Zentimo 1.1 beta 5, release candidate

Dec 18th, 2010


Zentimo 1.1 beta 5 is available. Mainly it’s a bug fix release – we fixed more than a dozen of bugs and now we feel that this version is stable enough, so it’s quite likely that the next version will be the final release.

Also we made Zentimo to support ClearType fonts and display all its dialogs in the native font of the OS it’s working under (e.g. under Windows Vista and 7 Zentimo will display dialogs in Segoe UI).

And here’s the list of fixed bugs:

  • Sometimes Zentimo may not connect to its service on system startup
  • Hints in the device menu overlapped the controls
  • Some dialogs can be displayed behind the device menu
  • Some options didn’t import correctly from USB Safely Remove
  • The program didn’t fix the drive letter of card-reader cards
  • …and more than ten other small fixes and improvements

Feel free to download this beta and give us your notes or bug-reports!

Download Zentimo 1.1 beta 5

License Giveaway (dec 1st – 7th)

Dec 1st, 2010

Previous month we enjoyed the license giveaway for Zentimo 1.0 in collaboration with giveawayoftheday.com project. We love giving licenses away and considering that today is the first day of Christmas month we decided to have a new giveaway.

From December 1st to 7th everyone can obtain its free license for Zentimo 1.0. This license allows using the version 1.o for lifetime, but doesn’t allow neither upgrades nor technical support. Grab the license here or if you are already have a license for Zentimo feel free to share this news with your friends.

Zentimo 1.1 beta4

Nov 12th, 2010

Hello, friends!

We are pleased to present the new beta version of Zentimo. The most important thing we’ve done in this version is an ability to power off devices after stopping in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

A bit more story on this feature. When you safely remove the device in Windows XP it powers the device off – in case off a flash drive its led was switched off and in case of a portable hard drive it was spun down. But Microsoft changed this behavior in Vista and it still exists in Win 7: after you stop the device on these OSes the hard drive continue spinning and flash drive continue lighting. All modern hard drives park theirs heads automatically when you unplug them so in theory this behavior shouldn’t lead to data looses or drive damages. But in practice the hard drive usually sound strangely when you unplug them on run and this makes a hard drive owner being a bit nervous when he hears that.

In order to enable this feature you need to set  “Power off the device after device stopping” option in the Quick Settings Wizard just after installing the program:

Or you also can change this option in the Program Options later:

After the option being changed you need to reboot the system in order for changes to take effect.

Bug fix:

The tray context menu didn’t hide automatically when it loses the focus.

Interface improvements:

Displaying the number of devices in the tray icon was improved. The number was made more clear and moved to the left side of the icon so that it will not interfere with the orange arrow and our icon stays consistent (this number is displayed only when you enable the correspondent option).

Language updates:

We’ve updated following languages: German, Italian, French, Bosnian, Czech, Hebrew, Latvian, Polish, Romanian, Dutch, Serbian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Lithuanian. Many thanks to our translators for their help!

Download Zentimo 1.1 beta 4

New Zentimo Icon Vote

Nov 8th, 2010

Hi! As you may know we have got a new main icon for the program and at the moment we are trying to improve displaying of the device numbers on systray icon (they are displayed if you enable a special option). We are deciding where to place the number: leave it at the same place – the right bottom corner, or move it to the left bottom. We are a bit between the horns of a dilemma on this decision so we kindly ask your opinion on it. Please see the illustration below and write us what do you like more.

Zentimo 1.1 beta3

Oct 29th, 2010

Hi everyone!

Today’s beta has few changes but it contains one nifty improvement that we wish to share with you as soon as possible.

We have reworked Zentimo’s main icon making it more attractive and cheerful. You can see it in the large size below and in a small size in your tray after you install the update. Feel free to send us your opinion regarding the new icon look. How do you find it in your tray?

We have also fixed some bugs such as:

  1. The quick-menu was not being closed automatically if a device has stopped by clicking “Enter” key.
  2. The error of connection to service if one is trying to return more than two devices at the same time.
  3. An animation of device stopping was hanging even if a device was not stopped yet.
  4. The results of device speed test was not correct if the test was interrupted before it finished.

This beta also contains following language updates: German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch-Belgium, Latvian, Chinese, Arabic, Turkish. Many thanks to our translators!

Download Zentimo 1.1 beta 3

Zentimo 1.1 beta2

Oct 18th, 2010

Hi folks, the new Zentimo 1.1 beta 2 is ready for beta-testing! We have fixed some annoying bugs, got rid of the device menu blinking, made the program easier for novices and added some interesting (and frequently requested) features.

New features…

Quick Settings Wizard For Novices

When a user installs Zentimo for the first time, the program asks a lot of questions offering to choose different settings (sometimes at an inappropiate moment), thus distracting a new user from learning the program. Therefore, we decided to put all of the most changeable (and important) program options into the one dialog displayed after the first installation. Thus we allow a user to quickly setup the behavior of the program and they are introduced to the major program features as well.

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Zentimo 1.1 beta1

Aug 31st, 2010

We are pleased to announce our first beta-version of Zentimo 1.1. New beta contains a critical bug fix, new features and interface improvements.

New features:

  1. The “Fix drive letter” feature was improved and optimized. The “Drive letters” page in “Options” window contains a list which shows all fixed drive letters and allows you to control them if you have not the device at your fingertips or you lost it. You can select and unfix the drive letter to use it for another drive. See screenshot below:  Read more »

Zentimo 1.0 Final!

Jul 27th, 2010

After several months of beta-testing and fine tuning, we are excited to announce the final release of a new tool – Zentimo 1.0!

This version is now available for purchase, and as promised, we’re offering significant discounts on Zentimo purchases to existing customers. Learn more about purchasing and discounts on the Zentimo Order Page. In addition, several minor bugs have been fixed, and we have improved the appearance of the tray icon.

Read further to learn about the many new features that distinguish Zentimo from USB Safely Remove.

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Zentimo 1.0 beta3 (TrueCrypt integration)

Jul 2nd, 2010

We are happy to present you a new beta version of Zentimo: 1.0 beta 3! In this version we worked mainly on integration with TrueCrypt and did some other improvements as well.

TruCrypt integration

As you may know, there was an ability in previous versions to automatically mount/dismount TrueCrypt volumes located on external storages using our feature to auto run applications on device connection/disconnection.  But there are some lacks with this approach:  you cannot see the TrueCrypt’ed drive on the device menu, you cannot manage it from the menu (browse drive, assign quick-launch list and etc) and in the end whenever you stop the drive (we mean an external drive that stores a mounted TrueCrypt volume) you cannot see what processes lock the TrueCrypt container’s drive. In the new version we have made a decision for these issues and let you operate your TrueCrypt volumes located on external drives like they are a part of the external drive. Now using TrueCrypt integration in Zentimo you can: Read more »

Zentimo 1.0 beta2 is available

May 1st, 2010

We are glad to present the new beta-testing version of Zentimo. We have fixed a few critical bugs, added some important options and made some interface improvements. See more details below:

Bugs fixed

  1. Sometimes the program hangs or falls down on attempt to stop a device.
  2. After closing device stop menu, it didn’t return the focus back to a previously active window.

Portable settings engine improved

We have significantly improved portable settings engine. What are “portable settings”? This feature makes it possible to store such drive settings as device image, device name, portable launch settings and etc on your external drive and use these settings on other computers. What was changed?

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