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76  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release: Text Merge from CSV and Template text files. on: December 30, 2012, 02:42:34 PM
Well I did it cheesy, thanks to GOD.

See the original message above for details.

Since my wife needed to be hospitalised 2 weeks before and now she needs rest, my time was divided between family and work. As I promised, I was ready to give a night's sleep for myself, but can not cut my family time.

Well here I am working after my family has gone to sleep. Just managed to make the website and the download app. Well the finishing touch is missing, but at least I am able to release the app for NANY 2013.

Merge CSV and Text helped me to make the website faster as the text for the site was built from the template of my other freeware site.

Though one more app is pounding in my head but I doubt if I will be able to release it by tomorrow night, i.e. 31/12/2012.


77  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 - Pledge & Final Release: Stick A Note on: December 30, 2012, 01:49:07 AM
Sorry DyNama that you are facing problem in SAN.

End-tasking SAN and restarting does stop this behavior.

I'll find workarounds if i must, but i sure would like fixes. perhaps a way to unload or refresh the SAN database in memory?

Since re-starting SAN fixes this problem, I feel making an option to refresh the memory data will fix it, as per your suggestion.

I will make an option for it.

I am begging for some time for it, as my wife was hospitalised and she needs some rest now. My times are divided between family and work now. So personal work like SAN and NANY are getting pending.


78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FLV downloader needed on: December 08, 2012, 03:46:08 AM
Recently I have started using free FF addon http://www.bestvideodownloader.com/, and found very intuitive in use, for the videos I downloaded from Youtube.

You may try it.


79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where Is Windows 8.1? on: December 06, 2012, 09:46:51 AM
But (still) what I disagree with is the FUD, and the spread of disinformation/assumptions by people who've never honestly tried to use the functionality.  It becomes less useful when you can't separate what you can do from what you can't, and what's right from what's wrong IMO.  There's enough wrong to concentrate on that other talking points don't have to be created.

That' s just what I am finding in all forums and blogs. Everyone is putting his/her comment from hearsay. At least at DC Forum we should first check and have it as 'example' of what we are saying.

The people who are running to buy IPad, had once predicted doom, as they thought it was very difficult to type on a IPad on one's lap. They just could not see the whole picture, but think IPad as mini computer where they need to type their codes and long articles.

This is the same going on for Win8 now. Hope to see the same people standing in line for Win8 soon  smiley


80  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Pledge - Progress Bars of Life on: December 03, 2012, 10:28:52 AM
Very good idea and app.

Can think of using it as 'countdown' for my projects, which I generally miss.


81  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Separating features into Basic and Advanced on: November 30, 2012, 10:35:37 AM
Thanks Renegade for the link. I have forwarded the same to my colleague who is developing our ERP in .Net.

The accounting app I am maintaining is done in Xbase++ with TopDown. It is Clipper (DOS) like language. To save development time, our company went for it as our product is in Clipper originally.


82  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Separating features into Basic and Advanced on: November 30, 2012, 04:05:53 AM
The main accounting app I develop for my company has a big 'settings' dialog. Initially I used to put all in one big window, separated by box/lines. As the options grew, I made them tab pages. Then again tab pages grew to multi-line tabs. Last I made them to tree, similar to mouser's screen shot.

What I have found that the initial loading of the 'settings' window becomes slower and slower, as all options with tab/tree are made. In fact I show a 'Please wait..' while loading the settings window.

Now as a user I get frustrated when I need to enable/disable just one/two options and I have to wait for the full window to load. I was thinking of some logic which allow me to show the window quickly the 1st tab/tree-node and build rest in background, then again user may just want to go to the last tab/node at first ! Haven't found a good way to have both.

In my freeware apps I generally keep the few settings in main window and add new ones in 'advance' button. The 'basic' options I decide on the options I gave in first few releases, as user expect them there in main window, and add few most used, based on experience or so, to it. The advance window may have tabs/tree and may take long to load. This way, I think, I can make both type of users happy.


83  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A month with my Surface RT on: November 27, 2012, 10:33:40 AM
Desktop screen is a different topic really (i.e. -no offence intended- but seeing as it's so hard to keep win8 threads ontopic I would suggest it for another thread).

Right. Me too will not stretch my hand from keyboard to desktop, in fact I am a keyboard junky and reach for the mouse only in rare case.

Let us hear from users who are using or tried a tablet+keyboard combination and not go in wrong direction of negative scenario.

When I use the laptop at office to demonstrate my program to users, many a times I touch the screen with my finger to point the area I am referring to. Imagine if I could even fire the event from it, I would not have to fiddle with the touch pad now and then.


