20 January 2022

Directory Opus 12.26.1 (Beta)

Directory Opus 12.26.1 (beta) is now available for all Opus 12 users.

This is a preliminary, beta release. Translations may not be fully up-to-date and some English text may appear in non-English versions.

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Changes since 12.26:

  • Workaround for Open With > Paint.Net not working correctly due to incorrect data in the registry.
     
  • Fixed List and Small Icons modes not painting the bottom pixels of some icons until something triggered a repaint.
     
  • Fixed problem with standalone viewer's metadata panel not updating when moving to the next/previous.
     
  • Static context menu entries added to the HKCR\* key are now shown for folders as well as files.
     
  • Fixed F-Secure SAFE context menu not appearing.
     
  • Double-clicking in the path field now selects whole path segments, rather than stopping on the wordbreak_char_paths characters like Ctrl-Left / Ctrl-Right does.
     
    • Added space to default wordbreak_char_paths so it's now consistent with wordbreak_char_names which has space hard-coded.
       
    • Added slash and backslash to the default wordbreak characters for names and paths.

      (Some things handled them by default anyway but, previously, if you pasted a full or relative path into the inline rename field, it'd treat the separators like normal letter characters and make it a pain to jump to them.)
       
  • Fixed a crash which could occur using the Clipboard PASTE AS command with a name beginning with a [ character.
     
  • Transparent docked toolbars now use the whole area of each button for hit-testing, even before the buttons become hot, which should make them easier to use.
     
  • Fixed items for a couple of programs appearing multiple times in context menus.
     
  • Commands using both Set QUICKFILTER and QUICKFILTERFLAGS on the same line will now highlight as "on" provided both arguments match the current state.
     
  • Fixed turning on Flat View not applying the Flat View folder format's column-grouping.

    For example, if the file display was already grouped and you turned on Flat View (Mixed), it would stay grouped, but the menus would indicate it was not grouped. The menus were correct and the file display should have been un-grouped, assuming the default situation where the Flat View folder format is turned on and configured to turn off grouping.
     
  • Go FOLDERCONTENT menus now work with collections where multiple items have the same name.
     
  • Fixed crash that could sometimes occur if you held the F5 key down to repeatedly refresh the This PC folder.
     
  • Made a change to hopefully fix incorrect timestamps on SFTP servers.

2 December 2021

Directory Opus 12.26

Directory Opus 12.26 is now available as a free update for all Directory Opus 12 users.

New versions are often made available several days before they will be detected by the update checker. You can download Opus using the links below if you don't want to wait.

Download:


The following changes were part of the 12.25.1 - 12.25.4 beta updates:

  • Added support for the new Windows 11 context menu system. This makes context menus for things like OneDrive and WinRAR show up again on Windows 11.
     
  • Added SetAttr PIN and DEHYDRATE arguments; for cloud files, this implements the same logic as the "Always keep on this device" and "Free up space" context menu commands.
     
  • Lister windows now take on the current folder's icon by default. (In a dual-display or multi-tab window, the source active folder tab's icon will be used.) A new option under Preferences / Display / Options lets you switch back to the color-coded Opus logo if you wish.
     
  • Added metadata panel support for Composer, Conductor and Encoded By fields on FLAC, OGG and APE audio files. Also tidied up where the Encoded By data comes from for FLAC files.
     
  • CreateFolder READAUTO now has left and right parameters which are like the old dual but always read the folder into a particular side.
     
  • Added Properties SETLABELREMOVE argument; similar to SETLABELTOGGLE, except it only turns the specified labels off, it won't turn them on.
     
  • Properties ADDLABEL, SETLABELTOGGLE (and SETLABELREMOVE) now accept shift/alt/ctrl arguments to allow any of the three qualifier keys to be chosen.
     
  • Fix/workaround for Windows 11's bug which caused the Desktop Double-Click feature to open Listers from just a single-click if desktop icons were turned off. If you still see an issue after installing the update, please try rebooting, although it isn't normally needed.
     
