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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:52 am MenuMagic V2 update (v1.9.4.0 May 12th, 2014) for Sonar (Cakewalk's DAW)

This thread is for MenuMagic V2 beta news, support, etc.

MenuMagic is the plug-in management tool specially designed to work with Cakewalk's Sonar DAW. Its powerful toolset enables you to analyze, fix issues and organize your plug-ins (VST, VST3, DX, 32-bit, 64-bit) into menus quickly and easily.
Click to see a list of MenuMagic Features


...Steven

Latest thread: May 12th, 2014

★ MenuMagic v2 beta update v1.9.4.0 has been released!
This update is free to registered users – use your personal download link to download the new v2 beta.

Major Changes in MenuMagic v2 (beta build 1.9.4.0)
Changes:
  • New tool - MenuMagic Tray Icon App!
    Included with MenuMagic is a new tiny app that sleeps in your icon tray waiting to wake up and do your bidding.
    Designed to use minimal memory & CPU it launches the task you choose then goes back to its minimal state.
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    On loading it detects what versions of Sonar are installed on your computer and creates a menu with the appropriate items.
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    This is its initial release so there will be further refinements & features to come!
    The next version will have an option to have it automatically run on your computer’s startup. For now you will either have to add to your StartUp folder yourself or just run it from the program menu or desktop (assuming you enabled those options on installing the update).
  • Tweaks and Bug Fixes
    Help System:
    • Fixed various refresh issues associated with docking or undocking help window (switching from internal to external modes)
    • Eliminated issue with Help Navigation buttons not being visible when Help was 1st opened.
    • Resolved issue with the “Show/Hide Help Navigation Buttons” button would hide with the rest when used.
    • The ‘Go-to-End’ of Help button wasn’t working.
    • Also made some minor changes to improve loading time on program startup.

    Categorization tab:
    • Added additional hints (mouse over tooltips) to help new users.
    • The Plug-ins and Category panes no longer lose your place in the pane when they refresh after you move plug-ins back and forth.
    • System now knows when a pane is empty and won't create errors if you try to click move button and there is nothing to move.

    Settings tab / CW VST Scanner sub tab:
    • Added additional hints (mouse over tooltips) to help new users.
    • Fixed typo on form and minor appearance changes.

    Lots of tweaks and fixes….
    A variety of bug fixes & tweaks to improve stability & improve performance.

Currently MenuMagic is discounted 50% until v2 is released!
$24.95
regular price $49.95
MenuMagic Purchase link
Check it out - money back guarantee. See purchase link for details.
Buy now and you will receive the latest version of MenuMagic, access to beta versions and receive a free upgrade to version 2 when it is released.
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:12 pm MenuMagic V2 update (v1.9.4.0 May 12th, 2014) for Sonar (Cakewalk's DAW)

The beta for MenuMagic v2 has been posted and is available to registered MenuMagic users. If you are a registered user check your email for you access information.

IMPORTANT!
  • The v2 beta ONLY supports Sonar! (and Cakewalk Music Creator v6.x)
    So if you are using MenuMagic to support Project 5, an older version of Sonar (prior to Sonar 6) or another CakeWalk DAW the uses the VST Adapter - install the beta into different folder that your current version of MenuMagic.
    You can run both versions of MenuMagic as long as they are installed into different folders.
    >>> I need to get a head count on how many customers still use MenuMagic to support Project 5 or a DAW with the VST Adapter - so SEND ME AN EMAIL saying which you still use. <<<
  • If you want the v2 Beta to import your current MenuMagic settings
    Either
    • Install the MenuMagic beta into the same folder as your previous version.
      By default the new beta should try to install in a different folder -
      <program files> MenuMagic v2 by Agitated State
      instead of
      <program files> MenuMagic by Agitated State
      Or
    • Copy the existing MenuMagic folder to another location and install the beta into the location of the copy.
  • Beta Information, News, Support
    Please use THIS THREAD to report issues, etc..
Hope that you had a great Christmas and/or Chanukah!
Hope that you have a Great New Year!

Best regards,
…Steven

MenuMagic@AgitatedState.com
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:22 pm

I will add more info on the v2 beta but here's a start.

