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PicViewPlus Version 1.1 Updates

March, 2004


  1. New Control Appearance: Most controls now have the Windows XP style. This is most noticable on buttons. However, this new control style will not appear on Windows 98 operating systems.
  2. Improved Caption Hiding: If you have defined a caption consisting of a number of picture tags, you may want to hide the caption temporarily so that it does not obscure the picture. You could have done that by right clicking the picture and selecting option Hide caption. However, a zoom or picture change would have restored the caption. This behavior has been substantially changed:
    • Selecting option Hide Caption now keeps the caption hidden until you right-click the picture again and select Show Caption.
    • Pressing the Esc key now also toggles caption hiding/showing.
    • When the caption is hidden and a new picture appears, the reminder message "Press Esc to show caption" appears in the lower left picture corner for one second, and then disappears.
    • If you hide the caption when it is displaying in its own scrollable box above the picture, that caption box disappears and the picture expands vertically to fill that space.
  3. Recognition of Picture folder Updates: When given a picture file folder to display pictures from, PicViewPlus read the picture file names in, and assumed this list never changed. Subsequent changes to the picture files in the picture folder were ignored while PicViewPlus was displaying pictures from that folder.

    Now, the picture folder is continuously monitored, and any change you make (such as adding or deleting a picture file) automatically updates the list of picture files being displayed. However, a Windows system limitation prevents this feature from working in all versions of Windows 98.

  4. New Operation Tips: A brief operational tip is now displayed upon program startup. The series of tips begins with basic information and becomes more advanced. You can call up prior tips, or advance one or more tips. You can also click button Preferences and enable or disable these tips (a tip also shows when you enable them).
  5. Expanded Next/Prev Button Context Menus: If you right-clicked the "Next Picture" button, a picture advance context menu would appear with the text "+5, +10, +25, and +50". This has been improved so that all values from +1 through +10 are displayed along with +25 and +50. In addition, the name of the associated destination picture file is shown (e.g., "+8: Our Dog.jpg". This functionality has also been added to the "Previous Picture" button, allowing you to go back 1-10, 25, and 50 pictures. As a final change here, the advance or retreat selections are not shown if they would take you before the first or after the last picture.
  6. New Preferences File Location: All your preferences are stored in a file called Preferences.txt. Up to now, this location has depended upon the current program version, meaning that when you upgrade to a new version, your old preferences weren't brought along. Preferences are now stored in a version independent location so that future updates will “remember” them. For those who are curious, this location (on Windows XP) is C:\Documents and Settings\default\Application Data\LinkWise Software\PicViewPlus\Preferences.txt.
  7. Displaying the Preferences File Location: The Tool Tip displayed when your mouse hovers over the Exit button now displays the filename your Preferences are written to and read from.
  8. Choice of Zoom-in Pixelation: When you zoom in more than 1:1, the picture can take on a blocky appearance (pixelation), since a square set of screen pixels represents a single picture pixel. By default, this pixelation is blurred, or smoothed out. However, if it's important to see each individual pixel with respect to its adjacent pixels, click button Preferences and uncheck box "Pixel Smoothing", which is a new preference.
  9. More & Smoother Transition Effects: Transition effects now are somewhat smoother. Furthermore, the selection of 7 transition effects has been expanded to 18.
  10. Picture & Caption Box Wallpaper May be Specified: The picture box and caption box wallpaper (background) are now both settable to any one of a dozen settings. Some of these settings are solid colors, and some are textures.

    Furthermore, you may add your own solid colors and/or textures to the files in PicViewPlus' Wallpaper folder. Refer to the Help file's Named Colors link to see what various colors look like, and for their color code.

  11. Selected Caption Line is Easier to See: The listbox showing your caption lines (in the Preferences window) now renders a selected caption line with a yellow background instead of a dark blue background. This makes the selected text far easier to see with a wide range of text colors.
  12. Mouse Wheel now Scrolls Caption Box Content: If your mouse has a wheel on it, this wheel may now be used to scroll the text within the picture's Caption box. Make sure your cursor is within the Caption Box area.
  13. Mouse Wheel now Scrolls the Picture: If your mouse has a wheel on it, this wheel may now be used to vertically scroll the picture being displayed. Make sure your cursor is within the picture box area.
Bug Fixes
  1. Kagi URL not Hyperlinked: The startup window that appears in evaluation mode references the Kagi website and sometimes the LinkWise Software URL. Unfortunately, nothing happened when you clicked on these links, due to a software error. This problem is now fixed.
  2. Zero Caption Lines Caused an Error Message: An almost continuous stream of error messages occurred if you went into Preferences and eliminated all caption lines when the caption lines were set to display in a caption box above the picture. The workaround was simply to keep one caption line, even if the tag data for it rarely existed (such as Copyright). The problem is now fixed, eliminating the need for the workaround.
  3. The Transition Effects Setting Wasn't Saved: The Transition Effects setting was not saved in the Preferences file. It now is.
  4. Automatic tag update settings weren't displayed: If you had an automatic tag update that was reinstated after program startup, it would work fine, but the associated tool-tip wouldn't display it, as it should have. It now works as documented.


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