  • Added support for quotes around parameters given to @ifexists, @ifrunning, and @script. (Quotes are not required for any of them, but now you don't have to remember that.)
     
  • File display scrolling via the mouse wheel is now capped so it won't scroll more than a page, even if the mouse wheel is configured to scroll more lines than are visible. (Mainly helps with Details+Thumbnails mode and large thumbs combined with a wheel configured to scroll a lot more lines than usual.)
     
  • Fixed incorrect display of multi-value ID3v2 tags written by Media Monkey.
     
  • Fixed situation where the standalone viewer's metadata editor still said changes were pending after clicking Apply.
     
  • Improved drag & drop editing of Favorites list in Preferences. As well as fixing a couple of bugs, it is now possible to control whether an item is dropped into or next to a Favorites branch by dragging it to the left or right of the branch's label. (The drop indicator lets you see what will happen before releasing the button.)
     
  • Fixed Add To Favorites dialog getting confused by Favorites tree branches with colons in their names, and made name filtering consistent between that dialog and the editor in Preferences.
     
  • Added workarounds for handling shortcut files under very long paths.
     
  • Find (Simple) now ignores the Type drop-down being set to File Type Group if no group is selected in the drop-down next to it.
     
  • Menus listing columns from multi-column scripts are now sorted by name. (This was incorrectly listed in the 12.21 release notes before the actual change was made.)
     
  • Where two paths point to the same drive via the Windows subst command, moving files between them is now done via a fast rename rather than a slow copy-then-delete.
     
  • When undoing a folder creation, the deletion will do nothing if the folder contains any files or non-empty folders. This is to avoid accidentally deleting items created after the folder was created. ("Empty folder" here means a folder with zero files below it and at most one child "empty" folder which itself is either empty or has one empty child folder, and so on, recursively. So you can still undo a multi-level folder creation, as long as nothing extra has been created within the directories.)
     
  • You can now use the Copy MAKESFX HERE command on archives within collections (e.g. Find Results), where it will create the new exe in the same folder as the archive. (Similar functionality already existed for extracting archives in collections to their own parent folders.)
     
  • Fixed problem with Rename command where if you used FROM without PATTERN, and the FROM argument contained a wildcard, it would try to use that as the value for PATTERN even if it contained wildcard characters that PATTERN doesn't support. Now it will only do this if the only wildcard char used is a *.
     
  • If Rename uses FROM as the value for PATTERN, it now unescapes any wildcard chars that are also valid filename chars automatically.
     
  • Fix for rare crash in the sound player when a sample stops playing and auto-close is on.
     
  • Viewer plugins that return a text stream for another plugin (e.g. the text viewer plugin) to display can now return Unicode/UTF-8 text in the stream without a BOM.
     
  • URL targets are now displayed for .url files with very long paths. (Workaround for Windows limitation.)
     
  • If you right-click an archive and choose "Extract To..." from a dual-display Lister, the Select Destination Folder dialog that opens will now default to the path in the other file display.
     
  • Thumbnails generated via Windows now go one at a time, as the OS seems to have issues with multiple simultaneous requests. (This was already being done for Folder Thumbnails, but is now done for all thumbnails which come via the shell. Normal image files are not affected, as Opus generates thumbnails for those itself.)
     
  • The Display extended sync attributes for cloud folders option was backwards. Note this has been reset to off for everyone.
     
  • Fix for nothing happening on drag & drop of individual pages from PDF-XChange Editor's thumbnails view into Opus.
     
  • Fixed bug which could cause the progress dialog to appear unnecessarily behind the delete confirmation dialog.
     
  • Added Windows 11 support to the WinVer script object (win11 and win11orbetter properties).
     
  • Scripting FSUtil.SameDrive method has a new s flag to test if two paths point to the same drive via drive letters made via the Windows subst command.
     
  • Script listviews can now use 0 as a group id.
     

