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STABLE: Don't Panic! v2.0.5 (Build 26)

  • v2.0.5 (Build 26) - STABLE BUILD
    • Access to WebUpdate window and version check has been disabled for the PortableApps.com version in order to avoid leaving any trail on guest OS
    • Tray icon size fix
    • Help file updated to reflect changes
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2012-10-31 Labels: Don't Panic! stable release

STABLE: Don't Panic! v2.0.4 (Build 25)

  • v2.0.4 (Build 25) - STABLE BUILD
    • MAJOR BUG FIX: WebUpdate window wouldn't show up again if called from Main window after automatically checking for updates (without success) and caused a minor memory leak!
    • MINOR BUG FIX: Latest news wouldn't show up when manually checking for updates and no update was available!
    • Optimization of memory usage default setting now depends on free RAM
    • Added Russian (many thanks to Valerij Romanovskij), German (many thanks to Störpser) and Italian (many thanks to Maurizio Ballo) as official languages
    • Other minor bug fixes
    • Help file updated to reflect changes
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2012-10-16 Labels: Don't Panic! stable release

STABLE: Don't Panic! v2.0.3 (Build 24)

  • v2.0.3 (Build 24) - STABLE BUILD
    • MAJOR BUG FIX: When automatically checking for updates at startup the WebUpdate window remained open even if no update was available!
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2012-10-06 Labels: Don't Panic! stable release

STABLE: Don't Panic! v2.0.2 (Build 23)

  • v2.0.2 (Build 23) - STABLE BUILD
    • CRITICAL BUG FIX: Error when reading blacklist content that resulted in a memory leak!
    • CRITICAL BUG FIX: Actions based on keywords didn't work when more then one keyboard was entered!
    • MAJOR BUG FIX: Master volume control didn't work on post Windows XP OS!
    • Optimizations for actions based on keywords
    • Some small bug fixes
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2012-10-04 Labels: Don't Panic! stable release

STABLE: Don't Panic! v2.0.1 (Build 22)

PLEASE UNINSTALL ANY PREVIOUS VERSION BEFORE INSTALLING!

  • v2.0.1 (Build 22) - STABLE BUILD
    • CRITICAL BUG FIX: File access denied error on post Windows XP OS when opening options!
    • CRITICAL BUG FIX: Float conversion error locked the options file so saving options couldn't be performed!
    • MAJOR BUG FIX: Startup task was created without triggers on post Windows XP OS!
    • MAJOR BUG FIX: Opening a file with Don't Panic! didn't work!
    • MINOR BUG FIX: Realtime priority couldn't be selected on post Windows XP OS and priority change didn't happen!
    • MINOR BUG FIX: Uninstalling Don't Panic! didn't clean Start Menu shortcuts!
    • MINOR BUG FIX: Main window UI glitches when returning from a different window!
    • MINOR BUG FIX: Taskbar icon was shown when in Panic Mode!
    • Computer restart is required in order to apply changes to option Run with elevated privileges! (Windows fault - it caches current option till restart)
    • Hotkeys have test button and overwrite even other application hotkeys
    • Installer no longer requires elevated privileges to execute
    • Donate message now show on the 10th run of TCP/IP Manager
    • Many other minor UI bug fixes
    • Help file updated to reflect changes
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2012-09-29 Labels: Don't Panic! stable release

BETA: Don't Panic! v1.5.0 (Build 21)

BETA RELEASE! ONLY FOR TESTING PURPOSE! CHOOSE THE LATEST STABLE RELEASE FOR DAILY USE!

  • v1.5.0 (Build 21) - BETA BUILD
    • CRITICAL BUG FIX: Couldn't run Don't Panic! at startup with administrative priviledges
    • MAJOR BUG FIX: Checking for updates feature used an older cached file if it existed, so it didn't show the latest version correctly!
    • MAJOR BUG FIX: When using a multi-monitor configuration Don't Panic! didn't start on the default monitor, but (depending on configuration) between them
    • Major source code overhaul complete with speed and readability optimizations
    • Optimization of memory usage now enabled or disabled at first startup depending on free RAM
    • Some options disabled by default in the portable release
    • Icons changed to PNG to improve appearance and support for Windows Vista and Windows 7
    • Swiched to UPX compression for a smaller EXE footprint
    • Donate message now show on the 10th run of Don't Panic!
    • Build number changed to reflect build versions actually released
    • KNOW ISSUE: Some strings still need to be translated in Turkish
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2012-09-21 Labels: Don't Panic! beta release

STABLE: Don't Panic! Portable

Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2011-03-15

Translators wanted (again and again)

I'm looking for translators for Don't Panic!'s user interface. Don't worry - it isn't a lot of work and there is no deadline. If you think you can help email me at adriantc@users.sourceforge.net.
Remember this is strictly volunteer work. You will however get your name in the "Special thanks to" section of Don't Panic!

