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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Separating features into Basic and Advanced on: November 30, 2012, 01:59:45 AM
I think limiting the number of options makes and application more accessible and more attractive especially to new users of your SW.

This is how the calendar app I'm using on iOS and Android is doing it:


only show basic settings:

Basic | Advanced | Expert | All

Category 1
 - Option 1
 - Option 2
 - Option 3

Category 2
 - Option 1
 - Option 2
 - Option 3

show basic and advanced settings:

Basic | Advanced | Expert | All

Category 1
 - Option 1
 - Option 1a
 - Option 2
 - Option 3
 - Option 4

Category 2
 - Option 1
 - Option 2
 - Option 2a
 - Option 2b
 - Option 3
 - Option 4
 - Option 5

It has 4 'level of detail' tabs at the top. Selecting one of these just adds / removes options in the list below (i.e. they act as a filter).
102  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Pledge: pdfautomv on: November 29, 2012, 04:01:08 PM
Yes, just renaming is also possible. I'll post an example tomorrow for you to see if it covers your case (though I think it should)
103  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Pledge: pdfautomv on: November 29, 2012, 03:40:54 PM
That is exactly what I'm doing. It's also supposed to work with documents with predictable structure (actually, predictable content), hence the rule files.
104  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Pledge: pdfautomv on: November 29, 2012, 03:04:34 PM
I've now and again tried to find an application that does just what pdfautomv will do but failed to find any. If someone knows such an application, even commercial (if it's not absurdly expensive), please let me know.
105  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / NANY 2013 Release: pdfautomv 0.3 on: November 29, 2012, 03:04:26 PM
NANY 2013 Entry Information

Application Name pdfautomv (or pdfautomv Robot, haven't decided yet Wink)
Version 0.3
Short Description Moves PDF files into directories depending on embedded text
Supported OSes Windows (and possibly Linux)
Web Page https://bitbucket.org/phitsc/pdfautomv
Download Link source available following above link. but I'll make a zip too.
System Requirements
  • Ruby runtime
Version History
  • 0.3 - Fixed a crash.
  • 0.2 - Rule files now have to be UTF-8. Fixed crash with -v 3 option.

pdfautomv will be a simple command line utility (although perfectly usable with a simple double-click on a desktop shortcut) for the paperless office aficionado. Its purpose is to move PDF files from one directory to another based on the text embedded in the PDF file. My own primary use case is as follows:

1. Put invoice, receipt, letter, bank statement, whatever on scanner
2. Start scanning process => this will produce a PDF file in directory A
3. Repeat 1 - 2 until everything is scanned and directory A is full of files like Document.pdf, Document001.pdf, Document002.pdf, etc.
4. Double-click shortcut to pdfautomv.rb => marvel how all the Document bla bla.pdf files get nicely and neatly renamed and sorted into the directories where they belong

The application will be written in Ruby. So the Ruby runtimes have to be installed if they are not already. The application itself is just one Ruby file.

Using the Application
The application will rely on some "rule" files which have to be supplied by the user. A rule file specifies what pdfautomv should look for in a PDF file and where to move it and how to rename it if it finds a matching PDF file.
106  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / FARR mention on lifehacker (in comment only ;) on: November 29, 2012, 09:02:15 AM
FARR was mentioned in a comment of a lifehacker article about the use of an application launcher:


maybe it would be worth considering separating FARR's options into basic vs. advanced?
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for Windows 8 (got any?) on: November 24, 2012, 01:45:53 PM
This one (from phitsc) where you have to re-activate the OS
It was really easy though. Download. Copy/Paste product key into supplied text file. double-click. Done. The script does everything, including the re-activation.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for Windows 8 (got any?) on: November 23, 2012, 02:50:11 AM
I followed these instructions to boot directly to desktop and it works:


