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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: On data storage and applications going cloud (Surfulater, Mindjet et al.) on: January 22, 2013, 08:25:23 PM
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Hence my assertion that sw like Surfulater et al. is for "web page collectors", but of not much help in real work.


I don't and have never seen Surfulater as a tool to collect web pages. On the contrary it's focus is retention of selected content from web pages. ie. Select content and then either create a new Surfulater article containing it or append the selected content to an existing article. Of course Surfulater can also grab entire web pages, but you typically get too much extraneous content and bloat the database.

My work flow with Surfulater is precisely this: select the bits of content I want to keep and capture those, add appropriate tags and cross-references to related articles. Add my own notes and possibly highlight specific content. Next ...  The evolution of Surfulater into a Web/Cloud app (1, 2, 3) retains this same focus.

-Neville
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: December 19, 2010, 04:56:58 PM
I have just written a blog post “Your Information in 'The Cloud' - Safe, Secure, Available or Not?” which I thought may interest some here.

Also for the first time ever we’ve got a Surfulater 50% Xmas discount offer available. Do tell your friends, family and colleagues. Visit http://www.surfulater.com and click on the Xmas Special image at the top right of the page.

Merry Xmas to all,
Neville
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: July 06, 2010, 09:13:47 PM
Hi Jim, I can't recall nor find on our support forums any Process Monitor results from you. As I said earlier it doesn't much matter what they show and will vary considerably from PC to PC.

Nothing has changed in Surfulater that I can think that would affect any of this. There will however be major changes once everything is moved into the new SQL Database, which may also address the Dropbox issue.

Re. Crashplan, my early post here was the first and only time I have ever mentioned it, so I am more than a little baffled by your comment!
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: July 06, 2010, 05:16:40 PM
Hi Jim,
Ok I've just done some quick tests with two large'ish KB's open. One is 25MB .Surfulater file, 809MB .SurfulaterWDB file, the other is 11MB .Surfulater file, 75MB .SurfulaterWBD file. Surfulater closes in 2 seconds. Process Monitor shows all file activity has finished after 7 seconds. Even though Surfulater has closed completely, Windows is asynchronously updating the file system. Of course your mileage may vary and this really doesn't mean much.

What is critical though is that any backup application that monitors the file system in real time, delays its file access for a reasonable period of time after all file operations have completed, before it tries to gain access to such files.

Crashplan has smarts in this regard and has never had a problem backing up Surfulater KB's. I've recently also updated my SFFS Surfulater Profile to do Real Time Sync of my KB's and so far that hasn't had any problems either.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: July 05, 2010, 04:59:25 PM
Nice redesign nevf. Did you ever fix that issue were Surfulator files weren't syncing well with Dropbox?

I also read something about Free Reader mode. What's that? I haven't really been monitoring the site.

Hi Keith,
Glad to hear you like the new site.

The only issue I am aware of with Dropbox is where the Dropbox PC software caused a problem for Surfulater. I don't know if the Dropbox people have fixed this. The advisable thing to do is ensure your Knowledge Bases or Surfulater is closed when any Backup software runs. I have looked at most off-site backup services over the years and the only one that has worked well for me is Crashplan. I have this running all the time and have never had a problem with Surfulater running and KB's open.

For info on the Free Reader please see this.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: July 05, 2010, 03:48:27 AM
@note_artist yes it is quite something for a topic to continue for so long.

For those interested in Surfulater we have just completed a major redevelopment of our web site and support center. You can read more about the new site on our blog post Out with the old and in with the new- new Surfulater site is live

Now it is back to work on the next Surfulater release.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firewalls are wonderful things except when they aren’t. on: March 12, 2010, 03:56:48 AM
My guess is some folks read some article suggesting they install a Firewall and really don't understand what it does, other than to help protect them from badness. Then when they install an application like Surfulater they have no idea how to respond to the many prompts the Firewall pops up. The easiest thing and in there eyes safest is to simply block access. In the particular case of Peter it took an exchange of around 5 e-mails before I worked out what was causing the problem. Further he never one mentioned his Firewall.

With regard to a brief note, yes good idea. However most people won't see or read it. I go to a lot of time and effort writing comprehensive documentation and very few people every read it.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Firewalls are wonderful things except when they aren’t. on: March 11, 2010, 07:11:06 PM
Firewall users can unwittingly block applications that use local web servers to serve up content to the application, which in turn prevents them from working correctly. I have written an article about this titled Firewalls are wonderful things except when they aren’t. about this issue which I hope some find useful.

The article also touches on malware and viruses and refers to Surfulater issues with regard to Firewall blocks.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Versioning Systems, for Small Enterprise ... on: March 11, 2010, 06:52:46 PM
If you are still interested in Subversion I wrote: "Get up and running with TortoiseSVN and Subversion in 15 minutes." at http://blog.surfulater.co...subversion-in-15-minutes/
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Surfulater 3 - huge price hike (166%) + where is the Firefox add-on? on: December 11, 2008, 05:39:45 PM
I have checked with Avi and he never received a reply from you. Who knows why. No e-mail came to our normal support address either. Maybe you could re-send it.

