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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best TV Show Renamer Around (afaik):theRenamer on: June 09, 2009, 08:28:50 AM
Just felt the need to say that this is by far one of the "coolest" single-purpose utility I've ever tested. It does exactly what it says on the tin, and the result is never anything less than perfect! Thmbsup
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: video player with 'automatic bookmarking'? (digital media) on: May 15, 2009, 06:21:11 AM
Thanks!

I am using Zoom Player already, but never saw that option - I checked again and now I know why not: it's greyed out. Do I need to buy the Pro version for this feature?  Sad

SMPlayer looks pretty good! Before I test it, let me ask you: does it support keyboard usage as well (or similarly well) as Zoom Player? Skipping around in a file, volume up/down, etc.?

Ah, yes you'll need the pro version of ZP for the bookmarking to work.

As for SMPlayer, it does indeed have a ton of keyboard shortcuts. It's originating from the Linux world after all Wink

EDIT: I've attached a screen in case SMPlayer is no longer configured for this by default.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: video player with 'automatic bookmarking'? (digital media) on: May 15, 2009, 05:53:13 AM
Two players that comes to mind are the open source SMPlayer (should come pre-configured for this)and Zoom Player (not pre-configured, but it's easy to to. See attached image).
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Good Video Player on: May 13, 2009, 07:28:08 AM
Also, it would be wise to rember that MOV is just a container format, not a video codec. Just because some *.mov files works, does not mean that every other will (I was struggling with some "special" files from a digital camera a while back...oh the pain!).

A good start would be to run the files through a utility such as MediaInfo to see what video and audio formats your non-working files actually contains.
30  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: USB Safely Remove, 50% discount on January 17th on: April 12, 2009, 05:33:58 PM
Before you buy this program please realize that not only does it not work with Windows 7, but some (most?) of the program's functionality is in Windows 7 out of the box.

Yes it does (work with Windows 7), I've been using it (the 4.1 beta) in build 7000, 7057 & 7068 without problems.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: IE8 on the loose! on: March 25, 2009, 08:30:00 PM
Dirhael - would you be willing to post a screen shot of how bad FeedDemon looks with northmay.com blocked? I’m quite happy where I am but if, in future, I decide to update it would be nice to have some control over what the GUI looks like...

Absolutely, here's a screenshot for you smiley
 (see attachment in previous post)
Right now I am OK with 2.7. Google Reader doesn't do anything at all for me, so I won't miss that integration in 2.8.

Thanks!

Jim

I don't use Google Reader all that much either, but it's fantastic for reading feeds on mobile browsers seeing as it can also adapt linked pages for viewing on such devices.

Actually I use Feedemon for Blackberry. I was a beta tester for Feedemon for Windows Mobile and was given both mobile versions free when they were released. I don't even know if they are offering those anymore. All of my Newsgator feeds are synched to my BB and if I want I can open the web page for any article.

Jim

Well, one could always use the mobile web reader for Newsgator ( http://m.newsgator.com ) but that doesn't really give me what I'm using Google Reader for on my mobiles & PSP. The thing is, both services will offer the content of the feeds well formatted for the smaller screens, but the only reason I prefer GR for this is that if a RSS article links to a site, let's say a topic here on DonationCoder, that page will also be adapted for the mobile device. It's not always perfect, but it usually works quite well.
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: IE8 on the loose! on: March 25, 2009, 07:11:05 AM
Dirhael - would you be willing to post a screen shot of how bad FeedDemon looks with northmay.com blocked? I’m quite happy where I am but if, in future, I decide to update it would be nice to have some control over what the GUI looks like...

Absolutely, here's a screenshot for you smiley

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Right now I am OK with 2.7. Google Reader doesn't do anything at all for me, so I won't miss that integration in 2.8.

Thanks!

Jim

I don't use Google Reader all that much either, but it's fantastic for reading feeds on mobile browsers seeing as it can also adapt linked pages for viewing on such devices.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: IE8 on the loose! on: March 24, 2009, 09:51:59 PM
....I am still on FeeDemon 2.7.0.0 (last version without Ads).

Me too - and there I'll stay!!

After paying for another year and then having it go free, I am not also gonna get their damn ads!!   Cool

Jim

 Grin

Block northmay.com and the ads will go the way of the Dodo bird. Well, you will be left with a dark empty space where they used to be so it may not be the best solution for everyone, but it works for me*



* I really want to be able to use the upcoming 2.8 release which likely will have the ability to sync with Google Reader.
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: wanted: alternative to FastStone Image Viewer on: March 17, 2009, 09:42:48 PM
You could have a look at one of my favourite freeware image viewers, ArtSee. It does everything you've listed although the move functionality isn't exactly what you're asking for. It does have it, it's just not quite as fast and easy as a single key-press (if you on the other hand want to copy the file to a favourite location or the desktop instead of moving then you get away with a single keypress). Everything else though, it does *really* well. It got keyboard shortcuts for just about everything, it's fast and comes with just about every feature I can think anyone could want in a image viewer, and it does all this in under 200 KB (it's a standalone executable).

