Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

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Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

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I'm very happy to announce a major new version of jv16 PowerTools. The version is 7.2.0.1320 and it can be downloaded from here:

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

This is a major new update to the brand new jv16 PowerTools 7.x series. You can install this update over any existing 6.x or 7.x version of the program. No uninstallation is needed nor recommended.

This release includes many bug fixes and many major improvements, they are detailed in the Change Log below. The main improvements are the addition of support for Dark Mode user interface, a new tool called Big File Finder and major improvements to the user interface to both allow you to better use the program, for example via the new category selection feature in System Cleaner results screen, but also improve the overall user experience.

This is the biggest new version release for this year, I hope you like it! If there is anything the program that you don't like, please let me know and I will try to make it better for you. If you like the product, please consider sharing it in social media or posting about it. We rely entirely on word of mouth and user recommendations, we are not using a dime for marketing, so, if you don't like the product, let me know but if you do like it, let others know!

I have been working on this version doing 12 hour work days as well as working each weekend for the past four weeks. I might take the rest of today off 8)


jv16 PowerTools Change Log Since b1292

Improvements:

1) New Tool: Big File Finder. This tool allows you to easily find old and obsolete files from your computer, not only by their size but also based on when the files were last used. This tool is especially handy in finding old downloaded files that could be deleted.
2) New feature: Dark Mode! Finally, the user interface supports Dark Mode. By default, the program automatically detects whether the Dark Mode is enabled in Windows and if it is, jv16 PowerTools starts in Dark Mode, too. You can also force the Dark Mode to be always used from the Settings.
3) New feature: System Cleaner categories view allows you to easier see what results were found and also select them by category.
4) New feature: Task Closer has been renamed to Task Manager and it now allows listing of running apps or processes, and it supports hiding of system related apps.
5) Improved the overall cleaning performance of the System Cleaner and Software Uninstaller scans. For example, Software Uninstaller now finds up to 100% more data relating to installed software.
6) Improved scan progress accuracy reporting.
7) Improved browser tracking and advertising cookie detection and cleaning.
8 ) Improved the safety of the System Cleaner scan by introducing a new safety option to the Settings.
9) Major improvements to the user interface of the Finder and Duplicate Finder tools.
10) Added an option to disable automatic reboot after System Cleaner scan. This is in Settings > System Cleaner.
11) The scan progress screen now has uniform path capitalization and better column width management.
12) After you download an updated version of the program via Tools > Check For Updates > Download New Version, the new version's setup file is automatically started.
13) The Buy Now button in the Dashboard now uses the same mouse cursor (hand point) as the Buy Now button in the top window panel. It makes sense to use the same for both.
14) Improved the accuracy of detecting installed software which do not correctly register themselves to the system, such as Forte Agent.
15) The buttons now use better visual style and are bigger for improved readability.
16) You can now open the main menu by right clicking the top window bar. Previously, the only way to open the main menu was to click the menu button in the top left corner.
17) All the main tools now offer more information what they do and how they work.
18) Finder and Duplicate Finder tools now remember if you change their Ignore Words settings. Before, the Ignore Words list was always restored to the default. Now the default list is only used when the tools are first used, and if user changes the ignore settings, those are remembered.
19) Added a greetings text to the Dashboard, explaining how to use the product. This will be especially useful for first time users.
20) The user interface of all the major tools now contain tips to help first time users and the added jv16 PowerTools logo in the results lists can also be Right Clicked to show the main menu.
21) The installer now creates a start menu shortcut also for the Widget.
22) Software Uninstaller's Right Click > Show Data, as well as the uninstall confirmation screen now show the data alphabetically sorted, making it much easier to read.
23) When a result list is updating, status bar no longer display the number of items selected as this number might be currently being updated.
24) Improved data sorting in the result list. If rows contains same data in one column, the next column's data is automatically used for sorting.
25) Duplicate File Finder now also displays the more detailed progress per running scan module.
26) The Settings screen now better supports smaller screen sizes and resolutions.
27) Added a Size column to the Finder and Duplicate Finder results listing.
28) New navigation bar icons and other general user interface improvements.

