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676  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AceText - text & clipboard manager (for coders, writers, etc.) on: September 11, 2006, 05:09:29 PM
CH+S is simply a clipboard extender that can preserve files -- and as such, it's one of the best true clipboard extenders, in my opinion.  I especially love it's quickpaste menu -- brilliant configurable auto-cleanup procedures. I often have it running alongside acetext for the QuickPaste alone.  AceText and ClipMate, on the other hand, emphasize data storage and manipulation primarily and include clipboard monitoring in the suite.  (AceText especially falls into this, with clipboard monitoring being a feature, not the backbone, of the application.)

The two I've used the most are ClipMate and AceText -- in that order.  I was a user of ClipMate from version 2 or 3 onward.  I can't say anything truly bad about it -- the reason for my switch was one of personal taste.  AceText's design better suits my own personal needs and methods.

That said, the most obvious pros of ClipMate--it's really become a full blown information manager.  It's ideal for collecting text and graphics alike, organizing them in folders.  It can be configured to automatically regularly backup your data, has a full search capabilities and I believe now even has (or at least they are in the works) filters for directing clips to different folders based on search criteria.  You can create templates to apply when pasting, with a single click paste one item, then the next, then the next -- even adding keystrokes/delimiters between items.  I (and many others, users and otherwise) consider clipmate to be the godfather of ClipBoard extenders.

The downsides to ClipMate aren't so much shortcomings as differences that are deal breakers for me.  The biggest reason I made the switch, was ClipMate has become far more than I need/expect/want from it -- too big, too much.  What it does, it does brilliantly.  I know of quite a few people who absolutely adore it for ancestral research, writing/archiving reviews/essays, etc.  The other thing, for me, was lack of portability -- ClipMate is 100% tied to the system registry.  While one can import/export registry keys, it's not a truly portable application.  I like to be able to take my daily apps with me when I go -- home away from home, as it were.

AceText is not as robust as ClipMate in its filters, configurability, or pasting options.  Also, it handles text and text alone.  It does have the core features you'd expect from a clipboard extender -- sequence pasting, text cleanup options, folders for saving data.  Bottom line is that it has a good text editor (it'll be familiar for editpad users, as it's the same one therein--though obviously not as feature filled), inline spell check (as does ClipMate), and does so in a much smaller, lighter and responsive package.  It's entirely portable, easily run full featured from a portable drive.  Collections are stored not in a database but as xml files that can easily copied, edited, etc. from outside acetext.  Clips can be simple text, fore and aft text (has two text fields, pasting such a clip will paste both and put the cursor between -- handy for web code. I have a collection I made of all xhtml tags), web clips (to associate with a URL) or even binary (If you feel like typing in 1's and 0's).  For those who use editpad, it also integrates to an extent with EditPad Pro -- which can read and display AceText collections in the sidebar.

Over the years, I've experimented with a lot of clipboard extenders.  I've yet to find one that I can truly say is the best and only a few I'd consider among the worst.  There are a lot to chose from, many are excellent applications -- it's about finding the one that best suits your own needs/usage.

Another great option, which has recently become freeware, is ClipMagic -- what makes it stand out is its inbound filtering.  No sorting things after the fact -- like your e-mail inbox, you can have them sorted as they come.  It's a nice small application at a great price.
677  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Apologies if this is OT... on: September 11, 2006, 11:20:40 AM
The other main thing I do is to open folders, and for that I must use the windows "Run..." dialog. I sure with that I could use a single program for this but for the moment I cannot :-(

This one can easily be remedied in FARR.  I use it rather than the windows run dialog.  All you have to do is go into the groups editing tab and make a new group for the file explorer you want to use -- I've used it with windows explorer, xplorer2 and xyplorer with no problem. 

