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3376  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TicTac 1.4 on: July 31, 2010, 06:40:44 PM
damn

I keep downloading & you keep updating :p
:-)

Hehe.  I think it's pretty stable now. Don't think I'd add anything unless I figure out how to do it with the mouse instead of keys.  But that won't be for awhile. smiley
3377  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TicTac 1.4 on: July 31, 2010, 04:08:50 PM
TicTac 1.4 Now the hotkey modifier is checked for valid character combinations( any combination of the 3 chars '^ '!' and '#') both when reading the .ini file, and when processing the InputBox.

If an invalid modifier is detected on start up, it is reset to the default( the Win Key) and an error msg is displayed.  If during InputBox processing, the current one is kept and an error displayed.  The program doesn't quit unless it gets a failure setting the first hotkey.

edit: if everything seems to work except one position, another program may have that hotkey.  Try changing the hotkey modifier to get around it.  When you change the modifier, all hotkeys are released and reset to the new combination.
3378  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TicTac 1.2 on: July 31, 2010, 01:12:27 PM
TicTac 1.2  Added Change Hotkey Modifier command to the tray menu.

Now you shouldn't need to edit the .ini file.  If the hotkey modifier is changed using the Input Box, the change will take effect immediately.  The setting will be saved to .ini on program close.


3379  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TicTac 1.1 on: July 31, 2010, 01:07:29 PM
Now I need to find an animated gif of a head swelling.  smiley

Thanks for the compliment. smiley
3380  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TicTac 1.1 on: July 30, 2010, 08:51:27 PM
TicTac 1.1  Version 1.1 adds commands to the Tray Menu such as Show Readme to display the Readme file, Visit Hotkey Page, Donate etc...   Also double clicking the Tray Icon brings up an About dialog displaying the current hotkey, version and copyright info .. the usual soporifics.  smiley

I also added the ability to change the hotkey modifiers using an .ini file setting.  If you don't like using the Win Key you can change the modifier setting in the .ini file.  Shift is not advisable as that changes the state of the number pad. If the hotkey assigment fails, I assume something illegal was specified in the .ini file, and the program quits. If it seems broken a quick way to get it back on track is shut it down and delete the .ini file, and start over.. but this is in the Readme.

Each time the program is run, on exit it writes TicTac.ini to the same folder as TicTac.exe.  The .ini file has comments explaining the format of the HotKeyModifier setting.  Default is # for the Win Key.  Remember to quit the program before editing the .ini file, otherwise your changes will be overwritten on program close.




3381  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TicTac 1.0 on: July 30, 2010, 08:44:41 PM
What a really cool idea!
Since it 'sticks' the window in a (new) place I would suggest the name "TicTack".  Like a thumbtack that sticks a piece of paper on the wall.

Thanks.  Glad you like it.  smiley

edit:

WindowMenuPlus had this as one of its menu commands, but insisted on resizing the window at the same time.  I prefer just moving the window as directly as possible without altering it. So I did it via hotkey.

See the Readme for the sordid details. smiley
3382  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / TicTac 1.7.0.0 on: July 30, 2010, 03:22:35 PM
TicTac 1.0

No, it doesn't play the game. It just positions the active window to a section that would correspond to a tic tac toe position.  The positions visually correspond to the NumPad number keys.  3 is Bottom Right, 8 is Center Top etc..

Download: http://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html

Usage:  Leave running in Tray.  To position the active window, press the Windows Key and a numberpad key 1-9.  Win NumPad5 would center the window.  Win NumPad1 would position it on the bottom left.

Only single monitor setups are supported.  However on each hotkey press it does get the desktop work area from the OS.  It should not cover the Taskbar or get thrown off by a change of screen res.

The active window is not resized or changed. It's only moved such that the entire window should show(if it fits in the work area that is) either flush to an edge of the work area, or centered, depending on the numberpad key used with the Win key.

3383  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: New MakeMKV beta on: July 29, 2010, 06:04:21 PM
I'm glad the program is working out for you. I guess it is slow going with a one man shop. I know I felt a bit weird after shelling out $50 and then it just goes along and is still beta... but I figure the program does work as well as most paid programs as it is, and with the license key, if it goes away at least I can keep using it as it is.

