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Old November 27th, 2018, 08:57 PM
At long last, we have a new release of Realm Works available! However, this release is NOT being made the official new version. This is instead a BETA release.

The reason we’re doing it this way is that there are some MAJOR changes in this new version. The biggest change is that the product is now a true 64-bit application. And, despite all the testing that we’ve done in-house, we want to proceed with an abundance of caution. So this is a BETA release that ALL existing Realm Works users are welcome to put into use.

As a safeguard, we have ensured that there are zero changes to the underlying data between this Beta and the existing version that everyone is assumedly using (build 245). If anything goes wrong for you when using this new version, you can downgrade back to the existing build 245 without any impact to your data. To downgrade, simply download build 245 and install it over the Beta version. This will revert everything back to the old version and you’ll be right where you are today.

I will follow this post with the full release notes for the Beta release. Since many of you are chomping at the bit to download it, I better just shut up, since it’s questionable how much longer you’ll keep reading. So here are the two download links. The first one is the new Beta release and the second is for build 245, just in case anyone needs to revert back.

Realm Works Beta (build 246): https://www.realmworks.net/beta/Real...46_install.exe – Simply download this and install it over your current build 245

Realm Works Official Version (build 245): http://download.wolflair.com/rw/Real...45_install.exe – To downgrade from the Beta, simply download and install over the Beta

Note: Our email hosting provider got things massively messed up Sunday night, and we’re apparently now in a Catch-22 with them, so the problem is still not yet resolved. If you run into an issue with this Beta release, please post it here in the forums instead of submitting it to tech support via email.
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Old November 27th, 2018, 09:11 PM
Release Notes for Realm Works® Version 1.0.1086.246 (BETA)

NOTE! This new build is a Beta release and entirely optional. As a Beta release, there are numerous changes in this build that may have problems we have not uncovered through our internal testing. You are welcome to continue using the previous build, and you are encouraged to do so if you are uncomfortable making use of a Beta release.

NOTE! If you utilize this Beta release and run into problems with it, you can safely downgrade to the previous version (build 245) – but not to earlier releases. To downgrade, simply download the old version and install it over this Beta version. All of your data will remain intact between the two versions. Of course, you’ll be limited to the capabilities of the older version.

There is now full support for running as a 64-bit application. If your computer supports 64-bits, the product will automatically run in 64-bit. There is nothing special that needs to be done, as this is all handled automatically under the covers. The following implications exist with this change:
  • A wide range of crash and related problems have been obviated with the switch to 64-bit, primarily centering on out-of-memory situations and the cascading effects of low memory. This will most often been seen in conjunction with the use of lots of images, especially with smart images.
  • For those of you who tried to mitigate the memory limitations under 32-bits by removing a bunch of fonts from your system, you should now be able to put those fonts back, if you like.
  • The installer is still a little stupid about the switch to 64-bit. Normally, a 64-bit application is installed into a different location than a 32-bit application, and that’s done correctly on a fresh install. However, if you install this version over the existing 32-bit version, the 64-bit version is simply installed over the 32-bit version instead of into the correct location. Everything works smoothly, but this is something we still need to clean up – i.e. migrating the entire installation to the proper folder when going from 32-bit to 64-bit.

All content creation now channels through the “Create New Content Element” form for consistency of operation. This has the following implications:
  • Use of the “Quick Create” mechanism via <ctrl-Q> and the “Create” button in the upper left of the product is unchanged. Both of those still bring up the same form as always (this one).
  • The “Create New” option for creating new top-level content elements was removed from the navigation pane Tools menu. The <ctrl+shift+N> keyboard shortcut that accompanied this menu option now presents the “Create New Content Element” form with the appropriate content type pre-selected.
  • All of the “+” buttons within the navigation pane now present the “Create New Content Element” form with the appropriate content type (and category when available) pre-selected. The separate form that lists all the available categories has been eliminated and replaced with this standard form.
  • Within this form, there is now an “info” button to the right of the category dropdown that displays a description of the category currently selected.
  • Within this form, there are now three action buttons that can be performed. In addition to the previous “Create” and “Create and Edit in New Tab” options, there is now a “Create and Edit in Current Tab” option. This yields the same behavior as using the “+” button within the navigation pane to create a new topic or article.
    • Within the “Advanced” region of the form, a number of revisions have been made:
    • The “Views” setting is now persisted across runs of the product.
    • The “Assign Tags” grouping has been replaced by two separate groupings with different behaviors.
    • The “Special Tags” grouping displays the “Utility: Empty” special tag, as before. However, the setting of this behavior is now persisted across runs of the product. In addition, the behavior of when the tag is auto-assigned is now configurable via a droplist, allowing it to be performed for all new content or only when creating new content without immediately editing it (i.e. the first of the three action buttons on the left).
    • The “Auto Assign Tags” grouping lists the various tags that have been separately configured as “auto assign”. For the current topic/article, these tags can be toggled on/off collectively or individually. There is also an “info” button at the top of the grouping that identifies where the “auto assign” behavior can be configured.

