Awasu Personal Edition v2.0.3 (beta)

UPDATE: This beta has expired. Please check the releases page for information about the latest releases.

This is a beta release. Some features may not be complete and the software may be unstable. Install at your own risk! You may need to do some basic computer maintenance tasks to get this release to run.

 

Installation

You must already be running 2.0.2. As always, exit Awasu and back up your installation first!

  • Unpack the following zip on top of your existing files:

        Awasu-PersonalEdition-v2.0.3.zip

    • If you have purchased the Advanced Edition, you can get it here.
    • If you are running Windows 98/Me, please download this release from here instead.

  • Run ArchiveMaintenance.exe (in the Awasu installation directory) to upgrade your archive database.

 

Major new features

  • Optimized the responsiveness of the UI, especially when lots of channel updates are happening in the background.

    The UI can sometimes get a bit sluggish when lots of channel updates are in progress. This is being caused by a third-party component that Awasu uses. The good news is that they are in the final rounds of beta testing of a new version that should go a long way to help alleviate this problem which we will be able to incorporate into Awasu soon.

    In the meantime, installing this version of Awasu should help a lot. You can also experiment with changing the Max. simultaneous channel updates setting in the Advanced tab of the Program Options (lower values will give a more responsive UI).

    Finally, if you don't mind losing the ability to track which items have been read, create a file called DEBUG.INI in your user's home directory that looks like this:

        [Debug]
        DisableViewedItems=1
    
    This should give a noticable boost to the UI's responsiveness.

  • Optimized the responsiveness of the UI when running search agents in the background.

  • Fixed potentially excessive memory usage when there are a large number of channels and certain types of content are received.

 

Minor features and bug fixes

  • Fixed problems in the synchronization of the Workpad.

  • Made some cosmetic changes to the channel summary templates.

  • Added a debug switch to allow all server ports to be closed.

    In XP SP2, Microsoft has enabled their firewall by default which may raise a warning about Awasu opening server ports. It is safe to allow Awasu to open these ports but if you really want to close them, it can be done like this:

    • Create a file called DEBUG.INI in your user's home directory that looks like this:
          [Debug]
          DisableAppServerPort=1
          DisableAppPluginServerPort=1
      
      Note that doing this will cause certain parts of Awasu to stop working:
      • Application plugins.
      • The Awasu options in Internet Explorer's context menu.
      • Awasu's auto-subscribe and auto-OPML features.

    • You should also go to the Advanced tab of the Program Options dialog and uncheck the three checkboxes at the bottom relating to the auto-subscribe feature.