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1 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Permission for a portable version on: Today at 05:28:35 PM
i'm pretty sure i fixed the complaint about the nag reminder for the portable version..

Just a note: The DcUpdater is not for portable use.
All of my applications will do automatic update checking on their own now, but if an update is found they will open the webpage and let you download and update yourself.
2 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Caption jpg files on: Today at 04:26:36 PM
i can't really say that there is one -- im just used to having irfanview for my default app to open an image file when i double-click it from windows explorer.  i suppose i should try using xnview to see how it compares.

When double clicking to view images in explorer, my #1 need is speed, followed by good default scaling options, and only-once instance even if i click multiple files.
3  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 29, 2015, 07:42:01 PM
So I have a beta version of the new forum online on a server graciously provided by DC member PhilB.
It's a complete working forum with all accounts and posts from main DC forum as of July 27 or so.

If anyone wants to get a sneak peak at the new look and feel, try it and help look for bugs, and request features, just message me (or mail me and i will provide the url.
4 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS is unusable on High DPI Screens on: July 29, 2015, 07:35:47 PM
yep, let me see what i can do about this -- i think i can fix it.
it's come up on another of my apps as well (FARR was it?)
5 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Caption jpg files on: July 29, 2015, 05:55:07 PM
just another +1 for xnview as an image folder browser.
i still use irfanview when viewing individual files, but when i have to search and browse a large directory tree full of images, xnview is my tool of choice; very nice searching/filtering features.
6 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Caption jpg files on: July 29, 2015, 10:17:10 AM
This absolutely sounds like it should already exist.

A simple easy to use utility that can batch add captions to images, with some flexibility of where to put the caption and set the text based on filename, filedate, etc.

It must exist.. if it doesn't one of us needs to make it quickly.

I do already have some code for adding captions to images and autosizing text for it, etc.  so if we don't find anything good perhaps ill make it.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Security: Stagefright Vulnerability (Android) on: July 28, 2015, 01:27:05 PM
Yikes, that's crazy.
8 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: help searching word.rtf from farr? on: July 27, 2015, 03:16:51 AM
FARR doesn't search INSIDE files -- you're going to need a different app for that.
There are some good free ones.  Agent Ransack is one i like:
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Incredibox - Express your musicality! on: July 26, 2015, 10:29:32 PM
Very cool.  thumbs up
10  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 26, 2015, 10:24:01 PM
See my screenshot above.

Essentially there are 2 links to the unread pages.  The first is the text links TO THE RIGHT OF (not underneath) your avatar at top of page.
There is also an UNREAD button on the buttonbar at top of page.
11  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 26, 2015, 09:47:34 PM
Ok so those of you who use "unread since last visit" -- you click on the text link near your avatar, is that right?

And not the "UNREAD POSTS" button on the button bar, right (as that one is not "since last visit")?

My original intention was to get rid of the links under to the right of the avatar, and keep the button going to all unread -- but it sounds like a decent number of regular users are using both links, so i have to find a way to add them both to the homepage.  I guess the most reasonable way is to leave those 2 links underto the right of the avatar.  Alternatively i could just make the button go to "Unread sine last visit", which has a link to the other.
12  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 26, 2015, 05:18:14 PM
you can still just one-click on it to immediately go to unread posts.

but i'd like some feedback about whether people prefer the "unread since last visit" vs "unread" -- personally i always never use "unread since last visit". anyone?
13 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: JPG Compression Bug in version 4.12.0 on: July 26, 2015, 04:08:59 PM
As I suspected from your post, you are familiar enough with image formats to know when to use each  thumbs up
I can't really disagree with anything you've said -- though for a non-mobile forum post i would always go with png.
14 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: JPG Compression Bug in version 4.12.0 on: July 26, 2015, 10:49:49 AM
Hi Mav,

Thanks for your clear comments.  Sounds like I must have lost the Save As quality option somewhere along the line -- I will try to put it back, and make sure it defaults to the option set in the configuration.
And i'll have a look at the quality setting range -- maybe i can tweak it.

ps. You probably know that screenshots should almost never be saved in jpg format -- that png is going to be more appropriate in almost every case.
15 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Does FARR use only 1 config settings file? Portable vs. installer version. on: July 26, 2015, 10:46:11 AM
Hi mindstormer.

All of my apps use configuration files, and not the registry, to save their settings.

The only difference between the portable and installer versions is a file called ConfigDir in the program directory which tells the app WHERE to store its configuration files.

For a portable install, it says to save them in the program directory; for the installer it uses a default directory, which will be under the users Documents\DonationCoder directory path.

In both cases, you can simply copy the settings file between machines to copy your settings.

In addition to a main settings file, FARR keeps some info in a couple of other files.  There is a launchhistory.ini and a searchhistory.ini file, and custom aliases are in their own files.

All can be copied between machines.

