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Welcome to Goat 1000 - this is where you'll find some of the bits and pieces of software that I cobble together for fun. Please feel free to download them and try them out. All this stuff is freeware, no guarantee that it will do anything, etc. (though if it does fail to do anything, please let me know!)

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31/01/2018

TrayBlank 1.9.1

There isn't really anything new in version 1.9.1 of TrayBlank - all the real changes are more external.

First, there is now a 64-bit version. With something as small and simple as TrayBlank there shouldn't be any difference in performance between 32-bit and 64-bit executables, but it shouldn't do any harm either. The main reason I compiled a 64-bit version of TrayBlank is because I want to produce a 64-bit version of JPEG Saver - which is likely to be a lot more complicated and so I wanted to try it out on something simpler first.

The second major change is that I've used the WiX toolset to produce .msi installers instead of using the NSIS-built .exe installers I have used previously. This should make it easier for me to build installers that put the 32-bit and 64-bit versions in the right places, deal with upgrades correctly, etc. The downside is that .msi files are quite a bit bigger, being a kind of database file instead of a self-extracting executable. I think it's worth the increase in size though.

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11/01/2018

SVGGraph 2.26

Version 2.26 of SVGGraph is really just an update to the data and custom labels - there's not much else in it. Having said that, there are quite a few changes to the labels, as demonstrated by the example below.

New label styles

The first update is the addition of new label types for use with the data_label_type option. The new types are “circle”, “square”, “linecircle”, “linebox”, “linesquare” and “line2”. The “circle” and “square” types are similar to the “box” style from earlier versions, just an enclosing shape around the text label. The other types have some more options to play with.

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20/11/2017

JPEG Saver 4.19.3

JPEG Saver 4.19.3 is another version with very few changes in it. Very few visible changes, anyway. This is the first version compiled using Visual Studio 2017 and its updated toolset, which shouldn't change how JPEG Saver looks or works but does mean I can use more up-to-date language features.

One important change that might be visible to some users is that JPEG Saver will now exit if it “loses” the Direct3D device, instead of carrying on with a black screen. Losing the device means that another process has accessed the screen for whatever reason, and JPEG Saver no longer has exclusive access. The recommended response to losing the device is to reallocate all the Direct3D resources and reset, but since JPEG Saver is first and foremost a screensaver I thought exiting would make more sense. In fact, I couldn't even think of a way to test JPEG Saver losing the device that wouldn't have made it exit anyway. But it was possible.

There are a couple of slightly more useful updates in this version too - I've added another new transition, “Unfold Push”, and some new format options for the process info item to show the elapsed time.

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