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ZenKEY 2.5.2

ZenKEY allows you to control all aspects of your computer via keystrokes. Using the configuration utility of the ZenKEY Wizard, you can create menus, each containing items which perform "actions". You can "fire" these actions by clicking on the item or pressing a key-combination. Using these actions, you can:Work and play on an Infinite desktop (almost)
Move across and place program windows on an unlimited virtual desktop space.
Open a program or a file 
These actions launch a program or open a document (with its associated application). If you launch a program that is already running, you can choose whether this program should be brought to the foreground, or whether ZenKEY should launch a new instance of it. You can also choose to launch programs automatically on ZenKEY startup.
Control program windows 
These commands can be used to reposition program windows, to change their properties, to alter their transparency (XP and 2000 only) or even to send them to the system tray. You can tell ZenKEY whether you want the action to be performed on the currently active window (default), or whichever window is lying under the mouse cursor.

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History updates (Complete changelogs since the listing on this site)

2.5.2 [02-15-14]


1. Fixed error when tiling 4 windows.
2. Added 'Windows System Folder' actions so they can be added after installation.

Other versions : 2.5.1 2.5.0 2.4.17 2.4.16 2.4.15 2.4.14 2.4.13 2.4.12 2.4.10 2.4.9 2.4.8 2.4.7 2.4.4 2.4.2 2.4.1 2.4.0 2.3.22 2.3.21 2.3.20 2.3.19 2.3.18 2.3.17 2.3.16 2.3.15 2.3.14 2.3.12 2.3.11 2.3.10 2.3.9 2.3.8 2.3.7 2.3.6 2.3.5 2.3.4 2.3.3 2.3.2 2.3.1 2.3.0 2.2.9 2.2.8 2.2.7 2.2.6 2.2.5 2.2.3

v2.5.1 [12-09-13]


1. Fixed "Subscript of of range" error for certain menu sizes.

v2.5.0 [11-28-13]


1. When moving the Infinite Desktop, ZenKEY will switch focus to the last used app visible app, otherwise to the app under the cursor.
2. If set as a permanent option (via the ZenKEY configuration utility), the ZenBar layout is now permanently enforced (instead of just on startup).
3. Usable windows are now filtered, providing a better history of used applications for desktop movements and window actions.

v2.4.17 [07-29-13]


1. Iconizing a windows now returns the focus to the previously active application.
2. Fixed a bug in the Infinite Desktop Autofocus setting that prevented it from working as desired.
3. Added a "Display Hotkeys" function to the "Backup/Restore" section (where else?) in the Configuration Utility.

v2.4.16 [07-15-13]


1. Fixed issue with the ZenKEY Wizard on Windows 8.
2. Increased Window memory depth.
3. Corrected description of the Infinite Desktop Automatic Focus setting.

v2.4.15 [07-09-13]


1. Changed the "Automatic focus" setting for "Infinite desktop" movements to set focus to the most recent application that lies within the new desktop position.
2. The recorded active application depth in now 8 (was 4).

v2.4.14 [05-24-13]


1. Added two more Window classes for Win 8 UI + "Auto-Window Transparency" compatibility ("Snapped Window", "ImmersiveGutter" - thanks Link).
2. Corrected bug when saving "Auto-Window Transparency" exclusions.

v2.4.13 [05-13-13]


1. Added support for using a wider range of Hotkeys, such as "PrtSc/SysRq", "Break/Pause" and more.
2. Fix an issue where if a search is being tested and ZenKEY is not running, the test failed.
3. Removed the "Google Map Search" - it did not work.
4. Fixed an issue that prevented keystroke sequences from being tested.
5. Added class exclusions to prevent Win8 UI ("Metro") app Windows from participating in "Auto-Window Transaparency".
Version 2.4.12 (11/04/2013)
1. Added Google map search to the list of predefined actions.
2. Icon size is now saved and restored per icon (if the 'preserve icon' setting is enabled).
3. Fixed the loading of omitted class names for automatic window transparency exclusions.
Version 2.4.11 (31/03/2013)
1. Switched off debug logging (was switched on for testing at some point and got into the final build. Sorry...).
2. Optimized and improved the behviour of the mouse click simulation.
3. Website: Updated the download page to include Rainmeter skins, a note about the demise of Samurize and links to the source repo on SourceForge..

v2.4.12 [04-14-13]


1. Added Google map search to the list of predefined actions.
2. Icon size is now saved and restored per icon (if the 'preserve icon' setting is enabled).
3. Fixed the loading of omitted class names for automatic window transparency exclusions.

