Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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jv16 PowerTools 7.5 is now released. The full version number is 7.5.0.1463 and it can be downloaded from here:

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


This is a major new version that comes with a ton of new features, improvements and fixes. The full Change Log is below.


There are two new tools:

1) System Fixer. System Fixer looks for Windows and system related errors, lists them for you to review and can automatically fix them for you.

While the System Cleaner also contains error fixing features, the System Fixer is fully dedicated to only fixing system errors. It has more scan modules relating to finding registry and file system errors and its UI allows you to better see what kind of errors were found and how the app would fix them.

There are also other fundamental differences between System Fixer and System Cleaner. For example, System Cleaner would consider deleting a registry entry with an invalid file reference as a fix. System Fixer only lists broken file references that it can actually fix by correcting the file reference.

In short, if you experience problems with your computer, you should run System Fixer and see if it can fix the issues. If you just want to clean your system, then you can use the System Cleaner.


2) Quick Finder. Quick Finder is our suggestion to use instead of Windows Cortana to search for files. Quick Finder sits directly in the jv16 PowerTools navigation panel and in the Widget and allows you to quickly find and open files.

For example, did you just download "invoice.pdf"? Just type in 'invoice.pdf' or 'invoice' to Quick Finder and hit Enter, and the app instantly opens it for you. Or just write the search word and wait a second, and jv16 PowerTools opens the folder containing the file for you. If you don't like to use Windows Cortana to find files, this is the feature you have been looking for.

The idea of Quick Finder is to offer a fast and easy way to find your commonly accessed files.


There are also many other new features, such as the highly anticipated Settings Export/Import feature. If you want to move jv16 PowerTools to another computer, or uninstall it in order to install a new version, you can now use the Settings Export to create a backup of the app settings.

And lastly, I would want to mention that Software Uninstaller can now analyze and detect whether you have any unused apps installed in your system. Having too many apps in your system is the best way to slow it down, so we always recommend you to uninstall any apps you are not using. Now, Software Uninstaller can analyze all your apps and suggest apps that you may not be using anymore.

There are also many other new features and improvements.

Me and my team have worked very hard for this version. There have been many long days and I hope you will enjoy using the new version!

If you have any feedback and especially if there is anything I can do to make the product better for you, please let me know.


If you like the software, please consider telling others about it. We spend almost zero money on advertising. Instead, we rely on word of mouth, people just like yourself recommending the software to others.


Thank you!



jv16 PowerTools Change Log Since b1418
Improvements:

1) New tool: System Fixer. System Fixer looks for Windows and system related errors, lists them for you to review and can automatically fix them for you.
2) New tool: Quick Finder. Quick Finder sits directly in the jv16 PowerTools navigation panel and in the Widget and allows you to quickly find and open files. For example, did you just download "invoice.pdf"? Just type in 'invoice.pdf' or 'invoice' to Quick Finder and hit Enter, and the app instantly opens it for you. Or just write the search word and wait a second, and jv16 PowerTools opens the folder containing the file for you. If you don't like to use Windows Cortana to find files, this is the feature you have been looking for.

3) New feature: Settings Export/Import. If you want to move jv16 PowerTools to another computer, or uninstall it in order to install a new version, you can now use the Settings Export to create a backup of your app settings.
4) New feature: You can now easily add 'Open with Command Prompt', 'Open with Notepad' and 'Take Ownership' options to the Right Click menus of Windows from the new jv16 PowerTools Settings > System tab.
5) New feature: jv16 PowerTools Desktop Menu. Right Click your Windows Desktop and you will now have jv16 PowerTools menu there, with shortcuts to the most common Windows tools such as Task Manager and RegEdit. And, of course, to start jv16 PowerTools. Only available for Windows 7 to Windows 10.
6) New feature: Software Uninstaller now contains an Analyze button which will detect which of your installed software and games you haven't been using for a long time. This can get in handy when deciding which apps you should uninstall.
7) New feature: The Widget now supports activity tracking to show how long you have been using your computer and it can also suggest when you should take a break.
8) New feature: The Widget now shows you the battery status and can notify you to stop charging the battery when it reaches 80% to improve the longevity of the battery by never fully charging it.
9) New feature: Right Clicking the main app navigation menu now brings up a rich menu to choose which tools should be visible on the menu as well as other handy features.
10) New feature: Software Uninstaller has a Show Data button that shows all the installation data of the selected apps, such as the files and registry data they have created.

11) Tools now open smoother with less user interface elements changing position during the transition between different screens within the app.
12) Added an option to Settings to show and hide the social media and contact icons from the navigation menu. Previously, it was only possible to hide these icons via the Right Click menu.
13) Added an option to use Courier type font for the data finding and searching related input text fields.
14) Changing the tab in Settings now also automatically scrolls the horizontal tabs scroll bar.
15) System Cleaner now displays a better worded notification before it automatically restarts your computer, and it allows you to cancel the restart by clicking the Cancel button.
16) An expired trial version of the program now allows basic usage, such as System Cleaner scanning, but not cleaning. Previously, an expired trial version would only show the My Account page.
17) Applying a license in My Account now shows the proper 'please wait' message while the license data is being checked.
18) Improved the speed of cleaning data in System Cleaner.
19) Improved the way the program and the Widget handle cases of the system screen resolution changes.
20) All the boxes within the Settings screen are now scrollable with the mouse scroll wheel without the need to click the box first.

