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Winstep Xtreme 19.2

Fixed weather module displaying N/A for some locations:
- Some locations close to airports use a METAR code to obtain current weather conditions. METAR information is reported directly to NOAA by airports around the world and is thus updated more frequently as well as being more detailed
- Recently NOOA's website started enforcing HTTPS connections instead of regular HTTP connections, which caused the connection to the NOAA server to fail, but in such a way that it did not trigger the fail safe mechanism designed to automatically retrieve current weather conditions from another weather provider such as Weather.com
- This release fixes this issue and also adds HTTPS support to all the other backup weather feeds (Weather.com, MSN and Yahoo).

New Light Mode User Interface style:
- Microsoft is adding a new light mode in the upcoming April Windows 10 update. We've proactively added a new matching 'Light Mode' to Winstep applications, which affects not only the User Interface panels but also context menus, balloon tooltips and thumbnail/live preview backgrounds

Ability to set the size of Grid Stacks:
- The size of a Grid Stack is automatically determined by default based on content and screen space available. Added new options to the Appearance tab of Grid Stack Property panels to set a fixed width and/or height

Improved handling of multi monitor profiles:
- The current multi monitor profile is now saved automatically when the application exits, which should prevent wrong settings from being applied after a display change
- Multi monitor profiles are especially useful for users with laptops and a second monitor, who need two different profiles for when at home or on the road

Further improved handling of UWP apps:
- Winstep applications are unique in their category because they're able to handle UWP apps in Windows 10 like normal Win32 applications. This is never-the-less made more difficult by Microsoft's propensity to break their own rules when it comes to UWP apps
- An example of this is Sticky Notes, which is owned by a Win32 Explorer window despite being a UWP app. This was causing Sticky Notes not to be handled properly by the Winstep application (especially if you tried pinning it to the dock or the NextSTART taskbar) until we fixed it in this release
- Also fixed in v19.2 is the fact that left clicking a UWP app in a Shelf, Drawer or Grid Stack would always launch a new instance regardless of the current 'Do not launch multiple sessions' setting

Bad activation date for annual alarms:
- A bug calculating the next activation date for annual alarms could cause them to skip one year. This has been fixed, but if you have any anual alarms set you might want to double-check their current activation dates - to fix it just edit the alarm and press OK

Multiple User Interface tweaks:
- Changed some of the icons used in the User Interface to better match the overal style of Windows 10 and made sure section headers in the User Interface are always bright enough to be seen against Dark Mode panel backgrounds even if the currently system Accent color isn't

Fixed icon label text effect settings:
- The text effect setting (Normal, Outline, Shadow, Sharp, Emboss) used for dock icon labels in the new Icon Label Settings dialog was not being properly applied


