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20/07/2020

JPEG Saver 5.9

JPEG Saver 5.9 is another update that adds something from the darkest regions of my to-do list: user-defined keyboard mappings. And some other stuff.

Cosmic keys to my creations and times

Yes, you can now choose your own keys for all the various functions that JPEG Saver can do while it is displaying images. The new dialog for editing the keys is accessed via an “Edit keys...” button in the Interactive options dialog.

The dialog contains the list of all functions and their current and default key bindings. Click an item to select it, click the edit box below the list and press the key combination you want to use, then press the “Use” button. Or press the “Reset” button to revert to the default mapping instead.

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19/06/2020

SVGGraph 3.6

SVGGraph 3.6 is a fairly small update, with a few fixes, a couple of useful extra options and one new feature that I plan to expand upon in future versions.

Multi-level axis division labels

This is the new feature, something I have actually been thinking about for quite a long time. It is enabled with the new axis_levels_h or axis_levels_v options, along with some method of providing the text for the new labels.

Axis levels example

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25/05/2020

JPEG Saver 5.8

So here it is, after years of looking at the word “video” on the to-do list and deciding it sounded too much like hard work: version 5.8.

Video Killed the Radio Star

Yes, version 5.8 does add support for loading and playing videos. The main tab in the config dialog has a checkbox to enable loading video files and a button to take you to a dialog to configure what happens next.

If you just enable the main video option and disable the others, JPEG Saver will load the first frame of the video and use it like any other image type. If all your videos fade in from black that could be a bit boring, so I might have to improve that in the future.

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06/05/2020

JPEG Saver 5.7.1

Just a quick bugfix release for JPEG Saver this time, fixing some code that I added in version 5.7 that interacted with some other new code and meant JPEG Saver could crash.

The crashing was caused by JPEG Saver attempting to load images that don't exist (because of the new option that keeps the old database for a while) and then trying to display the size of the non-existent file. The file size token code was using a function that throws an exception when the file doesn't exist, which made JPEG Saver crash. I've replaced it with some code that won't crash, just return a file size of 0.

Another minor update is to the file size (again) and the two memory size tokens from the process info item. They were displaying some extra trailing spaces after the text, so I have cleaned that up. The only other change in this version is updating the WebP library to version 1.0.3.

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22/04/2020

JPEG Saver 5.7

JPEG Saver 5.7 is another one of those releases that doesn't look like it changes much. Sorry. But I have changed quite a bit.

Finding images…

Most of the changes in this version are related to how JPEG Saver finds the images to display. The most substantial change is a whole new way of finding the images, with the process split into two threads: one to find the list of files and another to add the images to the database. This change should make the process quite a bit faster - it certainly did in my tests.

The second change is to the “Finding images” message, this time updating the status text with what JPEG Saver is actually doing. There are several very short steps in the process that happen before the serious work begins that you probably won't see, but you are fairly likely to see a status of “Checking for updated folders” if you have a reasonable number of images and folders to scan. After that step the status is replaced with “Found” and the number of images that have been discovered in this run.

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