Thank you!
Tundrea Adrian-Costin
(project administrator)

Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2010-09-22

STABLE: Don't Panic! v1.4.2 (Build 554)

Don't Panic! v1.4.2 (Build 554) - STABLE BUILD

SFX RAR Install included (contains all Don't Panic! files and folders hidden... ;) ...so you'll never get busted using it!)

  • v1.4.2 (Build 554) - STABLE BUILD
  • MAJOR BUG FIX: Run on startup option has to be enabled only when the application has administrative privileges! (for Windows Vista and 7)

  • v1.4.1 (Build 550) - STABLE BUILD

  • MINOR BUG FIX: Detection of current privileges was not working as expected!
  • Added option to elevate privileges in Windows Vista or Windows 7 (should fix a lot of problems related to Windows UAC)
  • Help file updated to reflect latest changes
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2010-09-22

STABLE: Don't Panic! v1.4.1 (Build 550)

Don't Panic! v1.4.1 (Build 550) - STABLE BUILD

SFX RAR Install included (contains all Don't Panic! files and folders hidden... ;) ...so you'll never get busted using it!)

  • v1.4.1 (Build 550) - STABLE BUILD
  • MINOR BUG FIX: Detection of current privileges was not working as expected!
  • Added option to elevate privileges in Windows Vista or Windows 7 (should fix a lot of problems related to Windows UAC)
  • Help file updated to reflect latest changes
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2010-09-19

Translators wanted (reloaded)

I'm looking for translators for Don't Panic!'s user interface. Don't worry - it isn't a lot of work and there is no deadline. If you think you can help email me at adriantc@users.sourceforge.net.
Remember this is strictly volunteer work. You will however get your name in the "Special thanks to" section of Don't Panic!

Thank you!
Tundrea Adrian-Costin
(project administrator)

Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2010-02-17

STABLE: Don't Panic! v1.4.0 (Build 535)

Don't Panic! v1.4.0 (Build 535) - STABLE BUILD

SFX RAR Install included (contains all Don't Panic! files and folders hidden... ;) ...so you'll never get busted using it!)

  • v1.4.0 (Build 535) - STABLE BUILD
  • Updated help file to reflect changes
  • More code overhaul
  • A few code optimizations

  • v1.3.1 (Build 526) - BETA BUILD

  • Rewritten part of the code and all the comments in English (so it could be understood better)
  • Added default positions for the Panic button in Panic Mode
  • Added Turkish language as an official language (many thanks to Volkan Kirik)
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2010-02-17

Translators still wanted

I'm looking for translators for Don't Panic!'s user interface. Don't worry - it isn't a lot of work and there is no deadline. If you think you can help email me at adriantc@users.sourceforge.net.
Remember this is strictly volunteer work. You will however get your name in the "Special thanks to" section of Don't Panic!

Thank you!
Tundrea Adrian-Costin(project administrator)

Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2009-12-30

Translators wanted

I'm looking for translators for Don't Panic!'s user interface. Don't worry - it isn't a lot of work and there is no deadline. If you think you can help email me at adriantc@users.sourceforge.net.

Remember this is strictly volunteer work. You will however get your name in the "Special thanks to" section of Don't Panic!

Thank you!
Tundrea Adrian-Costin
(project administrator)

Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2009-09-24

STABLE: Don't Panic! v1.3.0 (Build 507) Released!

DON'T PANIC IS HERE TO STAY!

Never say never when it comes to Don't Panic! This project will remain open to development.
Newer versions will be released on a "when necessary" basis. Make sure you let me know of any features you may like to be added or any bugs that require squashing :)

Don't Panic! v1.3.0 (Build 507) - STABLE BUILD

SFX RAR Install included (contains all Don't Panic! files and folders hidden... ;) ...so you'll never get busted using it!)... read more

Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2009-09-24

BETA: Don't Panic! v1.2.1 (Build 479) Released!