Winstep Xtreme 18.12

- Updated Portuguese language file
- In the Shelf/Drawer Transparency dialog, the user can now also specify that the tab text and control icons remain opaque. This allows making the Shelf or Drawer background fully transparent while still being able to switch to different tabs, collapse it, etc.
- Floating label settings have now been moved to their own independent dialog, with immediate preview of changes
- Type of text effect applied to floating labels can now be specified (Normal, Outline, Shadow, Sharp, Emboss)
- Opacity of the text effect applied to floating labels can now be specified
- The luminosity of the background color used in the label preview box can be changed with the mouse scroll wheel
- Improved sharpness of icon label text in Shelves and Drawers
- Moved the menu scaling setting to the Appearance tab of Docks, Shelves and Drawers Properties dialog
- 'Pin to Dock' right click menu option has been moved to the top of the menu
- Sub-docks attached to Shelves and Drawers are now properly named in context menus and in the Item Properties dialog as 'Sub-Docks'
- The right click context menu of a sub-dock attached to a Shelf or Drawer now more suitably says 'Delete sub-dock' instead of 'Remove from Shelf'
- Themes can now also specify the running indicator image by including a 'NxIndicator.png/.tif/.ico' bitmap file in the theme folder. The theme will only use that indicator bitmap, however, if the user has left the running indicator selection as 'Default' instead of specifically choosing an indicator from the list of available indicator bitmaps
- you can now specify 'No Label' for icon labels in Shelves and Drawers, at which point not even a floating label on mouseover is displayed
- The entire contents of sub-docks can now be copied by dragging & dropping a sub-dock icon while pressing the CTRL key
- Right clicking on a Folder item set to open as a menu and selecting Open from the context menu that pops up now opens the folder in Explorer
- The Browse for Folder feature now uses a more flexible version of the dialog
- Added new 'Grid Stacks'. Grid Stacks can be added as icons to docks, shelves and drawers. Like Shelf tabs, a Grid Stack can be one of many different types (Regular, Folder, Desktop, Recent, etc...). Like sub-docks, Grid Stacks are only kept open temporarily, until the user clicks somewhere else. The size of Grid Stacks is calculated automatically. Grid Stacks, like sub-docks, can be nested inside each other to as many levels as the user wants. Each Grid Stack has individual settings that can be accessed by right clicking the icon and selecting 'Grid Stack Properties'. To add a new Grid Stack, right click, select 'Add New Item', then Grid Stack then select the type of Grid Stack you want
- Added 'Convert to Grid Stack' option to the context menu of folders in docks and Regular Shelf tabs or Drawers
- Added 'Convert to Folder' to the context menu of folder type Grid Stacks
- Added 'change Folder' to the context menu of folder type Grid Stacks, to make it quicker to change the folder a 'folder type' Grid Stack is pointing to
- Added 'Downloads' (shows the contents of the Downloads folder) new tab type to Shelves, Drawers and Grid Stacks
- Replaced the old 'RAS Connections' tab type with new 'Connections' tab, showing all the available network connections on the sytem
- The user now always gets a confirmation dialog When deleting a sub-dock or Grid Stack regardless of the current delete confirmation settings
- Improved the icon caching mechanism
- Contents of Grid Stacks are now cached in memory after opening the Grid Stack for the first time
- The colors of the icon grid in Shelves and Grid Stacks are now calculated automatically when the original theme did not support them or the theme author did not set them correctly
- Added new 'Open folders in Grid Stacks' setting to Folder type tabs in a Shelf or Folder type Drawers and Grid Stacks. Opens all folders as a temporary Grid Stack when clicking on them - note that folders can still be opened in Explorer by right clicking and selecting Open or in a menu by right clicking and selecting 'Browse'
- Added 'Open as Grid Stack' option to the right click context menu of folders
- Deleting a 'Regular' type tab in the Contents tab of a Shelf Properties dialog now prompts for confirmation
- Changed the default Capture Delay of the Capture Desktop internal command from none to 5 seconds
- Added 'Ascending/Descending' settings to the Sort By options of tabs that can be sorted
- Opening Network related tabs (such as Network Connections) no longer blocks the application while Windows discovers all the network objects
- Grid Stacks can be detached by dragging them away from the original position. Detached Grid Stacks stay open until the user explicitily closes them
- Some previous per-dock/shelf settings are now global (i.e.; they apply to all docks and shelves): switch shelf mini-tabs, shift icons to insert, open sub-docks on mouseover, no final boing animation effect, close sub-docks on launch, no icon reflection on vertical sub-docks
- Added new 'Detach' sound event, played when a Grid Stack is detached
- Improved keyboard navigation of Shelves, Drawers and Grid Stacks
- Added new 'Quick Search Filter' to Shelves, Drawers and Grid Stacks. Simply start typing to start filtering content: a search box pops up so you can see what you are typing and know that content is currently being filtered. The ESC key can be used to terminate the filter and backspace to delete characters
- The Quick Search filter and be disabled in the More Options dialog of the Behavior tab of Shelves, Drawers and Grid Stacks. The color of the Quick Search filter can be customized in the same place