The configuration I use basically looks like this--
Regex pattern:
^([a-z]:\\?.*?)$
And the results:
XYplorer $$1|c:\Program Files\xyplorer\xyplorer.exe "$$1"
xplorer2 $$1|c:\Program Files\zabkat\xplorer2\xplorer2_UC.exe "$$1"
x2 Flatten $$1|c:\Program Files\zabkat\xplorer2\xplorer2_UC.exe "$$1" /F:1
win explorer $$1|c:\windows\explorer.exe "$$1"

When I type something that looks like a path c:\windows for example, it gives me that list of file explorers to choose from.
678  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AceText - text & clipboard manager (for coders, writers, etc.) on: September 11, 2006, 06:49:44 AM
The RSS read/write is integrated very unobtrusively -- you'd miss it if you weren't looking for it. smiley

It's all handled via folder creation.  When making a new folder, two new folder types have been added in version 2.x.  RSS Reader and RSS writer.  If you select RSS Reader, you can input the URL for the feed.  If you go with RSS Writer you can specify an ftp server to publish it to.

As for RSS reading, I made a little script for converting an opml from your rss reader into an AceText collection.  It can also convert an AceText collection to an opml.  I like to dump my opml into acetext when I'm going somewhere -- put acetext on my usb drive and have all of my feeds right there for offline viewing and updatable when/where the net is available.

679  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: mail2web: any comments? on: September 11, 2006, 05:23:04 AM
I haven't used it recently, but I did use it quite a bit several years ago.  My one concern was always the fact that giving my login information to someone else -- a general paranoia.  They've been around for a long time, though -- so it's not some fly-by-night password grabber.

Looks like they've added quite a bit since I last used them.
680  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AceText - text & clipboard manager (for coders, writers, etc.) on: September 11, 2006, 05:20:58 AM
Actually, it's hardly creeping featuritis.  It's like this--with version 2.0, the datea format used by AceText was migrated to xml -- in and of itself, that pleased me as the prior data format was difficult to work with with external applications/scripts.  The xml files are much easier to parse (or create).  From there, the ability to read and write xml files is inherent, so why not give it the ability to read/write a popular web technology?

You've never used AceText, so you'll have to trust me on the fact that it's light, fast and efficient.  The rss reading/creation integrates elegantly into it without any negative impact on the application.  Rather than being dedicated new features, they're mere extensions of the technology already present in the application.
681  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: MiniReview: SpaceMonger on: September 10, 2006, 09:33:18 PM
it's the states and cities map in spacemonger that i find confusing,  :D
Treesize is more simple.

Maybe you need to zoom in for a closer look :P

lanux128 -- before posting the review, I'd searched and saw your plug.  Great application! The current version is quite fresh, I haven't examined the version history to see how often new releases come, but it's certainly reassuring to know it's in active development.  I hate undeveloped software, even if it is perfect. (Not that I can give any examples of perfect :)
682  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AceText - text & clipboard manager (for coders, writers, etc.) on: September 10, 2006, 09:29:47 PM
I've been an unwavering fan of AceText since the very day version 1.0 was released.  As a fan already of EditPad Pro and other JGSoft applications, I found its editor/interface familiar and therefor comfortable.  It has a great featureset for text workers -- which is the singel demographic catered to by the entire line of JGSoft products.  After nearly a decade with ClipMate -- the unarguable grandfather of clipboard extenders -- AceText was able to shift my allegiance.

Version 2 of AceText, free to all registered users, is a natural evolution of the program that, among other things, introduces the ability to not only download/read rss feeds but publish them. (Not just create, but automatically upload and maintain them online).

It's not a viable solution for those simply looking for a clipboard extender that handles both graphics and text, it's (in my opinion) the best option for those whose primary concern is text.  Collection management is brilliant, the editor is solid, and it's 100% portable.  Version 2 even offers a painless means of copying it to your portable device so you don't have to do so manually.

As is standard with JGSoft applications, it's actively developed.  Fixes (and improvements) are frequently deployed and the support is friendly, swift and thorough.  For my needs, I can't complain.
683  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: MiniReview: SpaceMonger on: September 10, 2006, 09:12:22 PM
I can see a use for that, certainly, but it lacks the context I so love about spacemonger.  It's like viewing a list of states and cities rather than a globe. smiley

Once I get my hard drive in order, I suppose playing with non-contextual tools will be in order--but nowhere near as much fun.
684  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / MiniReview: SpaceMonger on: September 10, 2006, 09:02:17 PM
App Name:SpaceMonger
App URL:http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/
Direct download URL:http://www.sixty-five.cc/download/
App Version:2.1.1
Test System Specs:WinXP-SP2
Supported OSes:Win95/Win98/NT/ME/2000/XP
Support MethodsForum, Email
Upgrade Policy:Annual license
Trial Version:30-day trial period. Periodic nag screen.
Pricing:$USD 19.95
Additional Screenshots:http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/scrnshot.php

There are two kinds of people who should read this -- those who obsess over what files/folders are on their computers and those who feel they've lost control over what's on their computer and don't know where to begin cleaning up.