This clip shows the Plug-in Type Identification feature.
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This one shows the non-English language support within MenuMagic v2 beta.
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This one shows the non-English menu created by MenuMagic as it appears within Sonar X1. Sorry about the beginning of this clip which didn't render properly.
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A couple of images from MenuMagic v2 showing expanded Drag'n'Drop capabilities of the Menu Creation tab. You can use previously created menus to create new ones.
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:16 am

New version of the MenuMagic v2 beta has been posted.
Use your personal links (same as previous) to download the update.

  • Menu Creation tab
    Fixed problem with folder names/plug-in names when using Russian (this should fix Hebrew as well but didn't verify).
    Now supports any language that is UTF-8 compatible. So this should work for any language that Sonar officially supports and quite a number of others.
  • Various tweaks
    Minor performance tweaks.
    Fixed a couple of minor glitches with the skinning.
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:08 pm

A new update to the MenuMagic v2 beta (v1.7.0.0) has been posted.
Use your personal link (same as previous) to download the update.

Major changes since last V2 Beta release:
  • MenuMagic no longer requires elevation or admin rights to run.
    MenuMagic will now only ask for elevation when it is being run for the first time on a new system.
  • Various tweaks

…Steven
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:55 pm

A new update to the MenuMagic v2 beta (v1.7.1.0) has been posted.
Use your personal link (same as previous) to download the update.

Changes:
  • Fixed bug that crashed MenuMagic if the system language for the PC used a comma as the decimal point (i.e. languages of countries using the metric system).
  • Fixed bug in error handler that failed to properly log certain error types (such as the error that should have been logged with the previous mentioned issue).
  • Installer now creates an install log file.


…Steven
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:34 pm

Version 1.8.0.0 - new build of MenuMagic v2 beta has been released!

This update is free to registered users.
Customers have been sent email notifications!

MenuMagic is rolling forward to v2!
Here are some of the major changes in the new MenuMagic version 1.8.0.0

  • GUI is now resizable!
    Program layout/tabs/sub-screens have been redesigned to intelligently support resizing.
    • Change size & shape to your preferences!
      Remember to use the setting under Settings/Options tab, Appearance Options to save your settings!
  • The Plug-in Count Stats area on the Status Tab now has option to display grid lines.
    • Makes it easier to read when Gui is larger size.
  • Help and Hints fixes.
    • Fixed bug that prevented hints from displaying in Options/Settings tab in the Foldout Control Center areas.
    • Built-in Program Help cleaned up and updated.
      - Fixed bug in Help compiler that cause corruption in resized images.
      - Help has been updated to address most of the significant changes in the v2 beta.
  • Rewrote code that insures that MenuMagic loads on existing monitor.
    • Prevents MenuMagic for loading offscreen if you switch from using multi-monitors back to one or change monitor orientation.

      Both of which can easily happen if you are using a laptop with external monitors.
  • Fixed bug introduced in previous v2 beta that affected dx plugins where if same file is used to for multiple plug-in personalities that all the personalities would show same plug-in name.
    • For example one of the Cakewalk DX's, DynamicsProcessor.Ax, shows up and functions as 4 separate plug-ins.
  • Plug-in Info Grid
    • File Name and Path are now separate columns - both were former part of FullPath.
    • Make's it possible to set up sorts based on File Name, Path and combinations that were not previously possible.
  • Settings/Options tab
    New layout give more space for existing items & those to come.
  • Numerous tweaks & other enhancements.

...Steven
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:34 pm

Version 1.8.2.8 - new build of MenuMagic v2 beta has been released!

This update is free to registered users.
Customers have been sent email notifications!

MenuMagic is rolling forward to v2!
A new build of the MenuMagic v2 beta has been released.

This update of the v2 beta contains significant changes and it is a recommended update for all beta users.

Major Changes:
  • Fixed bug where MenuMagic would mistakenly warn you that there were unsaved changes when exiting the program even if you had just saved your session.
  • Fixed bug that occurred on some systems when trying to save a Sonar plug-in menu layout.
  • Fixed a number of bugs related to resizing the program form including...
    • sometimes some of the text on Status tab would move off of form.
    • with multiple monitors saving MenuMagic with large form size would sometimes load program with program title bar off screen.
  • Fixed a variety of issues with the Dupe Fixer.
  • New Status tab feature - warning of exceeding Sonar Max plug-in limit.
  • New "Tools" tab.
  • New layout to Settings/Options tab.
  • Improved Plug-in Visibility Filter
    • Now can filter plug-ins based on bit level (32 and/or 64 bit).
    • Works better with dark skins.
  • Help content updated**(see know issues below).

