Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dr.Batcher's Roadmap

Some people ask us 'When are you going to release in Dr.Batcher?'. Of course, Dr.Batcher's development goes not very fast, but still we decided to continue it, and you'll see new features in our software soon.
Version 2.1: support for compiling batch files to EXEs;
Version 2.2: tab-based multi-document (MDI) interface;
Version 3.0: debugger for batch scripts;
Version 3.1: mixed (both Simple and Professional on the same screen) mode;
Version 3.2: handier professional mode editor;
Version 3.3: handier simple/mixed mode editor.
If you have any suggestions, feel free to contact us via e-mail ( or leave your comments here!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Are Batch Files Still Alive?

There are lots of users and even system administrators who suppose batch files scripting to be dead. Why do they think so? The most common arguments are:
  • there are lots of modern scripting techniques (PowerShell, WSH, etc.) that are simple in use;
  • you can't make with help of batch files anything you want, or it's really difficult;
  • you have to use GOTO - possibly, it's the worst reason not to use batch files:)
Why do people still discuss about batch files on forums and blogs? Why don't they take all needful code and translate it into PowerShell? Possibly, batch files are not so bad. They have clear and simple syntax, you can run them under any version of Windows and they are usual for those who started to deal with computers in DOS era. That's why I can say: batch files are still alive. Don't agree? Wait for your comments!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Dr.Batcher 2.0.2 is released

After half a year of break Dr.Batcher 2.0.2 is released. In this version you will find:
  • group "echo" and "@" modifiers;
  • pop-up menu in Simple mode;
  • new options;
  • support for adding unknown commands in Simple mode;
  • 'Do not print this command in console during the execution' option in command editor;
  • new 'Create Batch File' dialog;
  • fixed parsing TAB characters;
  • small bugfixes in UI.
Here you can see how new 'Create Batch File' dialog looks:
You can find new version of Dr.Batcher here. Hope you'll enjoy it.