Ultra Screen Saver Maker Release Notes

Ultra Screen Saver Maker Release Notes

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Ultra Screen Saver Maker Release Notes

Version to be released

  • Touchscreen support
  • Added Hungarian translation for screen saver installer
  • Fixed “Make Default” button not working without administrative privileges
  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 22.0.3

Version 22.0.2 (04 December 2022)

  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 22.0.2

Version 22.0.1 (12 February 2022)

  • Prevent screen saver appearing blurry when display scale greater than 100%
  • Raised the maximum value of “Pause after image” and “Pause after movie” to 999 seconds
  • Fixed newlines in text messages not being rendered
  • Fixed sharing violation issue when using some videos
  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 22.0.1

Version 22.0 (04 October 2021)

  • Windows 11 support
  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 22.0

Version 21.1 (22 August 2021)

  • New option to create digitally signed screen saver (.scr) with separate data file (.dat)
  • Fixed screen saver hanging when using some videos
  • Windows XP and Vista are no longer supported

Version 21.0 (04 February 2021)

  • Significantly faster creation of screen saver installation package (.exe)
  • Removed Flash support since Adobe blocks it from running beginning 12 January 2021
  • Display proper error message when screen saver is larger than 2 GB
  • Cannot properly exit screen saver when having issue with video playback – fixed
  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 21.0

Version 3.6.4 (14 December 2019)

  • Properly align tab selection background in Standard and Professional editions
  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 2.6.1

Version 3.6.3 (11 July 2019)

  • Bundled proper version of Live Screensaver Creator 2.6

Version 3.6.2 (17 June 2019)

  • Sometimes screen savers were crashing on exit – fixed

Version 3.6.1 (28 April 2019)

  • Video screen saver sometimes hanging on multiple monitors – fixed
  • Dynamic footer overwrites itself while playing video – fixed
  • Multi-line text messages export sometimes does not create valid file – fixed
  • Better handling of WM_CLOSE message

Version 3.6 (2 October 2018)

  • User interface, icon and installation wizard image redesign
  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 2.6

Version 3.5 (20 August 2018)

  • Significant speed improvements
  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 2.5

Version 3.4 (8 August 2017)

  • Multi-language screen saver installation package support (25 languages included)
  • Center crop media when “Original size” is set and “Random position” is unchecked
  • Improved random order of elements
  • More descriptive error messages when adding files
  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 2.4

Version 3.3 (27 October 2016)

  • Some monitors were not displaying screen saver in more than two monitors environment – fixed
  • If unable to display screen saver on multiple monitors, display it on the primary monitor only
  • Dual code signing support
  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 2.3

Version 3.2 (3 October 2015)

  • Windows® 10 support
  • Smaller size of created screen savers
  • Day of the week (##DDD and ##DDDD) in text messages shows day in advance – fixed
  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 2.2

Version 3.1.4 (1 May 2014)

  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 2.1.5

Version 3.1.3 (6 January 2014)

  • Added screen saver installation package parameter /noicons to avoid creating icons
  • Thick border on the bottom of the screen when “Use multiple monitors as independent displays” is unchecked – fixed
  • Test button doesn’t work on some configurations – fixed
  • Crash on computers having an older AMD processors – fixed
  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 2.1.4

Version 3.1.2 (23 November 2013)

  • Screen savers requiring HKEY-LOCAL-MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Licenses permission – fixed
  • No sound in multi monitor environment – fixed
  • Added explanation how to deploy .scr files
  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 2.1.3

Version 3.1.1 (21 March 2013)

  • Unable to create installer on some computers – fixed

Version 3.1 (16 March 2013)

  • Completely changed screen saver installation procedure to prevent antivirus software false positives
  • Faster movie and Flash playback
  • Significantly improved screen saver testing speed
  • Images are no longer converted to GIF and JPEG
  • Fixed video random position not working correctly
  • Fixed MIDI playback sometimes doesn’t work
  • Unable to create screen savers having short filenames – fixed
  • Flash player is no longer bundled with screen saver, but redirects to Adobe website
  • Local OpenMP runtime library installation instead of system wide
  • Bundled Live Screensaver Creator 2.1.1

Version 3.0.1 (15 September 2012)

  • Transition effects were not working as designed

Version 3.0 (12 September 2012)

  • Added Web component to create screensavers based on websites or keywords
  • Windows® 8 support
  • Significantly improved Flash video playback
  • Added Fly in/out transition effects
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 11.4 support
  • Check for duplicates when adding Flash files
  • Introducing multiple editions: Standard, Professional and Premium
  • Removed Previous and Next buttons