Fixes:
1) Cleaning data with the System Cleaner or applying settings of Internet Optimizer could cause the app to quickly display an 'All is done' message box, and after that display a progress screen that could be visible for a long time. This was very confusing as the user would not know whether the operation was still ongoing, already completed or failed.
2) The tool names could use incorrect capitalization in some translated versions. For example, 'Support' button could say 'support'.
3) The list of running apps in Dashboard or Widget could contain app names with incorrect capitalization, such as 'FACEBOOK' instead of 'Facebook'.
4) The Widget's summary bar is blank when using the normal mode (i.e. not Dark Mode), because it is using a white font on a white background.
5) Starting the Internet Optimizer would show the quick progress animation before the privacy confirmation question has been answered by the user, which could have caused the user to incorrectly assume the operation already started before the privacy confirmation was given.
6) The Statistics area in Dashboard could incorrectly use too small fonts.
7) The list of translations was not fully visible in the Settings in some screen resolutions.
8) The 'Please wait ...' panel could change position while a tool page was opening which could look unpleasant.
9) Some of the navigation panel buttons could be partially cut off due to insufficient horizontal space on some screen resolutions when using a non English user interface.
10) Fixed typos and grammatical errors from the English and Finnish user interface texts.
11) It was not possible to hide the Task Manager tool from the navigation menu. Unchecking it from Settings > General > Tools would hide it for some time but it would always come back.
12) Some parts of File Splitter tool's user interface could not be translated because the texts were missing from English.txt
13) The Widget could start in English even if jv16 PowerTools itself was used in non English user interface mode.
14) Sometimes a tool could open with only the top part of the UI visible. Resizing the program window would fix this cosmetic issue, but now the bug causing this is also fixed.
15) Running the System Cleaner scan could either crash the app (potentially closing it without any error message) or freeze it. This was a rare issue that required very specific conditions to occur before it was triggered. Nevertheless, it's now fixed.
16) System Cleaner could report zero issues found in a case of a very slow computer and/or a system with a lot of errors or unneeded data. This was because if the main scan experienced a timeout, the processing data to the screen would also timeout, hence not displaying any results found before the scan timeout occurred.
17) In systems with very small screen or screen resolution, the Widget's Settings window could open so large, it didn't fit the screen.
18) Repeatedly clicking the currently active tab in Settings could cause the screen to flicker.
19) Opening the Settings window in Widget could cause it to display with some elements moving while the Settings window was opening.
20) Running the System Cleaner scan could cause the tool to freeze or show an Access Violation error message. This was a very rare issue, only happening with certain system configurations. It's now fixed, nevertheless.
21) Opening some tools, especially the Finder, could cause its UI to be drawn with most of the content missing. Resizing the app window would fix the problem..
22) The custom website blocking in Web Blocker (i.e. the 'Always block access to these websites') does not work.
23) The Widget sometimes didn't start, even if you tried to manually start it by double clicking its Start Menu icon.
24) Sometimes the app's message boxes could be shown too big, possibly even so big they were partially outside of the desktop area and therefore difficult to close.
25) It was possible for some tool buttons to be displayed with incorrect sizes.
26) Using the mouse scroll wheel to scroll the Big File Finder and File Renamer works, but the scrolling happens at a slower speed compared to the scrolling in other tools.
27) Running a System Cleaner or Software Uninstaller scan could in some rare cases get stuck to the 'Starting ...' progress view, however, the scan was actually running and would finish and show the results normally but the scan progress view displaying only 'starting ...' could cause confusion whether the program was frozen.
28) The category panel tip was shown in the user interface even if the 'no tips' mode was enabled in the Settings.
29) If you hid the CPU and RAM using apps listing in Dashboard using the Right Click menu, it was not possible to show them again using the Right Click menu because the options were missing from there. To show them again, you had to enable them again from the Settings screen.
30) The elements in the Widget's main user interface could be shown in the wrong order.
31) Using the Select > Select None in System Cleaner causes the Right Click menu features such as Open in RegEdit to stop working until the scan is run again.


Known Issues:

1) The Russian translation does not work. Trying to use it may cause the error message "Slava Ukraini" to be displayed.

2) While the UI of the new version is smoother with less flickering or elements moving around when opening tools, there is still a lot of work to be done in this regard. For example, sometimes opening a tool, such as the Finder, takes a few seconds too long and the loading graphic can be changing position when you are about to uninstall something with the Software Uninstaller. Or, if in Dark Mode, some UI elements show a blank white background when clicked. There are many similar cosmetic issues still present and we hope to address these in the near future.


