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26901  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What Programmer Tool/Component/Library Reviews Would you Like to See? on: February 05, 2006, 07:41:34 AM
i added GUI Toolkits, that would cover things like codejock; i agree it would be nice to get some discounts on that kind of software.  i hope we'll have a review of these soon and with that some good discounts.
26902  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Improving Review section;what website has the best layout for reviews? on: February 05, 2006, 05:35:25 AM
cg, print review link is a very good idea; in fact it's been asked for even in our current format, since the sidebar makes it harder to print.
26903  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: startup/tasks manager? on: February 05, 2006, 05:09:55 AM
i'm actually browsing and enjoying, nice site, cg smiley
26904  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Promo "User Bars/Banners" for on: February 05, 2006, 03:32:48 AM
love it!

i liked your suggestions as well, especially the idea for maybe some kind of "emergency override" hotkey where you could correct the situation where a high priority app is suddenly taking over your cpu, and the idea of maybe having an option that says to not lower priority of apps that are in the foreground (nice idea!).  Adding these ideas to todo list for v3.
26905  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Improving Review section;what website has the best layout for reviews? on: February 04, 2006, 11:52:33 PM
In our continuing effort to take our review section to the next level, and make it the best software review site on the web, i'm asking for some help figuring out how we can improve things.

Some preliminary thoughts:
  • break reviews into multipl pages with easy navigation between them
  • a separate 'page' for each product, plus some inro, comparison, and summary pages would make it easier to maintain/update and write and read.
  • make a more inviting start page where people can see existing reviews nicely presented to choose from.

I'd love to hear more ideas for ways to improve the review section.
And I'm also asking people to post links to website designs that you think *present* their reviews in a nice way, both in terms of presenting a single review and for presenting the collection of reviews to browse.  Remember it's not the content of these sites we care about for this question, just the manner of presenting reviews/articles.

26906  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Update to Discounts listing page and some more new discounts on: February 04, 2006, 10:54:47 PM
We're begining to get more companies that want to offer discounts to members of the site.

I've added more some new discounts to the Members Only section: http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?board=18.0

And I've updated the Discounts page to make it a little easier to identify discounts that are still valid, when they expire, and whether we have reviewed them or not:

All of these companies have also donated some copies for us to give away.. I'm not sure if we should add them now to the February giveaway drawing submission or save them for next month. Opinions?
26907  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone know how to "escape" bb codes? on: February 04, 2006, 09:47:25 PM
just had to refer back to this - thanks again carol.
26908  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Logo Contest is Over - We Have a New Official Mascot/Logo! on: February 04, 2006, 08:32:20 PM
WOW! looks amazing!!!
26909  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is this offesive? on: February 04, 2006, 08:28:15 PM
i agree, that's not an image i'd want in a kids game.
26910  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just for fun: What is this ? on: February 04, 2006, 01:36:25 PM
try FASTR:

Fastr is a game that uses flickr images. It loads ten images that all share a common tag, one by one, and you guess what the tag is. When you guess right, the tag will turn blue. Then you can watch the pictures until the next set begins. The faster you guess, the more points you get. The points are reset every five minutes. Don't forget to enter a player name. Please email questions and comments. The correct answer doubles as a link to the flickr page with all the photos.
26911  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just for fun: What is this ? on: February 04, 2006, 01:35:09 PM
there are actually a lot of these contests around, lets find some more links.
that pic was too damn easy anyway i think.

ok who knows some good "guess the picture" sites?
26912  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Fewer system tray icons? on: February 04, 2006, 10:17:40 AM
i've emailed both authors to see if they want to offer our members a discount smiley
26913  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Vasilios Freeware - really nice page of utilities, donations appreciated on: February 04, 2006, 09:32:31 AM
Vasilios Freeware Applications

some really nice stuff there, index here:

I'm always constructing applications that are useful for my programming jobs. When I think that some of them can be helpful to someone else, I beautify them and I publish them.
Until 2004, I was constructing applications with an interface, tooltips and help files in my native language (Greek) that they were publishing in my country's Computer Magazines and they were offered from Greek Downloading Portals.This year I decided to turn worldwide.
I believe in Freeware for all, that's why you will find here only that kind of Applications .
Hoping that I've helped you somehow,

if you like them send him a donation and drop him a note saying you appreciate what his approach.
26914 Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: add a link to this forum to the help menu in all your programs on: February 04, 2006, 09:05:59 AM
thanks for reminding me though, i did forget.
it's a very good idea.
26915 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: support for capture scrolling windows on: February 04, 2006, 08:47:35 AM
hehehe, already implement,
choose to capture a windows object and follow the instructions (says to hold ctrl+shift when you click).
i need to modify the command caption to make it clearer that it is the one you should select.
26916 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR version 2 - discuss the best way to handle 'actions' on: February 04, 2006, 05:22:48 AM
to clarify what i was saying from before, i was saying we cant insist that the filename comes first,
because sometimes there is no filename, for example when you want to send an email.

there is always an action however, so it is possible to insist the user always starts out specifying an action.

or it is possible to start out allowing both, as we do now.
26917  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Is customization worth it? on: February 04, 2006, 02:39:39 AM
A great topic for debate, and relevant to many of the discussions we've had about various programs on the site.

Two articles worth reading on the subject of "Is customization worth it?"