- A Shelf set to hide the tabs can now always be activated by screen edge bump or swipe
- A Shelf or Drawer docked to a screen edge and inverted can now also be expanded by pulling the bottom edge
- Pressing ESC on a Shelf/Drawer now collapses the Shelf Drawer. Pressing Enter when the Shelf/Drawer is collapsed expands it
- Some Shelf themes no longer appear as if the top of the Shelf body has been 'cropped' when the tabs are set to be left, centered, or right justified
- Windows shortcuts (.lnk files) to folders and now also be opened as Grid Stacks and browsed via menus
- Added automatic multi-monitor profiles, allowing different objects to be at different positions and enabled/disabled for each monitor configuration. Multi Monitor Profiles can be disabled in the General tab of Preferences
- Thumbnail extraction should now be much faster as it now uses the local Windows thumbnail cache when available
- Added new 'Reset Icon Cache' option to the Dock and Shelf Management sub-menu in the main right click context menu of Shelves, Drawers and Grid Stacks. It purges and rebuilds the internal icon cache
- Fixed some lingering issues with pinning some Windows Store Apps to the dock
- Dragging a floating Drawer across the screen when collapsed by dragging it by the tab, would make it randomly jump all over, sometimes even going off screen
- When using a Dock and Shelf Management option to create a tab in a Shelf from a Drawer or a Dock, the application was asking the user to select a Shelf even if there was only one Shelf created
- Text greater than 10.pt with the outline and shadow effects was being rendered at a smaller size than it should
- The balloon tooltip was not displaying file information if the filename was enclosed in quotes
- Folder type menus invoked from a dock were still overlapping the dock icons when openning
- The Media Player icon in Shelves and Drawers was not accepting dropped audio files or folders
- Selecting 'Run As Administrator' from a context menu and then replying 'No' to the UAC prompt would result in a second UAC prompt appearing on a 64 bit system
- When deleting alarms in the Alarm Manager the alarm selection could jump to a different alarm than the next one on the list
- Fixed potential data loss issue where a sub-dock could be deleted when dragging it into a new position in the main dock
- An in-Shelf sub-dock could become 'stuck' and not open again until the application was restarted if a Shelf or Drawer was closed with a sub-dock still open
- Fixed issue that could cause the wrong item to be deleted when moving an item from one Shelf or Drawer to another
- Clicking on a Language Bar IC in a sub-dock to open the Language Bar menu was closing the sub-dock
- The 'Run As' and 'Open Folder in a Menu' item attributes where not being carried over when moving or copying items via drag & drop
- Clicking on a folder menu for the second time now closes the menu instead of closing it and immediately opening it again
- The arrows in the calendar desktop module were not being positioned properly when the module was scaled and also using a non-default theme
- Fixed issue displaying the icon of and the launching of some files with a filename containing non-ANSI characters
- Fixed issue with drag & drop of some files with a filename containing non-ANSI characters
- Text in the Shareware Reminder dialog was getting cropped at the end on high DPI systems
- When removing an item from a Shelf the confirmation prompt mentioned a Drawer instead
- Fixed minor memory leak when closing Shelfs, Drawers or Grid Stacks showing folders in the user's hard drive
- Fixed potential corruption if changing the contents of docks while also changing the contents of Shelves via the Contents tab of a Shelf Properties dialog
- Fixed access violation error that could happen when deleting the last file in a folder type tab and also an associated visual glitch where the icon disappeared only to re-appear immediately
- Sort By Date was only taking the date into consideration and ignoring the time
- When opening a 'Network' tab type in a Shelf or Grid Stack for the second time, items with exactly the same name would show identical icons
- Monochrome 1bit icons (i.e.; color bitmap) could crash the application
- Animated icons were not being properly colorized when icon colorization was applied
- Fixed issue where the blur region of a fully expanded Shelf could be displayed for a collapsed Shelf
- The left mini-tab symbol was not being positioned properly for Shelves/Drawers docked to the right screen edge
- Under some circustances a tab would still show when the Shelf/Drawer was collapsed even if 'Hide Tabs' was enabled
- Fixed Power Options icon in a Windows Control Panel tab appearing as a Question Mark icon
- When opening or closing a sub-dock, any particle animation launch effect in the parent dock would be cut short
- Deleting or moving a Shelf tab while the Shelf Properties dialog was open could lead to corruption and/or content loss of one or more Regular tabs in that Shelf
- Changes made to the properties of a Shelf tab while the Shelf Properties dialog was open would be lost
- Fixed minimum Drawer size calculation which could allow the tab header to become cropped with certain themes
- 'Disable menu scaling on high DPI settings' was no longer working properly after adding manual menu scaling in v18.10
- 'Disable Shelf scaling on high DPI settings' was not properly scaling font size after v18.8
- Selecting 'No Effect' in the Effects Panel and then clicking on the Effect Settings button would crash the application