Don't Panic! v1.2.1 (Build 479) - BETA BUILD

SFX RAR Install included (contains all Don't Panic! files and folders hidden... ;) ...so you'll never get busted using it!)

WARNING: BETA BUILD! Preview release only for testing purpose; do not use it for any other purpose!

  • v1.2.1 (Build 479) - BETA BUILD
  • Added option to minimize (process) windows to taskbar
  • Added ability to manually choose hotkey combinations
  • Added option to resize and (or) move the 'Don't Panic!' button from the Panic Mode
  • Added option to hide the button from the Panic Mode
  • Added ability to select the priority of the Don't Panic! process (in some cases it might improve response times)
  • Important code overhaul
  • Minor UI bug fixes
  • Icon related improvements and fixes
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2009-09-06

Here we go again!

After some two years of inactivity I decided it was time to restart working on one of my favorite projects. It won't be a complete makeover, but Don't Panic! v1.3 will include most of the features you requested and some of my very own ideas. On top of that some of the bugs you reported will get a fix. Hope you will enjoy the next release as much as I will enjoy working on them.

Watch out for the next beta release! ... read more

Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2009-08-14

End of the road...

Almost an year has passed since I started to work on Don't Panic! It has been a great project to code, with countless hours spent on creating and implementing new ideas or fixing bugs. I dare to name it my most successful project to date with a total of 14 beta and stable releases. It also gave me some material rewards - prizes in different programming contests. On top of all is the experience, the joy of finally implementing some new feature or fixing a die-hard bug. It was all worth it!
But what has a beginning must have an end. And this is the end of the road for Don't Panic! It has a lot more features then I first imagined and I still have some ideas in my mind. But I consider Don't Panic! to be complete. I guess it has served its purpose. Now life must go on...
So, as of today (26/09/2007) all work on Don't Panic! is halted indefinitely!... read more

Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2007-09-26

STABLE: Don't Panic! v1.2.0 (Build 445) Released!

Don't Panic! v1.3.0 (Build 507) - STABLE BUILD

SFX RAR Install included (contains all Don't Panic! files and folders hidden... ;) ...so you'll never get busted using it!)

  • v1.3.0 (Build 507) - STABLE BUILD
  • CRITICAL BUG FIX: Hiding the Panic button from the Panic Mode also disabled the hotkey!
  • MAJOR BUG FIX: Forgot to mnimize Don't Panic!'s main window after minimizing the selected programs!
  • MINOR BUG FIX: Checking for the latest version in the About window would have returned an unexpected result if there was no active Internet connection
  • New (multiple language) pages for donating with direct links to 2 main payment processors - PayPal and Moneybookers. Been helped by Don't Panic? Why not return the favour!
  • Added Windows 7 games in the dropdown menus to enable closing without selecting the .exe!
  • Help file updated to reflect the new features
  • Even more code overhaul
  • Some other minor bug fixes
  • Complete Windows 7 support
  • Updated license to the new GNU GPL v3... read more
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2007-09-26

BETA: Don't Panic! v1.1.2 (Build 431) Released!

Don't Panic! v1.1.2 (Build 431) - BETA BUILD

SFX RAR Install included (contains all Don't Panic! files and folders hidden... ;) ...so you'll never get busted using it!)

WARNING: BETA BUILD! Preview release only for testing purpose; do not use it for any other purpose!

  • v1.1.2 (Build 431) - BETA BUILD
  • CRITICAL BUG FIX: When running Don't Panic! at startup it used to raise a critical 'Invalid filename' error!
  • When automaticlly checking for updates users will now receive a "Please wait..." window! (so it won't look like Don't Panic! has crushed)
  • Donate link added to Help in the main menu
  • Help file updated (with a few more content describing the new features)
  • Important code optimizations
  • Other minor changes, bug fixes and UI tweaks
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2007-09-07

BETA: Don't Panic! v1.1.1 (Build 398) Released!

Don't Panic! v1.1.1 (Build 398) - BETA BUILD

SFX RAR Install included (contains all Don't Panic! files and folders hidden... ;) ...so you'll never get busted using it!)

WARNING: BETA BUILD! Preview release only for testing purpose; do not use it for any other purpose!

