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1426  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: P-FANCI: Petition For A New Cody Image! POST HERE!! on: November 30, 2011, 04:16:12 PM
Peer Pressure FTW!

NEW CODY IMAGE NAOW!

 Grin
1427  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Easy Remote access to another PC? on: November 30, 2011, 11:20:16 AM
FWIW TeamViewer allows the remote desktop to interact with UAC without issue.

and free for personal use - that fits the bill - rereading the thread it gets the most votes, also available in German
Thanks for reminding me of it Carol thumbs up

TV is one of my most used peices of software...highly reccomended cheesy
1428  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / I found Baby Cody's Family! on: November 20, 2011, 02:39:16 AM

(Found on www.lolhappens.com)
1429  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Shoehorning Cody into a QR code. on: November 20, 2011, 12:49:12 AM
Just tried 3 different scanners and it did nothing lol.

Interesting project though smiley
1430  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / [Short Review] - Screenshot Captor v2.103.01 on: November 19, 2011, 12:13:34 AM
Basic Info

App NameScreenshot Captor
App URLhttp://www.donationcoder....reenshotcaptor/index.html
App Version Reviewedv2.103.01
Test System Specs
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  • 2.5GB Usable RAM
  • 3.2Ghz Dual Core CPU
  • 2GB GFX Card
Supported OSesWin9x/2k/XP/VISTA/Win7
Support MethodsForum, E-Mail, IRC (Live Chat)
Upgrade PolicyJust upgrade at your leisure.
Trial Version Available?No Trial Available, only full, free version.
Pricing SchemeDonation's (NOT Required)
Author Donation LinkDonate to mouser, the Software Author
Reviewer Donation LinkDonate to Stephen66515, the Review Author
Screencast Video URLhttp://www.donationcoder.com/screencasts/sc
Relationship btwn. Reviewer and Product There is no financial relationship between the Review Author and the Software Creator.


Intro:

Quote from: Downloads Page
Screenshot Captor is a program for taking screenshots on your computer.

Screenshot Captor is a Heavywieght Contender in its category.  With countless features to choose from, its hard to find anything missing.  However, so many features comes with a cost.  That cost is: it can be a little confusing to setup.  An overwhelming amount of options are to be found in the 'Preferences' Menu, and all of its sub-menus.  It even has a built in mailer system, so you can grab and send screenshots, directly from within it's interface.

For someone with very little knowledge of computing, this software could be described as "daunting".  However, this doesn't mean that it isn't easy to use...once you get the hang of it that is!

Plugins like zUploader mean that within a few clicks, you can grab a screenshot, and upload it to imageshack.us and receive all the links you would want, that will allow you to share the photo directly, link it on a website using <img src=""> or using BBCode such as [img][/img]

In addition to all this, Screenshot Captor comes with a multitude of ways to actually grab a screenshot, and allows you to setup custom keys to do so.

By default it sets some hotkeys to take screenshots for you, these take screenshots from your current screen, a slected region of your monitor, the entire workspace, specific regions, and fixed regions.  Many more can be added from within the options menu.

For those who want an option of File Format, SSC will allow you to select, from yet another menu, one of 5 different file types.  These are JPG, PNG, GIF, TIF and BMP.  Now, obviously, if your a graphics designer, you may want a lot more options than that, but chances are, you will know how to convert the image to a different type anyway, so that is not really a massive deal.  General users will almost always use either PNG or JPG.

As a further expansion into its File Types menu, you can also set the compression level, and even its Default Depth and DPI.  You can also set background transparancy if you really wanted to!

As with most software created by mouser at DonationCoder, SSC will also allow you to setup how it uses memory while inactive.  This is really helpful for those on lower spec machines, who want to keep it running, but don't want it to hog those vital system resources.

File Naming can be quite interesting from within SSC as you have to use Command Style tags to choose how you want to name each file.  Everything is well documented however, so is quite easy to setup if you are willing to learn.  Its default naming structure would be fine for most people.

