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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 21, 2014, 01:41:10 PM
I always thought of home-brewing as being about making a bottled beer (but maybe I'm wrong). Good Guinness on draught is a drink I grew up with and love, but bottled beer is simply a different world - there's such an incredible world of variety out there.

27  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Extra Credits: Propaganda Games & Why Games Do Cthulhu Wrong on: July 21, 2014, 12:46:58 PM
His focus on the specialness of Cthulhu was that "Cthulhu represents our fear of the possibility of our own human smallness.. Cthuhlu presents us with the revelation of forces that are so much larger than us that they're beyond our control... The fear in Cthulhu is not that it's powerful, it's that it's powerful on a scale that we can't even comprehend."

[^] that is *not* they key element from my perspective.

The key element as I understood it was the idea of something so horrific and alien and scary that your mind could not process it, and it drove you mad with fear.

Leaving out the going mad aspect, it seems to me that the two above could be reduced to the same underlying ideas: fear of the unknown, and of our inability to control it.

as a result of his (many times dangerous and/or foolhardy) investigations, discovers forces beyond his control or comprehension that brutally exposes his own smallness in the face of the vastness of what he observes.  This, in turn, drives him stark raving mad and/or drives him to pen an entry in a letter or diary warning the rest of us not to tread the path he forged.

You've actually got a pretty good grasp of the argument, as madness IS the inevitable end, and I think you'd agree with the author's opinion that any game based on the Cthulhu mythos would be better served by NOT making defeatable bosses out of unnameable horrors.  I mean really...

Yes, "making defeatable bosses out of unnameable horrors" sounds like a fail, but reassuring us about the unnameable horrors seems like an okay idea to me (if maybe impossible in a game). FWIW, I guess I'm saying the idea that madness is the inevetibale end is Lovecraft's belief - and doesnt have to be our's, or the game makers'.

Going back to the fear of the unknown: it's interesting that in most fairy tales, the unknown is mostly presented very casually - and the main protaganist gets help left, right, and centre on their journey into it (the unknown). The evil characters usually represent some behaviour known, or something vaguely known (for the listener), like the wolf in little red riding hood (who represents getting sexual at too young an age).
28  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: DiviFile from Qnomad - Mini-review on: July 20, 2014, 03:28:51 AM
2014-07-20 - Major update to review (in the opening post).

it sounds very interesting thumbs up
29  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: (new) icon - make it easier to hit on touch screen device on: July 20, 2014, 03:15:21 AM
I've uploaded hamradio's latests -- i think they look pretty good.

me too thumbs up
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 18, 2014, 07:09:41 PM

I also enjoyed:

Tim Conley cites the following: "Philip Howard assembled a list of seven implied meanings for the word "ironically", as it opens a sentence:

    By a tragic coincidence
    By an exceptional coincidence
    By a coincidence of no importance
    You and I know, of course, though other less intelligent mortals walk benighted under the midday sun
    Oddly enough, or it's a rum thing that
    Oh hell! I've run out of words to start a sentence with."[64]

Ironically, I'll have to read the rest of the page to find out how to use the word 'ironically' properly cheesy tongue
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: maths anyone? on: July 18, 2014, 05:34:32 PM
What got me was that we dont know the question any more:


any chance you could reupload that (to the forum instead of imgur) Kalos?

TIA thumbs up
32  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5 on: July 18, 2014, 09:23:05 AM
Nice @tomos - Mind if I put these on my theme page?

Please do - thanks thumbs up

I kept the same name as the default themes (as they just variations), just adding a 'Lite' - e.g. DirtLite, SeaLite, etc.
33  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5 on: July 18, 2014, 09:13:17 AM
Note5Lite theme -
all text backgrounds lightened to about the same intensity (wrong word there? if converted to grey they would be roughly similar)





especially suited if you dont keep your monitor overly bright, or have trouble reading text on the darker backgrounds
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Pro System Image Backup. on: July 18, 2014, 06:48:07 AM
I haven't tried it on Win8 yet, but for Win7 I swear by EasUS Todo Backup.

EaseUS (you're not the only one here spelling it ^that way :-) )
Curt reports this offer:
free Softmaker suite (more spelling fun: they call it 'suit') with "EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation" @ $39
EaseUS & SoftMaker Office
35  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Capture only part of a scrolling window on: July 17, 2014, 10:38:50 AM
I have to make a selection which the closes the Dialog Box in order to regain control of SC.

