2016.05.22

Labrys v1.0.5 released

This version adds file path completion with Ctrl + Space combination when typing in Command textbox. It was actually implemented from the very beginning. But I've accidentally disabled it in previous public releases and forgot to mention it in the help file. I've noticed this only after one of the users asked me about adding such a feature.

Another improvement would be compatibility with recent jumplist format changes in Windows 10.

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2016.05.07

Baka Encoder v1.4.8 released

New version features Greek translation (thanks to geogeo.gr) and updated tools.

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2016.05.07

x265 rev. 11443 (1.9 + 150)

Just like always, new build brings more speed and fixes some bugs.

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2016.05.04

x264 rev. 2694 (0.148)

New x264 version features some additional tweaks and speed optimizations.

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2016.04.30

Baka Tagger v1.0.9 released

New version features Greek translation (thanks to geogeo.gr). Also I've fixed problems with incorrect work of Year text box and spinner.

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2016.04.09

Baka Encoder v1.4.7 released

New version features Dutch translation (thanks to Wim Lobeek) and updated tools.

Also it fixes problems with translations not being applied sometimes.

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2016.03.24

x265 rev. 11395 (1.9 + 104)

Just like always, new build brings more speed and fixes some bugs.

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2016.03.19

x264 rev. 2665 (0.148)

New x264 version features some additional tweaks and speed optimizations.

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2016.03.17

Baka Tagger v1.0.8 released

New version features Windows 10 support and Dutch translation (thanks to Wim Lobeek).

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2016.01.25

Labrys v1.0.4 released

Finally a stable version of Labrys is available.

It features proper support for Windows 10, customizable colors and advanced settings, working context menus, many stability and performance improvements.

Labrys Start menu themes.
Labrys Start menu themes.

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Labrys color themes gallery...

2015.12.27

Baka Encoder v1.4.6 released

New version of Baka Encoder contains updated tools and fixes crashes when Baka Encoder is launched with elevated privileges.

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2015.12.27

x265 rev. 11238 (1.8 + 188)

Just like always, new build brings more speed and fixes some bugs.

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2015.12.24

x264 rev. 2638 (0.148)

New x264 version features some additional tweaks and speed optimizations.

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2015.09.27

Baka Encoder v1.4.5 released

New version of Baka Encoder is compatible with Windows 10 and contains updated tools.

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2015.09.24

x265 rev. 11011 (1.7 + 497)

Just like always, new build brings more speed and fixes some bugs.

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2015.09.23

x264 rev. 2597 (0.148)

New x264 version features some additional tweaks and speed optimizations.

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2015.07.29

x264 rev. 2579 (0.148)

New x264 version features some additional tweaks and speed optimizations.

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2015.07.27

x265 rev. 10853 (1.7 + 373)

New x265 version brings more speed optimizations and even more building issues. Takes quite a long time to sort out messed exports of the C code sunken in C++ namespace. Devs are sure know how to cook assembly, but they fail miserably when it comes to designing library interfaces.

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2015.07.19

Labrys v0.9.2 released

New version of Labrys is focused on stability improvements. It fixes a lot of minor bugs:

  • Added a button to browse executable file path in command executor description editing dialog.
  • Added a button to browse working directory path in command executor description editing dialog.
  • Improved shortcuts folders folding and duplicates removing algorithm.
  • Fixed "Short description" field not receiving focus after command executor description editing dialog is opened.
  • Fixed edit fields being not scrollable horizontally in command executor description editing dialog.
  • Fixed "Show icon" checkbox not receiving focus after Settings dialog is opened.
  • Fixed clicking with mouse at Settings dialog client area not restoring focus (and scrolling with mouse wheel).
  • Fixed "Delete selected shortcut filter" button in Settings dialog being enabled even if no filter is selected.
  • Fixed "Delete selected command executor" button in Settings dialog being enabled even if no executor is selected.
  • Fixed duplicated and dummy items sometimes appearing in appslist search results.
  • Fixed too many search results being displayed to fit into appslist.
  • Fixed some jumplist categories appearing without localized names.
  • Fixed some jumplist items failing to execute after (un)pinning them.
  • Fixed flicker appearing sometimes just after (un)pinning jumplist items.
  • Fixed minor memory leaks occurring during jumplists processing.
  • Fixed potential infinite loop during initialization.

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2015.06.26

Baka Encoder v1.4.3 released

This is a quick fix for the issue with wrong fps in muxed hevc files.

Right after I've switched to l-smash from mp4box because of the problems with missing keyframe hints it turned out that l-smash is not perfect either. For some reason l-smash ignores fps specified in input video stream and uses 25/1 default value. Fortunately I've managed to find a proper workaround for this problem.