Here's a copy/paste of the feature list from the website:
Quote
Slideshow (slideshow, timer)
Sort (forward/reverse/random, name/created/modified/accessed)
Layer (normal, fullscreen, wallpaper, stay on top, blend, opacity)
Loop (loop, pause, exit, reshuffle)
Navigate (next & previous w/gears, first, last, current)
Scroll (mouse, arrow keys w/ gears, autoscroll)
Folder (browse, current, refresh, subfolders, hidden folders, peek, autorefresh)
Find (find/filter/exclude, find next, bookmark, goto mark, goto)
Formats (bmp, emf, gif, ico, jpg, png, tif)
Favorites (send shortcut, send to desktop, send copy, copy to desktop, view favorites/desktop/target, folder)
Wrap (resize window to wrap around each image)
Crop (remove borders and unused background)
Squeeze (scale down to fit window/desktop)
Shrink (scale down to fit one side)
Stretch (scale up to window/desktop)
Zoom (in, out, 100%, 1% gear, zoom lock, zoom step, zoom/scale quality)
Rotate (rotate, rotate left, rotate lock, aspect filter, flip horizontal)
Layout (centered, corners, roaming)
Collage (fixed-size roaming images)
Transitions (select effects, overlap/wipe)
Window (caption, status, taskbar/tray, decor, white, center/roam, corral, draggable, 5 presets, show/hide, single instance)
Fullscreen (caption, cursor, centered/roaming image)
Wallpaper (center, tile, stretch, clear, restore)
Shell (view, explore, open with, copy file, move/rename, save as, copy image, copy view, paste, recycle)
Shell++ (archive, view with, explore with, Blackbox)
Settings (save, save now, bookmark on exit)
Drag and Drop (folders/files/shortcuts, Shift appends)
Menu pins (keep menus open while adjusting options)
F1 menu at corner/cursor
Command line options
Tray icon controls and mouse wheel support
Can be run as a screensaver
Can be run as a wallpaper changer
Needs no installation
Saves settings file in program folder
Unicode enabled
Screenshot:

(As everything is operated using keyboard shortcuts or the right-click menu, the above image probably doesn't tell you much)
Here's a larger screenshot with the menu open
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Quicktime only available with iTunes on: March 15, 2009, 04:23:20 PM
The page is back to normal, so everyone can "enjoy" QuickTime without the burden of iTunes tongue

Thankfully, we may be able to ditch the entire thing once Win7 comes along as it now has native support for the MOV container (the trailers from apple.com I've tested with in build 7057 all worked just fine without any 3rd party codecs installed) smiley

I smell a lawsuit!

I hope not, because I loathe all things QuickTime on Windows.
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Quicktime only available with iTunes on: March 15, 2009, 04:17:51 PM
The page is back to normal, so everyone can "enjoy" QuickTime without the burden of iTunes tongue

Thankfully, we may be able to ditch the entire thing once Win7 comes along as it now has native support for the MOV container (the trailers from apple.com I've tested with in build 7057 all worked just fine without any 3rd party codecs installed) smiley Don't know what this'll mean for web content expecting the QT plugin though...
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Enable advanced performance" - the optimization that isn't on: March 13, 2009, 09:23:49 AM
Turns out that this feature have been renamed and given a new description in Windows 7, perhaps to avoid confusion?

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38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: cannot play ripped music files on: March 13, 2009, 06:20:58 AM
Curt, how on earth would winamp be able to play DRM-covered tracks that you don't have a license for?

Heh, I was wondering the same thing myself.
---
I also just thought I'd mention that this problem did not happen by itself. See, WMP does have the possibility to add DRM to ripped files, but it is not enabled by default. You have to mark the relevant checkbox manually, and here's where you'll find it (screenshot shows the default settings):
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows editors - do they have to be so bad? on: February 02, 2009, 03:55:41 PM
yes, the  EmEditor looks good there. for real files, would the tabs be varying sizes, to match the length of the file names?

jack

Yes, by default it does just that...but you have a few other choices as well smiley

40  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Which MP3 tagger do you use? on: January 28, 2009, 01:32:13 PM
I cannot imagine what MP3tag is doing to the files, when tagging them, that are changing the signal the file later is sending to the MP3Ext's bit-rate reader, but it is doing something.
I'd be willing to bet that you have MP3Tag set to write ID3v2.4 (which I believe is the default) and MP3Ext only handles or prefers ID3v2.3 or earlier.  But it's a bit of a wild guess since I've never used MP3Ext and don't know much about it.

You could change that in MP3Tag and test it; the option is found at Tool -> Options -> Tags -> Mpeg.


I do all my tagging within Foobar2000 and MP3Tag and they've both worked extremely well for me for many years.

