This is a modified version of Console 2 for a better experience under Windows Vista/7/8/10 and a better visual rendering.
This fork supports:
- Splitting Tabs into views (horizontally and vertically)
- Grouping views (so input sent to one goes to all of them)
- Windows Vista aero glass theme
- Windows 7 jump list
- Windows 7 wallpaper positions and slideshow
- Windows 8 wallpapers on dual screen
- Zooming with Ctrl-Mouse
- Quake style console animation
- Strict monospace font rendering
- Settable opacity of text background color
- Full screen
- High DPI (per monitor)
- and more...
See the download wiki page.
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Changes in 1.19.0 (14 Apr 2019)
! Ignore tab flashing if console view age is less than 3 seconds. + Named instances. + "-attach" command line switch. + Move current view into a new tab. + Record which tab had focus when saving workspace. + Clone the whole current tab. + Organize tabs within submenus. * Selection length was not refreshed in status bar. * Fix tab bar showing in full screen mode. * Fix crash when spliting then selecting another pane. * Tab background position was not preserved. * Tabs menu doesn't switch to a tab after the 10th choice. * If OpenClipboard fails, retry for 10 times with a 100ms delay.
Changes in 1.18.3 (30 Apr 2018)
! WTL 10.0.7336 ! GDI+ replaces FreeImage library in aero version. + Maximize/Restore a view in a tab. + Support for animated background pictures. + Support for alternate desktop wallpaper pictures. * Fix duplicated "Switch to next tab" and "Switch to previous tab" commands in hotkeys settings.
Changes in 1.18.2 (29 Sep 2017)
! Display an error dialog when seeking settings of an undefined tab. ! Detect if ConsoleZ is hooked (ConsoleHook/ConsoleHook32). + "New Tab" button in tabs area. + Save "Switch On/Off Transparency" state. * Fix startup directory consistency. * Fix retrieving of last process ID attached to the console. * Fix sliders in transparency settings dialog. * Refresh tab title when last process ID attached to the console changes. * Fix bing image copyright displayed into status bar. * Fix external command saving into settings file.
Changes in 1.18.1 (27 Mar 2017)
+ Transparency settings per windowed/full screen mode. + Print code page (for each shell) in diagnostic report. * Fix ALT-SPACE menu. * Fix "Attach Consoles" failure. * Fix split bar size. * Start a safe console when no console started. * Standardize hotkeys modifiers and order (mouse).
Changes in 1.18.0 (17 Feb 2017)
! Update tab title current directory in realtime. ! Renaming a tab title to empty is no longer allowed (empty string is replaced by tab title from settings). ! Backup settings file using a timestamp (unique backup filename). ! Tabbing framework localization. + Workspaces. + Option to hide the "close tab" button. + Split bar size is configurable. + Allow merging tabs (horizontally or vertically). + Allow view keeping background, colors and cursor when it moved into another tab. + Support for reversed video (swap foreground and background). + Allow mouse events forwarding. + Show Bing image copyright in status bar. * GDI leaks (thanks to char101). * Allow choosing environment variables inheritance method. * Improve Windows 10 glass transparency. * PowerShell progress bar is fixed on Windows 10.
Changes in 1.17.2 (18 Nov 2016)
! New Icons (a gift from BlazenBundy). ! Use icon defined in appearance settings as default tab icon. + Allow configuration of icon size. + Option to prevent exiting ConsoleZ on closing of last tab. + Support for underlined text. * Fix "snap to edges" feature. * Fix rebar auto sizing bug. * Fix docking bug when showing/hiding bar. * Update window icon after settings edition. * Update tab icons after settings edition. * German localization (thanks to sskopnik).
Changes in 1.17.1 (22 Sep 2016)
! Handle XML parsing errors (configuration file and snippets). + "Toggle always on top" hotkey command. + New high dpi icons (250%, 300%, 400% and 500%). + Bing image of the day as background. * ConsoleZ no longer closes without explanation on bad config. * Start a safe console when no console started. * Fix scroll bars position in hidden tabs. * System environment variables no longer override local environment variables. * Japanese localization (thanks to ys-nuem). * Link files are also resolved when text is copied in shell text box.
