Button Shop

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Version History

Version 4.26 (July 30, 2011)
  • Re-Organized the 'Menu Maker', to make it fit better on smaller resolution screens.
  • Fixed so that when you use 'Save Template in Group', it will remember the selected button you've chosen on the list, instead of re-setting it and choosing the first button.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.25 (April 14, 2011)
  • Application is now code signed.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.24 (January 13, 2011)
  • Added 'Rectangle' button shape, which is quicker to use than using 'Round' with 0% corner.
  • Added option of choosing the 'Preview' tab background color.
  • Fixed issue with languages such as Japanese not working with the menu maker sub-items.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.23 (November 23, 2010)
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.22 (August 7, 2010)
  • Added 'Text' sort option by right-clicking on the button project.
  • Fixed some bugs with icon shadows. When you changed buttons or cloned buttons, it would sometimes not show the correct icon shadow.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.21 (June 25, 2010)
  • It now remembers the options value on the 'Export Buttons' window.
  • Added added "Save Template As" function.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts on 'Export Buttons' window.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.20 (May 4, 2010)
  • Improved the icon placer. It will now not shrink the icons automatically, but instead only shrink them if you choose to shrink it using it's width and height, making the icons being drawn in their original size on smaller buttons as well.
  • Fixed a bug when saving buttons with > or < and other XML tags. If the button text had those kind of characters, it would crash.
  • Fixed a bug causing a custom button template name not being saved properly.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.19 (April 5, 2010)
  • Added new options: Filename Suffix when saving files.
  • Tweaked some of the button templates, making them better looking.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.18 (March 1, 2010)
  • Switched from Xenocode protection to a new protection application, solving false positives on some AV applications.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.17 (February 2, 2010)
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.14 (November 3, 2009)
  • Fixed a bug with it resetting the selected button index when saving a button template.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.13 (October 1, 2009)
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.12 (September 1, 2009)
  • When you now switch between buttons on the button project list, it will show the same button state as the previous button you viewed.
Version 4.11 (August 1, 2009)
  • Added "Background" choice to the "Apply To" feature.
Version 4.10 (July 1, 2009)
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.09 (June 1, 2009)
  • Added "Image Path" option to Create HTML Code window. You can choose to either create HTML code with full paths or no paths to the images.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.08 (April 28, 2009)
  • Added "Apply All (Except Text)" option to the "Apply" button styles on to other buttons feature.
  • Fixed some issues when saving as icons.
  • Fixed an issue of the icon shadow options not updating the button.
Version 4.07 (April 1, 2009)
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.06 (March 1, 2009)
  • Improved loading of some old button templates from previous versions.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.05 (February 1, 2009)
  • Fixed a rare installation bug on certain machines.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.04 (January 1, 2009)
  • Fixed some crashes on the Menu Maker, when the menu was not properly created.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.03 (December 1, 2008)
  • Fixed some small Button Shop XML template error.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.02 (November 1, 2008)
  • Added possibility to set the background of the button to an image or color.
  • When changing colors using the dropdown-list it would sometimes not add an Undo.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.01 (September 29, 2008)
  • Fixed some upgrade issues between Button Shop 3 and Button Shop 4.
  • Fixed a bug where the program would crash if you entered a too low value as width or height of the button on certain templates.
  • When switching icon packs, it will now automatically choose the first size.
  • Minor updates.
Version 4.0 (September 7, 2008)
  • New Color Picker, with many new features.
  • Improved the HTML code generated by the Create HTML Code window.
  • All images referred by icon, texture, image button will now be embedded into the template you save. If you happen to delete the original images you used, it will still be embedded into the template.
  • If you have done any changes to your template, it will now ask you whether you wish to save those changes whenever you exit, open another template and similar.
  • Improved the grayscale feature.
  • Changed template file extension to BSX.
  • Added support for opening BSX templates by just double-clicking on them in Windows Explorer, and choosing Button Shop as the "Open With..." program.
  • Added a Menu Maker, you can now easily create CSS HTML menus using buttons in your project.
  • Added F2 as a shortcut for opening the button text field easily.
  • Added Resize Icon feature.
  • Added new gloss overlays: Curve, Water.