The installer and portable executables are identical, the only difference is the ConfigDir file and which tells the app what directory to store its configuration settings in.
16 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: strange behavior with chs after years of use on: July 26, 2015, 02:49:11 AM
ok first thing is exit CHS, make sure it's not running, backup your CHS database folder (will be in the program folder on xp or portable, or in documents\CHS on winvista or laste), so you preserve everything as it is now.
once that's done, restart chs, go to options -> Backup/Maintenance tab and choose Veritfy, Repair, Optimize Database.
see if that helps.
if not, tell me again the kind of error you are getting.

CHS also makes backups, you could choose Restore Database Backup from that tab.

But tell me the error in more detail because i can't tell if maye the problem is with the formatting presets.. which are stored in files not the database.. perhaps one of those files got corrupted and is confusing the program? if so you might try exiting, backing up the presets folder and then deleting its contents and restarts.

Perhaps before any of that a smart thing would be make sure you arent out of disk space, and reboot the pc.  Never hurts to check those things first.

Let me know!
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Whole Room Watercooling on: July 26, 2015, 12:21:30 AM
This is somewhat crazy and painful to watch:

Whole Room Water Cooling Project

They set up watercooling through multiple workstations and encounter lots of difficulties, as you can imagine.

It's a very ambitious project for a group of very committed hardware hackers.  Cool to watch but painful as well..

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18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Hi, RAR compressed file, emailed home, opened, extracted on: July 25, 2015, 07:52:18 AM
Maybe try to view the list of recently opened files:

I don't have any experience with such things happening in MS Word, but there are situations where a Windows feels like you shouldn't be allowed to save a file in the location you are trying to save it, but rather than complain it will save it in a different location while PRETENDING to save it in the location you have asked it.  I forget the directory it saves to in this case, it's some weird hidden directory -- maybe others can remind me?

I wouldn't think MS Word would fall victim to that, but it's possible.  Another thing you might try is to retrace your steps and do the same things again paying more attention to any clues, and see if it saves changes the next time.  Also check the list of recent files in Word.

It doesn't sound like this is what's happened to you, but one thing that i have experienced with a compressed archive before is that my file explorer has a feature that lets you browse inside it as if it was a virtual directory -- and it is possible in some cases to open a file in there for editing while doing this virtual browsing, and think you have opened the actual file, when in reality you are editing a temporary file in a temporary directory.
19  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: New Visitors to Our Forum - Please Read This First on: July 24, 2015, 12:24:01 PM
Hi George/Netstrider -- welcome to the site and please make yourself at home.  thumbs up

If you email me ( I'm happy to send you a full license key now, and you can donate later if you still want to.

As for the IRS -- DonationCoder is not a registered non-profit organization, so i'm afraid that you can't deduct donations to the site (see here for more info about the site).
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 24, 2015, 07:47:13 AM
the Woodstock version of "I'm Goin' Home"
The crying video above doesn't do it for me, but I'm Going Home is a great song and a very cool performance i've watched many times.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 24, 2015, 06:17:21 AM
I convinced my brother to help me produce this last christmas.
I like it!
22 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: LATEST MiniCap VERSION INFO THREAD - v1.32.01 - Mar 22, 2015 on: July 24, 2015, 05:56:49 AM
Sounds like a good idea, will do.  thumbs up
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm ready to join the HTPC (home theater pc) revolution - what to get? on: July 23, 2015, 11:29:07 PM
well, i think we should distinguish two kinds of devices, that may have different roles to play.

You found the WD TV -- that will have LESS flexibility, LESS expandability, and LESS POWER (?) -- but it will be a set top box, preinstalled with software ready to be a media player with a nice interface.
I gather that the Zbox unit is basically a windows box, designed for use as an htpc.  So you'll still have to install media software, show the person how to run the right programs, etc.

So for setting up a non-pc-savvy family relative, you might still have some pros and cons to weigh..
24 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Some Feature Requests & Food For Thought (if your brain is on a diet!) on: July 23, 2015, 11:01:36 PM
Thanks for your posts, SuperMan.

I really do need to add a few more upload targets besides ImageShack -- Imgur would be my next choice.

Your ideas about adding an Open command are on the mark -- it's not the first time someone has requested it -- and indeed most of the time the "request" is more along the lines of "I can't figure out how to open a specific file and surely there is something i am missing.."  it's just that SC is meant to always be showing the contents of a directory where the screenshot lives, so selecting a specific file has to coincide with "switching" to that working directory.

Actually SC does have an open file commandline command, and at one point (i guess i removed it?) the installer offered to install a right-click-open-in-screenshot captor option to your right-click context menu.

I do need to make it easy for someone to open a specific file in SC.. I just need to figure out the best way to do it.  The easiest way would be if doing so also changed the working Screenshot directory to the directory containing that file.  If people are ok with that, then its an EASY add.
25  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 23, 2015, 09:59:08 PM
Nice new goto menu at top of form:

Any other suggestions for links that should be in that menu?
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