Yeah, I've used mp3tag for quite some time now and I've never had problems with the files after tagging them (well, except the id3v2.3 vs 2.4 issue with some players but that's hardly a fault of mp3tag).

If you really do believe that whatever program you're using to tag files are altering the audio data itself, use foobar2000 with the offical Binary Comparator component to check the files (just create a copy of the files before tagging, then compare them with tagged copies).
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: windows 7 beta available for free Jan 9 (!) on: January 15, 2009, 08:11:29 PM
I would (I have a 4G usb stick I can spare) but my box doesn't boot the usb. I've looked around for ways to make Grub boot the usb port and floppy-based usb booters, but nothing has worked so far.

You can only boot to a device your BIOS supports and identifies as bootable. AFAIK there isn't any way to get around that.

In Win7, if your BIOS supports booting to your USB stick, the Mark Partition as Active option will be available:
 (see attachment in previous post)
In this case, the 4Gb USB stick showing up as Disk 1 is not supported as a bootable device. (Bummer! Angry)

That's not always true, because I have at least two memory sticks that I can't set as active in Windows disk management yet I have absolutely no problems booting from them when I need to. Of course, the BIOS needs to allow you to select the device if you are to boot from it, but what Windows itself says does not really matter.
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DeviantArt or WinCustomize Wallpaper Rotator on: December 08, 2008, 06:37:47 AM
Thanks for posting this great utility, I really like it! In fact, it inspired me to rewrite the feed backend on my wallpaper site to MediaRSS so that it would be supported by it. If you want to use any of the image categories for your own desktop, you can find a link in my profile (added bonus effect of the rewrite: It made the Cooliris/Piclens FF extension work with the site as well) smiley
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats on your desktop? on: November 09, 2008, 07:22:10 PM
W-O-W, where do we can get such gorgeous wallpaper? In the meantime, I'll clean my desktop, it's been more than a year since I posted a shot, so I got to be presentable at least smiley

That one I got as part of my paid subscription to cgwallpapers.com. Great site, even if you have to pay for it (really, $10 USD for a year is perfectly acceptable to me smiley).
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats on your desktop? on: November 09, 2008, 06:43:38 PM
Figured it was time to post a new desktop screenshot, this time from XP smiley
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander 7.03 for Windows released! on: November 08, 2008, 07:27:23 PM
A lot from TC's interface is borrowed from the old and trusty Midnight Commander in Linux.

No, not at all. Both TC and MC are clones of Norton Commander.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: World of Goo - Indie Game with Great Reviews? on: November 07, 2008, 10:49:19 AM
I've just purchased it from their website as well, at $20 I simply had to smiley

I did as well, mainly due to the fact that doing it this way means that all of the money goes directly to the developers smiley
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Copy (in Explorer): Replace: yes/no/cancel, only. Why not '(auto-)rename'? on: October 31, 2008, 06:49:15 AM
I belive TeraCopy should take care of this for you. It can register itself as the default copy handler so it will work just fine with just about any file manager, including explorer smiley
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software gone social? Wakoopa is quite clever on: October 28, 2008, 07:44:50 PM
Just joined. Don't know how long I'll keep using it, but I kind of like the idea...mostly. It doesn't seem to be all that accurate, some programs are reported as something they are not, and the timers are way off (probably have to use if for a while for these stats to mean anything though).
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone uses MediaMonkey? I need your advices. on: October 27, 2008, 09:26:58 AM
- very interesting solution, Dirhael!  thumbs up But I can't help wondering what will happen if someone gets mad at OpenDNS and tries to block them. Will such an attack have any influence in my end of the line?


Big THANK YOU for the file,  Thmbsup installing as we speak, ehh... as I am typing this :-)

Edited:
Should also mention that I cannot even reach the monkey via Thunderbird & Thunderbrowse!

No problem at all, just happy to help out smiley

As for the blocking...well, not really unless it's your ISP that does it [the blocking] (they won't). That said, if you're happy with your ISP's DNS servers and don't want or need the extra security provided by OpenDNS you could get by using another solutions if it's just a matter of a single domain or two that fails to resolve. This solution would be to edit your hosts file and add the IP and domain of the server you're trying to reach. The drawback of this is that if the website ever changes their IP you'll be right back where you started, but as a short-term solution it would work.
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone uses MediaMonkey? I need your advices. on: October 27, 2008, 07:50:16 AM
The mystery is growing. My supplier (YouSee.dk) told me that the monkey is working okay on their side, and we tried a number of solutions, we even resat my IP address. Nothing helped. I may give up - No media monkey for me!
 wallbash

Try using OpenDNS. Been using it for around a year now, and it's reliable and fast. Of course, that won't help you if you can't even ping the MM server (209.200.50.117). In that case, I've mirrored the latest build for you right here so that you'll at least be able to install and use it smiley
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