News and Change History

Version reference: 2018.1 released on March 8th, 2018

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Version 2018.1 - March 8th, 2018

  • PHP runtimes updated to PHP 7.2.3, 7.1.15 and 5.6.34.
  • Support for Chromium 64 and CEF3 branch 3282.
  • It is now possible to show a splash screen with a progress bar while the application is loading.
  • New option in Loading Screen: Replace initialization dialog box by the splash screen combined with a progress bar.
  • You can now customize the appearance of the splash screen's progress bar.
  • New ExecutePHPScript HEScript function that executes PHP code and returns the output of PHP.
  • Improved: the splash screen appears sooner.
  • The TImage component can now trigger actions in the UI editor. Useful if you want to let end users click on your logo and open an external URL for instance.
  • Fixed: "Unexpected launch error" at startup under some circumstances.
  • Fixed: some HTTP header redirections in PHP were not correctly handled.
  • Fixed: empty PHP.ini when creating a project and "Activate TEST mode" option is not saved.
  • Fixed: incorrect string protection identifier count after you removed one string.
  • Fixed: clicking help could sometimes freeze the GUI.
  • Updated documentation.
  • Updated PHP samples.
  • Minor improvements.

Version 2018.0 - February 1st, 2018

  • Support for PHP 7.2 and new libsodium encryption extension.
  • Support for Chromium 63 and CEF3 branch 3239.
  • Visual C++ runtimes are now integrated, so no more VC++ DLL dependency is required for PHP 7.x and 5.6. There is an option to disable this if you want.
  • ExeOutput for PHP now automatically scans selected PHP extensions for all dependencies and then includes them in the final EXE (or copies them to the proper folder). For instance, cURL dependencies are now automatically included, so we removed the manual option to include DLL dependencies.
  • Improved support for complex paths in PHP require and include commands.
  • New TImage component available in the UI editor, allowing you to insert images and logos in the interface of your apps. A new help topic is available with a tutorial.
  • Improved video and audio seekable support.
  • Improved progress bar behavior while compressing CEF runtime files.
  • Improved behavior of compiled PHP apps on multiple monitor setups. Be sure to disable "Always center the window" option in old projects.
  • Version information format (file version and product version) is now checked.
  • New option to create custom HTTP headers for requests. A new help topic is also available with sample code.
  • JavaScript command window.close is now working in HTML dialog boxes such as the About box. We recommend you to reset internal dialog boxes of your old projects when you load them in ExeOutput for PHP 2018.
  • Fixed random executable startup failures and other related memory errors.
  • Fixed: PHP opcache wasn't enabled in PHP.INI for PHP 7.1.
  • Improved support for PHP commands exec() and system(). The "Unable to fork" problem has been fixed too. You can now run EXE and batch files directly with PHP exec(). A new help topic is also available with sample code.
  • Added fastcgi.impersonate = 1 by default to PHP.INI.
  • Improved virtual file system.
  • Improved general Chromium demo.
  • Updated documentation.
  • Updated PHP samples.
  • Several internal improvements.

Compatibility with 2.x projects

After loading your old projects in ExeOutput for PHP 2018, we recommend you to:

  •  reset internal dialog boxes. To do so, click Reset in Application Settings => Dialog boxes.
  •  disable the "Always center the window" option in Application Settings => Main Window.

Version 2018 does not provide support anymore for Windows XP and Vista platforms. You need ExeOutput for PHP 2 to make Windows XP and Vista compatible PHP apps. Both versions (2018 and 2) can be installed on the same computer.

Version 2.2.1 - November 8th, 2017

  • Fixed: file properties were not saved.
  • Improved exclusion list for filenames such as index.php.bak. Click Reset in Environment Options / Exclude Files to add new exclusion filters to existing projects.
  • Updated to PHP 7.1.11 and PHP 5.6.32.
  • New PHP sample: create and view PDF in your PHP app.
  • Minor improvements.

Version 2.2.0 - October 23rd, 2017

  • Improved high DPI support of ExeOutput for PHP: UI items are properly scaled according to monitor DPI, new vector graphics...
  • Updated to PHP 7.1.10.
  • HTML5 audio and video seek support.
  • New possibility to define if an extension is a ZEND extension.
  • Added support for Ioncube PHP encoder.
  • Improved popup behavior.
  • Popups display webpage titles now.
  • Updated virtual file system engine.
  • ExeOutput and apps now properly remember last window position on dual monitors.
  • Developer Tools are no more compiled into the EXE if the option is not enabled (decreasing final EXE size).
  • New HEScript Function: PrintPdfFile. Lets you export the current webpage to a PDF file silently.
  • Confirm, prompt and alert JS functions are now handled by ExeOutput and not CEF, allowing proper skin rendering.
  • Improved Live Update default extension list: wildcards are now supported, allowing the exclusion of backup files with extensions such as *.~*
  • Fixed: dual monitor display issues.
  • Fixed: the about box can appear blank sometimes.
  • Fixed: can't seek webm video in exe.
  • Fixed: NGHTTP2.DLL requirement for cURL (PHP 7.1 only).
  • Fixed: random access violation error message in PHP.
  • New cURL sample added to the general demo.
  • New cURL topic in online documentation.
  • Updated documentation.
  • Minor improvements.

