BatteryBar Changelog

New in version 3.6.6

January 20th, 2015
  • NEW (Pro): Add option to run a program for battery notifications
  • CHG (Pro): Preview font change in Preferences window
  • CHG: Improve battery status detection for certain types of batteries

New in version 3.6.5 (December 17th, 2014)

  • NEW (Pro): Add option to set when the battery is considered fully charged
  • NEW: Add an update download progress window
  • NEW: Run ngen.exe on installation to improve startup performance
  • CHG (Pro): Complete rewrite of power scheme handling
  • FIX (Pro): Power schemes not switching in certain circumstances
  • FIX (Pro): Battery notifications not working properly
  • FIX: Detecting battery charging status

New in version 3.6.4 (December 17th, 2014)

  • NEW: Show the time of day that the battery will be fully (dis)charged (e.g, @ 5:23 PM)
  • CHG: If the Hide BatteryBar When Full option is checked, also turn off the bar if there is no battery
  • CHG: Limit the size of the battery status log file to 3MB
  • FIX: Disable battery status logging by default
  • FIX: Fix an issue with reporting 0 time remaining under certain conditions

New in version 3.6.3 (January 28th, 2014)

  • NEW: Installer is now signed and will show "Osiris Development" as the developer
  • CHG: Change "Battery" text to "Time Remaining" to be more clear
  • CHG: Improved Dutch language translation, added swiss-german
  • CHG: Battery Profile Graph window now shows the current battery state when opened
  • FIX (Pro): Hide toolbar option now works more reliably
  • FIX: Floating toolbar now sizes properly with the new default theme
  • FIX: Fix a rare condition that could cause BatteryBar to hang

New in version 3.6.2 (October 2nd, 2013)

  • FIX: Unexpected error when retrieving the list of power schemes
  • FIX: Power scheme didn't change on startup
  • FIX: Rare crash due to a background process taking longer than expected
  • FIX: Logging battery status (in Prefs->Tools) now works as expected
  • CHG: Improve logging to help diagnose issues with battery profiles

New in version 3.6.1 (October 2nd, 2013)

  • NEW: Theme can have a maximum height. Margins are relative to MaxHeight
  • FIX: New theme is squished in vertical taskbars
  • FIX: New theme is squished in small taskbars (< 40px high)
  • FIX: Battery status logging was broken

New in version 3.6.0 (October 2nd, 2013)

  • NEW: Changed the default theme to a style that looks better in Windows 7/8
  • FIX: Improve Elapsed Time to not reset when resuming from sleep

New in version 3.5.7 (June 3rd, 2013)

  • NEW: Elapsed Time since the last power change or since BatteryBar started
  • CHG: Updated all language translations to use new website
  • FIX: Bug where the battery status wouldn't always update (from 3.5.6)
  • FIX: A rare crash due to battery state changing and being updated at the same time

New in version 3.5.6 (June 3rd, 2013)

  • CHG: Ignore data if battery reports unexpected jumps in capacity
  • FIX: Issue with taskbar locking up

New in version 3.5.5 (March 11th, 2013)

  • FIX: Fixed an issue with Windows 8

New in version 3.5.4 (March 5th, 2012)

  • FIX: Battery profiles weren't being saved for new users
  • FIX: Time remaining estimates were wrong for new users without previous profile data
  • FIX: Time remaining could show as "0:00" in the status popup when first started

New in version 3.5.3 (November 11th, 2011)

  • CHG: "Full Lifetime" has been renamed to "Full Runtime"
  • FIX: Battery Profile Graph would only list profiles that existed when the software started and would not list new profiles. This basically affected new users or people with new batteries.
  • FIX: Under certain circumstances, some battery information will be displayed incorrectly in the status popup
  • FIX: Several minor fixes

New in version 3.5.2 (June 20th, 2011)