Winstep Xtreme 18.10
- Adds the ability to grayscale and colorize icons manually or automatically based on your current wallpaper or Windows 10 accent color (great for colorizing minimalistic themes with monochrome icons), icons in Shelves to be centered or right justified, context menus to be scaled up to 200 percent, changing the height of Drawers, improved handling of Win32 applications wrapped as UWP apps, and much more


Winstep Xtreme 18.8
- Change log not available for this version


Winstep Xtreme 18.5
- Major release featuring the ability to access docks directly from NextSTART, new Delete Effect with 22 different animations, alarm overlays and much more


Winstep Xtreme 18.3

- Speed! We've done it again: Intel takes it away, Winstep gives it back: The fixes for the Intel MeltDown and Spectre vulnerabilities had a 10-15% cost in overall performance for all desktop users (and 35% or more for servers in data centers with heavy I/O loads)
- With a combination of extensive code profiling and optimzation, plus a new compiler switch to remove integer overflow checks, overall performance of Winstep applications has been increased by 10-15%, which nicelly makes up for the peformance hit caused by the Intel vulnerabilities
- Performance variations in the 10-15% range are hard to spot in real world usage, but despite this you should definitely notice a decrease in CPU usage when moving the mouse over magnifying docks, etc...
- Heads up Home Theater users: added full keyboard support to docks

New Media Player internal command:
- Internal commands are special commands that you can add as shortcuts to docks, Shelf tabs and to Winstep Xtreme's NextSTART menus, hotspots and taskbar: Hibernate, Power Off Monitor, Empty Recycler, Show Start Menu, Language Bar, CD Control, Lookup IP address and over 80 more
- The new Media Player internal command adds a very quick, convenient and unobtrusive way to listen to your favorite musics at the click of a button without having to open a full blown media player
- One click on the Media Player icon starts the music playing, a second click pops up a media control bar from where you can pause and stop audio, skip tracks and configure the Media Player. When the media control bar is open, volume levels can be adjusted with the scroll wheel of your mouse
- The new Media Player internal command is very simple to use and uses the same playlists defined for the Winstep Alarms so you don't have to set both up independently
- The media control bar offers full support for keyboard navigation and the Media Player can be directly controled using the media keys on your keyboard even when the control bar is closed. You can also use the built-in media control internal commands for this

New Power Saving mode - Winstep just turned green and joined the effort to save the planet:
- Eye candy is a huge component of Winstep applications. Unfortunately keeping all those nice animations, effects and system meters going has an impact on CPU usage, which, in turn, increases energy consumption - not a problem if your system is a desktop running on AC Power, but a potential runtime limiting factor for laptops running on battery
- Winstep applications now include two 'Power Saving' modes (Normal and Ultra) designed to extend your laptop or tablet's battery life. These power saving modes can be enabled manually via the new 'Power Saving' internal command or automatically when your PC's battery runs low, when Windows 10 activates the 'Battery Saver' mode, when the screen goes into standby, when a full screen application is running, or based on a combination of the above
- Voice notifications are used to warn the user when the current power saving mode changes, but these can be turned off if required or only enabled for specific events
- On tests, the normal power saving mode reduced CPU usage of the Winstep application - and therefore power usage - by up to 75%, and ultra mode manages to extend this a bit further. This is mostly accomplished by reducing the polling/update rate of all the meter modules and disabling all non-essential cosmetic animations
- For instance, in Ultra mode modules are only updated once every 4 seconds, opposed to 2 in normal power saving mode and every second when the power saving mode is disabled
- Normal power saving mode does not disable the all-important icon mouse over animations (Ultra power saving mode already does that for maximum savings), so it can even be automatically enabled as soon as the laptop starts running on battery without much impact on the user experience

More User Interface (UI) improvements:
- Message boxes now match the current UI mode, the UI mode selector has been moved to the About tab of Preferences for easier access, the button with the focus is now highlighted in blue and the color of LCD alarms is no longer changed when switching between dark and light modes

New optional 'time only' digital version of the clock module:
- The digital version of the clock module with the built-in calendar goes all the way back to the original in Steve Job's NeXT OS. Unfortunately the calendar also limits the space available to display the actual time and, at the lower icon sizes of very full docks, it becomes difficult to read, forcing you to mouse over it in order to magnify the icon.

When our users complain, we listen. Because of this and also because the new calendar module makes the calendar portion of the digital clock pretty much irrelevant, a new 'show time only' setting was added to the Clock Module Settings dialog. Enabling this setting displays an alternate version of the digital clock made specifically to maximize readability at lower icon sizes while still looking good:
- The user can now also choose what happens when he clicks on the clock module: it can display the Windows calendar, the Winstep calendar or a full screen LCD clock

Added optional high-DPI support to docks:
- Up until now docks deliberately ignored the system's DPI settings and relied on the size specified by the user for dock icons. This was not ideal, however, since to make up for a higher screen DPI the size of icons when magnified also had to be changed manually from the default 128x128 pixels
- On new installations docks now automatically scale up using the current system DPI settings, but on existing installations (i.e.; when upgrading to this version), to avoid unwanted and unexpected changes in the size of existing docks, the 'dock scaling on high DPI settings' setting is disabled and must be enabled manually
- Icon reflections can now be fine tuned to be more, or less, transparent

