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These public beta programs contain new fixes and new features that haven't been fully tested. I need you to tell me if you find any problems with these program or even if the changes listed work as you expect.

joejoe Aug-09-17 4:32 PM CDT

ArsClip Roadmap

Version 5.24 of ArsClip will be a maintenance build. This should be a fairly short beta period.

Version 5.25 will implement the online macro library. Instead of using hardcoded examples in the program, the program will be able to access a collection of macros that show how to perform custom copy and paste tasks. This will include both Permanent Clip macros and Custom Clip Menu macros.

Version 6.00 will be a complete rework of the Configuration and Edit Clips windows. I've done all I can to improve the clutter with the current layout. Version 6 will merge the two windows into a single window.

To be completely honest, this work is going to suck. I need to create new categories to make finding settings simple. For example, the Initial Setup process should be the Quick Start for the program. Only the most basic settings will be here along with built in help sections.

Categories will be task based. Showing the Popup window will be a section. The old "Popup Hotkey" section doesn't really make sense with all the alternative ways that don't require a hotkey.

A Search feature would be a great addition for finding all those obscure but related settings that may be located in separate locations. Pictures would also likely help to identify parts of the program visually. The integrated help will also show related locations for easier navigation.

Version 6 is only conceptual at this stage, but I think it is next step required for a massive usability improvement.

joejoe May-04-17 6:15 PM CDT

A Long ArsClip Beta

This current beta of ArsClip has taken quite some time. Replacing old code is always a tricky thing, especially when dealing with code that was made years ago. A lot of issues were discovered due to hard work by the users. Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to help me out. Luckily, the more obscure bugs seem to already have been found.

ArsClip Beta is now in feature freeze. The official release will have to be delayed for a while, but the current test is close to the final version.

joejoe Mar-04-17 1:19 PM CST

Just A Note

Minor health issues have prevented me from working on the current ArsClip beta. I'll update again when I being working on it.

Update: I've began updating again on a limited bases.

joejoe Feb-16-17 2:55 PM CST

More Automation - ArsClip


The warning dialogs were added a very long time ago for exceptions when trying to show the Popup. They interrupted the flow of the normal operation and weren't read most of the time.

Above is a screenshot of the replacement for warning dialogs. Now that the Popup has a Title Bar, it can be used to show more information - like exceptions. In the screenshot, ArsClip detected the current foreground window is running as Administrator. The question mark icon is being hovered by the mouse to show a tooltip. Normal flow of the program is not interrupted and information is available for those that want to learn why "Clipboard Only" mode is enabled.

Another issue that's being worked on is compatibility for the new clipboard item event. In Windows OS, all programs can access the clipboard, but it must be exclusively locked to retrieve the contents. ArsClip has setting in the arsclip.ini file that defines the default amount of time to wait before accessing the clipboard, when a new clip is detected. This settings was a manual workaround for programs like Excel that hold the clipboard open for long periods of time or open the clipboard even when no user interaction is performed.

In the current Public Beta, AC detects this condition and will re-try for a set period of time. This is being reworked so that AC detects how long it takes for a program to release the clipboard. A pre-capture delay will automatically be tuned for each individual program.

joejoe Feb-10-17 1:41 PM CST

Current Focus - ArsClip

The Popup window code is getting reworked a little bit at a time in the current tests. The code for this part of the program has grown large and needs better designs to be maintainable. There are three main parts of the code: position calculations, drawing, and interaction.

The position calculations have already been reworked. This code determines the size and placement of each menu item, each icon, and the entire Popup window itself. Drawing and interactions require this information to work.

The drawing routines are still being changed. There are many settings that are only specific to the main Popup window that are being made more generalized. Code that directly accesses the Configuration window is being removed. This ensures that the Clip Menu isn't affected by settings designed only for the Popup window.

The interaction routines updates are the same as the drawing routine updates. The changes for this part are also not yet complete.

joejoe Feb-06-17 7:41 PM CST

The Clip Menu - ArsClip

The current Public Beta replaces an old window, the Clip Menu. In previous versions, this window was reworked several times for better usability. It needed to be replaced long ago, but it required a large amount of work. This task was delayed almost indefinitely. Now, the Clip Menu uses the same window that the main Popup uses.

The old Clip Menu broke how Explorer Compatibility mode works. The type of window it used required keyboard focus, which makes some tasks in Explorer windows difficult or impossible. In the last official version, the Clip Menu was disabled in this mode. More users than expected used the Clip Menu in this case, so the time was spent to correctly fix the issue.

The changelog for Test 5 looks small, but many things have changed behind the scenes.

joejoe Feb-03-17 1:25 PM CST

More Delays - ArsClip


The above is delaying the next Public Beta test of ArsClip. The Clip Menu is being is being replaced with the same window ArsClip uses for the Popup window. The problem is that I never finished reworking the Popup code to be general use. Once again, a lot of old code is being replace with clean and simple code.

While the current test is about 95% finished, it's not polished enough for a beta release. I'm also looking at previous choices made for the Clip Menu to see if anything needs to be changed.

joejoe Jan-27-17 1:48 PM CST

New JScript Engine - ArsClip

The internal JavaScript engine in ArsClip has been replaced. The old engine used the shell command for executing a script file. Communication between the script and ArsClip was complicated and had many failure points. The new engine connects to JScript directly without using the command shell and can also add its own objects to the language for simple two-way communication.

The final result is simpler code and even faster execution. Adding new features is also trivial, so future expansion is possible.

Currently, JavaScript allows advanced user to add functionality to Permanent Clips without having to update the program. To reach a larger audience, more example scripts need to be available in the program. I'm now collecting from user to include in the program. For example, one user needed to do some date-math to paste yesterday's date. This is a good general usage script that can be included.

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