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BIM 5.40 released!

Wed, 9 Jan 2013

It has been a while since I posted progress on the upcoming version of BIM, but believe it or not, it's finally here. It seems that I underestimated the amount of work needed to add all the features. In the future I'll multiply my time estimations by 2 (or 3, just to be on the safe side). But enough with the babbling. Regarding the new features, maybe the most important one is related to the new way installations are handled. You now have the possibility to launch programs for the user that started the installation even after he elevated the Setup via the UAC prompt. The registry editing tasks also take advantage of this, so now it is safe to add keys and values in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive, without worrying they'll be added in the registry of another user.

Another important addition is the support for Windows(R) 8. The new release also contains new translations, however some of them are not complete (because they were created for version 5.31). The changes list is pretty long, so I invite you to have a look at the changelog on BIM's page for more information. Also, if you're new to BIM, I made a video tutorial that explains how to create a simple package. Combined with the help file, it should get you started in no time.

Regarding future editions, this may be one of the last versions of BIM that supports legacy operating systems. There aren't too many people that use them nowadays and the development has reached a point where it's very hard to make the code behave the same on all OS. As soon as i'm convinced BIM is stable enough, support will be dropped for everything older than Windows(R) 2000.

And now for a mini-rant regarding antiviruses. It seems that no matter how much one strives to avoid their programs being flagged as malware, at least one of the AVs will still do it (usually the one you least expect). And some of them really go to great lengths to annoy programmers. The latest incident (if I may call it that way) occured when scanning BIM's executable (before UPX-ing it) on Jotti's malware scan. All AVs found that the file is clean, except ClamAV, which found it suspect (threat name: PUA.Win32.Packer.Purebasic-1). Congratulations ClamAV, you just found out that my program is written in PureBasic. Seriously now, what's the logic behind flagging all executables as potentially unwanted applications? And for even more strangeness: when I went to report this as a false positive, I was greeted by a message that said that PUA related false positives will be (automagically) ignored. Is it just me or this is beginning to sound more like overkill instead of security?

New version of BIM coming soon

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

For those of you wondering if the development stopped, I'm glad to announce that it's not. An improved version of Bytessence Install Maker will soon be ready. The next update will add compatibility with Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 8 and also improve UAC support (much needed). Work on the new version started almost 2 months ago but due to the major internal changes in both the main program and the installer (and the fact that making one thing work on one OS will break it on another one), things went a bit slow.

Other than that, the update is coming along nicely and if I won't run into problems it will be here very soon. More details on what changed will follow the release.

BIM 5.31 released

Sat, 31 Dec 2011

A new update for BIM has been released today, the last one in this year. Version 5.31 fixes a problem related to the way the installer replaces path variables with the real paths and corrects some strings in the English and German translations.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you find any bugs. Have a nice and safe New Year party!

BIM 5.3 released

Sun, 25 Dec 2011

As promised, the update for BIM is finally ready to be downloaded. This version includes both bug fixes and some new features, mainly the ability to check for extra space on the computer's partitions and the ability to remove registry keys recursively. The language files have also been updated (many thanks to the translators for their time).

That being said, please let me know if you find any problems. Wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Sat, 24 Dec 2011

Here's wishing you all a Merry Christmas! Thank you for spending time to test the software and report bugs, send suggestions, translations or donations, your help is much appreciated. I hope you had a good time using the software offered on this website.

Unfortunately I couldn't finish the BIM update on time, but it will be here very soon, so stay tuned.

BIM 5.2 ready

Sat, 29 Oct 2011

A new edition of Bytessence Install Maker has been released today. The development efforts have been concentrated again on BIM due to some bugs that needed to be fixed ASAP. Much like the previous version, this release doesn't bring too many features, except for an option to run a single instance of the program. In exchange, some of the languages have been updated (thanks to all the translators for their time).

Please let me know if you find any problem with the new version.

BDF 1.3 relesed

Fri, 07 Oct 2011

Finally, an update for Bytessence DuplicateFinder is ready to be downloaded. This release focuses on fixing bugs but also on improving the overall usability of the program. There are a few new features in this version as well, notably update checking capability, the ability to search for certain files in the duplicate list and a new selection mode for the selection manager. I 'd like to send a big 'Thanks' to the translators for updating the localization files for this version and to everyone who submitted bug reports.

The most likely candidate for the next update is BPM, however it might take a little while until a release is made public.

