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Release notes

1.5.1 (released 01/May/2017)

- (bugfix) High-level editor: dropping / pasting strings from Word 2016 could create ligatures with invalid trailing NUL character, which resulted in an unreadable damaged layout DLL file.

- (improvement) High-level editor: "Shift" positions are now editable for numpad keys when "Caps Lock same as shift" and/or CAPLOKALTGR is used. This functionality is documented on the new Numeric keypad manual page.

- (improvement) High-level editor: KANALOK checkbox now hidden if there are no active modifier positions involving Kana (eg if Roya/Loya positions are used, but not Kana)

- (bugfix) Ligature editor text edit fields did not allow the entry of 6-digit characters codes ("Supplementary Private Use Area-B" Unicode subrange)

- (improvement) Low-level editor: a modifier combination can now be (de)activated by double-clicking it in one of the modifier combination lists (either active or inactive).

- (improvement) Preview now correctly reflects the CAPLOKALTGR effect on all positions including AltGr and Shift (eg AltGr+Shift+Kana, AltGr+Shift+Loya+Roya);. previously was limitted to only AltGr and AltGr+Shift.

- (bugfix) Preview: if togglable KANA is enabled, but there are no active modifier combinations involving Kana, the preview incorrectly shows all keys as empty when Kana is toggled.

- (bugfix) Preview crashing when resolving Kanalok / AltGr / CapsLock positions.

- (bugfix) Unicode Palette: Copy to clipboard not working properly for the NUL (0000) character

- (improvement) More detailed error message on Save when an existing layout DLL file cannot be opened for writing.

1.5.0 (released 26/Feb/2017)

- (feature) Main window's layout is now resizable, with the keyboard display and other UI elements dynamically adjusting their layout to utilise the available screen space.

- (bugfix) Preview screen failing with error "KbdEdit Preview dll relocation address differs from 0x5fff0000".

- (improvement) reduced visual flicker when reloading contents of list controls on various views (list of keyboard layouts, Unicode subranges, dead key / transformation pair lists, Standard dead chars )

1.4.0 (released 27/Aug/2016)

- (update) Unicode character metadata upgraded to Unicode 9.0.0 (affects character names, upper/lower equivalents, subranges).

- (feature) High/low-level editors now support up to 15 modifier positions (old limit was 10).

- (feature) High level: drag/drop of all VKs' mappings between modifier positions as a single operation.

- (feature) clipboard Cut/Copy/Paste support added in a number of places:

- (feature) added keyboard shortcuts for common File/Edit/Clipboard operations:

  • File New/Open/Save: Ctrl+N, Ctrl+O, Ctrl+S
  • Clipboard Copy/Cut/Paste: Ctrl+C, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+Insert, Shift+Del, Shift+Insert
  • Undo/Redo: Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+Y, Alt-Bksp, Alt-Shift-Bksp

- (bugfix) Dead char editor: "Import dead table from another layout" failing with "Attempted an unsupported operation."

- (bugfix) Generate Layout Install Package failing with "Cannot generate installation package - keyboard layout too complex." for otherwise valid layouts.

- (bugfix) "Save As" dialog: incorrect default values for fields "Layout text", "Register as" and "Layout file" if "Show only custom layouts" is checked, .

- (bugfix) High level editor: it was possible to enter mappings via keyboard for shifted numpad keys, even though they should be non-editable.

- (bugfix) High level editor: string drop popup menu no longer treating ampersand (&) as an escape for underlining the next character.

- (bugfix) Preview: unmapped keys (VK__none_) can sometimes be erroneously drawn as pressed.

- (improvement) Low-level editor: right click popup now being shown for non-editable keys as well.

- (layout fix) Low level editor: increased size of the Active/disabled modifier combination lists, to prevent truncation of very long modifier combinations (eg SHIFT+ALT+CTRL+KANA+ROYA+LOYA)

1.3.9 (released 06/Aug/2016)

- (bugfix, Win10-only) fix for recent Windows 10 update breaking the Manage Language Bar dialog, causing it to fail with "Error: cannot retrieve Language Bar list".

