In response to a user’s recent request for an application that would show the external IP address all the time, not just when the mouse hovered over the icon, I’ve released a new application called TrueIP Basic. It is, as its name alludes to, a very basic program. Its primary, and only purpose, is to display the current external IP address on your screen somewhere permanently. If you enable the option to never hide the labels on your task bar, it can just be minimized to the bar and it will consistently show what your current IP address is. If you, however, are using Windows 7+ in its default form, this may not work for you. If that is the case, you can control where the TrueIP Basic window will display, and how it will display. It supports basic features like position, size, color, fonts, etc. The application does not do any sort of notifications like the full TrueIP application or TrueIP service. If you feel like this might be something you have a use for, check it out on the TrueIP page.
I’m curious as to which of my applications is liked best by my users, so I’m running this poll. Please take a few seconds to vote. If you don’t see your favorite application on the list, either choose Other, or feel free to add it to the list. Please don’t add things that are not provided by HazteK Software.
Last month I posted a poll asking whether a service version TrueIP would be a useful thing to release. Although the poll did not get a lot of response, the few people who did vote chose yes, it would be useful. Since I felt like it would be a good challenge to learn how to develop a Windows service, I worked on it towards the end of June, even before the poll closed. Today I have posted a beta version to the site now for your use! I have been running it on both my home and work computers constantly for the past few weeks, and have not run into any issues, but I am considering it a beta version, since I have not ever developed and released a service-level application before. Anyway, I’ve added a section to the TrueIP page specifically for the service version. If you are interested, check it out to download the beta and if you have any issues, please report them. Happy IP logging!
Do you develop websites or other applications that use HTML to display images? Have you ever been annoyed that you forgot to include an image when uploading a page, or releasing a package, and then your HTML document was rendered improperly? Have you heard of Data URIs? They are pretty neat ways to embed an image into the text content of your webpages. There are many, many tools online that will generate these Data URIs for you, but the one thing they all have in common is that you have to upload your image to their server so it can be processed. While this isn’t a big issue, if you are worried about uploading your images for any reason, such as copyright or whatever, then uploading to a 3rd party site is not a good idea. This is where Data URI Creator comes in. I recently had the need to embed some PNG files directly into the help file for StorURL to avoid having to package new images. I thought about using one of the online tools, but decided it was a simple enough process that I could write a simple-to-use GUI application that would do the same thing. So that’s what I did. The tool lets you either browse for images, or just drag them onto the UI and automatically processes it into either a URI or the entire HTML necessary to include it in your web page.
Today I’ve released a new version of SMTP Mail Sender that allows you to select multiple address book recipients at the same time. In the past, you’ve had to click the icon and then choose each name individually. A user recently suggested that should be a better way to do it. I agreed, and have implemented this new feature in version 126.96.36.199. You can download the newest version from the SMTP Mail Sender page. I also took the chance to fix a weird bug where if you had only half a configuration file, the application wouldn’t let you open the settings dialog to make changes. It should not crash anymore if that is the case.
I have just released a new version of StorURL. This version has a lot of cool new features. Check out the list below:
Added option to password protect your databases. Now you can keep prying eyes from opening your database file without a password.
Added ability to store credentials in the database. You can now save your username and password for a site within the database, for easier credential management. It is highly recommended that you password protect your database before storing any credentials in the database, as this will keep them protected, even if the database itself is compromised.
Added ability to “star” your favorite bookmarks and access them from a special category. If you have favorite sites that you visit more frequently than others, you can Star them, and they will be accessible from a single directory. No need to duplicate bookmarks, or navigate down into the depths of sub-categories to find things you frequently use.
Added favicon retrieval support. The app will now show the icon provided by the domain of the URL you’ve stored. You can retrieve the icons for an already existing database via the Tools menu, or update the bookmark by having it auto-fill the site title.
Fixed application startup crash when running under wine in Linux. I was just toying around with StorURL on a Linux system, but it wouldn’t get past the point where it was searching for system browsers. Since Linux doesn’t have a registry like Windows, it was causing an issue.
So yeah, this is a pretty big release. I was originally going to save the credential storage for version 3.1, but decided to implement it in an earlier version. I don’t see any reason why I would need to start incrementing version numbers like Chrome or Firefox, a minor release is good enough for me!
Have fun with new features, and if you run into any bugs or issues, please let me know and I’ll look into fixing them as soon as possible. As always, grab the latest version from the StorURL page.
Recently a user requested the ability to run TrueIP as a Windows service. This seems like a fairly useful feature, and I’ve put some thought into actually implementing it. Unfortunately, the current version of TrueIP does not support running as a Windows service due to its requirements for the user interface features like the system tray. So I am wondering, how useful does this feature sound? It would basically require a re-write of TrueIP to run as a service, as it can’t have any UI components in the main code. One of the benefits of something like this would be that it could run without a user logging in, as soon as the system starts up. I’ve never written a Windows service application before, so it may be new and exciting to me. I’d like to get the opinion of my users to see if this is worth my time to work on. What do you think? Pick an answer in the poll below and at the end of June I’ll decide one way or the other whether it’s worth implementing.
How useful would a Windows service version of TrueIP be to you?
I have been experimenting with sub-domain delegation lately, and I have implemented a cool new experimental feature for TrueIP Online. When you sign up and have the TrueIP desktop client report your computer’s latest external IP address, it will shortly update on my DNS server as well. That means you will no longer have to log into your TrueIP account online just to retrieve the IP address. You can now use <your-host>.<your-user-name>.my.trueip.us to connect directly to that IP address! As long as you can remember your computer name and TrueIP Online username, you will be able to access your systems from anywhere in the world. If you have an account, it should already be working for you. If you’ve never used TrueIP Online, feel free to sign up and check it out.
If you have any questions or comments about this new feature, please let me know, either by commenting on this post or sending me a message via my contact page.
After many years, I have finally updated StorURL. With this new version, you get all the features of the old version, but now all data is stored in an easy to use database format. It is much more efficient and easier to manage, as it’s only a single file. Also, since the data is stored in a true database engine (SQLite), it is easier to maintain and do all sorts of neat things with. This latest version requires the .NET 3.5 framework, which is available for all modern Windows OSes. One of the major changes for StorURL is that it now plays nicely with newer operating systems. Where the original StorURL saved its profiles within its own application directory, starting with Windows 7, that was no longer a good idea. After Windows 8 came out, it came downright impossible to function in that manner. This new version can be installed like a normal application your Program Files directory and it stores all your user data in your user folder, where it belongs!
Future plans for StorURL include the following:
Store website credentials (encrypted of course)
A portable mode that will let it run from a USB thumb drive
Multiple languages. StorURL is used around the world, and I would like to be able to support all those users. If you would like to help translate StorURL to your language, please get in contact with me and I’ll let you know how you can help.
I recently released a few “applications” for Android that were basically just windows into the online applications that already existed. When I did this, there was no alternative unless you were content with having the browser navigation bar always visible. Today, I read some news from Google about a new kind of app called a Progressive Web App. After digging into the details about what these kinds of apps were, I found that they were a perfect fit for what I was trying to accomplish with my mobile applications.
What this means for you, the user, is that you do not need to download the APK file from the site to use these applications in the manner I intended. You can now, with the help of Chrome on your Android device, add a shortcut directly to your home screen. It will look and feel exactly the same as the mobile applications I recently posted, but in a more sustainable and reasonable manner. If you are a user of one of my online applications, but were hesitant to install the unsigned applications from my site, you have a solution. Continue reading →