New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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I'm happy to announce a new jv16 PowerTools update. The version is 6.1.0.1203 and it can be downloaded from here:

https://jv16powertools.com/downloads/jv16pt_setup.exe

This is again a major update. Since the last released version (6.0.0.1133), we have been very busy in the testing lab. Our dedicated testing team has done 5035 testing cycles with the product using different hardware and software combinations and this includes 1257 test installations of the product to different systems. The new version is showing a massive 79% improvement in our internal quality metric.

Normally, our new version releases include about ten bug fixes and roughly the same number of improvements. This time, the new version has 28 bug fixes and 29 improvements!

This version update is about making what we have to offer now work more accurate, more stable and faster. For the next major update, we have scheduled a major UI update. For you, it will look mostly as a face-lift making the current UI look better, but we will implement this by re-doing it from the ground up to make the entire UI smoother and flicker free. Right now, the UI has some annoying flickering issues and texts not wrapping correctly. We are planning to address these with the mentioned next update.

But for now, I thank you all for your patience in waiting for this version and I hope you like it! If you have any comments or questions, please let me know! I'll be here to answer all your queries as usual.


How To Update: Download the new version and install it over any 6.x version of jv16 PowerTools. No uninstallation of the old version required. If you have 5.x or older version of jv16 PowerTools, or you are unsure of your version, you should uninstall the old version before installing the new version. If you are running a licensed copy of the product, please note the name and email address from My Account before uninstallation, and enter the same name and email address to new version's My Account after installation to keep your licensed version status.


jv16 PowerTools Change Log Since b1133

1) Fix: The System Cleaner can get stuck at 90% progress seemingly forever when scanning. This bug only affected some users, but for them, it was very annoying as it basically prevented them from using the tool.
2) Fix: With some users, the program fails to start entirely, or it starts but the entire UI is unresponsive and clicking any of the tool buttons does nothing. This was a very rare bug with only six people reporting it. We were able analyze the problem and it was caused by specific hardware configuration causing the UI initialization code to fail. It's now fixed.
3) Fix: The hard disk type (HDD vs. SSD) detection in the main Dashboard does not work correctly in all systems.
4) Fix: In some systems especially with a lot of registry errors, starting of the program can take unusually long.
5) Fix: The Widget can display List Index Out of Bounds error message.
6) Fix: When uninstalling software, the Software Updater icon can be incorrectly highlighted as the currently active tool in the navigation panel. This is purely a cosmetic issue.
7) Fix: The English user interface contains a few typos and grammar mistakes. They should all be fixed now.
8) Fix: Within Windows Control Panel's remove apps, jv16 PowerTools version number can be incorrectly listed as 5.x, it should be 6.x.
9) Fix: If you kill jv16 PowerTools using the X button from its Dashboard listing of apps, this does not start the Widget even though normally closing jv16 PowerTools would start it.
10) Fix: The automatic sizing of the Widget window does not work properly.
11) Fix: If you enter the Settings view in Widget, the Right Click menu will no longer display most of the Hide/Show menu items.
12) Fix: The save button in Widget's Settings view uses different colors compared to the other buttons in the Widget.
13) Fix: In some screen sizes, the default jv16 PowerTools window size might be too tall, getting partially covered by the Windows taskbar.
14) Fix: Starting the app with a command line parameter (such as jv16PT.exe -SoftwareUninstaller) does not always work.
15) Fix: One System Cleaner scan module is called "Scan automatically while starting software", which, makes no sense because of the incorrectly added word, it has now been fixed to "Scan automatically starting software".
16) Fix: Even with the Do not create any backups option selected from the Settings, the program can still create backups.
17) Fix: Settings "Show search panel by default" does not work. Even if unchecked, the search panel is visible in the tool results view.
18) Fix: It's not possible to close the Search panel in Task Closer. Clicking the X button does not do anything.
19) Fix: Settings "Show the reason why each item was found as invalid or safe to remove" does not work. That is, unchecking this option does not hide the reason column from System Cleaner UI.
20) Fix: Using the Finder to search for only registry data causes the scan progress screen to still display file system paths and the program says these file system paths are being searched. This is a cosmetic bug, the file system paths are not searched if you tell the Finder to only look for registry data, however the user interface incorrectly says file system is also searched.
21) Fix: Using the Right-Click menu is impossible in the message popup window because the menu gets automatically closed.
22) Fix: Opening a registry key with Finder's Right-Click menu option can show error message saying the registry key does not exist - even if it does exist.
23) Fix: Software Updater does not display the number of items in the bottom left corner of the window status bar.
24) Fix: The Widget has a small memory leak which causes its RAM usage to increase slowly but surely if it is running for a long time.
25) Fix: Even when a tool is open, the tool's navigation panel tooltip would say something like "click here to open the tool". As the tool is already open, the tooltip could be confusing.
26) Fix: When the navigation panel is minimized, the buttons may not display any tooltips at all.
27) Fix: Killing an app with the Widget can sometimes kill it correctly, but it still remains listed as a running app (because the list does not get refreshed correctly).
28) Fix: Using the result filter bar can cause the program to crash with an Access Violation error message.