1.3.8 (released 10/Apr/2016)

- (Win10 compatibility) Fixed a bug that was causing the layouts generated by Personal, Lite or Player edition to occasionally revert to generic US-English. For this fix to take effect, layouts saved with pre-1.3.8 versions must be opened and saved back using 1.3.8.
(thanks to Brian Meidell and Marek Lutonskı for help with troubleshooting this issue)

- (Win10/8 compatibility) Personal/Lite/Player-generated layouts can now be used at the login screen in Windows 8.x/10

1.3.7 (released 13/Feb/2016)

- (feature) High-level editor, Key mapping editor popup, Ligature editor, Dead char editor : Unicode character mappings can now be entered via keyboard when the corresponding UI field has keyboard focus.
(the old methods of drag/drop and entering Unicode numerical values are still supported).

- (feature) Key mapping editor popup dialog: when switching between Normal/Ligature/Dead mapping types, the old character mapping is now retained intelligently; previously, the new mapping always defaulted to the '?' character (normal, ligature) or the first dead char list entry (dead key).

- (feature) Key mapping editor popup dialog: when choosing the "Dead key" mapping type, a new dead key can now be created "on the fly", instead of being restricted to the list of pre-existing dead keys.

- (feature) Dead char editor: when changing the current transformation type from "Final character" to "Chained dead char", the editor now offers to automatically create a new dead char for the old "Final character" char if one does not already exist; previously one could only choose from the list of pre-existing dead keys.

- (improvement) Dead char editor: when creating a new dead transformation pair by dropping a new char to the "Trans. pairs" list, the editor now chooses intelligently whether to map the dropped char as the "From" or "To" char, or both; previously the dropped char always defaulted to "From".
(thanks to Mike Grant for this and several other usability suggestions)

- (improvement) Ligature editor, character magnifier: non-BMP (>FFFF) characters are now consistently shown as a single 5-digit Unicode entry; the underlying surrogate pairs are completely hidden from user's view.

- (improvement) Ligature editor: ligatures can now contain up to 9 non-BMP (UTF32) characters; the old limit was 9 UTF16 characters, which couldn't accomodate more than 4 non-BMPs.

- (Improvement) About box now reports the supported Unicode version.

- (layout fix) Dead char editor: "transformed character" controls (edit box, static label) no longer overlap with the "Chained dead char" radio-box on some Windows versions.

- (bugfix) Crash when switching from Dead char editor view to another view after last dead char has been deleted.

- (bugfix) Preview: chained dead key preview incorrectly showed the "from" character instead of the chained "to" dead char.

- (bugfix) Low-level editor: Kana modifier reverting from "normal" to "togglable" when enabling/disabling the Roya/Loya modifiers.
(thanks to Anton Vyatkin for reporting this bug)

- (bugfix) High-level editor and Klc file import no longer allow the mapping of special-purpose codepoints F000, F001, F002; these characters are used internally as placeholders for empty, dead and ligature mapping, and cannot be used for other purposes.

1.3.6 (released 01/Nov/2015)

- (feature) Support for ROYA and LOYA modifier keys.

- (update) KbdEdit now uses Unicode 8.0.0 for its character metadata (character names, upper/lower equivalents, subranges).

- (feature) Improved handling of layouts with inconsistent dead key tables and ligatures: instead of generic "ligatures and/or dead chars are not consistent", a detailed error message is now being reported, naming specific bad dead keys / ligatures. This is helpful in troubleshooting issues with custom layouts produced by tools with less rigorous consistency checking.

- (feature) Improved robustness against inconsistent layouts: KbdEdit no longer crashes when encountering layouts with mappings to undefined dead keys.

1.3.5 (released 13/Sep/2015)

- (feature) Checkbox Show only custom layouts added to Open, Save As, Delete keyboard layout and Manage language bar list dialogs

- (Windows 8/8.1/10 compatibility) Workaround for buggy system keyboard Tamil KBDINTAM.DLL 00000449. In Windows 8 and later, this layout contains a bad ligature entry, which caused KbdEdit to fail with an "inconsistent ligature mapping" error when attempting to open it. The layout now opens successfully - the bad entry is recognised and silently fixed "on the fly".

- (bugfix) KLC file import crashing when encountering a NUL (0000) character mapping.

