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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a very flexible timer on: April 14, 2015, 02:55:57 AM
Tomos, have you found what you need yet?  If not, I'm working on a few ideas in Pascal/Lazarus.
Questions:
1- Would you want to always track time from 0? or should the beginning time be settable, maybe even from actual time?
2- Would you want to have the tasks/notes be running timestamped? or starting a new task starts from 0?
3- Should a list of tasks/notes be hidden until exported, or should there be a running list showing?

I'm having trouble getting everything to sync up close-to-perfect with real time, so:
4- What kind of time tolerance would be acceptable? Say, +/- 1 or 2 minutes per hour?

5- Hotkeys?

If you could, sketch out how you'd like the UI to look.  The Trout example is good, but a slider would only be possible if there were a definite 'quitting time', like say you only want to spend 5 hours doing what you're needing done.  A slider would be rather inaccurate as well.  In the code I'm playing with, I have buttons for forward/reversing seconds, minutes and hours.  No direct text entry yet.

Let me know, I'd love to stretch my coding muscles even further...

Great smiley

1) No / Yes / Yes - i.e. ideally would be startable from say 1 hour or 15 mins - starting from real time would be a bonus but not necessary to me.

2) this question overlaps with #1 (?) Timestamped would be a bonus, but again, not necessary to me.

3) I'd prefer a running list shown

4) a couple of minutes wouldnt bother me

5) Hotkeys are always good - but for what exactly :-/
Its difficult to find universal hotkeys that will suit every system, so probably better to either have customisable hotkeys - or no universal ones.
I imagine it running in the tray, when I think about it, mouse is fine really.

Wow, it's difficult to imagine an app completely from scratch.
I'm good at being critical of UIs that already exist - I can try them out and see their weaknesses. But I will give this a go and post some sort of a sketch shortly.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PixiShot photo manager (from WebSite-Watcher author) on: April 13, 2015, 03:18:42 PM
I gave it a quick go -
it is very nicely made.

Reminded me a little of ExifPro which is really designed to work through a batch of images and select the best for editing in external editor. But this one has it's own editor too - I liked the internal editor a lot actually.

There is an "Automatic" button which shows four different possible edits - these are preset but can be replaced with your saved presets - not sure how on-the-fly this can be done.. Presets are on the left when editing: the plus button allows you to add current edit settings as a new preset (logical but took me a while to figure it out).
Once presets are saved, you can change  them when in the Automatic view (with four images on screen). It would be nice if this could be done more on the fly - edit a bit, save one preset/version; do a little more, etc, in the end compare four edits and choose the best.

With apologies if I missed any of the following:

  • Has customisable shortcuts, but doesnt warn you if they already in use - it just removes the shortcut from it's previous location.
  • The workspace doesnt seem to be re-arrangable - e.g. the 'film strip' shows at the bottom of the screen: working on a laptop, this takes away a lot of valuable height pixels. It would be great if that could be shown another way e.g. vertically.
  • Also missing in an app like this is compare images: e.g. split screen with two different images - ideally lock zoom and panning so one can compare similar images to choose the best.

Would be interesting to see how it copes with a lot of images. It doesnt show sub-folder contents, so I cant really (easily) stress it on this machine smiley
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Youtube Subscription Channels on: April 12, 2015, 03:32:23 PM
^I believe so.
It sounds to me like this -
you get paid *if* you make the video subscription
but,
you are then blocking all non-subscription viewers, so you might not be getting a lot of views....
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Youtube Subscription Channels on: April 12, 2015, 02:26:20 PM
I'm not sure how different this is - above is subscription for one channel, IIUC this below is a general YT subscription.

YouTube's paid subscription offering takes shape — and it's almost here (The Verge)

this caught my eye:

Quote
And YouTube's carrot comes with a stick — creators are required to participate in the subscription offering, or every video on their channels will be set to private, sources said. The move will likely upset some creators, who may object to aspects of the program.
130  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release 2.220.01 BETA - April 12, 2015 on: April 12, 2015, 02:49:32 AM
  • [Feature] A new "Quick Search Words" tab in options allows you to specify quick search word replacements; here you can quickly specify words that have alternate meanings when typed into the search box.  Start each line with a search word, followed by = and then the replacement text.  For example, if you would like to be able to type "ff" to search for "firefox" you can specify that here as "ff = firefox".  This just makes it much easier to do certain simple things without using aliases.  Note that replacements will only be made on word boundaries ("ff" will not match "eff").

my kind of feature Thmbsup
(easy to use embarassed)
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a very flexible timer on: April 10, 2015, 03:02:05 PM
^
^ thanks for the tips.

Will have a look for a physical timer (I want one anyways); and have downloaded xnote timer for a look (portable - yay) thumbs up
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a very flexible timer on: April 10, 2015, 09:50:00 AM
I'm a bit torn really -
good  time tracking/management software would be good -
but my original idea was a basic timer that could be modified. Say it's running and I go out for coffee and forget to pause it -
when I come back:
I can pause it, take the 15 mins or whatever off the total, and leave it run on again.

