25 October 2018

Directory Opus 12.10.1 (Beta)

Directory Opus 12.10.1 (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.



  • The new option Preferences / Display / Options / Visual styles override file selection colors, when turned off, lets you keep the look & feel of visual styles in the file display (the way icons are selected, overlapping borders, item spacing, and the "hot" item under the mouse pointer being highlighted) while retaining the ability to specify selection colors. Useful for dark themes, where the Windows 10 visual style's selection rectangle is barely visible, but also of interest if you want custom colors in general.
  • The Clipboard PASTE=ask command now allows the default name in the dialog to be configured (e.g. Clipboard PASTE USESEL AS=ask:{date|yyyy_MM}_).
  • The Clipboard AS argument now supports path aliases (e.g. Clipboard PASTE AS /dropbox/blah.txt).
  • When pasting text from the clipboard to a file with the Clipboard PASTE command, the text encoding type can now be specified using the enc: parameter. E.g. Clipboard PASTE enc:utf8 to paste in utf-8. The default behaviour is to paste as UTF-16 if the clipboard text is Unicode, otherwise as ANSI.
    • The Clipboard ASK dialog for text now includes a drop-down allowing the encoding type to be chosen.
    • The Preferences / Miscellaneous / Advanced / clipboard_text_encoding option lets the default encoding type be specified.

  • The Rename AUTORENAME (and WHENEXISTS=rename) arguments now work correctly when used in conjunction with RECURSE. Additionally, renames that use these options can now be undone properly.
  • The Advanced Find / Filter control can now search Movie fields.
  • In scripting, improved the ability of FSUtils.ReadDir to deal with links and junctions:
    • The old boolean arguments for ReadDir relating to recursion and shell have been deprecated and replaced with a string consisting of optional flags. Flags are:

      • r - recurse
      • s - use shell
      • l - skip links/junctions when recursing

    • For example, ReadDir("c:\", "rl") will recursively read C:\ but will not recurse into any softlinks / junctions encountered.
    • The Item object has new is_reparse, is_junction and is_symlink properties.
    • The Item.size property should now be correctly filled in for symlinks in all cases.

  • When creating a new folder tab group via Preferences, the auto-generated group name is now selected when the dialog opens, so you can type over it more easily.
  • When editing a tab group in Preferences, you can now add multiple folders/tabs at once, and it is now possible to select archives.
  • More dialogs for choosing default paths, folder tab group paths, and so on, now let you select archives and Recycle Bin in addition to normal folders. Similarly, dialogs for adding aliases, favorites and jumplist items now let you pick archives.
  • The Preferences dialog for editing a Folder Tab Group now allows you to drag & drop folders into the list to add new tabs for them.
  • When pasting clipboard images as files using Clipboard PASTE AS, the image file extension no longer replaces the last part of the filename if it the supplied name includes a dot.
  • The toolbar Selected and Toggled colors are now always used if they are defined. Previously, they would only be used if visual styles were disabled (e.g. by specifying a light Text color).
  • When a new Lister is created with the Go NEW command and a view mode is specified using the VIEW argument, any toolbars for that view are now turned on.
  • In a WSL function the paths passed on the command line using {allfilepath} are now converted to WSL-format paths.
  • Fixed layouts saved with the Format Lock turned on applying the active folder tab's format to every other tab.
  • The Archives plugin now works with paths longer than 260 characters. (Zip already worked, as it is not handled by the plugin.)
  • Fixed a bug which prevented viewer plugins from handling files with very long paths when short filenames were disabled in the filesystem.
  • The preview at the bottom of Preferences / Folder Tabs / Tab Groups is now rendered better in high DPI.
  • The preview at the bottom of Preferences / Folder Tabs / Tab Groups no longer allows the label and icon of the last (visible) tab on the left to draw into the area for tabs on the right. (Easiest to see if you had a dual-side tab group which didn't define any tabs on the right, but could also happen if the last tab name was long on the left and the right only had one tab with a short name.)
  • Fixed Preferences / Jump List bug where if you added and then removed a custom folder path without closing the window, it wasn't actually removed.
  • Fixed Preferences / Jump List inconsistency with how paths were displayed between adding a path (filenames only and incorrectly doubled ampersands) and re-opening the dialog (full paths).
  • Fixed problem which could cause F1 help to open two browser tabs in some cases.
  • Opus now tries to detect when the http help server is blocked (by e.g. a browser extension or local firewall) and displays a message, offering to switch back to the CHM help.
  • Fixed problem with status icon on Preferences / Favorites and Recent / Labels not redrawing on resize.
  • If you drag a file in one of the icon modes and cancel the drag by pressing the right button the context menu is no longer displayed.
  • Fixed changing the Display Filter Bar setting only turning the bar on or off in folder tabs which were active at the time.
  • Fixed problem with view-mode specific toolbars not working correctly in a Lister that was saved with several tabs in different view modes.
  • Fixed problem with tabs that could occur if clicking a tab resulted in a view mode change which then triggered toolbars to be hidden or shown. The tab could think it was being dragged around and "randomly" change position.
  • Fixed a couple of rendering issues in Details+Thumbnails mode when FlatView-Grouped turned on.
  • Inline rename now works on items in subfolders on the desktop when the desktop is put into FlatView mode.
  • The standalone viewer wasn't saving the widths of the metadata and mark panes with DPI information (so their sizes would appear changed if the DPI changed).
  • When dragging a tab out to create a new Lister, the preview image would appear on the wrong monitor if the desktop didn't start at 0,0.
  • Fixed minor rendering issue in details mode with "full width of the name column" selection and a totally hidden collapse column following the name column.
  • Image Convert in a zip file now works properly when the "Use temporary file when copying to Zip files" option is turned on.
  • When dragging a file from a zip file over Microsoft Edge, Opus no longer displays a progress dialog that never goes away.
  • If a file collection has a label applied to it the colors are now shown in the folder tree.
  • Fixed problem with rename scripts that could cause custom rename fields to disappear as the preview list is scrolled.