Version 2.1.0 - May 25th, 2017

  • Updated to PHP 7.1.5 and PHP 5.6.30.
  • Chromium Embedded Framework updated: Chromium version 56.0.2924.76 - CEF 3 branch 2924.1570.
  • New feature: auto-increment version number during build process.
  • Excluded files now bear a red cross icon in File Manager.
  • New HEScript Function: PrintPdf.
  • Improved UI ribbon design with new TscToolGroupPanel component.
  • Improved behavior of heopenext:// protocol.
  • FIXED: About box and error message settings were not saved.
  • FIXED: importing system HTML page from XML resulted in a blank page.
  • FIXED: some DLLs could not be properly imported with HEScript engine.
  • Removed unnecessary Comments field from EXE version info.
  • Updated documentation.
  • Minor improvements.

Compatibility: in HEScript, removed useless parameters of PrintPages.

Version 2.0.0 - February 18th, 2017

  • Support for multiple versions of PHP: from 5.4 to 7.1. We still support Windows XP so we kept PHP 5.4, the last version that officially runs on this OS.
  • Chromium engine upgraded to Chromium Embedded Framework version 3 - Chromium version 51.0.2704.84 - CEF 3 branch 2704.1427, with multithreading support, offering an HTML5-compliant Web browser.
  • Ability to keep Windows XP compatibility for your applications: if the Rendering Engine's WindowsXPCompatible property is set to True, ExeOutput for PHP will use Chromium engine version 49 and CEF 3 branch 2623, the last ones that officially support Windows XP. Be sure to run the Web Update utility to download the Windows XP compatibility pack so that compilation files are available.
  • PHP CGI is now directly used as an external process contrary to the old SAPI method used in ExeOutput 1.x. This brings several advantages: PHP is separated from the UI process, giving more stability and responsiveness. If the PHP process crashes, a new one is started if you refresh the webpage. Your application itself doesn’t crash.
  • Full integration between PHP and Chromium rendering engine: AJAX, cookies, file upload and download dialog boxes, custom request and response HTTP headers, Developer Tools…
  • New console application (command-line or CLI applications) generation: you can turn PHP scripts into stand-alone EXE files without any PHP dependencies.
  • ExeOutput 2 still generates one single EXE file for distribution. Due to the size of the Chromium and PHP distributions, the EXE overhead’s size is near 30 MB.
  • New UI editor to create customized toolbars, menu bars, ribbons… Associate actions to controls, define their properties...
  • New skin engine and option not to use any skin at all (Windows look).
  • Better support for PHP frameworks such as Laravel, CodeIgniter, Fat-Free...
  • Can include a portable MySQL server (MariaDB) to work with your compiled PHP applications. The MySQL server is managed by the application itself without required user action.
  • Export to PDF option in addition to Print.
  • Support for OPCache and XDebug PHP extensions.
  • Windows UAC option: EXE files can now request administrative rights.
  • SHA256 code signing is supported for recent Windows versions.
  • Support for Paquet Builder 3 in order to make Setup packages.
  • Improved built-in PHP.INI editor, added search support.
  • ExeOutput for PHP 2 can now run complex PHP projects such as WordPress, phpmyadmin, Adminer and so on (contrary to ExeOutput 1.x).

Compatibility:

  • We dropped support for Trident engine. For Windows 10, Microsoft ended development of Internet Explorer and its associated Trident engine (except security fixes). Currently, they don’t provide a way to implement the same engine as Microsoft Edge in legacy Win32 applications. It is said this could change in the future. When importing an ExeOutput 1.x project, the engine is automatically set to Chromium.
  • Custom toolbar buttons and menus from ExeOutput 1.x projects can’t be imported in ExeOutput 2.
  • New skin engine: old skins are no more compatible. ExeOutput 2 comes with a new set of skins. A new skin editor is also available.
  • Dialog boxes in HTML format are automatically replaced.
  • Macros script has been removed.

A backup in Zip format with modified data is created in the same folder as the EXOP project file when you import an ExeOutput 1.x project.