And a whole series of minor bug fixes, tweaks, enhancements, etc..

The images below illustrate some of the changes.
Status tab changes:
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Improved Plug-in Visibility Filter:
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New "Tools" tab (formerly "Plug-in Info Grid" tab):
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New Settings/Options tab layout:
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:04 am

MenuMagic - Sept 6th, 2012 update (build v1.8.2.10)

MenuMagic v2 maintenance/bug fix update!
This update of the v2 beta contains significant changes and it is a recommended update for v2 users.

Major Changes:
  • Fixed bugs in the importing/upgrading of v1 settings.
    Installation steps for separate v2 installation with all of your v1 settings.
    1. Make a copy of your MenuMagic v1 folder
    2. Install MenuMagic v2 into that copied folder
  • Fixed bug where after saving Session a plug-in listing could forget if it was 32 or 64 bit (within MenuMagic) until MenuMagic was restarted.
  • Fixed minor memory leak that occurred when you used the restart feature in MenuMagic.

Best regards,
...Steven
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:12 pm

MenuMagic - Sept 8th, 2012 update (build v1.8.2.11)

New Features/Enhancements/Bug Fixes
  • Fixed bug where MenuMagic would open with an error if user switched system date settings on PC between Month/Day/Year and a Day/Month/Year format after having last run MenuMagic.
  • Status tab
    • Status Detail Grid now displays stats for Excluded plug-ins.
      *image below
    • Corrected calculations used for displaying Sonar Plug-in Limit Exceeded warning.
      Testing found errors in Cakewalk's posted specs.
    • Fixed bug where if you were on the Status tab when you did a program Revert that the Status tab would not update until you left it and switched back to it.
  • Settings/Options tab - Appearance settings
    Fixed bug where when using the skin color mutation features that the Grid Coloration labels would only change to their new colors after you switched to another tab then back.
  • Categorization tab
    Added warning when Excluding plug-ins that exclusions only take effect if session is saved.
Best regards,
...Steven

New status line for Excluded plug-ins
(skin:Golden Opportunities Hue:95 Saturation:-53)
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Current Early Adopter discounted price is $21.99
regular price $69.99
Next price increase: Sept 17th.
Price will increase in later beta stages and all early adopter discounts will expire on the final release of V2.

MenuMagic Purchase link

Buy now and you will receive the latest version of MenuMagic, access to beta versions and receive a free upgrade to version 2 when it is released.
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:20 pm

The v2 beta of MenuMagic (plug-in management tools for Cakewalk's Sonar) has been tested and works great on both:
  • Sonar X2
  • Windows 8
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:54 pm

Nov 25, 2012 MenuMagice update (build v1.8.2.30)
MenuMagic is an enhanced plug-in manager for Cakewalk's Sonar Digital Audio Workstations that takes the concept of plug-in management to whole new levels.
MenuMagic Features

Significant update - lots of tweaks, bug fixes, the PIL (Plug-In Limitation) Manager makes its debut, etc.

I was in the process of rewriting the Help content for the next release when I got diverted by other commitments & personal issues.
There are a significant number of enhancements and bug fixes in the new version that I decided that it would be better to release it with the old Help than to sit on it until I had time to finish with the new Help. So I've made it available - just use your personal download link for v2 to get it.

Know issues with this release of the v2 beta:
Help content
  • Screen shots are out of date.
    There have been changes in some of the screen layouts (button moved, etc.) also with the Tools tab and Setup/Options tab but you should still be able to figure things out.

    The PIL (Plug-In Limit) Manager under the Tools tab
  • Not documented.
    You would use this if the number of plug-ins you have exceeds the maximum number that Sonar can handle.
    Sonar can handle 735 Synths and 255 instrument plug-ins.
    If this situation applies to you drop me a line and I'll send you information.
    I'll post some more info & screen shots as soon as I get a chance.
Best regards,
...Steven
Last edited by TheSteven on Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:29 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:04 pm

Dec 1st, 2012 MenuMagice update (build v1.8.4.0)

Version 1.8.4.0 - new build of the MenuMagic v2 beta has been released!
This update is free to registered users - use your personal link to download the v2 beta.

This is a recommended update.
The majority of effort in this release was aimed at correcting various bugs, issues & annoyances.

