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WatchDirectory 4.5.5 beta + wdNotify 1.3 beta
Aug 14th, 2008 at 1:17pm
 
Hi,

This new release of WatchDirectory and WdNotify fixes an issue where WatchDirectory can not properly communicate with WdNotify.
See this forum post for more info: http://www.watchdirectory.net/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1217804506
The issue that is fixed is most noticable on Windows Vista, but earlier Windows versions with enabled Terminal Services or "Fast User Switching" could also be affected.

Furthermore, the following are "new":
- you can set the font-size of OSD messages
- WdNotify didn't recognize "upper-left" for OSD messages

Normally we would release this new version "immediately", but as this new release causes a few incompatibilities, it is released as a beta first.

To use this new beta, you need to download and install *BOTH* the new WatchDirectory *AND* the new WdNotify release:

link removed, this version is released

  *AND*
 
link removed, this version is released

The new WdNotify v1.3 will *not* work with previous WD versions (WatchDirectory versions 4.5.4 or below).
WatchDirectory v4.5.5 will *not* work with previous WdNotify versions (WdNotify v1.2 or below).

So, when you upgrade to WD 4.5.5 (or higher) and you use WdNotify, you must also upgrade WdNotify.

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Re: WatchDirectory 4.5.5 beta + wdNotify 1.3 beta
Reply #1 - Aug 14th, 2008 at 1:22pm
 
Oh, by the way......

When you install these new beta versions, and a "check for updates" happens (either because you selected the menu-option, or by automatically checking for updates), WatchDirectory will tell you "a new version is available". Please make sure it IS a new version (check the version numbers, make sure it is higher).

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Re: WatchDirectory 4.5.5 beta + wdNotify 1.3 beta
Reply #2 - Sep 8th, 2008 at 10:03am
 
A new beta is available for WatchDirectory 4.5.5.
This beta contains one (undocumented) new feature: the email plugin can now also "combine" html emails. Previous releases ignored your "combine settings" for html emails.

Here are a few tips; how combined html email works:

How the email task combines emails
An html email looks like this:
Code:
<html>
<head>
...
</head>
<body>
text...
</body>
</html>
 



When a second email is combined, the "</body></html>" is removed from the first email.
Then the body-content until "</html>" of the second email is appended to the first email.

The "Intro" and "Append" text of combined emails.
Just before the combined email is sent, the "intro-text" is inserted after the "<body>" tag and the "Append-text" is inserted before the "</body>" tags.
You can (should) use normal html in the "intro" and "append" text.

Using inline images with combined emails
If you want to reference the attached picture of a combined email, you need to reference it as
cid:message-root.$
You do not know in advance which number to use (cid:message-root.1 or cid:message-root.2 or ...), so
you need to enter a $ as a placeholder. The postman program will replace this $ with the correct
attachment number.

Download the new beta here:
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Reply #3 - Sep 8th, 2008 at 3:02pm
 
Hi Gert, I would like to try version 4.5.5.3, however, I noticed you only provided the International version.  Could you please provide the English only version please?  I would prefer not to install extra files if it isn't necessary.

Thanks!
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Reply #4 - Sep 9th, 2008 at 10:36am
 
If you select "English" as the installer option (not German) then this installer behaves the same as the "English only" download.

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Reply #5 - Sep 10th, 2008 at 7:14am
 
Gert you're a genius!  Combined HTML with inclined images works!!  Thank you for making this a reality.
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Reply #6 - Sep 10th, 2008 at 11:37pm
 
Gert, is there any way to specify background color in combined email html messages?  When I put this following command  <body bgcolor="ffffff"> it doesn't combine anymore.

Also, I know you said there are limitations when using combined html.  I am not sure if this is possible, but, I wanted to know if its possible to do thumbnails of the pictures in one combined html email... if its possible maybe you wouldnt mind offer an example of how to do it...

Something that looks like this... inside the email.  Sorry, I'm not that great at html  Embarrassed

Thanks,
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Reply #7 - Sep 11th, 2008 at 8:39am
 
Hi,

Currently, when the postman program is combining, it is looking for "<body>", so "<body bg....>" does not match, and the postman program can not combine the messages.

An alternative would be to use a "<style>" (css), but I believe support for styles in email clients is rather poor.
I will post a new version of wdPostman.exe later today that will be a bit smarter about finding the "<body>"-tag.

The postman/email components can not make thumbnails, you will need to do that in a speparate step using the thumbnail plugin:

Task 1 (using the thumbnail plugin) monitors the directory with your original pictures and writes to "C:\Directory2"
Task 2 (your current email task) monitors the output directory of Task 1 (c:\directory2)

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Reply #8 - Sep 11th, 2008 at 10:15am
 
Ok, this version of the wdpostman.exe program also supports "<body bgcolor=".."> tags.

link removed, this version is released

After download, stop the "System.Mail" task (this is the wdPostman.exe program), and unzip the above file into your install directory, normally this will be

C:\Program Files\WatchDirectory

This will overwrite the old wdPostman.exe program. Note that you should only do this if you are running the current beta:
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Reply #9 - Sep 11th, 2008 at 5:49pm
 
Hi Gert, thank you, now I can define background color!

However, I think you might have misunderstood my request for thumbnails.  All my pictures already have the right format.  They don't need to be changed.  I just want to automatically send an html email with the pictures shown in rows/columns.  Currently, it is just one column.  I was hoping you could give me an example html code for this, if possible.
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Reply #10 - Sep 11th, 2008 at 6:46pm
 
Sorry, I am not sure how to do this.

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Reply #11 - Sep 25th, 2008 at 2:12am
 
Hi Gert, I just received a notification that one of the components I'm using needs updating.  However, I am using the latest beta with the combined html feature.  Should I just ignore this message and wait for the full version of 4.5.5 (not beta)?
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Reply #12 - Sep 25th, 2008 at 10:56am
 
You should wait for the official release (somewhere next week, I guess).

The "check for updates" ("help -> check for updates" menu) probably says something like

Code:
One or more components or Plugins you have installed need updating!
You are currently running a BETA version of watchDirectory.
The BETA's build timestamp:
Sep 8 2008 09:42:39 



(timestamp may be different)

Always make sure the timestamp that shows (your installed WD's timestamp) is lower than the "current release" timestamp that shows below.
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