Fixes:
1) Fix: Software Uninstaller could miss some installed software, especially if the software's name included 'for windows', one example of such missed installed software was Seagate's 'Seatools for Windows' which was not listed by Software Uninstaller at all.
2) Fix: The app could incorrectly show in the bottom bar that a new version of the software is available for download.
3) Fix: It was not possible to translate some elements of the Dashboard, because the texts were missing from the translation file (English.txt).
4) Fix: The bottom part of the Dashboard could display an empty panel when an updated version release was detected.
5) Fix: Some used settings of the hard drive information in Dashboard could make content of the Dashboard not to be fully visible.
6) Fix: The scan progress could go up to 50% and then display the results. This could look misleading and let user think the scan only ran the half way. In reality, this was simply a cosmetic issue, the scan was fully run, the scan progress reporting simply did not work properly. Nevertheless, this is now fixed.
7) Fix: The word 'MB' was not translated in Task Closer.
8 ) Fix: System Cleaner could in some cases incorrectly display the default entry name of a registry entry as 'hkey_root\key\ -' instead of the normal 'hkey_root\key\ - @' format. This was a cosmetic issue and did not affect the way the System Cleaner worked.
9) Fix: The circular chart element in Internet Optimizer could contain visual artifacts.
10) Fix: The Task Manager's automatic task closing feature was showing an invalid scroll bar in the middle of the tool page.
11) Fix: The top right corner button's 'Move this panel up' and 'Move this panel down' did not work for the Statistics panel in Dashboard.
12) Fix: The description text of System Cleaner could contain incorrect numbers and the caption of the Fix button was not updated correctly.
13) Fix: The progress starting and ending graphics could contain visual artifacts such as horizontal lines.
14) Fix: The results search panel could show up before the actual results were visible in Software Uninstaller.
15) Fix: Dashboard's Right Click menu option 'Hide CPU and RAM using apps' did not work in all cases without restarting the app.
16) Fix: The System Cleaner could fail to delete software left-over type items.
17) Fix: The System Cleaner could under some circumstances delete temporary files which were unselected from the results list by the user. This was a rare bug and only affected temporary file cleaning, not any other data type.
18) Fix: Widget's option to not show itself in the list of running apps did not always work.
19) Fix: Some texts within the UI had typos.
20) Fix: Hiding some hard drives in Dashboard using the Right Click menu worked, but if you tried to then show them again, the content of the hard drive bars remained empty.
21) Fix: Choosing Select All when all the items of the result list are already selected, or choosing Select None when nothing is selected, could still have caused the program to show a Please Wait popup and cause few seconds of processing time when clearly none were required.
22) Fix: Uninstalling software could in some cases show an incorrect warning about the uninstalled software being similar with software that is not being uninstalled.
23) Fix: The top right corner panel buttons of the Dashboard could display incorrect color when the mouse cursor is over them.

Known issues

During the quality control for this version, we have also identified the following bugs or issues in the new version. These issues were found in our testing but are not yet fixed. These issues are:

1) The text of the circular progress element in the progress screen, such as when scanning the system, can be sometimes drawn to the left side of the screen. This issue is evident if the window is resized during the progress screen being visible.
2) Sometimes the program fails to correctly fetch the icon of a running application, causing the CPU or RAM listing areas of the Dashboard to show either a missing or incorrect icon.
3) Using the Dashboard's Right Click > Finder option to open the Finder tool, causes the tool open but with the UI incorrectly initialized.
4) Scrolling the Dashboard's list up and down immediately after the program has started, can cause the scrolling not to be smooth and the CPU usage high for a few seconds.
5) In the My Account tool the Buy Now and Apply buttons can both sometimes display the default button frame, when naturally only one button should ever be the defined default button.
6) Starting the Software Updater may show the Finalizing step too early, causing it to remain on screen for a long time while the tool is loading.

All of the above issues are cosmetic and will be fixed in future versions.
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

Post by jv16 »

This version also attempts to fix a bug reported by one user where the Software Uninstaller scan would take hours to complete. This only occurs under very specific conditions (namely: over 200 apps installed to the system) but we also attempted to fix this. I use wording "attempted to fix" because as the issue does not happen in any of our testing systems, we were unable to confirm the issue and therefore we also cannot confirm whether the fix works, either. This is why it is not listed under the fixes in the Change Log.
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

Post by thomas-k »

Hello jv16,

it is possible to save all windows sizes, windows positions and tabulators width? I find it very annoying when I have to constantly correct the tab widths.