24 November 2021

Directory Opus 12.25.4 (Beta)

Directory Opus 12.25.4 (beta) is now available for all Opus 12 users.

This is a preliminary, beta release. Translations may not be fully up-to-date and some English text may appear in non-English versions.

Download:


Changes since 12.25.3:

  • Added Properties SETLABELREMOVE argument; similar to SETLABELTOGGLE, except it only turns the specified labels off, it won't turn them on.
     
  • Properties ADDLABEL, SETLABELTOGGLE (and SETLABELREMOVE) now accept shift/alt/ctrl arguments to allow any of the three qualifier keys to be chosen.
     
  • Viewer plugins that return a text stream for another plugin (e.g. the text viewer plugin) to display can now return Unicode/UTF-8 text in the stream without a BOM.
     
  • URL targets are now displayed for .url files with very long paths. (Workaround for Windows limitation.)
     
  • If you right-click an archive and choose "Extract To..." from a dual-display Lister, the Select Destination Folder dialog that opens will now default to the path in the other file display.
     
  • Thumbnails generated via Windows now go one at a time, as the OS seems to have issues with multiple simultaneous requests. (This was already being done for Folder Thumbnails, but is now done for all thumbnails which come via the shell. Normal image files are not affected, as Opus generates thumbnails for those itself.)
     
  • On Windows 11 the OneDrive context menus now work in the folder tree as well as in the file display.
     
  • The Display extended sync attributes for cloud folders option was backwards. Note this has been reset to off for everyone.
     
  • Fix for nothing happening on drag & drop of individual pages from PDF-XChange Editor's thumbnails view into Opus.
     
  • Fixed bug which could cause the progress dialog to appear unnecessarily behind the delete confirmation dialog.

7 November 2021

Directory Opus 12.25.3 (Beta)

Directory Opus 12.25.3 (beta) is now available for all Opus 12 users.

This is a preliminary, beta release. Translations may not be fully up-to-date and some English text may appear in non-English versions.

Download:


Changes since 12.25.2:

  • Added support for the new Windows 11 context menu system. This makes context menus for things like OneDrive and WinRAR show up again on Windows 11.
     
  • Added SetAttr PIN and DEHYDRATE arguments; for cloud files, this implements the same logic as the "Always keep on this device" and "Free up space" context menu commands.
     
  • Added Windows 11 support to the WinVer script object (win11 and win11orbetter properties).
     
  • Added support for quotes around parameters given to @ifexists, @ifrunning, and @script. (Quotes are not required for any of them, but now you don't have to remember that.)

27 October 2021

Directory Opus 12.25.2 (Beta)

Directory Opus 12.25.2 (beta) is now available for all Opus 12 users.

This is a preliminary, beta release. Translations may not be fully up-to-date and some English text may appear in non-English versions.

Download:


Changes since 12.25.1:

  • Fix/workaround for Windows 11's bug which caused the Desktop Double-Click feature to open Listers from just a single-click if desktop icons were turned off. IMPORTANT: You must **reboot** after installing the update for this change to take effect.
     
  • Where two paths point to the same drive via the Windows subst command, moving files between them is now done via a fast rename rather than a slow copy-then-delete.
     
  • When undoing a folder creation, the deletion will do nothing if the folder contains any files or non-empty folders. This is to avoid accidentally deleting items created after the folder was created. ("Empty folder" here means a folder with zero files below it and at most one child "empty" folder which itself is either empty or has one empty child folder, and so on, recursively. So you can still undo a multi-level folder creation, as long as nothing extra has been created within the directories.)
     
  • Reverted change in previous beta involving Copy HERE CREATEFOLDER, as it fixed one rare situation but created another. A larger change is required, and we want to test that internally for a while before we release it.
     
  • You can now use the Copy MAKESFX HERE command on archives within collections (e.g. Find Results), where it will create the new exe in the same folder as the archive. (Similar functionality already existed for extracting archives in collections to their own parent folders.)
     