The ManicTime suggestion would work around this by keeping track of activity. I find the $67 pricetag a bit steep - not saying it's not worth it. It probably would encourage good use of time...

looking for a timer where I can add subtract from the time shown e.g.
say it's showing 1:30:25 - I can change that time (via slider or numerically) to, say, 1:15:00.
Using a slider could be a bit like an mp3 player UI
133  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: SUGGESTION: Maximum Screen Size on: April 10, 2015, 09:39:13 AM
Minor update, same url -- standalone shot window will now auto hide during captures, if option is set to hide main window during capture -- makes it a little easier to keep a small shot window on screen while working.

^ this works well.

A hotkey to toggle window would be great, especially as you say for single monitor setup.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a very flexible timer on: April 10, 2015, 02:16:26 AM
Do you mean like a countdown timer for set time tasks, or a set-it-and-let-it-run timer to evaluate time spent on tasks?

I mean a 'a set-it-and-let-it-run timer to evaluate time spent on tasks'.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: So, what pdf reader app is your fav? on: April 09, 2015, 05:23:19 AM
I use Adobe Reader as my main viewer.
It has a good range of shortcuts, good zoom controls, and good whats-the-word 'drawing' of vector graphics -
all of which are very important to me with PDFs.

PDFXchange viewer (not pro), I use when adding comments to a PDF.
I'm doing even better than you Curt - using the portable version

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from 2011

Why do you want to move from the older version Curt ?
I guess security could be a factor...
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: what3words on: April 09, 2015, 03:37:57 AM
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So I expect when German leaves beta you'll most likely get German words for everywhere.

thanks 4wd
so,
the locations must be translatable - either directly, or in the sense that if you look up my german three word location, you'll find it in your english lang app.

I finally bought a smartphone a couple of months ago but am still using an old-style 15 euro mobile (real buttons!) undecided
This is the kind of app that might prompt me to make the move.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: what3words on: April 09, 2015, 01:34:40 AM
saw a reference to what3words in our work newsgroups today

seems like a really useful mapping/navigation/location tool, though it may struggle with some situations (multistory buildings for example)

EDIT:  I'm not associated with this tool in any way, nor am I recommending it for any given purpose.  It just seems like a pretty cool tool to me but YMMV

that is very cool thumbs up
odd:
over sea is in English - anywhere on land (including the States) is in German.
Is that due to my location? But surely they dont have each location in various languages?
This one, for exapmle is somewhere in Nabraska:
http://w3w.co/kontrollgruppe.bedürfnis.flugschule


would be funny having new postal addresses based on it -
[Your Name]
@earsplitting.brandy.beauticians
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 08, 2015, 03:31:56 PM
I read lately about the name Hitler being used for a child in the States, I think it might even have been the middle name for a girl - but cant find it now - not worth finding really...
139  Other Software / Html and CSS School / Re: HTML editor for beginners on: April 08, 2015, 03:24:12 PM
Code highlighting is helpful - I presume that would be a minimum.

Preview is nice to have but doesnt seem to be essential - I especially like where I press a hotkey to show preview and same key to toggle back to code. I cant remember which editor had that - I think it was the one I liked least otherwise :-(
I'm surprised by the other editors that allow preview on a different tab but dont give you any hotkey to get there...

Code completion is nice undecided thinking of Shade's point that to do it all manually is a good way to learn... smiley
It is nice to think that one can learn everything, but if something is seldom used, I think having a button/menu-entry that does the job is not a bad thing.

Using a button or shortcut for most tags seems reasonable/helpful to me. Learning what things like float:right and clear:both mean and how they're used - that can neither be helped nor hindered by a button.

One thing I didnt mention before is I want to be able to write in German (on the resulting website) i.e. include in particular:
ö ä ü ß
I was told to use UTF-8 encoding and then simply use the characters directly as they are - I see some editors show them as special characters, some not.

Otherwise, as a beginner, I'm not really sure what I need smiley

(currently downloading Sublime Text - thanks wraith)
140  Other Software / Html and CSS School / Re: HTML editor for beginners on: April 08, 2015, 11:13:39 AM
> Not sure if I'm hitting the mark here...

I think so -
and I'm happy to hear all suggestions,
thanks Ren
141  Other Software / Html and CSS School / Re: HTML editor for beginners on: April 08, 2015, 10:56:04 AM
Thanks people!

^ PhpStorm is way outside my price-range -
@ $99 I might consider WebStorm (they both look good); the simultaneous HTML tag editing looks nice:
https://www.jetbrains.com/webstorm/whatsnew/

@Shades, I can see the logic of that...

