Monday, October 19, 2015

APHound v1.7 Released

APHound v1.7 is now available.

This release is essentially a technical upgrade release which was focused on an upgrade to the development environment, new Microsoft runtimes and an upgraded chart library.

The upgrade to the new Microsoft runtimes means that the APHound installer has grown from a, reasonable, 3-4Mb to a whopping 15Mb in this release. I’ll be aiming to bring the install size back down over subsequent releases.

The changes in v1.7 are:

New Features

  • The access point list now shows the station count and channel utilisation when they are provided by the access point.

Enhancements

  • Upgraded to the new Chart Director v6 library.
  • Upgraded the development environment to Visual Studio 2015. This included shipping the new Microsoft runtime environments.

Fixes

  • Fixed excessive flickering on the chart refreshing.
  • Fixed an elusive memory leak in the access point group handling.
  • Amended the display of SSID in the access point list to ensure it’s updated if the SSID changes while APHound is running.

Visit the APHound website for full details.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

APHound v1.7….in progress

APHound v1.7 is still waiting to be released. I’ve been trying to stick to a schedule of a minor point release in each month but that has slipped a little with v1.7.

Functionally, the new version of APHound is ready and tested but there has been a testing delay caused by some problems with my virtual test machines. In the end this required a switch back to VMWare after a flirtation with Hyper-V and VirtualBox. VMWare might not be the snappiest performing virtual environment but it sure does work.

A second issue, the one I’m still dealing with, is my decision to move the development environment to the new, shiny, Visual Studio 2015. The way the runtimes are now redistributed has caused a bit of a packaging headache since I’m loathe to ship more than APHound actually needs.

Hopefully the packaging issue will be resolved in the next day or so and I can release v1.7 over the weekend.

One big thing that did happen was that the trade mark registration for APHound completed. So APHound is now APHound® !  Of course, that means more work in the form of documentation and website changes but it’s a series of changes I don’t mind making.