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1001  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: ConceptDraw MindMap 'v5' on: October 17, 2008, 04:36:26 PM
There are is one issue related to this offer:
Maybe I read something wrong but idn't buying ov some PC magazine a must?

Those kinds of informations appears on many websites (comments being honest). If this is true then it's nothing really special but an advertisement only.
1002  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: Competitor - Orbit on: October 17, 2008, 08:39:11 AM
2cm_VideoInPicture

Thank you for your explanation. It's clear now smiley

As for the Settings Panel, some people like it and some people don't. But looking back, I would make it like a regular properties panel instead of the fancy kind like it is now. It would be simpler to code and load up faster.

Yes, these are important points. Please remember about few others:

When people decide to draw own sets of components they should really remember about common features. Users expect some behaviour from control even if it looks different. If they assume that something is a button, it should behave like it.

As an example:  In few places of Orbit  Settings dialog there are links for toggling between different settings groups. Nobody expects that clicking on them will hide previous group and reveal another one instead.

Even if you painted furniture, you will never expect that putting your head on the pillow will switch your oven on Wink

Another thing is the layout (alignments) and controls sizes (automatic Width at least). Having static parameters produces some problems for translators. Even if the application look right for the author's language it might be visually broken for others. In many cases language files are full of strange abbreviations there is because of that. It should be avoided.

Personally I prefere to use standard controls for options because it makes main application better. Most of the users will see dock only so the time spent on it should be longer than for Settings dialog. Users go to this window pretty rarely and if that's happen they expect it to work as flawless as something they already saw. They don't expect bells and whistles but stability and simplicity. In many cases they just want to "go, set and leave as soon as it possible". No need for wondering "is it a link or button".

Thank you for reading my complains smiley
1003  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Competitor - Orbit on: October 17, 2008, 06:56:58 AM
Probably this post fits "Living room" better...

Browsing through Internet I found interesting application:

http://www.ecocardio.com.br/orbit/

It works like Circle Dock but have few features not available in CD like plugins, DirectX usage and multi-rings for folders navigation. The thing which makes me wonder is Options dialog. It looks almost the same as CD's. I understand the need for fanciness in many applications but (for god's sake) why implementing it for settings? Why copying such nonsense? Nonstandard controls in such place make usage harder. It's like painting your house together with furniture...

Wayback Machine says Orbit was the 1st one so the question is: Was Orbit an inspiration for CircleDock or it is just coincidence?
1004  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Apple Patents the OS X Dock!!! on: October 16, 2008, 07:39:08 AM
2Darwin
Nice (f)article found. Here you go with another one:
http://www.wired.com/tech...ws/2008/04/apple_vs_apple

I hope MS will never think about such stupid lawsuits because that day I will have to live in shelter with walls only (until Pink Floyd patent the rights for such word Wink.
1005  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ten Tips for Windows users making the switch to Linux on: October 15, 2008, 09:19:48 PM
2f0dder
100% agree.

In my case, many times the scheme was simple: Live CDs working flawless but when it goes to install... kernel panic.

He. Once I couldn't get my net working after HDD install and the only help I get was: "Google it, f*n n00b". OK, I did it. After dozen of hours in net cafeterias and many days of trying, the only thing I learnt was that "It is my fault for buying crappy wireless card". Well, it worked under Windows and any Live distro I've ever tried.

As I wrote in previous post: too many nines which drove me back to MS software. It is stupid but many times I felt too strange seeing looks full of disgust from "gurus", after they discovered that I own full-payed version of XP. It is not my pair of boots being somewhere unwelcome.
1006  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ten Tips for Windows users making the switch to Linux on: October 15, 2008, 06:12:06 PM
Wise thoughts but never worked for me. Everytime I've tried to switch there were more than 3 additional points against me which I couldn't pass right.

Why "additional"? Because 9th was always in the air Sad

After few years of trying I don't see the point to change from XP.
1007  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My computer is older than YOUR computer! on: October 14, 2008, 06:57:02 AM
I still have an original, fully functional, Atari ST - 1985.
Me too but additionaly I have PONG set smiley

It's just black plank with two controllers. Single controller is just thick stick with looks like microphone with knob.
Oh! There is only PONG smiley

Edited
Unfortunately: I've just heard that my brothers gave it someone behind my backs...
1008  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does The Bat! have a help manual? on: October 13, 2008, 08:06:38 PM
There is good FAQ here and IRRC there should be CHM file in TheBat!'s directory available.

I don't know which version you have but PM to me for 3.x one.


1009  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: Circle Dock 0.9.2 Alpha 8.2 is Released on: October 13, 2008, 09:44:59 AM
I've made Polish translation.