Improvements:

1) Major speed improvements to all the main features: Initial Setup, System Cleaner scan and Software Uninstaller scan. These speed improvements are focused on the outliner systems. In other words, the average speed of each tool remains about the same, but in systems which had terribly slow Initial Setup or Software Uninstaller scan times, there should be major improvements.
2) Moved a lot of data processing from the main jv16 PowerTools executable to a helper executable residing in the same application folder. This improves data processing speeds and improves UI responsiveness, for example during Initial Setup.
3) It is now possible to select multiple items from the result list using the Shift key. Click first item you wish to select, press down the Shift key and then click the second item, and all items between the two items will be selected.
4) Added an option to select items by search word.
5) The message boxes now allow you to select the text for easier copying. For example, when in Software Uninstaller > Right Click > Show all data, you can simply select and copy with Control + C the data you want.
6) Added an option to open a running app's folder. To do this, simply Right-Click the app in the Dashboard or Widget and choose Open in Explorer.
7) The application and the widget now close down faster. Before, there could be a delay of few seconds.
8) Improved the UI update smoothness of the Widget.
9) It is now possible to select multiple items from the result list using the Shift key. Click first item you wish to select, press down the Shift key and then click the second item, and all items between the two items will be selected.
10) Made the option of killing apps from the Dashboard or Widget easier to notice.
11) If jv16 PowerTools is set to automatically start after software uninstallation reboot, the widget should not automatically start for a few seconds before the reboot happens.
12) Improved the smoothness of the Initial Setup progress display.
13) The Widget will now set its default data update speed based on the computer speed. Previously, the Widget could use 10%+ of CPU simply to update its data, because it was updating too frequently and with slower computers this would cause substantial CPU usage.
14) Improved the classification of running apps within the Dashboard and Widget. These features should only list running user apps, previously they could sometimes also list system apps as they were not all correctly detected.
15) Added an option to not show the Widget within its list of running apps.
16) Keeping the mouse cursor over any apps of the Dashboard's or the Widget's will now display the app's filename.
17) Improved detection of Big Fish game launcher games.
18) Saving the result list as a text file now also includes the column captions.
19) Software Uninstaller will now display the installation size of small apps in KB, instead of saying 0 MB.
20) Improved Software Uninstaller's accuracy in detecting installed software data, such as publisher names.
21) Added a select icon to the result lists, such as System Cleaner and Software Uninstaller to allow easier and faster selection of items.
22) We have noticed some users not realizing that the jv16 PowerTools button at the top left corner of the app window is the main menu. We have now addressed this by adding a tip text about it.
23) System Cleaner's Domain Whitelist now also ignores sub-domains. Before, adding domain.com would only whitelist that, anything like subdomain.domain.com cookies could still be listed by System Cleaner.
24) Clicking the Download button in Check For Updates screen will now take you to the direct download page. Before, the Change Log page of the new version was opened. Now the program has a separate button for opening that page to read more details of the new version.
25) There can be a delay of a second or few after clicking the Start button in Finder. During this time, the app seems frozen. It's not frozen, but this is not properly indicated. This is now addressed with an added Please Wait message and also by making the starting of search faster.
26) Deleting a lot of data with the Finder result screen can take some time. However, during this time there is no progress indication. Addressed by adding a Please Wait message.
27) Improved the Software Uninstaller's ability to avoid automatic reboots when uninstalling software.
28) Added an option to display the dates within the app in the format of year . month . day.
29) Comes with many updated translations, including Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Swedish and Thai.
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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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Sorry, no improvement for me over 1133. From starting the program it took over 5 minutes before the main screen appeared and during that time Task Manager was showing 21% CPU usage for JV16 with very high power usage.

