We take pride in creating quality software programs for Microsoft Windows 95-11 and Wine. With an emphasis on reliability, stability and ease of use. All our software has been engineered exclusively in-house.

Now complete, our 4th generation code foundation codenamed 'Gossamer' is built on clean, crisp code, engineered from the bare metal right through to the graphical user interface. Compact, fast, smart and dependable across all flavours of Microsoft Windows.

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Infinite  
Free
New

Tabbed text editor.  Plain text (txt) and custom text (bwd/bwp) document formats.  Spell checker.  Word wrap.  Manuscript mode.  Extensive backup system so you'll never lose work again.  Switch rapidly between files.
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Pick Zoom  
Free
New

Zoom an image up/down by percentage or pixels, quickly and with ease.  WYSIWYG view.  Realtime zoomed image dimensions and size.
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Harmony  
Free
Updated

Digital display chiming clock with 100+ chimes and 50 alarms + reminders.  Multiple chime styles of Melody, Ships Bells, British Royal Ships Bells, Grande Sonnerie and Petite Sonnerie.  On-screen date / time / part of day.  Custom coloring, time/date format and many options.  Right click clock face for menu and select "Options" to customise.
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Dougi  
Free

Create quality JPEG images with ease.  Paste in an image or drag and drop and set desired quality and save.  That's it.  With a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) display, see all changes in quality and image size in realtime.
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Dani  
Free

Need to create a transparent PNG image in a hurry?  And need to feather the edges too?  Dani can.  Open or paste an image.  Select transparency style, e.g. 'Top-Left' to make that color transparent (invisible).  Choose a feather, e.g. 10.  Save the PNG image to file.  Done.
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Mask  
Free

Turn an opaque image into a translucent one quickly and easily.  Open or paste an image.  Select the mask style (dark, light or both) and watch as dark colors become translucent shades, and bright colors opaque.  Save the image as a PNG.  That's it.
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Big Pixels  
Free

View your screen area enlarged in realtime.  Easily examine close up, the finer details of an image, an animation, or website layout with ease.  Move your cursor to automatically shift the enlarged display view.  So simple!
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Music Player  
Free

Easily play your music files (wav/wma/mp3) direct from a folder or ".m3u" playlist.  Large playlist capacity support.  Jump backward and forward in time with a single click/tap on the large playback progress bar.
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Cynthia  
Free

Reliably play midi music files from a folder or ".m3u" playlist.  Adjust playback speed, volume and output device on the fly during playback.  A large playback progress bar makes jumping forward and backward in time a breeze with just a single click or tap.
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Secure Message  
Free

Quick, strong encryption with private password for text.  Feel confident that your information stays secure from prying eyes.  Type a message or paste in text, enter a password and click "Encrypt".  Your message is secured.  Straightforward and hassle free.
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Secure Message Plus  
Free

Quick, strong encryption with private password for text.  Feel confident that your information stays secure from prying eyes.  Type a message or paste in text, enter a password and click "Encrypt".  Your message is secured.  Straightforward and hassle free with 7 work panels.
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Small File Encrypter  
Free

Protect your small files with strong encryption.  Navigate to a folder and select the files to protect.  Type a password and click "Encrypt" link.  Files encrypt using our TBT-4 Large Key Encryption Engine.  Support for 1-100 Mb files.
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Small File Encrypter Plus  
Free

Strong encryption and 7 work panels make it easy to protect your small files.  Select a work panel (1-7), navigate to a folder and select the files to protect.  Enter a password and click "Encrypt" link.  Files encrypt using our TBT-4 Large Key Encryption Engine.  Support for 1-100 Mb files.
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Blend It  
Free

Easily create a website background tile.  Paste in an image, adjust style and strength, and use the realtime WYSIWYG display for visual reference, then save.  Final image can be tiled horizontally and/or vertically.
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Clic  
Free

Generate stunning icons in true color (24bit, 16.7 million colors) with transparency. Screen Capture grabs an icon from anywhere on the screen in realtime, or Paste to Fit auto resizes your picture. So Simple!
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HexColor  
Free

