Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Aerofoil 1.4 Available

Aerofoil 1.4 is now available to download!

- Disables Aero Glass when your Windows Vista notebook is on battery
- Optionally disables Windows Sidebar when on battery
- Optionally changes Windows Power Plan when on battery
- Allows manual enabling/disabling of Aero Glass.

New Features for 1.4:

- Hibernate option added for quick access.
- User guide included (just a simple text with FAQ).
- Updated "About" text

Fixes for 1.4:

- Issue with Vista ignoring Aerofoil's (automatic) re-enable Aero Glass requests should be fixed.
- Tray icon tooltip is not so eager to appear.
- Tiny memory leak fixed (only occurred on exiting Aerofoil).

LINKS UPDATED FOR Aerofoil 1.4.3

Note the downloads include a readme.txt file which describes how to configure Aerofoil should you want to (it does also work out of the box :) )

Now available to download:
Aerofoil 1.4.3

Or you may prefer to learn how it works:
C# source code for 1.4.3

Please drop a comment if you find this useful, want to provide feedback, tell me how it added 2 hours to your notebook battery life...


Distinctive Web Services said...

Thanks for this app, I was going to write something myself, but since you've done the work for me I think that I'll be just as happy using your little tool.

I talk to people and they swear black and blue that Vista Aero uses no more power than Basic but I am finding that I get roughly 25 to 50% more power from simply dropping to Vista Basic.

Benjamin said...

Great to hear positive feedback - you might want to ensure you have the 1.4.1 version if you want to work on the source code - it's very slightly smaller. I've updated the links on this blog post, but you can find what's changed here

Rohan said...

Great work u did with that newer version. I'm going to watch ur code the next days to have a closer look, what u did exactly.

Thanks a lot in advance!

jesusrop said...

Outstanding work!

I'd wonder if it would be possible to customize the power plan that will be used for plugged and unplugged mode. This is because ASUS laptops create their own energy plans that work with their "switch profile" button.
Also some other nice features would be disabling WiFi and Bluetooth.

dave said...

I get an error saying that one or both of my min max power plans are not available?

Benjamin said...

Hi Dave,

That would be because you probably don't have the default minimum or maximum power plans provided with Windows Vista.

Sorry I need to go a bit technical here - these two plans (of three total) are programmatically identified with specific IDs (GUIDS) provided by Microsoft, so no matter which language you use on Vista (and thus names for the power plans), these should always be there. The only reasons I would think they wouldn't be available are because they have been deleted (accidentally or corrupted registry), have been removed for some reason by your computer manufacturer, or have otherwise changed their ID.

Aerofoil is intended to be as simple, small and fast as possible and thus can only switch between these two plans and hence needs them to start. Additionally, some manufacturers may also still design their hardware drivers to power save only when using the specific Vista default power save plan (e.g. underclock - slow down - on Nvidia graphics cards) so it is of benefit that only these two power plans used. If you don't manage to solve your missing power plans problem, slightly bigger applications, VistaLaptopBatterySaver or VistaBatterySaver may be what you are looking for, since this will pick up all of your power plans and should(?) ignore the missing defaults.

Hope this helps,