Would you believe Scotty has a cold?
Yesterday’s release of WinPatrol 16.1.2009 was a big success for Vista and Windows 7 users. It was also welcomed by Windows XP users although many discovered one small problem. It seems adding one of the new Vista/Windows 7 features called “Sound Sentry” I broke Scotty’s bark for the majority of users who still use Windows XP.
Over the years I’ve tried to make sure WinPatrol is “accessible” to all users. One way is to continue using standard window controls instead of some kind of slick more graphical interface. This may also be one of the reasons I’ve been able to keep the size of WinPatrol tiny. Sound Sentry is a feature which is available via the Windows accessibility interface. Visually challenged users can also take advantage of the Windows “Sounds” control panel applet to customize individual sounds for each kind of WinPatrol event.
Adding Sound Sentry was simple but I made a stupid mistake by not properly testing the effect of Sound Sentry on all versions of Windows. The solution was also simple so I’ve already made the correction and it has been tested.
Instead of immediately uploading a fix I thought it might make more sense to wait a few days just to see if any other problems show up. If you’re missing Scotty’s bark he’ll be all better by the end of next week.