Long time no see! As I fairly explicitly noted in my previous post, Pictus development have been pretty much abandoned. If nothing else, no updates in four years should have been a good indicator! Despite this, Pictus is a lot more popular now compared to when I was actually developing it. I’m not entirely comfortable with supplying such an old version of Pictus, so that leaves me with either pulling the plug or putting some sort of effort into basic maintenance. I have decided to go for the latter.
Currently I’m not up for actually adding features but I’m quite willing to fix bugs. I have squished quite a few already in development, but I can only fix those I’ve run into myself (or have managed to identify during code inspection). I am dogfooding Pictus, but that will only uncover bugs for features and configurations I use. If you have run into any notable issues or bugs, send me an e-mail or post a comment below. I would also love it if you mentioned what you use Pictus for. According to analytics, most of you are only interested in getting PSD (Photoshop) thumbnails in Windows. I am considering to make a separate download that only contains the component needed for thumbnails, but explicitly hearing requests for this would make the decision slightly easier.
What is new in Pictus 1.1.5
The update I’m working will be released when I have fixed all known notable issues and when I am confident that it’s a notable improvement stability-wise. A very incomplete list of release highlights follow:
- BUGFIX: Everything looks blurry on high-DPI displays.
- BUGFIX: Pictus can appear on the wrong monitor when you enter fullscreen mode.
- BUGFIX: Installation can hang, resulting in a semi-installed state.
- BUGFIX: PSD images with multiple alpha channels don’t show up.
- BUGFIX: GIF animations stops playing after a few minutes.
- 64-bit builds now support larger images.
- License is now MIT, was previously somewhat ambiguous.
“Unfortunately”, Windows XP will no longer be supported. There was a fair bit of code specific for Windows XP, and I’m not willing to maintain that for a single version of a discontinued operating system. According to visitor statistics, a vast majority of you have migrated to Windows Vista or newer anyway. I hope that I can get the code up on github or similar later on, but that’s not fast or simple process. The biggest issue is the test data, as I do not necessarily have permission to redistribute all of it.