Stuttgart after the apocalypse

What kind of crazy times we are currently experiencing can be realized by walking through the streets of the city and in the otherwise popular places (at least at night or during bad weather).

I find it quite interesting to get some new impressions of the city in this way. Even if Stuttgart is not the center of the world, I have never seen it so empty before.

We can only hope that many of the small bars and shops will still be there after the crisis...

Yawning emptiness in downtown
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What's up here?

Is this page dead?
No!

I know it's been pretty quiet here in the blog for a while now, also regarding Task Till Dawn and PADEdit. Firstly because I just didn't feel like writing lately. I've never been the greatest writer, but with all the other things I'm currently working on there's no time and no motivation for blog posts.

As for Task Till Dawn and PADEdit, I'm pretty busy switching from Oracle JDK 1.8 to AdoptOpenJDK 11 and I'm also changing the build process from Ant to Maven, which was about time. I also want to include the notarization of the Mac applications and bundle the Java runtime for Windows into the applications themselves.

As soon as all this is finished, I can devote myself to new features and release new versions more easily.

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Dynamic wallpaper

On mobile devices they could be used for a long time already: dynamic wallpapers. While iOS only features colorful moving bubbles on the screen, Apple has now introduced a dynamic background image of the Mojave desert with macOS Mojave. This will show the desert depending on the local time - either by day or by night. In addition there is a - in my eyes rather ugly - day and night picture of a course of the sun.

Using Task Till Dawn and the workflow described here, you can easily create dynamic background images yourself and use them not only under macOS, but also with Windows!

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Task Till Dawn 2.21

This version of Task Till Dawn contains a bugfix for the preferences on Windows. The options for the tray icon menu were not displayed and sometimes also not saved correctly.

The behavior of the Finder was changed by Apple with macOS 10.14.2 so that it now always asks for the password of the user, even if it is already stored in the keychain. Task Till Dawn tries to bypass this new behavior in the action "Open URL" and mount the drive directly as before.

New and great: Task Till Dawn now supports plugins.

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PADEdit 1.9

PADEdit 1.9 can now open files with incorrect line ends. In addition, the lines of each data set are sorted according to the PAD specification when they are opened. As a little surprise this version also contains bugfixes!

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Task Till Dawn 2.2

Even though only the version number behind the dot has changed, this update is huge! In addition to new actions for checking the Internet connection, writing files, creating folders, comparing texts and much more, there are also a whole series of new events available. For example, tasks can now be started when volumes are inserted or drives are connected. It also introduces some new conversion options for variables.

In addition, the user interface has been improved in some places. The program settings now allow to specify what should happen when a task is double-clicked.

Of course the new version also contains several bug fixes. All changes can be found as usual in the version history in the program archive.

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Automatically copy camera photos from storage devices

This task automatically copies camera photos from any storage device - for example a USB stick, a CD, a memory card or even a network drive - as soon as it is inserted or connected. All JPG files in a DCIM-folder in the main directory of the device are copied to a directory named after the current date and time. If no DCIM-folder exists the task will not perform any action.

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Hourly time announcement

This task makes your computer speak the time to you hourly during working hours. Never miss the end of the working day again and delight your colleagues with this tonal accompaniment of everyday life!

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