1.3.4 (released 09/May/2015)

- (update) Character metadata (character names, upper/lower equivalents, subranges) upgraded to Unicode 7.0.0.

- (Windows 8/8.1 compatibility) Windows 8 language list now kept in sync with the language bar list changes.

- (Windows 8/8.1 bugfix): Preview mode not reflecting the layout's current state, activates an older obsolete version instead.

- (bugfix) High-level editor: drag-drop not working correctly for the NUL (0) character, misinterpreted as empty mapping.

- (improvement) when using Register layout DLL file under x64, a warning is now shown if a matching 32-bit DLL is not found under C:\Windows\SysWOW64\ .

- (UI improvement) Delete keyboard layout dialog now no longer disappears after a layout was deleted, making it easier to delete multiple layouts.

- (UI layout improvement) Delete keyboard layout dialog: checkbox "also delete DLL" made bigger so it can fit longer filenames.

1.3.3 (released 09/Aug/2014)

- (Improved 64-bit compatibility) under 64-bit Windows systems, a special "Wow64" 32-bit layout DLL version is saved under the c:\Windows\SysWOW64\ system directory (in addition to saving proper 64-bit version under c:\Windows\System32\)
(thanks to Anton Vyatkin for help with troubleshooting various 64-bit specific issues)

- (Improved stability) layout DLL files now correctly handling relocation when loaded to an address different from the preferred load address. This improves compatibility with certain 3rd party tools that tend to keep layout DLL files open for extended periods of time.

- For the fixes from this release to take effect, layouts saved with pre-1.3.3 versions must be opened and saved back using 1.3.3.

1.3.2 (released 20/Oct/2013)

- (bugfix) Under Windows 8, custom layouts created with KbdEdit Personal, Lite or Player edition causing long delays followed by "KbdEditServer not running" error message. For this fix to take effect, layouts saved with pre-1.3.2 versions must be opened and saved back using 1.3.2.

1.3.1 (released 17/Feb/2013)

- (new feature) Unicode palette's display is now color-coded to visually distinguish mapped and unmapped code points. For mapped code points, a distinct marker is shown for each role the code point appears in (normal mapping / dead mapping / part of ligature / transformed by dead key / produced by dead key).

- (new feature) Unicode palette now supports a right-click popup menu outlining all mappings the clicked-on code point appears in (key combinations,  dead chars).

- (bugfix) Low-level editor crashes when attempting to activate a key (i.e. scan code) that is not accessible through the GUI by pressing it on the physical keyboard (reported by Daniel Rossbach).

- (bugfix) Ligature editor: locating a code point in the Unicode palette through middle click / right click popup does not work correctly if "Right to left Reading order" is active.

1.3.0 (released 01/Sep/2012)

- (new feature) new edition KbdEdit Premium supporting new feature Generate Layout Install Package.

- (improvement) all examples are now published as stand-alone installer EXE files, making them fully usable on computers without KbdEdit installed..

- KbdEdit edition previously known as "KbdEdit Full" renamed to KbdEdit Personal.

- (bugfix) importing a KLC file was triggering unwanted auto-complete operations, i.e. KbdEdit was filling empty mappings with lower/uppercase equivalents of any letters mapped to (un)shifted positions of the same key.

1.2.4 (released 10/Jun/2012)

- (Improvement) preview screen now offers improved dead key assistance: if a dead key is pressed, the view changes to show combined characters produced by the affected keys.

- (feature) support for Japanese 106/109 key keyboards - new option "Japanese 109" in the Options dialog.

1.2.3 (released 15/Apr/2012)

- (Improvement) KbdEdit now supports chained dead keys.

- (Improvement) dead keys shown in a distinct grey-blue shade in high level, preview and sticker screens.

- (Improvement) preview screen: tooltips for dead keys show a detailed list of transformation pairs.

- (Improvement) high-level editor: keyboard button tooltips now show the mapping summary, including mapping type (normal/dead key/ligature/empty), mapped character numerical value and Unicode name.

- (Improvement) Layout of the key mapping editor popup changed to make dead char combo box bigger; the combo is now sorted on dead char name.

- (bugfix) Key mapping editor popup crashes if exited by clicking on a tab other than "High level editor".

