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Reworked the software update mechanism a little.

First, when the update server is processing an update check from the program, it now takes into account program's current version.

It uses this version to compile a consolidated list of all changes between program's version and the latest version available. It then uses this list to understand if there are any critical or important outstanding changes. This yields an importance indicator of the update, when one is available.

Secondly, both the list and the indicator are now sent back to the program.

On program's end, the indicator translates into the "Update is recommended" line. It is one three options with "optional" and "critical" being the other two.

"Recommended" is a routine update that adds this and fixes that. It would better be installed, but it's not the end of the world if it's not.

"Critical" is critical - "you'd be sorry if you don't install it" kind of update.

An example of "optional" update is a new version that updates program's French translation when the user is running an English version, i.e. an update that can be ignored altogether.


There's now also the "View changes" button that expands the window and shows a neatly formatted (RTF) version of the change list.

The biggest deal, of course, is that it's a consolidated list of all changes between the installed and the latest version, rather than a laundry list of all changes since the dawn of time. It makes the list infinitely more useful compared to the raw version.


Here's an older post on this that goes a bit deeper to explain the rationale behind these changes Version numbers don't matter.