15th August 2010 - Update to Ticker Tape, v1.2.1, now available! This minor update
corrects a few small glitches and introduces some additional user requested functionality
including the ability to suppress Agent messages under certain circumstances (when
a full-screen application, such as a PowerPoint presentation, is running, when the
Agent is within particular IP subnet ranges - connected in via a VPN perhaps - and
when a particular marker file is found on the Agent workstation.)
Additionally, any message can now be flagged as an ‘alert’ causing it to flash at
the Agent workstations and ‘grab’ the users attention. Potentially useful for quickly
advising users of rare - and likely non computer system related - safety or security
incidents that may affect them.
5th December 2010 - Minor update to Ticker Tape available! Primarily a maintenance
release, along with a good number of cosmetic tweaks, v1.2.3 introduces a few small
enhancements to the main Ticker Tape Administrator interface and optimises its network
communications, leading to general performance improvements especially where there
are many Sites.
24th October 2010 - Ticker Tape, v1.2.2, available! This update corrects a few issues
that Ticker Tape had with message expiry times in places where the regional settings
of the Administrator and Agent computers differed from the UK norm of ‘dd/mm/yy’,
causing Ticker Tape to inadvertently expire a message too soon.
6th March 2011 - Ticker Tape v1.3 released! Along with correcting a few minor, but
annoying, glitches in both the Administrator and Agent components, this release includes
some significant additional functionality enhancements and some important cosmetic
changes to the Agent in particular.
Rather than ‘jumping’ a character at a time, Agent messages now scroll smoothly a
pixel at a time (though this can be changed) and, through introducing some basic
‘ballistic’ effects, the message bar now behaves in a more natural way when it’s
dragged and released.
Additionally, the Administrator now exposes more control over the Agent configuration;
along with the option of now allowing the user to exit the Agent software via the
Agent pop-up context menu, the Administrator can now also provide a custom menu link
to a URL (an Intranet status page for example)
15th May 2011 - v1.3.1 of Ticker Tape released! This minor update to Ticker Tape introduces
a little additional functionality by way of the ability to view the detail of previously
sent messages, but is primarily a maintenance release intended to ensure that Ticker
Tape is not accidentally identified as ‘potentially unsafe’ by the ‘heuristics’ mode
of a small number of Anti-Virus products.
This particular issue occurs as, in previous releases, the Ticker Tape executables
were compressed to help ensure they had as small a physical footprint as possible
- unfortunately, due to previous abuse of compression technology in general by some
malware authors, the ‘heuristics’ algorithms of some Anti-Virus software are prone
to flag up any software using such technology as ‘potentially unsafe’ - whether they
actually are or not! In order to completely avoid this issue, the Ticker Tape executables
now don’t use any compression so can’t get confused as ‘unsafe’ by any A/V software..
Please see this forum post for additional background and the results of previous
multi-vendor Anti-Virus scans of the Ticker Tape software.
28th June 2011 - New minor version of Ticker Tape released, v1.3.2 Nothing more than
a re-branding of Ticker Tape from JohnnyFoster.com to the new web site, AmberSoftware.co.uk,
no new functionality is introduced by this particular update so if you’re already
using v1.3.1 don’t worry about upgrading - there’s no need!
23rd September 2012 - Ticker Tape v1.4 now available! Version 1.4 introduces some
significant additional functionality, a good number of more minor enhancements and
tweaks, as well as some bug fixes.
In response to user feedback, a new ‘Deployment Wizard’ has been incorporated within
the Administrator software, allowing you to easily deploy the Agent software to a
collection of workstations chosen from your Active Directory, imported from a standard
text file or manually entered. This new functionality should make it far easier,
quicker and therefore more cost-effective to deploy Ticker Tape within small to medium
estates which may not have an alternative standard application deployment mechanism
Additional enhancements include the ability to control the vertical positioning of
the Agent message bar, the ability to use ‘placeholder’ variables in messages, improvements
to the message log viewing including the ability to export the messages, control
over the Agent poll rate, more detailed and helpful tool-tips, along with many others.
For a complete list of changes, see the Change History
22nd December 2013 - Ticker Tape v1.5 now available! Ticker Tape version 1.5 is now
available to download - this updated version sports a number of notable enhancements,
including built-in help, support for up to 42 Sites (increased from 21), support
for Sites outside of your normal corporate infrastructure via FTP & HTTP-based Site
support and the ability to include a logo on the message bar.
A large number of more minor functional enhancements & cosmetic changes are included,
as well as bug fixes to all previously reported issues.
14th December 2014 - Ticker Tape v1.5.1 now available! This latest version of Ticker
Tape version introduces a number of user-requested enhancements, such as Agent configuration
profiles (allowing each Site’s Agents to have different ‘Look & Feel’ configuration),
the ability to export & import the Administrator configuration as well as a number
of functional enhancements to the Agent Maintenance Wizard (previously the Agent
Deployment Wizard.) Additionally, a number of important bugs are fixed as well as
a plethora of other minor usability tweaks and improvements throughout.