QTTabBar 1.5.0.0 Alpha 5 Released

Greetings everyone; I hope you all had a great Christmas.  I’ve got a belated present for you all today: our hopefully-last alpha, QTTabBar 1.5 Alpha 5.  I had grand visions of releasing it on Christmas day, but alas, I ran into some trouble with the new installer.  Oh well.

Difficult as it may have been to get right, the new installer should greatly streamline the process for new users.  The bars are activated upon installation automatically, which should alleviate a lot of confusion.  MSI also provides much better logging then Inno Setup did, so installer problems will be much easier for me to diagnose.  Also, the bars are now automatically hidden on uninstallation, which should effectively solve the problem of the unhideable menu bar.  I noticed that someone left a Thumbs Down on SourceForge because of this “bug,” ruining my perfect score! (For those unfamiliar with this problem, the bug is actually Explorer’s: the menu bar becomes unhideable if any toolbar is uninstalled while still in the “shown” state.)

Unfortunately, the new installer means that this update will be a bit rough for existing users.  Please note that Alpha 4 must be manually uninstalled and Explorer must be restarted before installing Alpha 5. I’ve tried to include some code to check for this, but apparently it doesn’t work on x64.  So I guess I’ll just post it here and hope for the best.

One thing I’m beginning to realize is how much this “Alpha” label is hurting.  My original plan was to make some massive (but time-consuming) improvements for the next release, but now I think it’s more important that we shed this Alpha label as soon as possible.  So, I’ve decided that this release will essentially be the release candidate for Beta 1, and all the new stuff I’d planned will go to Beta 2.  If there turns out to be some massively destabilizing bug, I may release another Alpha, but otherwise, I’ll just add a little more polish and release Beta 1.

As always, thanks for everyone’s constant support, and extra-special thanks for those who have donated.

Here’s the changelog for this release:

======= 1.5.0.0 Alpha 5 =======
Bugs Fixed:
    Many random crashes involving navigation fixed
    Fixed a few random crashes involving the search bar
    Broken Drag/Drop on XP fixed
    Dragging files from the SysListView into other applications doesn't double the action anymore.
    "Close all but this" and similar menu items fixed
    In XP, SubDirTips no longer disappear if the mouse is moved off file label
    Desktop Tool is not registered on Windows 7, as it doesn't work yet.
    SysListView no longer behaves strangely when attempting to navigate to a folder unsuccessfully
    OK/Cancel buttons on Control Panel dialogs now function as expected
    Header In All Views functionality reimplemented using a more reliable method; won't mess with icon sizes now
    Dragging files over folders now respects SubDirTip settings
    Fixed crash induced by Windows Search on XP
    Escape key now clears the search box, as expected
    Search box now clears upon refresh without introducing duplicate items
    Automatic renaming of ambiguous tabs is now case-insensitive
    Installer activates TabBar and ButtonBar automatically
    Installer deactivates TabBar and ButtonBar before removing them, working around Explorer's menu bar hiding bug

New Features:
    Brand new MSI-based installer
    Middle-click on the Folder Tree opens the folder in a new tab on Vista/7

Greetings everyone; I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I’ve got a belated present for you all today: our hopefully-last alpha, QTTabBar 1.5 Alpha 5. I had grand visions of releasing it on Christmas day, but alas, I ran into some trouble with the new installer. Oh well.

Difficult as it may have been to get right, the new installer should greatly streamline the process for new users. The bars are activated upon installation automatically, which should alleviate a lot of confusion. MSI also provides much better logging then Inno Setup did, so installer problems will be much easier for me to diagnose. Also, the bars are now automatically hidden on uninstallation, which should effectively solve the problem of the unhideable menu bar. I noticed that someone left a Thumbs Down on SourceForge because of this “bug,” ruining my perfect score! (For those unfamiliar with this problem, the bug is actually Explorer’s: the menu bar becomes unhideable if any toolbar is uninstalled while still in the “shown” state.)

Unfortunately, the new installer means that this update will be a bit rough for existing users. Please note that Alpha 4 must be manually uninstalled and Explorer must be restarted before installing Alpha 5. I’ve tried to include some code to check for this, but apparently it doesn’t work on x64. So I guess I’ll just post it here and hope for the best.

One thing I’m beginning to realize is how much this “Alpha” label is hurting. My original plan was to make some massive (but time-consuming) improvements for the next release, but now I think it’s more important that we shed this Alpha label as soon as possible. So, I’ve decided that this release will essentially be the release candidate for Beta 1, and all the new stuff I’d planned will go to Beta 2. If there turns out to be some massively destabilizing bug, I may release another Alpha, but otherwise, I’ll just add a little more polish and release Beta 1.

As always, thanks for everyone’s support, and extra-special thanks for those who have donated.

50 comments to QTTabBar 1.5.0.0 Alpha 5 Released

  • WM

    Thanks for your effort!

    I set When background double-clicked: New tab, but it was not working, but if I set New windows, it worked.

    I just upgraded from alpha 4, seems not solving this issue.

