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Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Vole Word to Website Professional
« on: February 13, 2017, 01:34 AM »
Thanks.  Great info all around.

If I am only concerned with having the ability to work with Word documents into WordPress it looks like docxpresso is a good plug-in.  Much better than the built-in Word editing button of WordPress.

And I won't be overriding the WordPress environment with a shell-over.

Docpresso has have a support forum.

Vole allows a number of others websites it can work with, but I plan to be working with WordPress.


Found Deals and Discounts / Vole Word to Website Professional
« on: February 12, 2017, 03:53 PM »
Vole Word to Website Professional


The discount is not the big issue,
I wonder about how this works practically.  Anybody use it?  I like the idea of simply using my standard word processors for direct upload to a web site.  Your thoughts?

And which license makes the most sense if I am going to try to use it.

General Software Discussion / Re: Evernote and Rightnote integration
« on: February 02, 2017, 07:22 PM »
This is on sale again today.

I am still tempted, I am trying to play with it.

One element is keeping notes from various Evernote accounts handy without special permissions within Evernote which can break the bank of the Basic,Premium etc.

Spreadsheet might be good.

They advertise some organizational elements.

My first possible concern.  Each Evernote Notebook opens up a full-blown Rightnote Window.  In my case, I would usually like to see notebooks open up as a tab within a Rightnote instance (at least as an option).  This is the type of natural use of tabs.


This came through yesterday, since I had bough a Serif product (note: they were not forthcoming at the time of sale that their X8 web site maker was at end-of-life).

However, this is an excellent deal, far better than the good Bits Du Jour special, and you might not notice it in your inbox.

From: Emma at Serif" <[email protected]>
Subject: Get Abbyy FineReader 12 Professional for under $40, Steven

I use the inexpensive Abbyy Screenshot Reader every day, and I am not sure if there are any differences in the engines.  Finereader would of course be better for documents.

So I will be taking advantage of this one, I had recently considered the Bits special.

If you are a Serif customer, check your email.


Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Cinta Notes @ BitsDuJour -- 60% off
« on: January 04, 2017, 05:01 PM »
If I am getting used to using Evernote, how would I incorporate Cintanotes as a help?

Found Deals and Discounts / FolderViewer on Shareware on Sale
« on: December 30, 2016, 11:09 AM »
This came up impressively, dual pane, connected to OneDrive.  Do not know the company

Not sure how these freebies from Sharewareonsale work in terms of multiple puters or the license fuzzing out sometime.


Found Deals and Discounts / Abbyy screenshot reader - 12/30/2016
« on: December 30, 2016, 10:05 AM »
This is quite a utility, I found this tool close to indispensable.

Buying two licenses today on Bits (my experience: they let you use the license more than one spot, after many installs they tell you oops, and you contact them for a refresh, to be safer I will have two.)

Screenshot Reader - Bits du Jour

Found Deals and Discounts / Site Spinner Pro at $20
« on: December 30, 2016, 09:58 AM »
While you might consider this rinky-dink.

Site-Spinner Pro

The $20 price is rather low, $50 is generally a bargain for the pro.  $20 is closer to java and herb tea $.

Community forums hoppin a bit.

I wanted one of these types in my arsenal.  Was going to Serif, some consider that a better product (yes, there are many others that do Windows Desktop web-dev lite) but they are ending of life of their web site maker products.  Site Spinner still seems like reasonably active.

A friend did this site on SiteSpinner as part of our project (we do plan to add a WordPress blog.)

General Software Discussion / Re: Bookmarking teamwork
« on: December 28, 2016, 08:37 AM »
Right now, because of:

The weirdness in display
Losing a category
Question of the future of Papaly

And the similar goodness of Zeef (with a stronger community with boards accessible) I am going to hold back on more Papaly research.  Unless I get a good response from Papaly support.



General Software Discussion / Re: Bookmarking teamwork
« on: December 26, 2016, 07:45 AM »
I'll get back to that in a bit. First let me show you my puzzle.

Here is a pic of my Papaly home page .. on the Bookmarking one.
And I could share the page we are looking at.  (And I did see the colouring theme possiblility.)