  • NEW: Added in-memory debug log to improve ability to diagnose errors
  • NEW: Added more information to error dialog when license key validation fails
  • NEW: Improved support for offline validation by adding a "Get offline activation code" option in the upgrade window (Note: Offline activations are completed manually)
  • NEW: Under certain circumstances, time remaining values may now report "Unknown" instead of "0:00" or nothing (blank)
  • NEW: About/Settings/Feedback/Upgrade and other forms can be closed with the ESC key
  • CHG: Improved time remaining estimates in certain circumstances, including when the battery is below the Soft Minimum level.
  • CHG: Reduced the frequency of saving battery profile data and settings to the disk
  • FIX: Improved the "Hide BatteryBar when battery is full" feature
  • FIX: Don't delete the battery status log when sending a feedback report if the user has the Log Battery Data option turned on
  • FIX (Pro): Fixed an issue when "Use Statistical Time Remaining" option is disabled

New in version 3.5.1 (March 22nd, 2011)

  • CHG (Pro): The status popup now shows "BatteryBar 3.5.1" like it used to in previous versions. A new setting allows you to show the battery ID in the status popup. This change is due to the fact that the battery ID is really only useful for dual-battery systems.
  • FIX: (Dis)charge Rate estimation is working again (It was broken in 3.5.0) for those with batteries that don't report the rate (like HP).
  • FIX: The setting to remember the last shown text on the toolbar (percent, time remaining, etc) is now saved properly.
  • FIX: A few fixes for rare defects

New in version 3.5.0 (March 22nd, 2011)

  • NEW (Pro): Battery Status popup will now show individual status for both batteries in dual battery systems. Can be disabled in Preferences.
  • NEW (Pro): Low battery notifications now automatically update with the current battery status
  • NEW (Pro): Added option to close notification popups after a certain amount of time
  • NEW (Pro): When the Battery Profile Graph is open, the graph will update with real-time data if the selected profile is active
  • NEW (Pro): Added a Thinkpad theme, submitted by a BatteryBar user
  • FIX (Pro): Fixed a bug closing the Battery Profile Graph

New in version 3.4.4 (November 26th, 2010)

  • NEW (Pro): Added option in Tools to log battery status data to BatteryStatus.log
  • CHG: When looking at battery charging profile, the legend will say "Time to full charge"
  • FIX: Added error handling when checking the current power scheme
  • FIX: Added error handling when checking the size and location of the taskbar
  • FIX: Fixed error with floating toolbar refreshing
  • Updated language: et.xml

New in version 3.4.3 (October 8th, 2010)

  • NEW (Pro): Added new settings: "Information to Display on the Toolbar" to allow for any of the following to be displayed: Time Remaining, Percent Remaining, Discharge Rate, Capacity Remaining.
  • CHG: The "Alternate Time and Percent" setting now rotates the display through all the selected display options.
  • CHG: Removed "Show Time Remaining on Startup" due to change in information display setting. The software will now resume showing the last shown information.
  • FIX: If the taskbar is set to auto-hide, the popup status will popup above or next to the taskbar
  • FIX: When a power state change is detected (new battery, add/remove external power), the battery status is immediately queried. This fixes a regression introduced in 3.4.2.
  • FIX: Improved error handling when saving settings and profile XML files
  • FIX (Pro): Fixed a few minor issues with the Battery Profile Graph feature
  • FIX: Installer now waits for the taskbar restart to complete before attempting to turn on the toolbar

New in version 3.4.2 (September 20th, 2010)

  • NEW: Clicking on BatteryBar now also shows the Discharge Rate in addition to Time Remaining and Percent Remaining
  • NEW: The installer is now unicode and includes translations for numerous languages. The installer will detect the current system language and display the text in that language if available
  • CHG: Battery Profile Graph now uses default system font to display the graph labels. Some systems had problems displaying Arial Regular font.
  • FIX: Resolved error in Preferences window when trying to select a custom sound if .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 wasn't installed
  • Translation Updates: Danish, Polish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Portuguese, Hungarian

