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N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: Stick A Note (Enhancement)
« on: February 10, 2018, 12:39 PM »

As a challenge to myself and in order to add the ability to move and size Note windows in addition to coloring and text size, I decided to write my own program. Similar to yours, only one note is displayed at a time related to the active window. I call it Relevant Notes and it stores all data into one INI file in the same directory. I know you are busy with real work so this was an opportunity for me to be creative.

The blog page for the program is Relevant Notes


N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: Stick A Note (Enhancement)
« on: January 21, 2018, 04:58 PM »

I don't suppose you would think about sharing the program code. Any additions I would make, I would send back to you in case you wanted to incorporate them into a future version. There's just a few changes I'd like to see. If not, I may write my own.

Thanks for your time,


Nice program, I took a different approach with Shortcuts Creator which allows users to generate short hotstrings to launch folders, documents, webpages or programs.

Users can drag files, programs or shortcuts to the main window and it will prompt for what letters they want to use to launch those items. The hotstrings are prefaced with a single letter which denotes what type of item is being launched: (f)olders, (r) programs, (w) web pages and (d) documents.

For exe, the hotstring code looks for an existing program window before launching and just makes it the active window if it exists.

Users can type the hotstring in the raw, which works in most places, or they can press both Shift keys to display a launcher window, just type in the string to launch the item. If you are in Excel or PowerPoint the code will recover text are typing into a cell or a slide. That was the best method I could come up with. That code is in the myshortcuts.ahk file.

I use it all the time at work to either launch an item or put that window on top.


N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: Constant Info
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:35 AM »

I forgot to point out that the program's menu has a Window Fader option which makes it transparent after 30 seconds. You simply mouse over the window to turn off transparent. I realized that it may be too much of a distraction for some users so I added this early on.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: Constant Info
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:20 PM »
Ath and IainB,

I removed the Bold text from the change notification window, reduced to 11 point size and added a Stop Showing button. This allows users to quickly stop seeing it if they feel it is TMI.

2018-01-06 20_07_50-INFO UPDATE NOTICE.png

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: Constant Info
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:58 AM »

I didn't see your post yesterday. It's difficult to disable the scrolling because who knows how long the text will be. I designed the program with IT Help Desks and other work groups in mind so they would have a visual indication of ongoing issues. My group at work does send out email alerts but sometimes issues are fixed long before another email is sent.

Users can right click any info item and Hide it. Once the last item has been hidden the scroll window will disappear.  If any item is then added or changed, the window will reappear.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: Constant Info
« on: January 05, 2018, 05:17 PM »
I will think about adding a list of missed or changed notices while users are away from their computer instead of the Bold CAPITAL message box. Just keep in mind I do give them the option to Suppress that message.

Thanks for the suggestions. There's 500 downloads on SoftPedia but no one is leaving comments. I'm open to any ideas for improvements.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: Constant Info
« on: January 01, 2018, 09:03 AM »
The scrolling info is constantly updated but if users are not at their PC I created the notification window so they'll see it when they come back. I made bold just to be more in your face, especially if it's regarding some network resource, application or website that is down and they are responsible for fixing it. Users can click "Suppress Update Notices" from the menu to not have this window displayed. I figured if it's used in a Production area, that popup may interfere with processes already running.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / NANY 2018 Release: Constant Info
« on: December 31, 2017, 04:24 PM »
Application NameConstant Info
Version 1.57
Short DescriptionA program to display important notices in a workgroup setting or dated reminders in single user mode.
Supported OSes Windows 7 and higher
Web Page / More Infohttp://s355751075.on...s/constant-info-pro/
Download Link Same as above
System RequirementsWindows OS
Author Michael Todd

A program to add/update one line reminders or notices of important events in a work group setting.

Each item may contain the following:

1) Item Description
2) Item Priority 0 to 5 (displayed with different colors)
3) Item Date (defaults to today's date and can repeat Monthly, Biweekly and Weekly)
4) Filename or URL Link for the item
5) Extra text or instructions for other users in the work group.

