Windows 7 compatibility with our Apps + opinion

As everybody knows Windows 7 has arrived, this brings some problems for certain applications. But luckily most of our apps aren’t experiencing issues.

Here’s a list :

  • 36-image converter 4.7a : Not fully compatible – issues with filters. Conversion + other features work. Issues will be fixed in the Beta version of v4.7.
  • 36-image express 1.0 : Compatible
  • ROC 1.0 : Compatible
  • Duelpro 2009 : Compatible
  • SpeedShut 4.x : Compatible
  • FileTorment 4.x : Compatible (further testing required)
  • CachePhix 1.x : incompatible (Possible update coming next year)
  • LoadDown 2.0 : Compatible
  • LockPhix 1.x : incompatible (further testing required) (No intention to update – end of support coming in 2010)
  • FileTorment Suite 2006/2007 : incompatible – end of support (since 2009)
  • infoBlaster IN4 : incompatible – end of support (since 2008)
  • Mphix 1.0 : incompatible – end of support (since 2007)
  • PhBrowser 1.0 : incompatible – end of support (since 2006)

 

So most apps are compatible, the few apps which were incompatible with vista are still incompatible with windows 7 and 36-image converter will be fixed in an update.

And of course I have to add my opinion about Windows 7. I have only one sentence for Windows 7 : “Microsoft is back!”. Enthusiasts of other operating systems have been claiming that people just use windows because it’s on their PC, with Windows 7 they are proven wrong. People are actually looking for Windows 7. Users of other operating systems are cheering for Windows 7, about 90% of all Mac Fans (including me) thinks Windows 7 is great and will run it as a second OS without whining. The same with half the Linux population. So is Windows 7 a success? It’s probably the most wanted operating system of the decade.

Microsoft has finally delivered a product which is fun to use and can compare to Mac OSX. Microsoft increased the productivity with a set of new features which can compare to Mac OSX exposé (although I still prefer exposé, because I’m used to it) and they brought small changes which are enjoyable. They put a great deal of care and effort in this operating system contacting all developers for a compatibility check of their apps, gathering all drivers and testing your configuration for compatibility. They actually did something with the Windows Vista complaints.

So I don’t think alternative operating system’s usage will grow now. It grew thanks to Windows Vista, but with Windows 7 everyone is happy again and the need for an alternative is gone. So I expect a drop in the Linux marketshare and a growth stop of Mac OSX and in long term a minor decrease in marketshare.

I also expect Chrome OS to be born dead, people don’t need another OS. If google released it a few months after the Vista release they would’ve scored a big hit, but the normal people have a working Windows install, Mac people have Mac OSX and the mac people that are interested in Windows 7 will not be interested in Chrome OS, the ones which aren’t interested in Win7 aren’t interested in anything other than Mac OSX so there goes another fail for Google. And the last one the opensource advocates and the common linux users don’t want a semi-opensource OS which sends data to an evil corporation, so they will stick with the normal Linux distros. So I think the fear which microsoft had to endure for a few years about other treding operating systems is gone now.

Anyway, brilliant move, brilliant OS.

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Support FileTorment Suite 2006 ends 31st of May

At the end of this month we will drop support for FileTorment 2006. This means that we will no longer respond to problems which may occur. FileTorment Suite 2006 keys can also be freely distributed now, but we will not deliver them anymore. So we will also stop selling FTS06 licenses at the end of this month. You will still be able to download FTS06 from Download.com and our servers. We will also drop support for infoBlaster IN4 and FileTorment Suite 2007 next year, like we did with PhBrowser 2006.

So next year we will have no original shareware applications left and if Blastgen development isn’t successful all our windows applications will probably be OpenSource and/or Freeware.

36-image converter 4.6 could feature batch conversion

Now one of the greatest misconceptions about 36-image converter is that it can batch convert images. Well it can’t, but we are going to change this. In this version or one of the following 4.6.x versions there will be a tool which will enable you to select multiple files and send them to 36-image converter for batch conversion or even resizing. We will use the bulk file selector of the recently released FileTorment 4.0 for this. So you will simply be able to select an amount of files and add them to a list, when you are ready you can click a “Send to 36IC for conversion”-button, and the files will be converted, one by one as soon as possible. This would support all 36 input filetypes,except password protected PII and would support all output filetypes, including password protected PII.