- New example: Emulating Compose key using chained dead keys.

- New example: US English keyboard with all Latin accents using chained dead keys.

1.2.2 (released 03/Mar/2012)

- (feature) KbdEdit now supports non-BMP Unicode characters (i.e. those with numerical value >0xFFFF).

- (feature) support for new ABNT keyboard type - new option "ABNT Small Return Big Backspace" in the Options dialog.
(suggested by Henrique Peron)

- (update) internal support for character names and upper/lower equivalents upgraded to Unicode 6.1.

1.2.1 (released 16/Jan/2012)

- (bugfix) Sticker Map screen freezes if "Big Return small Backspace" keyboard type is chosen.

1.2.00 (released 15/Jan/2012)

- New feature: Sticker map generator.

- (bugfix) KLC import now correctly handles non-BMP (>0xFFFF) characters, i.e. they are converted to a ligature of surrogate pair characters.

- (bugfix) Column headings "Name" and "Language" were swapped in "Open", "Save As", "Delete Layout", "Import Dead Char Table From Layout" and "Manage Language Bar" dialogs

1.1.11 (released 22/May/2011)

- Dead key editor: list of standard dead characters expanded to encompass nearly 100 diacritics defined by Unicode 6.0
(thanks to Henrique Peron for help with preparing the new standard dead characters list)

- Dead key editor: UI improvements - dead character lists can be sorted on any column, adjustable column widths.

- Add standadd dead char dialog: UI improvements - filtering by dead character name, showing preview of a current dead characters.

- (bugfix) KbdEdit hangs when changing font in the Options dialog.

- (improvement) Glyphs (NBSP, LRM etc) are drawn using the system font, ensuring their consistent appearance regardless of the current font chosen.

1.1.10 (released 23/Nov/2010)

- (update) internal support for character names and upper/lower equivalents upgraded to Unicode standard version 6.0.

1.1.9 (released 30/Jan/2010)

- (feature) support for BigKeys keyboard model BigKeys LX - new option "Big keys" in the Options dialog.

- (update) internal support for character names and upper/lower equivalents upgraded to Unicode standard version 5.20.

- (improvement) special white and non-printable characters are now displayed as glyphs instead of whatever representation they have in the current font (e.g.  0020 (Space) is displayed as SP, 00A0 (No-Break Space) as NBSP, etc).

- (update) "Standard dead char" list of common dead characters was refreshed. It now includes dead characters from keyboard layouts that appeared in recent Windows versions (Vista, Windows 7).

(thanks to Henrique Peron for help with dead characters lists and suggestions on the character glyph representation)

1.1.8 (released 19/Jul/2009)

- (bugfix) crash when assigning "empty" to all modifier positions of a key in a layout that contains a Shift+AltGr position, or a KANA position mapped to VK_KANA.

1.1.7 (released 29/Mar/2009)

- (improvement) eliminated long delays at Windows safe mode startup if the Language Bar list contains a KbdEdit custom layout. For this change to take effect, custom layouts created with pre-1.1.7 versions must be opened and saved back using 1.1.7.

- (bugfix) when using multiple monitor setup, certain pop-ups (e.g. Key mapping, Options) are shown on a wrong monitor.

- (improvement) Character names no longer shown in ALL CAPS, resulting in improved readability and better use of screen real estate.

- (Website/help) new example: French multilingual (contributed by Gilbert Galeron).

1.1.6 (released 28/Sep/2008)

- (feature) KbdEdit now implements its own Unicode 5.1 support for character names and upper/lower equivalents. Previously, the Unicode version supported was dependent on the Windows version.

- (improvement) Unicode subsets in the Unicode Subrange dialog can be sorted on either numeric value or name.

- (improvement) Various file Open/Save dialogs are now resizable (KBE import/export, KLC import, dead char table import/export).

- (Website/help): new example: Multi-lingual Hebrew / US English keyboard.

- (Website/help): updated example French improved keyboard - added sticker map Excel document.

1.1.5 (released 02/Jun/2008)

- (improvement) eliminated long delays at XP startup if KbdEdit custom layout is added to the Language Bar list.

