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Something like website-watcher that collects all these feeds and prints it to a pdf file every morning for me.  Then I go grab the pdf and just read that.  Automated.  Is anything like this possible?  It's like your own custom newspaper delivered each morning.

WSW is not able to create a PDF file, but you can create a HTML report that contains found changes (Tools + Report/Export). You can also automate the report via the scripting language, an example can be found at http://www.aignes.co...ateandsendreport.htm

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So this  brings up the question of is there one out there that is easy to install to the flash drive and also easy to add other apps to it?

I would like something that autoruns when I plug the flash drive into a computer which is what I am having problems with.  It needs to autostart no matter what the drive letter would be on any machine. 

Autorun a program from an USB stick is no longer possible with Win7, see also http://www.aignes.info/blog/?p=352

If you only need a simply start menu for your flash drive, you can try http://www.aignes.com/psmenu.htm

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Sorry about this problem, it seems that there are two different discount coupons available. Both should now work until the end of the year...

Could you please try again and report back if it worked?

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For initial WSW purchases the discount coupon from the last special DC celebration (or whatever is was called) is still valid. This discount coupon can also be used for Local Website Archive, AM-Notebook and Bundles.

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WebSite-Watcher 5.0.5 was the only version with that problem and we released version 5.0.6 the same day as virus scanners started to report this problem (it affects only Delphi 5-7 installations, not higher Delphi versions or any other files).

In WSW, call Help + Downloads/Update subscription to download version 5.0.6.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Website Watcher Screencasts
« on: August 20, 2009, 04:36 AM »
The size of the wave file is larger than that of the mp3 file,  why not use text-to-speech freeware panopreter to batch convert text files into mp3 files?

These WAV files were only "temporary" files on my PC, Camtasia of course converted them into MP3 when encoding the final video.

DSpeech also supports MP3, but since I have enough free disk space, I prefered the uncompressed files as input in Camtasia.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Website Watcher Screencasts
« on: August 10, 2009, 02:22 PM »
as it seems to be some kind of text-to-speech instead of a real person's voice.  You would imagine it will be hard to get the timing right with text-to-speech, but those seem to be very nicely done!

Yes, I used the voice that comes with Windows Vista.

The software I used was Camtasia Studio 3 and for text to speech I used DSpeech - http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/

I made one WAV file per sentence and added them to the video. So correct timing wasn't hard because I could easily move single sentences to the correct position...

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General Software Discussion / Re: Bookmarks, I am frustrated
« on: March 19, 2009, 07:02 AM »
I wanted to try the free version but it looks like it tries install to some other programs which I have not liked it, so gave up on that one. And you cannot try the pro version so it is useless for me.

Hmm, which programs does it install?

If you use the original setup (eg. from www.aignes.com), then no additional programs are installed. Neither for the free edition nor for the PRO edition...

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General Software Discussion / Re: Website-Watcher help
« on: January 25, 2009, 09:30 AM »
You can also try the "Update similar bookmarks" feature as described here:
http://www.aignes.info/blog/?p=87

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General Software Discussion / Re: WebSite Watcher Question
« on: May 28, 2008, 10:02 AM »
The "Follow-Links" functionality automatically inserts all links of a page as new bookmarks. You can define a link depth and also include/exclude filters, for example to exclude links that contain "/forum/" or "?id=".

A small video can be found at http://www.aignes.com/videos.htm

He needs to be notified when changes happen on a particular part of a site. So for example, if the root site is divided into 50 major sections (pages), and he only needs to monitor a few of those major sections (and their sub-pages): is that what "Monitor whole sites instead of single pages" can do??

In that case you can define a separate master bookmark of each major section you want to monitor. Their sub-pages should then be checked automatically with the Follow-Links functionality.

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Main reason is that a non-admin installer caused too much problems and hassles in the past. WebSite-Watcher was often updated from different user accounts into different locations, it was a real pain from support side. Result was that bookmark files were accessed with different versions of WebSite-Watcher what could also cause side effects.

We get the admin question really rarely (a number we can live with), so the admin requirement is currently the way we go and our customers usually don't have a problem with that.

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Yes, the setup needs administrator privileges, but not WebSite-Watcher itself.

That way should work:

1. On a PC where you have administrator privileges, install the portable version of WebSite-Watcher into a separate directory (without running WebSite-Watcher)
2. Delete the file wswcommon.ini from that directory (to remove the portable flag)
3. Copy all files from that setup folder to your company PC

Then it is possible to use WebSite-Watcher without an installation. But you need administrator privileges when executing the wswsetup.exe file, there's no way to bypass that.

