I saw with some excitement yesterday that a new Preview release of PowerToys was out. Interestingly, GitHub does not say it’s a preview, but the release itself is unambiguous on the subject (see About information in lead-in screenshot). Thus, I also reproduce the GitHub Releases page info for this latest version — v0.15.2 — for your perusal.
Though GitHub identifies this as the latest release, it says nothing about “Preview.”
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I guess you’re just supposed to know that if the MS Store doesn’t update the PowerToys version installed on you desktop, whatever else you grab from GitHub MUST be a Preview. Now I know!
What’s New in this latest release?
This one’s mostly a patch (for all the details, check the release notes). It includes installers signed with version number naming, intended to provide “longer term stability for build infrastructure.” It also includes IO exception handling in the FancyZone Editor (always a good idea), and fix for a spelling mistake in the Settings window (“Chose” → “Choose”: nice catch!). Nothing too drastic, nor exciting, but all good stuff intended to improve quality and reliability.
What’s Missing: (Image) Resize(r)
Back in the day, when the first dinosaur-like versions of PowerToys roamed the earth, one of the best of them was called “Image Resizer for Windows.” It was (and is) good enough, in fact, that you can grab a copy from the GitHub project that Brice Lamson maintains at GitHub: Image Resizer for Windows. In fact, I have it installed on my Production PC and I use it regularly.
I’d seen some discussion in the forums and on Twitter, that this would be the next addition to the current PowerToys collection. But alas, when one installs v0.15.2, the same collection of items appears (see lead-in graphic: FancyZones, PowerRename and Shortcut Guide). No Resize (or Image Resizer, whatever they choose to call it). I’m a little disappointed, but I’m not worried: as I said, I’ve still got the ancient version installed and running on my PC. Hopefully, the new version will make its debut soon. But in the meantime, I’ve got things covered…
Author: Ed Tittel
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