- (improvement) better support for Brazilian ABNT keyboards: new layout type "ABNT - big Backspace" added to the Options dialog; support for extra numpad key ABNT_C2 (thanks to Henrique Peron and Joaquim Pedro for help with Brazilian keyboards).

- (improvement) new subsets added to the Unicode Subrange dialog:

(1B80-1BBF) Sundanese (A490-A4CF) Yi Radicals (A900-A92F) Kayah Li
(1C00-1C4F) Lepcha (A500-A59F) Vai (A930-A95F) Rejang
(1C50-1C7F) Ol Chiki (A640-A69F) Cyrillic Extended-B (AA00-AA5F) Cham
(2D30-2D7F) Tifinagh (A720-A7FF) Latin Extended-D (D800-DBFF) High Surrogate Area
(2DE0-2DFF) Cyrillic Extended-A (A880-A8DF) Saurashatra (DC00-DFFF) Low Surrogate Area

1.1.4 (released 15/Mar/2008)

- (feature): Auto-complete and pop-up hints for lower/upper-case equivalents.

- (feature) Options dialog opened automatically when starting KbdEdit for the first time.

- (feature) Options dialog shows keyboard type visual preview.

- (bugfix) High-level: setting all mod positions of a key to "empty" resets the "Effect of Caps Lock" to "Unaffected", clears KANALOK and CAPLOKALTGR.

- (Website/help): new examples: Tri-lingual Serbian Cyrillic / Latin / Greek keyboard and Replacing AltGR with KANA

- (Website/help): improved high level drag/drop page - screenshots added.

- (Website/help): new page Right-click key popup menu.

1.1.3 (released 03/Feb/2008)

- (feature) support for Brazilian ABNT keyboards - new option "Medium Return Small Backspace (ABNT)" in the Options dialog.

- (Website/help) new FAQ page.

1.1.2 (released 16/Dec/2007)

- (Website/help) new example layout: multi-lingual Hindi-English keyboard (contributed by Barun Kumar).

- (improvement) tooltips added to modal dialogs.

- (improvement) Unicode subrange dialog: enabled and hidden subsets are now shown in two side-by-side lists (previously a single check-box list was used).

- (bugfix) Unicode subrange dialog: removed duplicate Unicode subsets (3130-318F) and (3190-319F).

- (bugfix) dead char table import / KLC file import: it was possible to import empty dead chars (no actual transformation pairs), which resulted in a corrupt layout DLL. Fixed by ensuring all imported dead chars have at least one transformation pair.

- (improvement) Enter dead key name dialog now allows empty strings.

- (improvement) increased maximum payload size of layout DLLs generated by KbdEdit. Eliminates the "Layout saving failed" error when saving complex layouts with extremely big dead tables and/or lot of ligatures.

- (improvement) displaying a detailed error message on a layout DLL save failure (previously a generic "Layout saving failed" was shown).

1.1.1 (released 02/Dec/2007)

- (feature) Dead char editor: dead char table import / export to text file.

- (improvement) Low-level editor: VK code popup menu shows free and used VKs in separate lists, making it easy to assign unique mappable VKs.

- (bugfix) when new instance is started while another one is open in preview mode, the new instance issues false warning about leftover preview layout and tries to clean it up.

1.1.0 (released 17/Nov/2007)

- New licensing model: KbdEdit now available in three editions: Full, Lite and Player.

- (improvement) Installation: both 32 and 64 bit versions are now included in a single MSI file, reducing the package size by 20% (no longer duplicating online help files common to both versions)

- (Website/help) new example layouts: Russian phonetic, Bulgarian phonetic and Colemak; the huge examples page split into one page per example + one 'examples list' page.

- (Website/help) improved navigation banner at the top

1.0.69 (released 28/July/2007)

- (bugfix) Preview: error message "An invalid argument was encountered." popping up when a modifier key is pressed

- (bugfix) Low-level editor: if the list of unused modifier combinations is empty, the 'Enable combination' button displays a meaningless tooltip.