As always, if you find any problem, are please let me know.

BIM 5.1 now ready

Mon, 26 Sep 2011

A new version of BIM is now ready to be downloaded. It seems that quite a few bugs made it in version 5.0, even if the testing phase was longer. This update fixes some of the annoyances from the previous version but it does not add new features except for a basic update checking mechanism. If you are using BIM, please make sure to re-pack your programs with this version.

Suggestions and comments are always welcome.

BIM 5.0 released

Wed, 14 Sep 2011

After many months of development and testing, BIM has reached a new milestone today. Version 5.0 is a complete rewrite of the older series and brings new features to the existing arsenal: LZMA compression, component management for your programs, native 64-bit support and others. Many thanks to all who sent suggestions and bug reports, this release would not have been possible without your help. The only issue with the new release is that the old translations do not work anymore so new ones will be needed. If you want to contribute you could only translate the installer language file to minimize your efforts.

In other news, the website suffered a few changes as well. I hope you'll find it more easy to navigate on. Also, if you are a PureBasic developer, you'll probably want to have a look at the Programming page.

If you spot any problem with the new release or with the website, please contact me.

BIM 4.42 released

Mon, 07 Feb 2011

Version 4.42 of BIM is ready to be downloaded, fixing some problems with the German language file that was missing some lines, making other labels dissapear later on. The 'Path variables' file in the help file was also modified to add information about the 2 new variables (that I forgot about): <installerexe> and <installerexedir>. To download the new version please see BIM's page.

In case you find any more bugs let me know.

BIM 4.41 released

Sat, 05 Feb 2011

A new version of BIM is now ready, fixing a few bugs (the most important one being the inability to detect the administrator privileges on some systems) and adding some small new features (like the ability to restrict the installer to run on x64 systems, 2 new path variables, etc.). The sizes of the uninstaller and the installer have also been minimized. To see the full changelog please see BIM's page.

In case you find any problem in the program please contact me.

BDF update released

Mon, 10 Jan 2011

A new update has been released today for BDF. This release doesn't add any new features, except for full German language support (translated interface and help-file - thanks to Vera for his time) and some small bug fixes. You can see the full changelog and download the new version on BDF's page.

In case you find any bug please let me know.

BDF 1.1 released

Mon, 05 Jan 2011

The first update of this year is now ready and it covers Bytessence DuplicateFinder. This version fixes some annoyings from the first release, mainly user interface related. The controls were resized on some pages to make more space for the translated labels and the Results page has been reorganized to make it more comfortable to view the duplicate list. For the full list of changes please see BDF's page. This release was possible due to the great testing and the excellent suggestions of Vera from the PureBasic forums.

If you spot a bug or you have problems with the new version please drop me a line.

Merry Christmas!

Fri, 24 Dec 2010

The most wonderful part of the year is here again, leaving me the impression that the time passes faster than ever these days. Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Bytessence software users, and to all who contributed with suggestions, bug reports, translations and donations over the last years. Thank you for your continued support!

New program released!

Mon, 20 Dec 2010

I am very glad to announce the release of Bytessence DuplicateFinder, a new freeware program that i've been working on in the last months. It's designed to quickly scan the selected folders or file groups against clones and to move/remove them once they're detected. Scanning and removing dupes is blazing fast due to the optimized algorithms (CRC32, byte-to-byte comparison), file size / date filters, easy to manage exclusions and the automatic file selector.

As this is the first public release, the program might contain bugs. Please let me know if you encounter any problems while using it.

BPM 4.1 released

Tue, 12 Oct 2010

BPM has been updated today to version 4.1. This release doesn't bring new features, it is mainly targeted at fixing some bugs that slipped in the previous version, including the defective entry search and the drag-and-drop operations not working correctly for all masked fields. Many thanks to all who reported the bugs or sent suggestions for improvements. Please see BPM's page for more information regarding the changes.

If you have feedback regarding the new release you can send me an e-mail.

BIM 4.40 released

Wed, 22 Sep 2010

A new version of BIM is finally ready to be downloaded. This release doesn't add too many features as all the development efforts went into bug fixing and code optimization. Some of the changes include the implementation of a separate area for adding version information to the installer executables, new translations (Dutch, French, Hellenic, Hungarian and Turkish), .NET Framework 4.0 detection and the elimination of some annoying bugs. For more information about the changes please see BIM's page.

Please contact me if you find any bugs or errors in the program.