And the url that I get on share board is:
which expands to

The problem is that the format is totally different and some categories are not included.
e.g. Bookmarks Online in the 2nd column.

Whoops. It seems that that one was deleted.  How? No confirmation, for sure.
The top 10 or so entries are in the pic here. 

Let's see if their support is still active (they mention helping with an undelete.)


General Software Discussion / Re: Bookmarking teamwork
« on: December 24, 2016, 03:53 PM »
Thanks, I've spiffed it up.  Learned a lot more about what is out there. Now we see why it is hard for the companies, lots of alternatives and competition.  A "Top 10" or 25 list would be interesting.

Note the section on tool pages used to describe the tools on the upper right. The Zeef on Content Curation. is especially strong.

One thing lacking in Papaly (and many tools) is a good feedback and discussion and improvement method (e.g. uservoice).  Maybe such a page should be connected to the Papaly et al. page.  Any suggestions as to how?

Also a minor lack is (unless I missed it) the ability to load all the urls in a category at one time. I use that in Firefox bookmarks a lot.

I'd like to learn more about the Cloud Notes section in the Awesome Websites. I think Fargo may be a good addition there.  And Simplenote is not there. While I generally use Evernote, the idea of a pure online service is always interesting.   Especially for easy sharing.


Back to Papaly.  Even though I make it 4-5-6-7 columns, the url to view it by guests only shows three columns.

This was surprising. However, others show up with more columns, so maybe there is a setting?

Right now, Zeef is in the lead.  They have a vibrant community of of existing contributors so in some cases (eg. SEO) you can link to multiple interesting pages to start. Saw some suggestion possibilities. Technically, Zeef and Papaly both had their strong points, but Papaly is dormant now internally.

Granted, there are a few different needs.  Your own workspace, corroboration on biz and projects, curating material for a web page or newsletter. Aid to social marketing. Visual bookmarking. There are $ considerations on some.

Which ones have given the best buzz?


General Software Discussion / Re: Bookmarking teamwork
« on: December 23, 2016, 12:10 PM »
Re: Bookmarking teamwork

When I was looking up the newsletter idea I ran into a number of curation tools.  I'll start a new Papaly (other tools to be considered) with what I found. Right now, I am mostly adding what might be new stuff, not the stuff above, or the general start page stuff.  Spending an hour on this, checking sites and all.

Bookmarking, Curation, Start Pages

If the page is helpful I can give contributors access, who can add notes etc. 
What is lacking is an immediate link to a notes page, like a specialized Evernote adjunct.  Some of the other tools might be stronger there (and pictures).

It was very helpful to first use the RoomyBookmarks system with Firefox.  Then I simply open up the whole folder and bring them in to Papaly (or any solid page-maker) one at a time.  The two-step works great.


General Software Discussion / Re: Bookmarking teamwork
« on: December 19, 2016, 09:07 PM »
Sounds good.

Here is a board I put together for a couple of friends who like natural pain relief salves and stuff like that.  Still a WIP.  And no notes yet.

(Avery is my middle name, which became my internet name for most things, however Papaly is mostly business stuff.)

General Software Discussion / Re: Bookmarking teamwork
« on: December 19, 2016, 04:16 PM »
The specialty element is attaching word processer style text to export to a newsletter?  Whether the newsletter highlights one or many?  Is that the attempt?

General Software Discussion / Re: Bookmarking teamwork
« on: December 19, 2016, 01:41 AM »
A good test would be to set up a bookmark resource page in many of these tools, and then share the public url. With a few categories and notes on some of the bookmarks, when possible. Mulitple tabbed (or linked in some way) pages would be a nice test too (e.g. can you move from one page to another a whole group?)

Papaly does allow an invite by email and your own workcenter can mix public and private.  The concern is that they recently had a contraction, the future may not be as vibrant as the past, but they do seem to be one of the best (Draggo and a couple of others that look good I have not compared, I probably have a few to add on my next post, one listed its competitors.)

