NOTE: The beta period has been extended; if your beta certificate is close to expiring you can get it renewed here.
GP Software are proud to announce that a public Beta of Directory Opus 12 is now available for all interested Opus 11 users.
We are still several months away from finishing Opus 12 and this is very much pre-release software, with lots of untested changes. The release date and pricing (beyond what's mentioned below) are yet to be decided.
Before installing the Beta please note the following conditions:
- This is a very early beta release. There will be bugs. Some graphics are still placeholders. Errors and omissions excepted. Use at your own risk!
- Initially the beta is only available in English; other languages will become available progressively as they are translated. We will post below whenever new translations become available. Note that if you have a special "Chinese-only" version of Opus you unfortunately won't be able to use the beta until the Chinese translations are available.
- The preliminary release notes are linked below as a PDF, and can also be found in the F1 help file installed with the Opus 12 beta (in the Release History section). Other than these notes, the help file/manual has not yet been updated; this will be done progressively over the Beta period. Feel free to ask on the forum for help with any particular features.
- You should make a backup of your Opus 11 configuration before installing the Beta.
- A time-limited certificate will be issued free of charge for the duration of the Beta period; however, when the certificate expires you will need to purchase the Opus 12 upgrade or revert to Opus 11.
- Opus 12 will be a paid upgrade. Depending on when you purchased Opus 11 you may qualify for a free upgrade - the exact cut-off date has not been decided, but anyone purchasing Opus 11 after the announcement of this public beta will definitely qualify for a free upgrade to Opus 12.
Registered and evaluation users of Opus 11 can obtain their certificate for the Beta here.
Please report any problems you encounter with the Beta (or other feedback) on the forum as usual.
- Directory Opus 12 Beta installer (all supported languages)
- Get your Beta certificate here.
- Preliminary release notes (PDF, 80 pages)
Summary of the major improvements and new features in Opus 12
- Full support for high-DPI (e.g. 4K and 5K) monitors.
- Redesigned Rename dialog, with new features like:
- A unique macro recorder, which lets you perform complex batch renames without regular expressions.
- Enhanced scripting capabilities.
- Better handling of recursive renames and filename clashing.
- An Apply button which lets you perform multiple renames without closing the dialog.
- Improvements to the Image Viewer including:
- Configurable toolbar and hotkeys, including the ability to run arbitrary commands on the current image file.
- A new image marking system which makes it much easier to sort through a folder of photos to identify the ones you want to keep, print, share, etc.
- A read-ahead cache for faster image loading.
- An integrated metadata panel which lets you edit EXIF and other metadata from within the viewer.
- Enhanced file and folder labels including:
- The ability to assign more than one label at once (label attributes are combined).
- Label categories (lets you organise your labels into groups).
- Adjustable label priority (for when more than one wildcard or filter label applies to a file)
- A new status icon system that lets you assign one or more status icons to each files (e.g. to track which files are ‘done’, ‘watched’, ‘urgent’ or ‘to-do’).
- A manual sorting mode that lets you sort your files and folders exactly how you want.
- An integrated dialog editor that lets scripts create their own complex user interfaces.
File display enhancements including:
- Vertical folder tabs (displayed down the left or right side of the file display).
- You can assign your own tab colors for specific folders.
- Optional vertical as well as horizontal gridlines.
- Relative size and age graphs displayed as the background of size and date fields (rather than requiring their own column).
- A new “show everything” mode to quickly disable all filters.
- Improvements to Folder Options including:
- Configure column widths to expand and fill the usable space in the file display.
- A column filter makes it easier to find and add the columns you want.
- File and folder name filters can be configured using regular expressions if desired.
- File copy improvements including a transfer speed graph in the progress dialog.
- Toolbar enhancements including scrollbars and distinct labels in drop-down menus.
- Lister layouts can now be arranged into folders and sub-folders.
- … and as always, much, much more!
See the Preliminary release notes (PDF, 80 pages) for much more detail!