Dont know -
as I said SC is not designed for working with PDF files (and I have no idea if it supports drag n drop) so just cancel out of the dialogue and stick with image formats

EDIT// yeah, you're right: it wont capture those drag and drop dialogue boxes - it also wont capture the auto-hide Capture bar on the top of the screen - but it will capture everything else :-)
36  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Capture only part of a scrolling window on: July 17, 2014, 10:14:47 AM
1) you cannot edit a PDF unless you give Adobe about 500 dollars for the privilege smiley even then it's often problematic - the format was designed as a final product that would (hopefully) look the same on every machine.


2) Re taking screenshots of SC windows/dialogues/etc
Go to
Preferences: Basic Capturing > Capture options
and deselect "Hide SC window"
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google, designing the font of the future on: July 17, 2014, 10:06:38 AM
always enjoy reading about / looking at fonts thumbs up

The thread title made me think of a slimmed down version...

"Google, designing the future"
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Oh god...It's him! on: July 17, 2014, 04:57:32 AM
hi Stephen! smiley
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Micro-Fundraiser for the Official DonationCoder CodyMobile! on: July 16, 2014, 04:01:53 PM
looks very nice - did you get the ones on the side done professionally?
40  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Capture only part of a scrolling window on: July 16, 2014, 03:46:09 PM
The cropping would be done afterwards:
  • Open the main SC window after you have saved your capture
  • If your image is not already selected, select it in the thumbnail panel on the left
  • Click and drag in the image to select an area you want to keep
  • Click on the crop button on the toolbar on the right (see mouse pointer below)


(click image to enlarge)
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Filter and order folders by the date of original creation time on: July 16, 2014, 07:47:55 AM
So you want folders, but no files - in a 'flat' view where they can be sorted by created date?

How can i do that ?. The flat view is very useful for me nowdays for filtering files from several folders.

Did you not get Directory Opus recently?
Or are you still on Windows Explorer (or whatever they call it these days)?

I dont know if you can filter for just folders in Dopus, I suspect you can - but first: do you have it?
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 15, 2014, 07:17:31 PM
^ havent heard that one before 40 thumbs up
Sounds suspiciously like a Libertarian (in the U.S. sense) song though :p
and wasnt that partly the reason Bitcoin got going in the first place?
43  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Capture only part of a scrolling window on: July 15, 2014, 07:01:26 PM
still, poster printing option in your printer driver seems the best and most general solution.

good point
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Filter and order folders by the date of original creation time on: July 15, 2014, 04:52:09 PM
So you want folders, but no files - in a 'flat' view where they can be sorted by created date?
45  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Capture only part of a scrolling window on: July 15, 2014, 04:44:35 PM
@mouser: was that ever implemented where a scrolling capture could be saved to multiple images?
(I think not, but amnt sure)
46  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Capture only part of a scrolling window on: July 15, 2014, 04:41:40 PM
Hi Dale,

*** UPDATE: ***

I just went back to look at things again...the pdf , jpg , and png files captured.
If I open the pdf file on Adobe reader, it fills about 2.5 screens (vertically) on my laptop,
yet, when I look at the top Adobe menu bar, near where it shows the % magnification,
it shows that it is viewing Page 1/1 : so there is only 1 page ... but it is long.

If I try to print it without using shrink-to-fit (fit-to-page), it crops a smaller area, vertically and horizontally to print.

If I drag & drop the pdf file into a Word document, it gets truncated vertically (along it length), and it is offset to the horizontally
to the right based on the doc's margins.  I must resize the file (grabbing its resize tabs at its corners) to make it fit within the Word document.

If I drag & drop the jpg file into a Word document, the file automatically gets resized (fit-to-page) basd on its length.

Similalry, for a png file.

okay, that answers my questions about 'page 1' etc.
It's important to understand that SC creates a single image from your manual scroll.
You probably have an A4 printer - if the image is bigger than A4, it cannot print at full size on your printer - so it offers to print at fit-to-page, or it offers to print a selection/detail. When printing a detail, it will select the centre part of the image (that's why it picks page 2 of 3 pages) unfortunately this cannot by changed in Adobe Reader.

I'm on a Windows 8 machine, with Adobe Reader X1 (11)
Here's the print dialogue I see:


in this version, there is an option to print 'Poster' - this will print the image at 100% and break it up in as many pages as necessary. Do you have that on your version?

Re the Word problems - if you want a screenshot to go over multiple pages, you have to take multiple screenshots. (See also next post)
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is the logic of bezier curves? (for Illustrator pen tool) on: July 15, 2014, 04:18:16 PM
My approach is always dive in at the deep end and see how it goes.
Occasionally though, I do miss something fundamental or very helpful with that approach...

Have you tried doing that - just going in the deep end and using the pen tool?
AFAIK up to CS4 the only qualifier key is the Alt key (I havent used more recent versions, and tbh, I still use FreeHand when drawing).

