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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 23, 2015, 06:06:49 AM
Didn't make the list, but its been a long time. When DC started (and I was very excited about FARR... still one of the first programs I load on a fresh OS install, though I am no power-user of it), I was very into tweaking my computer... now, I've gotten 10 years older and just want it to work so I can! But I still checkin every now and then. This thread has been interesting... lots of names from yesteryear!
2 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Network Files in History? on: July 03, 2014, 03:58:54 PM
I figured there was an option for it... I even looked through them a few times... but missed it!  Thanks!
3 Software / Find And Run Robot / Network Files in History? on: July 03, 2014, 10:16:57 AM
I have a few files that are kept on network drives, but I dont see these files in the history list and FARR must re-search everytime I want to launch one of these files. Is this by design?
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Simple audio recording utility wanted on: April 17, 2014, 03:36:44 PM
I use Total Recorder in Win7:
5 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Where are comments stored? on: September 29, 2013, 06:17:00 AM
You can try EXIFTool GUI, a GUI for Phil Harvey's excellent EXIFTools.  In any case, a NANY entry could use ExifTools to handle all the file interactions.  I think development of this particular GUI has stopped, but there are others out there.  I cant think of any tags not handled by EXIFTools. (double negative intended...)
6  Other Software / Programming School / Re: Organizing projects larger than what you can have in your head on: September 20, 2013, 05:36:33 AM
The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two[/url] - Practical Limits Regarding Memory
KISS Principle

Keep in mind that "simple" does not mean stupid.  I often see the above principles used to talk down to people and their ideas.  Some ideas are complex and must be complex.  The solution is not to dumb the ideas down, but put more effort into communicating them in an understandable manner (whether human or computer).  I belive this is what mouser is getting at with his comment on architecting (breaking things down).

I've recently finished the book "Made to Stick (Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die)"  and the authors have a few points about "simplicity:"
  • "Simple" means finding the core of the idea. Finding the core means stripping the idea down to its most critical essence.
  • The hard part is not finding the core of an idea. The hard part is weeding out all the ideas that aren't the most important.
  • You can't have five "most important ideas." You have to let go of a lot of great insight in order to let the most important idea shine.

Finding the core is an essential part of programming.  I often get teased and confused by fancy, unessential ideas that keep me from finishing the main program.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Music player for FLAC files with multiple columns for albums? on: August 02, 2013, 06:20:03 AM
Look for a plugin called "facets."  Not sure if it requires the "Columns UI" plugin... I dont use either, but know its possible.
8 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Find and Run Robot - Freeze after Launch on: April 26, 2013, 08:38:34 AM
Just wanted to say I've been seeing this recently as well... I checked my history and none of my network drives were in it as far as I could see.  The hang does not always happen however... so I could have missed something.

I'm not sure having a lot of files in a folder should hang the GUI??  Usually FARR just chugs along and updates the results window, not hang the entire program.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office 2013 Home/Business - non-transferable (1 PC p.person) - Caveat emptor. on: February 14, 2013, 08:56:53 AM
Despite not liking the way MS is going with Office, the biggest reason I dont switch is lack of VBA support.  Since my work uses MS Office I have many hours invested in VBA... switching away from MS kills all that effort.  I understand VBA has "no future" (different takes on what this means looking around the web), but IT rules give no other options at work, and I'm not going to "start over" at home.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Great Messages in Software on: January 28, 2013, 08:31:21 AM
I've seen a message box (popup) at work that said (paraphrased): "Java Lang Error: {error code stuff} This message should never be put on the stack."
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It's about ... why is the left seat the command seat? on: December 07, 2012, 06:04:49 AM
Helicopters are urged to fly the landing pattern to the right, aircraft to the left so they deconflict in the pattern.  Sitting on the right makes viewing during a right turn easier.  You can also read this article (and the comments):

Not sure why aircraft have the pilot on the left (I've always wondered if it's because many people are right handed and so can utilize the main instrument panel better, as posted above).  Although this is another interesting idea:

In the latest rotor aircraft (a la V-22), the two "worlds" have merged with some interesting consequences.  It does seem that the internet is full of answers for this question!
12 Software / Easy Screencast Recorder / Re: LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - Easy Screencast Recorder - v1.12.01 - Apr 22, 2015 on: November 05, 2012, 01:57:39 PM
kfitting, can you explain more.. i'm not sure what you are asking..

