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.Silent updates are available (off by default) starting with v4.5.10.
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).
(Added in 2018) Providing limited support for Windows 10 insider builds. See the following blog post: 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and Windows 10 insider builds.
Some facts about the beta versions:
The beta versions have version numbers of the x.y.z.a format. For example: v184.108.40.206.
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.