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v2.09.1 - Dec 30, 2019

* [BugFix] Mobile phone or other photos with rotation information are now auto-rotated to correct orientation.
* [Improvement] Settings file location shown in about box.
v2.07.1 - Mar 24, 2017

* [MajorFeature] First High-dpi compatible version beta.
v2.06.01 - Dec 10, 2015

* [MinorFeature] Transparent images were being resized with white backgrounds.
* [Feature] You can now hit 'd' key to toggle display of image filenames as captions on images (see checkbox option on General Options tab).
v2.04.01 - July 14, 2014

* [Feature] New option to mute volume when screensaver runs fullscreen.
* [BugFix] Fixed update check.
* [Minor Feature] Current program version now shown on About tab.
* [Feature] You can now configure movie still frames shown on the screen to be within close proximity of each other (see new Movie Cell options tab).
* [BugFix] Program would sometimes show quotes using large white font, regardless of custom font settings.
* [Documentation] Added instructions in portable zip for using as a true windows screensaver.
v2.02.01 - May 16, 2013

* [Minor Feature] Current program version now shown on About tab.
* [BugFix] Program would sometimes show quotes using large white font, regardless of custom font settings.
* [Documentation] Added instructions in portable zip for using as a true windows screensaver.
v2.00.01 - Mar 25, 2013

* [MajorFeature] MPQ will now avoid repeating images as long as possible -- both within a single display and between display cycles.
* [MajorFeature] MPQ now understands video files (avi,mpg) and will display random frames from them if they are found in image directories.
* [Feature] You can now backup and restore settings to different files, to allow you to switch between sets of settings.
* [MinorFeature] Added option to disable normal default image directories (useful for quick testing custom additional directories).
* [MinorFeature] Click to browse+add new folders to default image directory list.
* [Improvement] Detects and adapts to changes in attached monitors and resolution.
v1.36.01 - July 6, 2012

* [BugFix] Improved startup time.
* [MinorChange] Clears screen as soon as it starts, before preparing first mosaic.
* [MinorChange] Much faster to exit immediately after starting up -- useful if screensaver kicks in when not wanted.
* [MinorChange] Use the 'n' key to advance to next arrangement of images/quotes in full screen mode (used to be spacebar); spacebar will exit if configured to exit on keypress.
v1.35.01 - June 19, 2012

* [Feature] For portable users, program now checks for ConfigDir_Default.ini if ConfigDir.ini not found; prevents your custom ConfigDir.ini file from being overwritten when unpacking portable distribution zip.
* [MajorFeature] Executable and setup are now digitally signed for extra security; instead of a zip-compatible installer, there are now 2 separate downloads for installer and portable version.
* [BugFix] Errors could occur if monitor configurations changed while program was running (ie connecting/disconnecting multiple monitors).
v1.33.01 - Aug 3, 2011

* [Feature] Rebuilt with small improvements from Little Voice Commander code.
* [Feature] Added new feature to auto-watch image and quote directories and automatically content when it changes.
* [Feature] Added second-instance commandline parameters to let you effect an already running instance.
v1.32.03 - May 4, 2010

* [Feature] Added commandline arguments to display a specific away message, or show a quick away message box with past away message history to choose from.
* [BugFix] Fixed some bugs with cropping images.
* [MinorFeature] Improved memory usage when working with large images.
* [MinorFeature] Improved speed of image updating.
* [MinorFeature] Added new crop goal size setting (small images can be set to show fully with black borders on one side).
* [MinorFeature] Added a few new meta commands for dynamic commandline tools and quote files.
* [Feature] Added $apprunasync to run a commandline in hidden window asynchronously; useful for background image/quote downloading.  See flickr downloader tool download for sample of this use.
* [MajorFeature] Added support for image-directory based commandline tool execution.
v1.29.01 - March 11, 2009

* [Feature] Added max. image count option to Image Cell tab -- let's you turn off images completely (and just show quotes/clock) limit the # of images shown.
* [BugFix] Sped up loading of quote books (significantly if you have lots of disabled books).
* [Feature] Added option to choose whether the goal of the crop mode should be to shrink minimally to fit the shorter edge (leaving part of image offscreen), or fit entire image on screen.
* [BugFix] Some computers had fonts with large linespacings which could cause mpq to oversize characters resulting in cut-off text. New code takes line spacing into account [thanks ewemoa!]
v1.26.01 - January 15, 2009