IF you are asking if SC can create still images of selected frames from a video file, then yes it can.

Basically, I'm just looking for a quick way to take pictures (on command, no scheduling) from my webcam.  I use it with ABBYY Screenshot reader to OCR from books.  Right now I fire up my webcam driver software and it's interface is clunky when all I want to do is take a quick picture.  I looked around for webcam software but most of that software is geared around people grabbing pics every x seconds or something like that.

Screenshot captor can import from scanners, could it "import" directly from a webcam? Could it show a screen of the webcam video input and control the "shutter" on the webcam, saving the resulting file in it's output directory?

 Now that I reread the intial post, however (later in the day!), I see this thread is about screencasting... not webcam related.  Sorry for the offtopic post, I should have started a new thread.
13 Software / Easy Screencast Recorder / Re: LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - Easy Screencast Recorder - v1.12.01 - Apr 22, 2015 on: November 05, 2012, 05:30:41 AM
Somewhat related, somewhat not... is there a way to integrate this into screenshot captor to take stills?  Sort of like what you have for the scanner, I'd like to use screenshot captor to take snapshots (not automatic, not timed, etc... just when I press a button or hotkey). 
14  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: PDF-XChange Viewer ($FREE version) - Mini-Review (as at 2012-10-04) on: October 12, 2012, 05:22:03 AM
Regarding PDFXchange Viewer, I was playing last night... there are a bunch of tools in there.  I have not looked at other viewers much (since I already paid for this one!) but you can export all comments from a file as rtf, pdf, and txt.  Pretty neat.

Currently my biggest problem with comments is that they can only be put on the printed page... I suppose this makes sense: what good are comments that you cant see when you print the document?  But it makes it hard to put a lot of comments into very dense text.  You also cannot hide all comments on the page but keep them in the comment pane (I dont think).  But a very useful program.

Also note that v3 beta is in development, supposedly adding a lot of "editing functionality."  See

Edit: apparently what I'm looking for is called "sticky notes." I was using textboxes... sticky notes can be placed anywhere it appears (I cant test right now, but see it in screenshots).
15  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: ASAP Utilities for Excel on: October 05, 2012, 06:24:45 AM
One big "problem" (depends on what you do, obviously) is that there is no windows common controls for 64-bit.  So if any vba addin uses listview or treeview they will not work on 64bit excel.  I use listviews a lot in VBA...
16  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: PDF-XChange Viewer ($FREE version) - Mini-Review (as at 2012-10-04) on: October 04, 2012, 05:27:41 AM
I paid for the software and am very happy with it.

One slight annoyance is that ctrl-scrollwheel does not zoom!  I get used to this in many other apps and am constantly surprised when this one does not.

But, like I said, I like the program and have no major problems with it.
17 Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: convert html tags/attributes to lowercase on: September 03, 2012, 01:12:45 PM
Dont know if this is too much work, but at least for completeness, you could look at HTML Tidy:

Look along the right side for some apps that use it... there is one [slightly out of date] GUI as well.
18  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Moving messages to another thread on: July 11, 2012, 05:34:43 AM
Do a search on gri or grivitiniks on Google (or look at Gri's other posts here)... I wouldnt worry too much about understanding.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Math-O-Mir: Equation Editing (and a new approach to GUI input) on: June 11, 2012, 07:52:49 PM
Yes.  Drag to select the desired equation(s) and click the edit menu.  These export options are available:

Copy Equation Image
Save Equation Image
Copy MathML code
Copy Latex Code

These are very handy.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Math-O-Mir: Equation Editing (and a new approach to GUI input) on: June 07, 2012, 07:37:35 PM
Just wanted to bump this, as Math-o-Mir version 1.7 is now out... definitely worth a try.