13 October 2018

Directory Opus 12.10

Directory Opus 12.10 is now available as a free update for all Directory Opus 12 users.


Directory Opus 12.10 is a stable release containing the changes from the 12.9.x beta releases, plus some additional changes.

Highlights & Tutorial Video Series

  • These four videos walk through tips & highlights since the previous What's New video, covering 12.1 through to 12.10:

Changes since 12.9:

  • HEIC/HEIF images are now supported, as long as the relevant WIC codecs are installed. (If you have the Windows Photos app working with HEIC files, they'll work in Opus as well.) Both the CopyTrans HEIC decoder (works with Windows 7 and up) and the Microsoft decoder (works with Windows 10) are supported.
  • 3D objects (3mf, fbx, glb, glbt, obj, ply, stl) can now be displayed in the preview pane on Windows 10 (Creators Update and above). (3mf seems limited to files created by Microsoft's own tools and won't load most 3mf files from the web.) See here for an example and additional details: https://resource.dopus.com/t/3d-object-preview-3mf-fbx-glb-glbt-obj-ply-stl/29541

  • Added Individual groups option to the Folder Options / Columns dialog. If this is turned on and the file display is grouped, one group will be created for each distinct value rather than a range of values falling into a single group (e.g. instead of A-H you would have A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H). This is only really useful for text fields like "User description". Also added the Set GROUPINDIVIDUAL command to toggle the setting on and off programmatically.

  • Improved support for virtual desktops in Windows 10.
    • A new virtual_desktop_isolation setting, on by default, makes changes like these:
      • The "Save All Listers" command only saves windows from the current desktop.
      • Layouts set to close existing Listers when they open will only close Listers on the active virtual desktop.
      • Explorer Replacement (and things like the Go EXISTINGLISTER command), if set to reuse existing windows or open new tabs in them, will tend to open a new window if it can't find an existing one on the current desktop. (There are some exceptions, where Windows itself decides which Lister to activate for a folder.)
      • "Reuse existing viewer window" only considers viewer windows on the current desktop.
      • "Close All Viewers" from the viewer's system menu only closes viewers on the current desktop.
      • Set LISTERCMD=showall, minimizeall, and toggleminimizeall only act on the current desktop's windows.

    • Close ALLVIEWERS, ALLLISTERS and ALLOTHERLISTERS commands now work with a new CURRENTDESKTOP argument to restrict them to acting on the current desktop's windows.

    • Set LISTERCMD=tileh, tilev, and cascade always only act on the current desktop's windows, regardless of Preferences.

    • Fixed being able to dock a Lister into one that is on another virtual desktop and not currently visible.

  • For Windows 10 only: Preferences / Launching Opus / From the Win + E hotkey now exists for you to change what happens when the Win-E hotkey is pushed. (While configured independently, this is tied to the Explorer Replacement mechanism. It thus requires Opus Pro and will only work with portable versions if they have been configured to enable Explorer Replacement.) WHEN UPDATING OPUS, THIS NEW FUNCTIONALITY WILL NOT WORK CORRECTLY UNTIL YOU HAVE REBOOTED.
  • Local F1 help (as opposed to the help on the GPSoftware website) is now shown in your web browser by default. A new option, Preferences / Miscellaneous / Advanced [Behavior]: help_interface, lets you set it back to CHM (HTML Help) if you prefer this interface. You can also use that setting to specify a custom port for the local http help server if needed. When help is shown in your web browser, script add-ins and plugins are now able to add their own help pages.
  • For users who wish to use dark themes:
    • Under Preferences / Display / Colors and Fonts / File group header, you can now configure the color of the expand/collapse glyph.