Changes in 1.17.0 (08 may 2016)
! Rebuild FreeImage 3.17.0 (static link without OpenMP) - ConsoleZ no longer sets the current Windows console font to "Lucidia Console" size 5. (DBCS code page requires a specific font) + Snippets manager. + "Resume scrolling" command. + Configure initial window state (appearance settings). + Japanese localization (thanks to rosolino). * Mono-instance is no longer forced in jump lists. * User profile is fully created when running a shell with another user credentials. * Scrolling during selection does not properly refresh.
Changes in 1.16.1 (08 mar 2016)
! Upgrade FreeImage version from 3.15.4 to 3.17.0. ! Show BMP/DIB/GIF/JPEG/PNG files in Browse background image dialog. + Detect new docking positions with "snap to desktop edges" (top/bottom/left/right middle). + ConsoleZ sets the current Windows console font to "Lucidia Console" size 5. Windows console should support UNICODE characters. Number of rows/columns should not be limited. + Support UNICODE picture filename. + German localization (thanks to cruzzer). * Fix placement problem with "snap to desktop edges" when cursor is in another monitor. * Fix crash when wallpaper picture loading fails. * When you configured a background with relative picture then wallpaper was drawn. * Fix the word selection: right delimiters was not used. * "Click Link" does no longer launch an empty string. This was launching explorer in the current working directory. * Fix highlighting color setting saving. * Fix wallpaper display.
Changes in 1.16.0 (07 feb 2016)
! PowerShell progressbar detection is disabled. ! ConsoleZ hook can detect if the shell is not a Win32 console application. + Command-line switch to toggle window visibility. + Select text/column with keyboard. + Per-monitor DPI awareness. + Arrange tabs using keyboard. + Allow distinct controls settings for full screen and windowed application. + Environment inheritance is coming back. Inheritance works now with mono-instance. There is no inheritance when the shell run as administrator or whith another user credentials! + Glass effect transparency on Windows 10. + Specific ConsoleZxxx environment variables: ConsoleZBaseDir = folder containing console.exe ConsoleZVersion = current version of ConsoleZ * Hide, when loosing focus, only if the new foreground window is not owned by our application. * Fix crash when screen buffer size is reduced. * Fix dpi scaling of some GUI parts. * Fix activation by hotkey.
Changes in 1.15.0 (10 sep 2015)
+ Hide when loosing focus. + Support localization. + New command "paste selection". + Support %D (current directory leaf) in text formatting. + Support PowerShell progress bar. + Support typographic ligatures. + Support missing font smoothings: antialiased and "natural" ClearType. + Support localization. + French localization. + Russian localization. * Fix "Clone in new Tab" inverts initial directory and tab's title. * Fix incomplete shell title. * Fix touch scrolling broken on Win10. * Fix "Browse..." button for icon change causes program "Not Responding". * Fix repaint failure when background is a relative image and the application is minimized. * Fix hook can crash during resizing.
Changes in 1.14.0 (08 May 2015)
! Limit frame rate to avoid unresponsive application. ! Use IDesktopWallpaper to retrieve monitors' wallpaper (Win8). ! Update title even without text modification. ! Double-click on scroll buttons do nothing. + 'Tabs' entry in the menubar. + -n command arg to set startup tab title. * Fix bad cursor display in tabs settings. * Fix console cursor color. * Fix a crash in diagnostic report writing. * Call DoDataExchange(DDX_SAVE) before modifiying values in browse shell/initial dir buttons. * Prevent from infinite waiting when the shell is terminated during a mouse forwarding or a text selection. * Fix program does not respond by opening the setting dialog. * Fix toolbar does not work from remote desktop.
