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N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Color Warlock
« on: September 20, 2017, 12:37 PM »
Thanks for the update. I like the new additions, especially the two pickers for the blend tab.  :up:

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Color Warlock
« on: September 04, 2017, 09:16 AM »
I see what you mean. The standard button changes appearance with different Windows themes. No problem here, I was just thinking of new users who may not spot it right away, and of consistency with the button on the Blend-tab.

Thanks again for promoting Color Warlock to my #1 favorite tool. Over the years I have been using dozens of color apps, including full-fledged commercial products - nothing comes close in terms of efficiency. Too slow on start-up, Java dependencies, not portable, tiny interface fonts, not enough custom slots, no quick copy actions .... -  Color Warlock suffers none of their drawbacks. Its the best tool out there, I mean it.  :) :Thmbsup:

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Color Warlock
« on: September 02, 2017, 11:57 PM »
One small thing: When you quick-edit a chart and change nothing but its chart name, there is no save-prompt when closing the builder.
That is what happened before for the chart builder as well and still does.  I can change both normal mode and edit mode to add the modified flag if desired though.  Just let me know.
Well, unless the current behavior has advantages that I may be missing, it's more consistent if the save-prompt reminder pops up for ANY unsaved changes, including the chart name. For lazy folks like me who dismiss the dialog immediately, counting on it to offer the save dialog.  :-[

Actually for the Chart Builder the Always On Top is separate from the main window. At the moment it defaults to always on at start of chart builder window but can be toggled off temporarily till closed.  Should I make it pickup the current value of the main window but not save the value back to main window?  That way you can toggle on/off still if wanted and it not affect the main window?
Keep it as it is now, always ON when the chart builder fires up. Your implementation of keeping it separate from the main window is much better than my original suggestion.

The new picker works fine for me. I like the reduced picker-window better than the old one. The button to trigger it could be more "buttony", though, see screenshot.


N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Color Warlock
« on: August 31, 2017, 09:21 AM »
Excellent.  :)
One small thing: When you quick-edit a chart and change nothing but its chart name, there is no save-prompt when closing the builder. But that's minor, not really important.

To test it on a high-dpi screen, I have to wait for the weekend. Will let you know should I notice any issues.

Thanks a ton for implementing everything so quickly.  :up: :Thmbsup:

Great tool. I especially like the lightning fast start-up. :up:
Waiting for a calculator to come up when I need one quickly, that's one main reason I don't use other calculators more often.

It were nice if we could customize the font size (and row height accordingly) - to cater to different screen sizes/ resolutions, or if only to get this right-into-your-face look and feel.  8)

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Color Warlock
« on: August 29, 2017, 07:44 AM »
@ cranioscopical,
glad you spotted this. I don't have access to a high dpi screen right now, but will definitely try it later this week to see if I can reproduce it.

@ hamradio,
the latest beta works like a charm for me on my 1920x1200 screen. Charts are easy to edit, Always on top is correctly kept up from the main window. The button on top right is a welcome additional bonus feature.

Nothing I could wish for at this time, in terms of features and ease of operation.  :) :)

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Color Warlock
« on: August 28, 2017, 11:27 AM »
What about if I create a new option named like Organize Custom Charts which would put them into those sub menus if checked. If not checked it would show them as just a single list that way for those who doesn't want them organized by the first letter can still see the color preview as well...thoughts on that?
Great idea.
The Beta is excellent except for the on-top feature of the ChartBuilder which is probably not implemented yet. Quick editing of a chart works fine including the pre-filled file name upon save and the refresh in the main program.  :Thmbsup:

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Color Warlock
« on: August 26, 2017, 03:06 AM »
Terrific, looks very promising indeed.  :-*  And much sooner than I had possibly hoped for.

One last thing:
Loading/switching charts were much faster if we could have an entry "Open Custom Chart" right in the Charts main menu. Below or above "Open Temporary" for instance.

Your alphabetical flyouts are well-intended. I can imagine them being very useful for organized folks who maintain a large database of clients/ websites. Me, I juggle 10-12 charts that I mainly use.
Too many to remember what Alt-shortcut goes with what chart, so I click on "Explore Custom Directory" to see what I have, then back again via the hover-flyouts to wait for the letters of the alphabet, only to be reminded that these are not tied to the file names I just googled via "Explore Custom Directory". I'd have to open them one by one and prefix their chart-name (not file name) to see them all at one quick glance under 1_ oder _underscore flyouts.

For users like me, a classical open-dialog would be much faster. Easy enough to spot the right chart at one glance, possibly creating sub-directories if necessary.