    • Under Preferences / Display / Colors and Fonts / Folder Tree, and Folder Tree (Destination), you can now configure the color of the expand/collapse glyph.

    • If the status bar is set to use a dark background color, it no longer draws its frames using visual styles.

    • Relative size and date graphs now let you configure their frame and background colors.

    • Colors used in free space graphs in This PC (My Computer) can now be configured.

    • The free space graph in the status bar now uses the colors you define in Preferences rather than system colors, when applicable.

    • Fixed the Filter Bar's checkbox labels not being readable if you used a dark panel background.

    • The marker when dragging toolbar buttons around is now easier to see.

    • Fixed some glyphs within toolbars and menus which were difficult to see when using light-on-dark colors.

    • The system menu visual style is no longer used for menus which do not use dark text colors.

    • The frames around pop-up menus now use configurable colors, and menus will be drawn using your toolbar colors by default, if they have been customized. (Does not affect all menus in the program, at least not yet, but will affect most toolbar and context menus.)

    • Default menu background color can now be configured separately.

    • Toolbars and menus now have configurable "toggled" and "selected" colors for buttons and menu items (e.g. when pushed in or as the mouse moves over them).

  • The codes available to display information on the status bar have been expanded:
    • You can now use variables on the status bar. e.g. {var:tab:MyVariable} will display the contents of the file display variable MyVariable. You can also hide and show sections depending on whether or not a variable exists, and then control which information is shown on the status bar from buttons and scripts. e.g. {h!{var:glob:ShowExtraInfo}} ... {h!}

    • Status bar data can now be conditional on the current path or tests for whether paths exist. For example, {ifpath:"C:\*"} will return 1 if you are in a path below C:\ and nothing otherwise. {ifexists:".\*.dll"} will return 1 if there are any DLLs below the current folder. These can be used with the {h!} code to show or hide things. Further examples and details can be found in the manual.

    • Status bar data can now be conditional on the same @if and @ifset tests you can use in buttons and scripts. For example, if you want the status bar to show the selected file's size and date, but only when not in Details mode: {h!{if:!Set VIEW=Details}} {sel:size} {sel:write} {h!}

    • Added new Preferences / Miscellaneous / Advanced setting, status_metadata_trigger, which lets you choose when/if things such as duration codes on the status bar should cause file metadata to be calculated.

    • The @toggle:update command directive can now be used after modifying variables to force status bars to update.
  • Added Publisher column.
  • The Select HIDESEL, HIDEUNSEL and SHOWHIDDEN arguments can now be made to operate only on files or only on directories (or both, by default).
  • The services supported by the Image LOCATE command are now configurable via Preferences / Miscellaneous / Advanced: image_locate_services. Also added Open Street Map as a default service (Image LOCATE=osm).

  • The CreateFolder command now has a MULTI argument to force multi-line mode on and off, and now lets you pass multiple default folder names to the multi-line dialog.
  • The Rename command's FROM argument now understands aliases mixed with wildcards, e.g. Rename FROM /downloads\*.zip to rename all zip files in the system downloads folder.

  • The Rename command now lets you specify the Rename dialog's default sequential numbering parameters without having to turn sequential numbering on. This is done by adding ! to the NUMBER parameter. For example, if you want the Rename dialog to open with numbering off but padding set to two digits when/if you turn it on: Rename ADVANCED NUMBER=!01

  • Select FILTER now works in conjunction with the TYPE argument to limit the filter to either files or directories.
  • Added Select NEXT=row and Select PREV=row arguments, to allow commands that move the selection up or down a row in icon modes.
  • The Rename command now has a WHENEXISTS argument, letting you specify the action to take when the new filename already exists.
  • The Simple Find function (and the Find NAME parameter when automating a find from the command line) now supports regex: at the start of the pattern to specify a regular expression.
  • Added some new Find command arguments to control things the Simple Find dialog has check-boxes for, when automating the command: NOWILD, ANYWORD, CONTWILD, CONTCASE, NOPARTIAL.

  • The Go command (and other commands that support things like /aliases) now supports file:// URIs (so e.g. you can now do Go file:///C:).
  • Commands for setting show/hide attribute filters now support the I (non-indexed) and P (pinned) attributes. Also, previously undocumented: You can specify two sets of attributes to alternate between the two each time the command is run. e.g. Set HideFilterAttr=HS,R would toggle between hiding files with the Hidden or System attributes and hiding files with the Read-Only attribute. When only one set is specified, the command acts as a toggle.