Personally, I'm both.  I've traditionally been very strict about my computer and what's on it but have allowed it to fall on hard times.  Sure, I'd like to clean it up -- but I really don't want to open my file explorer and click through each and every folder trying to figure out what's there and whether it needs to go.  On the other hand, I don't trust a software application to scan my computer, give me a massive list of what I should delete and then trust myself to scan the list and effectively protect what should be, cull the rest.

Today, I stumbled on what seems to be the perfect solution--SpaceMonger.  I downloaded it figuring it was going to be a novel waste of 5 minutes.  The fact that I'm writing this little review is a testament to the contrary.

First off -- what SpaceMonger does not do.  It does not automatically clean up anything.  There's no files or folders suggested for deletion.  No file type bias.  No false positives to worry about.  SpaceMonger is not about baby sitting your computer for you.  You're smart, you need a smart tool.

What SpaceMonger does do . . .

It scans your drive(s) on your computer, collecting file and folder names as well as file types.  It then uses this data to make you as an omniscient god over your data.  Seriously (as serious as I can be, calling you a god anyway).  When I look at my computer as presented by SpaceMonger, I feel empowered.  Before I've even begun to clean up my drive I feel better because I know and see all.

Let me explain.  SpaceMonger, with your data, creates a treemap.  What this treemap shows you is an interactive, zoomable, scrollable map of your data.  Pictured is a small zoomed section of mine, you'll notice several donationcoder applications surrounded by other stuff (some of which I'd probably rather you (or I!) didn't see there.).

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I realize my folly already is that I'm going on about how this application, a tool not a toy mind you, makes me feel and I'm not giving you a lot of real information to go on.  It's not that this utility lacks substance, it's simply a matter of "You've got to try it to know what I mean!".  This application reminds me of those unbelievable interfaces you see on computers in movies. "Yeah, that sure would be cool -- but it's unrealistic."

The way it presents your data is amazingly intuitive.  You can scan your hard drive, with your eyes, in the same way you'd scan a collage -- just glance over it, it's all there to be seen.  Something catches your eye, double click it for it to zoom to fit the screen.  Something within that catches your eye? Zoom in further. Not what you were looking for? Zoom back out, scan around some more.  Enjoy your bird's eye view of your computer.

Found a folder that you know needs to go, delete it.  A folder of old memories you want to browse, open it.  No going back and forth among folders. It's all presented immediately.  You zoom in, you zoom out; everything is shown in context.

You're not just looking at your hard drive, remember -- you're now god and your data is your minion.  You can destroy.  You can examine.  You can move.  You can simply observe from a distance.  Literally, I mean from your pedistal you can quickly and easily move, delete and otherwise manipulate the files/folders.

If not interested in all of your creation, you can hide things.  The most handy application for this, for me, is when culling my hard drive.  I see something I like, that I want to keep, I hide it.  I elminate good things, delete bad things.  This can all be done via your right click context menu. You may also be glad to know the most useful features also have convenient keyboard shortcuts to further expedite progress.  Worth mentioning, you can further filter your view  based on name, date (specific or range) and size.

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Outside the treemap, you can view statistical data about your files.  A pie chart will break down your data: programs, documents, windows, personal data, etc. You can even use the pie chart to manipulate data on your Treemap.  Right click a slice of the pie to select all the files under it (they'll be listed in a pane on the bottom) or hide the files in the treemap.

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A bar graph of file sizes will let you know what's taking up the most space. (Big files, small files).  More "Oooh, data!" than "Powerful Tool!" but it's there whatever the case.

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These statistics may not serve any -great- purpose, but what geek doesn't thrive on data?

