iPK Combo 1.1 Release

Hello Folks,

This is to let you know it has passed a year since the original release of iPK Combo 1.0 Windows Gadget. Your feedback has turned me on and I have created time for developing new update - thanks for your feedback!
Please go to the original iPK Combo post for download information.

I started with IE9 transparency fix which turned to be an easy fix, but at that time I could not stop developing more features I have heard from you guys!

One of the wishlist contained adding grey color and I decided to redraw signal and battery graphics that way, to enable you picking any colors you want to enable smooth fade between these custom colors.

The next step was to enable you guys picking the color comfortably without entering the hex of it - that is where I have come up with a great deal - Color Picker by Stefan Petre. Modified a little to fit our size and needs.

Next step was redoing the Properties page to fit all the data handy in tabs and adding sliders to change animation speed and external IP refresh interval.

Then I noticed that there was no way to show any of the IP addresses without showing the signal, so I have redone the code to enable this as well.

Then I noticed that a nice little globe that I love is not seen any often as it only shows when checking external IP and hides when it is done, but since IP is returned so fast - the globe does not appear at all, so I decided to add a little delay before it hides so we could enjoy its rotation - hope you like it.

I also noticed that if an access point is longer to fit within small area - I was simply hiding overflow, but it was done by the space as a delimiter, so potentially if you have a long name of access point without spaces - it could not show at all. I switched this behavior to make the digits longer than 10 a bit more invisible and continue under percentage.

Another important finding to me was that there was a minor memory leak when you consume animation and a little performance tweaking project started. I have revised the code removing unnecessary variables wherever I spotted the case and could not spotted the leak. I got help of the tool called Drip, but the leak was not that simple to be identifiable. Nevertheless, I have identified the leak and fixed it.

Hope this update with release my hands out of the code for a while and enable my wife using all my free time :)

Thank you for using iPK Combo gadget! Cheers!

2 Responses to “iPK Combo 1.1 Release”

  1. Pooyan Says:

    Hi
    I’m working with this gadget about a year and it is xactly what I need.
    Thanks

  2. Martin Says:

    Hi, I’ve been using this for a while now and it is fantastic, definitely the best monitor that I have seen… The only problem is that version 1.1 prevents a clean shutdown in windows 7. This didn’t happen with version 1.0. :(

    Well done though, a most excellent piece of sowtware….
    awaiting v1.2….

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