Version 2.4.11 (31/03/2013)
1. Switched off debug logging (was switched on for testing at some point and got into the final build. Sorry...).
2. Optimized and improved the behviour of the mouse click simulation.
3. Website: Updated the download page to include Rainmeter skins, a note about the demise of Samurize and links to the source repo on SourceForge..

v2.4.10 [03-15-13]


1. Optimized transparency algorithms according to MS docs.
2. Improved the 'Refresh window' alogorithm after tranparency applications.
3. Removed the 'Refresh window' option in 'Automatic window transparency' as it's now handled automatically.
4. Added an "Automatic focus" option after Desktop movements.
5. Fixed a bug that repeated the keystrokes in the display when editing them.
Version 2.4.9 (12/02/2013)
1. Removed "Avoid layered windows" option for auto-transparency: it  now done by default.
2. Optimized some routines determining whether to apply auto-transparency.
3. Added support for excluding window classes during "Automatic window transparency".
4. Removed the "Desktop" option for selecting files.
5. The Desktop map is now refreshed immediately after Infinite Desktop area movements.
6. Small optimizations to window class resolving.

v2.4.9 [02-28-13]


1. Removed "Avoid layered windows" option for auto-transparency: it  now done by default.
2. Optimized some routines determining whether to apply auto-transparency.
3. Added support for excluding window classes during "Automatic window transparency".
4. Removed the "Desktop" option for selecting files.
5. The Desktop map is now refreshed immediately after Infinite Desktop area movements.
6. Small optimizations to window class resolving.

v2.4.8 [12-05-12]


1. Fixed issue creating a Zen Layout if no icons exist.
2. Some small tweaks in the Icon layout routines.

v2.4.7 [10-26-12]


1. Modified Desktop Map corner icon click behaviour.
2. Some small tweaks to internal string manipulation routines.
3. Removed some un-used functions and dead code.

v2.4.4 [09-28-12]


1. Fixed some visual artifacts in the icons.
2. Added support for detecting the Windows key when capturing keystrokes.
3. Added warning when using only the Windows key as a modifier.

v2.4.2 [09-19-12]


1. Added Windows 8 Icon compatibility.
2. Added dedicated higher-res icon for shortcuts.
3. Added "Show window information" to window actions.

v2.4.1 [09-01-12]


1. Added support for Windows 7 Desktop Map functions (Windows 7 "WorkerW" classes).

v2.4.0 [06-27-12]


1. Fixed an error opening menus.
2. Moved to new version number to assimilate all previous fixes/changes.

v2.3.22 [05-22-12]


1. Added warning messages to the backup/restore functions.
2. Corrected spelling of "Set up" in the wizard.
3. Windows positioning and layout commands now take the taskbar into account.

v2.3.21 [10-23-11]


1. New Zen Icons now properly adopt the currently set Icon forecolor.
2. Added Backup and Restore functions for importing/exporting settings and menus.

v2.3.20 [10-08-11]


1. Fixed error when adding a 'Simlate keystoke' action via the Wizard.
2. Removed legacy compatibility parameters for 95/98 OS commands in the default config.
3. Restriced Icon extraction to locally mounted drives.
Version 2.3.19 (20/09/2011)
1. Corrected spelling of 'Powershell' actions in Windows 7 configurations.
2. Corrected problem saving icons settings when not set to load on startup.
3. Corrected problem with extracting large icons on later Windows versions.

v2.3.19 [09-27-11]


1. Corrected spelling of 'Powershell' actions in Windows 7 configurations.
2. Corrected problem saving icons settings when not set to load on startup.
3. Corrected problem with extracting large icons on later Windows versions.

v2.3.18 [09-12-11]


1. Fixed the launching of the 'Windows configuration' utility (Windows 7).
2. Improved the 'mimimum size' behaviour for the desktop map.
3. Improved process information lookup for 64-bit compatibility.

v2.3.17 [09-01-11]


1. Updated help and documentation.

v2.3.16 [07-15-11]


1. Added a new default configuration for Windows 7 (provides access to new, Win7 tools).

v2.3.15 [06-02-11]


1. When an open and visible application is activated/fired via a hotkey, ZenKEY now toggles between it's visible windows with each activation/firing.
2. Optimized some registry functions (faster, reduced size).
3. Modified 'Shutdown Windows' command to perform clean ZenKEY exit.
4. Optimized Infinite Desktop exclusion list handling.
5. Improved collection type safety.
6. Removed launch code from Winamp message class (It's a message passer, not a launcher).
7. Replaced manual window parent search (for 95 compatibility) with more efficient API call.
8. Optimized file name parsing method.

v2.3.14 [05-20-11]


1. Fixed 'Type mismatch' error on first run.

v2.3.12 [05-13-11]


1. Fixed bug in ZenIcon management (gave error when closing).
2. Fixed 'Flush inactive icons' function.
3. Flushing or closing icons restores icon Zenbar positions (if enabled).

v2.3.11 [05-09-11]


1. Optimimized message displays (reduced EXE size, reduced processing).
2. Removed and replaced a now redundant 'Modal message' function.
3. Removed use of 'End' statement from startup logic.
4. The screen dimmer now dims all attached monitors.

v2.3.10 [05-02-11]


1. Replaced 'per-icon' color setting with a 'All icon' color setting.
2. Optimized the opening/closing of the settings files (now accessed only once on start/end).

v2.3.9 [03-26-11]