The best place to discuss Surfulater is over on our support forums. We also have a "Private Messaging" service there, that is a great fallback when e-mail communications isn't for whatever reason working.

Our Affiliate program is run by eSellerate who also handle our eCommerce and licensing system. For details and signup please see
http://www.esellerate.net/affiliates_retailers.asp
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Surfulater 3 - huge price hike (166%) + where is the Firefox add-on? on: December 11, 2008, 03:10:30 PM
I asked the company for a review copy before learning about the price increase, but never heard back on that request.

Dear Joseph,
On 4th Nov we received an e-mail from you requesting a free upgrade to Surfulater version 3. We had previously provided you with a free evaluation license for Surfulater version 2. On 12 Nov Avi e-mailed you the following:

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Joe,

Sure, we would love to have you do a review. Have you downloaded the Surfulater 3 trial yet, and just need a license?

Avi

We never received a reply to our e-mail. We have had problems communicating with you in the past. Most likely because of spam filtering at your end. We have notified you of this and asked you to check your spam folders and spam filters. I really don't know what else we can do, especially seeing you never followed up with us.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Surfulater 3 - huge price hike (166%) + where is the Firefox add-on? on: November 14, 2008, 05:15:34 PM
Surfulater Version 1 was released in Dec 2004. All new upgrades and major new releases have been free and gratis until now. That is nearly 4 years of free upgrades with many major new features and capabilities added along the way. Something you don't see too often in the software industry. I take great personal offense at people saying they purchased buggy beta software. Every one has been able to upgrade all the way up to V2.52.10.0 at absolutely no charge. All of you who use Surfulater regularly and spend any time on our forums know that I provide support second to none, and have done so for the past 20+ years of my software development career.

Surfulater started off priced way too low at $35 with a 25% early bird discount on top of that, not to mention Donation Coder and other specials. Unless you have a mass market product it is difficult to build a long term sustainable business at such low prices. The time spent on one support request instantly removes any profit. So we raised the price to $59 a while back and reduced the early bird discount amount. With Version 3 we have added more important new functionality with lots more to come in the 3.x series. We have increased the price again, to $79 which we feel is reasonable and necessary. There is a $10 discount which makes this only $69 for new customers. And for the first time in four years we have charged for an upgrade. We possibly should have extended the paid upgrade period beyond two years and we will reconsider that.

Software and software companies come and go - fact of life. If you can't build and sustain a commercially viable business you won't survive. Some consumers seem to have little interest in this, just wanting the cheapest price or better still free. I predict the rate that software products will cease development and disappear from the market will just keep increasing. Development costs, cost of living, office rental etc. keep going up and the amount some consumers seem to want to spend goes down. And of course we have all the free software to muddy the water. So you do the math. You can come to forums like this and complain, but at the end of the day if you want to see products survive and thrive, someone has to pay. Simple as that.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Better Web Page Capture coming in Surfulater Version 3 on: August 19, 2008, 07:24:04 PM
I have done extensive updates to the code that captures complete Web pages in Surfulater. The BBC News page for example, now captures without the problems shown in this thread. You can see the results in my blog post. Better Web Page Capture coming in Surfulater Version 3

Surfulater Version 3 is a major upgrade with many important new features. See our Blog for further information. V3 is planned for release in Sept 2008. Pre-release versions with the new Tagging capability are available for download on the blog.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Someone MUST make a new PowerMarks program. on: June 19, 2008, 04:48:29 PM
SB, I've recently started using Delicious and the Delicious plugins for Firefox and IE to manage bookmarks. This keeps a central copy on Delicious and all your Browsers see the same bookmarks. Works well for me. And then of course I use Surfulater for the heavy lifting. Grin
15  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Multi-touch and Head-tracking demos wth PC and Wiimote on: December 23, 2007, 05:47:25 PM
Very, very cool. Thanks for sharing. Now if only I had a Wii.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: December 21, 2007, 03:00:50 AM
Just a quick note to let everyone know that Version 2.50 of Surfulater has just been released. The big new feature in this release is the ability to view Knowledge Base’s in your Web Browser, without any need whatsoever for Surfulater. This enables you to view your Knowledge Bases wherever you happen to be, as well as sharing them with colleagues and friends, locally or over the Internet.

The Web based Knowledge Bases look and feel almost identical to the desktop version, which is quite an achievment. This is a major advancement in Surfulater’s ongoing development, one which clearly paves the way for more interesting developments in the future. Publishing content to the Web sets it free and combines the power of desktop software with the freedom of the Web.

For more information and a live demonstration see:
http://blog.surfulater.co...leased-a-very-merry-xmas/
and
http://blog.surfulater.co...browser-wherever-you-are/

I need to do some catchup reading on this thread and post if needed.

Merry Xmas to everyone, thanks for your and DC's support and have a great 2008.

PS. I'm not mentioning the Surfulater Xmas discount because there will be a better one for DC's in Jan. Wink
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Starting a website; need suggestions. on: November 06, 2007, 04:42:22 AM
sb, I've been using Dreamweaver for a few years now and before that MS Frontpage. I've recently been seriously looking at CMS's for a number of reasons, including the ability to work on the site, add content etc. without needing any software installed, plus the ability to do this from anywhere there is a Web Browser, plus the ability to allow others to add/edit content.