When the program eventually started, the System Cleaner scanning was slightly faster, but having reviewed the items found and starting the cleaning process, that stuck at 4%, again with around 20% CPU and high power usage, for over 10 minutes.

I then exited the program.
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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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I could not open the file from the download starter web page. It said a part of it was corrupt.
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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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There appears to be an issue with the updater. When I click to update, I get a blank screen. I then close it and click to update again and then it works.
Also, the interface in the System Cleaner options seems to be broken.

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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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Jyri T wrote: Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:23 pm I could not open the file from the download starter web page. It said a part of it was corrupt.
Sounds like some kind of download error. I would recommend you to try to download again.
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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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rxtopc wrote: Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:50 pm There appears to be an issue with the updater. When I click to update, I get a blank screen. I then close it and click to update again and then it works.
Also, the interface in the System Cleaner options seems to be broken.
I'm afraid the current UI is unfortunately having these types of random cosmetic issues which show up in some screen resolutions and app window sizes. We are going to focus on a complete UI update for the next build.

(by update, I mean a facelift visually but mostly it's about re-implementing the UI from the ground up.)

PS. A workaround with these graphical issues is to try to change the app's window size. For example, maximize it. It forces the UI to redraw and could fix the issue.
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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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nigelmay wrote: Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:57 pm Sorry, no improvement for me over 1133. From starting the program it took over 5 minutes before the main screen appeared and during that time Task Manager was showing 21% CPU usage for JV16 with very high power usage.

When the program eventually started, the System Cleaner scanning was slightly faster, but having reviewed the items found and starting the cleaning process, that stuck at 4%, again with around 20% CPU and high power usage, for over 10 minutes.

I then exited the program.
Sorry to hear about this issue! We have had a few similar reports before and the cases in which we were able to reproduce the issue, the issue had been fixed for this build. Apparently there is also something else going on that in some rare cases causes this.

We will get back to trying to reproduce the issue. Thank you for letting us know!
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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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Still doesnt pick up temp files in the System defined temp directory.

And yes, the option to 'not list' those files is unchecked.
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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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Downloaded and installed fine. As 'Griffy' pointed out, still not clearing all the temp files. It seems to ignore folders in the Temp Folder , but I will need to build up a history and provide evidence.
Worked fine apart from that, but I did note on the Options screen, some of the text was hidden under other text, but suspect that is part of the GUI you mentioned.
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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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Minor detail but please add more details to the jv16_setup.exe file: At least the version that is installed....
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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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CSGalloway wrote: Fri Jun 18, 2021 3:56 am Minor detail but please add more details to the jv16_setup.exe file: At least the version that is installed....
These executable file details are included in the actual main application exe file (jv16pt.exe), not to the setup executable as I'm not sure whether the setup generation system we use supports this. But if it does, we should add this information, too, I agree! Thank you for the suggestion!

PS. Does the app now run faster in your system?

EDIT: The mentioned executable file details for the setup file will be filled in starting with the next build. Thank you for the idea!
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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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ledge1962 wrote: Thu Jun 17, 2021 11:14 pm Downloaded and installed fine. As 'Griffy' pointed out, still not clearing all the temp files. It seems to ignore folders in the Temp Folder , but I will need to build up a history and provide evidence.
Worked fine apart from that, but I did note on the Options screen, some of the text was hidden under other text, but suspect that is part of the GUI you mentioned.
Do you have the "Do not list temporary files which could be dangerous to delete" from the Settings > System Cleaner > Safety Policy unchecked? It is checked by default. And there is a reason why it is checked by default, deleting all temporary data is not safe, that's why we don't do it. It would be trivially easy to do.
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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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Griffy wrote: Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:48 pm Still doesnt pick up temp files in the System defined temp directory.

And yes, the option to 'not list' those files is unchecked.
That is interesting! I have assigned our testing team to try to reproduce this issue, thank you for reporting!
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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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I've run System Cleaner, deleted Software Left Overs and rebooted three times. Each time the software left overs reappear in the list. I have paused Bit Defender before doing this, so that shouldn't be an issue.

Any suggestions?
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Re: New major jv16 PowerTools Update - Build 1203 Released

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nigelmay wrote: Sun Jun 20, 2021 3:43 pm I've run System Cleaner, deleted Software Left Overs and rebooted three times. Each time the software left overs reappear in the list. I have paused Bit Defender before doing this, so that shouldn't be an issue.

Any suggestions?
What kind of software left overs are they exactly?
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