&nbsp to you too Tao :-)
- I'll add an edit to the first post that I'm not looking for WYSIWYG programme.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft OneNote - some experiential Tips & Tricks on: April 08, 2015, 08:28:51 AM
Thought i was subscribed to this thread... where is that darn bookmark/subscribe to thread link now?

if you edit your post - it's below the text field:
[x] Notify me of replies

(dont think it's otherwise visible)
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you know a free HTML editor with real time preview in adjacent pane? on: April 08, 2015, 04:54:44 AM
Started a thread looking for and at editors for beginners:
HTML editor for beginners

not sure how different they have to be from editors for more advanced users - but as I say there:
as a beginner, dont bother with NetBeans cheesy
144  Other Software / Html and CSS School / HTML editor for beginners on: April 08, 2015, 04:44:53 AM
[edit] just to be clear: I'm *not* looking for WYSIWYG 'editors' (see TaoPhoenix's post below for why) [/edit]
Any tips will be gratefully received!

  • (1) as a beginner, I want to be easily able to find everything.
  • (2) using a non-standard keyboard (qwertz) I would like customisable shortcuts (bonus for exportable list of same)
  • (3) would love to be able to compare files side by side (e.g. my version and someone elses - but this may be another category of software?)


My experience so far:


Web Architect:
50 euro/ free version (some limitations I think)

It is very beginner friendly:
  • everything is easily accessible via ribbon UI

I didnt find it very user friendly:
  • it is mouse intensive, and keyboard unfriendly (no shortcuts for very basic things)
  • no customisable shortcuts that I could find, at any rate


NetBeans IDE:
recommended by gizmo - all I can say is: as a beginner, dont go there cheesy


HTML-Kit / HTML-Kit Tools:
free / paid version ($39 upwards)

  • Free version had nice wizards to help when creating new files
  • Paid version is newer version of same with ribbon interface but with lots of keyboard shortcuts thumbs up
    wizards didnt work out-of-the-box

I preferred the free version interface.
Not sure why I gave up on this one, I think I simply preferred the next one...


WeBuilder:
($50/$80 home/commercial)

  • everything easy to find so far
  • customisable shortcuts (dont see any way to export a list of same)
  • cant find shortcut for preview current file (but it surely is there - or customisable)
  • unable to compare two files side by side (but as said above, maybe I just need to look at different type software for this capability)
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adventures in cleaning (my cranky) computer on: April 08, 2015, 02:15:46 AM
As for your suggestion about the snapshot software, I'll take suggestions for an easy one that can modularly reverse each software's changes. I thought broadly that's what add-remove uninstall was supposed to do - but apparently it doesn't.

sounds more like system restore - dont use it often but it has usually worked well for me...
146  Other Software / Programming School / Re: Building a new programming school - V3.0 on: April 07, 2015, 04:20:33 PM
They say they have a Forum Q&A link at the bottom of each exercise. I'm not signed up so I don't know if that's still there

signed in and working on css:
that link brings me to a "CSS Styling" forum/list of threads. All visible threads (~20) have multiple answers.
Unfortunately, search does not seem to work at all :-(

[edit] and I'm not able to make a post - I *am* allowed to ask a question (i.e. start a thread), so maybe that's a security thing not being able to reply to an existing thread, but there's no indication why - or whether it's just broken (I'm requested to sign in in spite of being signed in)... [/edit]
147  Other Software / Programming School / Re: Building a new programming school - V3.0 on: April 07, 2015, 03:58:32 PM
i see what you're saying. but online coding courses aren't meant to do that. if you want to discuss things they provide forums to do it. just like here. and a wiki is just a fancy book. not an interactive course. or learning community.

I'm just starting to learn so happy to get help where I can (currently in the middle of CSS file via codecademy, thanks!)
i.e. not really qualified to answer your questions - but wasnt sure who your post was directed at, so just said why I was here resurrecting this thread (previous post 2011) and looking for more :-)
148  Other Software / Programming School / Re: Building a new programming school - V3.0 on: April 07, 2015, 03:01:23 PM
udacity, codeacademy, and others already have free coding courses.  they're better funded. and they're up and running. why reinvent the wheel?
thanks for those tips :-)

Re your question:
what they dont have and what I can do here is (as said above) e.g. start a thread about best HTML editor for beginners (searching didnt help me much, not even gizmo helped there).
As said in previous page, a wiki type scenario would probably be better, but starting a thread will do me fine. I know that if I get any info it will be up to date and from trused source - and I can comment on the four editors I've already tried - and maybe help some other beginner decide.
149  Other Software / Programming School / Re: Building a new programming school - V3.0 on: April 07, 2015, 01:35:08 PM
Answers to #1 and #2 and #3 are all yes, but you must post in the top level section of the programming language in question.  Any posts made in an assignment-specific board will not be visible to others.

Okay, I'll be adding some stuff shortly then smiley
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Looking for a very flexible timer on: April 07, 2015, 11:29:51 AM
I know there's loads of timers out there, so maybe this exists already:

looking for a timer where I can add subtract from the time shown e.g.
say it's showing 1:30:25 - I can change that time (via slider or numerically) to, say, 1:15:00.
Using a slider could be a bit like an mp3 player UI - here based on Trout:

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Bonus points if I can use it to keep track of what I'm actually doing during this time i.e. make notes within the app itself.
Even more points if that's exportable ;-)
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