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Archived posts for All of 2014

COMODO Certificate Revoked

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For the past two years, all Cyotek products have been digitally signed, providing some peace of mind that when you download one of our products you can be certain it hasn't been tampered with.

At some point in the last few days, COMODO have revoked the certificate we use, for reasons I'm still trying to ascertain from their support department. The net result of this is every Cyotek product released in the past 10 months is now unusable, as when you try and start any executable, it will immediately crash due to the revoked certificate.

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Potential support for localization

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After the last mammoth update to Gif Animator, I wanted a task that was slightly distracting rather than just fixing bugs. A couple of requests in the past have been about localization, so I had a look at the metrics we have gathered on software usage to see what different languages were being used.

The vast majority of sessions for all our products (around 70%) used English, followed by a variety of other locales, the top four being French, Chinese, Spanish and Russian (around 20% for those four) with the final 10% in a long list of other languages. So, well worth taking a look at localization!

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Gif Animator 0.0.4.0 Beta Released

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It hasn't been long since the last update to Gif Animator and although I don't want to make a habit of cluttering the product blog with boring release notifications I'll probably make an exception for releases with interesting new features or important bug fixes. Both of which I think this update qualifies for! This update offers various UI tweaks and enhancements, some performance improvements, the odd new tool and quite a few bug fixes.

You can view a full list of changes here, a condensed summary is available below, and you can download from the usual place.

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Resizing and cropping, round 1

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The next update to the Gif Animator is fast approaching, and it's quite a big one - there's a very long list of both bug fixes and new features. In fact, I'm pretty pleased with the way the product is evolving, although there's still much to do.

A number of enhancements in the next update are to do with resizing and cropping of images, and that is what this post will talk about.

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Gif Animator's new transparency tool

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GIF images have both their strong sides and their downsides. Whilst not supporting any form of alpha transparency, they do offer turning one colour entry per frame into a fully transparent pixel.

I've spent the last week fixing some of the bugs that have been reported and a bunch more regressions due to the new libraries, whilst also trying to fix (with scant success) some others that I can't reproduce locally or have any idea how they occurred. Glorious bugs...

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Gif Animator 0.0.3.0 Beta Released

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Today I'm pleased to announce the latest update for Gif Animator has been released. This new version is the first of our products to use new libraries that provide much more functionality that was previously available - even if the UI itself doesn't look that much different, under the hood it's very new.

Some of the notable changes in this update include

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Upcoming support for portable settings

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In my last "all products" update, I discussed how the user interface was being made more useful. In this second, shorter, update I will briefly cover upcoming changes to settings.

As with the previous UI update, this will only apply to new versions of our tool set that have been redeveloped to use the new libraries (at time of writing only an internal build of Gif Animator).

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First looks at multiple documents and docking windows

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Two years ago we created a prototype for a new version of the help authoring tool we used to offer. The main reason for the prototype was to trial writing a new product using test driven development (TDD) techniques. This worked very well, but not so well when it came to adding a user interface.

All our current tools use a standard series of libraries we've developed over the years, and provide vast amounts of common functionality, from settings management, windows and UI components, plug-ins, and a lot more. However, they all work around the principle of a single application window bound to a single document, with a variable amount of custom views that can be hosted in that window.

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A sneak peak at upcoming features for the color palette editor

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Updates have been slow the last few months as most of our development time has been on rewriting our application framework, which I'll talk about in another post.

With this post, I wanted to quickly demonstrate some upcoming features of the Color Palette Editor. The first of these features has been work in progress for a while now and regretfully it'll probably be WIP for a bit longer yet.

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WebCopy 1.0.9.0 released - multiple hosts and proxy server support

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The latest update to WebCopy has just been released, and includes two new features which expand the usefulness of the product.

These features are considered experimental at this stage - they haven't been as fully tested as some other features, and as a result they either might not work properly or have unintended side effects.

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