(note that it's not the same as mentioned in comment #8, although also from winaero)
109  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Having trouble installing and using plugins on: November 20, 2012, 01:55:29 AM
It's maybe also worth noting that the easiest way to install some plugins is using the DC Updater program (also by mouser), and fcalc being one of them.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 20 famous corporate logos that hide secret messages on: October 11, 2012, 04:14:43 PM
Damn, I'm Swiss and have eaten tons of Toblerone ( according to Wikipedia, we Swiss have the highest per capita rate of chocolate consumption world wide Wink ) and I didn't know about the bear!
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Can't Germans Say 'Squirrel' ? on: October 10, 2012, 07:36:50 AM
The topic says: Germans. It's only one of them in the video though.
112  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Some shortcut keys don't work anymore. on: September 26, 2012, 05:13:19 AM
I hope you don't mind me bumping this thread.

Is there a reason why Ctrl + Shift + Left / Right should *not* also do a selection?

Please also consider fixing the word-boundary bug I report above.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / WhatsApp - is it really 2012? on: September 25, 2012, 10:04:20 AM
WhatsApp is really popular here in Switzerland. But what these guys are doing is not only embarrassing, it's becoming suicide.


The preceding article in German is even more concrete on the matter: apparently, it's not possible to cancel your account with WhatsApp (users report that the function to close the account in the app seems to do nothing), but once you have an account everyone that has your phone number and IMEI or MAC (depending on Android or iPhone) can send messages pretending to be you, even after you've uninstalled the app!
114  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.107.04 beta - Sep 23, 2012 on: September 25, 2012, 02:31:48 AM
By the way, FARR is now ten and a half years old.  huh

Version 1.0, March 18, 2002 - First release
And some parts of it show (especially the options screen, with all these clipped labels) Wink.

It's still a very good program though. So congratulations!  Thmbsup
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sublime text: some innovative text editor! on: September 22, 2012, 03:17:41 AM
I double-checked after I got that email from rewardli and indeed it wasn't stated that clearly. The FAQ is new. I agree with what 40hz said about volume licensing though. From the rewardli offer it wasn't obvious though that it was the volume license they used for the offer (well, that's not entirely true as the price steps matched the volume licenses, but I only learned that after the fact).
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sublime text: some innovative text editor! on: September 21, 2012, 02:40:36 PM
Sublime Text 2 can be purchased for a discounted price here: http://www.rewardli.com/o...lime-text-editor-discount

Not a valid link - at least not anymore.

The outcome of that was:

We've had to cancel your order for Sublime Text 2. We have issued your credit card a full refund. (It may take 1-2 business days for your bank statement to reflect this.)

When we suddenly saw a large volume of requests for a deal on Sublime Text, we reached out to the developer multiple times by phone and email with no response. After two weeks, we decided on our own initiative to create a deal and just make the purchases ourselves and buy licenses from Sublime using their volume pricing.

We were doing this as a service to our users and were not making any money on the deal.

However, Sublime later responded to us and stated that their volume pricing applies only in the case of multiple licenses being purchased for use by the same business, not multiple individuals. (This fact is not mentioned anywhere on their web site.)

Therefore, we have no option but to cancel these orders and refund our users. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Please feel free to request deals on other products and services you'd like to see.
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cascading grammar trolls on: September 18, 2012, 01:30:30 AM
excelent  Grin

118  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Chocolatey on: September 14, 2012, 02:10:06 AM

Chocolatey NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with windows in mind.

Was featured on lifehacker this week.

Mouser: maybe it makes sense for you to upload your applications as packages?

I have to admit that I didn't try Chocolatey and am not even sure I will.
119  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / New kid on the block - Pipy on: September 14, 2012, 02:06:16 AM

Haven't tried it though.
120  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Visual Studio 11 Express to only build Metro apps on: August 16, 2012, 02:26:19 AM
According to this blog post, the new VS comes with native Unit testing support for all VS editions. The post is not so clear about if this is also true for Code Coverage though.
121  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Light Table - a new way to view IDEs on: July 19, 2012, 08:41:59 AM
When you need a checkmark to restart the application on exceptions- that might let you know that you're planning on it crashing too much.