When you deal with these market services, you end up squishing your octagonal peg into their square hole.  I have a feeling the discount thing is something he couldn't turn off if he wanted to.  But that's just my intuition.  Maybe the developer is a perfectionist, but I agree with you the program works well enough to charge for it. He should probably release it as commercial and give a discount for a time and get things moving.  But I don't know what's going on.  Maybe there's some other ducks he wants to get in a row before he takes the plunge. smiley
3384  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Death and the net: How to log off gracefully for the very last time on: July 28, 2010, 06:24:25 PM
I don't recommend this method... way too corny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bytoID_SNnE
3385  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: GlassPrompt 1.1 on: July 28, 2010, 01:03:07 AM
If anyone is tempted to play around with FreeBasic, I posted the v. 1.1 source code for GlassPrompt on the forum:

http://www.freebasic.net/...rum/viewtopic.php?t=16107

It's pretty flexible and interesting.  It has classes but I believe inheritance is not implemented.  The libraries include lots of WinAPI stuff like ShellExecute, FindWindow etc..

It also has user defined types so creating a struct to make a WinAPI call that's not in the library is not difficult.  Also some sort of operator overloading. I'm still new to it so resort to the online site for accurate info. smiley

3386  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WindowMenuPlus freeware on: July 28, 2010, 12:40:11 AM
Yup, it does work.  Looks like they update frequently.  Plus they have a feedback thingy for suggestions.  The good thing is you can exclude some features so even if they implement many of the suggestions you can disable the ones you don't like.

I'm going to check out a few more of the utilities as I get time.
3387  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / WindowMenuPlus freeware on: July 27, 2010, 09:42:11 PM
I saw this mentioned on one of the tech sites.. probably Addictive Tips.. and decided to try it out.

http://www.moo0.com/?top=...m/software/WindowMenuPlus

WindowMenuPlus sticks some extra menu items in the window system menu. It doesn't show in Chrome and I'm assuming not in other apps that use Ribbon and don't have the system menu in the upper left corner, but if the window has a Taskbar icon then you should be able to get the menu there.

The "maximize to" command is pretty useful as it positions and sizes the window flush to a location on the desktop, such as right-top etc.. and can also maximize just horizontally or just vertically.

There's a "move to" that's not as useful since it only has Left Top Center Right Bottom and no left-top without risizing the window. I suggested they add that feature.

The other one I like is "find this program." It works similarly to my Home Folder utility. It opens the folder where the exe file lives. Only thing is there seems to be a small bug as it opens 2 folders to the same location.

But the main thing is, so far I don't feel any destabalization of my system.  Most gizmos that add menus and commands seem to make the shell fragile.  I'm only just trying it out but it seems solid to this point.  There are some other interesting toys on the site.  Might be a place to get a few utilities especially if you don't use all in one type window positioning utilities on your desktop.
3388  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: New MakeMKV beta on: July 27, 2010, 05:38:55 PM
I tried this latest version on a couple of my conventional DVDs.  Worked very smoothly.  I could pull out the main movie with the subtitle track and audio I wanted very easily.

As a bonus it turns out my WD set top box will display the VobSub streams in an .mkv file.
3389  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free Windows Text Editor that transposes last 2 characters typed on Control-t ?? on: July 25, 2010, 06:24:51 PM
I just added a few lines to restrict the windows to a group of editors using the class names.

edit: added Chrome and Firefox browsers to the window group

[copy or print]
GroupAdd,EditorGroup, ahk_class TFormEditPadLite  ;EditPadLite
GroupAdd,EditorGroup, ahk_class wxWindowClassNR   ;FBIde
GroupAdd,EditorGroup, ahk_class SciTEWindow       ;Scite
GroupAdd,EditorGroup, ahk_class MAINFBEDIT        ;FBEdit
GroupAdd,EditorGroup, ahk_class Notepad           ;Notepad
GroupAdd,EditorGroup, ahk_class TFormMain         ;TreePad
GroupAdd,EditorGroup, ahk_class Chrome_WidgetWin_0   ;Chrome Browser
GroupAdd,EditorGroup, ahk_class MozillaUIWindowClass ;Firefox Browser

Loop
{
    Key_3 := Key_2, Key_2 := Key_1
    Input, Key_1, V I L1
}
Return

#IfWinActive, ahk_group EditorGroup
^t::
{
    SendInput, {Backspace 2}
    SendInput, % Key_2 . Key_3
}
Return
3390  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free Windows Text Editor that transposes last 2 characters typed on Control-t ?? on: July 25, 2010, 05:09:03 PM
Thanks for the macro and ahk code. smiley

edit: thanks skwire.  Tried it in EditPadLite and it worked.  smiley
3391  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: GlassPrompt 1.1 on: July 25, 2010, 04:43:32 PM
That's kinda cute, how does it work? I assume it's some new Vista+ API that has to do with dwm? smiley

Yes, it's OSMajor 6.0 minimum.

