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iTunes Sync in the January 2009 issue of Computer Bild

February 21, 2009

I recently received a complimentary copy of Computer Bild magazine from Germany, and was pleased to see iTunes Sync included on their DVD compilation. There was a small write-up about it as well, and since my German reading comprehension is almost zero I'm going to assume they said nice things.

iTunes Sync in Computer Bild (January 2009)

New DisplayFusion Translations Posted

January 5, 2009

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. It seems that some people were very busy over the holidays, as I recently received 4 translation files for 3 different languages. I can't thank these people enough for taking time out of their busy schedules to translate DisplayFusion into their native language. Here are the latest additions to the DisplayFusion languages:

Chinese (Simplified)
Thanks to Hui Liu and Wang Hao.

Italian
Thanks to Alessandro Ghisoni.

Swedish
Thanks to Hans Silverberg.

You can find these and more languages on the DisplayFusion Languages page. Thanks guys!

ASP.NET ViewState Helper v1.2 Released

December 19, 2008

I am very happy to announce the release of ASP.NET ViewState Helper v1.2. This release is a very minor update, but includes some long overdue functionality. Whenever the ViewState fails to decode and you get the infamous "The serialized data is invalid" error, this new version will provide you with more troubleshooting information. Thanks to a tip from "pista7" in the Support Forums, ASP.NET ViewState Helper will now tell you a more specific reason for the decoding failure. For example, you might be missing a 3rd party assembly that is required for deserializing a value. I would recommend all existing users of the ASP.NET ViewState Helper upgrade as soon as they can to take advantage of this new feature.

DisplayFusion Updates

December 6, 2008

After my initial post about starting a private beta for DisplayFusion v2.3 I received an overwhelming response. I had to start turning people away to keep the number of testers to a manageable size. However, I ended up with a very diverse test group - which is exactly what I was looking for. There are people using Windows XP, Vista (x86 and x64), Server 2003 and Server 2008. Some people have Windows Themes enabled, some don't. Most are running English operating systems, but there are a few that are running localized copies of DisplayFusion. Testing is going extremely well, so I thought I would just highlight some of the exciting things coming in DisplayFusion v2.3:

Multi-Monitor Taskbar Support

  • Adds a taskbar to every monitor
  • Takes advantage of Windows Themes so it looks like a native part of the operating system
  • Works and looks excellent with or without Windows Themes enabled
  • Full right-click context menu support for all taskbar items
  • Option to hide taskbar items from the Windows taskbar if they are present on the DisplayFusion taskbar

New Mouse Shortcut:

  • Middle-clicking on a window's caption bar will move it to the next monitor

Completely Re-designed Settings Window:

  • Easier to navigate
  • Options are grouped and ordered more logically

Integration with Vladstudio.com:

  • Integrated just like Flickr in DisplayFusion
  • Choose single images, or have DisplayFusion select random images on a timer

This has turned out to be a substantial new release. With the numerous bug-fixes and tons of new functionality, this is shaping up to be one of the biggest DisplayFusion releases ever.

With these new changes, and after much deliberation, I have decided to adjust DisplayFusion's pricing. Effective January 1, 2009 DisplayFusion's price will be changing to $20 (CAD). I believe this new price is still a fair representation of what DisplayFusion is worth, especially taking into account the additional functionality version 2.3 will bring. If you are interested in how much this will cost in your local currency I have done the calculation for a few of the major currencies here:

  • CAD: $20.00 (base price in Canadian Dollars)
  • USD: $15.50 (US Dollars)
  • EUR: €12.20 (Euros)
  • GBP: £10.60 (British Pounds)

Please keep in mind that the exchange rate for each of these currencies will fluctuate. I am announcing this price change 1 month in advance so that people currently evaluating DisplayFusion Pro will still have time to finish their trial and purchase a Pro license at the current price. Also, effective immediately, I have introduced volume discounts on the purchase page. This is how the discounts work:

  • Purchase 2 or more licenses and receive 20% off each license
  • Purchase 3 or more licenses and receive 30% off each license
  • Purchase 5 or more licenses and receive 40% off each license

If you want to use DisplayFusion Pro on more than one computer, this is an excellent way to purchase multiple licenses and save some money at the same time. As always, I would love to hear any feedback you have about any of these changes, or anything in general. You can use the contact page, or you can find me on Twitter. Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tweet, Tweet, Twitter

November 28, 2008

Twitter you say? Yes, I have finally succumb to the forces of evil and now I can't stop tweeting. If you would like to follow all the latest developments with Binary Fortress Software, and what I do in my spare time, come and visit me on Twitter. For example, tonight you would have learned that I released DisplayFusion v2.3 Beta 4 to the group of testers, and broke 8,000 gamer points on the 360. Fun times! The Support Forum is still the official place to get help, but if I'm currently on Twitter just tweet your question my way and I'll see what I can do. Oh, and it never hurts to just stop in and say 'hi'.

