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1526  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image(s) on: June 20, 2011, 07:05:24 PM
I guess these may have been around for a bit, but as I didn't manage to find any mention of them on the forums...

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Windows Virtual PC VHDs for testing websites with different Internet Explorer versions [Last Updated: 5/01/11]

XP, Vista, and 7

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=21eabb90-958f-4b64-b5f1-73d0a413c8ef



1527  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone here using TMUX over GNU Screen? on: June 20, 2011, 03:43:29 PM
I much prefer to lose Control+B (tmux) over Control+A (screen) by default -- though perhaps there is some other prefix key which I'd be happier to give up by default.
1528  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone here using TMUX over GNU Screen? on: June 20, 2011, 05:59:43 AM
Funny you should ask...just switched to tmux recently.  At least where it is installed smiley
1529  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: June 19, 2011, 07:33:55 AM
don't have both *.wbuc and *.ini for their value in "Save as type"?  For example, "New" and "Save as..." both lead to one where the value is only *.wbuc...
They are both there
[attachthumb=1]

I'm not seeing them both...

Quote from: Ath
Maybe I should add *.* to that dialog too?
I don't have an opinion on this...yet smiley
1530  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: June 19, 2011, 05:55:57 AM
If .wbuc is now the preferred file extension, do you think it would make sense for the default WinButtons.ini to be renamed to use the new file extension?
I didn't do that on purpose, as users would be surprised to see the original WinButtons configuration where they may have created a personal one with the old filename, and the .wbuc file gets preference...
Ah, the joys of backward-compatibility...

On a related note, are there some reasons why it is that some of the dialogs for WBE don't have both *.wbuc and *.ini for their value in "Save as type"?  For example, "New" and "Save as..." both lead to one where the value is only *.wbuc...

Ah, btw, choosing File -> New and then pressing the Cancel button leads to the file dialog appearing again here...I get a feeling of Deja Vu.

Quote from: Ath
Quote from: Ath
WBE supports Drag&Drop, configurable for either a single file or multiple files into multiple (new) WBE sessions (details in the readme)
This works for me sometimes.  My current guess is that it works for .wbuc files but not .ini files.
It should work equally well for both .wbuc and .ini files (these are the only supported extensions, ATM).
I'm sorry to say that it doesn't seem to work here for ini files that I have tried.  I created a file via WBE called "Test.ini" (a new file, one button, saved as "Test.ini", quit WBE, open WinButtons.ini, then drop "Test.ini" on to the treeview).  Whether the "Multiple files dropped..." is enabled or disabled appears to make no difference.

I tried opening various appropriate *.ini files manually (works fine -- e.g. start with the newly created Test.ini), then followed this by dropping any of the other appropriate *.ini files on to the treeview -- the result was no change in the treeview.

Quote from: Ath
Do you think this "drop on to .exe" feature is a possibility?
I'd have to figure out how to do that, I'm not familiar with that feature (aka: I never open files that way myself). If the file association is set to open with WBE, a double click would suffice smiley
If preferred I could add 'Edit with WinButtonEdit' to the context menu in Explorer? (And change 'Open' to 'Open with WinButtonEdit')
Hmm...well if it's too much trouble, please punt on it (at least for now...).  Since I don't do file associations because of the registry involvement, context menu entries in Windows Explorer fall under the same class of things I don't go for either, so unless someone else asks for it... smiley
1531  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iBooks vs Stanza displaying an epub on iPod Touch/iPhone on: June 18, 2011, 09:28:07 PM
FWIW, I tried adding the line using Sigil, but the displayed results looked no different in Lucifox as well as in EPUBReader.

Sigil seemed to do the wrapping with or without the CSS line.
1532  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iBooks vs Stanza displaying an epub on iPod Touch/iPhone on: June 18, 2011, 04:55:31 PM
Thanks for sharing your findings  Thmbsup
1533  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: June 18, 2011, 04:52:21 PM
Thanks for the new release!

Some comments follow:

Preferred file extension changed from .ini to .wbuc (WinButtons Configuration)
If .wbuc is now the preferred file extension, do you think it would make sense for the default WinButtons.ini to be renamed to use the new file extension?

