Release notes

Version 22.5.1353

New features:

  • Added User Guide for Ampler Charts (available in the Help menu).
  • Added support for Dark Mode in Ampler. Now Ampler will automatically adapt its own theme to follow the Office theme that the user has chosen under Office > File > Account. Ampler will use Dark Mode when the Office theme is set to ‘Black’ or ‘Dark gray’.
  • Added support for defining intelligent ‘Slide Layouts’ which work like the built-in ‘Slide layouts’ but with support for carrying over text content. E.g. to easily switch between 2/3/4 column layout or layouts with/without rows and columns.
  • Added automatic spell check to text fields in the Agenda window. The spell check supports English (US), English (UK), French, German and Spanish. The spell check will follow the presentation language.
  • Added buttons to navigate to previous/next comment. Available in the ‘Comments’ dropdown menu.
  • Added ‘All other features’ dropdown menu that automatically lists all Ampler features that are not added to the current toolbar. Use this to automatically discover when new cool features are added to Ampler.
  • Added buttons to easily remove any added matrix on Scatter charts.
  • Added support for changing the separator in Segment labels when they contain mixed content.
  • Added support for defining ‘Table layouts’ in Excel. These can be used to define pre-formatted tables with header rows, total rows, borders, and banded rows. They work both with and without the built-in Excel data tables.

Improvements:

  • Reduced padding and spacing between elements in Library to reduce the need for vertical scrolling.
  • Agenda will now use any existing PowerPoint sections as agenda topics when creating a new Agenda from scratch.
  • Added support for cycling back to original position when clicking repeatedly on ‘Same height/width’ and ‘Align left/top/right/bottom’ when the mode ‘Expand to next drawing guide’ (available under Settings > Shortcuts) is enabled.
  • Improved ‘Scaled resize’ such that it now handles multiple shapes that are not grouped and also when only a single shape is selected.
  • Fixed such that changing language in Word now works when the document contains Content Controls that locked for editing.
  • Improved ‘Inspect formulas’ in Excel to handle structured reference formulas.
  • Improved ‘Inspect formulas’ in Excel to handle all the latest Excel formulas.

 

Version 22.3.1285

New features:

  • Added option to create an Agenda, Table of Contents or both at the same time in the Agenda window.
  • Added feature to completely customize the Tool Pane (i.e. the pane that can be shown by clicking on the Ampler logo button under ‘Resources’). This feature is accessible from within the Toolbar Designer.
  • Added feature to choose a pattern fill instead of a solid fill in Ampler Charts.

Improvements:

  • Improved Ampler Charts Excel linking such that saving a linked open Excel file to a new destination will automatically update the chart in PowerPoint, such that it references the new Excel file path instead of the old file path.
  • When hiding columns/rows in Excel, Ampler Charts will now ignore the hidden cells and only show visible cells on the chart.
  • Added more fixed drag & drop positions for Process and Bar labels on Gantt charts.
  • Made it possible to change text alignment for Process labels to left, center or right when the label is shown inside the Process.
  • Fixed bug where selecting and deselecting a Segment label on an Ampler Chart would sometimes delete the Segment label.
  • Fixed bug where the mouse could sometimes go into drag mode when simply clicking on a slide containing a Gantt chart.
  • Improved visual appearance of drag & drop positions on Ampler Charts.
  • Scrolling in the ‘Insert from chart layout’ window now scrolls properly instead of changing slide.
  • Improved Scan & Fix to suppress more false positives in text related rules (capitalization, hyphenation, etc.).
  • Improved the ‘Lock/Unlock guides’ feature, such that it doesn’t mess with Slide Layout drawing guides.
  • Improved ‘Insert textbox with bullets’, such that it now handles bullet formats that use a custom picture as the bullet.
  • Improved the ‘Table to textbox’ feature to better handle advanced scenarios such as merged cells and cells with outline formatting.
  • Improved Shape Styles to better handle transparency.
  • Improved Table Styles to better handle banded table rows and columns.

