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.

Known issues

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.

Send us your thoughts

Please send us your thoughts and please report any possible bug you might encounter and do so to our bug crunch system or discuss the public beta on the forum.

Download installer here

Size: 374.1K bytes
Modified: 21 May 2010, 13:08
Size: 547.6K bytes
Modified: 13 May 2009, 11:54
 

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1   Erik Berglind-Allemann

2009-03-12 09:33

Yey! Public Beta ftw! :D

2   Martin Pedersen

2009-03-19 13:39

As stated in the forums, please drop a line in the thread if you are testing the beta. Interesting to get an indication on many people who are actually trying it.

3   Philip Maurer

2009-03-27 19:03

Excellent, I'd definitely want to test this!

4   Martin Pedersen

2009-05-13 11:56

The installer above has been updated with the latest version. This version adresses a lot of issues with the old one. Mainly registry troubles surrounding opening of different filetypes.

Please send us your thoughts!

5   Pontus Östlund

2009-05-19 09:09

One reflection: If I select "Minimize to tray" the entire launcher pops up when a new file is downloaded. That's rather annoying.

We're still on Win2k here for another couple of months!

(and please make this comment textarea a bit higher, it only fits three lines ;)

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One reflection: If I select "Minimize to tray" the entire launcher pops up when a new file is downloaded. That's rather annoying. We're still on Win2k here for another couple of months! (and please make this comment textarea a bit higher, it only fits three lines ;)
The installer above has been updated with the latest version. This version adresses a lot of issues with the old one. Mainly registry troubles surrounding opening of different filetypes. Please send us your thoughts!
Excellent, I'd definitely want to test this!
As stated in the forums, please drop a line in the thread if you are testing the beta. Interesting to get an indication on many people who are actually trying it.
Yey! Public Beta ftw! :D