  • File display variables can now be prefixed with left:, right: and tab: to designate the left, right and active file displays, in addition to the older src: and dst: prefixes. (tab: and src: will usually point to the same thing, but can be different, e.g. when dealing with status bar codes for a particular side of the Lister.)
  • You can now configure the font used in code editors such as the advanced button editor, rename scripts, and status bar Preferences.
  • Added Preferences / File Operations / Copy Attributes / Copy sparse files as sparse option. This option preserves regions in copied files that are marked as sparse (as long as sparse files are supported on the destination drive). (Note this option was originally included in 12.8.1 but was removed in 12.9)
  • Added Preferences / Miscellaneous / Advanced: grid_lines_first_last. For solid grid lines, you can now make the alternating pattern start on the first line instead of the second. For thin grid lines, you can now have a line before the very first file or after the very last file. (Caveats in the manual.)

  • Opus now recognises command codes like {allfile|sep=|} where you want a pipe character as the separator between files.
  • @if:set focus now allows more flexible testing of which window currently has input focus (e.g. @if:set focus=filedisplay to test if any file display has focus).
  • The action for normal left-click on items in the tree is now configurable through Preferences / Folder Tree / Selection Events. The default action is Go; to get the same result as the old Switch to existing tab if already open option, change it to Go TABFINDEXISTING. You can also change it to e.g. Go NEWTAB=findexisting to make left-clicks on the tree open new tabs by default.
  • The new setting clipboard_change_delay, under Preferences / Miscellaneous / Advanced [Troubleshooting], allows you to tell Opus to delay before checking the clipboard for changes. This may help avoid problems using the clipboard in certain software (e.g. Microsoft Office, although a *lot* of other software triggers the same problem in Office, including parts of Windows itself, so YMMV). The default delay is 100ms; it was effectively 0 in the past.
  • You can now override the default icons used by new File Collections via Preferences / Miscellaneous / Advanced [Cosmetic]: collection_icon_default, collection_icon_find, collection_icon_flickr, and collection_icon_marked. Also fixed custom collection icons not being used in certain places, and some cosmetic issues with the File Collection properties dialog.
  • Thumbnail Threads (Preferences / File Display Modes / Thumbnails) maximum limit increased from 8 to 32. (When Opus launches it also limits the value to the number of CPU threads.)
  • Added Preferences / Miscellaneous / Advanced [Behavior]: slow_dblclk_rename option, which allows you to disable inline rename via slow double-click (F2 not affected). (Does not apply to Power mode, which has its own mouse button settings.)
  • The colors for relative size and date graphs can now be configured separately for files and folders.

  • The background and glyph colors of the breadcrumbs path field, search field, filter field and filter bar controls can now be configured under Preferences / Display / Colors and Fonts / Toolbar and menu defaults.
  • If you hide the media duration parts of the status bar using a variable, the duration will no longer be calculated (unless something else still triggers it). If you then toggle the variable to make the duration parts show again, the duration will be calculated immediately (if it hasn't been already).
  • Status bar {var:...} codes can now negate the variable using {var:!...}.
  • The distance the mouse has to move before a drag & drop begins is now DPI scaled. (The base value still comes from the registry, via the GetSystemMetrics API, and can be changed under HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\DragWidth and DragHeight. Note that most other software does not DPI-scale it, but we believe this is incorrect as the default has remained at 4 pixels since long before Windows supported high DPI.) Similarly, the bounding box the mouse must stay in between clicks to register a double-click is scaled as well.
  • Scripting changes:
    • Added Tab.hidden, hidden_files and hidden_dirs properties, which provide information about files and folders hidden from the current view in a tab.
    • Added Format.group_individual property to query the state of the new Individual groups option.
    • The Blob.CopyFrom method now lets you initialise a Blob from a string. By default the Blob will be set to the Unicode form of the string; if you pass "utf8" as the second parameter it will initialise the Blob with the utf8-encoded form of the string.
    • The FSUtil.Hash method can now hash the contents of a Blob as well as a disk file.

    • Fixed item.name_stem_m and item.ext_m ignoring multi-part extensions when obtained via tab.selected_files.

    • Script columns now respect the Folder OptionsNumeric order filename sorting setting instead of always applying it. You can also now specify numericsort, nonumericsort, wordsort and/or nowordsort for a script column's type to enable or disable the numeric and word sorting modes, overriding the setting in Folder Options.

    • Scripts can now use the Progress dialog's Skip button via the new Progress.EnableSkip method.

