Starting from today, I’m going to publish beta versions of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker along with the regular, stable releases.
There are several rationals for this decision:
Avoiding bugs in stable releases. This is usually the main purpose of beta versions.
Two of the tweaker’s most recent releases were followed by a hotfix the day after, just because I missed a minor thing or two. This is also quite relevant to the next point.
Minimizing the frequency of update notifications. The tweaker automatically notifies when a new version is available. While this is a great feature, it can be annoying if the notification appears frequently, especially if it appears two days in a row.
Silent updates were suggested as an alternative solution, but first, they have to be implemented. Second, I’m not sure that 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is the right tool for this feature. It’s a low-level system tool, and it can screw things up, so if something goes wrong you can see it was caused by an update.
Providing fixes which affect a very limited amount of users. There are issues which affect only users with a particular setup, a unique combination of options, etc. In such cases, it’s important to provide them with a fix, but it’s not a good idea to push this update to most of the other users, especially if the latest version was just recently released (see previous point).
Some facts about the beta versions:
The beta versions have version numbers of the x.y.z.a format. For example: v188.8.131.52.
The beta versions do not notify about newer beta versions. They notify about new stable versions, though.
The beta versions have no release schedule. I may release several beta versions in a day, for example. Since nobody gets notified about them, this should do no harm.
You can get the first public beta version on the download page.