GP Software are proud to announce that a public Beta of Directory Opus 12 is now available for all interested Opus 11 users.
We are still several months away from finishing Opus 12 and this is very much pre-release software, with lots of untested changes. The release date and pricing (beyond what's mentioned below) are yet to be decided.
Before installing the Beta please note the following conditions:
- This is a very early beta release. There will be bugs. Some graphics are still placeholders. Errors and omissions excepted. Use at your own risk!
- The preliminary release notes are linked below as a PDF, and can also be found in the F1 help file installed with the Opus 12 beta (in the Release History section). Other than these notes, the help file/manual has not yet been updated; this will be done progressively over the Beta period. Feel free to ask on the forum for help with any particular features.
- You should make a backup of your Opus 11 configuration before installing the Beta.
- A time-limited certificate will be issued free of charge for the duration of the Beta period; however, when the certificate expires you will need to purchase the Opus 12 upgrade or revert to Opus 11.
- Opus 12 will be a paid upgrade. Depending on when you purchased Opus 11 you may qualify for a free upgrade - the exact cut-off date has not been decided, but anyone purchasing Opus 11 after the announcement of this public beta will definitely qualify for a free upgrade to Opus 12.
Please report any problems you encounter with the Beta (or other feedback) on the forum as usual.
- Download Directory Opus 12 Beta here
- Get your Beta certificate here.
- Preliminary release notes (PDF, 80 pages)
Brief summary of the major improvements and new features in Opus 12:
- Full support for high-DPI (e.g. 4K and 5K) monitors.
- Redesigned Rename dialog, with new features like:
- A unique macro recorder, which lets you perform complex batch renames without regular expressions.
- Enhanced scripting capabilities.
- Better handling of recursive renames and filename clashing.
- An Apply button which lets you perform multiple renames without closing the dialog.
- Improvements to the Image Viewer including:
- Configurable toolbar and hotkeys, including the ability to run arbitrary commands on the current image file.
- A new image marking system which makes it much easier to sort through a folder of photos to identify the ones you want to keep, print, share, etc.
- A read-ahead cache for faster image loading.
- An integrated metadata panel which lets you edit EXIF and other metadata from within the viewer.
- Enhanced file and folder labels including:
- The ability to assign more than one label at once (label attributes are combined).
- Label categories (lets you organise your labels into groups).
- Adjustable label priority (for when more than one wildcard or filter label applies to a file)
- A new status icon system that lets you assign one or more status icons to each files (e.g. to track which files are ‘done’, ‘watched’, ‘urgent’ or ‘to-do’).
- A manual sorting mode that lets you sort your files and folders exactly how you want.
- An integrated dialog editor that lets scripts create their own complex user interfaces.
- File display enhancements including:
- Vertical folder tabs (displayed down the left or right side of the file display).
- You can assign your own tab colors for specific folders.
- Optional vertical as well as horizontal gridlines.
- Relative size and age graphs displayed as the background of size and date fields (rather than requiring their own column).
- A new “show everything” mode to quickly disable all filters.
- Improvements to Folder Options including:
- Configure column widths to expand and fill the usable space in the file display.
- A column filter makes it easier to find and add the columns you want.
- File and folder name filters can be configured using regular expressions if desired.
- File copy improvements including a transfer speed graph in the progress dialog.
- Toolbar enhancements including scrollbars and distinct labels in drop-down menus.
- Lister layouts can now be arranged into folders and sub-folders.
- … and as always, much, much more!
12.0.1 Beta (30/Mar/2016):
- Initial public beta version.
- See the preliminary release notes (PDF, 80 pages) for much more detail!
12.0.2 Beta (01/Apr/2016):
- Fixed a crash that could occur on startup with certain malformed icon sets.
- If the viewer toolbar is turned off it will now be automatically turned back on if the user selects a new toolbar in Preferences. Also the window menu of the viewer now has a command in it to toggle the menu bar on and off.
- The filter toolbar fields which were removed in the 12.0 Beta have been resurrected.
- Drive selector comboboxes on toolbars can now display drive labels in the combo itself, like they already did in the drop-down menu, if you add labels to their Args field.
- Added RENAME PRESET command nofaves keyword.
- The Properties SETLABEL command wasn't correctly handling clearing labels in one category (e.g. colors) while leave those in others (e.g. status) intact.
- A button that runs Properties SETLABEL=blah was incorrectly generating a list of labels on the toolbar.
- Improved default toolbar command to open an Explorer window, by using the full path to Explorer.exe.
12.0.3 Beta (04/Apr/2016):
- Added an Undo feature to the Rename dialog. After you click Apply to apply the current rename settings, the Apply button grows a drop-down that lets you undo the most recent rename.
- Added Select DESELECTOTHERTYPE argument; when using a type filter (e.g. TYPE=dirs) or ALLFILES/ALLDIRS, it causes all items not matching the type to be deselected.
- Made changes to prevent the problem of accidentally copying a file over itself (via a network share) resulting in data loss.
- F10 info in the viewer now includes the filename in full-screen mode.
- The Show command now supports embedded commands so you can do something like Show [Show VIEWERCMD=meta] to open the viewer and turn the metapane on.
- Fixed glitch in Customize/Menus tab where some errant controls were appearing when the dialog was resized.
- Fixed a bug which meant no more renames would work after clicking Apply in the Rename dialog if the rename had moved files into sub-folders.
- Rename Find & Replace mode didn't work if the replace string was empty.
- Show VIEWERCMD=meta was missing from the argument template.
- Fix for dark/overprinted combobox labels in the Find panel (and possibly other places).
- Lister warning messages now remove blank lines, and then linefeeds entirely, if the messages is too tall for the available space. In particular, this helps with the auto-loading message in some situations.
- Fixed the shadows of lister warning boxes sometimes getting out of position on the lower file display.
- Fixed the shadows of lister warning boxes attached to inactive tabs appearing on top of the active tab.
12.0.4 Beta (06/Apr/2016):
- Fixed image viewer crash when marking a file which could not be thumbnailed.
- Fixed crash in 32-bit builds when opening Folder Options or the Preferences pages for the Status Bar or Icon Sets.
- User commands can now query the state of the image viewer, allowing for more complex commands to be assigned under Preferences / Viewer / Mouse Buttons. As an example, this could be bound to a mouse button to make it toggle between 100% zoom and Grow To Page modes:
- Fixed crash if a script closed the sync panel and then the dual file display, in very specific circumstances.
- Fixed blank dropdown controls in the Create New FTP Site dialog.
- Fixed problem with Properties SETLABEL !submenu command generating errant buttons on the toolbar.
- Fixed redundant small letters appearing over Go DRIVEBUTTONS icons if the individual buttons had labels off but the toolbar's override forced them on.
- Fixed the new Go DRIVEBUTTONS=iconletterson and iconlettersoff arguments not being present in the Command Editor menus.
- Fixed some minor cosmetic issues with drop-down controls in the script dialog editor and also the dialogs it generates.
- Fixed a checkbox in the Edit Tab Group dialog moving around when the dialog was resized.
- Fixed collapsible grouped list controls on Windows XP. On XP, these lists remain grouped but the groups are always expanded. (In general, we aim to keep Opus functioning on Windows XP but will not waste time making things perfect for it. Windows XP is so old that Microsoft no longer release security updates, and debugging tools have not worked on it for years.)
- This version includes translations for French, Spanish, Greek and Japanese. Other languages are in translation and will be made available as they are completed. Please report any translation issues using the Opus 12 Beta Translations area.