Items may also be filtered once read. If another user makes a file change then items are re-displayed and the user is notified of changes. The items are constantly scrolled in a short 1-line window in a location of your choice. Thus far the program has been reviewed by SoftPedia (http://www.softpedia...stant-Info-Pro.shtml). I wasn't quite finished with it when they 'grabbed' it from my blog. I have a handful of other apps on their site.

Any feedback is welcome. I am still working on Advance notifications of dated items so it can be used as a general Reminder program.

[I also added the version that uses SQLite in the Blog page.]

2017-11-05 08_53_18-Greenshot.png
2017-10-28 16_07_29-ADD ITEM.png
2017-10-28 20_37_09-INFO FILE EDIT IN PROGRESS.png
2017-10-28 16_12_26-INFO UPDATE NOTICE.png
2017-10-28 16_09_25-About Constant Info Pro.png
2017-10-28 16_06_11-UPDATE INFO_ C__Users_toddm_Desktop_ConstantInfoPro.txt.png

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: Stick A Note (Enhancement)
« on: December 29, 2017, 03:48 PM »

I apologize. I didn't realize that any part of the Window Title can be used to match on a Note. That will do what I was talking about as long as the application name is part of the Window Title. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Outlook, etc. add their name to the Title. Or are you grabbing the Program Name and appending it automatically?

Thanks again for your application.


N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: Stick A Note (Enhancement)
« on: December 27, 2017, 07:29 PM »
Wow, this is very nice. I've been using Stickies 9.0c for a while to make notes for specific web pages or documents, but, your program is much simpler. Stickies has Rich Text with bullets, bold, italic, etc., but, for the most part I have no need of text formatting. Stickies has a myriad of other features but a lot of it is overkill.

What do the stickies match on: app name, window title or some other combination? I'm just curious. I will be working with Stick A Note.

Stickies stores Window Title and Program Class and allows you to use asterisks wildcards in the Title.
So, in Firefox, if you wanted a sticky to make notes for any YouTube videos you watch, you can enter:

Title: *YouTube*
Class: MozillaWindowClass

You may want to allow users to not match the full Window Title and enable wildcards to make your program much more versatile.

Thanks again.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Pledge: Ready Bible Study
« on: December 25, 2017, 10:03 AM »
He remarked in a clip (now buried in my notes) that instead of "meek" as near "timid", one translation of the phrase comes out "those who have weapons and know how to use them, but then vow to keep them sheathed if at all possible" ... shall inherit the earth!

I'm not sure about the meek keeping weapons ready but in this day and time it's probably a good idea. If you press ALT-T from the Mini View and search on meek you will find all relevant verses. Or from the Zoomed view, click the Topics tab and choose Meekness from the drop down list. Pressing F12 will rotate through the three Topical references.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Pledge: Ready Bible Study
« on: December 24, 2017, 11:35 AM »
I looked at the website for the Recovery Bible. I'm not sure if I can request that text. It's only New Testament so that would be interesting in itself to integrate into my application.

The site I looked at is: Recovery Bible

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Pledge: Ready Bible Study
« on: December 20, 2017, 06:46 PM »
It has three Bible translations:

1) King James 1769
2) American King James 1999 (just a simple replacement of some 'archaic' words, mainly Thee, Thou, etc.)
3) Lexham English Bible 2012 (from Logos Bible software - more info)

There are several other free to use translations that I could make available.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / NANY 2018 Release: Ready Bible Study v2.90
« on: December 19, 2017, 08:53 PM »
Version 2.90 of this program was just uploaded. I merged in most of the functionality of two other applications. I wanted to add it here as it involved several hundred hours of work. I'm not trying to proselytize to anyone. I was just amazed that AutoHotkey could manage 40 megabytes of text files as fast as it does to create a working Bible Study application. I heavily modified a number of Bibles, Commentaries, Dictionaries, etc. into INI files and used the R_INI library to access them. It's just a good example of AutoHotkey capabilities.

Users may press F6 to start Audio playback from any displayed text. Pressing F6 multiple times places items into an Audio queue. Audio may be paused or stopped. If Audio is playing when the program is exited, the user will be prompted to restart from the last item in the queue when the program is started next time. [that took a lot of work]

There are many more screenshots on the program's Blog page.

