Hey, I went back to a shorter cycle, going on with 4.x for one or two new features and 4.x.y for minor bug fixes. Too many numbers lately. A friend mentioned this to me, the time travel already should have been 4.7. I argued, but in the end: convinced.
And so today I can announce version 4.7. What is new? I went away from the system file dialog that Java provides as that had issues when switching the directory and relying on unique names. So that is one less feature to be honest. But I also added something new.
I needed this already for a long time since I have a pretty long list of presets hanging around in my presets list. Now you are able to categorize your presets which means to group them together. That makes the presets list clean and simple since you can collapse the categories.
All your existing presets will start in the Default category. To put a preset into a category is easy. Either you do that on preset creation, or you do it later in the preset manager. There you can select a row and then right-click to get a selection of existing categories or you can add a new category.
Categories which do no longer have a preset assigned will get removed automatically. This means that there is no need to manage categories too.
On the left you can see how the presets section used to look like and how it looks for me with categorized presets. I had more than 100 presets in that list and now that I have the categories presets are way easier to work with. At least for me. If you do not like the feature – just keep all presets in the default category and keep that category open.
With 4.7 I also consolidated all the streaking modules. And in the end – for now – kept four of them in a new version which works correct with full and cropped previews. I had a bug in some of the old ones that I was not aware of because I always use grain sizes greater than 0. For now there is still the possibility to get to the old streaking modules, but I recommend to use the newer ones wherever possible. For most of the old modules you can simply migrate to the newer versions. Right-click on the module name and you see the popup which allows you to switch to another flavor in the same module or below that you might see the new module that you can migrate to – if there is a migration in place.
The DigitalLith Tutorial has not been updated yet, but will follow soon to cover the presets categories.
Give it a try and have fun: Click!