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DisplayFusion 3.1.8 Released!

March 18, 2010

I am very happy to announce the release of DisplayFusion 3.1.8! Despite this being a small point release, it is jam-packed with new features and bug fixes. There's something for everyone! The official DisplayFusion Change Log contains a long, boring list of things that have changed, so I'll do my best to summarize the most exciting things here.

There are a pile of new features:

  • Added a "Don't snap windows while 'Shift' is pressed" option
  • Added a "Pause wallpaper changes while on battery power" option
  • Added a new HotKey and TitleBar Button: "Toggle Window Always on Top"
  • Added a new HotKey and TitleBar Button: "Move window to monitor #X"
  • Added a new HotKey and TitleBar Button: "Move all windows to monitor #X"
  • Vladstudio random image changer now chooses from all the images, not just the newest 100 images
  • Improved taskbar button dragging
  • Wallpaper and Settings windows now open on the monitor the mouse cursor is currently on
  • Wallpaper window now automatically re-sizes itself to fit on smaller resolution monitors (like netbooks)
  • Wallpaper images can now be scaled by a certain percent to enlarge or shrink the image
  • Added new options for middle-clicking taskbar buttons on the DisplayFusion taskbars

What a party! Of course, a new release wouldn't be complete without a generous helping of bug fixes as well. Let's take a look at some of the more important fixes:

  • Taskbar compatibility improvements: Stardock DeskScapes, Stardock WindowBlinds, Winamp, Microsoft Office 2007/2010
  • TitleBar Button compatibility improvements: Stardock DeskScapes, Stardock WindowBlinds, Trillian Astra, LogMeIn Hamachi, Google Chrome, Opera 10.50
  • TitleBar Buttons no longer disappear when partially hidden by another window
  • TitleBar Button glow effect is now much improved, no longer flickers (Windows 7, Vista)
  • Taskbar buttons no longer show double ampersands
  • Taskbar is correctly adjusted when another docked application is closed (no more gaps along the monitor edge)
  • Taskbar colour is now almost perfect when Windows Aero translucency is disabled
  • When a taskbar is set to auto-hide, the taskbar is now shown when a taskbar button starts flashing

I would encourage everyone to update to the new version today. If you are already a DisplayFusion Pro user, you have probably already downloaded and installed the new update automatically, because DisplayFusion Pro can do awesome things like that.

If you are using the Free version of DisplayFusion, and would like to help support the future development of DisplayFusion, please consider purchasing your very own DisplayFusion Pro license. It helps cover the cost of web hosting, bandwidth, development/testing/support time along with purchasing all of the crazy hardware needed to test DisplayFusion in different configurations.

Thanks everyone, and I hope you continue to enjoy DisplayFusion!

DisplayFusion 3.1.7 Released!

January 26, 2010

I am very happy to announce the release of DisplayFusion 3.1.7! This new version brings a pile of changes and bug fixes along with it. It has more changes than any version since the main 3.1 release almost 6 months ago. It brings with it a completely overhauled Wallpaper window, a new Compatibility tab in the Settings window and more Context Menu options when right-clicking on a DisplayFusion Taskbar.

Here are some of the large new features:

  • Window Snapping to other application windows (not just monitor edges)
  • Can show an optional monitor selector when dragging maximized windows
  • The new Compatibility tab in the Settings window can help you tweak DisplayFusion features on a per-application basis
  • 5 new languages come bundled with the installer, for a total of 10 installed languages
  • There are 5 new Advanced Settings for people who want a bit more tweakability

There are some changes to existing features as well:

  • The "Move Next/Previous" HotKeys now treat monitors in their logical order, not just the numeric order that Windows assigns
  • Right-clicking any of the TitleBar Buttons gives you access to the standard DisplayFusion Context Menu
  • All DisplayFusion windows now respond correctly when you press Enter or Esc, and important functions have a key accelerator assigned (Alt + key)
  • The random wallpaper changer can be paused automatically when a specific application is detected by using the new Compatibility tab

Of course, there are many important bug fixes as well:

  • Better Taskbar and TitleBar Button compatibility with a range of applications
  • Taskbar text rendering is much cleaner, and looks more like the Windows taskbar in Vista and Win7
  • Taskbar and TitleBar Buttons now supports hacked themes in Windows XP, Vista and Win7 (hacked uxtheme.dll)
  • DisplayFusion is much quicker to respond when a monitor is added or removed when re-adjusting wallpaper, taskbars... etc
  • Improved fullscreen application detection for pausing system hooks (if enabled)
  • Huge quality improvements in the TitleBar Button rendering when Font Scaling is enabled in Windows
  • System tray notification balloon text is no longer truncated incorrectly when displaying notification messages
  • Taskbar Preview Thumbnails now show the correct spreadsheet window with Excel 2003 and 2007

Believe it or not, there are still dozens of other fixes and enhancements that made it into this release as well. If you would like to see the full list of changes, please visit the DisplayFusion Change Log. I would like to send out a huge Thank You to everyone who helped with this new version. From the hundreds of people who submitted bug reports and feature requests, to the dozens of beta testers in the DisplayFusion Forum, to the dozens of people who contribute to one of DisplayFusion's 25 different language translations. This new version wouldn't have been possible without you!