SSC also allows for special effects to be added to each screenshot, such as shadows, borders and pixelation.  There are several other options, but where is the fun in telling you everything about every possible menu!

One thing I feel I should point out, is that SSC allows you to edit a Screenshot as soon as you have taken it, from within its own editor.  This is included in the default download, so no plugin will need to be installed to get this feature to work. This allows you to quickly add special effects like bluuring and pixelation and such.

Plugins are few and far between for SSC, but those worth noting are zUploader, and ColorCop Color Picker.  These can be found from within the software interface, for quick and easy download and installation.




Who is this app designed for:

I would say this software is designer for a more advanced computer user.  However, with a little bit of learning, it is very usefull for literally anybody who wants a nice, clean, feature intensive ScreenShot program.


The Good


Lots of features from within the software, and it is updated on a regular basis and is constantly getting more and more fun things added to its feature-set.

The support system is hugely powerful.  Being able to login to the forum, ask your question, and receive an answer very quickly, especially when you don't even have to pay for the privilage, is an amazing thing in itself.


The needs improvement section


It is my personal opinion, that the Preferences (Setup) menu, should be made a little easier to navigate, as even for experienced users, and people who are used to the software, things can be a little difficult to find.

I also think the software should include a few features such as "Facebook" and "Flickr" uploading.  This is a must-have in this day and age.


Why I think you should use this product


If you are looking for a Free solution to grabbing Screenshots, and are sick to death of using 'PrtScn' + MSPaint, then SSC is certainly something you should download, and take for a test-drive.


How does it compare to similar apps

Put simply, if SSC includes a few basic features such as Facebook and Flickr uploading, and also makes its menu a little easier to navigate and setup, then I think it will be in a class of its own.  As for now though, it's certainly in the Number 1 slot for me.


Conclusions

I would like to conclude this short review of SSC by mentioning, that even though this software is DonationWare, it is by no means compulsory to actually Donate, to get full use of the software.
1431  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Windows Lifecycle Factsheet (And Downgrade Info) on: November 18, 2011, 08:10:08 PM
Found the info below last night while discussing support terms for M$ OS's  - Figured some other people here may find it helpful/interesting smiley

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Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported or sold. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software. Here are the rights and limits of the Windows lifecycle.
End of sales

End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Examples of OEMS are Dell and Toshiba—PC manufacturers who often preinstall Windows software. When a version of Windows reaches its end of sales date, it's a good time to think about upgrading...

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Windows Downgrade Rights

 To use prior versions of Windows software on PCs installed with newer versions, it is possible for consumers to obtain a license for Downgrade Rights. The following table compares Volume Licensing Downgrade Rights with those provided under OEM and FPP licenses...

Source: http://windows.microsoft....indows/products/lifecycle
1432  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Save the internet" on: November 18, 2011, 08:06:38 PM
606,000 +

Could people also help THIS petition to get to 500,000 - thanks.  Thmbsup

530,950 have signed.  cheesy
1433  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Save the internet" on: November 16, 2011, 06:58:08 PM
*Signed*
1434  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Android OS] - DC Forum App (FREE) on: November 14, 2011, 06:57:22 PM
Eclipse + ADT plug-in is most advised/endorsed by Google, you'd probably be starting here: http://developer.android.com/guide/index.html

Cheers, ill certainly take a look at that, looks good cheesy
1435  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Android OS] - DC Forum App (FREE) on: November 14, 2011, 05:21:14 PM
I'm currently looking for a desktop coding suite for Android coding if anybody knows of one  tellme  cheesy
1436  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Android OS] - DC Forum App (FREE) on: November 14, 2011, 03:47:25 PM
Oh, and you could make the QR code clickable, so one can browse there directly from their phone smiley

Done smiley
1437  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Android OS] - DC Forum App (FREE) on: November 14, 2011, 03:46:53 PM
Fun! How about giving a link to the webservice you made it with?

