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26  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Keyboard & Mouse cleaner on: March 10, 2014, 02:37:54 AM
I have being using Pitaschio (free) http://pitaschio.ara3.net/ since long time for this purpose.

See screen shot attached.


27  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Overlap Wallpaper on: February 19, 2014, 05:06:05 AM
Well OW has seen some update lately but I forgot to mention it here.

Below are the latest changes,

Version 2.5.2 (16 Feb 2014)
- Fixed, photo not displaying full, if photo size is same as desktop size.

Version 2.5.0 (11 Mar 2013)
- New INI setting, hide tray icon (1=hide, 0=show), changes to be made directly in the ini file.
- Running the exe again, does not prompt the user but auto reloads the photo.

Version 2.0.1
- New setting, reload photo after every given seconds.
- New setting, show photo always on top.
- New setting, make a given color in photo transparent.


28  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The nightmare of the programmer languages on: January 21, 2014, 10:07:45 AM
Yes I remember dBase III Plus, Rick Spence Clipper and many other books along with Mastering VB 6.

I saw the Spanish program screen shot, it is using, most probably Expand or Grep Library type of codes for the drop-box etc.

dbDOS is, most likely, like DosBox which allows to run 16 bit DOS programs in 64 bit Windows OS. I use DosBox to check some of the old applications we made for our clients who wants them in Windows version.

Like I said, no matter what, you can not take a DOS code and make in Windows one. The GUI is huge difference as per the code goes. XBase++, which we use, will compile and make it run in hybrid mode in Windows 64 bit, but is very very costly.

You can wait for dBase.com if they come up with some easy solution.


29  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for Windows 8 (got any?) on: January 21, 2014, 01:20:27 AM
Well I am using Win 8 and now Win 8.1 and have no problem.

I never felt missing the start button. I am using FARR from Xp and got so habituated with it's quick keyboard response to open an application that I forgot 'there is a start button' !

I just prey that FARR works in Win 9, 10,... and I have no qualms with MS.

BTW I take Metro as a bloatware added by MS, just like IE in Win 98. I used Firefox then and ignore Metro now. Win 8.1 helps me here and I never see it.


30  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The nightmare of the programmer languages on: January 21, 2014, 01:11:34 AM
Hi Contro,

What is your actual requirement ?

You see my programer professional life started with dBASE II. It continued to dBASE III, IV, FoxBase, FoxPro, Clipper till DOS and now Xbase++ and FoxPro 9 in WIN environments.

All the above use DBF files as database and NTX or CDX etc. for indexing. And I was able to re-use my codes from one to another language with minor modifications and add new features as per the new language.

I use AutoIt and AutoHotkey to develop small tools to help me in my development profession, for example, "Merge CSV and Text" creates the complete new project prgs from base template for me.

To convert a dBASE code to AutoIt, say, is trival if the code inputs something and processes and prints. Reading text file is also not a problem. The real problem will start if your code uses DBF and NTX files heavily and searching, sorting etc. All these which can be easily done in dBASE (it is made for it) are a 'nightmare' to do in AutoIt.

With my experience in these languages, I can assure you no converter can do justice in converting code to different 'tangent' language, like dBASE to AutoIt.

We went for xBASE++ (it is a commercial product) as it supported most of our Clipper codes, and were able to come out with a Windows version of our DOS product quickly.


31  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Roundup Prep on: January 16, 2014, 09:44:29 AM
Thanks to mouser, kyrathaba and all for all their efforts in running NANY.

This has given small developer like me to showcase our apps. I will remain grateful to DC for all the praises I get for the NANY apps.


32  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: TClock on: January 02, 2014, 06:31:20 AM
Yes, Stoic Joker's TClock 2010 works with both Win 8 and 8.1.

I am happy user of it  smiley


33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF DONATIONCODER - 2014! on: January 01, 2014, 02:06:06 AM
Happy New Year 2014 to all DC members for their tireless effort to keep DC up.

Hope DC spreads to more places in the world in this new year.


34  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge & Final Release: Tell When Done on: December 31, 2013, 01:34:59 AM
Hi dr_andus,

Sometimes the process on which you press hotkey for TWD, does not do any process, but call some other process. Since TWD watching the first process, it assumes that it is done. So may be CT is calling some other process, may be in it's own folder, to do the time consuming job. You can run some process viewer/explorer to check it.

I have plan to allow user to change or select the actual process which is doing the job. Hopefully will be able sit with it in next year.


35  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y 2014 Release: ESC Close on: December 28, 2013, 02:18:36 AM
Was planning to add more features but looks like I will not be able to do them before 31, so releasing the app.


36  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: New program: FileSearchy Beta - Quick file search utility (freeware) on: December 24, 2013, 01:53:53 AM
Hi Cashper,

Noticed your FileSearchy app today, and I am curious why you did not put it in NANY 2014 instead ?
FileSearchy is freeware, so sets with "NANY" more than "Announce Your Software/Service/Product", I feel.

Well it is your decision, but I am curious.


37  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y 2014 Submission: ESC Close on: December 18, 2013, 12:45:45 PM
Final version of the app.

Version 2.0.0
- Set window title or class to close on single ESC key press.


38  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y 2014 Submission: ESC Close on: November 29, 2013, 03:35:17 AM
Thanks Ath, I could understand, not giving full description was not a good idea.

Now I have put the full description of the problem I have to face and the solution I made.