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2015.06.24

x265 rev. 10671 (1.7 + 5)

x265 have reached major 1.7 version. New build features a lot of speed improvements thanks to additional assembly optimizations as well as some bug fixes.

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2015.06.24

Baka Encoder v1.4.2 released

Baka Encoder have reached major 1.4 version. The most noticeable change is switch from mp4box to l-smash. It also comes with support for additional muxing options, and the muxing itself is now optional (setting muxing container to "none" results it output of raw .aac and .264 / .hevc streams). Support for mkv is on the way.

The other important change is a workaround that makes it possible to process avisynth scripts containing relative file paths. (finally)

Also log file will now contain a clear warnings about suspicious frame rates and missing avisynth during .avs script encoding.

  • x265 build updated to revision 10671
  • switched from mp4box to l-smash muxer
  • added container/muxing controlling items in configuration file
  • added support for outputting raw encoded streams without muxing
  • added workaround that makes it possible to process avisynth scripts containing relative file paths
  • added warning when input frame rate is suspicious
  • added warning when user tries to encode .avs script but avisynth is not installed
  • added support for loading configuration from an xml file provided among commandline arguments (before it was only loaded if placed as first argument)
  • fixed incorrect handling of inputs that require resizing to make their width and/or height multiple by 2 when resizing method is not specified in the config
  • fixed presence of libav dlls in Baka Encoder folder causing AVProxy to fail
  • fixed taskbar thumb button for [un]pause encoding not appearing sometimes
  • fixed incorrect progress indication in taskbar after canceling active task while encoding is paused
  • fixed flicker of the tasks list during removing of several tasks at once
  • fixed duplication of start time in tooltips for failed and finished tasks
  • fixed position of the context menu appearing in tasks list when App key is pressed

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2015.05.11

x265 rev. 10400 (1.6 + 412)

x265 is getting ready for major 1.7 version. New build features a lot of speed improvements thanks to additional assembly optimizations.

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2015.05.05

Labrys v0.9.1 released

I've decided to skip v0.8.5 and jump right to major v0.9.1 release.

New version finally brings support for modern (metro) apps. And surprisingly I've managed to provide a working jumplists for them as well. I consider the lack of jumplists in Windows Store applications a major flaw. However it turned out that modern apps actually do work with jumplists, and it is just the Windows Explorer that doesn't bother to use them.

Labrys listing metro app with a jumplist

And another notable change is improved mouse wheel handling. Now if a cursor hovers over alphabetical index area mouse wheel will scroll over alphabetical groups. And in Run menu mode it is not possible to switch between command executors using mouse wheel.

This version also contains several bugfixes:

  • Fixed jumplist of the activated item is not being shown after appslist view acquires keyboard focus.
  • Fixed broken modification and reloading for certain kinds of jumplists.
  • Fixed several issues regarding highlighted area of the alphabetical index.
  • Fixed broken Lock workstation option in power menu.
  • Fixed Reboot option in power menu causing incomplete reboot.

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2015.04.19

Baka Encoder v1.3.4 released

Monthly Baka Encoder update is out. It is now possible to override build-in CLI tools. Just place x264-8.exe, x264-10.exe, x265-8.exe or x265-10.exe alongside Baka Encoder.exe. Baka encoder looks for them every time it starts a new task so there is no need to restart Baka Encoder just to replace a particular CLI tool.

Also x265 build was updated to 10223 (1.6+238).

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2015.03.24

Baka Encoder v1.3.3 released

In this update x264 revision number increased to 2538, x265 - to 9852. The good news are that x265 version was bumped to the 1.5 which means a lot of performance and stability improvements. The bad news are that x265 devs have completely dropped support for 32-bit assembly code dedicated to hi bit depth encoding. However I've managed to build it properly so 32-bit version should be almost as fast as 64-bit.

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2015.03.12

Labrys v0.8.4 released

The fresh version of Labrys received several new features aimed at improving command execution experience.

First of all, a new gesture - "shift to the right" - can now be used to copy selected shortcut target and arguments or an executed command from history into command textbox. Ctrl+C combination serves for the same purpose. This should be very helpful if you want to edit previously executed command or execute some app with custom arguments. Next, there is no need anymore to retype whole command if it fails to execute. Last failed command is now preserved in Command text box when Labrys Start or Run menu are opened next time. Last used command executer is memorized and will be active after reopening Labrys Run menu. Up and Down keys will allow you to navigate in history of typed commands when Command text box has focus.

Among other things this version deals with history of commands executed with custom executors not being loaded at startup bug.

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2015.03.07

Baka Tagger v1.0.7 released

Just when I started to think that Baka Tagger is pretty much finished it suddenly turned out that version 1.0.6 didn't work at all. Sorry about that... "error #0" and startup crashes should be fixed by now. Also I've enhanced poster preview drawing a bit to match Windows 8 Explorer.

