JPEG Saver 4.x

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JPEG Saver 4 is a new version of JPEG Saver with all old transitions ripped out and replaced with new DirectX 9 Direct3D-based transitions. This means all the complicated work will be done by the graphics card, instead of the old way where the CPU had to do all the work.

The end result of this will be smoother transitions and the ability to do things that would have been too slow and ugly the old way. It also means the real-time updating clock can stay on screen during the transitions instead of stopping for the duration.

The configuration of JPEG Saver 4.0 is backwards-compatible with version 3.*, so you can install 4 over the top of 3.6, or 3.6 over the top of 4 if you decide to go back to the previous version. The config and cache files from the previously installed version can be used without modification.

Current version: 4.12 - 14/04/2014

Added favourites support. Added transition speed option. Added shift, intersect, viewpoint, boxes, checker boxes and box turn transitions. Fixed colour management not working. Fixed change timer not restarting after transition aborted. Fixed crash when loading broken PNG images.

Version: 4.11.2 - 11/02/2014
Improved list info item. Fixed image loading stopping when same image picked twice in succession. Fixed images being rotated unnecessarily when embedded EXIF thumbnail has orientation data. Fixed config dialog being placed behind other windows after preview. Made file selection modes not pick the same image twice in succession.
Version 4.11.1 - 22/01/2014
Added preview button to dialog. Added shutters transition. Added desktop wallpaper file location to interactive options dialog. Added scanburst option and made metadata scan less aggressive during input.
Version 4.11 - 13/12/2013
Added maximum shape skip. Added sequential mode toggle from screen saver. Added two new transitions. Added F1 help to dialogs. Added width and height filters. Added background metadata scan. Fixed loading config file from non-boot drive. Fixed sub-folders being deleted from database when higher level folder modified.
Version 4.10.1 - 23/10/2013
Added cursor keys only interactive option. Added two new transitions. Added renaming of items. Dialogs now open in centre of screen to avoid taskbar when not at bottom of screen. Re-added skipping of bad images. Fixed corrupt pixels appearing on some hardware.
Version 4.10 - 21/09/2013
Improved multi-monitor support with options dialog. Added EXIF GPS fields to image details item. Added three new transitions. Added checkboxes to folders and items tabs to enable/disable selection. Images are now loaded and scaled in background threads to prevent screen locking up. Improved check for new images. Save desktop wallpaper option now saves multi-monitor images.
Version 4.9.1 - 17/07/2013
Fixed bug where incorrect validation would prevent adding items. Fixed JPEG Saver process not always exiting when quit during a transition.
Version 4.9 - 10/06/2013
Added loading of WebP images. Added “Keep aspect ratio” option for resizing background images. Made clicking on colour swatches open the colour selection dialog. Added alpha support to logo image items. Added four new transitions.
Version 4.8.1 - 04/03/2013
Fixed random crashing during image loading. Fixed crash when deleting last style and items using it. Fixed filter editor not displaying previous value. Added style and piling options to text file item dialog. Added minidump option.
Version 4.8 - 08/02/2013
Split up resizing options to allow scaling larger and smaller images differently. Added option to resize to a size in pixels instead of a percentage of the screen size. Added border edge options. Improved “Desktop”, “Pile” and “Desktop Pile” background modes. Added “Allow piling” option for showing items on piled backgrounds. Improved text handling for IPTC and Exif fields. Fixed several bugs in Exif and IPTC code that could cause crashes.
Version 4.7.1 - 11/01/2013
Added: text file item; resampler class for more scaling options; left, centre and right align options for text items. Fixed pause icon still being shown when unpaused by pressing the next or previous button. Fixed loading of logo files with paths that were previously failing.
Version 4.7 - 19/11/2012
First version compiled with Visual C++ 2010. Improved database error handling and on-screen display. Added shortcut creation and rating images, GIF and TIFF loading.
Version 4.6.1 - 02/08/2012
File associations for the config files, a transition bug fix and some other config-related fixes. The file extension for config files is now “.jscfg”.
Version 4.6 - 10/07/2012
More dialog updates, installer bug fix, two new transitions, several new command-line options and some other small improvements.
Version 4.5 - 30/04/2012
Dialog improvements, three new transitions, bug fix in filter groups.
Version 4.4.1 - 16/12/2011
Quick bugfix release - the ‘e’ key action was only working when there was a “Now Playing” item enabled.
Version 4.4 - 15/11/2011
Adds image list filters, the ‘o’ and ‘e’ key actions, and fixes a couple of bugs.
Version 4.3.1 - 21/10/2011
Bug fix - sequential mode would get out of sequence when new files were added to a folder. Also updated the installer to make files install as the right user.
Version 4.3 - 23/08/2011
Added transition preview to dialog, plus another two transitions.
Version 4.2.2 - 15/08/2011
A bugfix release - the image folder background mode was broken, probably since version 4.1, so this version fixes it. I also took the opportunity to add another transition and update the libraries that JPEG Saver uses.
Version 4.2.1 - 24/03/2011
This minor update fixes a small bug in the clock item dialog, adds two new transitions and updates the install directory on 64-bit Windows.
Version 4.2 - 08/03/2011
This version adds: colour management; more transitions; database updates; a few other minor fixes.