 

Version 22.2.1258

Improvements:

  • Added support for better search filtering in dropdowns in Ampler Charts, e.g. the font type dropdown and language dropdown on Gantt
  • Added icons to chart type dropdown menus
  • Added ‘Use Excel fill color’ outside color dropdown in Ampler Charts
  • Improved Gantt Chart performance
  • Fixed bracket positioning error on Gantt Charts
  • Fixed bug where linking an Ampler Chart to an Excel sheet with certain formatting would cause PowerPoint to freeze
  • Improved the visual appearance of drag & drop positions in Ampler Charts
  • Added support for having trendline labels that display the trendline equation including R-squared
  • Improved snapgrid when an Ampler Chart is aligned against multiple objects, such that more snap lines can be shown simultaneously.
  • Added support for using number formats in Ampler Charts that don’t use dot or comma as decimal/thousand separator.
  • Resizing an Ampler Chart will now influence the axis tick mark spacing that Ampler suggests such that it is less likely that tick labels will overlap.
  • Fixed Ampler Chart menus sometimes being clipped when near the screen edge.
  • Fixed such that Ampler Chart now spawn outside of the clicked element and thereby not interfering with drag handles.
  • Improved color pane such that it now works on Tables and Groups
  • Improved color pane such that it is now only enabled when relevant
  • Added support for keyboard navigation in Library to move between search text field, folders and search results using Tab and Arrow keys
  • When using Library in ‘Popped out window’ it now better remembers its last position when using multiple monitors
  • Heavily improved functionality around Favorites in Library: it is now possible to mark folders as Favorites as well as create ‘container folders’ to organize favorite folders and files.

 

Version 22.1.1209

Improvements:

  • Improved Format Tools such that it now supports scanning and bulk editing native Office Charts and Ampler Charts
  • Improved Format Tools such that it can now do bulk changes on a single slide and not only on all elements across entire presentation

 

Version 21.12.1199

New features:

  • Added feature to manage company email signatures in Ampler for Outlook
  • Added feature to change the week numbering system used on Gantt charts. This is accessible through the left click menu on the week timeline. By default, a newly created Gantt chart will follow the computer’s regional settings for calculating week numbers.

Improvements:

  • Added support for controlling which colors are shown in the Ampler Color Picker and Color Pane. This is done through Company Settings > Scan & Fix
  • Improved the Color Panel such that it can now change colors on Ampler Charts
  • Fixed quirks when updating linked Ampler Charts through the Links panel
  • Added support for updating multiple linked charts at once through the Ampler Chart left and right menus
  • When inserting large images from Library that exceeds the slide area, Ampler will now resize them to fit within the slide area
  • Improved behavior when moving Ampler Charts using arrow keys such that mixed selections are supported (Ampler Chart together with native PowerPoint shape), and also fixed issue where PowerPoint would sometimes switch to the next slide
  • Fixed occassional error in Word when inserting/saving text snippets to Library in Ampler for Word

 

Version 21.12.1190

Improvements:

  • Improved such that clicking on a drag handle will now not spawn a left click menu because most oftenly you want to drag – and because rendering the menu upon left click would create a small lag upon starting the drag operation.
  • Added automatic deletion/restoring of segment labels when data cells are empty.
  • Improved performance for large Gantt charts: dragging elements is now faster and initial mouse-over on a large Gantt now responds faster
  • Improved edge case when dragging timeline: when ‘Show weekends’ was disabled, and the Gantt would end on e.g. a Friday, then dragging the end of the Week timeline one step/increment to the right would suggest to include Saturday and Sunday in the same week – but since weekends are hidden, the net effect was that releasing the mouse would just "snap back" like nothing happened. Now Ampler only suggest steps/increments that actually adds visible days to the Gantt.
  • Improved such that if the last timeline part (e.g. the last week number) is too small to fully contains its text (e.g. if the Gantt ends mid-week), then Ampler now no longer display an any text for that timeline part thereby making it easier to drag the timeline.
  • Improved timeline part overlays, such that they are more tight around the text, such that it is easier to grab e.g. the entire day/week timeline instead of accidentally clicking into the labels in the timeline.
  • Removed red horizontal "drawing guide" on Gantt as it was mostly in the way. Now there’s only the activity overlay and a vertical red line when the mouse cursor is located inside the Gantt.