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2015.03.01

Comparison of the colorspace conversion quality in Baka Encoder and Avisynth

Baka Encoder aims not only at being handier than other encoding frontends, but also at providing a better quality of the output video. I've made a straightforward test to evidently compare colorspace conversion quality in Baka Encoder and Avisynth.

Comparison of the error distribution occurred after encoding of the sample image with the Avisynth and Baka Encoder.

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2015.02.12

Baka Encoder v1.3.2 released

The key changes of this major update are:

  • added Chinese translation by 刘天昱
  • x265 build updated to revision 9327
  • default presets now include lossless preset

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2015.02.08

Labrys v0.8.3 released

The fresh version of Labrys Start menu is out and among numerous bug fixes it brings new Compact display mode which will be helpful for people who are using keyboard and mouse only or are confined by the small screen. Combined with No icons mode it will make Labrys extra effective in screen space usage.

Labrys Start menu display modes.
Labrys Start menu display modes.

The key changes of this update are (complete changelog can be found in help file):

  • Added "Compact" display mode which makes Labrys show appslist and executed commands history items using small icon and small font without second line.
  • Added an option to exclude folders from search results.
  • Added various tweaks to reduce memory consumption.
  • If Labrys fails to launch an application Labrys will emit an "error" beep sound.
  • If Labrys fails to launch an application with elevated privileges Labrys will not try to launch it without elevated privileges.
  • Small font size increased to match usual system font size.
  • Small menu item height increased to match usual system menu item height.
  • Command executors list in settings dialog now displays proper columns.
  • Fixed missing 256x256 main icon.
  • Fixed broken suppression of the Start button hot corner which caused Metro Start menu sometimes appear instead of the Labrys Start menu after click on the Start button.
  • Fixed pressing or releasing an Alt key while performing "shift to the left" gesture does not change execution elevation level.
  • Fixed incorrect hittesting of the right border of the command executor history items.
  • Fixed item caption and description text boundary being adjusted when performing "shift to the left" gesture even after execution elevation icon reached it's leftmost position.
  • Fixed "Extract content from folders with single item" option being ignored and "Show icons" option value being used instead when loading shortcuts.
  • Fixed long descriptions of the shortcuts not being retrieved correctly.
  • Fixed shortcuts filters not being applied to shortcut target paths.
  • Fixed glitches happening when the Taskbar is located on the top or on the left.
  • Fixed glitch in the index sometimes happening when dragging long appslist down.
  • Fixed some typos.

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2015.01.24

Baka Encoder configuration file reference

Previously I've only provided general notes in the comment field of the default config XML file distributed along with Baka Encoder. But from now on a proper configuration file reference will be available online. I also have plans for writing a proper guides for command-line tools used by Baka Encoder, including x265, x264 and NeroAAC.

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2015.01.18

Baka Tagger v1.0.6 released

The key changes of this minor update are:

  • application manifest now includes compatibility GUIDs for new Windows versioning API
  • dropped support for Windows XP and Windows Vista
  • fixed minor memory leak occurring during startup arguments processing

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2015.01.13

Baka Encoder v1.3.1 released

Lack of spare time forced me to skip releasing v1.2.6 which was mostly a bugfix build that i prepared sometime in august 2014.

So now i'm jumping straight to version 1.3.1 which brings High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) support via x265 codec. Even though x265 is still in early development stage it is already capable of providing about 30% better compression compared to x264. While being about twice as slow...

Another big change is dropped support for Windows XP and Vista. I'm sorry, but less and less people are still using them while building and testing for these systems consumes a lot of time.

Changes in this update:

  • x264 build updated to revision 2526
  • available encoding tools now include x265 revision 9051 which provides HEVC encoding
  • added "tool" (can be "x264" or "x265") and "bit_depth" (can be 8 or 10) attributes replacing "use_10bit" attribute of video node in configuration file (backwards compatibility preserved)
  • application manifest now includes compatibility GUIDs for new Windows versioning API
  • dropped support for Windows XP and Windows Vista
  • fixed Logging checkbox not becoming enabled after manually removing all the tasks from queue or when the last task failed
  • fixed drawing issues with presets tooltip sometimes occurring on systems with embedded Intel graphics
  • fixed some typos
  • fixed minor handle leak
  • fixed Sleep action being performed without using "Planned" flag, which caused warnings in system logs
  • fixed minor memory leak occurring during startup arguments processing

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2015.01.05

Labrys initial release

It's been a while since I've posted anything. But now i finally have something to show you:

Labrys - brand new replacement for Windows Start menu and Run dialog. Unlike many other Start menu enchantment applications Labrys does not mimic layout or visual appearance of Start menus existing prior to Windows 8. Instead Labrys uses fresh approaches to provide rapid access to applications and command-line utilities with keyboard, mouse and touch.

