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1  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Arrow does not remember end shapes on: Today at 09:38:59 AM
just tested -- i can see the problem you are talking about.  it's a bug. i will fix in next version -- which should be out in the next week or so.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need SSL Certificate Recomendations on: Today at 08:14:55 AM
I can only commiserate -- the ssl certificate renewal process at StartSSL is painful and confusing and feels like it's from an alternate dystopian dimension.. It's still what I use though, because of price.
If you find something better at a reasonable price, let me know.
3  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: a feature I would like added on: March 03, 2015, 11:45:03 PM
There's ALMOST a good way to do that now.. But I will try to improve it and make it truly useful in next release, so keep an eye out in the next two weeks.
4  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: About signing up to download freeware license keys - READ IN PLEASE on: March 03, 2015, 10:41:43 PM
Thanks for your kind words donnezg, please make yourself at home here  thumbs up
Check out our latest newsletter and the user-to-user section for some good threads to post in: http://www.donationcoder....rum/index.php?topic=40337
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Nice essay on the Prisoner's Dilemma Tournaments on: March 03, 2015, 08:38:00 PM
I remember one of the first things that got me truly interested in artificial intelligence as a young kid was talking with my father about a Scientific American article on the "Prisoner's Dilemma" with my father.
It's a wonderfully rich and accessible mathematical/game-theory problem, made all the more exciting by the idea of having these tournaments that pit different strategies against each other.

https://egtheory.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/ipd/

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And another more recent interesting discussion: http://www.scientificamer...operation-into-question1/

Found on: http://researchblogging.org/
6  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Unity 5 now free for everyone! on: March 03, 2015, 01:53:34 PM
Awesome.. we are truly entering an amazing age for indie game coders..
7  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Unreal Engine 4 is now free* for everyone! on: March 03, 2015, 01:17:56 PM
Very cool.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 03, 2015, 01:12:49 PM
Should we put a link to the mobile pages at the bottom of each forum page?
To elaborate on what wraith says, you can visit the main forum in mobile mode like:
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 03, 2015, 10:09:22 AM
Wraith, excellent points.

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And I think that your second part gets to a conflict of DC.  Is it a community site?  Or is it mouser's site that we contribute to?  I don't think that either is a wrong answer, but I think not having an answer to the question sort of drives the confusion.  And that can be one of the things that is firmly decided in this 10th anniversary.

I think the answer to that is part of the problem that needs to be solved.  I want this to be more of a true community website (not just a community forum).. but the site infrastructure makes it much harder than it should be for others to participate as first class participants in some areas.  While we are all pretty much on equal footing on the forum -- the software area of the site is not easily opened up to other coders without lots of manual effort (and vetting, which is a separate problem), and the infrastructure of the site makes it difficult for us to have content that gets much visibility other than in the forum, etc.

Right now we have a slightly schizophrenic situation where we have a true community forum that is fairly diverse in its interests, and an old school static website (that is much harder to update) with more narrowly focused software.
In many ways these two aspects of the site complement one another -- but in some ways they don't and create friction and confusion.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 03, 2015, 10:01:04 AM
I am going to try to write up a tough critique of what i see as the problems with DC as it stands.. and then try to come up with some possible directions..
It's always possible that we should essentially let DC be DC, and not try to mess with it -- despite it's flaws.  But I think it will be healthy at this time to try to lay them all out on the table.
So.. stay tuned..
11  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: New FARR user. Some basic questions, some advance & bug report(s) on: March 03, 2015, 09:48:38 AM
Ok let's see:

1. FARR does not let you configure hotkeys to launch specific apps.  You can configure hotkeys to bring up FARR with specific search text initialized, which could mostly be used for the same purpose, but FARR is not meant to be used to make lots of hotkeys for specific apps.  Having said that, i COULD add the feature without too much trouble, so maybe i will.  But i would caution against over using it.  There are good general purpose hotkey tools for that.