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It seems to me that on one hand this is a bit like an arbitrary version change rather than a major change, BUT in all fairness it has been a long time since version 2 came out and version 4 hasn't been released yet.  And i give them credit for the non-stop constant improvement of the program in small increments, which has to be worth something.

As far as I know, version 4 will be a free update. But RitLabs will charge for version 4.1 where they introduce a new user interface. I can't remember where it was mentioned, but I read it some time ago in a blog or so...

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Website-Watcher Business (50% discount)

The 50% discount is offered for all editions of WebSite-Watcher (Basic, Personal and Business).

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Coding Snacks / Re: structured plaintextfile based note taker
« on: December 06, 2007, 02:01 AM »
http://www.aignes.com/notebook.htm
http://www.aignes.com/notehelp/index.htm

But I wonder what fomat is used for the notes... RTF?

It's the native format of the component I use for notes - http://www.trichview.com

But you can export all notes to RTF format (especially with version 5.0 which is currently in beta).
http://www.aignes.com/beta.htm

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General Software Discussion / Re: Free virtualization options
« on: October 20, 2007, 11:22 AM »
both VirtualPC and VMware didn't allow me to use AltGR to insert special characters while VirtualBox did.

That's something you can configure at least in Virtual PC. Open File+Options+Keyboard. Then change the configured AltGr shortcut to something else and you can use AltGr correctly in the guest system.

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DcUpdater / Re: Proxy
« on: October 05, 2007, 05:48 AM »
When it comes to proxy requirements, I can only recommend to use the wininet technology.

While most third party internet components handle the basic proxy authentication correctly, they often fail when it comes for example to NTLM authentication (which is handled perfectly with wininet).

The wininet technology provides also a technology to download stuff with IE configurations, in that case it's not required to enter proxy configurations within your app.

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Developer's Corner / Re: Association of Shareware Professionals
« on: September 27, 2007, 02:04 AM »
I'm an ASP member for 5 or 6 years now and always liked the private newsgroups with tons of information. I often got new business ideas there...

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General Software Discussion / Re: Check&Get support blows chunks
« on: August 31, 2007, 02:34 AM »
I should offer thanks, too, for Martin's continued participation in the DC forums. I've really appreciated his balanced contributions to the discussions of Website Watcher and its competitors

Thanks, Darwin :)

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General Software Discussion / Re: Check&Get support blows chunks
« on: August 30, 2007, 06:21 AM »
Not sure if Check&Get is still developed or maintained, but we realized that e-mailing got more and more un-reliable during the last months and our customers sometimes didn't receive our replies. I don't know where these e-mails stranded (I didn't get bounces back). That's one of the reasons why I introduced a ticket system a few months ago to provide more reliable support.

Probably the C&G author has similar problems and you simply don't receive the answers... But you're right, it's very annoying for a user when he cannot verify if a request was successfully submitted and/or answered...

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General Software Discussion / Re: Dumb question re Website Watcher
« on: August 24, 2007, 11:04 AM »
Paging Martin Aignesberger?  Martin?

yep, I'm here since I monitor DC regularly :)

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General Software Discussion / Re: RSS Reader?
« on: August 13, 2007, 04:00 AM »
WSW has a very simplistic RSS reader, and at least for me it always skips things like inline images etc.

This can be configured in the bookmark properties (Advanced + Images).

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The Alt+L trick is one of the least known essential tricks in thebat;

Another "unknown" trick is Alt+Click onto the name (or subject) in the e-mail list to show all mails with the same name (or subject).

I use it every day, could not live without it...

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I use SyncBackSE for copying everything to an external hard disk.

The hard disks can also be accessed by name instead of drive letters what is great for USB drives, USB sticks or temporarily opened TrueCrypt volumes. I never had a problem with SyncBackSE, it's worth every penny...

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By default, WSW uses Internet Explorer cookies. If you are logged in in IE, then it should work automatically in WSW, no explicit login is required. This method works with all major forums (except phpBB). You can also use the internal cookie system and determine the cookies manually with MiniBrowser.

If you want to perform the login directly in WSW, then you have to record a macro and use the forum wizard afterwards (Wizard button in the bookmark properties). What doesn't exactly work here? I use that method myself for some password protected phpBB forums without problems.

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