Since you're probably a PC power user or at least aspiring to be one, you very well may be thinking "What a great tool, would be especially handy when trying to find something on a friends computer when I'm fixing it for them -- I don't know where they store their data!" -- SpaceMonger is designed so that you can install it to any volume -- even non-rewritable.  You can put this power tool on your SuperGeek CD or USB drive.

Finally, SpaceMonger is configurable.  There are many different ways of viewing the treemap -- whether you want files shown proportional to their size or if you want everything shown homogenously -- option is yours.  You can also fully customize the colors, fonts, borders, you name it.  You can stand and lovingly view your computer in whatever light you wish to see it.  There's a good chance that, while sufficient in terms of contrast, the default color scheme makes you think "yuck". I'll admit I'm not fond of the pastels.  I think I'll go with earth tones.

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SpaceMonger bears an affordable 19.95 USD price tag.  You'll find real information, additional screenshots and the webstore at http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/
685  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: drag window to edge automatically resizes it on: September 10, 2006, 05:22:00 PM
My goal was to make a grid I could/would use.  Grids 1/2 are general positions I use constantly, 3 an offspin of 2 that works great for when I don't need my editor so big.  The others are for dual-editing with side by side comparison.  Probably add a few smaller elements on the right side for a few things, but generally I just have google talk and some messaging windows open there and use Opera (slot 1) to align them by anyway.

The easy snapping is great -- and I love the win+g command option.  As someone who becomes angry at having to use the mouse when I don't want to, I'm tickled pink. smiley
686  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: drag window to edge automatically resizes it on: September 10, 2006, 11:53:11 AM
This application is excellent.  After spending some time making a custom grid, I couldn't be happier.  Snap point for my webbrowser, snap points for my text editor (primary centered and points to tile it vertically or horizontally) -- no more manual window resizing.

I've attached the grid if you want to check it out.  It's made specifically for me, but it might be handy for others, quite a few variations of the middle window (text editor, file explore, etc.) for tiling/resizing.
687  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Comments on ScreenshotCaptor - Beta Version - 2.12.01 to 2.24.01 on: September 10, 2006, 08:06:06 AM
YES!

This feature looks awesome (still downloading, no playing yet).  My screenshot directory is horribly cluttered.  I often snap 3 or 4 times when capturing something -- adjusting this or that and am terrible about cleaning up afterwards.  This should be killer.
688  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Text editor with good spell checker on: September 10, 2006, 08:02:45 AM
Inline (and on demand as well) spell checking -- syntax aware spell checking, if you do a lot of coding (spell checks text blocks, ignoring code bits) and a really flexible/configurable editor.

It has a lot of features.  Another feature I feel is worth mentioning is its find/replace interface -- it's a resizable pane with multiple lines for find/replace text for better readability on bigger, more complex querries.  The find/replace dialog even has syntax highlighting for regular expressions.

It's sad. The application has been making me giddy for the better part of a decade.  Still under active development, the latest version is a real zinger -- while other editors seem to each have great features that differentiate them from the competition, EditPadPro seems to have them all.

Mouser--did I mention that the new version fully supports standard I/O calls to external applications/scripts? Seems that was a feature that was missing previously that you needed.
689  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Digg Gets Everything Backwards.. And How to Fix It on: September 09, 2006, 06:45:06 AM
I think a key difference between dig and stumbleupon is the fact that with stumbleupon, there is no front page to try to get your links to. There's no point where there is a select, limited amount of space to try to ascend to.  While there is a ranking system based on your "popularity", there is no quota to fill, one need only be an active member with a great deal of links floating around to reach full status on that.

Links you add and approve/disapprove impact you and others with taste similar to you -- and nothing else.  Stumbleupon is a different service altogether.  While dig is about taking a consensus and presenting what everyone must/will like based on that consensus, Stumbleupon takes the whims of the users and uses it to attempt to serve, based on the individuals preferences, what it feels they would like.  One is a chef who believes no one will dislike his cooking and you will eat what is put before you. The other is a personal chef who, after a while, anticipates what you'll want next.
690  Special User Sections / The Getting Organized Experiment of 2006 / Re: GETTING ORGANIZED EXPERIMENT - WEEK TWO ASSIGNMENT (SEP 5, 2006) on: September 08, 2006, 10:14:11 PM
Still have room for me to jump in and try to get my green badge? I've already got a napkin that says "Make coffee, change diaper" smiley
691  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Social bookmarking sites on: September 08, 2006, 08:26:26 PM
ma.gnolia.com is pretty, nice elegant aesthetic but is new and seems rather limited in features.  Its emphasis appears to be on social bookmarks/sharing.