New Capture Desktop options:
- Capture Desktop is one of many available internal commands that can be added to docks, the Shelf and NextSTART menus and taskbar. Its simple purpose is to take a quick screenshot of your current desktop and save it in a folder of your choice
- You can now press the ALT key when clicking on the Capture Desktop icon to take a screenshot of the currently active window instead of the whole desktop. The filename of the last screenshot taken is now also preserved between sessions, and the right click menu of the Capture Desktop internal command now holds options to open the last screenshot taken and browse the containing folder

Added 'Sort By:' options to the Recent Documents tab in the Shelf:
- The Recent Documents tab in the Shelf can now be sorted Alphabetically, by Date, by File Type or by File Size

Fixed Alt GR key getting stuck:
- Under certain circunstances the Alt GR key could become stuck despite not being physically pressed

Explosion of new features added to the Alarm Manager:
- The built-in Alarm Manager has become so powerful that it could easily be sold as a stand-alone application at this point. Besides its ability to pop-up reminders with audio, it is also a full blown task scheduler featuring some very flexible scheduling abilities
- Alarm settings are now available as tabs of the main Alarm Manager window, instead of being on a separate dialog like before
- Alarms can now be filtered and sorted by creation or activation date. You can now also temporarily disable all active alarms
- You can create and manage your own playlists in the Audio tab. Audio files can now be added in bulk to a playlist via the Browse button or by simply dragging and dropping MP3, WMA, WAV and MID files directly into the Audio Files list box. The playlists created here are shared with the new Media Player internal command
- Each alarm can now optionally use its own fixed volume and LCD brightness settings, or use the variable settings defined in the Wake-Up tab. If you like waking up with music, you can define an alarm that starts playing softly and slowly increases the volume over time. Likewise the brightness of the alarm LCD screen can be slowly increased so it doesn't hurt your eyes when you wake up in darkness
- New slide-in setttings were added to the 'Show a Reminder' panel in the Alarm Editor dialog, so alarms can either use the Wake-Up settings defined above or have individual volume, brightness and snooze setttings. Likewise you can now also color code individual LCD alarms
- For those who like to fall asleep while listening to music, there is a new 'Sleep Timer' internal command which uses the settings defined in this tab
- You click on the Sleep Timer icon as you go to bed and a full screen LCD clock display pops up. Volume and brightness decrease over the pre-defined time until the full screen clock finally closes when volume reaches zero
- You can now choose one of a handful of pre-built skins and bezels for your LCD alarm reminders in window mode
- You can also specify different foreground and background colors for the LCD displays, which now also feature weather icons specifically made to match the LCD style of the alarms
- Moving the mouse pointer over an alarm window smoothly fades the control buttons in, and you can now skip tracks and pause the music. Clicking the settings button allows you to change volume, brigthness and the snooze duration directly
- Double clicking the alarm toggles it between full screen and window mode, and the scroll wheel on your mouse can be used to control either the volume or the brightness of the LCD display, as defined in the LCD tab of the Alarm Manager. You can also control the audio using the media keys on your keyboard
- Many other performance and stability improvements

