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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you know a free HTML editor with real time preview in adjacent pane? on: May 12, 2015, 07:40:38 AM
I'm also still learning, and I must say that Firebug is an amazing tool. Only problem is that you can only play around and not save your changes.

belated thanks David - I'm struggling along with the (very) basics but will check that out Thmbsup
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: May 12, 2015, 04:51:27 AM
Somewhere along the line we also seem to have lost touch with beloved member 40hz, last seen in february  Sad
yeah,
that's been a notable absence. Hopefully he's doing okay (and just taking a break as Edvard says he was talking about).

Remember his turtle avatar was slowly fading?  That was a hint.
I hadnt noticed that -
I see it's gone completely now - and his signature is gone too! - Wish him the best and tell him come visit sometime.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Laptop suggestions on: May 12, 2015, 04:42:28 AM
If you have an idea, it's always worth checking out reviews - and amazon (or whoever) reviews, especially those that arent so positive, so as you can get an idea of the weak points.

Notebookcheck.com is a site I like they do fairly in-depth reviews (they are translated but generally that's well done):
Asus N550JK-CN109H
Quote
Emissions

System Noise

The noise development of the dual-fan system (see screenshots in the right column) remains within limits even during high load. The fan only spins quietly when the user enables Optimus, and the GTX card is disabled. However, we measured the hard drive's consistent base noise of 33.8 dB(A). Thus, although the fans were always active they were restrained. They spun agreeably consistently without extreme fluctuations between speeds. Games produced a noise level of 42 dB(A); the stress test was only marginally louder.
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they always compare with a couple of other with similar specs which can be helpful.
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 11, 2015, 07:31:37 AM
When not in use remove the ink cartridges and put them in ziplock bags that have a folded wet paper towel in them.    This will keep them from drying out when left to sit for long periods of time.   Re-insert when you need to print.

if there is a separate printhead in the printer, as in e.g. most canon printers, surely that will dry out (?)
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Multiple Catastrophic Failure Logic... on: May 10, 2015, 01:11:47 PM
Best of luck in the preparation and on the journey Ren
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best List of Free Windows Security Software on the Web on: May 09, 2015, 04:07:53 PM
Could be a height problem alright -
works fine here on the third floor.

btw, thanks Curt smiley thumbs up
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 09, 2015, 03:47:29 PM
 Grin Grin I think @IainB is really an anarchist cheesy
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you know a free HTML editor with real time preview in adjacent pane? on: May 08, 2015, 08:37:58 AM
I ended up using WeBuilder because it has the "macros" I need to be efficient as well as side by side coding and preview panes.

WeBuilder is on offer on BDJ for 32$ or so.
The fine print doesnt say but I presume this is for the commercial version.
License is for one machine only.

This was my take after a 'first-look' (*note I'm a complete novice*):

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
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you know a free HTML editor with real time preview in adjacent pane? on: May 08, 2015, 06:07:40 AM
@David.P
I'm only learning html/css so have no idea...
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you know a free HTML editor with real time preview in adjacent pane? on: May 08, 2015, 05:46:27 AM
Here's an interesting one:
www.brackets.io
it's open source, appears to be supported by adobe (dont know the details there)
EDIT/NOTE:
there are two downloads - one with 'Extract' plugin from Adobe - which does the PSD file stuff (display, measure etc.) described below. This looks good but only works with files in Adobe's cloud which sounds like requiring a creative-cloud subscription (see below).
You can also download without this plugin.

On the right here is Chrome with a live preview:

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(dark theme, text enlarged for screenshot)

Via menu or shortcut, it will open and show a preview in Chrome - initially it only showed changes when I saved the working file (no refresh required) -but then it started doing live preview and would highlight the area I was working in and show changes instantly.
This is unfortunately now gone, so it's either buggy or I'm missing something...
[edit] now I got it smiley -
it does instant live preview when making changes in the css file - in the html file you have to save before changes shown (but as said needs no refresh in Chrome [/edit]

It also does something very interesting (but implemented in a way you can only use online files thumb down) -
you can display a *.psd file and measure sizes/distances.
menu: help >Open Extract for Brackets Tutorial

**NOTE: you need an AdobeID - you can then upload a .psd file - no idea if this costs -
but it seems very dubious that they dont facilitate local psd files huh

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as per instructions onscreen

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click text then shift-click text background

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css
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cobian Backup on: May 08, 2015, 04:52:22 AM
^ have you seen/tried FreeFileSync (mini-review link).

I havent used it in a while & dont remember if it will meet all your needs -
  • does do 'versioning'
  • I think it does plain file
  • dont know about using VSS

Not sure if you mean something different by 'file and folder backup' - do you want to be able to back up just selected files as opposed to all the folder contents? (FreeFileSync cant do that AFAIK)
37  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Delete or cut and paste selected region on: May 08, 2015, 04:36:59 AM
^ ah, so I was wrong saying that it doesnt have the concept of background colour.