Application Name Ready Bible Study & Reference
Version 2.90
Short Description A general purpose Bible Study program
Supported OSes Windows 7 and higher
Web Page / More Infohttp://s355751075.on...-reference-software/
Download Link Same as above
System RequirementsWindows OS
Author Michael Todd

Compact View:
2016-01-29 20_12_43-Ready Bible Study & Reference.png  2016-01-29 21_08_34-Ready Bible Study & Reference.png  2016-01-29 21_10_08-Ready Bible Study & Reference.png

Devotional and Dictionary:

2016-01-29 21_11_15-[Devotional] My Utmost for His Highest - Oswald Chambers for 1_29_2016.png
2016-01-29 21_15_32-[Bridgeway Dictionary] Entry for Enemy.png

Zoomed View:

Tray Menu:

Some Search Abilities:

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / NANY 2018 Release: Shortcuts Creator
« on: December 19, 2017, 08:31 PM »
A program to create hotstring shortcuts for applications, documents, web pages and regular text. Users can drag existing shortcuts or documents over the program window and it will prompt for each item asking what letters you wish to use to launch each item. The program actively updates a running Shortcuts script so it requires users to install AutoHotkey. The program looks to see if items are already in an active window and brings it to the front before launching any item.

Most hot string shortcuts can safely be typed from anywhere, but, users can also press both Shift keys to display a Shortcuts Launcher window.

Application Name Shortcuts Reminder
Version 1.18
Short Description A launcher that uses hotstring combinations
Supported OSes Windows 7 and higher
Web Page / More Infohttp://s355751075.on.../automating_windows/
Download Link Same as above
System RequirementsWindows OS
Author Michael Todd

Main Window
2017-09-23 18_59_01-Shortcuts Creator [ESC to Close].png

Secondary launch window
2017-09-23 18_59_25-Shortcuts Launcher.png

List of existing shortcuts window
2017-09-23 19_03_03-MY SHORTCUTS LIST [ESC to Close].png

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / NANY 2018 Release: Simple Reminders
« on: December 19, 2017, 08:15 PM »
A program to set repetitive reminders of daily tasks. Tasks can repeat at set intervals or be displayed at set times of the day. For each items, sub-items may be entered. They will be rotated through whenever the item reminder is displayed. Users can also control the color, the onscreen duration and the location of each reminder.

Application Name Simple Reminders
Version 1.15
Short Description A flexible task reminder program
Supported OSes Windows 7 and higher
Web Page / More Infohttp://s355751075.on...-reminders-software/
Download Link Same as above
System RequirementsWindows OS
Author Michael Todd

2017-07-16 14_39_27-Greenshot.png
2017-07-16 14_38_49-Greenshot.png
2017-07-16 14_36_19-Edit Reminders.png
2017-07-16 14_33_56-Greenshot.png

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / NANY 2018 Release: Multi-Launcher
« on: December 19, 2017, 07:58 PM »
A launcher application that saves four sets of information:
  • Recent programs
  • Recent documents
  • Recent folders
  • Recent web pages

Users can double-click on any entry to launch that item or bring it to the front of existing windows. Items can be deleted or filtered from view. Lists can be backed up and restored, or cleared out.

Application Name Multi-Launcher
Version 1.31
Short Description A multi faceted launcher
Supported OSes Windows 7 and higher
Web Page / More Info http://s355751075.on...rogramfile-launcher/
Download Link Same as above
System RequirementsWindows OS
Author Michael Todd

2017-09-02 09_44_19-Multi-Launcher.png
2017-09-02 09_08_29-Greenshot.png

Living Room / Re: Windows Logger and Hung Process Monitoring
« on: January 24, 2016, 07:44 AM »

Those apps are written in AutoIT. The Windows API function that determines whether a process is 'hung' is called IsHungWindowApp. LOL  It's probably more politically correct to say 'frozen' or 'unresponsive' these days.

The program name is no problem to change, I had noticed also other apps with the same or similar names. Since I'm new to this forum, I didn't pay attention that my two user guides in PDF format didn't attach. I will put them into a ZIP file and update the original post.