    • The Progress.GetAbortState method can now handle pausing automatically, can be told to only check for certain states, and will now only indicate the most important state by default.

    • The new StringTools.IsASCII method can be used to test if a string uses only 7-bit ASCII characters, or if it would be better written in a Unicode format when saving it to a file.

    • The FolderEnum.Next method can now return more than one directory entry at once, in a Vector. Specify the number of items you want returned at once, or -1 to return the whole directory in a single call. You can pass a Vector object to use as the second argument if desired, or one will be created for you. If no arguments are specified then only a single Item object is returned as before.

    • Added OnTabClick script event, which lets scripts intercept mouse clicks (with a qualifier key) on tabs and override the default behaviour.

    • The StringTools.Encode method understands a new format string utf-8 bom to encode into UTF-8 with a byte-order-mark on the front.

    • The Progress.SetFromTo methods now clears the "To:" line entirely if the argument for it is omitted. (It's still best to use Progress.SetStatus if you only want one line all of the time.)

    • The new Item.InGroup method lets you test if a file belongs to a particular file type group without having to loop through all the groups it belongs to.

    • The StringTools.Encode method no longer adds a null at the end of the binary data.

    • Fixed Blob.Compare method incorrectly returning 0 when two different sized blobs were compared, without the comparison size being specified, if one was a prefix of the other.

    • In script dialogs, the readonly property of edit controls can now be modified by the script rather than being fixed at design time.

    • The QuickFilter object has a new showeverything propertiy which indicates if Show Everything mode is on for the folder tab. When Show Everything mode is on, it also now implicitly makes the QuickFilter object report disabled=true, showallfiles=true, and similar.
    • A new script event, OnGetHelpContent, lets script add-ins add their own help content to the F1 help (only when help is shown in the user's web browser). The new Script.LoadImageFile and Script.LoadHelpImage methods let you easily load your script's help content when bundled as a script package.
    • Added Script.HttpHelpEnabled and Script.ShowHelp to let scripts trigger their own help pages. There are also matching functions for viewer/VFS plugins.

  • Added workaround for FTP connections to Pure-FTPd server when using TLS, where the directory listing would not complete or require a timeout before completing.
  • It is now possible to remove items from collections which were imported without any paths (just names) from a file list using dopusrt.exe.
  • When importing file lists to collections via dopusrt.exe, lines which are not fully qualified paths are now assumed to be relative to the same folder the list file is in. You can override this using /relative:<path> or suppress it using /relative:none. If using /relative:none, you cannot also use /nocheck.
  • Fixed cosmetic issue where, if a column was less than 4 pixels wide, background colors applied by file labels would have a tiny gap where the narrow column was.
  • Previously, if the Automatically select next file after deleting option was on and you removed the drive you were on, with the folder tree open, Opus would navigate you to the next drive. It will now always take you to the This PC (My Computer) level instead.
  • The Pin to Start Menu context menu item now works in Opus.
  • The Go TABGROUPFORCE argument can now be used with Go TABGROUPLIST.
  • Fixed the filter bar's file extensions drop-down not indicating which extension has keyboard focus on systems with visual styles disabled.
  • Fixed crash which could occur after changing the "when image is shared" mode for an image under Preferences / Display / Images.
  • Preferences / Display / Images now accepts new images via drag & drop. Drop on the list to add a new image, or select an image and drop on the thumbnail to change it to a new image.
  • Fixed Opus Light incorrectly allowing you disable hotkeys which come from the default toolbars, since changes to the default toolbars are never saved to disk in Opus Light. Standalone hotkeys can still be edited and are saved to disk.
  • Drag & Drop with the right mouse button now works correctly within the same tab when manual sort is enabled.
  • Auto-extract now works with 7z, RAR, Tar and other plugin archive types.
  • Fix for double-clicking programs inside non-zip archives causing further double-clicks in the file display to be buffered until the launched program exited.
  • When merging two folders via a move, any sub-folders in the source that had labels assigned to them would lose their labels when they were moved across.
  • When manual sort mode is on, and "Sort newly created and copied files" is turned off, copying a file by dragging and dropping to a specific place now maintains the insertion position.
  • When the viewer is set to use an automatic background color, it now ignores any transparent pixels when selecting a color to use.
  • The Secure Delete function now moves files to a temporary folder (with random name) before deleting them, to try to stop their original location being visible in recovery tools.
  • A button that runs Set BLURFILENAMES=Toggle now correctly highlights when filenames are blurred.
  • When renaming a folder in the folder tree you can now use the down/up cursor keys to accept the edit and move to the next/previous sibling folder.
  • Added .mkv and .flac extensions to the Windows Media Player preview handler (if no other preview handler is assigned to them), since the Windows 10 version can handle both formats but doesn't designate itself as handling them in the registry. Note that the handler is still disabled by default, so this only affects it if you turn it on via the ActiveX + Preview + Office + Web plugin. (Also note that Microsoft have fixed the preview handler so it works again in Windows 10 build 1803, after it was broken for about a year.)
  • Added .flac extension to the Generic ActiveX list, since the Windows 10 WMP ActiveX control can play FLAC files in the viewer.
  • The {smp3} and {tmp3} status bar codes now work with WAV files.
  • Fix for drag & drop from Adobe Bridge not working.
  • Archives plugin (7z, RAR, etc.) and internal zip code now has better handling for (somewhat dubious) archives that use the same paths for multiple files. Each item will now have a unique name generated for it. In the case of RAR archives, such archives will also be made read-only.
  • Fixed problem with zip files which contained sub-folders with spaces at the end of their names.
  • Detection of WSL only worked in 12.9 if you were still on the Windows 10 Creators Update. It now works with the newer 1803 build again.
  • Changing Preferences / Folders / Folder Behaviour / Sort shortcuts to folders like folders now triggers a refresh of all open folders, so the setting's effect is seen immediately.
  • Secure screenshot wasn't blurring some paths in the breadcrumbs field.
  • Secure screenshot now blurs filenames in Explorer-provided folders (e.g. Quick Access).
  • Fixed problem with navigation lock where navigating out of a zip file on one side would not cause the other side to follow along.
  • Dragging a tab from file display to another now makes the new tab active.
  • When an external icon set is cached (for performance) it now preserves the display names of icons within the set.
  • Fixed problem with Duplicate Finder's Select button - if the duplicate search was initially run with Delete mode turned off, and then you put the folder into Checkbox Mode manually and clicked the Select button, weird things would happen.
  • Fixed the file display font-size pop-up going off the side of the monitor if it opened too near the edge.
  • Preferences / Miscellaneous / Advanced is now grouped into categories. The list is also now filtered when using the search function in Preferences, rather than drawing matching items in red.

