Major new version: jv16 PowerTools 7.4.0.1418 released

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Major new version: jv16 PowerTools 7.4.0.1418 released

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A massive release for today: jv16 PowerTools is 7.4 is now released and it can be downloaded from here:

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

If you are about to review or write something about our product, please take a few seconds and see our Review Guide here: https://jv16powertools.com/downloads/jv ... _guide.pdf

This is the biggest version release of jv16 PowerTools in a long time.

There are three new tools:

1) File Renamer can rename many files at the same time. For example, you can name files based on static text plus a counter such as "image 1.png", "image 2.png" and so on. You can also perform Find and Replace within file names, for example, easily rename a large collection of files with underscores in their names such as "the_amazing_adventures_of_catgir.avi" into "The Amazing Adventures Of Catgirl.avi"
2) File Splitter can split large files into smaller parts, for example to make it easier to upload or send them. You can split files by size, for example making every piece less than 100 MB, or you can simply split large file into 10 equally sized pieces. If you want to split files, the File Splitter can do that for you.
3) File Merger can merge previously split file parts back into the original large file.

This version also includes many performance improvements. The program now starts and runs faster on most systems. There are also many accuracy related improvements, such as better detection of running apps in the Dashboard and Widget, better detection of installed apps and their data in Software Uninstaller and better detection of certain types of system errors in System Cleaner.


How to update your jv16 PowerTools: Simply install the new version over any previous 7.x version. No uninstallation of jv16 PowerTools is needed or recommended when updating. Only if you are running version 6.x or older, then you should uninstall the old version before installing the new one. To activate your existing license, simply download the app using the download link above, install the program and use the My Account tool after the program has started. This naturally also works if your trial period has ended but you have since bought a license.

As always: I am here to build and improve this product for you. If there is anything in the new version that you don't like, or you think we should make better, please, do let me know! Nothing makes me happier than hearing your feedback and making the program better for you.


Here is the full Change Log and other Release Notes:

jv16 PowerTools Change Log Since 7.3.1.1392

Improvements:

1) New tool: File Renamer can rename many files at the same time.
2) New tool: File Splitter can split large files into smaller parts, for example to make it easier to send them.
3) New tool: File Merger can merge previously split file parts back into the original large file.
4) The program now starts and opens up faster.
5) The Widget now starts faster and uses less system resources.
6) Improved the accuracy of detecting running apps in the Dashboard and Widget.
7) Improved the speed and accuracy of detecting the data of installed software.
8) The main menu's tool listing is now in the same order as the tools in the navigation menu.
9) Choosing 'No' on the query about can System Cleaner close running browsers caused the System Cleaner scan not to start at all. The scan is supposed to be aborted only if user chooses 'Cancel' on this query.
10) File and folder selection boxes now allow the selection of multiple files and folders at the same time.
11) File and folder selection boxes now remember the last used folder, also between tools and app sessions.
12) The listing of tools in Settings > General > Tools are now in the same order as the tools in the navigation menu.
13) The main menu's translation listing is now in alphabetically sorted order. Previously it was random.
14) Settings window's UI elements now support word wrap, allowing you to use it better with smaller screen resolutions.
15) Reduced flickering in the scan progress screen's running modules list, especially when System Cleaner scan is running.
16) Software Uninstaller is now able to better detect the publisher of installed software.
17) Reduced flickering when scrolling the result lists using mouse scroll wheel.
18) The splash screen's top part is now matching the color of the rest of the window.
19) Comes with new translations: Filipino, Indonesian, Hindi, Malay, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
20) Many improvements made to the Dutch, Finnish, German and Swedish translations.


Fixes:

1) System Cleaner could show up with no results listed, because the 'Select All' checkbox was not selected by default. This issue only happened on some systems.
2) Changing the Settings > Result Lists > Column sizing mode requires the program to be restarted, yet changing the setting did not suggest user to restart the program.
3) The 'Please wait ...' box could change its size while already on screen, which could look odd. Or, it could show up in the wrong position (not centered). This was entirely a cosmetic issue, but now fixed nevertheless.
4) Turning off Settings > System Cleaner > Settings > 'Show results category listing' did not work. With this setting disabled, some category listing related UI elements were still visible in the System Cleaner, making the UI look odd.
5) Moving between Finder and Duplicate File Finder many times could cause the Duplicate File Finder's UI to display incorrectly, with some elements partially cut off from view.
6) The app could in some rare cases leave temporary data behind after being used. This is now fixed in a way the app automatically finds and cleans any old temporary data it possibly has left behind.
7) System Cleaner did not detect any invalid hkey_root\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\uninstall\ keys.
8) With some elements hidden, it was possible the Widget window did not show all of the visible UI elements correctly.
9) The warning text in the final software uninstallation screen could be in slightly incorrect location.
10) The tip texts in some tools were shown in a very small font size in some systems.
11) Clicking the navigation menu items to rapidly change the currently open tool could cause the UI to start to display UI elements incorrectly.
12) The status screen of the Finder tool could display items with the status of 'starting' until the very end of the search, implying that these search modules were not run at all. This was a cosmetic issue. The modules were started but their status was not always correctly updated to the screen.