Version 2.5 (7 July 2012)

  • Added Fade transition effects
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 11 support
  • Full Microsoft ClearType™ support
  • Added Make default button
  • Fixed text flickering when effects are disabled
  • Fixed text messages size in Display properties window preview
  • Enabled scroll bar in text messages edit box
  • Changed screen saver command line parameter /c to /qi
  • Clicking on hyperlink doesn’t always launch the browser – fixed
  • Not all project properties were loaded – fixed
  • Small user interface improvements

Version 2.4.1 (4 February 2012)

  • Some Flash animations not being played completely – fixed
  • Special symbols not displayed when editing text messages – fixed
  • Removed text messages limit
  • Added double-click the text message to edit
  • Changed default text messages character set to ANSI
  • “Duration of last frame” now always behave as it should
  • Changed default setting for Slide text effect to “To Right”
  • First frame not shown when playing some Flash animations – fixed

Version 2.4 (30 October 2011)

  • New ‘Effects’ tab to select transition effects
  • Smoother transition and text effects
  • New multi-monitor option: independent or extended mode
  • New “Full screen” image and movie resizing option
  • New option to control animated GIF duration
  • Improved movie looping
  • Improved animated GIF playback
  • Improved look and feel of application
  • Removed pause after movie playback
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 support
  • Fixed crash using background PNG, BMP, TGA or TIF image
  • Skip saving background image which is not used
  • Added error message when the file format is wrong
  • Fixed blinking text when “No effect” is chosen
  • Fixed crash importing text messages when the file name contains non-English letters
  • Temporarily increase the MIDI volume if it’s mute
  • Fixed crash when testing screen saver from the Flash tab
  • Reverse order of added objects – fixed
  • Not all project properties were saved – fixed
  • Drag and drop not working – fixed
  • Incorrect 12-hour time format at noon – fixed
  • Non transparent background in animated GIF – fixed

Version 2.3 (28 April 2011)

  • Windows® 7 support
  • Windows Media Video (.wmv) support
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10 support
  • Significantly improved movie playback
  • Full multi-monitor support
  • New screensaver distribution type: Archive containing Screen Saver (.zip)
  • Improved Flash playback
  • Showing number of files each multimedia tab contains
  • Slide effects speed up
  • Better random position of multimedia elements on the display
  • Improved overall stability
  • Displaying short file names in the list and the full path using tooltip
  • Display command-line switches for screen saver using /help
  • Disable adding an empty text message
  • Showing “Display properties” window when setting screen saver as default
  • “Show mouse cursor” option is enabled for all exit conditions
  • Triggering system font smoothing – fixed
  • Increasing temporary folder size when playing screen saver – fixed
  • Screensaver crashes if link is attached – fixed
  • Not properly working on Windows Vista – fixed
  • Issues with non-English Windows locale – fixed
  • “Exit condition” crash – fixed
  • Crash when adding certain Flash files – fixed
  • Double sound playback with certain Flash files – fixed
  • Wrong Flash player version detection – fixed
  • Crash when Flash player installation is refused – fixed
  • Cannot play compressed AVI files – fixed
  • AVI files freezing – fixed
  • Crash when testing Flash screensaver and Flash player is not installed – fixed
  • Crash when having “On mouse button” exit condition on registered version – fixed
  • Crash when adding text with hyperlinks on registered version – fixed
  • Animated GIF does not loop – fixed
  • Footer overwritten by Flash animation – fixed
  • Cannot install screen saver with specific files but test works – fixed
  • Screen saver code signing works now