Quote from: Ath
WinButtonEdit 0.9.0.0 (RC6)
Buttons can now be moved between groups (Treeview context menu)
This worked for me.

Quote from: Ath
WBE supports Drag&Drop, configurable for either a single file or multiple files into multiple (new) WBE sessions (details in the readme)
This works for me sometimes.  My current guess is that it works for .wbuc files but not .ini files.

BTW, regarding the WBE drag and drop feature, what I had in mind originally was dragging and dropping on to the .exe and not a running instance -- though this is nice too smiley  Sorry if my phrasing was unclear / wrong.  Do you think this "drop on to .exe" feature is a possibility?
1534  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DOS Batch Functions Tutorial on: June 18, 2011, 04:24:49 PM
Thanks for the offer  smiley

Perhaps I'll attempt another round at searching, but I start to wonder whether it's such a wise idea for me to make a habit out of using a tool which doesn't appear to be maintained...hmmm...
1535  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where have all the trackballs gone! on: June 18, 2011, 09:48:02 AM
I'm still using a Kensington Expert Mouse (haven't figured out why its named that when it's a trackball...) and it seems to work ok in both left- and right-handed configurations.  From a balance perspective, somehow it seems to make sense to me for the pointing device to be on the left side as most (?) keyboards that have a numeric keypad have that on the right side.

(As a former Thinkpad user, I'm fine for some kind of pointing device to be in the middle of my keyboard, but the skin on my fingers doesn't seem to agree with me on this matter.)
1536  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DOS Batch Functions Tutorial on: June 18, 2011, 05:49:54 AM
Never figured out how to have a batch file have a custom icon, whereas this is possible for an exe.
1537  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: June 17, 2011, 04:56:01 PM
Thanks for the clarification, status update, and your continued efforts!

Good luck with testing  smiley
1538  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DOS Batch Functions Tutorial on: June 17, 2011, 04:16:59 PM
I've been using a little freebie called BatchCompiler for some years, as a way to lock down batchfiles against casual modification and ensure maximum portability. (Can't remember where I got it now, and the readme only quotes the author's name -- Ricardo Arias -- but hey, Google is your friend.)
Apparently, I wasn't Google's really good friend today Sad

But I came across the following instead on a thread that mentioned BatchCompiler:

  Bat To Exe Converter

Haven't tried it yet though.
1539  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: June 17, 2011, 03:54:06 PM
BTW, any chance of being able to drop WinButtons config files on WinButtonEdit.exe to have the config file opened up in WBE?
Would you expect it to run 3 instances of WBE, if 3 files are dropped on a single instance, or just open the first and ignore the rest?
I think the former would be more useful, but wonder about the potential persistence-consistency issue for multiple instances of WBE running...When I wrote my request, I was sloppy in my wording.  What I had in mind might be more accurately described by:

"...any chance of being able to drop a WinButtons config file on WBE to have the config file opened up in WBE"
1540  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: June 17, 2011, 03:47:46 PM
Regarding the file extension topic, while I can appreciate the convenience of file associations, I'd prefer that it not be a requirement for a system's registry to be modified for my own case and I'm willing to forgo the convenience.  So...do you think there will still be a portable version of the application available?
1541  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DOS Batch Functions Tutorial on: June 17, 2011, 04:00:31 AM
The book "Windows NT Shell Scripting" by Timothy Hill has about the best coverage of how to do complex processing with batch files that I've come across (get a used/remaindered one for the cost of shipping).

FWIW, Chapter 5 appears to be online.

Quote from: mwb1100
AutoHotKey (and friends) is one of the exceptions as I understand it - build the script to an exe and nothing else is needed on the end-user's machine (I imagine that's one of the reasons it's quite popular on DC's coding snacks).

If I may digress a bit... smiley

Curious who you regard as "friends" -- AutoIt3 perhaps?  Any others?

Some things that I found attractive about AHK / AutoIt3 included:

  • Conditions of use (e.g. free to obtain and produced output freely usable)
  • Relatively small resulting exe
  • Actively developed with a community of users
  • Decent selection of reusable code / libraries

For the things I checked some months ago, other things didn't seem to match these  -- e.g. as I understand it, it's possible to create single exes for Perl and Python, but I don't think the results end up nearly as small as for AHK / AutoIt3.  IDLE (based on Lua) seemed to produce relatively small exes, but the last time I checked there didn't seem to be much of a community and development didn't seem terribly active.  Not sure about Factor yet -- still need to see how big the resulting exes are.