1. Improved the Desktop map Active icon refreshing (to better handle resizing).
2. Fixed the Desktop map bottom right icon click (Displays right click menu).
3. Added 'Pin to Desktop' options for the Desktop map and ZenIcons.

v2.3.8 [03-20-11]


1. The Active application icon is now part of the Desktop map.
2. Optimized icon updating.
3. Icons now have a 'Color' options to change the Icon forecolor.

v2.3.7 [03-14-11]


1. Added 'Make Transparent' window function (renders the window background transparent).
2. Added the 'Make Transparent' function available in the Desktop map right click.
3. Optimized the Window refreshing routine (when transparency is set).
4. Modified style of ZenIcons (painted with Desktop background, pinned to Desktop, autosizing).
5. Fixed a memory leak with Icon handles.
6. If in ZenBar mode, ZenIcons are resized with the Desktop map.

v2.3.6 [02-28-11]


1. Fixed an error when multiple windows are selected via the Desktop map and then closed.
2. Added 'Pin to Desktop' and 'Pin to Desktop(Undo)' window functions, both with 'Undo' support.
3. Added 'Pin to Desktop' functionality to the Desktop map.
4. Slightly re-organized the Desktop map right-click menu.

v2.3.5 [02-09-11]


1. In the installer, added a check to see if ZenKEY is running and warn accordingly.
2. Changed User settings location (now determined by registry).
3. Improved installation behavior (remembers settings, unticking undoes option).

v2.3.4 [01-23-11]


1. Improved ZenKEY icon management.
2. Reworked internals so Desktop map and Infinite desktop classes are truly separate.
3.  Fixed the errors when trying to add new actions via the ZenKEY configuration utility.
4. Fixed the external  firing of actions (includes testing).

v2.3.3 [01-15-11]


1. Removed libraries the caused errors on unloading.
2. Improved Zen property lookup algorithm.

v2.3.2 [01-08-11]


1. Reworked program termination to try and avoid exiting errors on Windows Vista/7.
2. Optimized some array handing routines.
3. Optimized Desktop map access and some other object references.
4. Fixed some quirky interaction between a Desktop map and an Infinite desktop setting.

v2.3.1 [12-24-10]


1. Corrected transparency inconsistencies on Zen Icons.
2. Corrected problem where icons where not reloaded on startup.
3. Optimized multi-window selection on the Desktop map.
4. Corrected a problem in laying out icons in Zenbar mode.
5. Removed dynamic Zenbar layout enforcing - seems more irritating than useful.

v2.3.0 [12-19-10]


1. Moved internal workings over to RichClient libraries (faster dictionaries, new features).
2. Many optimizations and tweaks to internals.
Version 2.2.9 (12/11/2010)
1. Corrected: the Desktop map can no longer be moved via the Desktop map itself (Really this time!).
2. Clicking 'Move Desktop right' did not give the appropriate warning when the Infinite desktop is disabled.
3. Removed support legacy 'Registry to INI' conversion.
4. Removed redundant settings from default configuration files.
5. Added actions to open the configuration utility in the 'Items' and 'Configuration' sections.

v2.2.9 [11-13-10]


1. Corrected: the Desktop map can no longer be moved via the Desktop map itself (Really this time!).
2. Clicking 'Move Desktop right' did not give the appropriate warning when the Infinite desktop is disabled.
3. Removed support legacy 'Registry to INI' conversion.
4. Removed redundant settings from default configuration files.
5. Added actions to open the configuration utility in the 'Items' and 'Configuration' sections.

v2.2.8 [11-06-10]


1. Corrected a spelling mistakes ("Folow", "actionl").
2. Corrected: the Desktop map can no longer be moved via the Desktop map itself.
3. Closing the Desktop map now keeps the map hidden (reworked instatiation behavior too).
4. Restored window rolling fix (fix was removed by recent changes).
Version 2.2.7 (22/10/2010) 1. Removed legacy support calls for Windows 98/ME (In preparation for RichClient libraries).
2. Optimized some graphical tiling and polling routines.

v2.2.7 [10-28-10]

1. Removed legacy support calls for Windows 98/ME (In preparation for RichClient libraries).
2. Optimized some graphical tiling and polling routines.

v2.2.6 [09-19-10]

1. Corrected the display of the 'Run' dialogue.
2. Corrected a runtime error in the Wizard after the display of conflict messages.
3. Modified the "simulate keystokes" item in the Wizard to disable editing of the recorded sequence.

v2.2.5 [07-22-10]

1. Added ability to tweak mouse movements using direction keys.
2. Improved mouse-clicking simulation.
3. Added Bing and Bing image searches to Internet search options.
4. Tweaked message sending to active ZenKEY instance (when testing actions).
5. Added event flush to try and prevent graphical aberrations on startup.

v2.2.3 [06-29-10]

1. Added code to avoid rare errors with imagelist initialization.
2. Improved ZenBar layout with Desktop map resizing behaviour.
3. Re-implemented the window rolling mechanism. This allows windows to be minimized and retain their rolled state.
4. Added a rolling repair mechanism to address the not unrolling glitch (appear not to be a bug but Windows behaviour).

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