Known issues:

1) The Russian translation does not work. Trying to use it may cause error message "Slava Ukraini" to be displayed.
2) Changing the language in Settings does not always update the entire UI to preview the translation. Actual changing the translation works, however.
3) There are some translation related issues in the File Merger, File Renamer and File Splitter tools. For example, the preview text caption in File Merger says 'This is how the files would be renamed:' instead of 'merged'.
4) Switching between Support and Backup tools multiple times can cause the Backup tool to get stuck in 'Please wait ...' which is solved only if restarting the app.
5) If you open Web Blocker, scroll down to the bottom of the tool's area, open another tool and then open Web Blocker again, the scroll bar is not reset to the top of the tool page.
6) The options relating to restarting jv16 PowerTools, such as when changing its language, does not always work and instead the app only closes and must be manually started again.
7) Hiding the new icons from the bottom part of the navigation menu causes an incorrect background color to be displayed for a second or two.

Note: Software Updater tool has been removed. It required constant updates to keep the database of latest software versions up to date, yet the tool was used by very few users. That is why we decided to drop it. If you disagree with this decision, please voice your opinion now and we can reconsider.
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Re: Major new version: jv16 PowerTools 7.4.0.1418 released

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Also, we are now officially in Reddit, too: https://www.reddit.com/r/jv16powertools/ - If you want to show your support, please come in to /r/jv16powertools/ and say hi! Thank you!
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Re: Major new version: jv16 PowerTools 7.4.0.1418 released

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Build 1418 has a significant bug in that it does not clean files. The "cleaning complete" windows pops up almost immediately, but the cleaning does not appear to be happening. This is on Windows 10x64 Pro and Windows 11x64 Pro. I have attached the debug folder and a snapshot.
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Re: Major new version: jv16 PowerTools 7.4.0.1418 released

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siliconman01 wrote: Fri May 13, 2022 10:23 am Build 1418 has a significant bug in that it does not clean files. The "cleaning complete" windows pops up almost immediately, but the cleaning does not appear to be happening. This is on Windows 10x64 Pro and Windows 11x64 Pro. I have attached the debug folder and a snapshot.
Thank you for reporting! We are investigating.
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Re: Major new version: jv16 PowerTools 7.4.0.1418 released

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siliconman01 wrote: Fri May 13, 2022 10:23 am Build 1418 has a significant bug in that it does not clean files. The "cleaning complete" windows pops up almost immediately, but the cleaning does not appear to be happening. This is on Windows 10x64 Pro and Windows 11x64 Pro. I have attached the debug folder and a snapshot.
We have been unable to reproduce the problem. Could you please describe the steps you took to see this issue? Did you just run the System Cleaner, let it scan, then clicked the Clean And Fix All but it didn't actually remove any files?
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Re: Major new version: jv16 PowerTools 7.4.0.1418 released

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jv16 wrote: Mon May 16, 2022 11:11 am
siliconman01 wrote: Fri May 13, 2022 10:23 am Build 1418 has a significant bug in that it does not clean files. The "cleaning complete" windows pops up almost immediately, but the cleaning does not appear to be happening. This is on Windows 10x64 Pro and Windows 11x64 Pro. I have attached the debug folder and a snapshot.
We have been unable to reproduce the problem. Could you please describe the steps you took to see this issue? Did you just run the System Cleaner, let it scan, then clicked the Clean And Fix All but it didn't actually remove any files?
Yes, that's the steps I use. Attached is a Snagit pic showing what happens during the clean step. Its progresses to ~ 25% and then stops. This is 100% repeatable. I am also attaching a Snagit video of the clean step where, oddly, it proceeds to completion as expected. I tried the video capture 3 times and jv16 worked as expected each time.
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Re: Major new version: jv16 PowerTools 7.4.0.1418 released

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Here's a Snagit video from my Win10x64 system which shows the problem.
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Re: Major new version: jv16 PowerTools 7.4.0.1418 released

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Here is a debug file from a win11x64 cleaning where jv16 was cleaning and suddenly disappeared (poof)...no error messages.
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Re: Major new version: jv16 PowerTools 7.4.0.1418 released

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I have now been able to confirm the issue and I'm 99% sure what is going on. If I'm correct, this is merely a cosmetic issue: the data is removed absolutely correctly, but the UI has a bug that pushes the "removing data" progress to the screen, making the user to think something failed with the data removal.

But I agree with you, this is a significant issue as it can be very confusing for the user. We will release a fix for this next week.

This issue is time dependant, so it doesn't happen with all systems.

Thank you for the very good reporting of this issue!
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Re: Major new version: jv16 PowerTools 7.4.0.1418 released

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Overall, it works fairly well on my system, Win10 x64. A few points to note...

It does not seem to detect windows mem dump (DMP) files. Not sure if this is by design, or just an oversight.

Does not fully clean out the Systems Temp directory, even with age set to zero.


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Re: Major new version: jv16 PowerTools 7.4.0.1418 released

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Hi,

This is not a 'biggy'.... but I was just wondering.... :wink: 8)

I was just 'fiddling' within [Settings] and I noticed that when one changes one or more settings and then click on [Apply] the [Settings]-window closes....?!

WHY?
What kind of 'filosophy' is behind that? :roll:

It is somewhat confusing, especially if one wants to (re)set several settings in several categories!
And yes, I do understand that one can (re)set several settings in one go and then click on [Apply], but.... is it not more logical(?) to let the user click on [Apply] whenever the user sees fit and if one is ready THEN at the end click on the [Close] button?
For, why else is there a [Close] button (aside, of course, from closing the window without making any changes... :shock: duh :) )?
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