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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: New Color Picker / Color Selector application released on: March 16, 2006, 11:12:00 AM
Veign,

I tried out Pixeur and it seems very well done!  I think the hex input feature would be a great idea.  Also, I think a some type of "magnifying glass" functionality could come in handy when picking colors.

Regards
2  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: The new forum is up!! on: March 11, 2006, 07:42:19 PM
Congrats on the upgrade and new look!  It certainly has a cleaner look to it and I really like the new search bar.  I like how it is "smart"--if you're in a thread, it searches the thread; if you're in a forum overviewing the posts, the search looks through the forum; if you're in the main forum page, it searches the entire forum.  Awesome!
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Updating the forum software to 1.1RC2 on: March 10, 2006, 04:13:00 PM
One feature that I thought would be useful is the ability to restrict a search to a particular forum.
That already can be done, you just go to search->advanced search, and you can select the boards to search! Wink

Thanks, I had looked there before but somehow overlooked that option.  Still, it is a lot of click-work needed to go through it all Search->Advanced Search -> Choose a board -> (Un)Select All -> Find/Select board.

So, still I would like to throw out a request for a Quick Search type of input box, that quickly lets a user search for threads in the currently viewed board.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Updating the forum software to 1.1RC2 on: March 10, 2006, 03:15:09 PM
One feature that I thought would be useful is the ability to restrict a search to a particular forum.  Some forums, have something called Quick Search that does this.  Maybe this already exists, but I haven't been able to find it?

The other day I found myself wanting to use this feature when trying to find out more info about Find & Run Robot in it's forum, but my searches were not limited, making it difficult to find what I wanted at the time.

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Will Wright's Spore - 30 minute amazing video on: March 08, 2006, 02:42:21 AM
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Is there a projected release date for this "game" ?

Release Date: 11/15/2006, according to 1up.com, http://www.1up.com/do/previewPage?cId=3138792&did=1
6  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MyLife Organized (Time Management To-Do list maker) on: March 03, 2006, 06:04:30 PM
I will have to put trying out this program on my to-do list.  cheesy  Great job!
7  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Instant Text V Pro - more than the usual features of a text expander on: March 03, 2006, 06:02:26 PM
I was unfamilar with this category of apps so I enjoyed reading your review, thanks.
8  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Keeping track of tasks, things to do on a programming project on: February 27, 2006, 05:53:43 PM
I had a look at Mantis recently and it looked pretty good and setup seemed rather painless.  Going up to the level of bugzilla there is also trac:  http://www.edgewall.com/trac/
9  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Keeping track of tasks, things to do on a programming project on: February 27, 2006, 12:29:41 PM
Hi,

Whether as a hobbyist or professional developer, I was curious about some tools & methods people use to keep track of tasks for a project.  I have used a text file in the past for small projects, creating labels like:

[copy or print]
***********************
Things to Do
***********************
ADD ....
FIX .....
TEST ....
....

*****************
Finished tasks
*****************
....
etc.

As well as categories for design considerations, bugs, etc.

I have been experimenting with FreeMind (http://freemind.sourcefor.../wiki/index.php/Main_Page) for organizing functional design thoughts and so far I am liking it.  For a to-do list application catered towards developers, I came across this the other day: http://www.abstractspoon.com/tdl_resources.html but have not done any testing on it so far.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: February 22, 2006, 03:47:14 AM
I am a registered Surfulator user, but am keeping my eyes open for new developments in the genre.  From the forums previously mentioned, another possible early contender is SEO NOTE at http://www.seonote.com/
11  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: 18 Monospace fonts comparison screenshot on: February 22, 2006, 03:32:29 AM
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consolas sounds nice - love to see a screenshot of it with full text above in same format as the others..  jroad?

Sure.  When I get the time, I'll round up the fonts mentioned  here as well as those mentioned in the digg.com comments posted at http://digg.com/programming/Visual_Comparison_of_18_Monospaced_Fonts and work on a new version unless someone beats me to it.  Some fonts may or may not support the 9 size standard used.  Also, I should probably point out things like which fonts are ttf and bitmapped.  Also, a version with Windows XP standard smoothing should be done.

Thanks everybody for the comments.
12  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: 18 Monospace fonts comparison screenshot on: February 20, 2006, 02:01:24 AM
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But you meant "not aliasing", right? So you disabled the whole thing using the checkbox?

I think you figured out the difference!  I had that checkbox disabled and not set to standard.  Good job figuring that out.  For some reason, I thought it was either ClearType or Nothing (=Standard).

13  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: 18 Monospace fonts comparison screenshot on: February 19, 2006, 03:03:10 PM
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Maybe there are other factors that influence the look?

Interesting.  Our ClearType samples look the same , but not the standard samples.  I would much prefer my font to look like yours!  Let's see if we can eliminate somei possibilities.  I got my Bitstream Vera Sans Mono from: http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/.../ttf-bitstream-vera/1.10/

The file is named VeraMono.tff, is 49K, and dated 4/16/2003.  I used the .zip package (hopefully that shouldn't matter).  Is this what you are using?
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: utorrent and azureus high cpu activity on: February 19, 2006, 01:57:27 PM
At first, Azureas;
Along came the utorrent--
Harmony exists.
15  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: 18 Monospace fonts comparison screenshot on: February 19, 2006, 01:20:01 PM
Hi all,

Thanks for the feedback.  Let me try and clear up some of the questions.