21 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Flexible Fictional Timeline organisation tool on: April 17, 2012, 05:05:38 PM
If you use a spreadsheet, you may want to check out Sparklines for Excel (  If you use the Gantt chart, you can set up your own timeframes... would probably take a fair amount of creativity, but it may spark [!] some ideas anyway.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spoons on: April 17, 2012, 07:44:28 AM
Stephen66515:  as I understand it, it's a way to automate the sorting of silverware.  Industrial processes amaze me.  Coding/scripting is relatively easy automation since it's all on the computer, but with industrial automation you have to deal the "real world."  It's not quite as tidy...
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PIMs and CRIMP (Compulsive Reactive Information Manager Purchasing) on: April 13, 2012, 10:02:37 AM
After thinking about XLNotes a bit, I realized I've already made something similar to their text notes using VBA.  At work they are anal about controlling your pc so I cant install nifty notetaker apps.  So I got to thinking about it and decided to combine Excel and Word: click on a "task" (row in excel) and a word document opens corresponding to that task.  I modified my code slightly to use a more XLNote mechanism, you can download the file below.  

1. Open the excel file
2. Click on the cell that says it has a comment; a word document will be created on your desktop and opened
3. Type anything you want
4. Save the word document
5. Close the word document
6. Select a cell with no comments
7. Select the cell with a comment and word opens

To add a comment to a cell, add a comment and insert an advanced comment index using the string "{#}" where # is any number up to four digits.  (Note that regex is used so you can have multiple indexes per comment and you can type other text around the indexes.)

This is a rough concept!!!  XLnotes makes this smoother and I'm not trying to take away from the slickness of their program (and they have other types of notes!).  But if you are interested in customizing or playing around, here you are, feel free to modify the code, pass it around, etc.  

Some thoughts on the VBA implementation:
1. The code currently recognizes multiple comment indexes in a comment, but only opens the first one.  I would add a GUI to select one, or open them all.
2. I would use the windows API to try and resize the excel window and word.
3. Right now, the script only opens comments on "Sheet1"... not sure why I did this, but its easily modified by going into ThisWorkbook and modifying the "if" statement.
4. If you try to copy the code into a different workbook, make sure you set references in the VBE to MS Word and Miscrosoft VBScript Regular Expressions.
5. You can change the path that the word docs are stored in by editing the code... I would make this nicer in a "real" version.
6. Currently there is nothing telling what the "next" index number would be... I would change this in a "real" version too.
7. Right now the regex only recognizes indexes up to 4 digits, you can easily change this to your liking.
8. I dont plan on supporting this, but can answer questions about how it works.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PIMs and CRIMP (Compulsive Reactive Information Manager Purchasing) on: April 13, 2012, 08:46:12 AM
Just installed it... looks very cool.  It basically combines word and excel.  I have no idea how files with XLNotes are shown when people do not have XLNotes installed.

You can make multiple notes (of any of the supported formats) per cell.  You can also export the notes to individual files... nice.

I wonder if it exposes a VBA api... then it would be even more powerful.

EDIT: note that it opens a nearly full word instance in it's advanced text note.  My customized ribbon shows and my vba code (including userforms) appears to run.
EDIT 02: also, make sure you leave the "note ID" that appears in the normal excel comment (formatted like this:  |1|2 if you have the first and second notes associated with the selected cell).
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are We Addicted to "NEW"? on: April 11, 2012, 05:46:31 AM
I agree with Josh's assessment above.  Another related issue, however, is that a lack of updates shows that whenever the next windows comes out I could be screwed.  I understand this usually is not a huge issue, but you never know when (or how) a program will break on the newest OS.

Wether new features are added or not, I like to see bugs fixed (as Josh mentioned) and I like to know I'm set for the near future.  Seeing a lack of updates does not give me confidence for these two critical areas.

Also, somewhat related, I agree with the recent conversation on DC about import/export being absolutely necessary for most programs (within their genre).  This also is a huge factor in me even trying a program.

I look for consistent updates (or author activity) and import/export.  Without those... I usually dont even try a program, even if I think it looks impressive.

Edit: Forgot to add, while it sounds like I totally disagree with the OP assessment... I actually do think we are addicted to "new."  And I also agree with barney that we are encouraged by it.  One of the side effects of capitalism (through marketing).  The first 2-3 chapters of "The Harried Leisure Class" talks about how our sense of time has changed... I would like to try a "slower" time for a bit!
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