Changes in 1.13.0 (14 Feb 2015)
! Visual Studio 2013 ! WTL 9.4140 final ! Legacy 32 bits version is compatible with Windows XP. ! Support high DPI. ! Create HOMEDRIVE, HOMEPATH and HOMESHARE environment variables when launching shell as different user. ! Expand environment strings using environment bloc + HOMEDRIVE/HOMEPATH/HOMESHARE + variables defined in tab. + Switch on/off transparency. + CTRL-C event can be generated by configured hotkey. + Diagnose and get font information. * "Snap to desktop edge" is ignored when Win key is down. * Active auto horizontal scroll in search combobox. * Fix restoring with "Snap to desktop edge". * Fix crash when attaching a console with a screen bigger than ConsoleZ's view. * Docking is ignored when ConsoleZ is full screen. * Fix elevated process detection.
Changes in 1.12.0 (09 Oct 2014)
! The tab's title is now modified when you drag & drop a shortcut. The title is set with shortcut filename. ! The default colors map is no longer displayed in Settings/Console ! Mouse command "drag window" has no effect when application is maximized or runs in fullscreen mode. + Tab's background can be inherited. + Tab's cursor can be inherited. + Tab Base Priority. + "Click link" mouse command. + Set environment variables per tabs. + Clear and Reset Scrollback. * Use impersonated user's environment block.
Changes in 1.11.0 (23 Jun 2014)
! Window columns limit is now 300. ! buffer columns limit is now 9999. ! Word selection is no longer limited to the window. ! Minimize to systray when taskbar button is unchecked and systray icon is checked. ! Changing docking position in settings no longer require restart. ! Redesign the tabbar (flat style). ! Allow starting a new selection when current selection is not cleared. + Attach consoles. + Detach view. + Add horizontal bar cursor. + Add %d to text formatting syntax: current directory. + Add %P to text formatting syntax: ID of last process attached to the console. + Support external commands (syntax uses title formatting). + Support credential providers (allowing integration of additional authentication mechanisms such as biometrics and smart cards). + New docking positions: top middle, bottom middle, left middle and right middle. + Quake like animation time is settable. + Add search bar. + Allow disabling RTF in settings. * Fix aero toolbar drawing. * Docking no longer affects maximized application.
Changes in 1.10.0 (30 Mar 2014)
! Tab number is now full part of the title. ! Main title format can be defined by user. ! Tab title format can be defined by user. ! Remove "Administrator:" prefix. + Input Method Editor (IME) support. + Allow selection by column. + Clone current view in a new tab. + Clone/Split using the current directory. * Fix "pinned to desktop" mode on Windows 7 and more. * Fix paste inconsistency on multiple lines. * Fix Quake like show/hide animation. * Tab text was hidden when less than 12 pixels. * Fix Quake like show/hide. * Fix some crashes. * Fix starting directory. * Fix VIM dead char.
Changes in 1.09.1 (17 Dec 2013)
! In settings, check if a hotkey is already assigned. * Fix the new keyboard handling.
Changes in 1.09.0 (01 Dec 2013)
! Title options are more consistent. ! Activate ConsoleZ (global) hotkey minimizes the application if active. ! Quake like: activates the previous application when hiding. ! Buffer rows limit increased to 32766. ! Can configure the number of spaces used to detect an end of line. + Focus follows mouse. + New actions in "File" menu: "Close All Tabs BUT This" "Close All Tabs to the Left" "Close All Tabs to the Right" + Right click on tabs: selects the tab and displays a popup menu. + New cursor that mimics the Windows console's one. + Can specify an initial application window size (in pixels). + Can save the application window size (in pixels) on exit. + Allow multiple instances (or single instance). + Blinking XTerm Cursor. + Support of drag and drop in settings. + Can hide icons in tabs bar. * Fix problem with dead chars sent to multiple consoles (new keyboard handling). * Fix icon extraction with negative index. * Fix a visual bug when caption and resize are removed. * Transmit the current working directory when application instance is reused. * Maximized application was restored at wrong position. * If the scroll bar is unnecessary, disable the scroll bar instead of removing it.