What is the problem with Thunderbird? The uninstaller said Thunderbird is a leftover from old software. NO! This is my actually email client.

Code: Select all

Software: Mozilla Thunderbird (x86 de)
Version: 91.4.0
Installation directory: (None)
Main executable: (None)
Main shortcut: (None)
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Tools\Eudora 8.0\Uninstall\Helper.exe

Found a total of 13 entries of data relating to this software. 2 files or folders, and 11 registry keys or entries.

Software's files and folders:

C:\Program files (x86)\Internet tools\Eudora 8.0\Uninstall\
C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Tools\Eudora 8.0\Uninstall\Helper.exe

Software's registry data:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Clients\Mail\ : @
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Stardock\Fences\Icons\ : C:\Users\Thomas\Desktop\Mozilla Thunderbird Profile.lnk
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Stardock\Fences\InitialSnapshot\ : C:\Users\Thomas\Desktop\Mozilla Thunderbird Profile.lnk
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Clients\Mail\Mozilla Thunderbird\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Clients\News\Mozilla Thunderbird\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Currentversion\Uninstall\Mozilla Thunderbird 91.4.0 (x86 de)\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Clients\Mail\Mozilla Thunderbird\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Clients\News\Mozilla Thunderbird\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Mozilla Thunderbird 91.4.0 (x86 de)\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432node\RegisteredApplications\ : Thunderbird
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432node\RegisteredApplications\ : Thunderbird (News)
jv16 Uninstaller says that the installed software has no installation directory. That's not true. => C:\Program files (x86)\Internet tools\Eudora 8.0

There are other wrong types of software (Leftover traces from old Software).
  • 7-ZIP
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Asmedia USB
  • ResidualVM
  • Epic Games Launcher
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

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The dark mode looks awesome. The initial scan seemed to take a bit longer than I remembered.
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

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thomas-k wrote: Thu Dec 09, 2021 4:25 pm Hello jv16,

it is possible to save all windows sizes, windows positions and tabulators width? I find it very annoying when I have to constantly correct the tab widths.

What is the problem with Thunderbird? The uninstaller said Thunderbird is a leftover from old software. NO! This is my actually email client.

Code: Select all

Software: Mozilla Thunderbird (x86 de)
Version: 91.4.0
Installation directory: (None)
Main executable: (None)
Main shortcut: (None)
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Tools\Eudora 8.0\Uninstall\Helper.exe

Found a total of 13 entries of data relating to this software. 2 files or folders, and 11 registry keys or entries.

Software's files and folders:

C:\Program files (x86)\Internet tools\Eudora 8.0\Uninstall\
C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Tools\Eudora 8.0\Uninstall\Helper.exe

Software's registry data:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Clients\Mail\ : @
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Stardock\Fences\Icons\ : C:\Users\Thomas\Desktop\Mozilla Thunderbird Profile.lnk
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Stardock\Fences\InitialSnapshot\ : C:\Users\Thomas\Desktop\Mozilla Thunderbird Profile.lnk
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Clients\Mail\Mozilla Thunderbird\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Clients\News\Mozilla Thunderbird\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Currentversion\Uninstall\Mozilla Thunderbird 91.4.0 (x86 de)\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Clients\Mail\Mozilla Thunderbird\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Clients\News\Mozilla Thunderbird\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Mozilla Thunderbird 91.4.0 (x86 de)\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432node\RegisteredApplications\ : Thunderbird
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432node\RegisteredApplications\ : Thunderbird (News)
jv16 Uninstaller says that the installed software has no installation directory. That's not true. => C:\Program files (x86)\Internet tools\Eudora 8.0

There are other wrong types of software (Leftover traces from old Software).
  • 7-ZIP
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Asmedia USB
  • ResidualVM
  • Epic Games Launcher
Thank you for letting me know! I will look into this.
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

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cousintim wrote: Thu Dec 09, 2021 6:38 pm The dark mode looks awesome. The initial scan seemed to take a bit longer than I remembered.
Thank you! I personally think the Dark Mode looks great and I am using it all the time. The Initial Setup is now collecting a bit more data than before, that's why it can be a bit slower. We are going to address in the future, though.
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

Post by ledge1962 »

Nice work on the new release! It not only looks better, it also appears to have fixed the Log file Ignore issue :D

I do not believe the stats are reading correctly, but that is a minor issue. I will carry out more cleans and report back later.