To update: If you are running jv16 PowerTools 7.4.x, simply install the new version over the old version (no uninstallation is needed). If you are running an older version or unsure, uninstall the old jv16 PowerTools and then install the new version. You may need to use the My Account feature within jv16 PowerTools to activate your old license. Any currently active licenses of any old versions of the product also work with the new version without the need to pay for any additional upgrade fee.

Note: If you are a license owner and the new version says "trial expired", simply open the My Account tool within jv16 PowerTools, click Reset, enter your name and email address and click Apply and it will activate as the full version again.
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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PS. Right now, two anti-virus products show a False Positive detection relating to this version of jv16 PowerTools (see: https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file-ana ... M5ODkzMw==)

These detections are, of course, false positives and we have reported them to the authors of these products. The false positive detections will be fixed by the authors of the anti-virus products shortly, I'm sure.
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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jv16 wrote: Thu Jul 21, 2022 1:23 pm PS. Right now, two anti-virus products show a False Positive detection relating to this version of jv16 PowerTools (see: https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file-ana ... M5ODkzMw==)

These detections are, of course, false positives and we have reported them to the authors of these products. The false positive detections will be fixed by the authors of the anti-virus products shortly, I'm sure.
I notified Malwarebytes of this false positive and sent them a copy of jv16setup.exe.

All of my systems required resetting Account on installation of this version.
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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= System Fixer =

Weird: the scan took only 5 seconds and listed only invalid registry keys (279). Is this normal? I mean only 5 seconds and only registry keys :?
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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redseujac wrote: Thu Jul 21, 2022 4:13 pm = System Fixer =

Weird: the scan took only 5 seconds and listed only invalid registry keys (279). Is this normal? I mean only 5 seconds and only registry keys :?
Is there any reason why you think this wouldn't be normal? The System Fixer scan typically runs very fast.
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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siliconman01 wrote: Thu Jul 21, 2022 2:54 pm
I notified Malwarebytes of this false positive and sent them a copy of jv16setup.exe.
Thank you very much! The Malwarebytes false detection should already be fixed. At least, I don't get that detection anymore.

siliconman01 wrote: Thu Jul 21, 2022 2:54 pm All of my systems required resetting Account on installation of this version.
There were some changes to the licensing system and this might very well be the case for all users. Simply applying the license again via the My Account tool in jv16 PowerTools by using first Reset, then enter name and email address, then Apply and the license will be accepted again.
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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jv16 wrote: Thu Jul 21, 2022 9:15 pm
redseujac wrote: Thu Jul 21, 2022 4:13 pm = System Fixer =

Weird: the scan took only 5 seconds and listed only invalid registry keys (279). Is this normal? I mean only 5 seconds and only registry keys :?
Is there any reason why you think this wouldn't be normal? The System Fixer scan typically runs very fast.
5 seconds = nothing :wink: I am very curious about the scanning times of other users...
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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= System Cleaner =
- no browser cookies found while this is selected in the Settings
- no browser history items found while this is selected in the Settings
- in results list: in column "found problems" left-over software category items listed while such category is not listed in the column "problem categories".
- All items in Found problems list continue flickering
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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= Dutch translation version 9.4 =

This is the newest Dutch translation for build 1463.
Dutch(v9.4).zip
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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= System Fixer <> System Cleaner =

System Fixer scan doesn't find "Invalid Shortcuts" (only "Errors relating to installed app" -> "Invalid registry key" (275), while System Cleaner scan lists 3 "Broken Shortcuts" :?
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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Hi

Here are results of Virus Total
https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/5bc ... ?nocache=1

Is it false positive?
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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When I start System Fixer or System Cleaner, the message tells me that you suggest creating a Windows Restore Point before proceeding with the tool.

Why not have an option right there for the user to tick YES to have it automatically done or tick NO to proceed without creating a restore point?

If there is a tool to do it already in jv16PT, please point me to it.
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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redseujac wrote: Fri Jul 22, 2022 4:40 pm = Dutch translation version 9.4 =

This is the newest Dutch translation for build 1463.
Dutch(v9.4).zip
Received, thank you! It will be included to the next released version.
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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burbeen wrote: Sun Jul 24, 2022 5:03 pm Hi

Here are results of Virus Total
https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/5bc ... ?nocache=1

Is it false positive?
It was a false positive, and if you reload the Virus Total URL now, you can see that it's already fixed. Now showing correctly 0 infections.
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Re: Major New Version: jv16 PowerTools 7.5 (build 1463) released!

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dearnold wrote: Mon Jul 25, 2022 4:43 am When I start System Fixer or System Cleaner, the message tells me that you suggest creating a Windows Restore Point before proceeding with the tool.

Why not have an option right there for the user to tick YES to have it automatically done or tick NO to proceed without creating a restore point?

If there is a tool to do it already in jv16PT, please point me to it.
By default, jv16 PowerTools asks Windows to create a System Restore Point when jv16 PowerTools is installed and also when the tools are used.

However, this sometimes fails. Furthermore, users might have their System Restore disabled without them realizing it. That is why we always recommend people to create a System Restore Point themselves to ensure it is enabled and that a System Restore Point is created.
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