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26901  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Send screenshot via email? on: October 25, 2005, 12:28:06 AM
Before i write an email function to mail a screenshot to someone,
does anyone know of an existing commandline tool that could be configured using the tool menu?
26902  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Simpletidy - html cleaner on: October 24, 2005, 09:28:28 PM
for those of you who work on web pages, one of the more frustrating things is that there can be erros in the html code that makes it not quite up to standards compliance, and yet it looks ok to you in the browser, although you might have trouble in the future or in another browser.

here's a nice little freeware mentioned on fileforum today, Simpletidy:

http://kotisivu.dnaintern...net/kumpu1/simpletidy.htm

sounds nice and simple and useful:
  • Cleans your HTML code
  • Convert your webpages to wellformed XHTML 1.0 strict
  • Cleans Microsoft code
  • Shows validation errors and warnings
  • Drag and drop from Explorer
  • Freeware

makes use of the open source htmltidy code, which is a good thing.  definitely a nice tool for your web design toolbox.
26903  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Some ideas to help do more full length reviews.. on: October 24, 2005, 07:40:19 PM
right, the wiki would not be the final review - i was only playing with the idea that as a group we could fill in pages for all the apps in the category, with different people adding info about each app and screenshots, and people adding opinions, and then one person writing the review proper, using the wiki as a kind of appendix of sorts...

the only thing this raises is again the same issue with the blogs and the issues raised with wikis in the past, and that is, would we be better off just using the forum for this.. and i think the answer may be yes..
26904  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Some ideas to help do more full length reviews.. on: October 24, 2005, 05:41:56 PM
hmm.. maybe we could use a wiki for this...
so that different people could add a different page for different apps in a category, with their opinions?
26905  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Carol Haynes First Column - Great read for new web site builders on: October 24, 2005, 04:11:11 PM
Please welcome Carol to the blog columns - her first post is a terrific discussion of getting started building websites:

http://www.donationcoder.com/Columns/mts/b_dc/

really a great read  Thmbsup

--

not to plug this too much, but in the next week or two we will be pooling our money to provide cheap+superior web hosting for our members, so this is a great way to learn about the kinds of things you can do on a site and how to write and maintain your pages.
(for more info see http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?topic=1261)

26906  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS - Program Goals on: October 24, 2005, 12:55:19 PM
i should say though that i find it does help me to keep talking about longterm goals and interface and organization, because it shapes design decisions earlier on.
26907  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: priority settings question 2 on: October 24, 2005, 12:45:04 PM
i'm not an expert in such things, but there are a few hardware things that you should consider:
1) make sure you have plenty of ram (1gb)
2) get yourself a nice hard disk for video; sata or scsi hd, separate from the operating system hard drive.
3) fast modern cpu.

keep in mind i dont have any experience in video editing, these are just some things that seem likely to me to yield the biggest payoff in terms of bang for the buck.
26908  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS - Program Goals on: October 24, 2005, 11:34:33 AM
stefan - cool new sc watermark smiley

try this great png optimizer for irfan view:
http://advsys.net/ken/utils.htm
26909  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS - Program Goals on: October 24, 2005, 11:33:35 AM
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I figured it would be easier to get the backbone in place, then work on the clipboard stuff

this is generally true kfitting, but in this case i think its most important to get these features in asap even if it means a little more work later to move the clipboard stuff to a more independent module.


stefan - yes exactly, an easy paste screen is on the short list.
26910  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS - Program Goals on: October 24, 2005, 10:22:58 AM
great to see this thread posted.

what i could use the most help with also is getting a list together of what is most important first, to get ourselves a great tool.

as kfitting said, i do intend to make this a general purpose tool as he has described perfectly.

but we also need to make it do 1 job great first, and i suggest that be clipboard stuff.

so as carol said, i'm thinking the first priority should be:
1) speed up and clean up efficient handling of large clipboard collections
2) support for multiple format clip+paste (personally i use plaintext but i know others need more)
3) good support for quick pasting into apps
4) customization/exclusion of clipboard capture

anything else?