  • Added new button shapes: Diamond, Oval.
  • Added Image Button feature. This allows you to use a pre-made image as the background on your button, we've also included some with Button Shop. Note: This disables some features like gloss overlay as those features depend on the dynamic shapes created by Button Shop.
  • Added Randomize Texture option. If your texture is larger than the button, this will randomly cut pieces from the texture, which you can use to give multiple buttons using the same texture a different look.
  • Added Hue Texture option. This allows you to change the hue/color of your texture image.
  • Added Resize Texture option. This allows you to set the width and height of the texture used.
  • Added gloss overlay adjust options. This allows you to set the height, inflation and invert color of the gloss overlay.
  • Added Icon group list. This allows you to easily add an icon onto your button by just double-clicking on it. You can also install icon packages available to registered customers.
  • Added option for setting the configuration folder where every template and settings are stored.
  • Added Button Project. This allows you to have many templates within one project, and you can easily switch between each button by just clicking on them, changing the options, and see real-time changes in the project list.
  • Added Add Multiple Buttons, which creates many buttons out of the chosen button template, where you just enter the text you wish to use on these buttons.
  • Added Clone Button feature, where in your project you can easily copy and clone them.
  • Added Export All and Selected Buttons in your project. This allows you to save all your buttons at once.
  • Added Apply Template Values. This allows you to apply certain values from one button onto other selected buttons in your project, e.g. set the same font, button color, on all buttons.
  • Added Button States. You can now create mouse over, mouse down, disabled states in the same template, and easily preview them to see how it looks. You can also use the Automatic Create from Normal state, that will attempt to tweak the color on the normal state button to create the mouse over, mouse down and disabled state version.
  • Added Undo and Redo functionality.
  • Many other improvements and fixes.
Version 3.08 (June 30, 2008)
  • Fixed some issues regarding GIF transparency, it will now also set the Background Color set on Options as the transparency color.
  • Create HTML Code now creates code that validates 100% on XHTML 1.0 Transitional in addition to HTML 4.0 Transitional.
  • Minor updates.
Version 3.07 (June 4, 2008)
  • Changed the configuration file to be an XML file, which allows for easier manual changing and understanding of this file.
  • Fixed an issue regarding the setup program. If Microsoft Installer 3.0 wasn't installed the Microsoft .NET Framework could not be installed. The setup file now checks for this.
  • Minor updates.
Version 3.06 (May 1, 2008)
  • Re-branded as Button Shop.
  • Added Mirror Effect, you can now create stylish mirrored buttons as seen on the Mac Leopard OS and media centers.
  • Added Set Background Color option to the menu that appears when you right-click on the main window, so you can easily set the background color.
  • When opening/saving templates, it will now set the current template name in the title of the program.
  • Save dialogs will now also set the previously used filename as filename.
  • Made Create HTML Code window resizable, and it now inserts the whole paths to the images making the code easier to use.
  • Fixed an issue regarding icon alignment now being updated correctly after loading certain templates.
  • Fixed some issues regarding button templates that used icons/textures that are missing.
  • Fixed an issue when saving pulsing images.
  • Minor updates.
Version 3.05 (April 2, 2008)
  • Save Image dialogs and Save/Open Template now remembers the last chosen path.
  • Improved Icon alignment, you can now choose 9 different position alignments instead of 4.
  • Added option to allow loading a template with single click on a template in the template list.
  • It will now store the size and position of the main window, and load the previously used values when you start the program.
  • Minor updates.
Version 3.04 (March 1, 2008)
  • We have added 25 new bonus templates to customers of Button Shop! Just re-download the template Bonus Pack that's listed in the email you received when ordering, and install it!
  • Added support for adding and setting shadow effect of an icon.
  • Fixed a problem if you loaded a custom button template twice, and it contained an icon, the icon would disappear.
  • Minor updates.
Version 3.03 (January 30, 2008)
  • Added possibility to move button templates between groups. Right-click on a template and choose "Move Template to Group".
  • Added a template group manager. You can now create new templates, delete and rename existing ones. Click on the "..." button next to the Template Group list to open it.