 Grin   I can't disagree on that one!
122  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Light Table - a new way to view IDEs on: July 19, 2012, 02:53:20 AM
1. We use scratch projects, often having no more than main() to try out stuff. Or we just checkout to a different working folder. And the degree of modularisation in our system is very high, so we can work on just a specific part of it.

3. VS has Find All References (Shift + F12) which works very well. Its more the presentation of the information that is lacking.

4. Totally agree. That's what I meant with 'some of it already done'. Again, it's the presentation of the information and the way to get to it that doesn't work.

I'm not against innovation, quite the contrary actually. Nevertheless, I think VS still has potential for huge improvements with real productivity gains, without having to throw everything over board. But with release cycles every two years I just think the improvements don't come fast enough.
123  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Light Table - a new way to view IDEs on: July 18, 2012, 12:35:15 PM
I agree that it's interesting. I also think it's important for our trade that new tool ideas are explored. I doubt though that something like Light Table would be much of an improvement over VS for the software we write in our company today (UI and control SW for complex machinery). Most of our SW is C++, some is in C#, some is in scripting languages like Ruby or JavaScript. IDEs like Light Table primarily seem to target scripting languages.

To be honest, I'm quite happy with the evolutionary advances Visual Studio makes. VS 11 comes with features which are really supportive for the way we write SW in our company and will probably increase productivity quite a bit (e.g. auto-completion for #includes). I only wish advances would go much faster! There are tons of things which would have the potential to boost productivity. I'm thinking of things like:

  • Better keyboard navigation and selection within the code editor (things like Ctrl + D in Sublime, or code navigation similar to VI (but not like VI Wink ))

  • Documentation-preview like Light Table would be possible just as well in VS (some of it is already done with a tool tip). But it should be better and support more formats (e.g. Doxygen-style documentation, which seems to be kind of a de-facto standard for C++ code)

  • Possibility to hide docked windows with the keyboard (not only show them)

  • Code-completion and go-to-definition with sub-second response

  • etc.
    124  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: iPad 3 and me on: July 18, 2012, 01:50:39 AM
    A retraction.  A few days ago I said:

    I've played with iPads and there is no question that they beat any Android tablet hands down when it comes to responsiveness.

    Today, I received my Nexus 7 tablet from Google and I have to withdraw that statement.  This thing is every bit as responsive as any iPad I've ever played with, and at 1280x800 on a 7" screen, it looks just about as sharp.

    I don't know how much of this is due to the hardware and how much is Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), but I'd have to say this is the first device I've tried that gives up nothing to the iPad and has all the advantages of Android.

    Great to hear!!

    Indeed! I just wanted to comment that I don't expect an Android tablet that can rival the iPad's responsiveness any time soon. Good to hear I was wrong.

    I'm not an Apple-fan at all. The iPad is the only Apple product I own. I'm not even using iTunes (don't have it installed). Nevertheless, I don't regret buying the iPad at all. It's an excellent device and a joy to play and work with. The lack of a file system as we're used to from desktop OSes is annoying. But like wraith808 it hasn't been a real problem for me so far. To be honest, the one thing I'd like Apple to change is the keyboard. 4 button presses to enter a + is just stupid. And the lack of arrow keys or an alternative method for moving the cursor as well. The magnifying glass is a nice idea but to be honest, it just sucks. Double-tab the main button works very well to switch between apps for me.

    Last but not least, buying the iPad is *the* one thing that had the most positive effect on my Android phone's battery life Wink
    125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can FARR be made capable to Search Outlook Email? on: July 09, 2012, 03:38:04 PM
    The FARR Windows Search plugin can do that. It has reported stability problems though which, unfortunately, I haven't been able to fix yet. You could try if it works for you though.
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