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I think there might be a problem with fixedsys and the Proggy fonts though. It looks like they have been scaled on the screenshot?

The fixedsys I used is the redesigned FixedSys500c TTF version  (#17 on lowing.org).  I believe the one in your screenshot is the default bitmap version.
The Proggyfonts (www.proggyfonts.com) are pretty slick in that each one comes available in a bitmap, truetype, and X windows format.  The ones I used here are also the truetype version.  I downloaded the bitmap version of Clean and it does seem to correspond to the one in your screenshot as well.  In general, for  my comparison, I used the truetype version if available, something I should have mentioned that before.


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Nice work, jroad. But i agree with Jibz, that something must have gone wrong. Some of the fonts looking so bad as to be unusable. Fixedsys for instance. Or Bitstream vera sans mono. I know this font and  i never saw the numbers this crumpy. It is true, that the dot in the "0" is looking sometimes off-center, but the "0" is at least round.

My guess here is that you use ClearType?  It certainly smooths things out and makes some fonts bolder.  I will go ahead and upload the ClearType version.  The screenshot size is identical, so if you have an appropriate image viewer (I still use ACDSEE 5) you can quickly see how Cleartype affects the truetype fonts.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: video editing software on: February 18, 2006, 06:18:45 PM
I needed a way to edit out videos imported over from my ReplayTV (like Tivo).  After using a few different tools (revue, video redo, womble mpeg video wizard, I ended up purchasing the womble editor.  One thing to look for in an MPEG editor is the ability to edit without having to re-encode.  Womble, is one such tool. 

Once you understand the shortcut keys, namely A,S,D (backward/speed/forward), I, O (mark in/out), spacebar (pause), and ctl-E (export to a clip), in combo with the mouse wheel (micro-forward/backward) you have frame accurate cuts very quickly.  Updates come out about every 3 months or so and the support forum was removed, oh and it costs $99.  But for me, and my requirements, it does the job well. 

VideoRedo is also popular and less expensive with an active forum, so it's worth checking out, too.  The above mentioned Revue is specifically for ReplayTV mpegs but it never got out of alpha and was buggy on my machine.  Never tried VirtualDub because the process of using it with ReplayTV mpegs required more work (manual entry of the in/out points IIRC).
17  Other Software / Developer's Corner / 18 Monospace fonts comparison screenshot on: February 18, 2006, 05:50:14 PM
Hi all,

After further research on monospace fonts after the Dina thread: http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=2397.0 I gathered up many fonts from:
http://www.lowing.org/fonts/  and http://typographi.com/000744.php

I decided to compile several of them together in one pic to offer a quick way to compare them.  Attached is the ClearType off version captured with Mouser's Screenshot Captor.

Enjoy!

[Edit:  Added the ClearType version.  In making the screenshot, the truetype version of each font was used if available.  Please note that there can be a significant visual difference between the bitmap and the truetype version.]
18  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Dina Programming Font on: February 17, 2006, 11:16:17 PM
Here's a site that has more Monospace / Programmer's Fonts:

http://www.lowing.org/fonts/
19  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Dina Programming Font on: February 10, 2006, 12:03:21 AM
Thanks for the heads up on this font.  I found it akward to look at initially (coming from courier), but I can see the advantages and am getting used to it.
20  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Source code colors: Contrast / Readability / Ergonomics on: February 10, 2006, 12:00:44 AM
I remember back in the days of Turbo Pascal, the default scheme was yellow on blue and I really got used to it.  It was hard moving to the default black on white in Windows.  I guess I have adapted to it, but maybe I will start experimenting again with darker backgrounds when I can.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Living without AutoHotkey - possible? on: February 07, 2006, 08:25:33 PM
Hi Gerome,

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FBSL forum has been hacked 3 times in the last 2 years!
That is sad to hear.  It must be incredibly frustrating to have that happen.

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Plus, i've made a 500 page Help file ...
I can see that you are working hard on your Help docs which is great!  If I could offer you a presentation suggestion it would be to have an expandable/collapsible (tree list) function listing on the left pane of your help file so users can see all the related functions for a category.  Clicking on the function category would offer an overview and index of the functions.  Also, when the dust settles from the hacker attack, I think having a website with an overview, tutorials, online docs, etc. with a link to the forum would help get new users get acquainted more readily with your scripting language. 

Good luck with the future of FBSL!
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Living without AutoHotkey - possible? on: February 07, 2006, 04:52:10 PM
I'm relatively new to windows gui programming, so based on some of the publicity here about autohotkey I finally decided to try it out for a new app I'm making for aiding ReplayTV (a DVR similar to Tivo) users who process and edit the videos on their PC.  I did a check on the docs to make sure it was up to the task, and it seemed that it was.