DisplayFusion Multi-Monitor Taskbar Support

November 16, 2008

After many months of development I am ready to start talking about one of the biggest new features planned for DisplayFusion v2.3: Multi-Monitor Taskbar Support. This is the most requested feature, and also the most difficult to create, so it has taken some time to get to this stage. I am officially ready to start beta testing and I'm looking for people who would like to give this feature a try. This feature will be a Pro only feature, so this beta will only be available to people with DisplayFusion Pro licenses.

DisplayFusion Multi-Monitor Taskbar Beta

Here is what the multi-monitor taskbar looks like in Windows XP with the Blue theme. The Windows Taskbar is on the left and the DisplayFusion Taskbar is on the right. As you can see, all of the taskbar windows are being shown on both taskbars.

DisplayFusion Multi-Monitor Taskbar Beta

In the second screenshot you can see DisplayFusion is only showing the windows that are on each screen in the DisplayFusion Taskbar. There are still a number of options that need to be finalized, but I want to start testing now to get as much feedback as I can from other people's desktop configurations. If you are interested in trying this out please contact me and I'll send you the download link.

Update: When you contact me please send the email address you used to register DisplayFusion, or your DisplayFusion Pro license key so I can verify your Pro status. Thanks!

New DisplayFusion Language: French

November 16, 2008

I would like to send out a huge thanks to Marko for translating DisplayFusion v2.2.1 into French. If you are interested in using DisplayFusion with a French interface just head over to the DisplayFusion Languages page and download the French language file. For more information on how to install the language file, look at the "How do I use these language files" section on DisplayFusion Languages page.

DisplayFusion v2.2.1 Released

November 9, 2008

I am happy to announce the release of DisplayFusion v2.2.1. This new release is mostly a bug-fix release, and doesn't add any new features. Here are some of the things addressed in this release:

  • Resized some windows to allow them to work properly at 800x600
  • Fixed an issue that prevented DisplayFusion from starting when using certain locales (ex: Turkish)
  • Fixed some of the "jerky mouse movement" issues in rare situations
  • Fixed some windows failing to drag maximized or snap properly (ex: Windows Live Messenger)

If you would like to see the full list of changes, head over to the DisplayFusion change log. I would encourage everyone to update as soon as they can. If you are using DisplayFusion Pro then you should be prompted to upgrade and DisplayFusion will take care of downloading and installing this update. For everyone using the free version you will be notified of the new version but you will need to download and install the update manually from the DisplayFusion website.

As always, if you encounter any issues please be sure to check out the DisplayFusion Online Support page or you can contact me directly. Thanks everyone!

FileSeek v1.6 Released

November 9, 2008

I am very happy to announce the release of FileSeek v1.6. This new version adds some much requested new functionality, and cleans up a few small issues. Here are a few things that have been added in this release:

  • Added an "Open with Other Application" context menu option for selected files
  • Added an "Open Containing Folder" context menu option for selected files
  • Added a "Case sensitive query" option

Check out the full change log for more details on these changes. Also changed in this release is the addition of an advertisement in the Settings window for one of my other applications, DisplayFusion. This is just a hard-coded image, and will never, ever connect to the internet to download new ads. This isn't some sleazy spyware stuff, this is just a link to one of my applications. This is the first application that I have tried this with, and I would be very interested to hear any feedback on this in the FileSeek Support Forum, or just contact me directly.

A big thanks to everyone who helped with this release. Thanks everyone!

G15 SpeedFan x64 Released

November 7, 2008

This is just a quick note to let all the G15 SpeedFan users know that there is now a special x64 version. This x64 specific version fixes many issues related to using G15 SpeedFan on the 64 bit version of Windows Vista. You can find out more information and download the new version from the G15 SpeedFan page. As always, if you run into any issues using this software, be sure to check out the G15 SpeedFan Support Forum.

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