Once again, though, please remember that this is still an Interim Release, and as such will be updated more often than a Public Release would, and could potentially still contain some bugs. We will still be making a few changes before we release PeerBlock 1.0, but will release a "PeerBlock 1.0 'RTM'" version at that same time so that you all get those changes at the same time.
Here's what's different between the last Interim Release (r162) and this one. Not as many as last time, don't worry...
- Fix for Outlook 2010 / Live Mail problem - For some reason if you were running Outlook 2010 or the MS Live Mail desktop client, PeerBlock could experience some problems if you tried starting up a second instance of it - the second instance of peerblock.exe would show up in the task manager until you exited that email program. This is fixed now!
- Default "Show Splashscreen" to False - Due to many peoples' complaints about how bad the splashscreens looked (my attempt at lame "programmer art" early on, sorry), and the fact that they really are quite unnecessary, we're now defaulting this option to False on fresh installs. You can always turn 'em on yourself if you want to see them. Won't affect you on upgrade, unless you reset PeerBlock's settings on install.
- Added "View" Buttons to List Manager - You can now view the contents of your Default Lists. This was an unintended consequence of moving these lists to checkboxes: there was no way to view them anymore!
- Default List Descriptions Swapped - Previously, the "Spyware" and "Advertisements" lists' descriptions on the List Manager were swapped.
- Disable Exception Reporting - We don't have a server (or software written to run on one) available to receive this sort of data right now, so disabled the built-in automatic exception reporting (that "this problem has been reported to Phoenix Labs" stuff).
- More Performant Tracelogging - Updated the tracelogging routine to abort more quickly if we're attempting to log a message at a level below that which we're currently configured to display. This should help out a (minor? insignificant?) bit with overall performance of the app.
- "XP dropdown list squashed" UI Issues - Think we've found the last of these: the "Protocol" and "Action" in both the main History window and the File -> Export to... menu of the History window.
- Remove .DMP on Uninstall -Not that you're ever going to want to uninstall PeerBlock of course, but just in case you do for whatever reason we will now clean up that peerblock.dmp file (if created) instead of leaving it around on your disk.
- User Manual - We're starting to put together an HTML User Manual for PeerBlock. In addition to hosting this on our main www.peerblock.com site, this will be included in your installs. Note that since we're trying to make this usable by newbies as well as experienced users we're including lots of screenshots; this has caused the size of our download to increase by about 500k. Also note that the documentation is still under construction at this point - and yes it's utterly unstyled and incomplete - we're only including it here to make sure that our Installer stuff is correctly installing/uninstalling it so that we'll be ready to rock once PeerBlock 1.0 comes out. If there's anything you'd like to see in there, please let us know!
Again, the Installer for this version will not detect whether a pre-r162 PeerBlock is running or not. So if you're upgrading from r131 or earlier, it is important that you make sure that PeerBlock is not running before installing this one.
Other issues can of course be found on our Issue Tracker.
Get it Here
PeerBlock r172 Installer - This is the recommended download for most users.
PeerBlock "Portable" Packages:
- PeerBlock r172 for Windows 2000 / XP, 32-bit - .zip file, no installer
- PeerBlock r172 for Windows XP, 64-bit - .zip file, no installer
- PeerBlock r172 for Windows Vista / 7, 32-bit - .zip file, no installer
- PeerBlock r172 for Windows Vista / 7, 64-bit - .zip file, no installer
We're Almost There...!
Thanks to everybody who donated after I mentioned last time that we were "underwater" as far as donations go!
We're now up to $880 worth of total donations, versus $817 worth of expenses! But don't forget, we are still accepting donations to help pay for rental of a VPS server which should let us create a "real" online-update feature, and we will of course be needing to purchase another $230 code-signing certificate in less than 12 months. So if you find PeerBlock useful, please consider donating a few dollars to help keep us afloat!
And again, to all those who have donated already - multiple times for some of you - THANKS! We wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for your generosity.
Expect another Interim Release to be posted sometime around this weekend, to coincide with the release of our official PeerBlock 1.0 release - maybe 24 hours earlier to get an ultra-quick "sanity test" out of it. After that it will likely be a few weeks until the next one, unless we have to release something to fix a particularly nasty bug. But don't worry, we are far from done! Lots of stuff on our "To-do List", including some stuff that we really haven't wanted to start working on yet so that we don't destabilize things while we're gearing up for 1.0. I'll post more about where we're headed next week, after 1.0 is out the gates...
Thanks again for all your support, whether it be monetarily, reporting bugs or suggestions, or even just sending in a little "Thank you, you guys rock!" feedback.
--- Mark ---