As some of you may have noticed, the previous download links have been broken for some time. Dropbox decided that distributing my program with a measly 1,000 downloads was putting too much of a strain on their puny corporate servers, and they suspended my ability to share links via their service.
Unfortunately, this means I’ve had to switch to MediaFire for file hosting, so if you don’t have something like Adblock Plus running, you’ll have to endure a barrage of ads before you can download the installer. Oh, the irony!
Feel free to email me suggestions for alternative file hosting services, or support this project with a monetary donation so I can afford to get a real website and file server up and running! In the meantime, the files are available again here.
This version adds support for Hulu Lab’s Hulu Desktop app for Windows. (Hulu Lab’s download link is broken at the time of this release but should hopefully be restored soon)
EDIT: Hulu Desktop is no longer being developed by Hulu. See this post for more info.
If you are using this option, select Desktop App from the program window or modify the appropriate config value. HuluMute’s ad detection mechanism is screen-resolution specific, so not all screen resolutions are supported. A full list of supported screen resolutions can be found here.
Other changes include improvements in the visual blocking feature. More screen area along the top is covered, leaving only a small area in the left-hand corner necessary for ad detection. A subtle message reads “Blocked by HuluMute” to let you know the visual block is active. This block screen was changed from a JFrame to a Window, (in case any of you geeks out there care) and the Select Window Command is no longer necessary and has been removed.
Other small changes: The program window is no longer adjustable and should therefore draw properly on program startup. Also, a link to the FAQ has been added to the help menu of the program window.
This update fixes a few bugs in the user interface and adds CTRL-Click and Middle-Click functionality for starting or stopping the mute process using the system tray icon. The web address used to check for program updates has been changed and the previous one will shortly be phased out. Because of this change, it is recommended you update to this version of the program to continue receiving reliable update notifications.
Comment here or email me with any thoughts, questions, or concerns you may have.
This release features the addition of few new features, mainly the ability to open up a graphical user interface to edit and save configuration values. This window can be opened by either left-clicking on the system tray icon or right-clicking the icon and selecting “Open”. Closing this window does not exit the program, the user must select quit from either the system tray menu or the program window.
Also available from both the program window and system tray icon is the ability to stop or start the ad muting/blocking process. When the program is actively searching for ads to mute or block, the tray icon is green. While this function is stopped, the tray icon is red.
A few additional features include a check to make sure you don’t forget to save any changes to the configuration file before exiting the program, and the update feature is a little nicer, giving you the option of whether or not you want to visit the downloads site. The last thing worth mentioning is the ability to load default configuration values, just in case something goes awry while you’re fiddling with the timings or commands.
I’m interested to know if anyone is using this program yet. Leave a comment here to let me know, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.