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Diffractor 125.0

Diffractor is now free. Thank you to everyone who purchased in the past – very much appreciated. I am hoping donations will cover the running costs. Let’s see how it goes :)

This release removes any payment verification screens. It also includes several small fixes:

Support display scale factor #111
Make Diffractor free #110
slide show stops bug #100
Option to remove shadows around image view panel #99
Caption/Description - mixed up #97
Full screen image not reloaded after tag or rename #95
Tags with space at the end #92
Add option to not update file modified timestamp when changing file metadata enhancement #86
HEIC Support #85
Allow space in search scope #42
very short wav files do not play bug #39
Option to toggle on/off playing media at the last known position enhancement #19
Better “customize” screen #18
Optimize network IO enhancement #15


Diffractor 124.0

The version of Diffractor adds a new smart scrollbar to the items view that shows year or other grouping information about the items displayed. It also improves performance when displaying large lists of items.

Enable wildcards when searching in the scopes enhancement #90
Cannot "bulk remove" tag when there is more than one word in it bug #89
Folders thumbs are shown when using WITHOUT #93
Wrong glyphs/fonts in description #87
Thumbnail's size keeps changing when clicking on it #88
Title - no action when clicking enhancement #77
Typo in sidebar 'todo' label bug #71
Search box doesn't always find what is needed #70


Diffractor v123.5
2021-10-26

Diffractor 123.6 can now be downloaded here.

In this release Diffractor gets a 64bit version:

The installer now contains both 32bit and 64bit configurations of Diffractor. It automatically links shortcuts to the appropriate executable.
Improvements to sound playback latency. This makes video playback and scrubbing seem faster.
Added filters to allow only images, videos, or audio files to be shown.
Fixed an issue where DNG files were not shown correctly. #83
Fixed playback of short videos and audio files less than one second. #39


Diffractor v123.4
2021-06-15

This release adds support for XMP color labels. This makes it easier to implement a workflow with Diffractor. It also makes it more compatible with Adobe products.

...and it fixes several bugs:

Support XMP color labels #46
system speakers volume (fn+...) affects Diffractor internal volume #60
Not all keyboard shortcuts are working in Edit Window #59
"with" scope gives same result as "without" #58
folders thumbnails overlap #56
"artist" scope - comes together with "album" scope #54
Thumbnail View changes to Details View #53


Diffractor v123.3
2021-05-23

Minor release containing:

Fix to diffractor randomly closing #55
Updated location dialog that allows selecting a location by clicking on the map. #11
Added option to show verbose metadata #33
Fixes to various crashes identified by Diffractor crash reporting.



Diffractor v123.0
2021-04-26

This is a major release including many improvements. The main changes are:

Diffractor has been translated into German by a helpful volunteer. This is exciting because Diffractor has many German users. Wunderbar!
The sidebar has new history and map selectors. They allow quick searches by date and country.
The dark color scheme allows Diffractor to do more with color in the user interface. For example highlight differences and special items.
Comparing photos and other files has been enhanced to show differences in file attributes.


Diffractor 122.16 2021-03-03

This release fixes crashes and bugs:

#34 "Genre" metadata problems (bug)
#32 GUI visual glitch in busy_control (bug)
#29 Update POPM metadata in MP3 files (enhancement)
Fixes based on crash reporting telemetry (crashes)


Diffractor 122.15 2021-02-18

This release adds new features to make it easier to manage a large collection of photos and videos. It allows you to easily determine if an item is in your collection or not. All indexed locations combined make the collection.

The changes are:

Allow grouping items by presence. Did you ever insert an old memory card and wonder do I have these photos on my hard disk? Now you can open diffractor and sort those items by presence in your collection. Items not in your collection will be grouped together.
#16 Separated ordering and sorting
#23 Fixed crash then structured copy dialogue opened on an invalid drive.
#12 Added support for .m2ts files
#24 Fixed to import currently before all selected items are fully scanned
#10 Returned shift based selection of multiple items
#25 Returned drag and drop of items to/from windows explorer
#26 Reduced the amount of CPU used when starting Diffractor.Diffractor 122.14 2021-01-25

This release fixes several crashes and bugs.

Fixed occasional issue where diffractor would not start up. This was caused by an error processing empty tags in xmp metadata. Diffractor would go into an endless loop.
Fixed a crash when decoding truncated TIFF files.
Fixed a crash when decoding malformed GIF files.


Diffractor 122.8 2020-07-05

This release adds an ‘Ignore previously imported items’ option to the import/structured copy dialog.

As with 122.7, in this release there has been a rationalization of keyboard accelerators. The biggest difference is a change in how SPACE and ENTER are used. SPACE now stops and starts video playback or slideshows. Enter opens items and toggles media full-screen. This makes Diffractor like most other Media software. Hopefully helps the transition for users between software products.

This release also includes a new Keyboard reference screen (control-F1) where accelerators can be reviewed.


Diffractor 122.7 2020-06-20

This version has had a rationalization of keyboard accelerators. The biggest difference is a change in how SPACE and ENTER are used. SPACE now stops and starts video playback or slideshows. Enter opens items and toggles media full-screen. This makes Diffractor like most other Media software. Hopefully helps the transition for users between software products.

The release also includes a new Keyboard reference screen (control-F1) where accelerators can be reviewed.


Diffractor 122.6 2020-05-23

This release adds a new duplicate report. Entering @duplicates into a search will list items detected as duplicates.


Diffractor 122 2020-03-16

This release contains several changes:

Support for hardware accelerated video playback.
A new layout for the top toolbar to save space.
Fixed an occasional crash during video playback.
Moved the settings and about information to a new simpler dialog.


Diffractor 119 2018-09-02

This release adds a navigation-toolbar. The navbar allows you to open favourite locations and searches quickly. You can customize the list of favourite searches on the options screen.

Duplicate photo detection has been improved using a new visual hashing algorithm.

Clicking on an existing item's rating now removes the rating.

Control-clicking on a tag in the tagbar now searches for that tag.


Diffractor 118 2018-02-02

This release adds a tag-toolbar. The tagbar allows you to set or remove favorite tags quickly. You can customize the list of favorite tags on the options screen.

There are also several bug fixes to media playing and keyboard shortcuts.


Diffractor 117 2017-06-19

Diffractor 117 is ready for download. It brings a new user interface with some useful buttons added to a bottom toolbar. Other new features:

PSD file support
Ability to select an audio track for playback (if more than one)
Can now be installed for current user or all users
Added ability to flag an image for action or deletion. You can also search for flagged images.
Fixed a bug where copy and paste was not working during metadata edit
Added the ability to use locations from google (sponsor only feature)


Diffractor 116 2016-01-05

Diffractor 116 final release is ready for download. Same new features as the beta with a few minor bug fixes. Enjoy!


Diffractor 112 2014-05-16

You may have noticed version 112 has been released. It is just a bug fix release containing the following:
Fix for crash on some older graphics cards.
Improved start-up performance.
Fix to encryption of flickr/facebook credentials.
Improved searching performance
Changed install so admin rights are no longer required.
Upgraded libav and sqlite


Diffractor 111 ready 2014-02-27

It has several bug fixes to improve stability. It also has more intelligent sorting. Security for Twitter, Facebook and Flickr uploads has also been improved. Enjoy!


Diffractor 111 Beta 2014-02-22
It has several bug fixes to improve stability. It also has more intelligent sorting. Security for Twitter, Facebook and Flickr uploads has been improved. Enjoy!




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