 

Version 21.11.1189

Improvements:

  • Fixed template specific issue where PowerPoint would add data labels that would not be selectable through Ampler, when switching between series types on a chart that contains both Stacked Column series and Line series.
  • Fixed local Excel environment issue, where Excel would sometimes prevent Ampler from opening the chart datasheet or take several seconds to open.
  • Improved support for dragging native PowerPoint shapes that lie on top of a Gantt
  • Added support for pasting text from Excel onto the Gantt chart. This can be done by selecting 1 activity and then click Ctrl+V. This will paste the number of copied lines downwards. It is also possible to select the exact number of activities that you wish to paste into, in which case the number of selected activities must match the number of copied lines.

 

Version 21.11.1184

Improvements:

  • Improved auto coloring of segment labels for small segments on Pie/Doughnut
  • Improved series and segment label auto placement on Pie/Doughnut
  • Added support for controlling date formatting on category axes that contain year-like numbers and are not formatted as actual dates in the datasheet
  • Improved how Ampler deduces font size for new labels on Gantt when user has deviated from theme defaults
  • Improved such that it is now easier to click the cursor into a specific position in a label that is already selected on Gantt
  • Changed such that 0-value segment labels on Stacked-like charts now get a fill color
  • Inserting multiple icons/flags after each other by double-clicking in Library will now insert them side-by-side on the slide instead of on top of each other
  • Added resiliency against edge case where the Ampler Charts datasheet would not show

 

Version 21.11.1179

Improvements:

  • Reduced size of thumbnails for icons in Library such that more icons can fit in the Library window.
  • Preview on mouse-over of Library content is now not shown if the preview is smaller than 100×100 pixels, in which case it wouldn’t provide any value to show a preview, because it’s so close to the thumbnail size anyway.
  • Improved Library insertion time by better utilizing available offline content.

 

Version 21.11.1177

Improvements:

  • Added new ‘Dock to pane’ button next to the Maximize and Close buttons in the library popped out window.
  • Added new button to hide/show the Library folder panel when showing Library as a popped out window. Use this new feature to get more space for e.g. icons.
  • Improved Library window ‘time to appear’ when an old search query text was still present in the search field.
  • Optimized Library load/search UI performance with regards to showing many icons by better utilizing existing offline content.
  • Changing segment labels and total labels to contain multiple formats (e.g. absolutes and percentages) will now center align and break the label content into two separate lines.
  • Added support for adding bullets using Ctrl+Alt+Right/Left arrow shortcut in Gantt, and all Chart labels.
  • Improved axis title positioning such that aligning above axis tick labels will now grow towards the center of the chart instead of away from the chart.
  • When only the partial text of a label is selected and the user clicks ‘Bold’, now only the selected text will be bolded instead of the entire label.
  • Added support for adding a chart title on Pie/Doughnut charts.
  • Added feature such that copying an Ampler Chart will now make it possible to navigate to another slide, right click on an Ampler Chart and paste the picked up position and/or size.
  • Improved Legend feature, such that legend markers on scatter charts will now use the series marker size instead of auto adjusting based on font size (like all the other charts do).
  • Fixed edge case where linking Bars on Gantt over a hidden weekend would not be possible if the Day timeline was visible.
  • Changed cut off point for when a color is treated as dark, which means that Ampler will now more often suggest a light font color for segment labels on top of e.g. red segment fill colors.
  • Improved the existing ‘Insert columns’ / ‘Insert rows’ buttons in the datasheet Quick Access Toolbar. Now they will autofill the column/row headers in the chart datasheet by looking at the existing data. Also, the ‘Delete columns’ / ‘Delete rows’ button will now maintain formula references.
  • Improved support for Line chart conversion, such that white markers are no longer applied on the Line series in certain cases.
  • Added support for converting Line charts with a date formatted x-axis.
  • Added feature to control text alignment for category labels. Accessible through left-click menu on axis and category label.

 

Version 21.11.1167

Improvements:

  • Fixed bug where linked chart(s) would not update after inserting another chart on the same slide and then changing any values in the linked data range in Excel
  • Added support for defining a Chart Theme that applies series formatting in reverse order
  • Added option to define smoothness for series in the Chart Theme Designer
  • Added support for setting default chart layouts for ‘Stacked bar’, ‘Stacked bar 100%’ and ‘Clustered bar’

 

Version 21.10.1146

New features:

  • Added option to control whether Excel links should update automatically or manually
  • Added support for logarithmic scale on Scatter/Bubble charts
  • Added support for ‘Other series’ on Mekko and Area Charts
  • Added support for axis breaks on Area, Scatter and Bubble charts.
  • Added ‘Fit date range to content’ feature in right click menu on Gantt chart.

