I really like DcUpdater. I think it is really useful and a great way to stay updated with DC software. Here are a couple of things I think would help improve the program:
1) Fix file association with .dcupdate so that the following happens when they are opened separately from the program:
- Either a forwarder file is created (like what happens when you register one with dcuhelper) or the path to the dcupdate file is added to the Extra Update Files list.
- DcUpdater is run normally.
This way when you open a .dcupdate file, you still see all of the other updates you can check/get and the application is automatically registered in DcUpdater from then on.
2) A commandline method (usable with dcuhelper) to show a dialog box saying no new updates were found. This dialog should require the user to click OK before closing out of the updater completely/automatically.
3) Change the name in the task bar from DcUppdater to something better. I'm a grammar nazi and I can't stand it being spelled like that! I still like DCAppdater (DC Application Updater) that was suggested a year ago when you found out about the Vista problems.
4) Room for a real, detailed description of the application. Maybe when it is clicked it expands a bit, kind of like Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. Along with this, information about the changes in the latest version.
5) A way to filter/sort applications by website, author, or something along those lines. It would be neat to be able to expand or collapse sections for Mouser's Software, Skrommel's 1-Hour Software, etc. This should also be available in the "Available for Installation" tab.
Speaking of which, I also have a question about adding programs to the "Available for Installation" list. I found out I could do that by making a .dcupdate file with the Local version # of "not installed" but how does it know for sure if the application isn't really installed?
For example, if I have 5 applications that all use DcUpdater, and with a download of any software I include .dcupdate files to add the other 4 apps to the Available for Installation list to make it easy for users of my software to find my other great products, is there a way to check to see if DcUpdater already has update files for those apps so it doesn't make DcUpdater think that only 1 of my apps are installed even if the user has 4 of the 5?
How does it currently work with the ones you've got in that list now?