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Welcome to Goat 1000 - this is where you'll find some of the bits and pieces of software that I cobble together for fun. Please feel free to download them and try them out. All this stuff is freeware, no guarantee that it will do anything, etc. (though if it does fail to do anything, please let me know!)

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JPEG Saver 4.14

JPEG Saver 4.14 doesn't contain anything truly amazing, but it does have a new item for adding to the display: an analog clock. I first played with an analog clock item back in 2010, drawing the hands as Direct3D meshes. It worked, but it looked awful so I shelved the code. The analog clock in version 4.14 works the same way that the text clock does - drawing to an off-screen bitmap and then pasting it on top. It looks a lot better and makes it easier to preview the clock in the item configuration dialog.

I thought about adding a shadow option to the analog clock, but then I realised it was already easy enough to do using JPEG Saver's items list. Set up your clock the way you want it to look then create a copy, set the colour of the copy to grey (or whatever colour you want the shadow to be), change the offset by a few pixels and then drag the copy above the original clock in the items list. Items are drawn in the order they appear in the list, so the shadow should be above the main clock to be drawn first.

This version also adds some extra format tokens for the “Image info” item, for displaying some properties that can be updated in Windows Explorer. These are the title, subject, keywords (or tags), comments and author. The properties are actually stored in the Exif metadata, but are not part of the Exif standard (which is why I hadn't thought to include them before).

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SVGGraph 2.18

In previous versions of SVGGraph there were labels for some bars and labels for pie slices, but that was about it. They used different code, had different option names, and supported different styles and things. Version 2.18 attempts to bring the labels together, support labelling all the data items, and provide more options for what the labels look like.

Not a pipe organ

This example StackedBarGraph shows some of the new features. The labels are displayed using a data_label_type of “bubble”, with the data_label_filter option used to only create 1 in 3 labels for the second dataset and all labels for the first. What do you mean, you can't see the labels for the first dataset?

You can't see the labels for the first dataset because the data_label_fade_in_speed and data_label_fade_out_speed are both set to allow the labels to fade in and out, and the data_label_click option is set to array('hide','show'). This hides the labels of the first dataset and shows the labels of the second from the start, but they are all still there.

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TagCanvas 2.6.1

TagCanvas 2.6.1 is another quick bug-fix release, just fixing one bug that could be quite annoying. The new canvas tooltip supported by version 2.6 would display its div at the end of the page when TagCanvas started up. This version fixes that, and nothing else. So if you are not using div-based tooltips, this new version should not act any differently to version 2.6.

In other news, I've had a growing number of people contacting me about problems with using TagCanvas on the Android browser. There appear to be quite a few issues with using an HTML5 canvas on the Android browser, with all sorts of workarounds that may or may not solve the problems: Google search for “android browser canvas problems”.

I don't have anything that will run the Android browser, so I haven't made any attempt to solve these problems in the TagCanvas script. My advice for now is to search the web for similar Android canvas bugs and see if there are any changes that you can make to your HTML or CSS that will fix things for your application.

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Contact me

If you want to contact me, my email address is at the bottom of the Readme.txt file or PDF in any of the zip files, or in the source of Javascript files, or you could try to figure it out from a combination of my name, (graham) this domain name (goat1000.com) and the @ sign.

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