They will give you more detailed information.

Living Room / Windows Logger and Hung Process Monitoring
« on: January 23, 2016, 04:34 PM »
Last summer I developed an application to log time spent in Windows applications, thinking it would be handy to monitor where my kids are going on the internet, or if a manager at work believed one of his/her employees were not doing their assigned work. This application is call Windows Logger.

From my work on windows logging I noticed that Windows OS has one function that determines whether a Window associated with a process is hung or frozen. We were having staff at work complain about slowness on both PCs and Virtual Desktops, so I decided to split this function off onto an application called Process Monitor.

In order to receive email notifications I used a freeware program called File Alert Monitor to watch folders on our network where these applications keep their log files. File Alert Monitor gave me a visual notification of a PC having performance issues. The last step was to create Email Alerter which sent me an email whenever a File Alert window popped up.

With all of this, I can tell if certain PCs are encountering a lot of hung processes and contact the users.

If anyone is interested in these applications, I will post them. I have attached the two PDF help documents.

Living Room / An Exercise Reminder app (in Autohotkey)
« on: January 21, 2016, 07:08 PM »
A couple of months ago I ran across an article on workplace exercises, specifically stretching exercises you can do at work or at home. The articles pictures demonstrated how to do each exercise and for how long. I decided that, as an IT professional, this was something many of us can benefit from. The resulting application was written in Autohotkey.

The major groups are: hands, legs, shoulders, neck and back. To these groups, I added Eye exercises and reminders for Aerobics and Circuit Training. The Setup screen shows all of the options users can choose from.

I have posted much more about the application at Exercises Reminder App and hope some of you will check it out and give me feedback.

Exercises Setup.jpg

N.A.N.Y. 2016 / Re: NANY 2016: Bible Reference and Study Application
« on: January 14, 2016, 10:00 AM »
Thank you for your comments. I have several other apps written in AutoIT or AutoHotkey to share. What is the best area of the Forum to do this in?

The apps are below. Just looking for suggestions from you about advertising them.

1) Windows Activity Logger - for parents to see where their children have been browsing OR for managers to check on staff (AutoIT)

2) Hung Process Monitor - put on business PCs to monitor slow or misbehaving applications, reports back those issues via email to an Administrator. On a network, a global log folder is used by the PCs and a global settings file can be updated which updates options for the PCs. It can also self update to newer versions when they are dropped into an update folder. (AutoIT)

3) Document activity watcher - for home or business usage, reports via email if a PC is updating a lot of documents per minute (Office docs, databases, etc.). This has helped us catch PCs that have Crypto malware on them, PCs that are not only encrypting local files but also files on network shared drives. Keeps a Log file and reports unusual activity to an Administrator or a Home user. Very configurable. (AHK)

4) Exercise Reminder - mostly for those who sit at a PC most of the day (or night). Reminds users of Aerobic, Stretching and Circuit training exercises. Exercises and times are configurable. Stretching exercises are displayed on screen at preset intervals with or without voice prompting. (AHK)

5) (not finished yet) Poetry Manager - an app to create, manage and post Poetry collections. (AHK)

N.A.N.Y. 2016 / NANY 2016: Bible Reference and Study Application
« on: January 13, 2016, 08:40 PM »
I probably missed the NANY 2016 cut, but have posted a Bible Reference app I wrote in AutoHotkey recently. It contains over 150 cross references on various Bible topics. Users can choose from 5 fonts and 3 Bible translations. Many web links are also part of the app as well as a Bible browser, 3 Daily Reading plans and 4 Devotionals. The program has text to speech for reading in all text windows.

The program also tracks what the user has read via colors and saves the items clicked on. It also keeps a Session time and total reading time. Even though the program uses INI text files, it searches any Bible in less than 3 seconds, displaying 2,600 searched verses in that time.

All associated data files are self-extracting from the program. Like other AutoHotkey apps, just copy it to any folder, run it and it will extract data files and a PDF Help file.

It can be downloaded from: Michaels Tech Notes
Screenshots, a short video and other info are on the same blog. I have added two more Tabbed pages to the app since the video was uploaded.

All comments are very welcome.

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