to recap:
we need a long-term goal+feature set and a short-term goal and feature set, let's discuss both, and i'll try to get the short-term feature set implemented in the next month or so.
26911  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Prisma Firewall on: October 24, 2005, 07:04:43 AM
also very nice..
but as much as i love the graphs, i'm not quite ready to give up my agnitum outpost firewall just yet..
i'm open to considering another though, might be time to try the latest crop and see if any can win my heart away.
26912  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Instructions for making a PayPal link people can follow to donate money to you on: October 24, 2005, 06:09:06 AM
good point carol - i'll fix those as well.
26913  News and Reviews / Best Website Change Monitoring Tool / Re: WebMon, the freeware alternative on: October 24, 2005, 05:55:52 AM
wsw = website watcher, the winner of our review for best website change monitoring tool smiley


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the cursor stands now automaticly between the tags,, very useful, thanks

i'd like to take credit for that, but actually it is the new simplemachines.com forum software, not me smiley
26914  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is up with Cerrulean Studios? on: October 24, 2005, 05:53:18 AM
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On a side-note.. was it due to my conection or due to the site that I just waited 22 seconds (!) between clicking "new topic" and getting to the edit page!?

i don't think it's your connection - the site seems to experience intermitant periods where it gets quite slow - we are doing a large amount of traffic on this site, probably more than our current server can handle - so we are looking for a new hosting plan.
26915  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Software Upgrade Plans for November on: October 23, 2005, 09:54:27 PM
Software goals for the month of november:

  • Find+Run Robot version 2 release - this should be a big deal - with tons of command functionality, multi keyword searching.
  • Process Tamer 3 - another big release, with new features and still the same efficiency.
  • Screenshot Captor - probably just a few new features, but a real focus on improved usability.
  • Minor updates of most other programs (url snooper, unicode text to image, popup wisdom, form letter machine, etc.)
  • Clipboard Help+Spell update - long overdue update - not entirely clear what the scope of this will be, but at minimum it should bring its clipboard pasting functions up to snuff and improve speed when working with large clip libraries, and address some stability issues.
  • New demo movies of all programs, and updated help files.

At least one new program, maybe two.  We are going to try to get ContextMenu Commander at least out in beta version by the end of november.

whew - i thought october was exhausting! tellme
26916  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Some ideas to help do more full length reviews.. on: October 23, 2005, 09:47:23 PM
another thing -
i would really like to try to make november a special month for us - nothing would say that more than being able to do 2 reviews.
so if we could get 2 volunteers to spearhead 2 full length reviews for novemeber, one, that would make my day  Kiss
26917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Prisma Firewall on: October 23, 2005, 09:00:49 PM
love the graph.
26918  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE 07/18/05 - IDEA: Dim rest of desktop/windows, except for focused window on: October 23, 2005, 08:51:28 PM
neat!!
26919  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Program Closer on: October 23, 2005, 08:41:02 PM
don't forget to support your favorite skrommel with a donation!

(wait you mean there is only one skrommel??!?!?  how can that be??)
26920  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Keynote Closes... on: October 23, 2005, 08:39:24 PM
i didn't take your post that way at all - i just want to make sure that people who have been waiting for CHS to improve to understand that:
  • i know it needs real improvement
  • i am committed to making it a great program
26921  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Some ideas to help do more full length reviews.. on: October 23, 2005, 08:37:37 PM
We started out doing a new full length review each week here and we've fallen recently to less than one a month.
I thought I would address that and start a conversation on how we might be able to improve that.

The first thing to acknowledge is that the scope, depth, and length of the reviews has grown tremendously since we started.
If you go to the review archive: http://www.donationcoder....eviews/Archive/index.html
and compare the first with the last review it's laughable that we thought that first review was "comprehensive"
so we've gotten to the point where our reviews are pretty big undertakings.

The second reason for the decrease in reviews is that I have focused more and more on improving the software here - ScreenshotCaptor has turned into a very popular program and has had tons of work done on it, and Find+Run, while not as popular, has improved steadily, requiring a lot of attention from me.  As much as I like doing the reviews, my main feeling is that I should probably focus on the things I can do best, and thats coding not reviewing.

I think we need to get back to more frequent reviews though - they are an important part of the site.  And the solution to that is to have members here write reviews.

So some concrete ideas to encourage that:

We now have an easy way of generating some ad revenue from reviews with the google ads, and it's extremely easy to get a report of all ad revenue from specific pages.  The main motivation on this site is not money, and you're not going to make that much, but a popular review could earn some money, and guest reviewers would get all ad revenue from their review pages.  How much - i really don't know, we need someone to be the first guinea pig to find out.  Zaine's archive review was extremely widely read and it's a shame we didn't have the ads set up then.