Sorry, forgot to mention I created it with: http://ibuildapp.com

Stephen,
Could you elaborate on the vast amount of permissions requested by your app? About half of it shouldn't be needed, I guess huh

I have no idea why it asks for the permissions that it does, I created it using an online builder.  Just a fun simple app smiley - I assume it just has a set of permissions it uses regardless of the type of app you make, rather than checking what you have included and only setting the permissions for it.
1438  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / [Android OS] - DC Forum App (FREE) on: November 14, 2011, 03:25:44 PM
Hey guys,

for those of you who want quick and easy access to the DonationCoder forums from your Android Device, It's nothing special but I have made a quick App which gives you full access to the forum, and its features!

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This app will also allow you direct access to the Mibbit Chat Applet to connect directly to the DonatrionCoder Live Chat Room!

It is also 100% free to download! smiley



How To Download:

Step 1. Scan QR Code (Or click if you are using your device)

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You must scan this QR code with a Barcode Scanner.

 No QR code reader on your Android device? Have a look at the free Barcode Scanner from ZXing.

Step 2. Download Android App

Once the QR code has scanned, you can click on the link to download the .apk file straight to your device.

Step 3. Install Android App

After the .apk file has downloaded to your Android device you can install it by simply clicking on it and navigating through the installation pages.
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Follow the instructions that are shown on your Android device to finish the instalation.

If you have not already done so, then you may need to allow access to none-android-market apps, installation rights on your device.

Once your install has finished you will find the following icon on your main menu/apps section of your device:
[attach=4]
1439  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: National Novel Writing Month Has Started! on: November 13, 2011, 03:08:15 PM
So how's it going, all ye noble and dutiful participants?

Update! Update!  smiley

Im on about 9000 words and ive hit the block Sad
1440  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Increasing a Cell Phones INTERNAL Memory: Is it possible? on: November 11, 2011, 01:05:27 AM
I put this question to my fellow DC members:

Is it POSSIBLE (albeit goddamn hard work) to increase the INTERNAL memory of a cell phone?

Im not talking about upgrading from an 8GB to a 16GB micro-sd card, I'm talking, its literal internal memory.

If you know its possible, would anybody be willing to share with me how to do it?

It would make for an interesting hardware project  cheesy



1441  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NASA / Hubble: comparison images of galaxies? on: November 05, 2011, 12:58:22 PM
Something like this?

http://www.cosmotography...._m94_spitzer_compare.html
1442  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Copying with rules and VSS on: November 04, 2011, 07:28:54 PM
cheesy

I should have mentioned, I am not affiliated with Bvckup in any sence.  I simply wrote a review on it a while ago and figured it may be of some use to you smiley
1443  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: National Novel Writing Month Has Started! on: November 04, 2011, 05:42:10 PM
Good luck!!! smiley

Thanks, you too!
1444  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Copying with rules and VSS on: November 04, 2011, 05:09:01 PM
Not sure if its still under development, but it certainly sounds like something you could use smiley

http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=24281.0

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First
Bvckup's default mode of operation is to constantly monitor for changes. Once the changes are detected, it propagates them to the destination. This makes Bvckup a real-time backup utility.

Second
Its default copying mode is delta copying. Which is a fancy way of saying that it copies only changed parts of the file. This makes Bvckup fast, really fast. Lots more details on why and how along, mind you, with the list of drawbacks of this particular approach is available here - Delta copying, explained.

Third
Bvckup is not a two-way sync utility, it's a backup utility and it makes full use of the core difference. By default it assumes that the destination copy does not change between the backups. This allows it to not scan the destination directory to detect what changed, but rather rely on a locally saved summary from the last backup.

I hear you say "bah, so what?". Two words - NAS backups. Not needing to scan the destination directory eliminates a lot of network traffic, and it removes the need for spinning up otherwise idle disks on NAS devices. This adds up to some major time savings, on top of those delivered by delta copying.

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Still with me? A bit more perhaps?