39  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 - New Apps for the New Year - Welcome Thread on: November 29, 2013, 01:37:08 AM
kyrathaba, add one more smiley


40  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / N.A.N.Y 2014 Release: ESC Close on: November 29, 2013, 01:36:02 AM
NANY 2014 Entry Information

Application Name ESC Close
Version 2.0.0
Short Description You can close a program by just pressing a single key, ESC. You decide with program to activate it on.
Also you can close a program or a browser tab by just pressing the ESC key twice or thrice.
Supported OSes WinXp and above
Web Page https://sites.google.com/site/escclose/
Download Link https://sites.google.com/site/escclose/download

From the time of MS-DOS and PC-DOS, we are accustom to using ESC key to close a box / option or go back one step. We could run a program and know that, to close or abort it, we have the versatile ESC key and it worked.

Now in the era of Windows, Microsoft decided that we must learn to use ALT+F4 key combination to close a window. How they got the idea of ALT+F4 is beyond anybody's imagination, I feel. They could have used ALT+X, say if they so wanted. Anyway, who are we to question M.S. So we mortal, learned a new trick on how to use single hand for pressing two far away buttons. I learned it and life just went by and no body complained.

Well then I got a brand new Laptop. Now like M.S., the laptop, ultra-book etc. manufactures decided that we do not need regular size buttons for functions keys. Some manufacturer even made them just like a single noodle cut in small pieces. Again they had their reasons of not enough space for the function keys.

The user, me, who was well trained to use ALT+F4 key without looking at the keyboard, even with single left hand, could not get it right in most attempts. Either I hit ALT+F3 or ALT+F5 but never ALT+F4. I had to take a close look at the function keys row to find the elusive F4 key to press it, for a simple job of closing a window.

Some programmers understood the pain and gave ESC key as an option to close their program, but mostly let M.S. do the job. Here again in some programs, ESC key do entirely different job instead of closing.

As a programmer I was finding it waste of time fiddling with function keys, when a simple ESC key could have done it.

I decided to make ESC key to close a window.

You can close a program by just pressing the ESC key thrice. You can even close a tab by pressing ESC key twice. Obviously you can change what action twice and thrice pressing the ESC will do, in Settings.

You can also set a window title or class to close on single ESC key press.

Now Notepad can be closed with ESC key. Also GOM player can be made to close instead of minimize. Closing a tab in a browser is just so simple now. Old .HLP files used to close with ESC but new .CHM insists on ALT+F4, now it also abides to ESC key.

Planned Features
More customization options.



To install, extract the zip file in a folder, say "Esc Close", and run the "Esc Close" exe.

Using the Application
Right click on the tray icon and choose 'Settings' for various options.

To uninstall, right click on tray icon of "Esc Close" and select 'Exit'. Then delete all files in the "Esc Close" folder and remove the "Esc Close" folder.

41  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: new Site for my Software on: November 09, 2013, 02:28:37 AM
Hi Miles,

Checked your new website. Simple, clean and good looking. Good work.

One thing I noted that you make it hard to contact you. Obviously we all hate spammers, but from my experience, I found that no matter how hard I try, it is the legitimate user, who just want to simply say thank you, go away, but the spammers get what they want.
Anyway it is your choice.


42  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 - New Apps for the New Year - Welcome Thread on: September 12, 2013, 04:45:35 AM
Was looking for the start gun fire !

Thanks Mouser smiley


43  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best program to compare two files : word and pdf on: August 27, 2013, 12:41:03 PM
I use Beyond Compare http://www.scootersoftware.com/, for last few years and am satisfied.
Similar in price, and you can check the 30 days demo, if it works.


44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I am now the proud owner of my very own NANY mug :D on: March 25, 2013, 10:58:58 AM
Thanks mouser  smiley


45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I am now the proud owner of my very own NANY mug :D on: March 24, 2013, 05:58:01 AM
Here is my 2013 mug with the 2011 mug (2012 was a tote bag).

One thing I noted that mine mug show lighter color of the Hally's design than all the above photos of the mug. May be the long journey result smiley



46  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to detect parent .EXE from tray icon? on: March 18, 2013, 03:23:23 AM
Hi rjbull,

In case you have problem in finding the required feature, I am giving below the screen shots from my machine.

The below window comes after you right click on the tray icon and select 'Settings'.



Hope it helps you.


47  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to detect parent .EXE from tray icon? on: March 17, 2013, 12:10:12 PM
Hi rjbull,

I use Pitaschio http://pitaschio.ara3.net/

It has many options and and I use most of them. One of the option is to show a running program path etc. even if it is hidden i.e. in tray or not.

This you can use to see the corresponding exe name with full path.


48  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release: Text Merge from CSV and Template text files. on: March 01, 2013, 11:46:36 AM
Updated to version 1.1.2

- Merging process now shows progress bar, number of CSV data rows and number of input text files.
- Option to create log file of merging process.

Original message is also updated.


49  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Who is still runnig XP? on: January 25, 2013, 11:12:22 AM
Most of my project development tools were made on WinXP and they work smooth on Xp than on W7. I can not spend time debugging my tools in W7 as I need to debug my projects and develop them fast. I do not see still after W8, of removing Xp, in fact just reloaded Xp on two systems last week.

I earn (goodwill and cash) faster on Xp and all my projects work fine from Xp onwards.


50  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY Thoughts from Developers? on: January 04, 2013, 05:20:06 AM
I try to solve a problem I am facing.

I made PCA since I used to get irritated by the stubborn cursor. OW was made to have my dear one's photo on any wallpaper. SAN and TWD solves my problem of forgetfulness.

The MCAT in this year NANY helps to speedup new project development.

All these apps solves my problem and I hope, may help other users too. NANY and DC gives me the platform to showcase them. One thing I learnt this year is 'do not wait for the NANY to begin, but start your engine as soon as you get time'.

Well I am facing one more problem and could not get time to solve it. Hope to release as non-NANY in coming months.


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