  • v1.1.1 (Build 398) - BETA BUILD
  • MAJOR BUG FIX: Don't Panic! wasn't able to hide certain programs because of their difference between exe name and process name!
  • Options window changes:
    • You can now use keywords to close/hide software! Once saved in the blacklist Don't Panic! automaticlly closes/hides the window(s) (software) which has (have) the specified keyword in the title!
    • Choose between cleanly closing a program and uncleanly (but faster) terminating a program!
    • Be aware that in some cases closing a program won't work! (ex: When having a Microsoft Word or Notepad unsaved document, it will ask if you want to save it!)
    • Mute speakers (Master Volume) when hiding programs
    • Check for updates automaticlly at Don't Panic! startup (run WebUpdate)
  • Other minor changes, bug fixes and UI tweaks
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2007-08-16

STABLE: Don't Panic! v1.1.0 (Build 340) Released!

Don't Panic! v1.1.0 (Build 340) - STABLE BUILD

SFX RAR Install included (contains all Don't Panic! files and folders hidden... ;) ...so you'll never get busted using it!)

  • v1.1.0 (Build 340) - STABLE BUILD
  • MAJOR BUG FIX: Blocking Task Manager doesn't work in Windows Vista (because of it's new security features) causing an error in Don't Panic! That is why in Windows Vista that function is now deactivated!
  • MAJOR BUG FIX: Setting transparency to 100% would totally hide the Panic Mode; users could not press the Panic Button, some even reported having to terminate Don't Panic! from the Task Manager!
  • MAJOR BUG FIX: Pressing the Panic button when Don't Panic! didn't have any software to hide resulted in the imposibility to show it again! (the return HotKey wouldn't work)
  • Recompiled help (with a small update to reflect changes)
  • Other minor changes, bug fixes and code optimizations
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2007-08-02

BETA: Don't Panic! v1.0.3 (Build 328) Released!

Don't Panic! v1.0.3 (Build 328) - BETA BUILD

SFX RAR Install included (contains all Don't Panic! files and folders hidden... ;) ...so you'll never get busted using it!)

WARNING: BETA BUILD! Preview release only for testing purpose; do not use it for any other purpose!

  • v1.0.3 (Build 328) - BETA BUILD
  • MAJOR BUG FIX: In the case of some softwares Don't Panic! used to show not only the hidden window, but also other windows of that process hidden by default!
  • MAJOR BUG FIX: In some cases if it wasn't closed normally Don't Panic! wouldn't have returned access to the Task Manager! (now even if it happens you only have to start Don't Panic! once again to gain access)
  • MAJOR BUG FIX: DOn't Panic! used to never hide software selected thru the old method! (not thru BlackList)
  • Help file updated (with more content describing the new features)
  • Other minor changes, bug fixes and code optimizations
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2007-07-28

BETA: Don't Panic! v1.0.2 (Build 312) Released!

Don't Panic! v1.0.2 (Build 312) - BETA BUILD

SFX RAR Install included (contains all Don't Panic! files and folders hidden... ;) ...so you'll never get busted using it!)

WARNING: BETA BUILD! Preview release only for testing purpose; do not use it for any other purpose!

  • v1.0.2 (Build 312) - BETA BUILD
  • Options window changes:
    • Hiding software option complete with hotkey feature (for showing hidden software)
    • Block Windows Task Manager option added (only when hiding software)
    • Full BlackList support -> add as many programs as you want to close or to (now) hide
  • Other minor changes and bug fixes
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2007-07-26

BETA: Don't Panic! v1.0.1 (Build 246) Released!

Don't Panic! v1.0.1 (Build 246) - BETA BUILD

SFX RAR Install included (contains all Don't Panic! files and folders hidden... ;) ...so you'll never get busted using it!)

WARNING: BETA BUILD! Preview release only for testing purpose; do not use it for any other purpose!

  • v1.0.1 (Build 246) - BETA BUILD
  • Options window changes:
    • Run Don't Panic! at Windows startup
    • New Actions tab added with the following options:
      1. Delete all shorcuts from Recent Files folder
      2. Delete all information in Internet History folder (browsing history)
      3. Delete all temporary Internet files (cache)
      4. Delete all Internet cookies
      5. Delete all files from Recycle Bin
  • RETURN TO PANIC MODE BUG FIX: Opening Options from the Tray Icon would close Panic Mode and return to Normal Mode!
  • Other minor changes and bug fixes
Posted by Adrian-Costin Tundrea 2007-07-12