  • Fixed problem with Rename command where if you used the FROM argument without the PATTERN argument, and the FROM argument contained a wildcard it would try to use that as the value for PATTERN even if it contained wildcard characters that PATTERN doesn't support. Now it will only do this if the only wildcard char used is a *.
     
  • If Rename uses FROM as the value for PATTERN, it now unescapes any wildcard chars that are also valid filename chars automatically.
     
  • Fix for rare crash in the sound player when a sample stops playing and auto-close is on.
     
  • Scripting FSUtil.SameDrive method has a new s flag to test if two paths point to the same drive via drive letters made via the Windows subst command.
     

15 October 2021

Directory Opus 12.25.1 (Beta)

Directory Opus 12.25.1 (beta) is now available for all Opus 12 users.

This is a preliminary, beta release. Translations may not be fully up-to-date and some English text may appear in non-English versions.

Download:


Changes since 12.25:

  • Lister windows now take on the current folder's icon by default. (In a dual-display or multi-tab window, the source active folder tab's icon will be used.) A new option under Preferences / Display / Options lets you switch back to the color-coded Opus logo if you wish.
     
  • File display scrolling via the mouse wheel is now capped so it won't scroll more than a page, even if the mouse wheel is configured to scroll more lines than are visible. (Mainly helps with Details+Thumbnails mode and large thumbs combined with a wheel configured to scroll a lot more lines than usual.)
     
  • CreateFolder READAUTO now has left and right parameters which are like the old dual but always read the folder into a particular side.
     
  • Added metadata panel support for Composer, Conductor and Encoded By fields on FLAC, OGG and APE audio files. Also tidied up where the Encoded By data comes from for FLAC files.
     
  • Fixed incorrect display of multi-value ID3v2 tags written by Media Monkey.
     
  • Fixed situation where the standalone viewer's metadata editor still said changes were pending after clicking Apply.
     
  • Improved drag & drop editing of Favorites list in Preferences. As well as fixing a couple of bugs, it is now possible to control whether an item is dropped into or next to a Favorites branch by dragging it to the left or right of the branch's label. (The drop indicator lets you see what will happen before releasing the button.)
     
  • Fixed Add To Favorites dialog getting confused by Favorites tree branches with colons in their names, and made name filtering consistent between that dialog and the editor in Preferences.
     
  • Fixed some issues with the Copy command's HERE argument when combined with an explicit source argument (that wasn't the current folder) and the CREATEFOLDER argument, and similar.
     
  • You can now use the Copy MAKESFX HERE command on archives within collections (e.g. Find Results), where it will create the new exe in the same folder as the archive. (Similar functionality already existed for extracting archives in collections to their own parent folders.)
     
  • Script listviews can now use 0 as a group id.
     
  • Added workarounds for handling shortcut files under very long paths.
     
  • Find (Simple) now ignores the Type drop-down being set to File Type Group if no group is selected in the drop-down next to it.
     
  • Menus listing columns from multi-column scripts are now sorted by name. (This was incorrectly listed in the 12.21 release notes before the actual change was made.)
     

7 October 2021

Tutorial & discussion: Directory Opus Toolbar Editing

This is a second video with Leo Davidson, from the Directory Opus team, and hosted by Joe Glines of The Automator.

 

This is a mix of demonstration and discussion. The focus is on toolbar editing, but we cover a few different things as we go.

 

We've published this one on both our channels.

 

The one on the Opus channel has a quick intro added to introduce our audience to Joe, but otherwise the two videos are the same:

 

 

 

We hope this new format will mean we can put out videos more often (without spending a week editing everything to perfection, which means it's rare to find time to make videos at all). It's also great to have Joe in the videos asking questions which many in the audience will also want to know.

 

This one ended up a bit longer than intended. I'm still getting used to the format, and also need to improve my mic position / setup. But I think it turned out well and is well worth your time.

 

Thank you again to Jean Lalonde, author of Quick Access Popup, for suggesting this collaboration in the first place and setting up our previous video introducing Opus.

 

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