1) Click to make the first point in the line.
2) Click to make a second point, *but* hold the mouse button down. Now try dragging: the point you made stays where it is, but the drag extends the 'handle' (called 'direction line' in your image above) and the curve changes. Let go at some stage :-) and the curve is decided (can be changed later though).
3) Now create the next point - this time try pressing the Alt key when dragging the 'handle' - the handle changes from a straight line to an angled line. Try letting go of the Alt key (keeping the mouse button pressed the whole time) and then pressing the Altkey again. The new angled handle will change the next part of the curve when the next point is created - sort of like creating an 'm' curve.

Note: if you dont do the drag thing you will have straight lines between points.

Okay: you've posted again - basically you can create any curve: some curves will need more points which can only be figured out by trying it. A good way of seeing what can be done (and figuring out how to do it) is to trace something e.g. import a bitmap image and trace.
48  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Capture only part of a scrolling window on: July 15, 2014, 10:07:50 AM
First, let me recap what I had to do since my key-clicks differed from what was stated in the video.
Again, I am using an HP laptop, which involves having the use the function (fn) and Alt keys.

Open SC (via the Start menu, or double-click its shortcut icon)
Its icon appears in the system tray, with a blue screen background.

Press fn+Ctrl+Shift+PrtScr to obtain the red area-capture rectangle.
The SC's system tray icon, with a red screen background

If necessary, move your mouse pointer so that it is in the window area to be captured,
otherwise the red rectangle will select a different (possibly larger) rectangular area.

Press  fn+Ctrl+Click

Select Item 3: Begin a Scrolling Window Capture on this Object.

Select Item 2: Let me Manually Scroll the Window

Click top bullet (if needed): Target Window with Vertical Content

Click Next

Minimize or move dialog box outside the window to be captured.

Press fn+Alt+PrtScr to capture the first screen

Press the Page Down button on your keyboard to scroll down an entire page.

Press fn+Alt+PrtScr to capture the next screen

Repeat the Capture/Scroll process until you capture all of the screens that you want.

Click Done in the Dialog box that you had Minimized/Moved.

Press Start Here: Guess Margins
Press Then: Guess Overlaps Given Margins

Press 100% then Preview now to view the capture in the small window pane area.

Press OK, Save built image button.
yes, laptops can be troublesome if you want to use the more 'exotic' keys.
That's a good description/tutorial - could be added to the help file.

A dialog box appears with options to Discard, Save, Print, ... the image.
If you save the file, change the file extension to say jpg is desired.
It defaults to file type, png.
png makes a much better image, hence the default -
default format can be changed in options (Advanced>)

If I select to print the image, the entire captured image does not get print[/i].
In my case, only Page 2 of 3, printed.
this sounds like a bug.
I thought a workaround would be to save and then print, but you say:

1 I saved the image to a jpg file, then opened it to print it.
The program only prints Page 1 normal size, or the entire capture as "fit-to-page",
so that it is small, thus hard-to-read.

2 If I copy & paste the jpg file into a Word document, it only keep one first page,
based on the margins set for the Word document.

3 Similarly, if I save it as a pdf file , Adobe Reader can print the entire image in "fit-to-page",
not the normal/captured size.
I numbered the above:
1) I'm unclear here: when you say 'Page 1', what do you mean - it should be one single image
2) same as above
3) PDF in Adobe Reader will print a large image here if my printer page-size is big enough for the image - otherwise it can print a detail, or 'fit-to-page'.

And, by capturing an integer number of successive full-screen snapshots, I am capturing more information than what I may want. Example:   I may only want to capture the area of 2.25 screens, but in order to do so, I must capture 3 full screens; thus, I have extra information that I may not want.
capture only as much as you want - you will have a bigger overlap with the last two shots if you only want a quarter of a screen. SC seems to manage this quite well here.
EDIT// no, not as successful as I thought - easiest solution would be to crop your image
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: July 06, 2014, 05:29:58 PM
The european robin will hang out if you're doing any gardening or pretty much up to anything outside. I've fond memories of messing around in the garden as a kid while my dad did the serious gardening and a robin hanging out nearby with it's head cocked waiting for a worm to appear.
But I've never seen or heard of one trying to teach someone how to catch a worm Kiss
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 05, 2014, 05:11:21 PM
Scented Candles for Life’s Disappointments


Nice. I suppose it's no accident that they named their company "flicking" candles and write it in all caps so that the L and the I in flick looks like a U.

dont know if it qualifies there with a serif font -
unlike the Megaflicks sign...

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