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Issues 61 and 62 added to 8BS Online Conversion

I've just added Issues 62 and 61 to the 8-Bit Software Magazine Online Conversion. As the amount of bugs I encounter adding each issue seems to be reducing, I've added two new issues this time.

Radio Downloader: BBC Radio in Mono

Just a quick update to let you know that I am aware that Radio Downloader is incorrectly producing mono files for some BBC Radio programmes for users outside of the UK.

I believe that I have found the cause and the fix is currently being tested. All being well, I hope to release an update which resolves the issue in a week or so.

Radio Downloader 0.10

Today I have released version 0.10 of Radio Downloader. This release removes the final dependencies on the BBC's Real Audio streams by implementing re-encoding MP3 streams to different bitrates, and falling back to encoding AAC streams to MP3 if there are no MP3 streams available (such as currently for a number of episodes for users outside the UK).

For full details of what has changed in this release, please see the changelog.

Issue 63 added to 8BS Online Conversion

I've just added Issue 63 to the 8-Bit Software Magazine Online Conversion. I've not made any other changes or bug fixes to the conversion this time around.

BBC Radio in Radio Downloader Outside of the UK

I've recently become aware that most recently broadcast BBC Radio Programmes do not have either Real Audio or MP3 streams available for international users. This means that Radio Downloader is unable to download these programmes outside of the UK.

I'm currently working on a solution, and I hope to release an updated version which will fix the problems for international users in the next few weeks. This issue doesn't affect UK based users.

Radio Downloader 0.8.4

I have just released version 0.8.4 of Radio Downloader. This is the second bugfix release in the 0.8 series, and does not include any new features.

The fixes in this release allow the most commonly reported MP3 download errors to display informative error messages. For full details, check out the changelog.

Issue 66 added to 8BS Online Conversion

I've just updated the 8-Bit Software Magazine Online Conversion to include Issue 66. I have also tweaked the navigation to be clearer and enable navigating from an item to its parent magazine instead of just up to the index.

Radio Downloader 0.8.2

Today I have released version 0.8.2 of Radio Downloader. This is a bugfix release, and does not include any new features.

Most of the fixes relate to direct MP3 downloads, but there is also a fix for a crash caused by a missing My Documents folder. For full details, check out the changelog.

Issue 65 added to 8BS Online Conversion

I've just updated the 8-Bit Software Magazine Online Conversion to include Issue 65. Another update is a fix for the mapping of fraction characters and pipes in the converted Mode 7 pages.

Radio Downloader and Windows 7

With the release of version 0.8 yesterday, I have added Windows 7 as a supported operating system for Radio Downloader. I've also dropped support for Windows 2000 - this doesn't mean that I will block it from working on 2000, but I won't be routinely testing it on that OS from now on.

Radio Downloader works fine on Windows 7, but due to the updated behaviour of the system tray, the icon for Radio Downloader is not displayed when the main window is closed. A workaround for this is to right-click on the Radio Downloader icon in the taskbar when the main window is open and choose 'Pin this program to taskbar'. This will then keep the Radio Downloader icon on the taskbar when the window is closed, and can be used to re-open the window.

I've raised a number of bugs for improving integration with Windows 7 and the new taskbar, and I hope to address these over the next few releases.

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