Anyway, I'm about 3/4 of the way through with the coding and find it powerful, yet a bit quirky with syntax imo.  The help on the AHK forum seems to be great and when I had an issue sending an array (which are conceptually supported) to a function, it was promptly answered in a friendly and helpful way.  I have done some comparisons of the AHK docs with AutoIt 3 and I think I will probably go with AutoIt 3 in the future.  The user base (registered users) on the AutoIt forums is also larger which increases the chance for help when needed (1815 AHK users vs. 8269 AUT users as of now).  Also, AutoIT3 has AutoItX, a DLL/COM control that should let you run AutoIT commands from other languages.

I also checked out FBSL, and while it does seem interesting the user base is very small, which is a factor for me, but I could see how that could be a positve for others.  Gerome also seems very helpful to those on his forum.  While it is free now, it seems to be headed towards a commercial product and as of now, you cannot sell an app developed in FBSL, see http://www.fbsl.net/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=479:

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Hello,
dougie wrote:
Hi,

I need some opinions from the FBSL community regarding the development of commercial grade applications.

What are your thoughts? If FBSL only for scripting and small GUI apps  or is it capable of developing commercial apps?

What would the cost be of distributing FBSL compiled exe's and who would I need to pay a royalty to?

At this point, I am not concerned about some-one accessing the source via decompilation.
Thanks
Dougie
And Gerome's response:
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-1- At this time, FBSL is capable of beeing used for more than 'small appz', i think Mike has exposed the power of FBSL via his excellent editor.

-2- The cost will be determined once our e-commerce web site will be achieved.

-3- For the moment you are NOT allowed to sell any FBSL applications.

-4- The self decompilation was made to discourage some malicious people who dare trying to sell FBSL applications without my permission.
This backdoor is necessary for the moment.
The commercial version will have strong algos + specific files to identify a real sold version versus a hacked one

I am not trying to upset anyone, just wanted to point out some of my observations.  Anyhow, so after looking at FBSL, I decided to look at some other some other BASIC-type languages, including PowerBasic, RealBasic, iBasic, and PureBasic (and a few others).  I liked the idea of a relatively low cost development tool that could make Windows compatible .exe files with small file size and without need for external dll's or .NET framework installed.

Out of these, PowerBasic probably has the largest userbase, good docs, and seems well suited for commercial apps, but it costs $199 plus cost of upgrades.  What I ended up choosing was PureBasic, http://www.purebasic.com/.  It costs $69 as of now (this may go up when latest version is officially released), but that gives you lifetime updates as well as versions for linux and Mac OS X.  It's still a growing language, but seems pretty solid and the latest version, 4, was just released in beta form (readme here: http://freak.purearea.net/v4/ReadMe.html.  The docs are OK and getting better (online version: http://www.purebasic.com/documentation/).  The developer works full time on this and the community seems active and helpful.  The language seems well suited for applications as well as games.  It offers small, fast executables, as well as inline ASM support.  I am just a beginner with this language, so these are just my initial thoughts.

I guess all this goes to show is that a large variety of languages is a good thing, as everyone who is interestered can find one that suits them and their projects!
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nero 7 issue - Nero Scout really annoying delays! on: January 11, 2006, 05:51:44 PM
I have also been scouting around for alternatives to Nero for the above mentioned reasons.

CDBurnerXP Pro http://www.cdburnerxp.se/ is a pretty good freeware/donationware app.  It does most media except dual layer, which is coming up soon (an alpha release was linked in the forum).  I have not used it for burning DVD video, which it lists as having limited support.

Features:

Writes all kind of mediums apart from double-layer DVD (follows in next version). Burning video-DVDs is limited.
Burn audio-CDs with and without gaps between tracks
Burn on the fly / Burn-proof
Supports most IDE, USB, Firewire and SCSI drives
Rip Audio-CDs to harddrive, obtain track-information (ID3-tags) from Internet
Burn and create ISO-files
Customizeable with many settings
Data verification after burn, create bootable discs
(will be) available in multiple languages
100% freeware - no adware or restrictions
bin/nrg->ISO converter, simple cover printing and much more!
Operating systems: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003 Server.

Also, it does have data verification in its detailed list of features.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free rss reader, "GreatNews" on: January 03, 2006, 10:18:07 AM
I have started using GreatNews and so far so good.  I am relatively new to using RSS readers, so I am unsure if it's missing any major features.  This app runs native and doesn't need Java or .net which is a plus for some folks.  I like the "newspaper" type view where I can see the article summaries all at once.

I used RSSOwl previously, which required Java.

Another one I came across, but have not tried, that seems pretty good is RSSBandit.  It requires .net.

http://www.rssbandit.org/
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher - Does it block embedded flash ads? on: January 03, 2006, 09:35:14 AM
Ad Muncher works great and I would say that it does indeed block flash ads on a page.  It does seem to be "smart" in determining what is and is not an ad.  If you find a page that does not render correctly, you can right click on it and send the problem URL to the developer.  You can also disable it's functions for a site if necessary.  There really is no harm in trying it out before making a purchase decision.   

It is still actively developed and you can try out the latest beta by clicking "Community" on the main page.
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