36-image converter 4.6 “Chameleon-War” is expected to be released at the end of this month and will possibly feature a new default  interface to fix the visibility issues, a new rendering engine which support images up to 5.000×5.000 pixels or more, batch conversion to avoid mistakes about 36IC being a batch converter or not, stabilized and faster conversion for tif, tiff, raw, pbm, pgm, ppm and targa images and an amount of minor tweaks. It could also support a few extra output filetypes.

The next version 4.6.2 will probably handle the performance of 36-image converter by tweaking the resources and modularizing the bigger components.

36-image converter 4.6 theme to be released as Beta

The theme of 36-image converter 4.6 “Chameleon-War” Will be released as a Beta in the Extra-channel of the DashBoard. In this way we will be able to test the theme before we implement it as the default theme. This also solves the issues some people are having with the current themes. You can expect the new theme in the Extra-channel of 36-image converter 4.5.3 this weekend, it will come with an installer and a feedback function.

We can also proudly announce that today we topped the amount of 1.000 visitors in one day for our site. This is the result of the past updates and the release of FileTorment 4.0 yesterday. We expect it to rise even more once ROC 1.1, LoadDown 2.2, iDuelpro 2009.1, CachePhix 2.0 and the new 36-image converter are released. This month will probably bring more than 21.000 unique visitors and 17.500 downloaded products.

Still some tools to be updated

We already gave an update round to LockPhix, SpeedShut, iDuelpro Mobile and Duelpro 2008, making the first two OpenSource and applying the Phoenxsoftware XOSL (Opensource License). Now we still need to do some more tools, including FileTorment, LoadDown, CachePhix and ROC. I will briefly explain the coming updates to these tools.

First of all, the next tool to be updated will be FileTorment. FileTorment 4 will be released under the XOSL-license and will feature context menu deletion, stronger wiping tools for active applications and registered dll’s and interface changes which will make FileTorment easier to operate in case of mass file deletion. If there is time left we will add bulk deletion options.

The second tool which will be updated is ROC. ROC 1.1 will fix the error at boot and will also be released as OpenROC. OpenROC will be released under the GNU public license. In that way if an incident like the one with the recently released LockPhix (where a version was released containing a trojan+breaking the icon/image license) occurs again we can use GNU to put pressure on villains. The GPL will also enable us to incorporate strong opensource encryption algoritms instead of the encryption algoritm in the proprietary version. By also supplying an opensource version we can make sure that hackers aren’t able to decode the server-datastreams of the proprietary version. Keep in mind that the use of GPL is a one time event and that we do not encourage such licenses which force people to take certain actions thus destroying the entire concept of freedom.

The third tool to be released is LoadDown 2.2 which will also be made OpenSource under the XOSL license and which will feature a new interface, new options to limit the uptime and increased help documents.

The last update will be CachePhix 2.0 which will be released under the XOSL license and will feature adjustable options and operating system recognition.

So this makes 6 opensource tools and decent improvements this year for all our small system tools.

OpenSource windows system utilities

A while ago I decided to make a few system utilities we created in the first 2 years of our existence OpenSource. We don’t have a lot of time to continue their development and it still are OK applications, so I don’t like watching them waste away. That’s why I will put FileTorment, LoadDown, LockPhix and CachePhix in OpenSource hands, like I did with SpeedShut 4.

ROC our remote operating client will get an OpenSource variant called OpenROC. OpenROC will be the same but without encryption, this is to avoid that anyone is able to decrypt communication between the manager and the client of the normal ROC. OpenROC will get its own separate manager and will be put online with PHP-source code for the manager as well.

These changes in license will be applied when the next update is released of all these applications, somewhere this summer. All will be released under the XOSL (Phoenxsoftware OpenSource License). This license is created for SpeedShut and is comparable to the BSD license. Everything can be used freely in any project or under any name without having to give any credits, except the resources integrated and any names used. So you can decide to completely copy LockPhix but then you will have to rename it and make a new interface.

XOSL is developed because I think GPL is blocking people’s freedom to freely use code and that is not what OpenSource is all about! 

I will put these applications in OpenSource hands to make room for coming proprietary projects which require our full attention. As will become clear at the end of this week.