Fourth
The user interface. It is not about utilizing all 16 million colors in a single toolbar icon. Verbosity is not a feature, multitude of options is not a convenience. Properly designed user interface is all about simplicity and unobtrusiveness of the day-to-day interaction flow. A small example would probably go a long way here - Bvckup toolbar - but the only sure way to appreciate the UI polish is to take the app for a spin.

In fact Bvckup is as much about the UI design as it is about technical features. This bit explains how tightly these two are intertwined in case of Bvckup and how they shaped the design of the app - Short history of Bvckup.

Fifth
It is small and very lean. The installation package is about 480 KB. That's as much as a splash screen logo of some other backup products  The app is written in C++ but without any extensive use of ++ features. It's much more like C with Classes... just like Bjarne envisioned before he got sucked into that bloody language design committee... but I digress.

Sixth
It is technically sophisticated. It doesn't copy just the file contents and the attributes, but also the timestamps, NTFS security and ownership information. If it finds a file that it cannot copy (locked, open, etc), it will try and use Volume Shadow Copying to work around the problem. If it is running under stripped-down administrator account on Vista or W7, it will prompt and offer to elevate itself to full admin privileges.

Also, and it's for true Windows connoisseurs only - it can run in elevated and filtered modes using the same executable. In fact, the even more amazing feat is that the very same executable can interact with Shadow Copying service on both XP and Vista; even though Microsoft explicitly requires linking to two different VSS libraries for these two platforms. Took a while to figure this one out, I can tell you that

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A bit more...
Assorted bits and pieces of some interest - built-in software updates, linear regression ETA estimator, the built-in interactive Mini Guide shown on the first run, a bit of a logo and web design goodness and a bit about myself.

And lastly...
All beta versions are free, with some tasty perks in store for the beta users.
1445  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: National Novel Writing Month Has Started! on: November 04, 2011, 01:09:13 PM
Well, im signed up cheesy

Dunno if I will be able to do the assigned 175 pages, but im certainly gonna try!

1446  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge & Early Beta: Got Space? on: October 31, 2011, 10:35:09 AM
Okay folks, you asked for it... Build 25 now available! cheesy

Whatz New:
Window height will now autosize itself to allow display of all drives without the need for scrolling (this behavior can be disabled in settings). When you add a drive, it gets bigger! Remove one and it'll shrink.

Drives can now be hidded by drive letter(s) ... Just enter a string of what you want to hide, and they disappear!

If you can't get the option you want/need on the context menu for drive X, just hold the Shift key while right clicking and all options will be added to the menu.

It...Is...Awesome! - Its now pinned to my taskbar so I dont need to find my calculator each time i need to check disk space cheesy
1447  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / RIP Sir Jimmy :( on: October 29, 2011, 12:36:38 PM

Sir Jimmy Savile was a legend in his own right.  He passed away today.

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Savile, who was one of the most famous names on British TV and radio in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, died Today.

Police said they were called to his home in Leeds, but that there was nothing suspicious about his death.

His family programme, Jim'll Fix It, drew in huge audiences and the programme received 20,000 letters a week at the height of its popularity.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...tertainment-arts-15507374
1448  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: October 27, 2011, 02:15:57 AM
The view outside your window General Discussions. ... So here's one, show us a pic of the front view from the front room in your ...
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Ebooks

Funny spam is funny  Grin
1449  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any PHP/CSS Editing Software? on: October 25, 2011, 09:05:48 AM
Cheers for the links so far guy's, gonna take a look at them all now cheesy
1450  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge & Early Beta: Got Space? on: October 24, 2011, 08:18:58 AM
Just tried in Greek, drives dissapeared.  Seems to be Western Characters only o_0

Can you give me a bit more detail as to what (exactly) was done, and what happened/failed next?

I may not be able to fix this without recompiling localized versions for multiple languages (which is hardly ideal).

oh, sorry, i should have specified, i didnt try re-mapping using ur tool, i tried using windows default thingy for remapping drive letters.  I tried Sigma and Beta and then got scared cause both drives became unavailable, so didnt wanna try anymore haha

I was answering your question on whether you could re-map to more than 26 characters.
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