Perhaps I should add an option to "delete" the selected region and make it background canvas color or transparent (or let user select the color to fill with?)
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some sort of a delete/fill option would be eaiser to figure out than the above options - let user select the color would be even better thumbs up
38  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Delete or cut and paste selected region on: May 08, 2015, 03:32:15 AM
@IainB thumbs up

hi chiotteaspam -
generally, in image editors, if you delete, it replaces the area with the background colour - or, in some circumstances, to transparency.
Screenshot Captor (SC) does not (really) have the concept of background colour. Hence the approach as described by IainB.

as IainB says, there is though the menu option:
SpecialFX2 >Patch ... selected region with background
which guesses the background colour and uses that.
I find it mostly works as expected, but sometimes with unusual results:

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here it uses the titlebar and menu colours correctly:

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and btw, welocme to donationcoder !
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Check in if you want to give out some donationcredits to others on: May 07, 2015, 02:56:01 PM
thanks:
dispersing...  cheesy
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Check in if you want to give out some donationcredits to others on: May 07, 2015, 04:10:03 AM
I've emptied my dc coffers since my fundraiser donation, and there's still a couple of people I'd like to support - so if the offer is still there I'll happily do some dispersion smiley
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: May 06, 2015, 12:58:16 PM
^thanks for that clarification AzureToad Grin
... I guess I should add an embarrassed one too: embarassed
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: May 05, 2015, 05:32:47 PM
in memoriam
[...]
and a bit younger: Cry Me a River
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKNJj6MsGfI

* by Joe Cocker (I'll have to remember to add searchable text to video posts)

I bought that album since (Mad Dogs & Englishmen) and it's great - a real party-piece - and now that I look at the videos I see that they saw it that way too, but kept making great music. Note that some videos may be a wee bit NSFW but nothing too dodgy I dont think (didnt check everything).

in fact I'm struggling to choose which track to post smiley
Try
Honkey Tonk Women (musical intro to 1:21 or so):
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx2LVscwC3o" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx2LVscwC3o</a>
which sounds a lot better on YT ripped from vinyl - now you just need to sync the two cheesy

I couldnt really choose though, so, another couple of gems:
Feeling Alright,
The Letter,
Sticks and Stones
and
from Harrison and McCartney respectively:
Something & She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

(should have made a playlist...)
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 05, 2015, 02:06:56 PM
^ The software is already so sophisticated, and getting much more so with this.
If/when that works well, it could be a brilliant advance.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 05, 2015, 08:47:55 AM
on a different note:


cant see this doing that well - high-end point & shoot's have been getting very fancy of late (with prices heading towards the 1000$ mark).
They have zoom (usually not that much, but still a big factor) - but then I guess this has a phone....

this version has come to the US - first look via imaging-resource.com


Possibly of more long term interest (?) - a multi-lens camera is in development for smartphones:

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Startup Light “reimagines photography” - Will phones finally compete with cameras for image quality?
(imaging-resource.com again)

and an interview which gets fairly technical at times (I didnt read it all)
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 05, 2015, 06:43:45 AM
Some of us routinely get hit with whatever whoever can think up to want ... And are then expected to just shit the thing in an hour.

 Grin
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a very flexible timer on: May 05, 2015, 04:17:59 AM
Maybe this is not yet implemented:
tasks are not saved on closing.
___________


If a timer is active and already stopped/started again - I find the display confusing:
  • I see the end time in the timer
  • I see start time and previous end time below
  • I see previous total below

I cannot at a glance see:
  • how long I've been working on this task in this session
  • and how long I've actually been working on this task in total

I'm wondering, would this help
  • show the end-time slightly greyed when task is active - I suspect this would also have to be refreshed though, in oder to refresh the total time (?)
  • the total time gets refreshed (every second?)
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a very flexible timer on: May 05, 2015, 04:00:59 AM
I notice:
  • create, say, three tasks - without using reset (let each run for a time before creating the next)
  • then create a fourth task - it will show the endtime of task #3 in the timer
  • try Reset on task #4 - it reverts to endtime of task #2
should it not simply reset to zero? (again, I may be missing an application)

If my logic is correct here, if the fourth task has not been started yet, it may (should?) reset to the beginning time of #3, which is the ending time of #2.  Once the fourth task has started, reset should simply reset to the beginning time of #4.  Sounds like I really do need to implement some choices and defaults like  "Start new tasks at zero/Continue from previous."

I'm still confused by the above:
-I'm not sure *why* would the user want it to revert to the beginning of task #3 in the example above? (Even if it is logical in terms of how it works.)

So, a group of tasks can ultimately be treated as one task, simply by looking at the end time of the last one.
IF I can revert a new task to zero, it would have to be the start of a new group - this would be a great feature - but I dont know if it's possible (?)
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Another feature could be to add a new task below the current group - i.e. I could add a new task to group #one, even after having created (and run) a second group. This could cause user-confusion though :-/ and again I have no ideas about difficulties of implementation. What do you think?
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a very flexible timer on: May 05, 2015, 03:41:14 AM
Umm... yes.   stars

 Grin you're doing great Thmbsup

Re: layouts
both look good there - but #2 is preferable I think - and more foolproof too thumbs up
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 04, 2015, 03:11:42 PM
... I see people using it as a mechanism to avoid dealing with people. ...
...
I think most people just want to tune out from the entire world around them. I don't know why.

I got myself a cheap smartphone lately - so far I hardly use it any more than my old button phone.
I was having a coffee on my own in town Saturday, sitting outside - and started messing with the settings and letting it apply an update for the wifi - at one stage I looked up and it was actually a shock to see the 'real' world. It amazed me how 'not-there' I was while messing with it.

I'd say it'd be pretty easy to get lost in there...
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IRLDD DC Meetup April 2015: Upcoming Trip to Singapore and Malaysia on: May 04, 2015, 09:53:40 AM
it's always nice to see the faces behind the words Thmbsup

-and great idea with the mugs cheesy they look very authentic -
mouser could send mugs per email from now on smiley
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