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Typecast 2.3.1 Released

Typecast is out of beta! Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect or I’m done. There are plenty of features I’m going to add and things I want to improve. First, though, I plan to update the screenshots on the Web site. 🙂

    On resuming from sleep, wait for an Internet connection to be established before updating listings.
    Added filters to the cast/crew listboxes to make it easier to find people.
    Added button to toggle showing or hiding all searches.
    Moved “program title” field into the Criteria panel on Search window.
    Improved performance of displaying the search window.
    Improved layout of Search window. Combined Criteria and Display panels.
    Sort active plugins by lead time.
    Center reminder window on main window.
    Fix: Do not allow season or episode numbers to be zero.
    Fix: Do not change original search’s stations when copying search.
    Fix: The next upgrade will correctly display the release notes after Typecast upgrades itself.

Typecast 2.2.30 Beta Released

Tons of improvements and fixes! New search criteria and better performance! See the Typecast page for the full release notes.

Typecast is approaching non-beta quality, so stay tuned…

Typecast 2.1.22 Beta Released

I’ve made a number of additions and improvements in this version. You can now search on advisories and exclude specific advisories. You can now search on all content ratings for the lineup’s country. (Previously, Typecast saved only one, and it was for the U.S.) Typecast can now update the database if I change something structural (instead of deleting it and downloading all listings from scratch).

I think you’ll notice immediately that I’ve really improved the performance of common searches, and–-I think–-searching in general, especially at startup and after doing an update.

In order to avoid Typecast from freezing while it tries to display 200,000 schedules when someone accidentally searches for everything before 2015, I’ve limited the number of results per search to 1,000. Nobody wants to wait for 10,000 schedules to display, and nobody’s going to scroll through that many anyway. Even 1,000 might be too many. This limit is configurable (but only in the .config file, at the moment).

Enjoy! Feel free to send me an e-mail if you find an issue or have a request.

Typecast 2.0.13 Released

Typecast is still in alpha—for obvious reasons. I just fixed a problem with credentials where the hashes of some passwords weren’t formatted correctly.

I’ve also added more features and cleaned up a lot. The change history is on Typecast’s page.

Typecast 2.0 Alpha Released

Typecast is a new application designed to surface the television programs that you want to watch. Conventional TV listings applications display a huge grid of programs and forces you to scroll through it, searching for something you might be interested in. Typecast allows you to create custom searches that find what you want and only what you want without displaying a lot of garbage.

In order to get television listings for your area, you need to subscribe to Schedules Direct. Schedules Direct has a rich history of providing quality television listings for personal use. They offer a free one-week trial, so you can try out Schedules Direct and Typecast to see if they’re useful for you. They also offer a low-cost two-month subscription if you want to try it out for a bit longer before getting a full one-year subscription.

This is only an alpha release of Typecast, so it’s in the early stages of development. There might be crashes or hangs, but since I use it myself, it’s in active development, and I’m improving it frequently. It’s also possible that it might lose data such as lineup information or the searches you’ve configured. However, since I’m using it, I do my best to make sure none of that happens.

Timekeeper 1.62.3 Released

This new version supports only Windows 10. It’s been built with the latest development libraries and runtimes from Microsoft. (There is still a known issue with the transparent background.)

Alarm++ 9.1.1 Released

This release of Alarm++ fixes copy/paste of alarms.

This release is a patch release, so there’s no need to update your registration information.

Alarm++ 9.1.0 Released

This version has no new features. It’s rebuilt with the latest version of Visual Studio 2017. This version drops support for Windows 7, which has exited Microsoft’s mainstream support anyway. The older 9.0.2 version is still available for download though.

  • Fixed rare crash in list control
  • Improved guard for file corruption
  • Updated code to load and save file as XML
  • Updated installer

Note that this version increments the minor version number, so you will need to upgrade your registration information. It’s free, and you can use the Registration page to do it automatically and get your registration almost immediately. If your e-mail address has changed, you’ll have to use that page to update it, and it will take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days, depending on my schedule.

Alarm++ 9.0.2 Released

This version streamlines the application by removing some features that are either very rarely used, difficult to maintain, or just plain out-of-date: automation support, theme styles, tips, German translation, update check, context-sensitive help.

The documentation is now only on the Web site.

This version also fixes crash that occurred when the user selected a non-workday as the start day of a workday-only alarm.

Please note that current users will need to upgrade their registration information. If your e-mail address hasn’t changed, you can use the automated form. Otherwise, you can use the manual form to update your e-mail address and I’ll follow up as soon as possible.

Display Changer II 1.5.3 Released

This version corrects a crash that can occur when creating a configuration file while interacting with the Control Panel’s Display Settings.