Generate hexadecimal (#FF0000) colors for web pages, with ease and speed.  Realtime screen color grab captures any screen color.  Auto Copy inserts result to Clipboard.  Simple!
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Yellow Hue Cursor Collection  
Free

780 standard arrow pointers in various color variants of Yellow Pulser, Yellow/Orange Color Changer, Yellow/Pink Color Changer, Yellow/Purple Color Changer.
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Red Hue Cursor Collection  
Free

760 standard arrow pointers in various color variants of Light Red Pulser, Dark Red Pulser, Red/Purple Color Changer, Red/Yellow Color Changer.
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Green Hue Cursor Collection  
Free

620 standard arrow pointers in various color variants of Green Pulser, Green/Yellow Color Changer.
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Blue Hue Cursor Collection  
Free

1,000 standard arrow pointers in various color variants of Aqua Pulser, Blue Pulser, Blue/Yellow Color Changer.
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Pink Hue Cursor Collection  
Free

1,140 standard arrow pointers in various color variants of Soft Pink Pulser, Strong Pink Pulser, Pink/Pink Color Changer.
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What's Your Mood?  
Free

Setting the right mood on your graphical user interface is often quite important.  If it's too dull, it will look like a relic from a bygone era and can drag your mood down.
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Spice Up Your Cursor  
Free

Perhaps you are a little bored, or tired, of the standard white cursor?  It's solid.  Works well.  But something just isn't doing it for you any more.
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How To Change Your Mouse Pointer In Windows 10  
Free

Simple 13 step guide to changing your Windows 10 mouse pointer.
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What is a portable program?  
Free

What is a portable program and why should you care?  We explain the hidden world of the portable program.   You might be surprised.
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What is a hexadecimal color?  
Free

Discover how a hexadecimal color is constructed and why, and where to use it.

Wallpapers - How To Use

Click / tap on thumbnail below to view wallpaper. Then right click on enlarged image and select "Save Image As..." to save wallpaper to file. Change your desktop wallpaper manually using the saved file.

Or, from Firefox web browser, click / tap on thumbnail below to view wallpaper. Then right click enlarged image and select "Set As Desktop Background..." and then click "Set Desktop Background". Your desktop wallpaper is now set.

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Roses  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Honey Bee  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Pond  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Flowers  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Clouds  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Bridge  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Forrest  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Island  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Morning  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Psychedelic  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Rustic  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Ripples  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Sunrise  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Waters  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG
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Surprises  
Size: 1920 x 1080
Type: JPEG

Colors - How To Use

Plain text color schemes below can be pasted directly into our new software programs to change their coloring, such as Cynthia and Dougi.

Copy desired color scheme text to Clipboard, making sure to include all the text between the opening and closing brackets "(...)". Using Cynthia, from her top toolbar select "Tool icon options20.tep Options > Tool icon color20.tep Color > Tool icon paste20.tep Paste and Use".  New color scheme takes affect immediately.