Version 2.2

  • New transition effects
  • Improved stability
  • High CPU usage problem – fixed
  • Working with footer text problems – fixed
  • Flash player installation not working – fixed
  • Movie background not working – fixed
  • Screen saver containing one flash file Exit condition – fixed
  • Control Panel/Display Properties/Screen Savers/Preview is working properly now
  • Test and Make buttons are activated immediately after first project change
  • Working with movies problems – fixed
  • CMYK & CYY JPEG pictures are displayed ok now
  • Footer font properties are correctly saved and used now
  • Strange behavior of Exit condition – fixed
  • Strikeout font style not working – fixed
  • Add/Files of type/GIF Files shows .GIF files properly now
  • System menu options – fixed
  • “Buy now” button not working – fixed
  • Targa (TGA) files are properly opened now
  • Sometimes “double size” of image didn’t work
  • Changed position of program icon to the first level of Start menu
  • Movie background type setting as image background – fixed
  • Fixed text messages across Flash animation leaving the trace
  • Mute background sound during movie playback – fixed
  • Blocking during MIDI playback – fixed
  • Inaccessible application while opening Help file – fixed
  • Added hyperlinks support (URLs are underlined and launch browser window on mouse click)
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 7 support (performs up to eight times faster than its predecessors)
  • Added import/export of text messages
  • Added multi-monitor support
  • Improved testing speed
  • Pretty smaller size of generated screen savers
  • Lower CPU usage of generated screen savers
  • Fixed Flash background color, size and “Duration of last frame” problems
  • Fixed few text messages bugs
  • Fixed MIDI playback bug
  • Fixed bug when some JPEG images displayed as color negatives.
  • Footer font properties are correctly saved and used now.

Version 2.1

  • Added footer (text, visible all the time, centered, at the bottom of the screen)
  • Added “Exit condition” for choosing what type of activity stops screen saver execution
  • Added “Show mouse cursor” option for displaying mouse cursor while screen saver running
  • Improved installation process (uninstalling previous version, registry clean up)
  • Added Windows® XP look & feel
  • It is possible to create empty text message by entering space character now
  • Added horizontal scroll when needed.
  • Random background sound muting bug – fixed
  • Fixed error when calculating free space
  • Fixed bug with the style of text effects
  • Fixed bug with movie resizing
  • Fixed bug causing crash in Control Panel when using Flash generated screen saver
  • Fixed bug with date and time text variables: $$HH$$MM is working now
  • Fixed bug with relative paths

Version 2.01

  • Added “Duration of last frame” slider for Flash animations
  • Improved screen saver preview
  • Improved playing of single Flash files
  • Improved visualization of screen saver with text messages only
  • Fixed bug with background sound during movie playback
  • Fixed several bugs with text messages and effects
  • Fixed bug saving projects made with previous versions

Version 2.0

  • Added Macromedia Flash (SWF) file support.
  • Animated GIFs are supported now.
  • Added multi-line text support.
  • Added image double size attribute.
  • Added date and time text variables (e.g. $HH:$MM:$SS).
  • Added slider for movies.
  • Added Help file.
  • Added random text effect.
  • Added smart font properties handling for text.
  • New defaults for images and movie: original size, random position and shuffle turned on.
  • The process of creating test screen saver can now be stopped.
  • Improved text effects duration control.
  • Synchronize text with objects bug – fixed.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Version 1.32

  • Added synchronize text with objects feature.
  • Improved sound playback.
  • Fixed bug when first image does not appear in during transition effect.
  • Fixed bug calling help file.
  • Fixed random position bug.

Version 1.31

  • Roll effects have been improved.
  • All text effects have random position as default.
  • Fixed bug when adding movies using “Add Supported Files” button.
  • Fixed bug when closing screen saver.
  • Fixed bug causing test screen saver working but mute sound.
  • Fixed bug causing crash when using text effects.

Version 1.3

  • “Flying Chars” text effect added.
  • “Add Supported Files” button added, so it is possible to add all supported files at once.
  • Background image and gradient support added.
  • Graphical menu added.
  • “Typewriter” text effect added.
  • Fixed several bugs causing freezing and crash.
  • Sound slider now works properly.

Version 1.2

  • “Set as default screen saver” option added.
  • Added “Duration of transition effects” control.
  • Added fine control of image and movie resizing.
  • “Tip of the Day” has been added.
  • “Check for Updates” option has been added.
  • “What’s New” has been added.
  • Added screen saver size information in “Make” dialog.
  • “Technical Support” option added.
  • Self-installing screen savers now have /I switch providing quiet installation as Windows default screen saver.
  • Added notification dialog after installation of generated screen saver.
  • Paths to multimedia files are now relative (instead of absolute) to saved project position.
  • Displaying sequence of elements has been improved.
  • Removed registration information in configuration dialog of generated screen saver.
  • Scrolling effects have been improved.
  • Fixed Images/Add/File open bug with non-existing paths.

Version 1.1

  • Renamed “Slide Show Pause” to “Pause between images”
  • Renamed “Sound Pause” to “Pause between sounds”
  • Sometimes test couldn’t be done due to temporary directory problems.
  • Fixed crash on changing text effect previously set to “no effect”.
  • Fixed Rundll32 error when closing the screen saver.

Version 1.0 (6 January 2002)

  • First release
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