New in version 3.4.0 (June 15th, 2010)

  • NEW: Added a check to make sure that the floating toolbar and taskbar toolbar versions don't run at the same time.
  • NEW: Added a Windows 7 Small theme
  • NEW: FullLifetime and Time Remaining will now use a simple calcuation based on the current discharge rate if no profile data is available
  • NEW: Installer checks if the taskbar or floating toolbar is installed and removes it if you're installing the other version
  • NEW: About window now shows the serial number and expiration for Pro users
  • CHG: Edited most themes to allow the use of the default font specified in the Preferences window. Certain themes override that preference.
  • CHG: For dual battery systems, BatteryBar will report the raw time remaining value for batteries that don't have any profile data
  • CHG: Installer now restarts explorer during upgrades so that reboots aren't required after an upgrade.
  • CHG: Adjusted the default theme to add more space between the top and bottom of the theme and the taskbar.
  • FIX: Status popup will show simple time remaining if no profile data is available
  • FIX: BatteryBar toolbar will no longer cause the XP classic taskbar to be bigger than normal
  • FIX: Adjustments to the installer to fix installation hangs
  • FIX: Prefereces - Low Minutes would always show 30 even if you set a lower value
  • FIX: Fixed an issue where the Trial Expired message would appear more than once.
  • FIX: Time remaining will now show 0 minutes remaining when below the Soft Minimum value.

New in version 3.3.3 (February 19th, 2010)

  • NEW: Estimate the discharge/charge rate for batteries that don't provide that information. The Popup Status will show "(Estimated)" next to the rate.
  • NEW (Pro): For time limited licenses, the About screen now shows the date your license will expire.
  • CHG (Pro): If there was an error changing the current power scheme, you'll see an error message.
  • FIX (Pro): The option to disable Statistical Time Remaining now works properly. When the option is disabled, the simple time remaining will be shown on the bar while the statistical time remaining will show in the status popup (for easy comparison).
  • FIX (Pro): Better error checking in the theming engine.
  • FIX (Pro): Better error handling when enumerating power schemes.
  • FIX: A few other minor fixes

New in version 3.3.2 (January 4th, 2010)

  • NEW: Custom sound files (PCM WAV) can be used for audio notification alerts
  • NEW: Beep the PC Speaker open for low, critical, and full battery states (each state beeps a different number of times)
  • NEW (Pro): If you try to activate a license key that was previously activated, you are now prompted to transfer the license key automatically
  • NEW: Added a log filesize limiter
  • CHG: Disabled accuracy correction when the battery drops below 15%. This fixes an issue with dual battery configurations where one battery stops at 10% while the other battery discharges.
  • CHG: Removed the height limit in BatteryBar; it will now fill the entire taskbar (e.g., in Windows 7)
  • FIX: When upgrading from v3.2 or older, the licensing system now properly validates the existing license key
  • FIX: An unexpected error in BatteryBar Solo/Floating Toolbar
  • FIX: A bug in the error logging that would cause a loop when logging certain errors

New in version 3.3.1 (January 4th, 2010)

  • CHG: The About window will now close after clicking the Upgrade button to bring up the Upgrade to Pro window.
  • CHG: Small translation changes for licensing errors
  • FIX: After an upgrade from a previous version, your existing Pro license key will now automatically activate with the new licensing system.

New in version 3.3.1 Beta (November 22nd, 2009)

  • CHG: The About window will now close after clicking the Upgrade button to bring up the Upgrade to Pro window.
  • CHG: Small translation changes for licensing errors
  • FIX: After an upgrade from a previous version, your existing Pro license key will now automatically activate with the new licensing system.