Emerald
(col31daf680159eba4026dffb8324fe19a330a914a340a914a35008740364fe19a371daf683845d790393bcd863a6dffb8644fe19a650a914a660a914a67008740684fe19a691daf686a45d7906b3bcd866c)
Yellow Gold
(col3958f0001f9f31402e5df0032c7c1003377710a3477710a356d670036fffd1e37958f0038bdb70039b3ad003ae5df0064c7c1006577710a6677710a676d670068fffd1e69958f006abdb7006bb3ad006c)
Pale Lime
(col382af4e01beeb8a02d2ff9e32b4e1803364913034649130355a872636b4e1803782af4e38aad77639a0cd6c3ad2ff9e64b4e1806564913066649130675a872668b4e1806982af4e6aaad7766ba0cd6c6c)
Red White and Blue
(col3af163401eb5270028bd4ff326db6e1331d6691341d669135135c87366db6e1373b84af3863acd73959a2cd3affffff64d5e1db6585918b6685918b677b878168d5e1db69a3afa96acbd7d16bc1cdc76c)
Yellow and Purple
(col3731faf01af5beb02fbf88c32ddda6e338d8a1e348d8a1e3583801436ddda6e37aba83c38d3d06439c9c65a3ac36fff64a551e165550a9166550a91674b008768a551e169731faf6a9b47d76b913dcd6c)
Green and Gold
(col32faf2a016beb6602fbf88c32ddda6e338d8a1e348d8a1e3583801436ddda6e37aba83c38d3d06439c9c65a3a7fff7a6461e15c6511910c6611910c670787026861e15c692faf2a6a57d7526b4dcd486c)
Baby Pink
(col373537101fbdfff02fef8ff32e0dae133ffc4f934ffc4f935868087368f6f9137aea8af38d6d0d739ccc6cd3afdddff64dfbfe165efa5c666efa5c667856587688f6f9169ad8daf6ad5b5d76bcbabcd6c)
Pale Blue
(col35a9aaf0196d6eb02aaeaff328ccce1333c7c91343c7c9135327287368ccce1375a9aaf3882c2d73978b8cd3a82c2d76464a4b96546869b6646869b6732728768b4f4ff693272876a5a9aaf6b5090a56c)
Blue on Lime Yellow
(col392af0001ceeb2b02b2e5ff3294c7e13344779134447791353a6d873694c7e1376295af388abdd73980b3cd3ae2ff3f64c4e1216574910a6674910a676a870068c4e1216992af006abad7176bb0cd0d6c)
Maroon and Purple
(col33a033a019a233a0280195132841a4b33531254346b115935efb9fc36fcebff377c687538efc8e1390000003a8a1c496478145565531254666b115967d7b3e268fcebff697c68756aefc8e16b0000006c)
Purple and Green
(col3630f9b01c773ff0284c6563266a8383316580a3416580a350c4e0036a2e47437347606385c9e2e395294243abe77ee64a059d065500a8066500a806746007668dc95ff696e279e6a964fc66b8c45bc6c)
Two Tone Dune
(col399411001fda57402f9d5ba32dbb79c338b674c348b674c35815d4236dbb79c37a9856a38d1ad9239c7a3883afcae7264de9054658e400a668e400a6784360068de905469ac5e226ad4864a6bca7c406c)
Pink Mushroom
(col388887f01ececdc02fff2eb32cdcdc5337d7d75347d7d753573736b36ffffff379b9b9338c3c3bb39b9b9b13affe4d764e1c6b9659176696691766967876c5f68e1c6b969af94876ad7bcaf6bcdb2a56c)
Tinged Yellow
(col39a837c01fdffe502fdffe532cdcdc5337d7d75347d7d753573736b36ffffff379b9b9338c3c3bb39b9b9b13af9ffef64d8d7e16588879166888791677e7d8768d8d7e169a6a5af6acecdd76bc4c3cd6c)
Yellow Mushroom
(col388887f01ececdc02ebebe332cdcdc5337d7d75347d7d753573736b36ffffff379b9b9338c3c3bb39b9b9b13affffe164e1e1db6591918b6691918b6787878168e1e1db69afafa96ad7d7d16bcdcdc76c)
Dark Red
(col341040401461e1e02320c0c3202020233c9a2a234c9a2a235c9a2a236483e3e3752363638000000390000003a3c0c0c6402020265c9a2a266c9a2a267c9a2a268483e3e695236366a0000006b0000006c)
Dark Blue
(col300001701325e7b020202023220202033326d8b34326d8b35326d8b369bb8c63710273738102737393434343a326d8b64144f6d650a0a1d660a0a1d6700001368508ba969001d3b6a0a45636b003b596c)
Dark Purple
(col32d143a0169507602dbb6e132bd98c3336d4873346d487335633e6936f9d4ff378b669138b38eb939a984af3a672b6b64490d4d65dbb6e1660a0a0a67000000688549896917001b6a3f03436b3500396c)
Dark Navy
(col30f0f2d01373746022020323202020233a2a2bc34707090359898b3363e3e483736365238000000390000003a2020326402020265a2a2c966a2a2cb679898bf683e3e48693636526a0000006b0000006c)
Burnt Brown
(col33e170001a27b2002443312322615003337100034371000356c594f36ad9d94371c0b0038352405391201003a8760116469420065190a0a66190a0a67190a0a68a57e2f694433126a5f38006b552e006c)
Peachy Black
(col3000000011b1b1b021b1b1b3200000033ce625f34ce625f3593939336393939376b6b6b38000000390000003af68a8764d86c6965881c1966881c19677e120f68d86c6969a63a376ace625f6bc458556c)
Pinked
(col32f002d01fbdfff02fef8ff32e0dae133908a9134908a913586808736e0dae137aea8af38d6d0d739ccc6cd3afdddff64dfbfe1658f6f91668f6f916785658768dfbfe169ad8daf6ad5b5d76bcbabcd6c)
Aqua Orange
(col3616a8401c9fefe02c9fefe32f0f0f033f2b20034f2b200350000ff3600000037948d8938f4f4f439c5d3f93a616a8464f0f0f065f2b20066f2b20067fff7b46800000069948d896ad2e0ed6b4032246c)
Teal Black
(col3000000011b1b1b021b1b1b32000000333240403432404035424f4f36393939376b6b6b38000000390000003a112121640003036593a3a36693a3a367899999682f3f3f696171716a0000006b0000006c)