Talking subfolders, is there a reason why the Open-dialog of the ChartBuilder jumps to the main folder? Charts you keep there won't show up in the charts flyouts anyway, so why not open the dialog directly into \custom where they live?

Looking forward to the update. Thanks again.

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Color Warlock
« on: August 24, 2017, 10:50 AM »
Newer Net-version: Sounds good to me, no objections.
With everything else you said I fully agree.  :Thmbsup:
Thank you for being open to suggestions.

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Color Warlock
« on: August 23, 2017, 02:00 AM »
1. Would automatically loading the current displayed chart into the chart builder work for the quick way to edit the current chart...
Yes, that would suffice. To make it obvious, the Charts menu might sport an entry "Edit current chart" and if necessary "Refresh current chart" - unless it auto-refreshes whenever new colors added in the builder.

The Chart Builder itself needs to take over the "Always on top" setting. It's  tedious to always bring it back to front while picking dozens of colors from a picture or website.

2. What format would the values you want to be pasted into be in for RGB? Like 255, 255, 255 or other?  If so I could probably do a paste button to convert it to the correct format for the chart builder.
Not sure I understand. Generally speaking, yes I think 255, 255, 255 is more compatible than RGB(255, 255, 255) when it comes to exchanging RGB codes. I were useful to have 255, 255, 255 as an (additional?) option for the Copy Click Actions.

For my second wish (to transfer a color into the R and B and G fields of color dialogs), getting 255, 2555, 255 from the clipboard makes things easier as well. With a utility like ColorPaste you then simply confirm the 255, 255, 255 with one press of Return instead of having to "paste" a #123456 hex code or having to remove the RGB(...) bracket.

I was wondering, however, if Warlock could do the auto-typing all by itself. Not meaning to be greedy, just putting it up in the air. You'd be the first color picker/archiver I know of that integrates this function.

On the downside, you'd have to explain how to use this function. The entry could read "AutoFill RGB-fields (read help section)" as another Click Action.

Would it make sense to offer ALL click actions directly with the right-click? Personally, I find it hard to remember 3 different button codes. For me it were easier to have my favorite on left, and the rest on right-click. Much faster than waiting for the nested flyouts under Options whenever I need a different code than my usual.

Thanks for listening.

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Color Warlock
« on: August 22, 2017, 07:55 AM »
Let me look into it when real life slows down some. :)
Awesome. Take your time. No Rush.
Thanks for keeping this project alive.  :up:

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Color Warlock
« on: August 18, 2017, 03:22 AM »
Great tool.  :Thmbsup:
Is there a quick way to edit the currently active palette?
Other than having to open it all over again from the ChartBuilder?

I auto-paste RGB values into standard color dialogs with this tool here:

Maybe Warlock could even perform this auto-typing all by itself?
The way it works = you put the cursor into the RED-field of a standard color diaolg, then trigger the auto-type and it will
1) overwrite the value for the RED-field
2) Tab to Green and replace the GREEN-field
3) Tab to Blue and replace that value

Thank you for this awesome color archiver.

Thanks. Both methods work great.
Beats me why I didn't think of the Copy + Paste routine to duplicate entries  :o

Some suggestions:
1. Create right menu context entry > "Duplicate" function (For entries, not profiles)
2. Allow us to manually choose display name or have another column for NAME           |      TARGET        | Arguments.
3. It's not the worse thing in the world but I would remove the options tab - remove the profiles tab and just create a text label called "Profiles". Then I would put "options" or "preferences" under menu, unless there's some design considered I haven't thought of.  PIC of area I'm saying to remove:
4. PLEASE allow us to customize the columns. I don't need working directory or notes...
5. Give us the ability to keep entries in the list, but "disable" them. Disabling them puts a red X over their name or dims their entry dramatically.
+1 for suggestions 1, 4, and 5 especially.
I hate deleting entries in my lists - might need them again some later time - a disable-option would be awesome. My workaround has been to duplicate whole profiles, but that leads to multiple variants hard to keep track of, requires changes to my commandline call-ups etc etc..Disable would make it a lot easier to see old/new entries at one glance, whereas now I have to compare whole profiles to spot the difference.

Unfortunately, the red filled rectangle is still there with v1.12.01. It sits smack in the middle of the whole video when recording with the option "entire screen." Win 7 64
To avoid it, you have to record a "selected region" that you enlarge so it covers the whole screen.

