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 Contents:

  1.  Graphic Workshop Professional 11 Revision 5
  2.  Announcing The Ultimate Screen Clock 11 (second notification)
  3.  Announcing PNG MNG Construction Set (additional notification)
  4.  Announcing GIF Construction Set Professional 11 (additional notification)
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Graphic Workshop Professional 11 Revision 5



Graphic Workshop Professional 11 has been updated. This release:

  • JPG: Updates the library that reads and writes JPG documents for Graphic Workshop and its ancillary applications to address several potential security issues.

    We'd like to urge all the users of Graphic Workshop to update to this release immediately.

  • Archive Manager: Fixes a bug in Graphic Workshop's stand-alone Archive Manager that could cause it to display spurious file error messages when it extracted documents from a ZIP archive under some configurations of Windows.

  • Paint: Adds a Select Paint button to Graphic Workshop's Setup window, allowing the default external paint application to be selected without recourse to editing Graphic Workshop's configuration data.

    Click on Select Paint in the Browser tab of Graphic Workshop's Setup window.

    The Help button in the Select Paint window will explain everything... trust us.

  • Textures: Addresses an issue in the Manage Library selector of the Textures and Fractals window that prevented it from correctly responding to double clicks under some configurations of Windows.

  • Edge Support: Graphic Workshop and its ancillary applications will now find the Microsoft Edge web browser to display their documentation.

  • Textures: Fixes a bug in the CGI Granite pane of the Textures and Fractals window that prevented it from correctly applying the last two of its color buttons to the texture being created.
  • Performance: Addresses a number of GDI and performance issues that software developers never really stop meddling with.
         
  • Documentation: Updates the documentation.


If you haven't experienced Graphic Workshop Professional 11 as yet, please see its initial release announcement for a list of all its new and enhanced functionality.


Click on the blue button to download Graphic Workshop Professional 11.


Upgrades

If you have registered or upgraded a registration for Graphic Workshop Professional 10 on or after April 1, 2020, you're welcome to a no-cost upgrade to Graphic Workshop Professional 11.

If you have registered or upgraded a registration for Graphic Workshop Professional 10 prior to April 1, 2020, we invite you to upgrade to Graphic Workshop Professional 11 for half the current new-user price.

The first time you run Graphic Workshop Professional 11, it will determine which upgrade option applies to your license.

Click on the blue button below to visit the upgrade page.


You can access the no-cost upgrade page directly by clicking on the foregoing link.



Announcing The Ultimate Screen Clock 11
(second notification)


We've enhanced functionality of The Ultimate Screen Clock, added some radical new clock styles, improved its performance and generally refined it to better get along with Windows 10. (We hasten to add that it still performs admirably under earlier builds of Windows, all the way back to Windows XP, if you're feeling retro.)

Among the new features and enhancements to The Ultimate Screen Clock, you'll find that it:

  • Deck Watch: Adds the Deck Watch clock style, available in two sizes and in light and dark manifestations the dark version is shown here.

    A revenant from the age of sail, a deck watch such as this one would have been used to transfer the time from a ship's chronometer to the navigator on deck. While a fifty-dollar GPS could out-navigate one of these things in a heartbeat today, it wouldn't look anywhere near as cool while it was doing so.

    We hasten to add that the above clock is an animation, not actual software. There's a one in 36
    00 chance that it's actually displaying the correct time as you read this.

  • Magento: Adds the Magneto clock style, illustrated to your right. Incandescent, luminous, attitude with atomic-time precision... the Magneto style belongs on your desktop and it isn't above pushing some of your other applications out of the way to get there.

    It comes in a substantial number of permutations of colors and sizes.


    The animation above is but a pale reflection of the Magneto style. Double-click on it to see the Magneto Large clock full size — there's a medium size set of styles as well. Once again, the above clock is an animation, not actual software. There's a one in 3600 chance that it's actually displaying the correct time as you read this.

  • Sound Effects: Adds optional sound effects to The Ultimate Screen Clock's screen saver. It can beep and crash and zap and generally express itself whenever the moving clock changes direction, appears or otherwise does something interesting.

    You can enable or disable screen saver sounds in the Application tab of The Ultimate Screen Clock's Setup window. Click on the Sounds button therein to configure your choice of the substantial internal library of sound effects, or import your own.

  • Saver Backgrounds: Adds a number of new screen saver background graphics fresh from an alternate universe. Right-click in The Ultimate Screen Clock and select Styles → Select Saver Style, and then click on Transitions to experience the entire library.

    The new Tendrils screen saver background with the large red Magneto clock style floating over it is truly epic.