Oscar

A smile, a smirk, and a laugh from a time long, long ago, is our Oscar, whom still keeps dancing to this day. He thinks himself pretty neat, but he's a bit risque in his enthusiasm for 'doing his dance' routine. But you know what? Some green rats, despite their age, just keep on dancing, no matter what :)

Overview

We are pleased to present our latest quality software direct to you. Each program has been engineered "in house" to our highest standards.

All our programs have no installation, are portable, self-contained and require no setup. There are no additional "dll libraries" required, no registry modifications, and no updating/alteration of your existing computer files, libraries or Windows' registry.

User Management

Our latest generation of software supports customisation of scrollbars, font, colors etc. And there are 45+ built-in color schemes, ranging from black to exotic color mixes. Or you may devise your own color scheme, save it to disk, share it on social media, or email it to friends etc. Our color schemes are plain text and totally safe.

We have new/updated software of - Cynthia (Midi Player), Dougi (JPEG Creator), Blend It (Website Tile Creator).

Code Foundation - Technological Background

Our latest software has been built on our Gossamer 4th generation code foundation - an ultra-lightweight, ultra-fast proprietary code base, engineered strictly 'in house' to rigorously high standards for maximum stability and reliability and across all flavors of Microsoft Windows and Wine.

Custom multi-mode controls perform multiple, simultaneous functions significantly reducing the quantity of code required to layout complex graphical user interfaces (GUIs). A lean graphics subsystem supports common 24bit/32bit graphic functions, close to eliminating the need for graphics card/system API calls.

Realtime decode-to-paint technology eliminates the need for image data buffering, rendering more images on a GUI in less time and zero additional memory consumption. With pixel level text rendering and multi-level anti-alias support plus smart image/text zoom on high resolution displays, interacting with our programs over multiple device types is a breeze!

Specially built common dialog windows for common tasks, such as saving a file, opening a file, choosing a color, etc, are no longer tied to the underlying operating system. Instead, utilising our specialised window management and rendering system, and full support for overlapping windows, curved corners (since 2006), drag-to-position, resize, click-to-focus, and integrated support for complex GUI layouts and rapid, partial paint events with no buffering requirement for perfect, flicker-free, consistent GUI rendering.

A 32-bit code base allows for broad execution scope, from the oldest 32-bit Windows 95 to the latest 64-bit flavour of Windows. It is even possible to run our programs on Linux via Wine. (Note: Wine requires an Intel x86 / AMD64 CPU to execute a Windows Desktop Program).
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Our entire code foundation has been engineered exclusively 'in house' (no third party) to a stringently high standard of quality, to deliver the very best performance and reliability.

A Brief History

1997 / 1st Generation

The 1st generation of our software focused on basic infrustructure automation, and data sharing at the low level and at the user level. This allowed many of our programs to share common data quickly and easily, making for a flexible work enviroment.