Some of the new features are for DisplayFusion Pro users only, like the application window edge snapping. If you are currently a DisplayFusion Free user and would like to help support this application, I would encourage you to check out what the Pro version has to offer. With Multi-Monitor Taskbars, random wallpaper changers, and enhanced TitleBar Button and HotKey support, the $25 Pro version is worth every penny. But, of course, I'm biased so why not try it out for free with a 30 day trial license.

I would encourage everyone to update to the new version today to take advantage of the increased performance, stability and new features. Thanks everyone!

DisplayFusion Advanced Settings

January 18, 2010

Did you know there are more than a dozen hidden settings that you can use to configure DisplayFusion that aren't available in Settings window? There are 4 settings just to control the appearance of the taskbar thumbnail preview windows. You can adjust their size, delay, animation behaviour and toggle the tooltips. If you are using 4 or more monitors, you may want to change the order that DisplayFusion treats your monitors. With the advanced settings you can change this order. You can find out more about these hidden settings on the DisplayFusion Advanced Settings page. These settings are recommended only for people who are comfortable using regedit to edit their registry. If that is you, I encourage you to see how you can fully customize DisplayFusion.

Ring in the New Year with 50% off DisplayFusion!

December 31, 2009

Help us celebrate the New Year with a DisplayFusion sale! You can save 50% off any DisplayFusion purchase from now until Tuesday, January 5th. Visit the DisplayFusion Purchase page to view more information about the sale. This discount applies to any licenses purchased, including multi-license purchases and site licenses. Any site licenses that are quoted during the sale will be quoted at 50% off, and the quote will be honoured for up to 45 days. Here are some sample prices for different license quantities:

  • 1 License: $12.50
  • 2 Licenses: $10.00 each
  • 3 or more Licenses: $8.75 each
  • 5 or more Licenses: $7.50 each

If you have been waiting for a good time to pickup some DisplayFusion licenses for your computers, now is your chance. You can buy 5 licenses at just $7.50 each, for a total of $37.50. That's under $40 for 5 licenses. This sale is only on until Tuesday, January 5th so don't delay!

Update: This sale is now done. Thanks for helping us ring in the New Year!

DisplayFusion 3.1.6 Released!

December 12, 2009

I am very happy to announce the release of DisplayFusion 3.1.6! This release has a hefty number of bug fixes, including some fixes for long-standing issues like high CPU usage when using the TitleBar Buttons. DisplayFusion now runs with less CPU usage, less memory usage and adds more features. One of the biggest new additions is the integrated help. Every window in DisplayFusion now has a "Help" button on it, and every option has some help text associated with it. You can view the online help here, or you can use the "Help" button inside DisplayFusion to take you to the specific section you need help with. Here is just a taste of some of the other new things in this version:

  • Added a new Advanced Setting called "Wallpaper Startup Change Delay" for manually adjusting the amount of the time DisplayFusion will wait after start-up before trying to change the wallpaper
  • Added a new Advanced Setting called "TitleBar Button Horizontal Offset" for manually controlling the location of the TitleBar Buttons
  • Each DisplayFusion window now has a "Help" button that links to the online documentation for that window
  • No longer using any global low-level mouse hooks, only application level hooks - this results in much less mouse stuttering
  • "Move to Next/Previous Monitor" HotKeys no longer put Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8 into full screen mode
  • Taskbar compatibility improvements: Microsoft PowerPoint 2003/2007
  • TitleBar Button compatibility improvements: BPFTP, Windows Media Player, Adobe PhotoShop
  • Lower CPU usage when using the TitleBar Buttons
  • Full compatibility with Microsoft Office 2010 Beta 1
  • Text should no longer appear vertical in the Settings window in rare situations
  • Taskbar items now update instantly when being dragged between monitors, not just when the mouse button is released

Of course, these are just the highlights from this release. To see the full list of changes, please visit the DisplayFusion Change Log. I would encourage everyone using DisplayFusion to update today to take advantage of these exciting new features, and bug fixes!

DisplayFusion Pro Giveaway!

November 9, 2009

For this week only, the excellent tech news site The How-To Geek is giving away 5 free DisplayFusion Pro licenses! The contest rules are simple. Just say one thing you like about DisplayFusion, and one thing you would like to change. I'll be watching the giveaway very closely to see how I can improve the next version, and you can benefit with a free DisplayFusion Pro license! Here are the rules from the site:

So you want a copy of the Pro version? We have FIVE copies to give away, and we'll be selecting them randomly from the comments. Here's what you have to do:
  • Grab yourself a free copy of DisplayFusion (you can get a free trial of Pro if you want, or stick with the free one).
  • Leave a comment explaining one (or more) thing you like about the software, and one thing you think could be improved. Be sure to use your real email address.
  • To cut down on accidental spam filtering, include the keyword DisplayFusion in your comment.
  • We will announce the winners in the weekly roundup, so you have a couple of days to participate.

Head over to The How-To Geek today and leave your feedback for a chance to win!

Update: The contest is now over, and the winners have been contacted. Congratulations to the 5 winners, and a big thank you to everyone who left their feedback!

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