BUGS:

1. if you don't want to use quickdoclauncher, go to the Launching Files options tab, and uncheck the "use file launch helper utility".  I don't understand what you mean when you say "when i do it independently.."
2. let me look into the shortcut icon issue.. so you are saying you set a custom icon for a shortcut and farr is ignoring it and instead displaying the linked exe icon?
3. let me look into this -- you are saying you are launching a shortcut that points to a folder, and you want farr to use the custom directory app to open it..
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 03, 2015, 09:35:21 AM
I've had mixed feelings about the discounts/giveaways in recent years, for two reasons:  First, without a consistent, sustained effort that lasts indefinitely, it doesn't gain traction or attention.  The second has more to do with an existential struggle with the nature of the site, and what we should be focusing on, and what we do well, and the (non-financial) costs associated with trying to do too many different things..  Lately the dominant thought i keep hearing in my head is one telling me to reduce the sprawl and narrow the focus.   While at the same time it pains me that this is yet another example of folks volunteering to do something for the benefit of the site and me being less than enthusiastic. This gets at part of what i think we need to find a solution to.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 02, 2015, 08:19:09 PM
message me for a replacement mug.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 02, 2015, 03:16:31 PM
I still much prefer reading academic articles on paper where it feels more real and i can mark things up.  old habits die hard.
Having said that, I have almost completely moved over to digital reading -- the practical advantages simply outweigh the negatives.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 02, 2015, 03:14:48 PM
come on now, change may be scary but it can be exciting.  let's embrace the possibility of trying new things!
16  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: Super-sized Newsletter for Mar 2, 2015 - Codename: Freezing Feathers on: March 02, 2015, 12:54:31 PM
Thanks Tomos.
Doing these newsletters makes me realize that Skwire has been on fire updating his apps lately!
17  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: Super-sized Newsletter for Mar 2, 2015 - Codename: Freezing Feathers on: March 02, 2015, 12:20:14 PM
IMPORTANT!

Whether you've signed up at the forum or not, we now use a separate mailing list for the newsletter that you will ONLY receive if you have manually signed up to receive it.  You can sign up for the mailing list here:

18  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Super-sized Newsletter for Mar 2, 2015 - Codename: Freezing Feathers on: March 02, 2015, 12:14:37 PM
Super-sized Newsletter for March 2, 2015
"Codename: Freezing Feathers"




1. Newsletter Editorial

Hello and welcome to another edition of the DonationCoder newsletter. It's been a whopping 127 days since the last newsletter, and in that time.. New threads started: 861; new posts: 8,995 (number of those deleted as spam: 242); new members who joined: 10,133; new donors: 609.

The first thing to talk about is the 2015 NANY (New Apps for the New Year) event, which wrapped up at the beginning of the year.  It's where we ask the coders who hang out on DonationCoder to create some new piece of free software and share it with the world.  We had a lot of fun as always, and there were some notable new tools created. I tried my hand coding an Android app and I'm interested in making some more -- if you have a good idea for an Android app, let me know.  Follow the link below to browse the NANY 2015 entries from this year.

The next thing to mention is a call for help from Martin Brinkmann, who runs the Ghacks software blog.  He's asking for donations to help run Ghacks.  Ghacks has always been a friend to DonationCoder, writing about our new software releases and events.  So I'm hoping you will join us in helping out a friend of small independent coders.  See the link below to read more.

Last on the agenda is a teaser for our big upcoming 10th anniversary fundraiser.  March 23, 2015 will mark the tenth year of DonationCoder (hard to believe it's been that long isn't it?).  After ten years, it's time for some real changes on the site, and we are going to need your help figuring out which direction to go in.  There's a link below to a thread for discussing the upcoming anniversary, but I'll be sending out a special mailing when the fundraiser starts, asking not just for your financial help but also your input on the future direction of the site.   I hope you'll join us while we chart our path forward.



2. Skwire Empire Software Updates and New Releases

DC member skwire is one of the more prolific coders of utilities on our site -- he roams the coding snack request section and pounces like a jaguar when he finds something that catches his eye.  He's released a ton of updates to his software since the last newsletter, including some updates and a few brand new releases:



3. Mouser's Software Updates

I've uploaded some updates to many of my large applications since the last newsletter.  As always, you can find the list of what's new both in the online help pages (linked from each program homepage) or in the forum thread about the application (also linked from each program homepage).