26918  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Welcome to Programmer's Corner - February 4, 2006 on: February 04, 2006, 02:36:57 AM
This section opened on Feb 4, 2006.  It's going to be pretty empty for a while until it has a chance to build some momentum, but I'm hoping we can have some useful programming related discussions here.

Discussions regarding programming problems, programming ideas, programming tools and components, etc. are all welcome here.  The programming language doesn't matter.

We're going to start doing to some real programming tool reviews on the site as well, so keep your eyes open smiley

I invite people to post links to other programming related forums and sites.
26919  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / fSekrit, a new DonationCoder Program, self-contained encrypted note exes on: February 04, 2006, 12:33:42 AM

Web page here:

  • fSekrit is a small application for keeping encrypted notes.
  • The real advantage of fSekrit is that notes are truly self-contained; the editor program and your note are merged together into a tiny self-contained program file, removing the need to install a special application to view your data.
  • This makes fSekrit ideal for keeping encrypted notes on, for example, USB flash drives.
  • Another advantage of using fSekrit is that your un-encrypted data is never stored on your harddisk. With a traditional encryption utility you would have to decrypt your file to disk, view or edit it, and then re-encrypt it, and unless you use secure file wiping tools, it would be a trivial matter for someone to to retrieve your un-encrypted data, even though you have deleted it. This can't be done with fSekrit, though, since it never stores your un-encrypted data on disk.
  • fSekrit uses very strong encryption (256-bit AES/Rijndael in CBC mode) to ensure that your data is never at risk.
  • Self contained fSekrit notefiles are tiny! Only 40k plus the size of your text.

26920 Software / Drag&Drop Robot / LATEST Drag and Drop Robot VERSION INFO THREAD - 1.15.01, July 14, 2014 on: February 04, 2006, 12:30:14 AM
Download from program web page: http://www.donationcoder....ouser/dragdrop/index.html


Version 1.15.01, July 14, 2014
  • Fixed colors of field labels for Windows 7+.
  • Fixed configuration file locations for Windows 7+.
  • Added icons to menus.
  • Added information to output showing where configuration files are loaded from.
  • Fixed update check.

Version 1.14.01, November 24, 2012
  • Fixed Field duplication and drop zone locations -- thanks to DC member Kefrey.

Version 1.13.01, January 3, 2011
  • Added latest updater code
  • Fixed bug discovering configuration file list on first use
  • Added invocation delay option
  • Added %appdir% field
  • Added Cautomaton sample config file

Version 1.12.01, March 15, 2009
  • Added support for configdir.ini , portable/vista use

Version 1.11.02, June 03, 2008
  • Added support for running script files (.pl perl scripts, or any other launchable script format that the shell knows about) directly by automatically creating a temporary batch file.
  • Minor GUI changes.
  • Added mask filter for dropped files, so you can drop a directory and have it recursively add all files with a certain extension
  • Fixed order of dropped recursed files/folders
  • Fixed the full-recurse directory dropping
  • Added updater support
  • Bugfix for version 1.11.01 resulting in failure to launch programs


v1.10.01 - 2/4/06
  • Got rid of annoying slow scrolling of queue window when adding lots of files/folders

Version 1.09.02
  • bugfix: there was a problem launching batch files (thanks again bill gates for the insane quoting rules for createprocess).
  • added browse for file button
  • replacing command file with browse button or drag and drop now preserves arguments
  • save as directory now defaults to config file directory
  • if file parameter does not exist as a file, it is now used as is (useful for non-standard use of file box)
  • updated help file
  • added select-all submenu in output as well as ctrl+a key
  • added better warnings when command not found
  • added help file instructions on how to run things like perl, python scripts, etc.
  • bugfix: config file directory was not being set properly on first run
26921  News and Reviews / Best File/Folder Compare Tool / Meta-diff and Diff Comander on: February 03, 2006, 07:57:15 PM
Got this email last week and forgot to post it; looks like some interest programs:

First of all there's an Open Source tool I'm involved in which basically
is a shell extension to compare two files / folders using any comparison
tool (you can also use different tools based in the file's extensions):

The tool is based on BCShellEx which once was written explicitly for
Beyond Compare. Maybe you'd like to include a link to this tool on your
page, just as a reference.

Secondly, I'd like to encourage you to also review the "Diff Comander
Bundle Edition" (which also comes with "Visual Comparer") available here:
26922  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: cool or fool - microsoft's scalable fabric on: February 03, 2006, 12:36:46 PM
this might actually work well with multiple monitors -
i can definitely see using a dedicated TOUCH SCREEEN monitor for moving windows instead of minimizing (or using a virtual desk overview).
26923 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR version 2 - discuss the best way to handle 'actions' on: February 03, 2006, 11:39:35 AM
i think its impossible to do what we want and have subject first.
the only choices are always verb first, or combined verb+subject first.

why cant you do subject firt? well because we want to support things like being able to say:
"define subjunctive"
"google happiness"

ie after you type the verb only then does it know how to interpret what you type.

but we could stick with the approach we have now which combines the two and tried to guess what you want.

requiring a verb first (which would default to "launch" if you hit space or tab) would make life a lot cleaner.

the main problem is it makes the 95% case more troublesome.
26924  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CoolText, create Logo and Button online on: February 03, 2006, 11:06:19 AM
26925  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: a grid of cool animal flash games on: February 03, 2006, 11:00:44 AM
i knew i recognized it from somewhere.. hehe sorry about that..

i still like the cats best, because of the music.
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