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sChecklist
« on: June 04, 2016, 01:58 AM »
I found another app that can be squeezed into doing the same thing, but I'd still prefer sChecklist if I could rely on it, so I would try an interim build if that's still possible.
-littlecousinjimmy (May 19, 2016, 11:12 AM)
Would you mind sharing a link to that other app? Portable?
I've been using sChecklist for quite a while, also suffering from the infamous data loss off and on - but luckily it seems to have disappeared with the latest version. I am on Win7 64.

Thanks Iain - very much appreciated. :Thmbsup:

Screenshot Captor / Smoother object selection
« on: December 01, 2015, 03:01 AM »
Two things that I find distracting:
1) Turning drawing objects or presets On/Off makes the screen jump
The image I currently edit in the main window jumps left and right because of the tool settings popping up and taking up space. Maybe they could be made to overlap to the left instead of shifting the content back and forth? It's easy enough to zoom or pan away from it, should the settings really cover up important content. Or maybe it could be restricted to the AutoFit checkbox - an enabled AutoFit would make it jump, if disabled the settings would overlap, keeping the image still and stable.

2) No shortcut for object selection mode
I know I can make it switch back automatically every time I use a tool. But this is not what I want, some tools are great to be sticky. But every so often another object gets in the way and that always requires to aim at the tiny button and a second later you travel back there again to pick up where you left off. Heavy editing results in a lot of mouse travel, especially on a large HD monitor this amounts to quite some mouse mileage, your attention is continually taken away from the hot spots to aim for the tiny select-icon.

Suggestion: Ctrl held down = temporarily activate object-select tool
To accommodate this behavior, other shortcuts would have to be streamlined, such as Ctrl-drag line tool. Actually, if all tool-modifier keys could be made to respond to say, SHIFT, it were easier to remember. Resizing a rectangle proportionally would be Shift-drag (instead of Alt drag now) etc... Holding down Ctrl would temp-activate object-selection, holding down Shift would activate the special mode for a given tool (resize proportionally, draw horizontally/vertically, etc)

+1 for connecting objects, similar to mindmap/flowchart programs

Line object with and without endpoint arrows - just set up your own object presets, this will take care of it.

Screenshot Captor / Re: hotkeys no longer working in version 4.15.2
« on: December 01, 2015, 02:51 AM »
... adding a mode where making an arrow auto-added some numbered text (step 1, step 2, step 3),
:Thmbsup: +1

You might care to look at John Knowles' ABCZ Typing Abbreviation System for one rational approach to choosing short forms.

There are many threads on DC about text expanders and similar applications - worth reviewing, though many are getting old, and some are heated.  For all the software they mention, they aren't complete.  Text expanders and similar products are quite a big category, though a requirement for portability winnows them out.
And thanks again for that link. Great guidelines.  :Thmbsup:

Many thanks to all contributors. This has developed into a very informative thread, more helpful than I had expected.

ATM, I am trialing several products. I am curious to find out what will happen with PhraseExpress after 30 days. They claim it will continue to be free for personal use, no limitations other than having to see the license reminder - probably all over the place, but I will see.

What rules out PhraseExpander -  and also most of the other products geared to those professional markets = they don't have portable editions. For me that's an absolute must, one of the main reasons I need an expander in the first place. Once I get used to my abbreviations and phrases I want to carry them along wherever I go, to whatever machine I happen to be on.

@xtabber - thanks for pointing the license restriction to one computer only, I would have missed it.

I knew about TA and Lintalist, but not Auspex and Echo - many thanks to wraith808 for mentioning them.
And thanks to rjbull for InstantText - another novelty for me.

After checking it out, I am beginning to better understand the repeated mentioning of legal and medical usage:
Not that I need it, but this built-in smartness does make a lot of sense when I think about it.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Forte Notation free until Sep 14
« on: August 24, 2015, 11:11 PM »
 :Thmbsup: Thanks. Much appreciated.

Thanks dr_andus,

I like what you said about this category of software being pretty generic. Convincing case for my usage scenarios. I figure it's probably different for someone who intends to rely on pre-defined phrases and vocabulary that is very specific. I've seen such add-on lists elsewhere, but didn't care to investigate quality and compatibility issues.

I certainly don't need it, for me it's general purpose, no legal or medical profession involved.

May I ask what program you settled for?

2. Both products are aimed at the medical transcription market.
Wasn't obvious to me, from neither product's website.
Don't know how many companies hang out here to find a good deal. My perspective is purely personal, strictly private usage scenarios. If anything, I was expecting differences in ease of use, maybe, or performance or compatibillity. Like you said, feature-wise they seem much the same.

Thanks for your well-written assessment. I also appreciate the link to Breevy, although I have not checked it out further, got too many text expanders lined up already, for testing purposes sooner or later.

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