Heads up: what's included in the next version of Joseph Lee's add-ons, an important note for Windows 10 users


 

Hi all,

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Please keep an eye on latest public health announcements, especially since folks are finding out more about omicron variant.

The following notice is applicable if you are using one or more of the following add-ons: Add-on Updater, Clock, Control Usage Assistant, Enhanced Touch Gestures, GoldWave, Resource Monitor, StationPlaylist, Windows App Essentials. Specifically:

  • Version 22.01 of these add-ons are under development. All of them will include localization updates and some will include changes to support latest apps, Windows, NVDA, or a combination of them.
  • All of these add-ons except Clock add-on will require NVDA 2021.2 or later. In particular, Resource Monitor 22.01 will require NVDA 2021.2 as the add-on uses a feature introduced in NVDA 2021.2 when obtaining Windows version information (NVDA+Shift+number row 6). To prepare the community for this change, starting tonight, Add-on Updater will not offer updates to the add-ons listed above if you are using NVDA 2021.1 or earlier (Clock will still run happily on NVDA 2019.3 or later); in other words, please update to NVDA 2021.2 or later, or if you would like to wait for it, 2021.3 when it becomes available.
  • Most importantly, apart from Add-on Updater and Windows App Essentials, upcoming releases will be the final version from me as I hand the add-ons to the community for further maintenance. There may or may not be a compatibility release with NVDA 2022.1 compatibility information included (likely yes but things can happen). Clock add-on is not mine but I’ve been maintaining it to update the add-on.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

  • Add-on Updater: starting from version 22.01, Add-on Updater will require NVDA 2021.2 or later. Also, if you are using Windows Server 2016, 2019, and 2022, the option to select add-on update notifications will be disabled as update dialogs will be used to announce add-on updates.
  • Resource Monitor: NVDA 2021.2 or later is required as the add-on uses a feature introduced in that release to detect Windows Insider Preview builds and to align with other add-ons.
  • StationPlaylist: version 22.01 introduces preliminary support for a feature in NVDA 2022.1 (alpha) that makes it easier to obtain additional command-line switches unique to this add-on (more advanced users only), along with improved support for StationPlaylist suite version 6.
  • Windows App Essentials: version 22.01 will be the final stable version to support Windows 10 Version 20H2 (October 2020 Update/build 19042); a version to be released in February 2022 will require Windows 10 Version 21H1 (May 2021 Update/build 19043) or later (the add-on also supports Windows 11)). My recommendation: please upgrade to at least Windows 10 Version 21H1, or if eligible and ready for it, Windows 11. Ending support for soon to be unsupported Windows feature updates is a regular feature of Windows App Essentials add-on in order to keep up with Windows as a Service (WaaS) model (although Microsoft will support enterprises for a while longer, the add-on follows consumer support schedule); for Version 20H2, end of consumer support is May 2022. People who are using development builds of this add-on are already being asked to move to Version 21H1 or later.

 

Thank you. Have a safe Christmas and other holidays.

Cheers,

Joseph


Betsy Grenevitch
 

Joseph, I want to thank you for all the work you have done for those of us who use NVDA. It is greatly appreciated.



On 12/4/2021 5:59 PM, Joseph Lee wrote:

Hi all,

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Please keep an eye on latest public health announcements, especially since folks are finding out more about omicron variant.

The following notice is applicable if you are using one or more of the following add-ons: Add-on Updater, Clock, Control Usage Assistant, Enhanced Touch Gestures, GoldWave, Resource Monitor, StationPlaylist, Windows App Essentials. Specifically:

  • Version 22.01 of these add-ons are under development. All of them will include localization updates and some will include changes to support latest apps, Windows, NVDA, or a combination of them.
  • All of these add-ons except Clock add-on will require NVDA 2021.2 or later. In particular, Resource Monitor 22.01 will require NVDA 2021.2 as the add-on uses a feature introduced in NVDA 2021.2 when obtaining Windows version information (NVDA+Shift+number row 6). To prepare the community for this change, starting tonight, Add-on Updater will not offer updates to the add-ons listed above if you are using NVDA 2021.1 or earlier (Clock will still run happily on NVDA 2019.3 or later); in other words, please update to NVDA 2021.2 or later, or if you would like to wait for it, 2021.3 when it becomes available.
  • Most importantly, apart from Add-on Updater and Windows App Essentials, upcoming releases will be the final version from me as I hand the add-ons to the community for further maintenance. There may or may not be a compatibility release with NVDA 2022.1 compatibility information included (likely yes but things can happen). Clock add-on is not mine but I’ve been maintaining it to update the add-on.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

  • Add-on Updater: starting from version 22.01, Add-on Updater will require NVDA 2021.2 or later. Also, if you are using Windows Server 2016, 2019, and 2022, the option to select add-on update notifications will be disabled as update dialogs will be used to announce add-on updates.
  • Resource Monitor: NVDA 2021.2 or later is required as the add-on uses a feature introduced in that release to detect Windows Insider Preview builds and to align with other add-ons.
  • StationPlaylist: version 22.01 introduces preliminary support for a feature in NVDA 2022.1 (alpha) that makes it easier to obtain additional command-line switches unique to this add-on (more advanced users only), along with improved support for StationPlaylist suite version 6.
  • Windows App Essentials: version 22.01 will be the final stable version to support Windows 10 Version 20H2 (October 2020 Update/build 19042); a version to be released in February 2022 will require Windows 10 Version 21H1 (May 2021 Update/build 19043) or later (the add-on also supports Windows 11)). My recommendation: please upgrade to at least Windows 10 Version 21H1, or if eligible and ready for it, Windows 11. Ending support for soon to be unsupported Windows feature updates is a regular feature of Windows App Essentials add-on in order to keep up with Windows as a Service (WaaS) model (although Microsoft will support enterprises for a while longer, the add-on follows consumer support schedule); for Version 20H2, end of consumer support is May 2022. People who are using development builds of this add-on are already being asked to move to Version 21H1 or later.

 

Thank you. Have a safe Christmas and other holidays.

Cheers,

Joseph

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Betsy Grenevitch 678-862-3876