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FileScout (formerly known as BBFileScout) - Changelog

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FileScout Changelog Details

2013/12/10 - FileScout & FileScoutLite 4.0.0.9

Maintenance Release

Quick OTA-Update Link

Update via BlackBerryWorld™ is required when you want to make use of the BBM™ integrated features.
Please note, that since v4.0.0.8 FileScout has been finally split into two Versions for the optimal device support - there is one build for OS4.3, OS4.5 and OS 4.6 and there is another build for all other OS (OS4.7, OS5.x, OS6.x and OS7.x). When you update your current build make sure that you pick the right version.

What's New

The new build does not include any new features or any functional changes - Only some small portions in the application backend have been modified in order to address some "uncaught exception" issues I have encountered during some internal experiments (Ringtone and Alert Audio files extraction).
Additionally some information about the required online registration code verification has been added.

2013/05/12 - FileScout & FileScoutLite 4.0.0.8

Touch Support Enhancements

What's New

Please note, that the new build of FileScout has been finally split into two Versions for the optimal device support - there is one build for OS4.3, OS4.5 and OS 4.6 and there is another build for all other OS (OS4.7, OS5.x, OS6.x and OS7.x). When you update your current build make sure that you pick the right version.
  • The Touch-Toolbar at the bottom of the Application (Touch devices only) should now be more responsive and list selection should not be affected any longer.
  • The context menu (if supported by your OS) will be now displayed again.
  • Highlighting of FullTextSearch Hits in the Text-Viewer/Editor. FileScout will now mark the text in the Editor/Viewer when you Search for a certain text (incl. the 'next' function). Please note, that for the Edit-Mode this feature has to be enabled in the options - since the marking of the text might cause unwanted modifications while searching in the content.

2013/04/08 - FileScout & FileScoutLite 4.0.0.3

FileScout GUI & more

What's New

  • FileScout was initially released in March 2009 - this is now more than 4 years ago. It has been a very exiting journey for me as a developer.
    You might wonder why the version number has jumped from 2.9 directly to 4.0 - well the application has been updated constantly over the years that I hope you agree that the 4.0 just reflects the age of the good old FileScout.
    BTW: This new 4.0 version will still work on BlackBerry Devices running OS4.3 - I know most of you probably have a newer OS installed on their device - but IMHO it shows what you where able to do as developer - even in the year 2007.
  • While the app functionality have been constantly improved over time there are some areas that have been totally untouched since the initial release. One of these areas are the option screens. Of course with each release new options have been added - but they have been never reorganized.
    With the new release of FileScout v4.0 all option screens have been redesigned and have now a fresh new look.
  • The main display have been adjusted and now a fine separator line will be painted between each file.
    If you don't like this new grid then you can disable this function in the Appearance Options (by turning 'Show Grid' OFF)
    The file names are now always centered to the thumbnail (no matter what size you have selected) and for touch supporting devices the row height have also been tweaked.
    These adjustments unfortunately require that all thumbnails (if you make use if the build in cache) have to be recalculated.
  • All application icons have been reworked to match finally the new screen sizes of the latest OS7.x devices (that's basically the core reason for the increased file size of the application))
  • A preview of all the visual changes can be found here: FileScout Preview Screens (Slideshow)
  • The copy, move and delete file operations (when multiple files and/or folders have been selected) could finally be canceled while they are running.
  • The File-Search (key short cut [SHIFT]+[S]) and the QuickFilter (key short cut [Q]) now highlight the matches of the given search query in the result list.
  • The File-Search Screen layout have been revised and the additional checkbox options (to restrict the search) are now auto-hiding themselves once a search is started - they will reappear when you focus the search text field or the search button.
  • The Image-Manipulation Screen layout have been revised (the image resize options) and you should now have a much better overview concerning your actual options for image resize operations.
  • Press and hold the ESC-Key will instantly terminate FileScout - there is no need any longer to go up to the file system root - finally!
  • When you are press the file system browse buttons (the ones with the folder icon) in the option screens in order to adjust a path (e.g. the startup directory) then now the displayed folder list how at the button an additional button in order to select the current selected (or currently opened) directory.
  • Also this build contains multiple fixes for tiny issues I have found while I was testing the changes :-)
  • Finally you might wonder how it could be that so many changes have been implemented in such a short period of time (since the last v2.9 release was just a couple of days ago). I don't really have a good answer - it was just that I had a lot of fun coding for the legacy BlackBerry platform and I felt the need that FileScout should look a bit better.