4. User-to-User: Your Input Requested

We love nothing more than having interesting discussions on our forum -- and we love when new people participate in the discussions.  In each newsletter we try to highlight a few topics that we think might interest casual readers and that are good candidates for making your first post.



5. Coding Snacks, Mini-reviews, and other Member Projects

We love to keep up with projects that our members are working on, and hearing what our forum members think of software they use.  If you're working on something interesting -- let us know!



6. Website Discoveries, Debates, Essays, and Discussions

What's new in cyberspace? What exciting new sites have been discovered by forum members?  What's the current hot topic and debate? Read on to find out..



7. Software Discussions

Some noteworthy software discussions on the forum since the last newsletter.



8. Entertainment, Games, Humour, and Loss

Here's a collection of some diversionary web browsing links posted on the forum recently.



9. Developer's Corner

This section highlights some discussions that might be relevant for not just coders and developers, but also people interested in entrepreneurial issues.



10. Hardware and Non-Windows Hangout

While the lion's share of technical discussions on our forum involve Microsoft Windows software, hardware and linux threads are becoming increasingly common.

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 02, 2015, 09:35:04 AM
March 23, 2015 will mark the 10th anniversary of the DonationCoder website.  It's hard to believe it's been so long.

I definitely think we need to have a fundraiser to celebrate the anniversary.. It will be the first fundraiser in two years, and it would be good for our health if we could raise enough money to pay for our next couple of years of hosting costs.

But I think we also need to use the 10th anniversary as a catalyst for making some changes to improve the place.  I'd like to hear your ideas on changes -- both small and radical -- that we could make to revitalize the site.

So let's consider this a brainstorming thread -- I want to hear your ideas for improving the site!

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20  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Beginner needs help on: March 01, 2015, 11:48:38 AM
By the way, there are a bunch of videos showing how to get the most out of Screenshot Captor here:
http://www.donationcoder.com/screencasts/sc/
21  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Beginner needs help on: March 01, 2015, 11:48:02 AM
no worries, welcome to the site  Thmbsup
22  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Beginner needs help on: March 01, 2015, 11:25:01 AM
Best not to post your email on any public forum -- you never know what spam bots might stumble across it and start sending you spam.

It sounds like perhaps something is not working right with the shift+prtscr function for you -- what you should see is a crosshairs where you can click down with mouse button and drag until youve selected the region to copy and then release.
But it sounds like you are saying it's not drawing that crosshairs correctly and your whole screen is being painted with lines?

You also mention wanting to be able to manipulate the image.

Let's handle one thing at a time.  If you hit PrtScr, it should capture the entire screen image, and then let you manipulate and edit image inside screenshot captor program -- allowing you to drop, save, etc.

Does at least that basic functionality of Screenshot Captor work for you? So it's ONLY the Shift+PrtScr region capture that is not working right?
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for program that can copy folder hierarchy with checkboxes and size est. on: March 01, 2015, 11:20:59 AM
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What's also not ideal, is that ticking a folder does not automatically tick the contents of that folder, (yet those contents will copy). It's a bit ambiguous
agreed. the standard behavior in apps is usually that ticking and unticking a parent will recursively tick or untick the children.  i wonder why dir opus doesn't follow that convention.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for program that can copy folder hierarchy with checkboxes and size est. on: February 28, 2015, 10:17:47 PM
Thanks for the replies folks.
Tomos those are some pretty neat Directory Opus tricks, I may have to explore the flat and checkbox modes in a bit..
Having said that, it actually looks like perhaps Beyond Compare, one of my most essential tools -- may be able to do this flawlessly.. Another victory for BC... with the added bonus that I already own it!
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Looking for program that can copy folder hierarchy with checkboxes and size est. on: February 28, 2015, 12:08:53 PM
I'm looking for an app that would let me select from a deep hierarchy of folders -- checking the folders i want to copy to a destination folder, while showing me size estimates of the total selected, and then copy from source to destination.

An example of using this would be if i have a large music collection and i want to copy a subset of it that will fit on a 64gb drive.

The key is being able to check/select arbitrary items at arbitrary locations in the hierarchy, and keep the hierarchy intact when copying.

Anyone know of a tool that can do this?
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