  • The Combine groups with only one member into the 'Other' group option is now ignored when grouping by duplicates.
  • Improved support for creating a toolbar button to go to a web page by dragging from a web browser to the toolbar in Customize mode. (Tested with Chrome and IE. Should work with Firefox. Does not work with Microsoft Edge, since you can't drag from Edge to *anything*, even to create a .URL file in File Explorer).
  • Added support for dropping .URL files (including Steam game shortcuts) on a toolbar in Customize mode to create buttons.
  • When Opus receives a "media removed" notification from the OS it now reads the Computer folder automatically in any tabs that were showing folders on the removed media.
  • When test-running commands in the button editor, the command will now always run against the Lister that launched the editor. (Previously, the command would look for a source window and potentially run against a different Lister, or even fail to find a source if you had two or more dual-display windows and no single-display ones).
  • Copying files out of a zip file in flat view now gives more consistent results (both in "recreate" and "flatten" mode).
  • It's now possible to prevent Opus from saving FTP passwords, by setting the PreventSaveFTPCredentials value under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\GPSoftware\Directory Opus to DWORD:1.
  • Pasting a file from a virtual data source (e.g. Remote Desktop) now behaves the same as pasting a real file when the destination already exists - you'll be prompted to overwrite/rename etc, rather than the new file just being renamed automatically.

