Release Notes for UltraMon 3.0 Final (3.0.10)

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This is the final (non-beta) release of 3.0.

Release notes for previous release: 3.0.9 RC


Setup will upgrade your existing installation and preserve your settings (version 2.7.0 and later only) and registration information. You don't need to uninstall your current installation of UltraMon first.

When upgrading from version 2.6 or earlier, settings and display profiles, shortcuts and wallpapers will not be preserved. If you need to preserve settings and files, you'll need to upgrade to 2.7.1 first, then to version 3.

Please note that 3.0 Final requires a version 3 license, version 2 registration codes won't work. If you're unsure what version your license/registration code is, login to your account to review your orders and access your registration information. Version 3 registration codes are backwards-compatible and will work fine with earlier releases of UltraMon.

UltraMon 3 requires Windows 2000/XP or later, Windows 98/Me are no longer supported.

System administrators: if you're upgrading UltraMon installations which use version 2 registration codes, you'll need to specify the new version 3 registration code when deploying 3.0 Final, otherwise all upgraded installations will run in trial mode. You can do this by setting the USERNAME and PIDKEY properties, for example on the command line for msiexec:

msiexec /i <setupfile> USERNAME="<registeredTo>" PIDKEY=<regCode>

New in version 3

Display settings:



Screen saver manager:

Smart Taskbar:

Wallpaper manager:

Window management:

Changes in version 3

• The Monitor Preview feature is not yet available, this will get added again in a later release (most likely 3.1). As a workaround you could use the MirrorMon add-on instead, which has more or less the same functionality. Also no longer available is the /w command line switch for UMMirrorClient.exe.

• UltraMon now requires GDI+, which may not be installed on Windows 2000. On later versions of Windows it is included out of the box. Setup will complete successfully even if GDI+ is not present, but when you run UltraMon you'll get prompted to install it, with the option to download GDI+ from the Realtime Soft website.

• Language packs for version 2 of UltraMon won't work with version 3

• The installation folder can no longer be selected, UltraMon always gets installed under Program Files. This change was made because UltraMon requires UIAccess privileges on Windows 7/Vista, which by default only get granted if the application is installed in a secure location.
You can still install UltraMon in a different folder by setting the MAINDIR property on the command line, this is not recommended though and several UltraMon components will still get installed in default locations (Windows and System32 folders for example).

• For new installations on Windows 7 and later, UltraMon's drag maximized windows with the mouse feature is disabled by default. This change was made because Windows 7 has built-in support for this. If you prefer how UltraMon handles dragging of maximized windows, go to UltraMon Options > General and check 'enable moving of maximized windows using the mouse' to enable the feature.

• The display settings change confirmation prompt has been changed to work the same way as the prompt used by Windows, clicking the first button keeps the changes, the second one reverts to the previous settings. Previously UltraMon did this the other way around, with the first button reverting to the previous settings.

• The Window Title Bar and Window Menu tabs under Options have been combined into a single tab, Buttons and Menu Commands.

For system administrators:

• UltraMon 3 stores settings in other locations than UltraMon 2, and folders can no longer be changed: files are stored in the roaming application data folder under Realtime Soft\UltraMon\<version>, settings are stored in the registry under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Realtime Soft\UltraMon\<version>. The wallpaper manager only generates a single wallpaper bitmap, and stores it in the local application data folder under Realtime Soft\UltraMon

• to set up default settings for new users, first export the registry key to a .reg file named User.reg, then edit the .reg file and replace the version in the key names with 'Default'. Copy the versioned application data folder to the default user folder and rename it to 'Default', then copy the file User.reg into the root of the 'Default' folder

• UltraMon doesn't get started automatically after setup when doing a quiet install, you'll need to start UltraMon manually or reboot the system

Fixed issues

• If the main taskbar is using autohide and monitors are stacked vertically, an UltraMon taskbar may get placed on the monitor with the main taskbar, and dialogs like options etc opened via the UltraMon system tray icon may open on the wrong monitor

• When doing a silent upgrade install without specifying the USERNAME and PIDKEY properties, the existing registration information won't be preserved, and the upgraded installation will run in trial mode

Known issues

• Runtime error in Adobe Acrobat when moving maximized window if Acrobat was launched from CCH ProSystem Engagement. As a workaround, go to UltraMon Options > Compatibility, then configure settings for Adobe Acrobat and check the 'use alternative method to move maximized window' option

• WindowBlinds skins which use transparency aren't fully supported on Windows XP, you'll get a black background where the taskbar should be transparent. There is no fix for this, it does work fine on Windows Vista though

Docking hints from Xceed Docking Windows library don't work if UltraMon window buttons are enabled for the application

• Windows 2000: if you don't have Windows Installer version 3 or later installed, a driver used by UltraMon's mirroring feature won't get updated correctly when doing an upgrade install. Repairing the installation will fix the problem