84  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / A month with my Surface RT on: November 27, 2012, 06:16:38 AM
Read about Win8 RT http://encosia.com/a-month-with-my-surface-rt/

After just a few hours of using the Surface, I realized that I was reaching up from the keyboard to tap and scroll without thinking about it on a regular basis. Having a responsive touch screen a few inches from where my fingers naturally rest on the Touch Cover completely changes what feels natural.

Well, this was most debated feature in blogs/forums, that using a touch screen along with keyboard is a no-no. But after reading the above post, I think MS has somehow got what Apple already has, natural user interface.

Obviously I too would touch the screen to load a different code file or highlight-cut etc. Much easier and natural than moving the mouse to the exact position.

Something do work together.



85  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: [Possible Pledge] OMG Reminders on: November 23, 2012, 05:46:44 AM
Come on.

More the merrier.


86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hello Strangers. on: November 23, 2012, 05:22:03 AM

We are happy that you overcome your problems.

I saw my mother suffering due to indifference of my father. And I pledged my priority:
1. Family (wife, kids)
2. Work (job, money)
3. Relatives, Friends
4. Myself (Freeware, movie, fun)

Well you can see, I have not been able to start my 2013 pledge, as my family is requiring my time. I am ready to give one/two night of sleep if I have to, to make the app (in case). But no way I will cut my family time.

I do not want my family to suffer as I did.



87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need your help... on: November 23, 2012, 05:07:42 AM
Made a small DC donation.

Hope it helps you overcome some of your problems.


88  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you going to wait for Windows 9? on: November 21, 2012, 10:40:41 AM
- we will all be using consumable, throwaway devices tied to their cash generation systems.

...and some cash for we programmers.

Try to remember DOS 3.0. No 'undelete' command. Peter Norton made some cash.
Fast forward to IPhone OS. No 'cut-paste'. Many programmers made some cash.
Now Win 8. No 'start menu'. Start8 like makes some cash.

I try to see the positive side of things. I can not stop MS or Apple to do what they are doing, but see how we programmers are going to earn our daily bread from it. We need some base (OS) to program on it and supporting a small program is far easier for a small programmer than supporting a full OS, if he/she makes one.

At time of plain DOS, users needed consultant, from IT guys near him/her. Now internet gives us very wide choice both for users and programmers.

Do not worry, some programmer will make one 'program' which will remove/suppress all the annoyance of Win 8 and make it behave like Win 7, Mac or Linux, you name it.


89  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Gmail Makes It Easier To Find Large Messages on: November 16, 2012, 06:06:04 AM
Just read it http://www.makeuseof.com/...by-size-and-date-updates/

Well at least now Google have accepted that users need to check for their email size. I have being using OE as a helper for marking the big size emails and deleting or labeling them. Now it will be much easier to find them using combination of searches from GMail.

Now a 'lab' option to 'Show email size' will complete the issue, at least in non-conversation view.


90  DonationCoder.com Software / Easy Screencast Recorder / Re: Easy Screencast Recorder - NANY 2013 Entry on: November 08, 2012, 09:49:29 AM
Or what about:
"Easy Screencast Recorder"

That's my current favorite.

In my view, this matches with Mouser's original description.
Something which
  • do not require deep knowledge of the job.
  • is quick and small.
  • has no fancy or complicated options.


91  DonationCoder.com Software / Easy Screencast Recorder / Re: Easy Screencast Recorder - NANY 2013 Entry on: November 07, 2012, 03:46:54 AM
how about "EasyScreenCast" ?


92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New AHK Forum Software on: October 30, 2012, 11:02:54 AM
skwire is right.

They must have thought of touch but it is very difficult now on a desktop monitor.

Hope they make something like GMail 'Cozy' or 'Compact' option, so that both touch and non-touch are happy. Developer will still have to use the mouse-keyboard option for their bread and butter.


93  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Interesting Phishing Email - Seen This? on: October 25, 2012, 02:02:12 AM
You do not have to hack any one's account to get a list of names and corresponding email address.
Just look at the mails forwarded to you or your friend. The geek in us use 'bcc' but the rest of the world will fill the 'to' with loads of addresses.

We are having festive season 'Durga Puja' and 'Dushera' now in India. I am getting lots of wishes emails and I now have tons of emails to forward 'whatever', if I wish.

Also with so many web accounts been compromised, where do you think those emails end up to.


94  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OCR - comparisons of different software/capability on: October 19, 2012, 03:22:06 AM
Mentioning of color, got me thinking.

I do not require OCR always, but at times I get some images whose text I have to put down in the report format and I look for some simple ocr to extract the text quickly.

I have below installed (all free),
Advanced OCR Free
Free Image OCR
Free OCR to Word
SuperGeek Free Document OCR

(Funny all have similar interface).