Media Info

If you like to blog or post about the new FileScout v4.0 version, then you can download a package with over 50 full device resolution images via:

2013/04/01 - FileScout & FileScoutLite 2.9.1.6
Dropbox Plugin v1.2.9.1.6 / WiFi-Sharing Plugin 1.2.9.1.6

Select ALL/Toggle ALL Key-shortcut

What's Changed

  • Maintenance Release
  • Added new Key-Shortcut [ALT]+[A] to toggle current selection (e.g. select all)
    This new shortcut is also available in the Dropbox file selection screen.
  • If you make use of the WiFi and/or the Dropbox plugin you should update these plugins also!

2013/01/06 - FileScout/FileScoutLite WiFi-Sharing Plugin v1.0.9.5

Quick OTA-Update Link

What's Fixed

  • The previous WiFi-Sharing build will/has expired at the 15. Jan 2013 - in order to continue to use the WiFi-Sharing functionality with FileScout/FileScout Lite, you need to update your plugin.

2012/09/10 - FileScout & FileScoutLite 2.9.1.2 / FileScout Dropbox Plugin v1.2.9.1.2

Enhanced multiple ContentHandlers handling

Quick OTA-Update Link

Update via BlackBerry AppWorld™ is required when you want to make use of the BBM™ integrated features.
If you are using the FileScout Dropbox Plugin you should check that you have the latest Version (v1.2.9.1.2) installed It's recommend to updated the Plugin first and when asked for the required reboot, say 'later' and then instantly update FileScout as well. When you are prompted then for the reboot, confirm the reboot.

What's Changed

  • When on your BlackBerry device there are multiple ContentHandlers registered for a a file type (extension or mime type) then FileScout will prompt you with a dialog and allow you to select with which application you would like to open the file.
    In this new version of FileScout this dialog will contain an additional checkbox "Do this automatically for files with the extension '<EXT-HERE>' from now on." When you select this checkbox FileScout will remember your choice next time you open a similar file.
    If you like you can delete this selection again via the FileScout 'File Associations' Options. At the bottom of the screen you will find the list of currently stored pre-selections and you can remove them by pressing the 'Delete'-Button
    Thanks to the forum user 'bbdb' for this suggestion!

What's Changed [Dropbox Plugin]

  • Adjustments for upcoming Dropbox API changes
    Removed expired functionality [Dropbox v0 API calls (Dropbox will discontinue to serve the old API Version in Dec.2012)] - so this update should prepare everything in advance.

2012/08/03 - FileScout & FileScoutLite 2.9.1.1

What's Changed

  • New Appearance Option (Touch Devices only): Hide Toolbar (change will take only effect after a restart of FileScout)
    If you have the opinion that the additional touch toolbar at the bottom have no use for you, you now can disable the toobar to get additional space on the screen.
  • New Settings Category 'Copy, Paste & Clipboard Setting':
    • Clear Clipbboard before add a File/Dir [Default OFF]
      Now you can select if the clipboard should be automatically flushed when you add a file or directory (in previous builds this was hardcoded)
    • Clear Clipbboard before add muliple Files/Directories (multiple Selection) [Default OFF]
      Same as above - just for the adding multiple files (selection)
    • When Destination Exist (moved from the General Settings category)
    • Clear Clipboard after Copy [Default OFF]
      If enabled all successful copied files/directories will be removed from the clipboard. (Please Note that when you make use of the move operation this always happens)
    • Clear Selection after Copy [Default OFF]
      If enabled all files that have been previously marked as selected in FileScout (no matter if added to the clipboard or not) will be unselected
  • Search have an additional checkbox to search only in the current directory and all sub-directories

2012/07/08 - FileScout WiFi-Sharing Plugin v1.0.8.7

Quick OTA-Update Link

What's Changed

  • When downloading a file from your BlackBerry Device the WiFiPlugin will set the HTTP-Header field Last-modified (based on the File information you are downloading). This information can be used by 3'rd party applications (like download managers)' in order to set the correct last modified date for the downloaded file on your local file system.

2012/05/07 - FileScout & FileScoutLite 2.9.0.7

What's Changed

  • Bugfix for Encoding selection in the 'Save as' function (integrated text editor)
  • Minor UI tweaks for comboboxes (choices)

2012/04/04 - FileScout WiFi-Sharing Plugin v1.0.8.5

Quick OTA-Update Link

What's Fixed

  • Fix: A file that contained a space in the filename could not be downloaded from the BlackBerry® Device to your Webbrowser (Firefox)
    This have been fixed in the new version. Thanks to F2 from the crackberry.com forum who was so kind and let me know the issue.

