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Beta 3 is here!

If you downloaded an earlier beta, you should have received email with download instructions for Beta 3.

We've been fixing bugs like crazy all week, and I think this is the most stable version ever.

* If you contacted us in the past because you couldn't get CityDesk to install or run on a particular computer, we've fixed all of those bugs. Please try again with Beta 3 and hopefully we got it right this time! That includes Windows 95 -- yes, we run on a Windows 95 box. All you need is IE 5.01 or later. And you don't have to be administrator to use CityDesk on NT/2000/XP.

* When you open a CityDesk site created with beta 1 or beta 2, it will be automatically upgraded to the new format. This can take a few minutes depending on how many pictures you have in the site, but it's a one-time conversion.

* Your personal settings (recently used sites, window positions, toolbar preferences, custom programs and custom web browsers) will be lost when you upgrade to Beta 3. That is because we now store these settings in the registry instead of in a file in the CityDesk directory -- a requirement for people who do not have write permission on their CityDesk directory.

* Uploading should be much faster on large sites. We added a significant optimization that makes it much faster for us to decide whether or not a particular picture needs to be re-uploaded.

* HTML preservation is significantly improved. All those funny spaces that CityDesk put in your HTML file should be gone.

* We fixed a particularly nasty crash that was occuring sporatically when you did something in the main window.

Enjoy!

Joel

Joel Spolsky
Friday, November 09, 2001

Quick tip: for best results, uninstall any previous betas before you install this one, or install this beta in a new directory.

Joel Spolsky
Friday, November 09, 2001

Also if you get a crash when you are updating a database, just restart and choose Yes to the update dialog the second time.  It will work and you'll never see the errors again.  Thanks.

Michael Pryor
Friday, November 09, 2001

Clarification:  some beta testers that are installing citydesk over top of an old installation or try to open an old database may get a few hiccups along the way.  The best solution is to first remove your old install, and then reinstall beta 3, and then if you get hiccups updating a database the first or second time you run, just ignore them and keep trying.  Eventually CityDesk will run and you shouldn't see any problems after that (well, any problems that we know about anyway :-)

Michael Pryor
Friday, November 09, 2001

Uploading is much more fun even on small sites and particulary "save and publish."

Terry Kearns
Friday, November 09, 2001

Upgrading a project from beta 2 to beta 3 creates and error if you do this from the small screen that appears the first time you start CityDesk.

Opening a beta 2 site, and upgrading it from the normal CityDesk menu works fine.

Karl Gram
Friday, November 09, 2001

Yep... but you'll never see this again once you upgrade your sites.

Thanks!

Joel Spolsky
Friday, November 09, 2001

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