Windows Application Launcher 3.0/3.1 Public Beta
2009-03-12, 09:01 by Martin Pedersen in Development
Finally we are able to provide you with a public beta of the brand new Application Launcher for Windows. This new version adresses many issues that we have had with the older versions and also incorporates support for Roxen Editorial Portal.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts and strongly encourage you to report any bugs you might stumble upon.
Built on DotNet framework
The choice of writing the new application launcher in .Net using C# was made to comply with modern standards and also to secure the code base for future development.
One interesting side effect of this is that this choice enabled us to implement a solution that is almost identical to the implementation seen in the Objective-C solution for OSX. This also leaves us with a more solid foundation to rest our future development on.
Re-designed user interface
The UI has been reviewed and redesigned to be easier to use and aims to be closer to the native Windows behaviour.
At this moment we have a number of known issues that might be good to be aware about in order to get going with the beta version of the program.
- Uses Windows registry to select editors
The Application Launcher Beta uses the Windows registry to determine how files of a certain type should be opened. The program will automatically open files with the system default editor for each file type, for unknown filetypes it will ask the user to provide one, using the standard dialogs for this purpose. If you wish to use another editor for a file, you can right click it in the list and choose Open with. How ever, this operation might require administrative privileges.
- Please enable logging
Since we are in a development phase and are doing some beta testing we would like you to enable the logging functions in the program. You can do this by checkin the logging checkbox in the settings tab. The logging is quite detailed and allows us to pinpoint any problem you might encounter.