We now have a two-stage review process, where part 1 is just an overview of the category and a list of the main programs in the category along with screenshots and some info.  If you don't feel like you are ready to do a full review - what about just doing the part one summary of apps in the category?  This is a bit of work but it's not work that requires a lot of experience - you just search the web for related programs and take screenshots (official or your own), and add them to a table in a template we already have written, along with links to their homepage, the price, shareware/freeware etc.  It seems to me we could have several people building these part 1 summaries simultaneously - and that having them written would make life a LOT easier for a final review.  It gets the ball rolling and would go along way to getting reviews written.

Maybe we can find someone here at our forum to sort of spearhead the review writing process, to try to organize new reviews getting written?

Our poll here http://www.donationcoder....rum/index.php?topic=482.0
has a list of top reviews wanted.

What I'd like to do is get some volunteers to start creating part 1 overviews of these reviews; when we have a few of those we can start filling in the details.

Maybe we can make some concessions to the difficulty in having our reviews focus on one best winner - and play off more of the strengths of our community here, in putting more focus on a comprehensive review of the various programs in a category; and while still choosing a best commercial app and best freeware app, shift a bit of the emphasis from focusing on the one winner, which would make it easier for us to write the reviews as a group effort.

Let's not underestimate the positive effect of a couple of people volunteering and spearheading a few reviews... the mini review section was pretty quiet until recently when nighted and a few others started posting and now its a wonderfull part of the forum.

So let's see if we can figure out a way to take advantage of the brains of the people here and find a way to still do those big category-winning reviews, but in a way that's sustainable here on a regular basis.  And my suggestion is we break up the job into a format that is more amenable to some team work and piecewise construction.

So to recap:
1) let's get some volunteers to write some PART1 review overviews; this requires real work searching the web for the good programs in a category and collecting information about them, but has no deadline, and doesn't require you to form opinions about the programs.
2) let's have our reviews focus more on a broader review of the various programs, comparing them, etc., which can take advantage of input from forum members about different features in each.
3) let's try to reward guest reviewers who put a lot of work in on reviews; one way to do that is to more formally make clear some rewards.  guest reviewers will get the ad revenue from the web page (we'll have to figure out a good way to divide and share if it's a team effort); plus reviewers will be garanteed some free software from donated copies.

OK, who wants to volunteer to take on which of the PART1 overviews? see the poll for a list of what people want to see reviewed.
26922  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Keynote Closes... on: October 23, 2005, 08:13:59 PM
that's really sad to hear about keynote, i know it will be missed.

neomem looks very slick.

i have *NOT* given up work on CHS - in fact i do believe it will become one of our more popular apps eventually -
i just have to do more work on the others before i can devote myself back to it.  the absolutely best thing users could do who would like to see CHS turn into one of their favorite apps is help me figure out the best interface for it and help me prioritize a list of things that need to be added so we can as quickly as possible get it to be a useful application, and then refine it over time.

this last 2 weeks has been non-stop work by my on the back-end of this site, only some of which is visible on the outside..
i think i'm done with the site for a bit so i can return to releasing a new version of programs; in fact i'm going to make a post about my plans in a separate thread.
26923  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Long distance on: October 23, 2005, 06:16:25 PM
www.gotomypc.com seems like the focus on being easy to use.
i've also noticed some of the ads here are actually being useful (omg - did i just say that?)

open source people think highly of realvnc i think, but it may be a bit too technically challenging for a novice.
26924  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Long distance on: October 23, 2005, 04:26:16 PM
yes you are.

sc tries to stores its options in its directory so it does sound like the problem could be that he doesnt have permission to write to that directory.  you could have him just move the entire screenshot captor directory to one of his normal directories (or even his desktop) and run it from there to solve the problem.

another alternative to solve your larger problem of helping him might be to install a remote control application that would let you just log into his machine remotely and help him set up his computer directly.
26925  News and Reviews / Best Website Change Monitoring Tool / Re: WebMon, the freeware alternative on: October 23, 2005, 04:22:21 PM
why not read the review to find out about wsw -> http://www.donationcoder....ve/WebWatchers/index.html
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