2012/03/21 - FileScout Dropbox Plugin v2.8.0.1

Quick OTA-Update Link

What's Changed

  • Fix: Upload of files to your Dropbox added accidently an additional <CR><LF> at the end of each file.
  • Well the "good" news is, that all your previously uploaded files does not get corrupted by the additional <CR><LF>... On the other hand side this should not had happen in the first place and I am very sorry that it took so long to identify & fix this issue.
    If you wonder - What the heck is '<CR><LF>' ??? - This are two bytes: carriage return & line feed. They represent a new line inside a text file - please don't start a rant about my simple explanation.

2012/03/16 - FileScout & FileScoutLite 2.9.0.5

What's Changed

  • WiFi-Sharing (via separate FREE Plugin that can be installed via the Options)
    WiFi-Sharing allows you to up and download files to and from your BlackBerry Device via a modern Browser (like Chrome, Firefox or Safari)
    To get the Plugin:
    1. Start FileScout
    2. Open the Options
    3. Select 'WiFi-Sharing Options'
    4. Press the 'Install Plugin' Button
    FileScout WiFi-Sharing Plugin Manual:
    FileScout WiFi-Sharing Demo Video:
  • For Users of OS5 and above: The WiFi-Sharing Plugin comes with a WLAN SSID-Autostart feature! So you can configure the Plugin to autostart the sharing service once your device is seeing (not necessarily connected to) a specific SSID (multiple SSIDs could be configured). As soon as the Device does not have any connection to the SSID the Service will be automatically shut down (if you are not using FileScout currently).
  • Improved Thumbnail-Cache Handling
  • Thumbnail-Cache can be now completely wiped (and re-created) from the Thumbnail Option
  • Small performance & stability fixes

2012/02/17 - FileScout & FileScoutLite 2.8.0.2

What's Changed

  • DevConEurope perceptions have been integrated (Thanks again D.Brown & G.Klaasen)
    This year in Amsterdam I have learned few more things about the BlackBerry JavaVM and how to behave as an app running in a BlackBerry device. After the event I have reviewed a lot of my code and made use of the new knowledge.
    Most of these changes are tiny little ones - which are hard to mention and explain - but the overall handling of the app seams to be much smoother.
    Just as one example here: When you rename a file and the complete file name will be marked. Once you decided to delete the complete old name then cursor position display will be finally correct in this new build.
    Another example is for touch devices where it could had happen that selecting a sub folder would had instantly marked a file in the directory that will be opened - this is finally solved in v2.8.0.2.
  • ImageViewer
    The image pre-loading and caching of the ImageViewer have been completely reimplemented and should be now way more smoother and you should see the clock/hourglass way more seldom, if at all.
  • Image Thumbnail generation & loading
    Also as consequence of the code review the original thumbnail loading and caching code have been thrown over board and has been created from scratch - I really hope you will notice the difference in the app.
  • Checking the 6MiB file size limit when sending file(s) via BBM™
    Sending files via BBM™ is limited to a maximal file size of six megabytes. When you try to send larger files in the current version of the BBM™ SDK simply nothing happens after you have selected the recipients. In order to avoid this confusing situation FileScout is already checking for the max file size limit and does not display the BBM™ in the 'Send To...' dialog if the file size limit is exceeded.

2012/01/22 - FileScout & FileScoutLite 2.8.0.1

ZIP-Archive handling & performance

What's Changed

  • FileScout & FileScoutLite ZIP-file handing have been re-written
    With the new v2.8.0.1 build there should be no limitation concerning the file size of ZIP-Archives that you could browse or de-compress with FileScout (or FileScoutLite).
    When you unzip a large (e.g. 100MB+) archive, please have in mind that you still hold a mobile device in your hands (and not a PC or Mac equipped with a SSD). Most of the time that is required (to process an ZIP-Archive) will be needed for the actual reading (of the compressed stream) and the writing (of the de-compressed data).
    The new build will also report almost instantly, if an archive can't be read by the application (probably cause it is corrupted/broken).
    Please note that even if most of the ZIP code have been rewritten FileScout is still not able to read password protected archives - sorry.

Changelog of 2009-2011

See the complete FileScout history...

The compelte Changelog of the years 2009 to 2011 is accessible in the 2009-2011 log archive (v0.3 to v2.7.1.7).

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