    In addition to fractal textures and other abstract content, The Ultimate Screen Clock can use photographs as its screen saver backgrounds. We've added a few examples to the library of backgrounds. No wolves were harmed in the making of this application — and happily, no photographers.

  • Engine: Updates the clock rendering engine to improve the appearance of various style elements.

  • Image Libraries: All the libraries that read and write graphics for The Ultimate Screen Clock have been reviewed to ensure that they're secure and totally bulletproof. There being some really disagreeable people under many of the rocks of the Internet, we urge all the users of our software to keep its security elements up to date.

  • Performance: Addresses a number of GDI and performance issues that software developers never really stop meddling with.
         
  • Documentation: Updates the documentation.

As in years past, when you run The Ultimate Screen Clock 11 for the first time, it will look for a previous installation of The Ultimate Screen Clock 10 and optionally copy your existing configuration, so you won't have to set everything up by hand.

Click on the blue button to download The Ultimate Screen Clock 11.

Note that in addition to installing The Ultimate Screen Clock, you'll probably also want to install The Ultimate Screen Clock Extra Styles library, which will augment it with wealth of additional clock styles, including some of the ones mentioned herein. The Extra Styles library is also accessible through this big blue  button.


Upgrades

If you have registered or upgraded a registration for The Ultimate Screen Clock 10 on or after May 1, 2020, you're welcome to a no-cost upgrade to The Ultimate Screen Clock 11.

If you have registered or upgraded a registration for The Ultimate Screen Clock 10 prior to June 1, 2020, we invite you to upgrade to The Ultimate Screen Clock 11 for half the current new-user price.

The first time you run The Ultimate Screen Clock 11, it will determine which upgrade option applies to your license.

Click on the blue button below to visit the upgrade page.


You can access the no-cost upgrade page directly by clicking on the foregoing link.

Depending upon your configuration of Windows, the installer for The Ultimate Screen Clock may advise you that a reboot of Windows is required to complete the installation of this software. You can largely ignore this message — Windows will remove a file from your previous installation the next time your computer reboots, but your current installation of The Ultimate Screen Clock can proceed without rebooting immediately.



Announcing PNG MNG Construction Set 11
(additional notification)


We've added new functionality to the world's most capable leading-edge web animator, improved its performance, and generally refined it to better get along with Windows 10. (We hasten to add that it still performs admirably under earlier builds of Windows, all the way back to Windows XP, if you're feeling retro.)

Among the new features and enhancements to PNG MNG Construction Set 11, you'll find:

  • Social Media: Quickly compose your animations for Twitter, Facebook and other popular social media platforms. The Social Media window will automatically resize and crop your content and apply a rich palette of backgrounds to it. Social Media can be accessed through the PNG MNG Construction Set Professional Block menu.

  • Talkies: The Export to Movie option can now optionally add a sound track of your choice to digital video created from your animations.

  • Caption: The PNG MNG Construction Set Caption window will add captions to your animations. The Caption editor now allows for rich text — it's pretty much a small word processor that supports multiple fonts, typographic effects and text size changes. We hasten to add that the original PNG MNG Construction Set Caption window is still available, should you prefer it. Select Classic Caption Window in Setup to access it.

  • Updates Image Libraries: All the libraries that read and write graphics for PNG MNG Construction Set have been reviewed to ensure that they're secure and totally bulletproof. There being some really disagreeable people under many of the rocks of the Internet, we urge all the users of our software to keep its security elements up to date.

  • Photostack: The Photostack window has been refined to address a number of performance issues for more attractive final animations.

  • Resize: Resize is quicker, and several final frame quality issues and a minor arithmetic error in the Resize to Dimensions option have been resolved.

  • Performance: Addresses a number of GDI and performance issues that software developers never really stop meddling with.
         
  • Documentation: Updates the documentation.

 
Click on the blue button to download PNG MNG Construction Set 11.



Upgrades

If you have registered or upgraded a registration for PNG MNG Construction Set Professional 10 on or after April 1, 2020, you're welcome to a no-cost upgrade to PNG MNG Construction Set Professional 11.

If you have registered or upgraded a registration for PNG MNG Construction Set Professional 10 prior to April 1, 2020, we invite you to upgrade to PNG MNG Construction Set Professional 11 for half the current new-user price.

The first time you run PNG MNG Construction Set Professional 11, it will determine which upgrade option applies to your license.

Click on the blue button below to visit the upgrade page.



You can access the no-cost upgrade page directly by clicking on the foregoing link.


Plugins

All the animation plugins for PNG MNG Construction Set Professional have been upgraded to run with PNG MNG Construction Set Professional 11.