    My OS is Windows 7 32bit.

  • Mike Connor

    Will try it today. Thanks for all your work.

    Regards,

    Mike Connor

    • Mike Connor

      Just a “head’s up”. All seems to work fine. Running Win 7 64 Ultimate

      Regards, Mike Connor

      • WM

        Thanks! The mighty author gave me the answer:

        「The “New Tab” option only works if you put a location in the “Path/Group Name” box for the new tab to open at. Once you fill that in, it should work. Sorry for the confusion; the options dialog is long overdue for a massive overhaul!」

      • I thank you humbly for sahring your wisdom JJWY

  • Pixo[hol]

    Thanks for your awesome work. I love this Project.

    Happy New Year!

  • userforusing

    Awesome!
    Installer worked perfectly. Even kept my old settings after uninstall :)

    Big Kudos for the new feature to open new tab on middle click from the folder tree, awesome that you managed to build it in.
    Seems like the exception error when closing a window with multiple tabs open is gone now as well, very good. It also opens the old tabs again then.

    Keep up the great work.

  • Schicksal

    Happy new year!

    I wish it can work well

  • Ziktur

    Next time I boot up to Windows, I will give this a go! I’m rather excited!

  • Kerry Johnson

    Thanks so much for maintaining this! :)

  • You’re awesome!! Thanks, and happy new year ;)

  • bbsd

    Is “Middle-click on the Folder Tree opens the folder in a new tab” optional?
    In previous versions I used middle-click to change the focus to either the
    navigation pane (left side) or the main window (right side), so I could use
    the mouse wheel to scroll there.

    Otherwise it’s working perfectly, great job!

  • Rykum

    “Middle-click on the Folder Tree opens the folder in a new tab on Vista/7″

    I really like this, very useful.

  • j

    Great work – in alpha 4 in 7×64 I had a bug where if I tried opening an empty optical drive all other drives would be “erased” from the explorer window and now it is fixed! keep up the great work

  • Andrew

    >>> Middle-click on the Folder Tree opens the folder in a new tab on Vista/7

    Thanks! For this I love you, absence of this feature was the only thing that stopped me from using your project to its’ full extent =)

  • Nuigurumi

    So, the double drag-n-drop bug is gone? Cool!

  • Haozhun

    Yes, ALPHA does hurt. I almost decided not to try this software because of this label.
    Actually, the quality this software delivers is far beyond ALPHA, and comparatively better than a lot of BETAs.

    In my opinion, there’s 2 more things that hurt a lot!
    1. if you try google “qttabbar” on a clean computer (not logged in to google, never searched this and clicked any link before), you’ll understand how confusing the search result could be to new users. First result, QuizoApps 1.2b3 with 8 sub links. Second result, QuizoApps download page. Third one, finally, SF 1.5a5.
    And one cannot understand what happened unless did quite much search. And most likely, one will find that qttabbar had stopped developing and does not support Vista/7. But it contradicts to the sf page banner shows vista/7 screenshot. Oh my god!
    I believe putting a sticky post on top of this blog site making a brief explanation would be very helpful. If you can have Google modify the result order, it would be even better, however should be quite difficult.
    2. The name of this software, qt, makes me think of Qt from Nokia. That keeps me from believing this software is something that links so much to the OS that alters the way explorer interact with user. The name is kind of misleading.

    BTW, what indeed dose qt mean here?

    • Yeah, I know about the Google results thing, not sure what can be done about that. I’ll consider your idea about a sticky at the top. Wish I could put a sticky in the forums over on the original site. Maybe I should just keep bumping it.

      I agree QT = Nokia’s toolkit for most people. I’m pretty sure it stood for “Quizo Tools”. Frankly, I don’t really like the name QTTabBar anyway; one of the main reasons I haven’t changed it is because I can’t really think of a good replacement name. Coming up with nice catchy names has never been a strong suit of mine. I think what I’m going to do is, once we’re in beta and the userbase has grown a little more, I’ll put out the call for people to send me suggestions for a new name, and I’ll put the ones I like to a vote.

  • vfede

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this release, the middle click on tree was missing and now you put it, great.

    Some good name can be: “WindowsTabBar” or “ExplorerTabBar”. simple and self contained.
    vfede

  • j

    Please remember if and when choosing a new name that none of this would have been possible without Quizo, and out of respect his legacy should somehow be preserved in the name.
    Why not just drop the extra “T”? Something along the lines of “Q-Tabs” and adding a reference to his original app in the project description.

    • WhiteTiger

      yeah, same for me.
      Please let the name as it is ;)
      But removing the T is acceptable^^

      Changing the name also has other problems, since i believe all of us heard about QTTabbar somewhere and so first found the original and then this one (for me it was your forum post there i believe^^) a name change is maybe somewhat bad since all older entries for QTTabbar wouldn’t mean this one.

      As time comes, your site will be 1th on Google ;) (maybe so some SEO etc.)