* [Feature] Added advanced custom tiling option -- you could now create your own custom tiling of panels/grids.
* [Feature] Rewritten window/preview mode to try to dynamically rescale to fit a window what would normally span screens.
v1.25.01 - January 13, 2009

* [MinorFeature] Added border/margin option -- good for creating letterbox effects.
* [MinorChange] Now if you set minimum images to display to 1 *and* uncheck "fill with images" then you will only see 1 image (good for minimalist display)
* [Feature] Added new dynamic quote processing directives.
v1.24.01 - January 12, 2009

* [Feature] About box now shows all *credit*.txt files in the mpq directory -- useful for adding credits to your mediapacks and sceensavers.
* [BugFix] Program could close if user browsed for a book directory from options.
v1.23.01 - January 11, 2009

* [Feature] The free tool pscrape.exe (from  is now included in the tools subdirectory, and can be used to fetch simple quotes from online; a sample quote "book" that fetches random quotes from is now included.
* [Feature] Added support for reading .wqxs wikiquote screensaver data files -- just put them under the books directory
v1.22.01 - January 11, 2009

* [Feature] Media Pack install builder now makes Uninstallable media packs
* [Feature] Addition ability to specify additional default directories and options for combining default images with quote-specific images.
* [BugFix] Some options were not being saved.
v1.20.01 - January 10, 2009

* [Feature] New image options to crop instead of stretch images.
* [Feature] Some preliminary transition options -- more to come in the future!

Older Releases:

v1.19.01 - January 10, 2009

* [Feature] Added 2 new options on how image processing is done -- user can tradeoff speed for quality when enlarging, and tradeoff memory for speed when displaying.
* [Feature] Modified when images are loaded from disk -- should speed up display.
* [MinorFeature] Changed default minimum # of images to display to 1.
v1.18.01 - January 8, 2009

* [BugFix] The sample screensaver .dcupdate file was being picked up by update checker
* [Feature] Screensaver packager now includes setup for building media pack addons to screensavers
* [BugFix] Multi Photo Quotes was not detecting installation directory if installed to non-default location
v1.17.01 - January 8, 2009

* [BugFix] Quick message option was causing a crash.
* [MajorFeature] Included Builder Tools for making your own custom screensaver with installer.
v1.16.01 - January 7, 2009

* [MinorChange] MpsMedia no longer copied to config directory
* [MajorFeature] Added commandline tool support.
v1.15.01 - January 6, 2009

* [BugFix] -- An extra virtual monitor was being added which was entire desktop -- could cause misaligned panels on some systems.
v1.12.01 - January 4, 2009

* [BugFix] -- Custom book directories could not be set.
v1.11.01 - January 2, 2009

* [BugFix] -- date/time text could blink if it changed on screen
* [MinorFeature] - program now checks for improper min and max cell sizes and corrects automatically
v1.10.01 - December 31st, 2008

* First release

Multi Photo Quotes was released as part of the NANY 2009 Event.

i'd appreciate hearing how the latest version works for people with multiple monitors -- as i just fixed a bug that could cause unusual tiling of panels on multi-monitor systems and i want to make sure the new version properly detects all monitors.

i'd appreciate hearing how the latest version works for people with multiple monitors -- as i just fixed a bug that could cause unusual tiling of panels on multi-monitor systems and i want to make sure the new version properly detects all monitors.
-mouser (January 05, 2009, 09:40 AM)
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I have two monitors and it seems to be working just fine on them.

More new options for all you users that exist in my mind :)

The new crop option offers an alternative to the previous stretching display.

Let me explain how it works.. if you choose to stretch images, then every image will be stretched without regard to aspect ratio to fit in a full panel -- you can set thresholds for aspect ratio stretching limits in the other options but this just affects what sized panels are allowed.

The new cropping option will never alter the aspect ratio -- it will enlarge or reduce the image in order to make sure there are no blank areas, and then choose a random region to display to fill the panel.

In this case you can still enforce the aspect ratio of allowed panels, and you can also set a limit to how much you want to allow the program to scale down the image to fit the smallest axis.

So if you set the minimum reduction to 0% then the image will be reduced such that one edge (horiz or vert) of the image will always be fully displayed, and the other axis will be cropped randomly.  If you set the minimum reduction to 100% then it will never shrink the image and will just pick a random region to display, equal to the size of the panel/tile.


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