I've briefly used Drupal in the past, but have settled on ModX, which is much better than any other CMS I've seen for producing sites that don't look like CMS sites. It has some very nice features and does a very good job of separating content from presentation. This makes it easy to use a wide range of freely available templates and even switch templates without affecting your content. I suggest you have a close look at it.
18  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Surfulater V2.30, Build 10.0 Released on: October 24, 2007, 08:01:18 PM
Hopefully we can do another discount for surfulater in the very near future -- I know DC members would like that.

As you know I'm just waiting for you to say when. Wink
19  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Surfulater V2.30, Build 10.0 Released on: October 24, 2007, 07:54:35 PM
hi nevf!
glad to see surfulater going strong!

(ps. moving this to the announce your software section)

Thanks mouser. I keep whittling away at the seemingly endless list of new features and enhancements that I and my users want to see in Surfulater. As they say, it just keeps getting better and better.

Sorry about posting in the wrong forum. Didn't know this one existed!
20  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Surfulater V2.30, Build 10.0 Released on: October 24, 2007, 04:35:54 PM
Inforrmation on the latest Surfulater release for folks here at DC using Surfulater or interested in it.

The important new features in this release are the ability to link from Documents in other Applications to Surfulater Articles, as well as being able to link between articles in different Knowledge Bases. Cut/Copy & Paste usage has been enhanced and related issues from the last release fixed.

External links work with a variety of applications including MS Word and Zoot and enable you to access any Surfulater article directly from these applications.

’See Also’ links now work across Knowledge Bases as well as within a KB. This enables you to link an article in one KB to an article in another KB and vice-versa. Simply use the same procedure you use now. ie. “Copy” the source article in one KB and use “Past as reciprocal ‘See also’ links” in the other KB.

Edit|Copy, Edit|Cut and the Copy & Cut toolbar buttons now work on records selected in the tree or on content selected in the content window, depending on which window has focus. The menu and toolbar tips reflect the operation to be performed and some feedback is displayed on the status bar.

When you right click on an image and no content is selected, the context menu now includes Copy Image and Cut Image, with the latter only available in edit mode. These enable you to Cut/Copy images to the clipboard without having to select them.

The previous release V2.20.0.0 included a major update to the way content editing is handled, allowing all article fields to be edited at once.

For more details on the latest of our ongoing stream of releases see the What's New section of my blog.
21  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Good Article For Beginners On Version Control (w/ Pictures & Examples) on: October 21, 2007, 05:00:16 PM
I wrote "Get up and running with TortoiseSVN and Subversion in 15 minutes." a while back which will be of interest to folks starting out with SubVersion.
22  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Leak-testing / Memory Profiling Question: What tools can you recommended? on: October 21, 2007, 04:53:31 PM
Glowcode my meet your needs. It has worked well for me over the years. www.glowcode.com
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help with finding accurate software. on: September 20, 2007, 09:46:53 PM
Our program Surfulater is definitely worth spending time evaluating to see if it fits your needs. Surfulater enables you to quickly and easily capture content from Web sites and from any Windows application. It lets you organize your information in a tree, add links between articles to build a web of related information, edit the content, add notes and attachments and much more. It is under continual development and our users think very highly of it.

Version 2.20 has recently been released, which you can read about on our blog.

If you have any questions ask away, either here or on our support forums.

Nice Work Neville!
Is it possible to trial that new version considering I've already trialed a previous version ?
Just wondering...
Thanks!

Thanks.

Yes you can start a fresh free trial at any time by following the instructions "Can I restart my free trial period?" on our FAQ page. Note that you probably also need to do the following:
- Start|Run|Regedit
- Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Soft As It Gets\Surfulater and delete same. ie. The Surfulater section.

If you haven't looked at Surfulater for a while you should browse or read the What's New section of my blog.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help with finding accurate software. Try Surfulater on: September 20, 2007, 06:45:51 PM
Our program Surfulater is definitely worth spending time evaluating to see if it fits your needs. Surfulater enables you to quickly and easily capture content from Web sites and from any Windows application. It lets you organize your information in a tree, add links between articles to build a web of related information, edit the content, add notes and attachments and much more. It is under continual development and our users think very highly of it.

Version 2.20 has recently been released, which you can read about on our blog.

If you have any questions ask away, either here or on our support forums.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The software awards scam on: August 18, 2007, 05:29:15 PM
Almost every day I get e-mails from these downloads sites telling of the latest and greatest award I've one for Surfulater. These awards are worthless, useless and misleading to folks reviewing software. For these reasons I do not include any of the awards on the Surfulater web site. All these people want is links back to their sites.

And it seems like there are one or two new download sites opening every week.

As for Zane's listing which is quite good, he won't include Surfulater!

My experience with Snapfiles isn't good either, but I've not checked them recently.

It is such a pity there aren't any/many? good software review sites, other than DC of course.
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