Changes in 1.08.0 (28 Sep 2013)
! prettier split bar (aero only). + displays intensified colors in bold. + displays intensified colors in italic. + user can configure an extra width added to the fixed width of the font. + shell can be launched with elevated priviledges (run as administrator). + supports shell link files (.lnk) in tabs settings. Icon, program's path, arguments, working directory and "run as administrator" option are extracted from the link. * Some cursors was hidden with black color. * Fade cursor was blinking when console was inactive. * Fix DBCS rendering. * Fix DBCS selection. * Fix DBCS cursor. * Fix hang when starting with multiple startup tabs. * Pressing alt key will switch the menu bar visibility only if menu bar is not permanently on. * Fix pasting to multiple views when views are grouped. * Inputs are no longer sent to views do not belong to the group. * Active view cannot be painted (and 100% cpu).
Changes in 1.07.1 (05 Jul 2013)
* Sometimes the application could not start with multiple tabs. The delay between initial tabs was uninitialized. * Icons missing in tabs menu popup.
Changes in 1.07.0 (26 May 2013)
! Limits the maximized windows size on monitors with taskbar so ConsoleZ, with no border, no longer overlaps the taskbar when WIN+UP is pressed ! Changing tabbar position in settings no longer require restart. ! Settings edition no longer modifies the zoom factor + Full screen support + Full screen button in taskbar + Full screen hot key (default: F11) + Full screen settings: can start in full screen and select the full screen monitor + Left and right delimiters for word selection can be set + View can be closed from the menu + New behavior settings: "Allow closing the last tab/view" "Confirm before closing multiple tabs/views" + Color map per tab + Color map can be imported from another configuration file + 3 context menus can be configured in mouse settings: Context menu #1 = full menu Context menu #2 = configured tabs Context menu #3 = opened tabs + Zoom factor in status bar + New hotkeys: "Zoom 100%" (default: CTRL+0 NUM KEYPAD) "Zoom increment" (default: CTRL++ NUM KEYPAD) "Zoom decrement" (default: CTRL+- NUM KEYPAD) * Caption was removed when border was unchecked * Display of hotkey '&' in menu was truncated * Press ALT key, with mouse action, no longer shows/hides the menu
Changes in 1.06.0 (24 Mar 2013)
! The cloned tab title is suffixed with (2). ! about dialog box improvement ! Hotkeys are displayed in the menu ! Restart is no longer needed for these appearance settings: "Caption" "Resizable" "Border" "Taskbar button" + new option "Net Only" to "Run as user" the user credentials are used only to access network resources the user is displayed in tab title surrounded with braces + "Run as user" supports UPN format (user@domain). + new buttons in the toolbar: "Rename tab" "Split Horizontally" "Split Vertically" + new hotkeys: "New Tab 11" (default: CTRL+F11) "New Tab 12" (default: CTRL+F12) "Switch to left view" (default: ALT+LEFT) "Switch to right view" (default: ALT+RIGHT) "Switch to top view" (default: ALT+UP) "Switch to bottom view" (default: ALT+DOWN) + Windows key can be used in global hotkeys. + The glass frame extended in client area (toolbar and tabs) can be used to move the window. + The glass frame extended in client area (tabs only) can be used to maximize or restore the window by double clicking. * If the only one tab was cloned, the "delete" button remained disabled. * Under Windows 8, the call to GetTextMetrics function failed with some fonts. The return code wasn't checked and char metrics wasn't correctly initialized. * wrong tabs scrolling * close button drawing * background of tab was black with basic Windows theme * error handling and return code checking * Re-add tray icon if Windows Explorer restarts. * When files are dropped on a view, this view gets the focus. * Title was not updated when view changed.
Changes in 1.05.0 (2 Feb 2013)
! FreeImage 3.15.4 ! Visual Studio 2012 ! WTL 8.1.12085 ! Forces monospace displaying by adjusting the size of chars larger than average width font. ! Limits vertical scrolling to the furthest buffer location viewed. + Windows 8 can use a wallpaper per monitor. + Displays a closing confirmation when there is only one tab but multiple views. + Improves the status bar with: console buffer size, console screen size, selection size and console PID * Dropping a file affects all views in a group. * Aero glass margins are resetted when composition change (hibernation disables DWM, at wakeup ConsoleZ was fully transparent).