Improvements:

  • Improved addin startup time with 15% and in some cases up to 40%
  • Improved performance in several areas of the Settings windows
  • Improved performance in several areas of Ampler Charts
  • Improve performance when establishing an Excel link for the first time after opening PowerPoint and Excel
  • Fixed focus issue when establishing an Excel link
  • Added tooltip on Excel link text to improve UX when the linked Excel file has a very long file path
  • Fixed crash issue when opening/closing datasheet very fast

 

Version 21.9.1111

New features:

  • Now it’s possible to remove document metadata directly from the Email window
  • Error bars are now supported on Stacked Column charts

 

Version 21.9.1099

New features:

  • Added support for CAGR on Line charts
  • Added support for percent indicator and series labels for Mekko charts
  • Added support for date axis on Area and Area 100% charts
  • Now it’s possible to write custom text within the scales on Gantt (e.g. modifying or appending text to the year or week numbers)
  • Added option to Save/Email a Word document as ‘PDF with markup’ (i.e. with change tracking annotations and comments) in the Save As and Email windows

Improvements:

  • Lots of performance improvements for Ampler Charts
  • Improved UX of dragging the major unit on axes with axis breaks
  • Copying multiple Ampler Charts and regular Office shapes together will now select all of the newly copied elements
  • Fixed edge case issue where creating an Ampler Chart on top of a shape would show parts of the Ampler Chart behind the shape
  • Further reduced number of HTTP requests performed by Library related operations

 

Version 21.8.1077

New features:

  • Now it’s possible to transpose the Ampler Charts datasheet view (i.e. such that Categories are interpreted row-by-row and Series are interpreted column-by-column). This feature is accessible through the ‘Transpose sheet’ button inside the datasheet.
  • The default datasheet view when creating new horizontal charts is now transposed, such that the datasheet view better reflects the visual appearance of the chart.
  • Added support for other addins to interact with Ampler Charts through the Ampler.Interop NuGet package. This API can be consumed by other addins to achieve better interoperability with Ampler, e.g. in formatting and arrange scenarios.

Improvements:

  • Improved table layouts to better handle the case where a table has a special last row or a special last column. Also bullet formatting inside cells are now better handled.
  • Improved Save/Email feature in Word such that Headers and Footers are kept when only saving/emailing a subset of the document
  • Bar labels in Gantt charts can now be placed in the center of a Bar
  • Now it’s possible to override the automatic label font coloring in Ampler Charts to force a specific label font color. Users can also revert to automatic label font coloring by clicking on the ‘Reset to automatic color’ in the font menu dropdown for a label.
  • Fixed edge case issue where axis breaks would be placed wrong on Waterfall charts with negative values
  • Improved the scenario of changing the chart type from Stacked to Stacked 100 and vice versa
  • Improved such that users can now configure Library settings, Chart themes, and Chart layouts when running in Charts only mode

 

Version 21.7.1047

New features:

  • Now it’s possible in the Save and Email windows to save/email as PPTX and PDF simultaneously.

 

Version 21.6.1041

New features:

  • Now it’s possible to select multiple elements across charts, e.g. to set the Doughnut hole size on two Doughnut charts, or format multiple series with the same color.

Improvements:

  • Improved dragging of multiple activities simultaneously on Gantt
  • Applying a Chart theme will now apply on all selected charts
  • Improved the Scan & Fix rules related to placeholders such that they work on all types of placeholders

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed edge case issue where inserting elements with very long file names from Library would fail

 

Version 21.6.1029

New features:

  • Added personal setting to automatically show Library panel when Office starts. This feature is accessible from within Personal Settings > Library
  • Added support for having agenda layouts in different resolutions (4:3, 16:9, etc.)