A couple of enhancements or other changes did manage to work their way in.
  • New Print Button in Help
    Note currently the only print option is to print the whole Help content - all 35+ pages.
  • 5 new skins - in various beta stages for your evaluation.
  • and a variety of minor tweaks & enhancements
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed a number of issues that could plague new installations or upgrades from v1.x to v2 beta
    • Fixed upgrading issues from v1.x to v2 beta
    • Fixed memory leak error that could occur on some systems during registration.
    • Fixed problem that caused crash during registration process on some systems and in some cases corrupted v2 databases.
    • Fixed cause of 'iDing *.dat' error that occurred on some system after installing new version.
  • Fixed problems with Dupe Fixer and PIL Manager modules not refreshing properly when MenuMagic was maximized.
  • Fixed problem that occurred on some systems where program could crash or give message about memory leak when closing MenuMagic after using PIL Manager.
  • Fixed issue that could cause MenuMagic to 'stutter' or flash repeatedly while closing.
  • Fixed error that would occur if you hit Ctrl-F and you had any module other that the Plug-in Info Grid loaded.
  • Fixed issue where if the saved skin had Extended Borders that MenuMagic would load with the Extended Border on even if you had the option turned off.
Know issues with this release of the v2 beta:
Help documentation is always a game of catch up, especially when changes and new features keep bubbling up. I was in the process of rewriting the Help content when but got sidelined by other commitments.

Help content is not in sync with recent program changes in the following ways…
  • Screen shots are out of date.
    I just renamed the Tools tab to Modules. None of the Help screens have this change, some still show the v1.x 'Plug-in Info Grid' name.
    There have been numerous changes in what is now the Modules tab and Setup/Options tab layouts (and elsewhere) but you should still be able to figure things out.
  • The PIL (Plug-In Limit) Manager under the Tools tab
    Not documented.
    You would use this if the number of plug-ins you have exceeds the maximum number that Sonar can handle.
    Sonar can handle 735 Synths and 255 instrument plug-ins.
    If this situation applies to you drop me a line and I'll send you information.

Best regards,
...Steven
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:29 pm

Jan 20th, 2013 MenuMagice update (build v1.8.6.0)
MenuMagic is an enhanced plug-in manager for Cakewalk's Sonar Digital Audio Workstations that takes the concept of plug-in management to whole new levels.
MenuMagic Features

New build of the MenuMagic v2 beta has been released!
This update is free to registered users - use your personal download link for the v2 beta.

Major Changes in MenuMagic v2 (beta build 1.8.6.0)
  • GUI optimizations
    • Transition fades are now timer controlled for consistent performance regardless of system settings or video card.
      Fixes timing issues caused by bug in Windows Vista and Windows 7 where if Aero Glass is disabled the GPU handling of certain tasks is disabled and taken over by the CPU.

      While turning Aero Glass off has been promoted by some as a method of improving Windows performance it has a nasty side effect of turning off hardware acceleration for one or more common graphic functions and thereby dumping them on the CPU.
      A simple change in AlphaBlend levels (Alpha Channel transparency effect commonly used in program graphics and in Sonar's XRay feature) that would normal take 1/100th of a second or less could take over a 1,000 times longer to complete. For more information please check out the following article on Agitated State's web site:
      Windows' Optimization for your DAW

      With MenuMagic the problem was most evident on closing the program while maximized - instead of the 1/5 second or less to do a transition fadeout, on Intel cards the fade was taking over 3 seconds and on NVidia cards the same transition was taking over 12 seconds.
    • Minimizing MenuMagic when Aero Glass is disabled.
      See previous issue for cause. If Aero Glass has been disabled - MenuMagic form minimizing transition effects are now disabled.
    • Now remembers* if program was Maximized when closed and remembers program's pre-maximized size & position.
      *If MenuMagic Appearance Settings are set to remember program's location & size program.
    • Finalized new skins
      • Black Box
      • Light Board
      • Moonlight
      • NeonNIght (was Terminal4Bit)
      • WOT
    • Various tweaks to either eliminate unnecessary transitions or improve status (for example if waiting for form to finishing loading).
    • Improved Error Handling
  • Fixed problem where Bug handler was not initialized properly in some of the newer MenuMagic modules so if an error occurred details were not being captured.
  • Send Bug Report - on Settings/Options tab
    • Optimized code, new code is about 4x faster (rough guesstamate).
    • Fixed bug where Bug Report window could open up under MenuMagic giving appearance the program had crashed or hung.
    • Fixed problem where if MenuMagic was set to 'Stay on Top' and you tried to Send Bug Report that MenuMagic would minimize to show Bug Report but not restore itself afterward.
    • Modified Bug Report to be more email friendly
      • Fixed problem where if email client was already running MenuMagic could fail to create a Bug Report email message for you to send.
      • Changed format of attached files from tgz (tar) to zip. Attached file is now about 50% smaller.
      • Changed email send address to support@agitatedstate.com. Looks like latest MS Outlook update versions doesn't like BugReport@agitatedstated.com
    • Setting / Options tab fixes
      • Program Appearance
        Fixed bug introduced in v1.8.5.0 where skin switcher where when changing skins only previous selection was remembered.
        I.E. if you changed skin - original setting was remembered, if you changed skin twice - 1st change was remembered.
    • Modules
      • DupeFixer
        Fixed problem with DupeFixer not maximizing properly when MenuMagic was maximized.
        Fixed minor memory leak.
    • And many more…
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KVRian
 