  • Workaround for issue with SumatraPDF Open With menu item.
  • Fixed Open With menu showing just an icon and no name for Notepad.
  • Fixed SetAttr META coverart only allowing numeric specification of the type of cover-art when adding, not removing.
  • Fixed metadata editor's Add cover-art button not working correctly when in the Desktop folder.
  • Fixed labels applied via folder formats not doing anything if the global labels-in-NTFS option was off and the global list of assigned labels was completely empty.
  • Added missing music cover-art image types "other file icon" and "colorful fish" to the Metadata editor, SetAttr command and AudioCoverArt script object. (The fish thing is, unfortunately, part of the ID3 specification. It is hidden in the UI except when editing a file which already uses it, because it is ridiculous and some tagging software won't recognise it.)
  • Prefs LAYOUTLIST SHOWICONS now assigns folder icons to branches of the layout list, instead of only assigning icons to the layouts themselves.
  • Fixed the default "Lister Styles" menu heading being mistranslated to "Rotate" (in the target language) if you changed language after installation.
  • Fixed crash if you started a Find Files operation from a folder with a localised name. (You would normally have had to type the localised name into the Find In field manually to make this happen).
  • Fixed issue where clicking "skip" to the error shown when attempting to copy a file > 4GB in size to a FAT32 drive would abort the rest of the function rather than just skipping the file.
  • The Print FOLDER command no longer flashes a progress dialog on screen if delayed progress dialogs are turned on in Preferences and it is outputting to a file or the clipboard without showing the Print Folder dialog.
  • Fixed a Favorite which pointed to an Alias called /user not doing anything when clicked.
  • Fixed Properties dialogs showing zero size when opened for multiple items in different folders (e.g. via Flat View or collections like Find Results).
  • Fixed right-click > Properties on an FTP Site in the folder tree opening the FTP Address Book but not selecting the site.
  • Fixed right-click > Create Shortcut on the File Collections root in the folder tree crashing when used.
  • Possible fix for folder tabs sometimes getting stuck "Reading Folder" with TortoiseSVN installed. (The problem stopped happening for us by itself so it is difficult to verify the fix does what it is supposed to. Please let us know if you still encounter the problem with this or later versions.)
  • Made change to solve problem of Opus not allowing files > 4GB to be copied to Google Team Drive (which misrepresents itself as a FAT32 filesystem).
  • Fixed problem that meant when an FTP folder was added to favorites and selected from the Favorites branch in the tree the folder would open in a new Lister (or even an external program, depending on your settings).
  • The Browse dialog shown for the Preferences / Miscellaneous / Advanced [Image Formats]: use_color_management setting now has a filter set to *.icc;*.icm to make it clear what type of file is required.
  • Fixed alignment of Opus-generated folder thumbnail when shown in a tooltip.
  • Config files, script add-in code, and Containing Text searches in the Find Panel now support characters outside the BMP range (UTF-16 surrogate pairs and 4-byte UTF-8 sequences). Previously, such characters -- e.g. in button labels -- were dropped when saving and turned into '?' when loading.
  • Fixed crash in the button editor which could happen after using Shift+Tab to de-indent lines (usually while editing scripts).
  • Addressed Explorer Replacement not working in some cases where applications initialized COM in a non-standard way for calling shell APIs (e.g. Google Chrome).
  • When Opus is installed it now registers a URL scheme, opushelp://, which allows for clickable links to local help in your browser. dopusrt.exe has a new /help argument that this scheme uses to trigger display of local http help. The HTTP help server will be enabled and started automatically if it was turned off in Preferences.
  • The API for non-Unicode viewer and VFS DLLs has been disabled. We believe there are only two 64-bit plugins affected by this, both of which have alternatives and appear not to have been downloaded recently. If this is wrong, or there are non-Unicode plugins we are unaware of (e.g. privately developed for corporate environments), please let us know. If needed, we can reinstate the legacy API, but our current plans are to remove the code behind it if there are no complaints.
  • On the FTP Logs panel, clearing the [All Activity] log now does the same as the Clear All Logs option, removing site-specific logs at the same time.
  • Opening virtual folders via Explorer Replacement now opens them in your normal default Lister, instead of forcing the dual file display, tree, viewer and other panels to be off.
  • Commands like Go LASTACTIVELISTER are now better at finding the Lister which was most recently active. Previously, they were a bit too literal: If the last active Lister had since been closed, without another becoming active, then they did not find anything.
  • If a file copy fails mid-way with ERROR_NOT_READY (which can happen if a USB drive is pulled out) Opus will restart the copy when you click Retry rather than just attempting the last write again.
  • Opus now tries to stop its DLLs being injected into chrome.exe to avoid Chrome incorrectly labeling (libeling!) us as an incompatible application. Unfortunately this will stop the "Open Downloads Folder" command in Chrome from opening in Opus when Explorer Replacement is enabled.