Improvements:

  • Improved such that Library better maintains its view state when switching between popped in/out mode
  • Improved such that Ampler Charts doesn’t interfere with the built-in scroll bars when zooming in
  • Improved ‘Use Excel fill color’ such that it better handles if points have different fill colors in the datasheet

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed issue in Library where search results would sometimes show up twice
  • Fixed issue where ‘Reset slide’ would not work when clicked on through built-in PowerPoint slide right menu
  • Fixed issue where clicking ‘Open datasheet’ on a linked Ampler Chart (both through right-click menu and Links panel) would not always open the linked workbook
  • Fixed CAGR drag anchors not always working
  • Fixed bracket on Gantt not always being positioned correctly
  • Fixed issue where Ampler Charts would force a fill color on labels in Gantt
  • Fixed issue where milestones could collapse into a line

 

Version 21.6.1026

New features:

  • Legend markers are now sized according to the font size of the corresponding legend entry labels

Improvements:

  • Fixed positioning issue if a label was rotated and placed in a custom position
  • Greatly reduced addin startup time
  • Fixed edge case issue where opening Excel while the Ampler Charts datasheet was open would cause Excel to show up with reduced functionality

 

Version 21.6.1020

New features:

  • Added support for having dates on the category axis in Ampler Charts
  • Added support for entering custom date formats on regular charts and Gantt charts
  • Improved datasheet performance and general Charts performance
  • Improved support for having many data points in the datasheet
  • Added support for specifying a custom time unit for CAGR arrows, series CAGRs and legend CAGRs
  • Improved performance and robustness of linking – both in Ampler Charts and in general
  • Improved Link scanner such that it now also finds linked Ampler Charts and linked workbooks. Also linked file paths are now shown.
  • Vastly reduced number of HTTP requests performed by Library related operations
  • Now it is possible to control how often Ampler synchronizes Library content for offline access
  • Now it is possible to customize Library search filters on the personal and company level
  • Added new buttons that act as shortcuts for quickly applying search filters
  • Now it is possible to define folders that should ‘use original position’, i.e. content inserted from these folders will retain their original position when saved into Library. This is accessible through Company Settings > Company Library.
  • Now it is possible to control whether a slide element in Library is enabled or disabled for linking. This is accessible through the right click menu on slides in Library.

Improvements:

  • Made it easier to set smoothness for multiple series on Line charts
  • Added more outline weight options to Outline dropdown menu
  • Added more number format options for segment labels on certain chart types

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed edge case issue where certain windows (Margins, Format Picker, etc.) could spawn outside of the visible screen area
  • Fixed edge case issue where CAGR and other growth arrows would calculate wrong on Waterfall charts
  • Fixed edge case issue where setting ‘No outline’ on y-axis could cause tick labels to become detached
  • Fixed edge case issue where total labels would be placed wrong
  • Fixed edge case issue where left menus in Ampler Charts would not close automatically

 

Version 21.5.992

New features:

  • Now it is possible to show segment labels with mixed content, e.g. ‘Percentage (Absolute)’

Improvements:

  • Improved focus issue in font dropdown in left menus in Ampler Charts
  • Double clicking on a chart will now open the datasheet again

 

Version 21.4.946

New features:

  • Now it’s possible to save Table Layouts in Library. You can create new tables from a Table Layout or apply on existing tables. Adding a table shape to Library will automatically save it as a Table Layout.
  • Added new option in Company Settings to specify that Scan & Fix should always treat theme colors as brand compliant.

Improvements:

  • Improved font dropdown in left menus in Ampler Charts
  • Improved handling of number formatting in Ampler Charts when using a custom decimal and thousand separator
  • Improved New window UI to better handle when multiple variants of a slide master exist in Library
  • Improved keyboard navigation in Library

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed edge case bug related to datasheet occuring only in Office 2016

 

Version 21.4.940

New features:

  • Added ‘Layout Cleaner’ feature to easily remove incompliant slide layouts.
  • Added ‘Fix bullets’ feature that turn bullets into standard format.
  • Now it is possible to apply a presentation template to only selected slides. This feature is accessible through the ‘New’ window.

Improvements:

  • Improved Clean: improved removal of 3D effects, ribbon button is now a splitbutton such that shortcuts can be set to individual menu items.
  • Improved Stickers: improved behavior when inserting multiple stickers on a single slide, added features to easily delete all stickers in presentation or selected slides.
  • Format Picker: ‘size’ checkbox is now two separate checkboxes: ‘height’ and ‘width’, improved button icon, applying height or width now disables ‘Keep aspect ratio’ on target shapes.
  • Added ‘Apply presentation template’ button to right click menu in Library.
  • Added option in Scan & Fix settings to set a preferred color for the existing ‘Bolded text color’ rule.
  • Added large icon for the ‘Pickup size and position’ and ‘Pickup style’ buttons.
  • Inserting a built-in chart layout when a placeholder is selected now respects the selected placeholder’s dimensions.
  • Improved Library navigation performance.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed edge case bugs in ‘Placeholder position’ rule.
  • Fixed edge case bugs in ‘Inconsistent bullet style’ rule.
  • Fixed edge case bugs when inserting a table from Library.