Version 4.1 - 23/11/2010

Example of Unicode in folder list

Version 4.1 changes things a bit. Instead of using a cache file to speed up loading the list of images, the list is stored in an SQLite database. Details of the last image displayed are also stored in the database, so there is no jpegsaver.last file either.

As well as this, version 4.1 allows the loading and saving of different config files - the current config file is shown in the dialog title bar. The other big change is that Unicode is supported in the dialog, in the folder and file names, and any text items shown by the screen saver.

Version 4.0.1 - 17/09/2010
A quick bugfix release, with some updated libraries.

Final release of version 4.0 - 30/01/2010

Very little has changed in the final release version, but the installer has been improved to check if the required DirectX libraries are installed already.

Preview release 3a - 20/01/2010

There were a couple of bugs in preview 3, one of which could cause JPEG Saver to crash, so I've replaced it with preview 3a. The “Explode” and “Implode” transitions had a memory allocation problem and the dimmer would cause the non-primary screen to go black under some circumstances.

Preview release 3 - 17/01/2010

Preview release 3 contains these changes from the second preview:

Preview release 2 - 05/01/2010

Preview release 2 contains these changes from the first preview:

Please read this before downloading!

This version uses DirectX 9 - so you must have DirectX 9 installed to use it! If your computer doesn't support DirectX 9, then this version of JPEG Saver is not for you.

*** If you have DirectX 10 or DirectX 11 installed, that still does not mean that you have all the DirectX 9 libraries installed! ***

The JPEG Saver 4 installer comes with Microsoft's DirectX web installer, so you can install or update your version of DirectX from the installer.

Alternatively, you can download the full installer or updates directly from the Microsoft Download Center.

DirectX cannot be uninstalled, so I recommend setting a system restore point before installing it.

JPEG Saver 4 requires the main d3d9.dll and d3dx9_39.dll libraries. If you get an error message saying that d3dx9_39.dll could not be found or loaded, then that means that your DirectX 9 installation is not complete.

If you choose the installer DirectX update option and you still get the d3dx9_39.dll error, then you should try installing using the full DirectX update: download DirectX from FileHippo.com

Windows 7 and Windows 8

Windows 7 comes with DirectX 11, but it does not include all the DirectX 9 libraries required to run JPEG Saver. Please update your DirectX 9 installation! The same goes for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Bugs?

I expect there are still bugs in this version - if you find any, please let me know and I'll do my best to fix them.

Before you tell me about missing transitions, please note that not all of the transitions from the 3.x version have been rewritten to work with the new rendering method; I expect I'll get around to them eventually.

If you spot anything else that appears to be broken, please contact me with whatever details you think will be useful by emailing graham (at) goat1000.com

Downloads

The latest version is available from the downloads page. These older preview versions are here for anyone feeling particularly curious:

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