New in version 3.3.0 Beta (November 22nd, 2009)

  • NEW: BatteryBar 3.3.0 features a completely new licensing system. This system is designed to be as user-friendly as possible and eliminate licensing errors for real customers.
  • CHG: Changed the version numbers to a more sane/typical style that makes it more obvious when minor revisions are made. The next build release would be 3.3.1, etc.
  • CHG: Added more padding to top and bottom of the default Vista-style theme
  • CHG: Translations of "BatteryBar" that change to "BatteryBar Pro" for the Pro version are now separately translatable. This makes it possible for certain translations to properly translate "BatteryBar Pro" in those circumstances.
  • FIX: The Preferences window now properly resizes for each supported translation
  • FIX: The theme would sometimes revert to the default theme on startup
  • FIX: Pro users could sometimes lose their custom settings on startup

New in version 3.1 Build 60 (April 24th, 2009)

  • FIX: AutoUpdate now saves LastVersion in the Free version
  • FIX: On some computers, an error would occur during startup

New in version 3.1 Build 48 (April 15th, 2009)

  • Fixed a crash in build 57. Please update.
  • Fixed a "100.0%" text overflow issue

New in version 3.0 build 48 (January 12th, 2009)

  • BatteryBar now comes in a FREE version and a PRO version. The FREE version provides the base BatteryBar functionality. It can be upgraded at anytime to the PRO version

New in version 2.2 build 35 (November 20th, 2008)

  • Added a Low Battery and Critical Battery popup notification. When your battery reaches a certain percentage, a popup will appear indicating the number of minutes percentage left on your battery. You can customize the notifications by editing BatteryBar.Settings.Xml in %APPDATA%BatteryBar
  • Added a Low battery and Critical Battery audio alert. BatteryBar plays the sounds as defined in Control Panel -> Sound.
  • Added detection when the computer goes into suspend mode or resumes, which helps make sure that the data recorded about your battery usage is accurate
  • Added an option to change the default display on the bar between "Time Remaining" or "Percent Remaining"
  • Added time remaining to the status popup in the "Battery" line
  • Changed the order of the items in the status popup
  • Fixed support for multiple batteries. Charge/Discharge statistics are aggregate, so the "Time Remaining" will only be accurate if you always use your computer with the same number of batteries.
  • Fixed "Capacity" line in status popup to show "mWh" instead of "mW" and added a space between the number and the unit
  • Fixed percentages to display with or without a space between the number and the % symbol based on culture
  • Fixed vertical status bar in the status popup for some users
  • Fixed the sizing of the status popup for non-English languages
  • Fixed an error if no batteries were found on startup
  • Updated the status popup to be different if no batteries are installed

New in version 2.2 build 26 (October 28th, 2008)

  • Added a Low Battery and Critical Battery popup notification. When your battery reaches a certain percentage, a popup will appear indicating the number of minutes percentage left on your battery. You can customize the notifications by editing BatteryBar.Settings.Xml in %APPDATA%BatteryBar
  • Added a Low battery and Critical Battery audio alert. BatteryBar plays the sounds as defined in Control Panel -> Sound.
  • Added detection when the computer goes into suspend mode or resumes, which helps make sure that the data recorded about your battery usage is accurate
  • Fixed some minor under-the-hood bugs

New in version 2.0 Build 16 (August 27th, 2008)

  • Time Remaining is calculated based on statistical history of your battery usage, making it significantly more accurate than Windows time remaining estimation.
  • Added "Full Lifetime" to Tooltip, which indicates how long your battery will last on a full charge
  • Added support for translations via BatteryBar.Translation.xml
  • Added support for user settings via BatteryBar.Settings.xml
  • Installer now supports installing on 64-bit versions of XP and Vista
  • Changed BatteryBar to look like a Vista-style button
  • Clicking on BatteryBar will toggle between time remaining and percentage view
  • Clicking on BatteryBar will reload user settings and translations, so they can be changed without closing and opening the toolbar
  • More detailed information is collected about your battery.
  • Automatic Update - When a new version is released, you are notified and the new version is downloaded automatically.