No significant custom GUI system/handling at this point. Programs tendered to suffer from flicker and slow resize/sluggish graphics work.
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2005 / 2nd Generation

A step away from the standard operating system based GUI system. And our first attempt at managing the GUI workload and graphics subsystem ourselves, whilst remaining heavily reliant on the operating system for many of the window functions.

It was a success in terms of graphic freedom and power, but stability issuses and some graphical limitations required a rethink and a new version was soon planned.
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2006 VUN / 3rd Generation

Our 3rd system yielded tremendous success. Not only did we achive GUI freedom, but also rock solid stability and massive performance increases. For the first time, we were free to use thousands of controls in a single program without performance loss, or operating system penalty. A fun fact, Windows 95 could only support a few hundred controls before crashing/losing stability.

So building a complex program up to this point had been challenging. But no longer. We also built our own graphics subsystem, for doing much of the work Windows 95/98 could not do. For instance, zooming image areas to very large zoom levels in real time with very little additional memory/processor overhead. Along with many enhancements, that allowed our software to perform with great stability whilst performing challenging tasks on limited hardware.

The new system proved so flexiable and scalable, that we managed to run our own search engine on a cluster of Windows 98 machines - it was called Rawgrunt. And yes, we managed every aspect of our search engine in realtime, via many GUI panels/controls.
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2021 Gossamer / 4th Generation

Our lastest installment is lighter, more powerful, more stable, and almost completely automatic behind the scenes. Very fast application development can be achived, with the many common GUI controls/behaviours prebuilt right into the system.

A brand new graphics subsystem, allows for tremendous operating system independance. Taking complete charge of our windows, controls, and pretty much the entire management eco system. All from an extremely compact code base of ~100K lines.

The code base is natively portable, and handles it's own graphics, sound, file, dialog windows, GUI work, custom windowing, internal drag and drop, and much more, just to mention a few. And it still runs on Windows 95 and up.
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Comparison Table

Here's a quick overview of the differences between the four generations of our code foundations / cores, which formed the basis of all our programs over the years.

Glancing at the table below, you'll probably notice quite quickly the significant improvements included in our latest release - our 4th generation code base. Unlike past foundations, we rewrote this core from the bare metal up. Including only what was required, and using various techniques to reduce the size of the code base. In some instances, we were able to drastically reduce the code required.

One way in which we were able to do this, was through the repurposing of some, core visual controls. By switching the internal mode of the control to a new state, it's behaviour could be changed, sometimes only slighty, whilst other times more significantly. Through this method, we were able to reduce the overal code required, often by as much as 90%. And less code, means less errors, and less time spent searching for them, and fixing them.

Type
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Year of Construction
1997
2005
2006
2021
OS Dependence
High
Med
Med
Low
Windows 95-11
Linux / Wine Support
-
-
-
Win32 Low Resource Usage
-
-
Support for 1,000+ controls
-
-
Data Automation
GUI Automation
-
-
-
Binary Management
-
-
-
Anti-Tamper Security
Advanced Security
-
-
-
Portable
-
-
-
Framed Windows
-
-
Advanced Frame
-
-
-
Touch Support
-
-
Realtime Help (scrolling)
-
-
Built-in Help
Internal Help Viewer
-
-
Multi-Mode Controls
-
-
-
Text Box (Plain Text)
-
-
Text Box (Fonts/Images)
-
-
-
GUI Zoom
-
-
-
4K / 8K Support
-
-
-
Independent Visual Controls
-
Independent Graphics System
-
Independent Font Manager
-
-
-
Independent Window Manager
-
-
-
Overlapping Window Support
-
-
-
Flicker Free Rendering
-
-
Bufferless Control Rendering
-
-
-
Antialias Text Rendering
-
-
-
Color Schemes
-
Compact Text Color Schemes
-
-
-
Internal Debugging
-
-
Memory / Resource Tracking
-
-
Memory Leak Tracker
-
-
-
Inter-Thread Communicator
-
-
-
Midi Engine
-
-
-
Economy Mode
-
-
-
Modular Design
-
Modular Core
-
-
-
Reusable GUI Images
-
On-the-fly GUI Image Rendering
-
-
-
Text to HTML Conversion
-
-
-
Base Size (Mb)
0.5
0.8
0.7
1.2
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