WorkShelf v18.3 complete change log:
- Updated the Portuguese language file
- Added a description in the Windows Services Panel to the Winstep service used to perform operations that require admin privileges (install theme fonts, adjust the time, fast boot, etc...)
- Added code to help troubleshoot problems with the service
- If there is an Internet connection available but an undetermined error occurred, the 'Check Internet Connection' dialog in the TroubleShooting Options dialog will now also return the Winsock error message
- The Alarm Manager now displays an Audio symbol if that alarm has an associated audio file or playlist
- The application now uses customized Message boxes to match the current User Interface mode
- Improved the performance of the Alarms Manager dialog in terms of CPU usage
- Added smooth scrolling to the Alarms Manager dialog
- Improved the scrolling performance of the Docks & Shelves tab in Preferences
- Command Buttons in Dark or Gray UI modes now become highlighted when they have the focus
- Pressing the ALT shift key while the Capture Desktop internal command takes a screenshot will capture only the active window instead of the whole desktop
- The name of the last screenshot taken by the Capture Desktop internal command is now persistent between sessions
- The right-click context menu of the Capture Desktop internal command now has options to Browse the folder the last screenshot was saved to in a menu, open the folder in Explorer, or open the screenshot
- Browse folder sub-menus now show item icons where the menu theme allows
- The Balloon tooltip now also displays the number of frames in an animated icon
- Desktop module previews in the Modules tab of Preferences are no longer allowed to be larger than the preview window at 100% scaling (e.g.; default calendar module)
- The contents of the Recent Documents tab in the Shelf can now be sorted by name, date, type and size
- Made some cosmetic changes to the selection rectangle in the Shelf when the mouseover effect is set to None
- The solid rounded selection rectangle drawn when the Shelf mouseover effect is set to None is now semi-transparent so the background can be seen through
- Added keyboard support to docks. Arrow keys to select item, Enter key to execute, ESC to close a sub-dock or unselect current item
- Added two power saving modes, normal and Ultra, for conserving power when running on battery. Can be set manually in the Advanced tab of Preferences, via a new 'Power Saving Mode' internal command toggle, or automatically when battery levels reach a certain percentage or, under Windows 10, when the system Battery Saver activates. Each power mode has separate voice and/or sound notifications
- Added new 'Power Saving Mode' internal command to toggle between the 3 different power modes (off, on, ultra). The icon is gray when power saving is disabled, green when enabled, and red when ultra is active
- Moved the 'User Interface Mode' button to the About tab in Preferences
- Added high DPI support to docks by default and a new 'Disable dock scaling on high DPI settings' option in the More Options dialog of the General tab in Preferences. High DPI support is enabled by default on new installations and disabled by default on existing installations
- Replaced the rotating earth Email Checker module style with a smoother higher resolution animation
- The 'Apply to All Modules' button in the Modules tab of Preferences now asks for confirmation
- Added full keyboard support to docks: use arrow keys to select an icon, enter to launch currently selected icon, Esc to unselect/close sub-docks
- Added new Full Screen Application exclusion list. Activation methods such as edge bumps and hotkeys are normally automatically disabled when another application is running full screen to prevent accidental activations while, for instance, playing a game, etc... With the new exclusion list you can exclude specific applications (for instance, a Media Player application on a PC Home Theater environment) from this rule. This way you can assign a keyboard shortcut to activate the dock while the full screen Media Player is running, then use the arrow keys to navigate the dock and launch movies, applications, etc..
- The drop down portion of a monitor selection combo box is now wide enough to hold the longest monitor name in a multi-monitor system
- Added new 'Animated icons play full animation on mouseover' setting to the Performance vs. Memory usage dialog. This setting, disabled by default for performance reasons (animated icons usually have very long animations, which, together with the dock magnify effect being combined with other mouseover effects, can result in a somewhat noticeable performance hit), enables animated icons set to animate only on mouseover to finish their animations even when the mouse pointer has already moved away from the icon
- Disabled 'Integer Overflow Checks' on compiled code and optimized a few critical routines, which should result in a 5%-10% overall performance increase
- A customized battery module now displays all the different frames when playing the charging animation
- Added option (enabled by default) to automatically enable Ultra Power Saving mode when the monitor enters standby
- Added option (disabled by default) to automatically enable normal Power Saving mode when a full screen application is running. This ensures the Winstep application uses 75% less CPU than normal when, for instance, running a game, while still remaining fully functional
- Non-native dock themes now also display the author's name in the Theme preview panel when that info is available
- Added new 'Fast Boot' internal command to toggle Fast Boot
- Default dock in Windows 10 now features a 'Fast Boot' internal command icon to alert users to the existence of this feature
- If 'Do not launch sessions of the same application' is enabled, clicking the icon of an application that is already running will now minimize it if it is already in the foreground (as it already happens when the dock is set to display running applications) or bring it to the foreground otherwise
- Made some misc.improvements to the Net Meter code
- Changed colorization method for particle mouse over effects from tint to shift hue, as this also preserves whites
- If the 'Ignore edge bumps near the titlebar button area of maximized windows' setting is enabled, edge bumps near the taskabar's Start Button area are also ignored
- Double clicking an Alarm Reminder will now toggle it between full screen and windowed
