Mar 07

We’re pleased to announce Fred 2009 version 1.4.1 (stable). This release contains a lot of bugfixes, improvements and new features.

You can download the new version here at SourceForge. For more information see the Download page.

As usual: Though this release is considered stable there may be still bugs/problems present. If you find one, feel free to report it back to our Bug Tracking System.

Changelog for this version

  • Major new features:

    • The projects and tasks are now sorted by their name in the project tree and all comboboxes (issue #88, r679). They’re also sorted in the “Subscribe Task” dialog.
    • Added a feature to change the task and the category of a selection of efforts (issue #94, r679, r680).
    • The Quickbar display code was rewritten. It now displays correctly on every screen border on the latest Gnome Desktop (tested on Ubuntu 8.10) and on Mac OS X. Also the position of the quickbar has changed slightly. It’s now positioned at the borders of the available desktop area (i.e. without task bar or similar things) instead at the borders of the screen.
    • A new button has been added to the Quickbar to bring the main window to the front.
    • A new launching system has been added. This way running Fred directly from the commandline via the java command is a lot easier. Simply run java -jar lib/launcher.jar or the plattform-specific launcher (available on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X). This change includes that there is now only one launch script for Linux (instead of two as in previous versions).
    • Fred files can now be specified via the command line. Simply pass the Fred work file a first parameter to Fred (issue #96).
    • New translation: French
  • Minor new features:

    • The Quickbar now only becomes visible when the cursor is actually on the primary screen.
    • A currently recorded effort is now saved when the user logs out without previously exiting Fred.
    • Added a menu item to report problems with Fred (in the Help menu).
    • The “Reallocate Time” dialog now doesn’t require the main window to be restored, if it was minimized.
  • Bugfixes:

    • The linux launch script can now be called from anywhere (i.e. the user doesn’t need to be in Fred’s directory).
    • The change of Fred’s language now works completely (i.e. no labels remain in the previous language after a language change). A restart of Fred is required for this to work but this is automatically handled by Fred.
    • The splash screen’s texts should now display correctly on any platform.
    • All file dialog (Open Work File, Save Work File, …) didn’t work on Ubuntu 8.10. This is now fixed.
    • The buttons of the quickbar should now respond correctly to any click on them. (Sometimes they didn’t respond for some reason, especially when working on a tablet pc.)
  • Other changes:

    • The default locale is now English, if it can’t be determined (was German before).
    • The TrayIcon support for Linux has been disabled due to too many problems. It may come back later if the problems have been resolved.
    • Changed Fred’s year number to 2009.
    • Fred’s configuration files (UserMode.xml, Recent.xml, Settings.xml) are now stored as Java XML properties. This previously used, proprietary file format was discarded.
    • Quite a lot code changes and code cleanup.