Some guys have been messing with Blur Behind effect on a prompt for awhile on AutoIt3 forum.  It uses DwmIsCompositionEnabled to check if Glass is enabled and DwmEnableBlurBehindWindow to enable the blur effect.  Unfortunately it only looks good when the background is black.  Which makes it work well with prompts as most people don't bother to change the background color and the text reverts to white.

If you just enable Glass or blur on a program window, all the controls are zapped and you can't read the text in buttons.  That's why in my programs like Selector and ReOpen I just use the thick glass border. There's some stuff on Code Project how to draw text and stuff on glass but it's a royal pain.

Here's the functions in FreeBASIC. There may be neater ways to do it. I did these functions before I found all the WinAPI stuff included with the compiler.  But it works. smiley


[copy or print]
'' MilesAhead.bas - reusable function library for Windows
#include once "windows.bi"
#Include once "vbcompat.bi"
#include once "win/shellapi.bi"

'returns non 0 if Glass enabled on system
Function GlassEnabled() As Integer
  
  Dim As HMODULE hModule
  hModule = LoadLibrary( "dwmapi.dll" )
  If hModule = 0 Then Return 0
  
  Dim DwmIsCompositionEnabled As Function(pfEnabled As Integer Ptr) As HRESULT  
  Dim enabled As Integer = 0
  
  DwmIsCompositionEnabled = GetProcAddress(hModule,"DwmIsCompositionEnabled")
  If DwmIsCompositionEnabled = 0 Then
    FreeLibrary(hModule)
    Return 0
  End If
  
  DwmIsCompositionEnabled(@enabled)
  FreeLibrary(hModule)
  Return enabled
End Function

Function EnableBlurBehind( hw As hwnd ) As Integer
  If GlassEnabled() = 0 Then Return 0
  Type BlurStruct
    dwFlags As DWORD
    fEnable As BOOL
    hRgnBlur As HRGN
    fTransitionOnMaximized As BOOL
  End Type
  
  Dim bStruct As BlurStruct
  bStruct.dwFlags = 1
  bStruct.fEnable = 1
  bStruct.hRgnBlur = Cast(HRGN,hw)
  bStruct.fTransitionOnMaximized = Cast(BOOL,1)
  
  Dim As HMODULE hModule
  hModule = LoadLibrary( "dwmapi.dll" )
  If hModule = 0 Then Return 0
  Dim DwmEnableBlurBehindWindow As Function(hWnd As HWND, bs As BlurStruct Ptr) As HRESULT
  DwmEnableBlurBehindWindow = GetProcAddress(hModule,"DwmEnableBlurBehindWindow")
  If DwmEnableBlurBehindWindow = 0 Then
    FreeLibrary(hModule)
    Return 0
  End If
  Dim As HRESULT result = 0
  result = DwmEnableBlurBehindWindow(Cast(hwnd,hw),@bStruct)
  FreeLibrary(hModule)
  If result = 0 Then
    Return 1
  Else
    Return 0
  End If
End Function

3392  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: UltraSearch: a competitor to Everything? on: July 25, 2010, 03:58:04 PM
I see what wuz up.  Everything default cache sizes are only 4 MB.  Changing to 0 makes them unlimited.  Now I shouldn't have to adjust 'em anymore.

That's the trouble with hotkey things. Even if you no longer run the program, you find yourself reflexively hitting the combination when you want to do the function. I had to put Everything back. Now I know it has an unlimited cache setting it should be fine. I always liked it. Ultra Search doesn't have to run in the background anyway. It's still there if I want to use it.

3393  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: GlassPrompt 1.1 on: July 25, 2010, 02:19:38 PM
GlassPrompt 1.1  Smoothed the application of the blur effect.  Now sets prompt caption directly instead of using Windows Start command.

Now when the window becomes visible the blur is already applied. No more starting with black background, then changing color. Also by setting the caption directly using a WinAPI call, there's no longer a prompt launched just to use Windows Start command.  Looks a lot nice coming up now.

