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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.

Logitech G5 and G15 Review: 4 Months Later

November 5, 2008

In an effort to improve my desk ergonomics I purchased a Logitech G5 Mouse and a Logitech G15 Keyboard about 4 months ago. I was tempted to review them immediately, but I wanted to wait and see how well they worked over the long term. First, let me give you a bit of background information. This is the most money I have ever spent on input devices. Normally I just use the cheapest keyboard and mouse I can find, and I'm usually pretty happy. This time I wanted treat myself a little bit and get something nice.

Logitech G5 Mouse

Logitech G5 Mouse
First, let me just say that this should be a fantastic mouse. It is well constructed, has lots of buttons and looks pretty cool. The G5 is also one of the few mice that allow you to adjust the weight by adding or removing little round weights into a slot in the bottom. However, I found that any weights at all made it too heavy and aggravated my wrist, so I stuck with no weights to make it as light as possible. Also, the mouse is asymmetrical and tips to the right side. I'm not sure if this is supposed to make it more ergonomic but it bugs the heck out of my wrist. I have no problems using my daughter's regular old Logitech cheapy mouse, but as soon as I start using the G5 again my wrist aches. Not good. My last issue is with the scroll-wheel clicking to the left and right. I'm sure this has some purpose, but I have never used any software where I have needed this. What I have found is that when I try to middle-click on a link in Firefox to open a new tab, the scroll wheel frequently clicks to the left or right instead of straight down. I find that I have to be very precise when clicking the scroll-wheel, very annoying.

Pros:
- Well constructed
- Adjustable weight
- Lots of buttons

Cons:
- Tilted angle bugs my wrist
- Scroll-wheel left/right clicking is annoying

Verdict:
This mouse isn't my cup of tea at all. Between the scroll-wheel left/right clicking and the tilted mouse angle I constantly feel like I'm fighting with the mouse to get things done. I'm going to be replacing this mouse in the very near future.

Logitech G15 Keyboard

Logitech G5 Mouse
Let me start this review by saying that this is without a doubt the best keyboard I have ever used. The keys have the perfect amount of travel and resistance, and they're not too noisy, but not perfectly quiet either. The layout is familiar, unlike some other Microsoft or Logitech keyboards. There is no F-Lock key (thank goodness) and there is still an insert key near the home key (unlike some other Logitech models). Now for the extra goodies. The keys are all backlit using orange light, and there are 3 levels of backlighting: low, high and off. There are 6 programmable buttons down the left-side of the keyboard, and 3 memory modes for a total of 18 programmable keys. I'll be honest, I haven't taken advantage of these yet, but if I was an avid PC gamer (like WoW) I'm sure they would be useful. The G15 even comes with an integrated LCD screen that can display just about anything. There are dozens of plugins available, one even written by yours truly. You can display the current time and date, your current iTunes song (and even control playback using the buttons) or just about anything else. An excellent example of a homemade plugin is one created for the racing game GTR which displays tire temperatures and other vitals on the mini-screen - I've used this plugin quite a bit. Lastly, for all the hardcore gamers out there, there is a button that toggles the Windows Start key on and off. There is nothing worse than being in a game, accidentally hitting the Start key and being dumped to your desktop. The only downside I can say about this keyboard is it's price. It ranges anywhere from $60 to $120 depending on the store and whether it's on sale. I would argue that it's worth every penny, but I spend a lot of time parked in front of this keyboard.

Pros:
- Backlit keys
- Great key feel
- 18 programmable keys
- LCD screen
- Multimedia buttons
- 2 Integrated USB ports

Cons:
- Expensive

Verdict:
If you are in the market for a new keyboard and you have a few extra bucks to spend, I can't recommend this keyboard highly enough. If you are an avid gamer (especially an MMORPG) there is no excuse not to own this keyboard.

DisplayFusion in the November 2008 issue of Computer Shopper (UK)

November 4, 2008

I was very pleased to discover that Computer Shopper, a large UK magazine, did a mini-review of DisplayFusion in this month's issue. They gave DisplayFusion 5 out 5 stars, which is always nice to see. On a side note, I'm curious to find out if any non-English publications will be including DisplayFusion now that it supports other languages. If anyone ever comes across any magazine articles about DisplayFusion, please let me know. I'll be more than happy to send a free DisplayFusion Pro license your way. You can find out more information about this offer here. Thanks everyone!

Computer Shopper November 2008 DisplayFusion (Cover)

New DisplayFusion Language: Dutch (Belgium)

November 3, 2008

I would like to send out a huge thanks to Ghislain Bossuyt for translating DisplayFusion v2.2 into Dutch. If you are interested in using DisplayFusion with a Dutch interface then head over to the DisplayFusion Languages page and download the Dutch 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 Released

October 27, 2008

I am very happy to announce the release of DisplayFusion v2.2. This release has been the result of many, many months of beta testing and fine tuning. There are a pile of new features and bug fixes, but the single biggest change is the addition of multiple language support. This means that you can now use DisplayFusion in your own native language. I have provided 3 language files: English, German and Spanish, but you are free to create your own. DisplayFusion uses an open text-based format and as a result it's very easy to create your own translation. Visit the DisplayFusion Languages page to find out more.

Here are some of the major changes:

  • You can now specify a time interval smaller than 1 minute for the image changer
  • Added a 'Remove unused temporary image files automatically' option that will automatically delete any previously downloaded, unused Flickr images - Big space saver!
  • Added a "Pause DisplayFusion when full screen application is running" option - previously it was always paused when a full screen application was running
  • Fixed a bug that prevented wallpaper tiling from lining up correctly in certain situations

I would encourage anyone running an older version to update today to take advantage of the improvements and bug fixes. For the complete list of changes please check out the DisplayFusion Change Log.

I would like to send out a huge thanks to the people that helped with the German and Spanish translations. This release wouldn't have been possible without the tireless contributions from these 4 people:

  • Frank Epple (German translation)
  • Ulrich Weinsdörfer (German translation)
  • Andre Bertheola (Spanish translation)
  • Fernando Angelico (Spanish translation)

Thanks guys!

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