Screensaver Factory v5.0 beta

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Screensaver Factory v5.0 beta

Postby Karlis » Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:48 pm

Today I have the pleasure to announce the availability of Screensaver Factory 5 beta version. Be one of the first to try this software.

Please read the following information before contacting us. It should answer most of your questions.

About the quality

We have well tested this release in-house, however as the product has never been released to public, so there might still be a few rare bugs. The overall quality should be acceptable for preview and limited production use. Please do not hesitate to contact us with bug and error reports.

What's new?

New look and feel
Stunning display effects
Much much smoother effects even on huge screens
Improved setup system
Support for digital signing
Photo frame effect
New sizing option ā€“ Resize to fill screen
Auto-resize big images to create compact screensavers
RSS feed reading
Transparent PNG image support
Calendar and clock features
Auto updates for your screensavers
Silent install
Automated screensaver builds
Better compatibility and readiness for the future
Over 100 other improvements and fixes

Why the feature that I suggested is not included?

We did not have time to implement all of your suggestions, but the work continues and new features will be added in the months to come. Please note, however, that we will not focus on urgently adding new features in the next few weeks as our first priority is to make sure that what we have made works flawlessly. If you have any new feature suggestions, instead of contacting us, please post them in the forums. You may also "bump" the older suggestions, so that we know what is more important from the features that are not yet implemented.

Editions

Beta is available in three editions Standard, Professional and Enterprise. To test all of the features, try the Enterprise edition.

Availability

Trial version is available freely for everybody.

Customers who ordered any previous version before November 2008 may upgrade to Screensaver Factory 5 for a special price and receive the upgrade information instantly after successful completion of the order.
Upgrade here: http://www.blumentals.net/scrfactory/upgrade.php

Customers who ordered previous version between November 2008 and February 2009 are eligible for a free upgrade. The upgrade information can be retrieved via our Full Version Replacement form.
Retrieve your data here: http://www.blumentals.net/support/lostkey.php

If you are eligible for a free upgrade, but want to switch your edition (e.g. from Standard to Professional), this can be currently only done by paying the upgrade fee.
Upgrade here: http://www.blumentals.net/scrfactory/upgrade.php

Download links

Enterprise: http://www.blumentals.net/download/scrfct5e.exe
Pro: http://www.blumentals.net/download/scrfct5p.exe
Standard: http://www.blumentals.net/download/scrfct5s.exe

Please do not hesitate to contact us with bug and error reports, feature suggestions, however, should be posted in the forum.
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Re: Screensaver Factory v5.0 beta

Postby Scorpius » Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:22 am

Hello Karlis,
Really great new feature list. I love the Slide and Rotate Zoom as well as the other new features.

I have the following suggestions:

Let the user Enable/Disable the clock, Calendar and RSS feed in the user interface. Sometimes there is the desire to just view pretty images without the extra info.

Let the user choose the address of the RSS feeds.

Let the user Enable/Disable the auto update. I know may user hate it when applications access the internet without their permission. Me included.
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Re: Screensaver Factory v5.0 beta

Postby Scorpius » Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:21 am

Forgot to mention that I think Slide and Rotate Zoom should be user optional as well

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Re: Screensaver Factory v5.0 beta

Postby Karlis » Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:09 am

Scorpius wrote:Let the user Enable/Disable the clock, Calendar and RSS feed in the user interface. Sometimes there is the desire to just view pretty images without the extra info.

Let the user choose the address of the RSS feeds.

Let the user Enable/Disable the auto update. I know may user hate it when applications access the internet without their permission. Me included.


These were actually on the schedule. And will become available in the nearest update.
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