  • Removed "Save in Custom Group" and replaced it with "Save Template in Group..." where you can choose which group you want to save the template in. This allows you to have many different groups and save in the group that fits the button.
  • Minor updates.
Version 3.02 (January 3, 2008)
  • Improved the icon and text alignment buttons.
  • Minor updates.
Version 3.01 (December 1, 2007)
  • It will now remember the last chosen Save Image As and Save Pulsing Images As image format.
  • Create HTML Code window didn't remember the chosen values if you closed it with the X button.
  • If the Drag-Drop method of installing template packages fails, you can now right-click on the template list and choose Install Template Package instead.
  • Minor updates.
Version 3.0 (November 1, 2007)
  • Re-designed user interface, it's now much more pretty and easier to use.
  • You can now use all options on all button skins. Before you could only use e.g. the light effect on Vista buttons.
  • The program now remembers your last used folder when saving images or textures.
  • Added 3 new beautiful glossy overlays: Sunrise, Sunset, Wave.
  • Improved the XP glossy overlay, now the edges are not as sharp as before.
  • Added over 50 new button templates, 25 being texture buttons.
  • Now you can create Tab formed buttons as well, both tab up and tab down.
  • Added possibility to change the button graphical skin/theme of the program.
  • You can now see the actual button width and height in the bottom-left corner of the window. This is what the actual size of the button will be including shadow, border and other effects.
  • You can now create up to 5000 x 5000 resolution buttons.
  • Faster button rendering, this means you can change the button options and get faster button rendering than in the previous version.
  • Create HTML Code window now remembers the information you filled it with, so the next time you open the window it will insert that information so you don't have to.
  • Template groups are now dynamically created out of folders and button templates inside them. This means you can create new template groups and get them to show in the program. You can also use the "Save in Custom Group" function to automatically save a template in the "Custom" group.
  • Changed the font list, now you don't have to wait a few seconds before the font list will show.
  • Changed button template to XML files instead, this will make it easier for us to create new templates but also for you to change a template. You can still open old .WBT templates.
  • Added button template group possibility. Registered users will get exclusive button templates they can easily install and use.
  • Added drag-drop possibility with button templates, just drag a template you want to load onto the window.
  • Added texture buttons, included with the program is 25 textures (and 25 more exclusive textures only for the registered users). This allows you to choose any picture you want, and "fill" the button shape using it instead of colors.
  • Added color picker (eyedropper), easily pick the color you want to use.
  • Added button text rotation.
  • Instead of including Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework within the program, the program now requires the framework to be installed on your computer. This results in a significally smaller installation file and much faster loading time of the program. The installation file will automatically check if you have the framework installed and will prompt you to update it if it does not exist.
  • Minor updates.
Version 2.7 (October 3, 2007)
  • Added two more button templates.
  • Minor updates.
Version 2.6 (September 2, 2007)
  • Fixed problem of the program in certain cases complaining about config.dat not being found.
  • Minor updates.
Version 2.5 (August 7, 2007)
  • Set Animated GIF as default Save Pulsing Images option.
  • If saving a 100% square button, the button might get incorrectly cropped.
  • Minor updates.
Version 2.4 (July 3, 2007)
  • Some minor GUI issues.
  • Minor updates.
Version 2.3 (June 2, 2007)
  • Fixed issue of the program sometimes creating large log files.
  • Some minor GUI issues.
  • Minor updates.
Version 2.2 (May 8, 2007)
  • You can now create HTML code with Javascript preload code to instantly show the mouse-over effects.
Version 2.1 (March 29, 2007)
  • Added possibility to change the number of frames used when viewing and saving the pulsing animation images.
Version 2.0 (February 26, 2007)
  • Upgraded to Deluxe Edition.
  • Added 2 more button skins, XP and Vista style buttons.
  • Added Create HTML Code feature.
  • Other minor updates.
  • Updated button template system due to the new button skins, which unfortunately makes old button templates not work anymore.
Version 1.1 (February 7, 2007)
  • Is now Windows Vista compatible.
  • Now auto-crops the saved images, so that the extra space around the button is removed.
  • Added possibility to set JPEG compression quality when saving images.
Version 1.0 (December 18, 2006)
  • Initial release.