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Chimp Rewriter 3.2.5720 Released

A new version of Chimp Rewriter has been released. The update can be downloaded from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

This release includes an updated version of the OpenNLP and IKVM libraries and also implements several stability improvements. This version specifically addresses the “English POS not loaded” issue reported by several users.

To avoid possible loss of work, it is highly recommended that you upgrade Chimp to this version at your earliest convenience.

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Chimp Rewriter 3.2.5699 Released

A new version of Chimp Rewriter has been released. The update as always can be downloaded from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

This update includes some minor functionality fixes as follows:

  • Fixed article scraper for several sites.
  • Fixed small bug causing user synonyms to not add to capitalized words.
  • Changed ALT-LEFT and ALT-RIGHT functionality to automatically select the synonym selector list after selecting the next/previous phrase.
  • News tab can now be disabled from opening on startup.
  • Hold CTRL+SHIFT when loading and Chimp will automatically reset your settings file. This can be used if Chimp is no longer functioning correctly.
  • Hold SHIFT when loading Chimp and all browser tabs (Welcome and News) will be automatically disabled. This can be used if the Internet is currently offline or if the Browser component is causing issues.
  • Added enhanced startup logging to assist in diagnosing startup, POS, Thes and language loading issues.
  • Added recovery code to automatically download lost or corrupted language files.

This update can be downloaded from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

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7 New Languages to Rewrite and Spin Articles In

So, you said wanted to use Chimp Rewriter in some new languages.

Starting right now, there are SEVEN new languages available in Chimp Rewriter Pro.

Danish
Dutch
Norwegian
Portuguese
Romanian
Slovenian
Swedish

Plus…

A massive revamp to the German thesaurus and some additions to Italian, French and Spanish.

To add a new language, follow the guide here.

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Chimp Rewriter 2.1.4931 Released

It’s almost 1am here down under. Another week of sleepless nights, another version of Chimp is good to go.

The update as always can be downloaded from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

Below is a brief summary of changes:

New Feature:

  • Quick Spin feature added. Quick Spin will automatically parse the selected document applying synonym and phrase spin using special “Magic” settings based on document content. This results in highly spun readable results.

Improvements:

  • Moved manual entered synonym textbox in context menu to first entry. The context menu is also redisplayed after a manual synonym is added.
  • WordPress XML-RPC php extension is now automatically added to site URLs if not specified.
  • Show similarities functionality in Spin & Compare now compares similarities compared to the original version of the spun article.

Bug Fixes:

  • Global spin incorrectly added new paragraphs. Global spin has now been entirely rewritten to remove previous restrictions and inconsistencies.
  • Webkit browser causes Chimp to stop working on some systems. Webkit has now been removed and replaced with the dot net inbuilt browser control resulting in greater stability and compatibility.
  • Reflection removed from multi-lingual string renaming to increase stability and remove incompatibility issues. This has also resulted in slight improvement in Chimp startup time.

I recently discovered a windows installer property called advertised shortcuts. Windows is “smart” enough to know that a shortcut in your start menu or desktop points to a specific version of an application. If that application is updated, say through an auto updater, then the shortcuts may no longer work and may cause Chimp to simply reinstall and “self heal”. The crazy thing is that Windows only does this for a very select group of users after using the auto update feature.

Anyway, long story short, this should be fixed in all future releases and auto-updating should (fingers crossed) become less problematic for the select group of users.

However, if you have any issues after an auto update, I recommend that you download and install the full version from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

– Mark

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Chimp Rewriter 2.1.4914 Released

This update contains several improvements and bug fixes.

While not a forced update, it is highly recommended that this update be applied as soon as possible to avoid loss of work.

This update contains several bug fixes discovered in the previous version and can be downloaded from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

Improvements:

  • Added a new option to the Editor section of the settings window to enable or disable automatic anchor tag wrapping of URLs when the editor is converted to HTML.
  • Added a favorite group to the top of the Synonym Selector allowing all favorites to be applied to a word or phrase with a single click.
  • Improved update speed of very large documents. The interface could seem laggy with very large documents (50,000+ words). Several improvements have been implemented to speed background tasks, coloring and responsiveness while editing very large documents.

