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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!)
If you are one of those people who like to wait for the .1 release, then this is the version for you. Actually, it's for anyone who downloaded version 5.22 as well because it fixes a crashy bug.
All the changes in this version are related to the metadata scan. The most important is that the screensaver was quietly crashing after completing the metadata scan at times. Not all the time though - only when it had already scheduled a burst of metadata to be scanned before the current burst had completed the scan.
The next problem was that the improved metadata scan in version 5.22 also meant it was quite slow to start up, which held up loading images, which in turn caused navigation to fail, staggered multi-monitor updates to not be staggered, and some other annoyances. I've split the startup into smaller parts so this won't be a problem again.
There are some big changes in this version. Unfortunately they are the type of big changes that happen behind scaffolding and when it is taken away you wonder what has actually changed. But believe me, these are big changes.
The way JPEG Saver chooses the next image has changed a lot in this version. Previously, each change mode had its own code that would choose the next image, either by picking one at random or one from a shuffled list of images, or just the next in sequence. The new way uses a database table that contains the list of images to be displayed. Each of the change modes fills in the table with files in the correct order, and then the next image to load is picked from there.
For a start, this is a lot simpler. Each change mode now just contains enough code to fill in the image list table, and maybe some extra code to deal with sequential and folder lock modes.
I enjoyed that last JPEG Saver .1 release so much, I decided to have a .2 to go with it.
Windows 7 is still a thing
I'm not using it myself, but Windows 7 is still at large and there is no good reason why JPEG Saver should not work on it.
Unfortunately there were a couple of bad reasons why the last version didn't work on Windows 7, mainly my use of some path manipulation functions that don't exist in older versions of Windows. This version replaces them with something more widely supported.
- JPEG Saver - A screen saver for Windows that displays JPEG, PNG and BMP images.
- SVGGraph - A PHP library for generating SVG graphs.
- CRCDropper - A drag and drop CRC32 calculator.
- CRCDropper2 - Another drag and drop CRC32 calculator.
- CRCDropper3 - « see if you can guess what this does ».
- TrayBlank - a small utility for starting the screen saver from the system tray.
- Shuffler - a small utility for managing windows.
- Snow - a web page background snowfall, using the HTML5 canvas element.
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Last updated 21/11/2022.