Some time later now, I feel obligated to re-comment on ma.gnolia, which has become my primary bookmark repository.  It has very quickly (and enthusiastically) become very convenient/usable.  Bookmark and tag management is great and the social aspects are implemented really smartly. Plus, it looks great. smiley
692  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Webmail: Free, Simple Domain Name Spelling, and Nested Folders? on: September 08, 2006, 07:49:18 PM
the flat folder heirarchy was my biggest gripe with gmail for the longest time, as I've traditionally been a very tedius mail organizer.  All these years and tens of thousands (or maybe hundreds of thousands) of messages later I only use organization (in any form) very losely and only for fairly specific frequently-accessed things.  Everything else I find is much faster to access via search than a tight folder organization could provide.

That said, I can't really help you here. I'm pretty out of the loop where current webmail clients are concerned, have been locked into gmail.
693  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hi on: September 08, 2006, 06:52:47 PM
Welcome back allen.  Cody was actually threatening to go on strike if you didn't come back soon.

I'd meant to take him with me, I need his wisdom if ever I hope to conquer the world.  So, had to come back to his place smiley
694  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Hi on: September 08, 2006, 06:39:57 PM
After a few pings from mouser, occasional peaks in at the forum, and never missing a newsletter -- I'm back.  Officially, I never left . . . I just got distracted.  My free time decreased by a good bit (not something GTD could help with, more a matter of my wife working longer hours and son demanding more attention.  My remaining free time has largely been divided between web projects I'm obligated to and a video game.  Shameful!

I'll try not to disappear for a while.  In the mean time, could someone give me a way to turn off the rich editor buttons when making message? tongue
695  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cody's coins - made from what? on: September 08, 2006, 06:18:14 PM
The only difference between chocolate and any given metal (melting point aside) is the fact that of these only one is delicious.  That taken into account, it's obvious which pressed coin would hold the most value -- and I'd be willing to go out on a limb and assume he carries with him only the most valuable form of currency.
696  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Problems with Opera on: September 08, 2006, 04:53:22 PM
Tried it on Opera 9.02 (development build) -- while I didn't have any problems with opera or SSC seizing up, the screenshot I got was what I saw when I clicked -- no scrolling took place.
697  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What to you think of RealPlayer? on: September 08, 2006, 04:46:08 PM
hey, allen is back. but for how long?

I never left, I was just . . . not entirely present tongue
698  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What to you think of RealPlayer? on: September 08, 2006, 12:16:48 PM
I used to hate Real, but it really seems to have cleaned up its act quite a bit over the last few years.  While it's too big/heavy to be considered my ideal media solution/player, I find it far more desirable than windows media player, itunes or jukebox.

I'm especially fond of Real's "Rhapsody" player/music service -- that's something they did absolutely right.
699  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your significant other's favorite key on the keyboard? on: June 16, 2006, 05:55:09 AM
Allen sits in the amber glow of a Deck keyboard, enjoying its rugged durability and compact design . . . little does he know its unconventional key placement will be the cause of confusion and, perhaps, the thing to rekindle his marriage.

Allen: What's your favorite key on the keyboard?

Heidi: Huh? Oh, you should know that.  I like the little squiggly one that's usually . . . right here.  But you don't have it?

Allen points to a space next to the space bar

Heidi: Yeah, that. I like it because it's kinda cute.

Allen nods, "Yeah, me too."

Heidi: We're in love again!

Allen: No, you stole my favorite key.
700  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SanDisk accused of "Shades of Sony Rootkit" on: June 16, 2006, 05:47:38 AM
I find this a bit saddening, I've been a long time fan of SanDisk's thumb drives and portable mp3 players . . . with gimmicks like that, though, my next usb drive is likely to have a different watermark.
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