Bug Fixes:

  • Profile load issue causes two profiles to be removed on each successive start, resulting in only one profile being available after the third start. This has now been resolved. An interim fix has been implemented to return the profiles back to restored state on affected systems.
  • Fixed spin cleaner bug stopping removal of synonyms matching the word before the spin if the word before the spin is the first word of a paragraph.
  • Removed part of speech determination during a favorite spin operation.
  • Spin is now applied to the main editor rather than the current focused editor (for example the variation editor) when performing a spin all, phrase spin all or favorite spin all operation.
  • Resolved anchor tag issue causing spin to be incorrectly formatted when spinning URLs.
  • Fixed non-English language resource file re-download on startup issue.
  • Resolved colortextbox on selection “value not set to reference object” exception occurring on startup in a small number of installations.

Please download the latest version from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

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Chimp Rewriter 2.1.4907 Released

Boy did the last release create some buzz. But not for the right reasons :(

Version 2.1.4904 contained so many changes that we delayed its release by a whole week allowing it to be rigorously tested. Unfortunately it turns out that this was not enough!

A number of users have reported startup issues with crashes and freezes. We are truly sorry for this. We have recently implemented security features into Chimp that unfortunately made it a little too brittle. We hope we have resolved all of the reported issues in this release. Please let us know if we haven’t.

This update contains several bug fixes discovered in the previous version and can be downloaded from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

While not a forced update, it is highly recommended that this update be applied as soon as possible to avoid loss of work.

The following bug fixes have been addressed:

  • Incorrect license checks close Chimp Rewriter in evaluation mode.
  • Spin Tags replaced with empty spin.
  • Ordered spin incorrectly defaulting to random spin ordering.
  • HTML not properly rendered in the HTML spin viewer in Spin View and Spin & Compare.
  • HTML files not correctly saved in Spin and Save and Export features.
  • Some users experience a lockup on start at “Registering Plugins”.
  • “SetCompatibleTextRenderingDefault” fault during startup.
  • File manifest crash on MD5 checksum verification.
  • Pressing Spin in HTML browser spin view mode causes a NULL fault.
  • Auto load after installation causes some issues. Functionality to be removed.
  • Threading and object not exist errors experienced by some users.
  • Part of speech tokenizer crash on startup.
  • Chimp task stays unning after application shuts down.

Please download the latest version from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

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Chimp Rewriter 2.1.4904 Released

A MASSIVE Chimp Rewriter update is now available!

We have addressed more than 60 improvements, bug fixes and feature requests. This is a mandatory update.

The update can be downloaded from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

This version comes with a brand new and VASTLY IMPROVED English thesaurus. The way we select the quality of synonyms and phrases has been completely revamped and the results are awesome! We are super keen to hear your thoughts. The new thesaurus will not work on older version of ChimpRewriter which is why this update is mandatory.

Another significant improvement is a 10 fold decrease in memory usage and a 10 fold increase in spinning performance. That’s right – CHIMP IS NOW 10 X FASTER!!!!!!

As if that’s not enough, another great improvement is the introduction of a brand new spinner called the SPIN EDITOR. With this spinner, you can view your spun document in real time and modify synonyms directly from the spun content. You can also set Spin Edit to original mode to spin your document without ever getting lost in all that messy spintax. This is a huge leap forward in the field of manual rewriting.

New Features:

  • The new “Spin Editor” works as follows: If you click in the document editor it spins and loads the current sentence and paragraph into the Spin Editor and highlights the current location within the paragraph/sentence. If you click in the sentence or paragraph box in the Spin Editor then it locates the text in the document editor. Text is colored within the Spin Editor – blue is spun text and black is unspun text. You can generate spin versions or original version by using buttons in the toolbar. You can use the Synonym Selector to spin the current word.
  • A crazy new thesaurus is available for the first time in this version. We added some really cool statistical analysis to the previous version of Chimp and using this information we were able to tweak and adjust our weighting algorithms to amazing effect.
  • A “Command” attribute has been added to the profile editor. The command can be used to execute a program or script after each profile has finished exporting. Commands may also include the following special syntax: [filename] for export file name and path, [name] for export name only, [path] for export path only, [profile] for profile name

Improvements:

