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Upgraded to Silverlight 3 and Created the Desktop Version

Silverlight 3 was a substantial upgrade over Silverlight 2. The biggest feature, by far, was the introduction of Silverlight's out-of-browser capabilities, essentially allowing you to install a Silverlight app on your desktop. A beauty part of this feature is that since it's still running in Silverlight, it'll work on both a PC and a Mac. Cross-platform development has never been so easy.

This has allowed me to create a new version which can be installed on your desktop in two clicks. This desktop version is available only to licensed users.

So if you've already bought Regex Hero you should now see a link on the right hand side of the screen:
Install on your Desktop

Click that and you'll get this dialog box:
Install Dialog

And then once you click OK, you're done. Shortcut icons will be placed appropriately. And the desktop version looks like this:
Desktop Version

If after installing you want to uninstall you can do so by right-clicking inside the application and simply clicking "Remove this application..."

There are a couple nice things about the desktop version. It is very fast to load since it resides on your desktop. However, at the same time, it's good about keeping itself up to date. Every time you start the application it'll automatically check for and download any available updates asynchronously. And then the next time you start the application those updates will automatically be applied in a matter of milliseconds. The whole process is completely transparent so you're never bothered with annoying "available update" alerts.

In addition to this new desktop version, I also made a few changes to Regex Hero. The previous match / next match (up/down) buttons will now actually select the text of the match you're on. So you can literally click the down button and then begin typing and you'll replace whatever was highlighted. In addition to that, these buttons will also scroll to the match if it's off the screen.


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