Well done
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

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thomas-k wrote: Thu Dec 09, 2021 4:25 pm Hello jv16,

it is possible to save all windows sizes, windows positions and tabulators width? I find it very annoying when I have to constantly correct the tab widths.
Also, I find this a good idea! I shall implement this to the next version, thank you very much for suggesting!

EDIT: This is now implemented. It's called "user defined column widths" under Settings > General > Result Lists. This will be available in the next released version. Thank you again for the idea!
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

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I find this latest version and all the changes much to my liking. :) I really like the Dark Mode implementation. As I have said before, I only use the System Cleaner and it is working well on all my systems.

Take the weekend off !
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

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siliconman01 wrote: Fri Dec 10, 2021 1:38 pm I find this latest version and all the changes much to my liking. :) I really like the Dark Mode implementation. As I have said before, I only use the System Cleaner and it is working well on all my systems.
Thank you, I am very glad to hear!
siliconman01 wrote: Fri Dec 10, 2021 1:38 pm Take the weekend off !
I shall consider it :lol:
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

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Big File Finder issue

When the window is NOT maximized...

- What files to find > selecting "Only look for files matching search words...": the box in which the search words should be specified is not showing.

- Where to look from > selecting "Only from these locations...": same problem as above. the box in which the location(s) should be specified is not showing.

You have to maximize the window to show the boxes indicated above.

The opposite is also true: when you start with maximized window, you have to change to not maximized window to show the boxes and then maximize the window again. Maybe this is called a cosmetic issue, but quite annoying anyway.

Note: this applies also to the tools Finder and Duplicate Finder.
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

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Newest Dutch translation file version 7.1

Here is the newest Dutch translation file v7.1 for jv16PT version 7.2.0.1320. Quite a lot of new items to translate :roll:
Dutch(v7.1).zip
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

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Speed is acceptable

The speed of the new version 7.2.0.1320 is acceptable on my system.

System Cleaner scan: 162 sec.

Software Uninstaller scan: ca 200 sec finding 632 programs.
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

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►redjeusac wrote◄

Big File Finder issue

When the window is NOT maximized...
- What files to find > selecting "Only look for files matching search words...": the box in which the search words should be specified is not showing.
- Where to look from > selecting "Only from these locations...": same problem as above. the box in which the location(s) should be specified is not showing.

You have to maximize the window to show the boxes indicated above.

The opposite is also true: when you start with maximized window, you have to change to not maximized window to show the boxes and then maximize the window again. Maybe this is called a cosmetic issue, but quite annoying anyway.

Note: this applies also to the tools Finder and Duplicate Finder.
I concur!
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Re: Major new jv16 PowerTools update - Version 7.2.0.1320

Post by Olyfant22 »

Okay, I downloaded and installed jv16PT_1320 today and I have found six issues.

  • Software Uninstaller: When trying to uninstall FastStone Image Viewer twice, I was confronted with a BSOD (so to speak) twice
    --> ERRORCODE: CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED.
    --> PC rebooted.... automatically, twice!
    --> Result: app was still installed, nothing happened...
    (see attachment: jv16PT_1320 - Unexpected reboot.JPG)
  • Welcome text by Jouni: When above issue happened, the Welcome text (which I had turned off) reappeared
    (see attachment: jv16PT_1320 - Welcome text.jpg).
  • My Account: When above issue happened, my credentials were still visible in [My Account], but I "awarded" with a free license for 14 days...?!
  • Software Uninstaller: The Dutch translation did not come through in every paragraph
    (see attachment: Software Uninstaller - Dutch translation not everywhere.jpg).
  • Duplicaten zoeken: The Dutch translation did not come through in every paragraph
    (see attachment: jv16PT_1320 - Duplicaten zoeken translation.jpg).
  • Big File Finder: The Dutch translation did not come through in every paragraph
    (see attachment: jv16PT_1320 - Big File Finder translation.jpg).
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