- The scrollwheel in the mouse can now be used to dim an LCD alarm reminder or change the volume
- Added new 'Sleep Timer' internal command, which runs WorkShelf's new Sleep Timer full screen clock
- Alarms can now be filtered so only active alarms are shown
- Alarms can now be sorted by creation date or activation date, in ascending or descending order
- Alarm Settings have now been merged into the Alarms Manager window and divided into several tabs: Alarms, Audio, Wake-Up, Sleep and LCD
- Added new 'Sleep Timer' internal command, which opens a full screen LCD clock for those who like to fall asleep while listening to music, with audio and brightness setttings in the Sleep tab of the new Alarms Manager window
- Added new 'Auto Fade In' setting to the Audio tab of the Alarm Manager. When enabled, audio volume always fades in from zero until the pre-determined final volume
- You can now select multiple audio files at once when adding musics to a playlist in the Audio tab of the Alarm Manager via the Browse button
- You can now drag & drop multiple .mp3, .wma, .wav and .mid files directly into the Audio Files listbox in the Audio tab of the Alarm Manager
- Alarms can now follow the volume and brightness settings set in the Wake tab of the Alarm Manager or specify per-alarm volume and brightness settings
- LCD color and Snooze time can now optionally be defined on a per-alarm base
- Added multiple pre-defined skins to the Alarm Reminder in windowed mode, which can be selected in the new LCD tab of the Alarm Manager
- LCD Background color can now be set as well
- Audio can now be paused and resumed, and tracks skipped or rewound from within the LCD style alarm reminder
- Added Settings icon to the LCD alarm reminder from where you can control Volume, Brightness and Snooze time
- The LCD Alarm Reminder now uses weather icons that match the LCD style of the clock
- The LCD Alarm Reminder, besides the temperature, now also displays current weather conditions
- Battery information in the LCD Alarm Reminder has been moved to the bottom left and the new battery icon correctly displays current battery state
- Close and Snooze buttons in an LCD Alarm Reminder, as well as the new audio control and Alarm Setting icons, now automatically 'fade out' if the mouse pointer is moved away from the window or is not moved for a time
- The mouse pointer in a full screen alarm reminder window is now automatically made invisible if the mouse is not moved for a time
- LCD Alarm Reminder window can now be scaled up or down in size by up to 20%
- Added new 'Media Player' internal command, which works with the playlists defined for alarms and is controled by a pop up media bar
- Clicking the clock can now either show the Windows calendar, the Winstep calendar or a full screen LCD clock
- Moved the 'make a ticking sound every second' setting in Clock Settings to the 'Clock Speech and Chime Settings' dialog
- The base transparency of icon reflections can now be adjusted
- Exit was the button with keyboard focus when opening Preferences
- Changing the User Interface mode to black no longer resets the Alarm LCD Colors
- Increased the maximum text width for balloon tooltips when using the Windows 10 style to prevent Wanda cookies from getting word-wrapped mid-sentence because of the wider font used in this style
- An application's window with a vbmodal window open on top could be minimized, but trying to restore it again would fail, leaving no way to access that application
- Fixed communication issue with the Winstep Windows service that could prevent the retrieval of performance data (CPU and RAM usage) for elevated processes
- Changing a module icon via the Item Properties dialog in the Shelf would result in the Shelf stopping to respond to mouse clicks
- Updated Weather.com weather module codes for Honk Kong and Cheung Chau
- Fixed minor GDI+ leak when animating icons in the Shelf
- On a Shelf with no mouse over effects the Launch and Attention effects would leave leftovers of the selection rectangle when animating
- When alternating between specific mouseover and launch or attention effects the first frame of the latter could glitch
- Opening a sub-dock and then quickly clicking on the sub-dock icon again before the sub-dock had completed the opening animation could crash the application with an Access Violation error
- Style of the Recycler and Email Checker modules kept being reset to Recycle Bin and Envelope, respectively
- Fixed issue where icon label text in the Shelf would look terrible when shifting icons for drag & drop operations
- Fixed potential issue that could occur if an animation was playing exactly when the value returned by the timeGetTime() function wrapped around to zero or crossed the signed long boundary. This is something that only happens once every 24.85 days, so the chances of a problem actually occuring was very, very, small, but still within the realms of possibility
- Star background in the Moon Calendar dialog was scrolling too fast when the moon was not animating
- Fixed major issue when overlapping the number of running instances on an animated icon in the dock. Effects could range from icon appearing cropped when animating to potential GDI+ handle leak or even crash
- Dragging a running application icon in the right side of the dock into the left side of the dock could result in an item with the wrong application name
- Fixed issue that could crash the application when switching to a theme with a customized Email Checker module animation
- Fixed issue with the CD Control internal command that could cause the drive to keep ejecting and closing the media multiple times until a timeout error occured
- A full screen alarm reminder would trigger the 'full screen application running' mode
- Fixed issue where ALT key could become stuck after activating a dock
- Alarms set to activate only once would no longer activate at the preset time and date if Snooze was used while testing the alarm
- Fixed issue validating the time in the Alarm Edit panel when the clock was in 12 hour format and the time was 12 PM
- The battery module image would not update to show the current charge if the module was set not to display Battery Charge
- Battery status information in the Battery Information dialog would not update correctly if the module was set to not display battery charge or battery runtime
- It was not possible to set the weekday format (short, medium or long) for the weekday row in desktop calendar themes
- Fixed misc.UI alignment issues on high DPI settings