 

Version 21.4.934

New features:

  • Added feature to share Library Source via email. Right click on Library source > ‘Share folder’ to access this feature.
  • It is now possible to customize Library Search Filters from within Company Settings.
  • The last modification time of Library elements can now be viewed in the Metadata editor.
  • Chart width is now extended when more categories are added to a Column or Waterfall chart.

Improvements:

  • Improved UX in Library window: better display of search results, added possibility to multi-select elements, fixed edge case alignment issues of elements.
  • Improved how custom placement of Chart labels work when resizing a Chart.
  • X-axis on Line charts now crosses the Y-axis at 0.
  • Fixed certain toolbar dropdowns not always being ordered alphabetically.

Bug fixes:

  • Added fix for timeouts occuring in edge cases when connected to SharePoint.

 

Version 21.3.916

New features:

  • Added new feature that enables splitting a shape into a grid. The button is available in the ‘Multiply or replicate dropdown’

Improvements:

  • Selecting a placeholder on the slide and then inserting a Chart or Table shape from Library will now insert into the selected placeholder. It already behaved that way for images, but now it also works for Charts and Tables.
  • When inserting images from Library, Ampler will now use the original image file name as the shape name for the inserted shape, such that it is easily recognizable in the Selection Pane.
  • The Language button now also sets the language in built-in Office Charts and Axis Titles.
  • Added the theme’s Custom Colors (if they exist in the theme of current presentation) to the ‘Color pane’ taskpane. Also optimized the layout and margins for better utilization of available screen space.
  • Added popup message when saving multiple shapes and slides, such that the user can now choose to save multiple shapes as a single Library element or as multiple individual Library elements.
  • Added confirmation dialog that enables overwriting existing elements when adding shapes, slides or stickers to Library and an existing element in Library with the same name already exists.
  • When typing in the Gantt datasheet, Ampler will now autofill the element type to the first in the dropdown list.
  • Improved the Chart Theme Designer such that formatting of all chart decorators can be controlled when setting up a Chart Theme.
  • Improved handling of setting date ranges in Gantt such that setting start after end and vice versa responds more intuitively.
  • Added drag & drop handles such that it is easier to control the height of Gantt elements and activities.
  • It is now supported to set a default Chart Layout and Chart Theme for Gantt charts.
  • The position of a Value Line is now changed when editing the number inside the value line label shape.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed memory leak in the ‘Import from files’ functionality, which could previously cause a degraded import-experience over time in the same PowerPoint session.

 

Version 21.3.892

New features:

  • Level differences are now supported on Area and Line charts
  • Made it possible to change from Pie & Doughnut to other chart types: Stacked, Area, Line
  • Scatter & Bubble charts now support changing the position of the x-axis
  • Now it’s possible to choose the position of the ‘Other series’
  • Font color in growth bubbles now adapt based on background fill color

Improvements:

  • Improved interoperability with Office (works better with built-in buttons, and more)
  • Improved icons related to axis features
  • Improved undo functionality
  • Improved performance of several operations (changing chart type, axis breaks, category gaps, and more)
  • Improved selection behavior
  • Improved drag behavior on Pie & Doughnut
  • Added more shortcuts to Gantt
  • Added more ways to show/hide category labels on x-axis
  • Changing language in Gantt now also translates column label texts: ‘Activity’, ‘Responsible’, ‘Comment’

 

Version 21.2.852

New features:

  • Added support for linking axes across Charts
  • Added new buttons to the Chart datasheet: toggle percentage formatting, flip rows/columns, clear formatting, transpose, and more
  • Added option to disable/enable Ampler Charts from within dropdown

Improvements:

  • Improved compatibility with older Office versions
  • Improved conversion from non-Ampler charts to Ampler Charts
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