      Quizo your project will never die!
      (the only bad you could do was using .net^^ even when this one saved your work at least but .net just sucks :D )

  • c1ph3r

    First of all:
    This software is really great! Thanks a lot!
    The only thing it’s not working for me (WinXP Pro SP3) is the behaviour of the ‘Start UP’ group.
    Decription:
    The first instance of the Explorer Window starts opening also the tabs present in the Start Up group (Expected behaviour).
    If I start a second instance of Explorer, without closing the first, it starts without opening the tabs of the Start Up group. (Not expected).
    In any case you made a great work!

    I would alse leave a reference to Quizo in the new name of the application: its idea, effort and implementation was really appreciated. The proposed Q-Tabs sounds cool!

  • Paarkhi

    First of congrats for the latest build!!!
    I noted that the new 1.5 alpha 5 is bit slow and lagging when the standard button bar is enabled, if you deselect it, then it works fine, is it just me or anyone else has also noted this change.

    Please check
    Thanks

  • I’m happy to see the development of this fantastic software… but i have to say that it is not allineated with the “look” of windows 7… it have still a windows xp like visual style… you can make the tabs transparent and animated (you can take inspiration from google chrome browser)!!!

  • Joel

    I’m running Windows 7 64-bit. alpha 5 won’t load tabs on my laptop. Any ideas? uninstalling/reinstalling hasn’t solved it.

    • Joel

      To add a little more to this… When I right-click the explorer menu bar, I only see “Lock Toolbars” without the two QTTabbar options which should appear there.

  • Kerry Johnson

    Joel,

    Try right-clicking on the menu bar of Explorer. This is hidden by default; just click on the Organize button (on the Command Module/Folderband across the top of Explorer), then to Layout, and finally, click on the Menu Bar option to enable it.

    From there you should be able to right click on the menu bar and enable the toolbars.

    -Kerry

    • Joel

      Hello Kerry,

      Thanks for your reply. However, as I mentioned above, when I right-click the explorer menu bar, I only see “Lock Toolbars” without the two QTTabbar options which should appear there.

      So what I need is a way to get those two QTTabbar options manually into explorer. I assume this could require some registry editing or something similar.

      At least I’m planning on getting a replacement laptop in a month. I can suffer through UltraExplorer until then if a solution can’t be found.

  • long time not use QT since i migrate to win7.
    try t now!

  • forent

    thanks…wooooow…hope the final will be soon available…many thanks..:-D

  • luckbird

    I found 2 problem.

    1. when I click “close all but this”, a error message will be shown:

    ************** 异常文本 **************
    System.InvalidOperationException: 集合已修改;可能无法执行枚举操作。
    在 System.ThrowHelper.ThrowInvalidOperationException(ExceptionResource resource)
    在 QTTabBarLib.QTTabBarClass.contextMenuTab_ItemClicked(Object sender, ToolStripItemClickedEventArgs e)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.ToolStrip.OnItemClicked(ToolStripItemClickedEventArgs e)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripDropDown.OnItemClicked(ToolStripItemClickedEventArgs e)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.ToolStrip.HandleItemClick(ToolStripItem dismissingItem)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.HandleClick(EventArgs e)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.HandleMouseUp(MouseEventArgs e)

    2. when I click the “back” toolbar button of windows explorer, it always go to “my computer.”

    sorry for my English.

    Thanks for you provide this tools for us.

  • Really great app. Thanks for all your hard work!

    For anyone who is trying to create a pinned explorer shortcut in their start up bar that won’t override the locked tabs, use this technique:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/tips/bertleff1.mspx

  • Andario

    Hi,
    For some reason, when I right-click and try to access the “Options” menu, nothing happens. I´ve been completely unable to open this menu, so I cannot make the program work other than at default settings, which is not convenient for me. I´ve tried installing/uninstalling several times, different versionS, but this keeps corrupted. I´m on Win 7 x64, I´d appreciate some directions.
    Thanks a lot.

    • Andario

      Well, after weeks of being unable to use Qttabbar, I´ve finally found what my problem was. I´m using a 1280×1024 resolution on a 1920×1080 monitor, so I have black bars all around the frame. Turned out the “options” window was actually appearing all the time, but for some reason the options windows did appear inside the outside frame (inside the black bars) so I was unable to see it “appear” for the whole time I kept trying.
      Anyway, thanks a lot for the software, this a must-have program with no real replacement out there (The Windows native integration is what does it for me).
      Cheers!

  • Templai

    What’s going on guys? I’ve come up with a great “appearance settings” for QTTABBAR to match Windows 7 Explorer Style.. I’ll post a picture of it then if any of you guys are interested, I will post a link with instructions of how to make QTTABBAR look like that..

    By the way I agree about the name issue, you should remove the T (QTTABBAR to “Windows 7 Q-TabBar”) or something like that..

    Here is the picture I mentioned above (sorry for the black boxes, they’re personal stuff that I can’t show you guys: http://www.mypicx.com/02262011//

  • Templai

    Sorry that image host sucks, here is the it again: http://img263.imageshack.us/i/84681835.png/

  • Got it! Tahkns a lot again for helping me out!

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