NextSTART v18.3 complete change log:
- Updated the Portuguese language file
- Added a description in the Windows Services Panel to the Winstep service used to perform operations that require admin privileges (install theme fonts, adjust the time, fast boot, etc...)
- Added code to help troubleshoot problems with the service
- The Language Bar on the NextSTART taskbar is now displayed as simple white text, to blend in with the other Windows 10 system icons, unless the user specifies a background icon
- Menus no longer become inactive when opening a 'More' sub-menu, at least not until a sub-menu outside the 'More' chain is opened
- The application now uses customized Message boxes to match the current User Interface mode
- Command Buttons in Dark or Gray UI modes now become highlighted when they have the focus
- Pressing the ALT shift key while the Capture Desktop internal command takes a screenshot will capture only the active window instead of the whole desktop
- Added two power saving modes, normal and Ultra, for conserving power when running on battery. Can be set manually in the Advanced tab of Preferences, via a new 'Power Saving Mode' internal command toggle, or automatically when battery levels reach a certain percentage or, under Windows 10, when the system Battery Saver activates
- Added new 'Power Saving Mode' internal command to toggle between the 3 different power modes (off, on, ultra). The icon is gray when power saving is disabled, green when enabled, and red when ultra is active
- Moved the 'User Interface Mode' button to the About tab in Preferences
- Moved the 'More Options' button to the General tab of Preferences
- The Capture Desktop internal command now also displays a countdown in the icon if a delay is set in the settings
- Added new Full Screen Application exclusion list. Activation methods such as edge bumps and hotkeys are normally automatically disabled when another application is running full screen to prevent accidental activations while, for instance, playing a game, etc... With the new exclusion list you can exclude specific applications (for instance, a Media Player application on a PC Home Theater environment) from this rule. This way you can assign a keyboard shortcut to activate a menu while the full screen Media Player is running, then use the arrow keys to navigate the menu and launch movies, applications, etc...
- The drop down portion of a monitor selection combo box is now wide enough to hold the longest monitor name in a multi-monitor system
- Added option (enabled by default) to automatically enable Ultra Power Saving mode when the monitor enters standby
- Added option (disabled by default) to automatically enable normal Power Saving mode when a full screen application is running. This ensures the Winstep application uses 75% less CPU than normal when, for instance, running a game, while still remaining fully functional
- Added new 'Fast Boot' internal command to toggle Fast Boot
- If the 'Ignore edge bumps near the titlebar button area of maximized windows' setting is enabled, edge bumps near the taskabar's Start Button area are also ignored
- Added new 'Sleep Timer' internal command, which runs WorkShelf's new Sleep Timer full screen clock. WorkShelf must be running for this internal command to work
- Added new 'Media Player' internal command, which works with the playlists defined for alarms and is controled by a pop up media bar
- Right clicking on a Language Bar menu item would display an empty right-ckick context menu
- Exit was the button with keyboard focus when opening Preferences
- An application's window with a vbmodal window open on top could be minimized, but trying to restore it again would fail, leaving no way to access that application
- Fixed communication issue with the Winstep Windows service that could prevent the retrieval of performance data (CPU and RAM usage) for elevated processes
- Fixed issue where the NextSTART taskbar would randomly appear with the wrong width/height at startup
- Fixed potential issue that could occur if an animation was playing exactly when the value returned by the timeGetTime() function wrapped around to zero or crossed the signed long boundary. This is something that only happens once every 24.85 days, so the chances of a problem actually occuring was very, very, small, but still within the realms of possibility
- Fixed issue with the CD Control internal command that could cause the drive to keep ejecting and closing the media multiple times until a timeout error occured
- Fixed issue where ALT key could become stuck after activating a menu via an hotspot
- Fixed issue where clicking the Start Button of a NextSTART taskbar docked to a secondary monitor at the right of the primary would open the main NextSTART menu on the primary monitor instead


Winstep Xtreme 18.1
- New optional Dark Mode for the User Interface, new Windows 10 icons, many other performance and stability improvements


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