  • Document statistics are now displayed for each document in the Spin & Compare form.
  • Spin View now remembers and returns to current vertical scroll location after each spin.
  • Memory usage is significantly optimized allowing very large documents to be spun 100’s of times without causing an out of memory error.
  • The speed of spinning documents is now significantly increased.The speed improvements are realized in the Spin View, Spin & Compare and export functions.
  • A new and updated Part of Speech engine has resulted in greater accuracy of part of speech determination for words and synonyms.
  • Document statistics now show total character count in the Spin View.
  • New code has been added to allow language resource files to be automatically downloaded for different languages. This will allow language files to set the text of buttons, help text and so on. Stay tuned for regular language specific updates.
  • Upgrading from Basic version to Pro version no longer requires the application to be shut down and restarted.
  • A checkbox has been added to the upgrade window allowing the current version upgrade to be ignored.
  • The auto updater has been re-enabled allowing updates to be applied without downloading and reinstalling each new version.
  • Project and density tabs can now be opened/closed from the edit menu.

Bug Fixes:

  • Rapid Rewriter selection sometimes jumps back to a spun section causing Rapid Rewriter to “get stuck”.
  • Manually adding synonyms within the Rapid Rewriter textbox causes the synonym to be inserted into the wrong location.
  • Copyscape API highlighting disappears during text editing.
  • Profile text encoding always defaults to ASCII encoding.
  • RTL text causes highlighting and cursor location problems.
  • Learning from existing spin does not learn all synonyms.
  • Fixed several “index out of range” and null exceptions within the colortextbox control.
  • Changes to project values for signatures, tags and snippets do not update until after application restart.
  • Pressing the restore button in the options menu does not enable the apply button.
  • Profile export HTML file type does not work.
  • Overriding the export copy control mode or number of copies in the export manager does not work.
  • GDI exception on startup.
  • Exception in user class when determining machine code identifier.
  • Opening a new tab after all tabs have been closed causes the new tab to be shown in the “restored” state instead of the maximized state.

Please download the latest version from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

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Chimp Rewriter 2.0.4843 Released

A Chimp Rewriter update is now available. This update contains significant improvements and many bug fixes. To avoid possible loss of work, it is highly recommended that the update be applied as soon as possible.

The update can be downloaded from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

NOTE: If you have installed a previous version please completely uninstall it before upgrading. A bug in a previous version is causing new versions not to install correctly.

New Features:

  • Chimp Rewriter can now open OpenOffice Write files with maintained formatting.
  • A word-by-word spell checker has been added to Chimp Rewriter.
  • Bulk comparison now allows entire directories to be imported and compared. Differences between each file may also be shown.

Improvements:

  • Added navigation browser controls to the browser view.
  • SpinView button now produces a new version of the document if spin view mode is currently active (as per old Spin Chimp functionality).
  • Users can now upload crash messages directly to our servers using the new Crash Reporting feature.
  • Image Finder now allows a ALT text to be globally configured for all selected images using advanced options.
  • File comparison and difference highlighter form may now be selected to open immediately after an Export. The form will automatically import all exported articles.
  • A new option has been added to Settings/Miscellaneous to allow articles to be automatically added to the Files node of the current project when they are saved.
  • Spin reordering (~{para1|para2|para3}) is now available in all profiles. A maximum permutations settings has been added to Settings/Miscellaneous.
  • Spin Export now has an option to export to a single file with optional delimiter text.

Bug Fixes:

  • Blank synonyms cause an additional space to appear in the spun article.
  • Some links in the help menu didn’t work as expected.
  • Find & Replace on right-click context menu opens find window not the replace window as expected.
  • Incorrect tag spelling when inserting images into a document.
  • Projects do not save all data if only one project exists.

Please download the latest version from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

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Chimp Rewriter 2.0.4803 Released

This release marks our first official non-beta release.

Updates include:

  • Browser view now uses webkit. This is a much better render engine than the default DotNet web browser. Webkit a powerful and fast render engine used by Chrome to render its web pages.
  • Added context menu to Spin & Compare to allow the comparison results to be copied to the clipboard.
  • Modified spin% and density lists to ignore common Google stop words.
  • Added new Spin Reorder feature allowing reordered version of sentences and paragraphs to be produced with jetspin and other spin profiles. Use with feature care as this requires intense calculations and may be very slow for reordered lists of 10 or more items. ONLY use this feature if you want to produce jet spin output that includes all variations of the reordered lists.
  • Fixed several issues with selected projects reverting back to the default project.
  • Fixed some selection issues and right click.

This update is highly recommended.