1.0.68 (released 27/July/2007)

- (improvement) High-level editor : numpad keys are not mappable in SHIFT states to reflect the fact that they act as cursor keys/home/pgup/etc when SHIFT is down

- (improvement) Preview : display of numpad keys changes dynamically between mapped characters and cursor keys depending on Numlock and Shift state

- (bugfix) Preview : numpad keys producing incorrect results when clicked by mouse in "numlock on" mode

- (improvement) Preview : right Shift correctly drawn as pressed when clicked on by mouse

- (improvement) Online help : online help files are installed locally to enable using help without Internet connection

- (improvement) Installation : an older version is automatically removed during setup, eliminating the need to manually uninstall it before installing a more recent version

- (feature) Context-sensitive tool tips for all controls on main views (high-level etc)

1.0.67 (released 01/July/2007)

- (improvement) Online help : new menu item "Help | Examples" for easy access to the Examples manual page.

- (improvement) Low-level editor : "mappable" and "non-mappable" VK codes shown in two separate columns in the VK codes popup menu.

- (improvement) Low-level editor : "non-mappable" VK codes visually distinguished by darker color.

- (improvement) List of "mappable" VK codes expanded to include all "exotic" VKs which behave normally when given a Unicode mapping (see new manual page List of Virtual Key Codes).

- (bugfix) Preview not working properly if more than one instance of KbdEdit is running.

- (bugfix) When KbdEdit is opened by double-clicking a KBE or KLC file from Explorer, the user's default layout is still opened after importing the file (instead of keeping the imported layout).

1.0.66 (released 08/Jun/2007)

- (feature) keyboard buttons drawn with a smooth 3D shade in High level, Low level and Preview.

- (feature) added check-box "don't show this window in the future" to the registration details window which shows up when a custom layout is activated.

- (bugfix) strange behavior in x64 version when opening layout through a MRU list menu item ("save as" dialog popping up, cannot save modified layout etc).

1.0.65 (released 28/Apr/2007)

- (feature) User's default layout is automatically opened at startup. This is the new default behavior which can be overridden through the new Options dialog setting "Open default layout at startup".

- (improvement) Open dialog initially selects user's default layout if no layout is currently open (i.e. "Untitled" is active).

- (improvement) Save As and Register Layout DLL file dialogs: "Add to Language Bar" radio is checked by default.

- (feature) Save As dialog: if "Add to Language Bar" is checked, and the original layout is in the language bar list, user can choose whether to replace the original layout with the customized version in the language bar list, or to keep them both.

- (improvement) Manage Language Bar list dialog: if the currently opened layout is also a member of the language bar list, it is initially selected in the dialog's language bar list tree.

- (improvement) Manage Language Bar list dialog: double-clicking a layout in the language bar list tree opens it for editing (same as clicking the "Open in editor" button).

1.0.64 (released 19/Apr/2007)

- (feature) Dead char editor: the field "Current dead char" is now editable. A list of transformation pairs can be easily assigned to another dead char without having to manually recreate its mappings.

- (feature) Dead char editor: dead char table can be imported from another layout.

1.0.63 (released 24/Mar/2007)

- (update) enabling import of KLC files generated by MSKLC 1.4 (recognizing new blocks LOCALENAME, DESCRIPTIONS and LANGUAGENAMES)

- (bugfix) when importing KBE/KLC files, dialog "Save changes to 'XYZ'?" shows up again if "No" is chosen the first time

1.0.62 (released 23/Feb/2007)

- (improvement) Locale list for the "Register as" combo in Save As dialog modified to display only locales supported by the target OS version

- (improvement) Automatic order fulfillment system put in place, shipment delays further reduced.

1.0.61 (released 05/Feb/2007)

- (improvement) Enabling non-ANSI strings in all user registration details (except e-mail):

- (improvement) Improved semi-automatic order fulfillment system.

1.0.60 (released 26/Jan/2007)

- (improvement) Installation: KbdEdit registered with Windows as KBE and KLC file type handler

1.0.59 (released 20/Dec/2006)

- (improvement) Installation: shortcut to online manual index added to KbdEdit start menu group

- (bugfix) crash on KLC import if file uses a VK code that does not appear in standard US English layout

1.0.58 (released 13/Dec/2006)

- (UI improvement) Toolbar buttons for KBE import/export and KLC import

- (UI improvement) Using dedicated tab control instead of toolbar buttons for high level / low level / dead char / preview navigation

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