Screenshot of Labrys Start menu with English localization.
Screenshot of Labrys Start menu with English localization.

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2014.04.22

Lix icons set for uTorrent revived

Many of you guys who've been using uTorrent for years noticed all those horrible changes happened after BitTorrent inc. acquired it. They've been treating community like shit, but this time they just crossed the line and completely took down icons and skins catalog. That was a rather unpleasant surprise for me when I went there to redownload my old good Lix skin...

Fortunately i still had svg source for it. So I've restored both toolbar and status icons and added tray icon to match other Windows7 tray icons. The only small change is "Create torrent" icon now looks more like a wand rather than just a star.

Screenshot of Lix icons set for uTorrent.
Screenshot of Lix icons set for uTorrent.

This icons should play well with 1.8.x and 2.x.x versions of uTorrent (maybe with newer ones as well but i wouldn't recommend anyone to use them).

35 KB, includes svg sources

Installation:

  1. Extract into uTorrent settings folder (typically %APPDATA%\Roaming\uTorrent).
  2. Restart uTorrent.

2014.04.16

Baka Encoder v1.2.5 released

The key changes of this major update are:

  • fixed incorrect range conversion selected for RGB 16 and 10 bit
  • fixed temp folder not getting removed if some of the files in it were still in use
  • default config tweaked a bit
  • x264 build updated to revision 2409

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2014.03.21

Baka Tagger v1.0.5 released

The key changes of this major update are:

  • improved processing of multiple video files
  • fixed crash when cover image had incorrect format or file path
  • removed useless progressbar
  • various minor tweaks

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2014.03.12

Baka Encoder v1.2.4 released

The key changes of this major update are:

  • added Japanese translation by Maki Ryougi
  • added log messages regarding colorspace conversion standard selected
  • added an option to open log file for completed tasks
  • improved RGB to YCbCr conversion
  • improved UI
  • x264 build updated to revision 2389
  • default preview preset now uses 2-pass encoding instead of 3-pass
  • fixed incorrect progress value (100% instead of 99%) specified if an error occurs at the last encoding stage (output file moving / replacing existing one)
  • fixed a rare crash occurring when Pause button is pressed while tool processes have already exited but Baka Encoder is not yet aware of this
  • fixed some typos

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2014.02.22

Baka Admin v0.8.8 released

Baka Admin gets support for Soldat Server v2.7.7 (including beta ones).

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2013.12.12

Baka Encoder v1.2.3 released

The key changes of this major update are:

  • added proper error message when source file doesn't exist
  • added proper error message when requesting YCbCr to RGB conversion
  • improved RGB to YCbCr conversion
  • improved precision of encoding progress indication
  • fixed cropping of lower half of the image when processing high bit depth input
  • fixed glitch causing RGB to YCbCr and range conversion falling back to default mode (bt601/tv)
  • fixed crash when Baka Encoder was unable to create/write to log file

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2013.11.07

Baka Admin v0.8.7 released

Baka Admin gets support for Soldat Server v2.7.6 and several minor bugfixes. Also i've finally properly set up VS projects so building it from source is not so painful anymore.

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2013.09.10

XP support fix for Baka Encoder / Tagger

Now both Baka Encoder and Baka Tagger should work fine on Windows XP. This update also includes minor localization changes.

2013.08.28

Baka Encoder v1.2.1 released

The key changes of this major update are:

  • x264 updated to build 2357
  • Baka Encoder now uses internal decoders for all supported types instead of system VFW codecs
  • Baka Encoder now uses internal filters to perform resizing and colorspace conversion instead of built in x264
  • added support for RGB48 input colorspace
  • improved progress indication
  • config adjustments

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2013.08.21

Baka Encoder v1.1.5 released

The key changes of this major update are:

  • Custom colorspace conversion that is a workaround for a common x264 problem
  • Workaround for incorrect mp4 muxing with mp4box
  • Hybrid 32-64 release, which can use 32-bit avisynth and codecs with 64-bit x264
  • Support for thorough logging
  • Improved tooltips
  • Elimination of unnecessary temporary files
  • Switch to my own builds of x264 and mp4box
  • Executable is not packed anymore - this should solve false positive antivirus alerts
  • Added German, Portuguese (Brazilian), Estonian and Polish translations

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2013.08.11

Baka Tagger v1.0.3 released

The key changes of this major update are:

  • Faster processing of files
  • Executable is not packed anymore - this should solve false positive antivirus warnings
  • Improved icon

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2013.08.01

Hello world

Hello Word

Alright, node seems to be running fine, so you guys can browse for some helpful little utils here. More stuff coming soon.