Hey there guys and gals,

Today marks our biggest ever update of Chimp Rewriter. We are now only two weeks away from our pre-launch, so we thought we’d jam as much as we can into this final beta release.

As always, this update contains new features, significant improvements and many bug fixes. All in all there are over 100 changes. Many changes are behind the scenes, so I wont mention them all here.

The update can be downloaded from http://chimprewriter.com/download.

NOTE: If you have installed a previous version please completely uninstall it before upgrading. A bug in a previous version is causing new versions not to install correctly.

New Features:

  • Bulk spin configuration file – this handy new feature is for super advanced users. Bulk spin can now read from a configuration file in the source directory and will automatically configure all settings from the file. This is super handy for people who want different configuration options for groups of files located in different directories. To use, go to Bulk Rewrite Directory in the Rewrite menu and click the “cog” button in the source path line. This will create a starting configuration file (containing detailed instructions) in the nominated source directory using the current options.
  • Spin & Preview window now contains a “Show top x” function. The function will automatically determine the top x most spun articles and will then hide all other articles. For example, if you create 50 articles and show top 10, only the top 10 most spun articles are shown. Save All and Submit All buttons will save or submit visible articles only.
  • SpinAll within the Synonym Selector toolbar now contains a dropdown checkbox allowing Spinall to skip words that have already been spun.
  • A brand new spin directive call reorder spin has now been introduced to the editor. It’s form is ~{variant1|variant2|…|variantn}. Reorder spin will reorder the order of the variants when the document is spun. This feature works with words, sentences or entire paragraphs. Look at this example:
Editor View:
Welcome. ~{This is sentence 1.|This is sentence 2.|This is sentence 3.} And one more.
I need a ~{car,|truck,|bus,|taxi,} and more to get to work.
Spin Variation 1 (spin view):
Welcome. This is sentence 3. This is sentence 2. This is sentence 1. And one more.
I need a car, taxi, truck, bus, and more to get to work.
Spin Variation 2 (spin view):
Welcome. This is sentence 2. This is sentence 3. This is sentence 1. And one more.
I need a taxi, bus, truck, car, and more to get to work.

If you don’t want to remember how to do this, use the Spin Reorder button on the Rewrite menu. Highlight sentences or paragraphs and then press the button to mark them as reorderable. Remember too that !{variant1|variant2|…|variantn} already exists for ordered spinning.

Improvements:

  • Bulk spin profile – you can now configure a bulk spin profile separate to the global spin profile. To use, go to Bulk Rewrite Directory in the Rewrite menu and click the Advanced Options button at the bottom of the window.
  • Added a toggle button in the Synonym Selector toolbar to allow all synonyms to be forced to lower case. This was added as some users were finding some synonyms had an incorrect case. This feature is automatically overridden for the first word of a sentence though (as first words should always start with an uppercase letter).
  • Added three new shortcuts for SpinAll, Replace and ReplaceAll buttons in the Synonym Selector toobar:
    • SpinAll: Ctrl-Shift-S
    • Replace: Ctrl-Shift-R
    • ReplaceAll: Ctrl-Shift-A
  • File Open dialog now defaults to the type of file last opened. Handy for users who do not use the native Chimp2 format.
  • Variation Builder now contains a replace button in the toolbar. If selected, new text added to the Variation Builder will replace the selected text instead of spinning it.
  • Speed has been significantly increased. Very large documents are now very responsive. Extremely large paragraphs are now also supported.
  • Grammar checking with Spin View window no longer disables “Locate in Editor” option. Spun text is now shown as black text within the editor (instead of gray wavy underline) and unspun text is shown as grey text. All words (not just spun words) can now be located in the editor. Locate in Editor also now works for profiles containing reordered paragraphs.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fix wording of source article path for local articles in Article Finder advanced options. Also added a tooltip to explain what this option does.
  • Sentence selection no longer includes the closing HTML tag if the HTML tag is directly after the sentence terminator.
  • Close-All functionality can now be cancelled.
  • Multiple protected texts (using ##text##) is now supported on a single line.
  • SpinAll incorrectly added new synonyms to the parent word when the spun word was inside spin.
  • Hyphenated words can now be spun correctly.
  • Fixed several selection issues when selecting text inside existing spin.
  • Words using unicode right apostrophe are no longer incorrectly spun.
  • Fixed several selection issues after SpinAll was used.

Please download the latest version from http://chimprewriter.com/download.