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TrayBlank 1.10

TrayBlank 1.10 is a small update that does something really useful. Well, I will find it useful anyway. I'm not really sure if anyone else finds TrayBlank useful at all. Maybe I'm just making it less useless.

Up until now TrayBlank's progress bar has shown the progress until the screen saver starts. Unfortunately, it didn't take one important thing into consideration - the power management settings. I kept seeing the progress bar chugging along before the screen went black as the monitor switched off without the screen saver starting up.

The update adds in the monitor power-off time to the icon tooltip, and also changes the progress bar when the screen saver is going to be preempted by the power management settings. Instead of the solid bar that gradually changes from blue to red, the bar will be a sort-of zig-zag line in yellow. I tried quite a few shapes and colour combinations, but this seemed like the one that was most obviously different from the normal progress bar.

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SVGGraph 3.3

SVGGraph 3.3 is another update that looks like it has very little in it. Here's the most obvious change:

An ArrayGraph

The ArrayGraph is a new graph type that uses subgraphs to split datasets out and draw multiple graphs on one document. It is a bit limited at the moment, but I thought now would be a good time to release it and see about improving it later. Some details of the ArrayGraph and how to use it have been added to the other graphs page.

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JPEG Saver 5.5

JPEG Saver 5.4 was a big, complicated update that didn't appear to change very much at all, so I've tried to get some more interesting things into version 5.5. I haven't done much with the multi-monitor support recently, so that was where I started:

New multi-monitor options

I had to update the multi-monitor options dialog to add in some new settings, so now it looks like this:

Multi-monitor dialog

The first change is in the “Main display” option. Previously you could choose which of your displays JPEG Saver should use as its main display, but now you also have the option of using whichever display is set as the Windows primary display as your main display. If you change your primary display in the Control Panel settings, JPEG Saver will automatically use the new primary screen.

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SVGGraph 3.2

SVGGraph 3.2 is a fairly minor update, adding a few new options but mostly fixing things. The first thing on the list uses a new option to fix a problem that has been around for a long time.

Zero length axis

The most important new option is axis_fallback_max, which defaults to 1 and sets the value for the end of the axis when SVGGraph can't figure it out from the data. Up until now passing in data with all the values being 0 resulted in an unhelpful “Zero length axis” error message, since I didn't want to choose an arbitrary value to put at the end of the axis in case it didn't make sense for the intended use of the graph.

Now the Y-axis will end at the value of the axis_fallback_max option if there are no non-zero values and the axis_max_v option (or axis_max_h option for horizontal graphs) is not set. So this means I have finally chosen an arbitrary value, and it is 1*.

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JPEG Saver 5.4

JPEG Saver 5.4 is one of those versions where I've changed a lot, but it doesn't look like I've done much at all. Apart from the updated version number, there is one place where the changes should be visible to everyone: the transition preview window.

In earlier versions the transition preview was a 160×120 window that demonstrated the selected transition in the main tab of the config dialog. The major changes in this version made it difficult to keep it there, so I've doubled the size of the preview and moved it out into a popup window.

Those "major changes" I mentioned are actually only updates to make the configuration dialog support scaling - the type of scaling you get from the scaling display settings in the Control Panel. If you have a high-DPI screen your scaling might be set to 125%, 150% or 175% (or you can set it to your own value, just to make things even more tricky). Windows has supported these high-DPI options for quite a while now, but it is only recently that Windows 10 added some handy support functions that made it a bit easier for me to get things working without completely redoing the dialogs.

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