The next version of Default Programs Editor has been posted, along with a total site redesign. All the important stuff is now on the root page, and I've severely dialed back on cruft to put most of your experience on a single page. And, one more note: this announcement is actually for the second release of version 2.7. There were a couple bugs I noticed in the crash report logs that really needed to be fixed before I announced the release, so, if you happened to grab DPE in between the redesign and this post, check and see if you've got the older version. They're each got a proper version number, but "2.7" refers to the later release.
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There's some cool new stuff in 2.7, most notably context menu icon editing, 'Open With' support, and built in registry backups. The latter two items were requested on the feedback forum and quite popular, so if you have a feature request, be sure go there and request it. There's also a myriad of great little usability tweaks like better keyboard accessibility (also a requested feature on UserVoice).
- Fixed a crash after clicking the DDE 'Edit' button when adding a new context menu item.
- Viewing 'Open With' programs caused a crash when the item listed in the registry didn't exist on disk.
- Fixed a crash when starting the application for some users.
+ Added support for registry backups of file type information.
+ Added "%1" by default when browsing for an application, and added an option to toggle it.
+ "Show in folder" button added to success page when saving to a .reg file.
+ Increased performance when loading long lists.
+ Better support for deleting verb precedence trees.
+ Increased keyboard accessibility.
- Fixed miscellaneous layout bugs.
- Fixed being stuck on the the options page after an elevated restart.
- Fixed issue causing scope labels to be listed twice for context menu items.
- Setting certain applications as context menu default could cause a crash.
- Selecting multiple extensions caused a crash when switching to the context menu page in certain scenarios.
After taking a bit of a break from the project, I'm reopening development of Default Programs Editor, with a couple of great ideas in mind. The feedback since I launched 2.0 almost a year ago has been outstanding, and has guided six minor releases in the mean time. For version 2.7 development I'm openly soliciting ideas to make the next version even better.
How you can help
Download Default Programs Editor, and poke around. Mess with stuff. Make little tweaks to your system, then reverse them. What feels right? What gets annoying? What could be better? Let me know!
I discovered a couple stupid bugs right after I posted 2.5, so here's a quick 2.6 update to resolve them.
- Fixed a discrepancy between value data types when saving to a .reg file vs saving to the registry when changing a context menu item name.
- DDE Message was not deleted if the program was running with elevated privileges.
- File type icon would sometimes not be detected correctly when the icon source was the default program.
- Deleting a context menu item would sometimes result in a crash.