  • The Rename dialog's Clipboard menu/button is now always enabled, even if the macro builder is turned on. Using one of the paste options will turn off the macro builder automatically.
  • Label filters in the folder tree are now re-calculated when you push F5 (or run similar refresh commands which affect the tree).
  • Tweaked syntax highlighting for the script and button editors.
  • Status bar configuration can now include comments by starting lines with //.
  • Folder tooltips using {foldercontents}, and the status bar hidden-count tooltip, now show each file/folder on a separate line, and allow names to be longer before truncation, and more names to be displayed in total.
  • Infotip {foldercontents} has new parameters: SingleLine makes it show files and folders on a single line (each) instead of one line per item. MaxItems limits the number of items within each category (up to a hard maximum of 20). MaxItemLength limits the length of each item (up to a hard maximum of 260). Indent lets you change the indentation before each item in multi-line mode (defaults to four spaces), or the separator between each item in single-line mode (defaults to ", "). To get single-line infotips like they were prior to Opus 12.9.3, use: {foldercontents:singleline:maxitems=4,maxitemlength=20}
  • If the Add File Collections list to the Send To menu option was turned on, then later turned off, the collections in the Send To menu at the time would be left there (except on Windows XP). They are now cleaned up.
  • With newer versions of WinRAR installed, the Archives plugin always created RAR 4 archives even if configured to make RAR 5 ones. This now works again.
  • Fixed Preferences / Launching Opus / Default Lister / In a fixed position relative to the monitor the mouse is on behaving like Always over the mouse pointer.
  • Fixed incorrect behavior of the viewer pane's context menu items for spanned wallpaper and resetting the viewer plugin override.
  • Fixed dialog editor crash if you pushed the Del key on an item with multi-line contents to reset the contents to empty.
  • Fixed problem with FTP SSH not returning directory listings if the list output omitted file permissions.
  • The Replace Explorer for all file system folders option now includes the Quick Access folder on Windows 10. Also improved this option so it excludes more control panels (e.g. the "classic" desktop wallpaper control panel opened by running "shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageWallpaper"). If updating Opus, this change will only take effect after you reboot.
  • Fixed crash if the filter bar was in use and set to clear when changing folders, and you then changed folders while inline-renaming a file.
  • Double-clicking shortcuts to FTP sites added under This PC will now add the FTP site under the folder tree's FTP branch, not under the This PC branch (which had some issues with "... on SiteAddress" being added to the end of folder names).
  • Fixed a quirk of the Filter Bar which meant that, with filtering disabled, you could activate the disabled edit control via the keyboard and type one character into it.
  • Fixed crash if the Filter Bar was open at the time you toggled the Preferences setting to make it use regular expressions.
  • Fixed status bar code parsing so using {{ to get a single literal { works even when it is before something that looks like a valid status bar code.
  • Fixed crash if you pushed Alt to put the Lister toolbars into keyboard mode, then used the Left cursor key to move past the leftmost menu item.
  • Rename FROM now works correctly in conjunction with the PRESET argument.
  • The context menu item for TreeSizeFree is now shown in Opus.
  • Fixed problem where the New Folder button would be incorrectly disabled in the Copy TO=ask$ dialog if the last destination was a network drive.

The following changes were made since the last beta (12.9.4):

  • Fixed problem with Explorer Replacement mode when Opus was not running.
  • Hopefully fixed a problem (caused by Windows Defender) which on some systems could cause long start-up times if the recycle bin had a lot of items in it.

  • Fixed Rename dialog's Clipboard > Paste function, when the Ignore extensions option was on, appending the existing filenames to the clipboard data when files did not have extensions.
  • Fixed incredibly slow FLAC metadata reading in the file display, caused by an abomination inside of recent Windows 10 updates.
  • Fixed /OneDrive folder format inheriting from the /Desktop folder format instead of simply using its own special format.
  • Fixed Set TABPOSITION commands not updating their visual state after the change.
  • The Clipboard COPYNAMES=quote command was broken in the 12.9.4 beta and now works again. The quote parameter was also missing from the button editor's menus.
  • Fixed commands like CreateFolder ASK NAME=Moo\Cow where the path was multi-level and the ASK keyword was also given, not working correctly.
  • Fixed Show VIEWERCMD=selaspect,... button state not updating immediately after use.
  • Fixed Advanced option use_color_management - Browse function doing nothing in the 12.9.4 beta.
  • Fixed problem with the Rename dialog macro builder where two close but not totally adjacent range deletions could be incorrectly merged into one.
  • Fixed a problem with the Rename dialog macro builder that would cause it to go wrong if you added some characters and then immediately range deleted some of them plus characters either to the left or right of them.
  • Fixed some weirdness/inconsistencies with the Slideshow toolbar button when folders are selected in the file list.
  • Fixed problem that could cause offline archive files in OneDrive to be downloaded unnecessarily in thumbnails mode.

Video: Directory Opus 12.10 Tutorial/Highlights PART 4/4

That's the final part. Enjoy!

12.10 is available now via the forum and will be posted here on the news feed soon, once we start pushing it through the auto-updater.

11 October 2018

Video: Directory Opus 12.10 Tutorial/Highlights PART 3/4

Fourth and final part to come in the next few days.

12.10 is available now via the forum and will be posted here on the news feed soon, once we start pushing it through the auto-updater.

7 October 2018

Video: Directory Opus 12.10 Tutorial/Highlights PART 2/4

Two more videos to come in the next few days.

12.10 is available now via the forum and will be posted here on the news feed soon, once we start pushing it through the auto-updater.

5 October 2018

Video: Directory Opus 12.10 Tutorial/Highlights PART 1/4

12.10 will be released soon.

More videos to come in the next few days.