594 posts since 5 Jul, 2005, from Southern California
  

Postby TheSteven; Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:02 pm

Mar 24th, 2013 MenuMagice update (build v1.8.7.0)
MenuMagic is an enhanced plug-in manager for Cakewalk's Sonar Digital Audio Workstations that takes the concept of plug-in management to whole new levels.
MenuMagic Features

New build of the MenuMagic v2 beta has been released!
This update is free to registered users - use your personal download link for the v2 beta.

This is a recommended update.
There's been a lot of significant changes in this build as well as a lot of minor tweaks & optimizations.

Major Changes in MenuMagic v2 (beta build 1.8.7.0)
Plug-in32 bit/ 64 bit verification:
  • MenuMagic now verifies the bit level of your plug-ins - checks to see if you 64 bit plug-ins are actually 64 bit, the 32 bits are actually 32 bits, etc..
    • Because some plug-in vendors use the same file names and same VST ID#s for both their 32 & 64 bit plug-ins
    • and because a lot of time plug-in installers aren't programmed to remember where the last version of where their plug-in was installed to..

    It is really easy in some cases to accidentally mix up your 32/64 bit plug-ins.
    You can use the Plug-in Info Grid and see if you have had this issue.
  • MenuMagic now offers to Fix errors in Sonar's Plug-in database (not MenuMagic database) were some plug-in are miss-identified as being the wrong bit type(I.E. 32 bit identified as 64 bit and vice versa).
    Problem occurs when plug-in is changed AFTER the initial time it was scanned.
    For example you accidentally install a 32 bit plug-in in your 64bit plug-in folder and catch the problem AFTER you have run Cakewalk's VST Plug-in Scanner. Cakewalk's Scanner will NOT update the plug-in type information unless you check the 'Rescan Existing Plug-ins" option - which can be a major pain.

    When MenuMagic is run and scans your system - it catches these errors and now offers to painlessly correct them.
    There is no downside to fixing the problem, but still it's you choice.Image
Categorization tab changes:
  • Category dropdown list now resizes to fit your menu name content.
    List can show up to 50 items before it wraps, Windows will wrap the list if it's too long for your monitor.

    Name Fixes / Menu Creation tab changes:
  • Under the "Suffixes & UnCategorized Plug-in Handling" added
    '32' bit suffix (previously only had "64") and a new option to display suffix as either "32" or "(32-bit)"/ "64" or "(64-bit)"ImageHere's an example of how they look in a rendered menu.Image
Plugin-Info Grids changes:
  • New "Vendor Name" column.
  • Fixed bug with the grid inconsistently showing new plug-ins coloration.Image
Program HELP
  • New Search feature - you can now search the help content for words or phrases!
  • Help content updated! - more information, new images, etc.
    Due to all the new content and images the install set has increased by about 10meg over the previous build.
Other Changes
  • Form memory
    Menu Magic now tries to remember the size of all of its forms.
    For example the Sonar Save Menu Layout form now remembers its size form that last time you ran it.
  • Updated the DXSniffer.exe. Should fix the error reported by one of our customers.
  • Modified the Error Handling
    Fixed problem where if you got an error - that in some cases you would see the same Bug Report dialog come up 3 times.
  • Fixed a variety of small memory leaks that have been plaguing MenuMagic for the last couple of builds.
    Thanks for your patience on this particular issue, this was a major pain to track down.
  • Fixed bug in program hint handling - affected the way that some of the hints displayed.
  • And many more…
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