The navigation pane for topics and articles has been completely rewritten using a totally new mechanism. There are a variety of changes and implications that accompany this replacement, including the following.
  • The bug where the navigation pane simply cut off the list of items after a few thousand has been eliminated.
  • The loading time of the navigation pane is dramatically improved, especially with large realms.
  • Switching between tabs is vastly more efficient now, especially with large realms.
  • There is now an option to expand a topic/article and all of its children via the right-click menu within the navigation pane.
  • Only a single icon is now shown for categories within the various groupings in the navigation pane.
  • When the topic hierarchy is very deeply nested, a horizontal scrollbar now appears at the bottom of the navigation pane that allows shifting right/left to view the names of the nested topics.
  • The expand/collapse buttons are now highlighted when the mouse hovers over them.
  • The vertical spacing between items in the navigation pane has been increased a tiny amount.

The following additional minor enhancements and changes were introduced in this release:
  • The auto-accept behavior when creating embedded links is now disabled for bulk scans across multiple topics/articles. Users can override this behavior by explicitly opting in via a new checkbox on the confirmation form. However, we strongly recommend you don’t enable auto-accept, as the results could be way more than you want, unless you are extremely careful with your use of auto-accept.
  • Within the reveal history, generic snippets that possess a label now show that label within the history report.
  • When editing a text-based snippet, the right-click menu now includes a “Select All” option, which can be triggered via the <ctrl+A> keyboard shortcut.

The following additional issues and problems were addressed in this release:
  • Crashes involving the “Utility DLL” have now been fixed.
  • Tooltip text when displaying relationships in the transitions pane is now consistent. All comprises/belongs relationships now identify the correct directional nature of the relationship (e.g. Master vs. Minion). This is done by keying on the “/” separator within the name. If a user-defined relationship does not include a “/”, the entire name is shown.
  • The assorted “info” buttons aren’t nearly as glaring as they used to be, which should be less distracting on the eyes.
  • Inbound links from a topic to the containing smart image where the topic is pinned now show their name more appropriately. When information is not provided via the pin, suitable details are pulled from the topic itself.
  • Fixed three separate crashes that could occur under different conditions when a topic was being rebuilt, such as when switching tabs or changing the topic’s state in a fundamental way.
  • Fixed a crash that would occur under the right conditions when saving a topic.
  • Fixed a crash that would occur during automatic link detection when the user clicks one of the buttons in the dialog quickly while the form was still doing its processing.
  • The dialog that prompts old accounts for missing birthdates, postal codes, and the like no longer appears when trying to login, as that’s now handled via other mechanisms.
  • Fixed a crash that would occur under specific conditions when refreshing titles within the Player View Window after a topic was saved.
  • The “hot tracking” of the mouse within the Manage Categories and Mange Tags areas is no longer sluggish.
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Old December 14th, 2018, 05:42 PM
There is a new BETA release of Realm Works available with some additional enhancements and bug fixes. You can safely downgrade from this new release to the previous 2 versions (build 246 or build 245) by simply downloading the installer for either of the older versions and installing it over this new beta.

