enabled has already updated, but for everyone else, I would encourage you to update today!

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ASP.NET ViewState Helper 1.3 Released

March 16, 2009

I have released a small update to ASP.NET ViewState Helper today. This update fixes the button tooltips and fixes the ViewState decoder window's resizing issues. I have added an automatic update checker into ASP.NET ViewState Helper as well, so that you will be notified of any future updates. If you don't want to take advantage of this new feature you can easily disable it in the settings menu. ASP.NET ViewState Helper is now fully compatible with x64 versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. I would encourage everyone to update to the new version of ASP.NET ViewState Helper today to take advantage of these improvements.

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FileSeek 1.7 Released

March 10, 2009

Have you ever needed to find a file buried somewhere in your computer? Have you ever needed to find a specific string of text inside a file? FileSeek can do that, and more. FileSeek is lightning fast, small and super easy to use. It can even be integrated right into the Windows Explorer right-click menu to provide quick and easy access. FileSeek doesn't use background indexing, so when FileSeek is closed your computer's performance won't be affected. This new release of FileSeek adds some significant new features, and fixes a number of long-standing issues. Here is a quick rundown on some of the major changes:

  • Full Windows 7 support
  • Added a "Windows Context Menu" option to the file result context menu
  • Double-clicking a search result item will open the file with the default file handler
  • Shows the current search path in the window caption bar
  • The 4 search criteria boxes now store a history of 10 items
  • The path box now auto-completes using a combination of the history and file system

This is only a sample of the improvements in this new version. You can view the full change log here. I would encourage everyone to update to the latest version today to take advantage of all these enhancements. If you haven't tried FileSeek before, what are you waiting for? Start searching your files right now!

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New DisplayFusion Language: Russian

March 8, 2009

I would like to send out a huge thanks to Igor Dymov for translating DisplayFusion 3.0.1 into Russian. If you are interested in using DisplayFusion with a Russian interface just head over to the DisplayFusion Languages page and download the Russian language file. For more information on how to install the language file, just look at the "How do I use these language files" section on DisplayFusion Languages page.

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HashTools 1.2 Released

March 8, 2009

I am very happy to announce the release of HashTools 1.2. HashTools is a small utility that I use for generating hashes of files before and after I transfer them, to verify the integrity of the file. It can calculate MD5, SHA1, SHA256, SHA384 and SHA512 hashes. This updated released contains a few small fixes, and a change in the way it deals with hash files. Previously, you could create a file called "filename.sha1" (for example) that contained the SHA1 hash for your file (filename.ext) and HashTools would automatically load and compare the generated hash. Now, it will attempt to load a hash file with the name "filename.ext.sha1". I had to make this change to allow hash files to be created for files with the same filename but different extensions. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. I would encourage everyone to update to this new version to take advantage of the many fixes and enhancements.

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