Also what is the quickest method to set up?  Some of these tools like Papaly have a Firefox extension for drag and drop, but I find it might be quicker to work with cut-and-paste of the url and creating a new entry. 

In general, the quickest personal way is to use Roomy Bookmarks on Firefox and drop one after another into a folder. A similar method involves Onetab, but that is less navigable.  An interesting question would be quickly setting up a section in a bookmark folder, then opening up all those urls on one page, and then importing them into the preferred tool above.  Economy of movement.

I'll plan on setting up a Papaly page.  Xerpi is one not mentioned, but it is somewhat dormant, its plus is that you can fit much more on a page and, like Papaly (and many others) has the ability to move around individual urls and and groups by drag and drop.  However, since I could not find a way to change passwords, I can not recommend Xerpi.

My search was more from the perspective of start pages as well as bookmarks.  So that includes, Netvibes, Symbaloo, Protopages, Ighome, etc. 

Some that I came across that may apply here that were not above in the thread:

Curabase - https://www.curabase...eb/bookmark-managers
   Note this is their bookmark managers page

Semantic Scuttle -
Dragdis - -
43 Marks -
Revisit -
Visualizeus - -

A few more might be in here:

Here is a page about Dashboards:

A Papaly page about Design

Marcus Zillman might have some ideas:


PTFB is on sale tonight on Bits Du Jour. Likely tomorrow as well. 

However the discount price is $15 and is license-restricted (dunno if they check, but I like to stay within licenses) to one computer (not just one user.)  Since my utilities tend to end up on 4-5 puters that I use in two locales and laptop this is far too much money for a limited feature utility.

An exception, btw, is Evernote Basic, which is free (I use a higher level for a different business account).  Although it is limited to two puters, they very nicely ask you to choose your puters when you sign on to a third.  So far, quite solid.  Especially since their sync is good, about the only one I really trust so far.


The one or two is a good deal, although Version 2 is generally sufficient.  Or wait for the one with Emsi to come back down.  Generally a good company, so in a sense that has the exploratory value.

Oh, why is Notezilla better than PNote on the popup window?

Well, I mentioned that you can easily stick one note to multiple windows.  So if you want one note to be your note about note software itself, it can stick to *Notezilla* and *Evernote* and *Pnote*.  That cross-lineage note will pop up.  So, this is Top-Notch for Notezilla.

Along with that, once you have the note, and you want to move it to a memoboard, Notezilla has excellent visual navigation.  You might make a memoboard with you puter productivity notes and put it there. That is much easier to do in Notezilla, since you actually see the notes in the NoteBrowser.

So, as far as I can tell, if you have both programs, you always use Notezilla for the popup notes, even if you use PNote for a Desktop Doozy.

WinSendKey has many parameters and a lot to read.

Can you tell me simply the cmd for something like.. eg. exexcute Alt-Ctrl-T
[ winsendkey -yada -yada ] - this winsendkey cmd I will call in a shortcut.

This would be "show today" group. While Alt-Shift-T would be "hide today" group (I'm never going to use them as keystrokes in daily use, only in a shortcut icon).  PNote was criticized in one review, Ghacks, for aggressively letting you take a global hot key, it was a strange critique, anyway here it is a plus.  I am planning to have about 10 show-hide icons for five group-sets. (My five note desktops.)  That also leads to the question as to alternate launching methods rather than 10 icons for the 10 shortcuts.

Although theoretically WinSendKey could change the "focus"?  Make the key internal to an app by first calling the .exe? Is that possible. Understanding that the app itself will not take the command as a parameter. It does not matter on PNote since all keys are global, that tends to be the sticky way.


Thanks guys. I am going to use this for the PNote need. Sort of virtual note desktops by group (when the desk is cleared, only icons and little stuff up, actually if I put the notes "on Top" I  could even ignore that.)  Maybe 5-10 nicely colored notes filling up the desktop in a group, maxing the real estate as desired.  Thus I might have a "Today" desk, a "e-commerce work" desk and a "Bible issues" desk and more.  Rather than right click and find Show-hide the specific groups I can lay out the notes using the clear space from max-max (still works in Windows 10) cleared section on the right.