Here is the link to download the new installer:

Realm Works Beta (build 247): https://www.realmworks.net/beta/Real...47_install.exe – Simply download this and install it over your current build 245 or build 246
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Old December 14th, 2018, 05:53 PM
Release Notes for Realm Works® Version 1.0.1087.247 (BETA)

The following items are of special note to users:
  • NOTE! This new build is a Beta release and entirely optional. As a Beta release, there are numerous changes in this build that may have problems we have not uncovered through our internal testing. You are welcome to continue using the previous build, and you are encouraged to do so if you are uncomfortable making use of a Beta release.
  • NOTE! If you utilize this Beta release and run into problems with it, you can safely downgrade to the previous two versions (build 246 or build 245) – but not to earlier releases. To downgrade, simply download the older version and install it over this Beta version. All of your data will remain intact between the two versions. Of course, you’ll be limited to the capabilities of the older version.

The following is a summary of the significant enhancements and new behaviors introduced in this release:
  • None

The following minor enhancements and changes were introduced in this release:
  • The “Structure” label on the Create Realm form was changed to “Custom Structure” for clarity.
  • The “Create New Content Element Form” now provides the <ctrl+E> and <ctrl+N> shortcuts for triggering the “Create and Edit” buttons on the form, and these shortcuts are displayed on the corresponding buttons.
  • The state of the checkboxes in the “Automatically Assigned Tags” grouping of the Global Filtering form is now remembered for each realm after the realm is closed and re-opened.
  • The state of the controls in the “Views” and “Special Tags” groupings of the “Create New Content Element” form is now remembered for each realm instead of for all realms, for consistency with the other controls on the form. The state of these controls prior to this change will not be remembered, so users who changed the values of those controls will need to change them again for each realm after installing this new version of Realm Works.
  • The “Auto Accept” tab in Manage Preferences was renamed to “Link Detection”, and a new preference was added to this tab to limit automatic link detection to one link instance per snippet. This preference is on by default and can be turned off by unchecking “Auto Ignore Duplicate Links”, which restores the previous behavior of Realm Works.
  • Automatic link detection now scans the revealable portion of a snippet before scanning the GM directions, allowing duplicate links to be automatically ignored in the GM directions when the “Auto Ignore Duplicate Links” preference is on.
  • When a content element is renamed, Realm Works no longer prompts the user to perform a fixup of matching links within other content. These matching links are now automatically displayed with the correct name without the need for a separate fixup operation.
  • A new “Force Link Fixups…” option was added to the Topic and Article tools menu for use in conjunction with the “Search For Link Fixups” operation accessible from the Share ribbon in the Export grouping. The use of the new menu option is explained on the dialog where the search is triggered.
  • Automatic link detection no longer corrects case when detecting links within imported snippets when the Case Matching for the detected name is set to Auto Correct, in order to minimize changes made to imported snippets.
  • Two new preferences were added to the Manage Preferences->Content Display tab governing the display of content links:
    • The “Hide Links Until Hover In View Mode” preference hides links until the mouse hovers over them when content is in View mode. The links remain visible in Edit mode. This option is off by default.
    • The “Display Links In Blue” preference controls whether or not links are displayed in blue in addition to being underlined. When the option is off, the links are only underlined. In previous versions of Realm Works, links were always displayed in blue, so the previous behavior can be restored by checking this preference.

The following issues and problems were addressed in this release:
  • The 64-bit build of Realm Works no longer displays a warning when importing an image larger than 4096 x 3072 pixels. This warning only applies to 32-bit Realm Works, which still shows the warning.
  • The “Ignore” option was removed when the user is prompted to fix up links to a deleted alias, since this option did not work properly and had the same effect as removing the link.
  • The unimplemented “Rename” option in the Realm tools menu in the Realm Works Launcher was removed.
  • Fixed a bug where a drag/drop operation in the navigation pane would sometimes incorrectly show an icon indicating that a drop was not allowed when it was in fact allowed.
  • The tab order in the “Create New Content Element Form” was fixed so that Tab and Shift+Tab can be used to move between the controls.
  • Fixed an issue where tag and picture snippets would sometimes behave as if they had been modified from the imported version on a subsequent import when no change to the snippet had actually been made in the realm being imported into.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur under certain conditions when “Ignore All” was chosen during automatic link detection.
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