We have an early Halloween treat from the WidgetFX team… a new software release! The 1.2.4 version of WidgetFX includes some new functionality and fixes a number of issues that our user community has requested.
New SlideShow Widget
The SlideShow widget was completely rewritten from scratch for this release. It makes use of the pre-release JFXtras XShelf component for transitions and paging forward and back. Simply click on the side images to scroll forwards and backwards through your library.
Here is a picture of the new SlideShow widget in action, paging through a set of Halloween pictures (courtesy of Keith Combs):
If you are enough of an Anime buff to know which series these pictures came from, be sure to leave a comment below!
Auto-start on 64-Bit and International Systems
The link that gets created to restart WidgetFX now picks up the correct JVM version on 64-bit systems and even handles paths properly for non-US versions of Windows. This is very important for our friends outsides the US, such as the growing Japanese WidgetFX community. As an example, check out this translated Japanese article in @IT by long-time WidgetFX developer, Hideki Kobayashi (he is also responsible for the Japanese location of our website).
If you have trouble running WidgetFX on a 64-bit system, make sure you have the 32-bit JVM installed on your machine. This can be installed side-by-side with a 64-bit JVM, and is required for JavaFX applications to run.
Our application signing certificate expired, producing warnings upon launch of WidgetFX. We have generated a new certificate, which should be good for another year.
If you noticed any problems with launching WidgetFX this week, please try again. We ran into a Webstart bug where it did not correctly update the jar file after the certificate upgrade causing a verification error on start-up. We were able to fix this by doing nothing but revving the version (missing some great opportunities for bad puns on the intermediate 1.2.3 version number).
And Some Bugfixes…
We are always fixing small bugs or issues as they come up. One in particular was an infinite loop during start-up caused by some specific network settings.
If you notice any issues with WidgetFX, let us know so we can make it better!