This is so neat I may have to do a pictorial or a video.  (In fact, one of my earlier PNote pics, probably from Donationcoder, ended up in a review or blurb.)


As I understand, it is often suggested to use a keyboard shortcut to execute an icon or desktop shortcut, a .lnk.
As here:

(I'm a mouse guy. I don't do much with keyboard shortcuts, although I could hit an icon to pop up a group of shortcuts.)

What happens if you want the opposite. You want a desktop icon to execute a global hot-key (one that was defined in an application like Pnote, to show a specific group of notes.)

Is that done with Autohotkey? Or some other way? 

Let me know if I am missing something trivial.



Notezilla does have tags, they simply do not seem to be as much utilized within the system.

Here is a feature I really like in PNote .. the "On Top" toggle for any note.  Not sure how to replicate that in Notezilla.

Ok, it may be similar in Notezilla.  And in Notezilla it does not seem to be a toggle. Easy enough to place a note on Top, with a rightclick on top. Not sure how to say "no mas" on top, there is a Hide option but then you are not longer anywhere to be found except in the browser, if you remember where to look.  (I usually keep part of my Notezilla notes on a reserved clear space set aside by MaxMax on the right. )

Notezilla links to files and folders, a nice feature I have not used. 
PNote has a way to link notes together, which at times might be redundant to a Group, but may have some good applications.

I'm actually reaching the point that I want to use both programs, plus Evernote.

PNote is handled for my multiple "Desktops" .. right now I only have one.. it has about seven notes, different colours and placed nicely.  Do to the show/hide groups and tags functionality it would be easy to have multiple.

Notezilla is used for all my pop-up notes, which is a major functionality as well. Part of this is the ability to have mulitple calling windows for one note.

Evernote is used for the permanent placement and tweaking of notes. 

I am quite happy, so far, with the three layer note-cake.


Found Deals and Discounts / NovaPDF and Backupforall
« on: December 02, 2016, 08:33 AM »
NovaPDF Professional 8

Half price today. Similar to a Bits sale. Where 7 was on sale here, in 2012, and the comments are helpful.

Lite I think is free on a promotion page

For $25 this looks like it might be a nice purchase of convenience. Any users or comparisons welcome.
Of course, it is possible to get many PDF tools free.


Same company:

On good old Backup4All Professional, the new v. 6 has a $25 Cyber deal that came to me in email. (However, they do not speak of any limitations on use.)
https://secure.backu...ade/263/1/CYBERB1654  - the url morphs into a cart entry.

The Professional upgrade would be $21 from any previous Pro version (but you likely end up with only one serial number, they put in their license info that a license is supposed to be for one computer).  I would buy the deal and have two licenses. However, I have Pro V5, so it is a close call if it is worth the $. 

They are quite disciplined in their information, you can see the dates of releases going back 10 years, which is nice. The prices of upgrade paths can be compared. They have a good compare version page, and they tell you in some detail what is new in releases and they email you properly. You can load version 5 and 6 on the same puter. Their forum is alive and they even encourage questions there.  You log in and see your registration keys from years back.  All rather neat and professional, in an informal way.

Here is the Lite for free today, the new version:


This limited time promo seems to be active 3-years later. The program works with a right-click from Windows Explorer (which I have not used for more than 3 years)


I like this DesktopOK program a lot too, used it for a number of years.

Problem is .. just the last week it started to glitch out. Running Windows 10 and Desktop 4.02.

When it places a Save it shows in DesktopOK, but does not seem to really happen. Maybe a quirky permissions problem.


General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander v9.00 Public Betas
« on: November 30, 2016, 12:35 PM »
Superb program with superb support and the no extra fee policy. 
And I also find it nice looking and easy to use.  skins, shminz

Sometimes I pull out alternatives (DOpus I do not have, XYPlorer or Xplorer2, Free Commander, etc) but I always tend to just say:

"why?  Total Commander is so good.."

Granted, XYPlorer gets a nod for their also having a true lifetime license and an excellent program and a developer here in Dodge.


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