To check if any works for a complex image with colors, I captured an image from my program and saved as PNG and run all on it. They all failed.


I know the image is very complex with background colors and also a PNG file, still I wanted to find out.

Then I check online OCRs,

GoogleDoc and www.onlineocr.net did more or less good job and extracted most text.
www.free-ocr.com and www.newocr.com came second in extracting from light colored backgrounds better than from complex colored backgrounds.

So finally I can rest assure, GoogleDoc is more robust and free.


95  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Mugs, etc. -- All participants please read in on: October 16, 2012, 12:24:14 PM
Thank you mouser  smiley


96  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Pledge: Text Merge from CSV and Template text files. on: October 16, 2012, 11:35:56 AM
Nothing against Java or .Net. I already have .Net 2.0 installed since it is required by few of our in-house program. But did not went for any higher version, neither used any program which needed it.

Java once I installed for a calendar-reminder program, but it used to take lots of time to load, also I experienced system slow down, so did not go for it after the OS upgrade. I do not blame Java for it, may be my machine was not up to date.

wraith808 is right. It is something I try to avoid. As it is not required for my development and all my clients also do not have or use the same.

Anyway, I have decided to go ahead, since the features I require are more specific to me and I want a small portable win-exe.

Thanks for the information.


97  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / NANY 2013 Release: Text Merge from CSV and Template text files. on: October 15, 2012, 11:39:31 AM
Well as I develop different projects, I create similar code files for main, menu, about etc. routines. Also there are database read/write codes which differ only in field names.

Initially when I used to do project after 1/2 months gap, I did not cared much, but now that I have to get 2/3 projects ready in less than a week, I started looking for something like mail merge facility but for plain text files.

I found "FilesFromCSV" http://www.somebytes.net/54-1-FilesFromCSV.html, which does it but I need more features.

I found Ath's HTML Mail Merge http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=25114.0, but I want non-java, as I do not have java.

There were more discussion of similar requirements

Well I made one a raw mode exe, just to get me started on it.

I envision the following features for it,
  1. CSV file can have comma, semi-colon or tab separated text.
  2. No multi line text in CSV, at least for now.
  3. Single or all template files from a template folder.
  4. Generated text file names can be controlled from CSV data.
  5. Field or global variables like current date, time etc. for replacement.

Now I need advise from DC members if this will be useful app to make for general. Maybe I missed that there already exist what I want. Please let me know about it.



NANY 2013 Entry Information

Application Name Merge CSV and Text
Version 1.1.2
Short Description Merges column data from CSV file in text files, like mail merge.
Web Page https://sites.google.com/site/mergecsvandtext/
Download Link https://sites.google.com/.../mergecsvandtext/download

Merges column data from CSV file in text files, like mail merge.
Case conversion of merged text can be done, also system date values can be written in merged text file.

As a programmer, many times I find myself in a situation where I need to make a program which has same basic routines of company selection, help and about modules, done in previous program. The codes are same but the name, version, description etc. of the program is different. Obviously both program cater to different requirement and have different entry, report etc. menus. But there are codes which are more or less similar between programs.

I wanted a tool which could create the similar codes from template files by merging the required values of name, version etc. from a CSV file. Since as a programmer we generally work with code files which are basically text files, and CSV file can also be termed as a text file.

Since Merge CSV and Text works on text file other than programmers, like authors, writers, reviewers etc. can use it to generate the initial writeup from the template text and csv files.


98  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: And so it begins.. NANY 2013 on: October 12, 2012, 02:08:11 AM
Ahh.. at last cheesy. I was lurking now and then for the 'green flag' of NANY 2013.

Though this time I am finding myself under huge project works, NANY is the chance for me to break free.

I have some ideas burning and will post for advise before making any, as there may similar ones exist, which I do not know.

Happy pledging to all.


99  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Overlap Wallpaper on: September 20, 2012, 10:39:38 AM
Hi stophereareyou, thanks for the feedback.

1. Click on the 'Preview' button or better enable 'Preview mode' to see the changes as you change the size.

2. I got your 'reload' idea now, i.e. load next image from given folder after few seconds. Hope to take up next time.

3. The 'shadow' options is difficult as of now, so I do not promise it. If possible I will definitely  do it.



100  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Overlap Wallpaper on: September 13, 2012, 02:09:16 PM
Updated to version 2.0.1, long over due, nearly a year.

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


I have also added "Feature and Tips" page on website to help the new users.

Please give some feedback, as did not get enough time to check the app in different combination.

@stophereareyou, I have added the 'interval' option as 'reload'.

Thanks Vernon.



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