Curious to hear others thoughts on this topic...perhaps another topic / thread is in order...
1542  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DOS Batch Functions Tutorial on: June 17, 2011, 03:14:57 AM
I found the following section tricky:

  Returning Local Variables - How to pass return values over the ENDLOCAL barrier
1543  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: Release: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands: WinButtons 3.2.1 on: June 16, 2011, 07:55:24 PM
So, a usable solution for the non-functional Close button on Windows XP was found: It shouldn't be combined with the movable option. Grin
In this particular case (XP, and options: border, closebutton and movable) the movable option is ignored. 'movable' was originally implemented to be able to move a border-less WinButtons window, but the caption bar is available so the window can still be moved around the screen (the movable option could easily be mis-interpreted undecided)

I think I get it -- if I choose both closebutton and movable, I won't be able to move the window via the border, but for the close button to show up the border option needs to be specified, and if that's specified, there will be a caption bar, and if there's a caption bar that can be used to move the window...

That is what I see with the latest update and that seems fine to me.

Quote from: Ath
Also fixed was the defective :dropItem1: feature

Thanks!  Tested it here and seems to be working  Thmbsup

Quote from: Ath
I'll be searching for a final solution for this Closebutton/movable/Windows XP combination-issue...

Good luck!
1544  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: June 16, 2011, 04:52:48 PM
Thanks for the status update.  I wish you luck in your search smiley
1545  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: June 16, 2011, 04:22:57 PM
Glad to hear that the drop-related thing was nothing major smiley

I can find no issues with either the Close button or pressing <Esc> with WinButtons having focus. Is there perhaps an extra (older) instance of WinButtons running that's waiting for a condition/hanging/cycling perpetually? (You could check that using Process Explorer or Task manager)
I don't think there was, and I reproduced the issue just now.  I am also running XP SP3.  Similar results to cranioscopical -- pressing the escape key works while clicking on the close button doesn't seem to.

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Update will be posted later this evening.

Sounds good.

BTW, any chance of being able to drop WinButtons config files on WinButtonEdit.exe to have the config file opened up in WBE?  That doesn't seem to work here.
1546  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Difficulties with JottiQ & Virus Total on: June 16, 2011, 04:02:15 PM
No I haven't -- hasn't occurred to me to be something that they don't know about.
1547  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: June 16, 2011, 07:54:15 AM
No hurry on this end -- hope your investigation goes well smiley
1548  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Difficulties with JottiQ & Virus Total on: June 16, 2011, 07:52:07 AM
FWIW, I encountered uploading difficulties using the uploader program from virustotal.  That's my main mode of interaction with them.  Is there some reason the uploader would give better uploading experiences?
1549  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Difficulties with JottiQ & Virus Total on: June 16, 2011, 04:52:29 AM
I also occasionally have difficulty with uploading to at least virustotal.  After a few incidents I think I was under the impression that it had to do with the time of day I was making the attempts -- but this is just speculation.
1550  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: June 16, 2011, 04:44:50 AM
I'm having trouble getting :dropItem: / :dropItem1: to work.  Using the following ini file, I don't see notepad opening the files I drop on the WinButtons button:

Formatted for INI with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. [Settings]
  2. left=-1
  3. top=-1
  4. closebutton=1
  5. border=1
  6. taskbar=1
  7. movable=1
  8. [Buttons]
  9. button1=New Button 1
  10. dropcommand1=notepad.exe :dropItem1:
  11. caption1=New Button 1

Am I doing something wrong?

FWIW, using :dropList: (example below), I see the behavior I expected for :dropItem: / :dropItem1:

Formatted for INI with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. [Settings]
  2. left=-1
  3. top=-1
  4. closebutton=1
  5. border=1
  6. taskbar=1
  7. movable=1
  8. [Buttons]
  9. button1=New Button 1
  10. dropcommand1=notepad.exe :dropList:
  11. caption1=New Button 1
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