Of course if you have XP it will just show the ordinary prompt.  No sense running it unless you have Vista or later OS with Glass enabled.
3394  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free Windows Text Editor that transposes last 2 characters typed on Control-t ?? on: July 23, 2010, 03:13:50 PM
Yeah, but then I'd have to decide if I should pass it through or eat the key.  Control T is a pretty common hotkey that's likely to do something else in an editor. I don't know why more editors don't have transpose.  Doesn't anyone touch type?

edit: plus I think the method would end up being pretty sloppy.  Send keys, copy to clipboard, etc.. which is likely to interfere with the clipboard likely to be in use by the editor. It would be smoother all around if the function was built in.

3395  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Free Windows Text Editor that transposes last 2 characters typed on Control-t ?? on: July 23, 2010, 12:25:47 PM
Subject line says it.  I'm looking for a Free Windows Text Editor that transposes last 2 characters typed on Control-t ??  XEmacs is the only one I seem to remember that does it on Windows.  But I don't want to suffer through the rest of the learning curve.

Failing that maybe one where you can add a hotkey and custom command easily?
That's the most common typo for me and I can't believe it's not a standard feature like deleting a line.

edit: I know the editor in Visual Studio 2008 does it, but I don't want to wait 3 minutes for it to open.  Looking for something like EditPad Lite or NotePad++ but with Control-t transpose function.
3396  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: UltraSearch: a competitor to Everything? on: July 22, 2010, 02:56:55 PM
I just ran across this today on Addictive Tips. I like that it doesn't need to run in the background. One thing I noticed with Everything, I would get results that didn't show new files I knew were on the system.  Then I'd have to manually bump up memory usage. I didn't get any indication from the app that it needed more ram.  I just noticed after awhile something wasn't right.

This seems a bit slower, which is expected since it's not running in background. One thing I like is it will work with my Selector program.  If I select a file in Explorer, or highlight text in an editor, or copy text to the clipboard, then launch UltraSearch via Selector, it comes up with the selection as search term. I like the simple design.  The programmer wasted time creating htmlhelp .chm file when you really don't need it with this.  But it is nice to see a freeware that comes with some kind of help file.

I've just put it on both Windows Seven and Vista machines and turned off Everything.  I'll see how it goes.
3397  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: autohotkey - reload script on screen number change on: July 22, 2010, 01:38:39 PM
oh, nice tip.

i really wish i could do more with ahk myself.

It can be frustrating sometimes with the different languages. ahk is great for mouse hotkey especially.  I've just started playing around with FreeBASIC. It produces tiny stand-alone exes since I guess it gets translated into assembly code and assembled.  Stuff is there for a lot of Windows API calls like ShellExecute and that type of thing, but using an ActiveX the only way is a 3rd party user library. It's not as smooth as AutoIt3 or Python for creating an ax object.  But for quickie command line stuff it's cool. It's freaky to compile a program and see the exe < 10 KB. It's been ages since I did anything with Basic.



3398  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strange Google Chrome Problem on: July 22, 2010, 01:30:05 PM
I have Chrome version 5.0.375.99.

I used to be getting the betas, but then I decided to try out the Dev for Chrome 6.0 previews and it was all messed up so I went back to the normal "stable" releases.

The dev channel has been running pretty smoothly for me.  It might be worth a try.  Just see if all the badness goes away. I think if you do a restore point(if you use them) in case of disaster, it should set you back up on the stable channel without having to do any settings.
3399  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: autohotkey - reload script on screen number change on: July 21, 2010, 07:26:24 PM
I've just had a quick look at the doc's and it appears that the switching is done via hotkey (I'm also assuming that what you're doing is disabling/enabling your 'secondary'monitors)

this being the case you can simply add the same hotkey to your AHK script (DialogMove?) that sends the hotkey AND reloads the script, eg

    ^!F12::
    send ^!F12
    reload
    return

    +^!F12::
    send +^!F12
    reload
    return

you'll need ot check the syntax of the send command (I rarely use it so I always need to work it out each time...)

the returns are redundant in this case but it looks wrong to leave them out huh





Instead of catching a hotkey, then resending, try prefixing the hotkey with '~'
It won't "eat" the hotkey in that case. Should look like:

~+^!F12::
yadda yadda
Return


3400  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strange Google Chrome Problem on: July 21, 2010, 07:15:51 PM
@Deozaan do you have updates set as automatic?  Maybe Chrome browser updated to a version with a bug.  I'm using the Development channel.  I did get one version with some funky, so I turned off automatic update and installed an older version until the next update came out.  On development channel it's been ok since then. I'm using 6.0.466.0

(Funny but when I just checked the number, it tells me there's a new one! Oh oh!!)

edit: now I have 6.0.472.0 smiley
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