If you have registered one or more plugins for a previous release of PNG MNG Construction Set, your existing registration keys are still valid. You'll just need to download the version 11 installers for your plugins.

All the animation plugins are at:



       


IMPORTANT: If you have plugins installed under PNG MNG Construction Set 10 or PNG MNG Construction Set 10 and you plan to uninstall PNG MNG Construction Set 10 or PNG MNG Construction Set 10 to replace them with the new version 11 software, please be sure uninstall all your version 10 plugins, and then uninstall PNG MNG Construction Set 10 and PNG MNG Construction Set 10.   

PNG MNG Construction Set 11 will offer to automatically remove your old plugins for you the first time it runs - go for it, as this will save you lots of clicking later on.

We've also created a quick way to reinstall your plugins once you've downloaded the version 11 installers. Please see the the plugin help page for assistance.


Announcing GIF Construction Set Professional 11
(additional notification)


A few first-edition issues in GIF Construction Set Professional 11 have been addressed:

  • The option to create AVI digital video with sound could create AVI documents that didn't play properly under some configurations of Windows. This has been fixed.

  • The Resize window didn't always resize to the specified dimensions when the resize to Dimensions option was selected. Now it does.

  • Some postings to this list last weekend omitted the Download Now button for GIF Construction Set Professional 11. It's back, below.




From the initial announcement:

GIF Construction Set Professional 11 has been released.

We've added new functionality to the world's most widely-used web animator, improved its performance, and generally refined it to better get along with Windows 10. (We hasten to add that it still performs admirably under earlier builds of Windows, all the way back to Windows XP, if you're feeling retro.)

Among the new features and enhancements to GIF Construction Set Professional 11, you'll find:

  • Reboot: GIF Construction Set Professional has been completely rewritten and expanded. It manages memory more effectively, has a smaller code footprint than its predecessors and is substantially quicker. Most of its functionality that previously only worked on selected blocks will now apply to an entire animation if no blocks are selected. The color management logic used throughout the application has been improved. Everything's easier and more intuitive.

  • Social Media: Quickly compose your animations for Twitter, Facebook and other popular social media platforms. The Social Media window will automatically resize and crop your content and apply a rich palette of backgrounds to it. Social Media can be accessed through the GIF Construction Set Professional Block menu.

  • Talkies: The Export to Movie option can now optionally add a sound track of your choice to digital video created from your animations.

  • Caption: The Caption window has been updated.

  • Updates Image Libraries: All the libraries that read and write graphics for GIF Construction Set have been reviewed to ensure that they're secure and totally bulletproof. There being some really disagreeable people under many of the rocks of the Internet, we urge all the users of our software to keep its security elements up to date.

  • Photostack: The Photostack window has been refined to address a number of performance issues for more attractive final animations.

  • Resize: Resize is quicker, and several final frame quality issues have been resolved.

  • Performance: Addresses a number of GDI and performance issues that software developers never really stop meddling with.
         
  • Documentation: Updates the documentation.

 
Click on the blue button to download GIF Construction Set Professional 11.



Upgrades

If you have registered or upgraded a registration for GIF Construction Set Professional 10 on or after April 1, 2020, you're welcome to a no-cost upgrade to GIF Construction Set Professional 11.

If you have registered or upgraded a registration for GIF Construction Set Professional 10 prior to April 1, 2020, we invite you to upgrade to GIF Construction Set Professional 11 for half the current new-user price.

The first time you run GIF Construction Set Professional 11, it will determine which upgrade option applies to your license.

Click on the blue button below to visit the upgrade page.



You can access the no-cost upgrade page directly by clicking on the foregoing link.


Plugins

All the animation plugins for GIF Construction Set Professional have been upgraded to run with GIF Construction Set Professional 11.

If you have registered one or more plugins for a previous release of GIF Construction Set, your existing registration keys are still valid. You'll just need to download the version 11 installers for your plugins.

All the animation plugins are at:



       


IMPORTANT: If you have plugins installed under GIF Construction Set 10 or PNG MNG Construction Set 10 and you plan to uninstall GIF Construction Set 10 or PNG MNG Construction Set 10 to replace them with the new version 11 software, please be sure uninstall all your version 10 plugins, and then uninstall GIF Construction Set 10 and PNG MNG Construction Set 10.   

GIF Construction Set 11 will offer to automatically remove your old plugins for you the first time it runs - go for it, as this will save you lots of clicking later on.

We've also created a quick way to reinstall your plugins once you've downloaded the version 11 installers. Please see the the plugin help page for assistance.


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