Nimi Places 20121104 released

On 3rd September we wrote that Nimi Places 20120902 will be the last one of 1st generation build, with next one being 2nd generation.

Apparently, we had to reconsider our publishing plans - both under popular demand and our internal considerations (regarding e.g: quality, clarity, long-term maintenance and future development) - resulting in decision to abandon idea of generation based versioning and by so resume "1st generation" Nimi Places development.

As an result - while we have been notified by users of many issues and normally those would be fixed on daily basis - although it was hard decision, we continued to refurbish Nimi Places, with "2nd generation" road-map consideration. This resulted in almost 2 months without update, and most important 2 months of negative user experience. We would like to apologize for that.

Nevertheless, thanks to that, as for today we are proud to introduce newest version of Nimi Places - codenamed "Rectify".

Most noticeable is performance increase - especially perceived performance. As item repaint operations are now queued: there are no artifacts (e.g. hover ones), there is less window repaint requests and as an result [almost] constant [animation] timing could have been achieved.

Secondly, revision of concurrent operations dependent code - like thumbnail requests or image scaling - allowed to increase bandwidth, reduce waiting time for shared elements. Most importantly it allowed to track and fix possible deadlocks.

Nimi Places 20121104

  • Added audio tag cache.
  • Added folder icon updates upon representing directory file changes (file addition etc.).
  • Added folder in-line preview for supported types (currently music only).
  • Added for videos thumbnail service requests system thumbnails before trying to generate thumbnail.
  • Added hourglass pointer to appear before showing progress dialog for sorting by content, if execution time might be noticeable.
  • Added keyboard shortcut for labels and switching container view modes (places type container).
  • Added labels icons in context menu.
  • Added new sample containers layout to quick setup.
  • Added retry option to pack theme feature in settings.
  • Added sorting by content now analyses directories contents as well.
  • Added unified parallel elements repaint queue.
  • Improved color support for themes.
  • Improved default theme system color auto-adapt.
  • Optimized thumbnail saving formats.
  • Revised concurrent thumbnail generation.
  • Revised directory icon/thumbnail generation.
  • Revised gui.
  • Revised icons requests.
  • Revised parallel element access.
  • Revised place type container item repaint.
  • Revised places type container scaling.
  • Revised theme painting for places type container.
  • Updated compressor.
  • Changed directory sub-items count method.
  • Changed elements overlays to be painted in container rendering process instead of element one.
  • Changed icons/thumbnails size to 96x96 px.
  • Changed places type container element text display on hover.
  • Changed places type container selection field transparency gradation.
  • Changed theme elements sizes.
  • Changed thumbnails and data extensions.
  • Changed icons for fixed grid icons view for places type container adjust to available size.
  • Fixed audio tag processing.
  • Fixed clipboard file operation issues.
  • Fixed container elements position not being restored.
  • Fixed displaying tooltip for running applications.
  • Fixed generated thumbnails not added to quick check cache upon generation.
  • Fixed icons for internet shortcuts to non-shared.
  • Fixed internet shortcut parsing fallback to system icon.
  • Fixed settings menu re-opening when opened and tray notification icon clicked.
  • Fixed shortcut parser freezing container when parsing some shortcuts.
  • Fixed some containers could disappear while desktop was selected via "show desktop" .
  • Fixed some partially visible elements not repainting.
  • Fixed sorting by content dialog not hiding after successful operation.
  • Removed containers concurrent initialize limiter.
  • Removed default dimmed theme.
  • Removed folder tooltips.
  • Removed places type container elements effects.
  • Removed support for restoring custom icons when clearing cache.
  • Other changes, fixes and updates.

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