Few notes about it:
  • "lockDockAtCurrentPosition" should by available in RMB menu for center dock - instead of options only,
  • "browse" (from File -> Icon Associations group) is not used anywhere - there are buttons with 5 dots instead,
  • "ShowLabelsOnMouseoverOnly" (from Labels group) is not shown - "ShowLabels" duplicated instead,
  • ""LocationWord" is used twice (General group and Location group).
1010  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: Circle Dock 0.9.2 Alpha 8.2 is Released on: October 13, 2008, 08:58:25 AM
2VideoInPicture
I understand.

It might be better to use standard controls for settings imho.
That way it can be easier to alphabetically sort options' groups or at least it can fix strange options' alignments.
1011  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: Circle Dock 0.9.2 Alpha 8.2 is Released on: October 13, 2008, 08:30:06 AM
Edited
This version freezes when I click on any Settings form's titlebar icon (close or minimize).
... but everything is OK for red Close icon.
1012  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: Circle Dock 0.9.2 Alpha 8.2 is Released on: October 13, 2008, 08:18:10 AM
Any suggestions to get it under 10 megs for download?

Make two different packs for it:
1. CD with few icons and background only,
2. additional "fancy packs" for icons and/or backgrounds.

Edited
This version freezes when I click on any Settings form's titlebar icon (close or minimize).
1013  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mouser's new book on: October 11, 2008, 01:39:06 PM
2mahesh2k
I know that's the thin ice. I still hope there are warnings from him before BAN.
1014  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: XPlorerSkin on: October 10, 2008, 09:38:17 PM
2bft_chromeguy
Isn't it just using some registry hack? Or did you make it working different?

[copy or print]
Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar]
Value Name: BackBitmapShell
Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Data: "c:\Windows\skinfile.bmp"
1015  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Does Microsoft Make File Type Names So Long? on: October 10, 2008, 09:13:04 PM
While that program will add the Extension column to Explorer itself, will that also propagate to other applications? I'd hate to download, install and try it just to find out I'm still screwed in Excel et al!
It should smiley
Yes indeed.

[attachthumb=#]

BTW This guy is placed on the top of open dialog (for the case you wonder):
http://www.zett42.de/flashfolder/
1016  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Does Microsoft Make File Type Names So Long? on: October 10, 2008, 06:46:21 PM
I don't think there's a way make explorer show file extension rather than file type - if you right-click the column header you can select which columns to show, but there's only "type". Somebody might have made an explorer extension to handle this, though.
Little hint:
http://www.xrayz.co.uk/extension-column/
1017  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mouser's new book on: October 10, 2008, 12:22:59 PM
I have found better one Wink

1018  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mouser's new book on: October 10, 2008, 07:37:23 AM
I tried to buy the book but the website stops responding on the order confirmation page... undecided
It is called on-line mousering.

I think I already know what's this book about smiley

1019  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mouser's new book on: October 09, 2008, 07:05:29 PM
As I've already said on IRC:
I will wait for a movie smiley
1020  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: VirtualDub Game Recording Guide on: October 09, 2008, 06:00:48 PM
2GeneralAdmission
So did Typing Assistant cause the flickering? Have you been able to record successfully now? If so I'd love to hear about how well it performed for you.
It's working flawless for almost every game I have but not for Urban Terror. Unfortunately: this game is something I want to record the most. I read about workarounds without success. It is blinking and the movie looks like having 10fps (it's ~70 during the game).
1021  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: VirtualDub Game Recording Guide on: October 09, 2008, 05:43:50 PM
2GeneralAdmission
I am really ashamed because I was in rush writing it. I am waiting for mouser to delete my post somehow.

It appeared that it was not the source of the problem. I am sorry once again.

PS The source was Typing Assistant. I forgot to add my games to exceptions.
1022  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: VirtualDub Game Recording Guide on: October 09, 2008, 05:14:50 PM
I had tried descibed solution and found a problem with every game I have installed:
screen is blinking from time to time!

Of course: I've uninstalled every application from article and reinstalled my PC.

Now I am sad because I did not create restore point...
1023  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: One answered question before you died on: October 08, 2008, 07:11:34 PM
Believe in eternal life and an eternity of singing happy-clappy songs in the clouds - but belief does not make something true.

Not according to Pratchett Wink

Following DW's books: what happens after death depends on your faith. If you believe in Eden - OK. If you want 72 virgins - OK. Even new live can be granted. Everything is up to you and what do you hope for. You can also gloat over tasty waffles for eternity smiley

I've found this idea to be the best one.
1024  News and Reviews / Older Newsletters / Re: --> Newsletter For October 7th, 2008 - Codename "Tech News Weekly" on: October 08, 2008, 10:51:14 AM
2mahesh2k
We got good answers from fenixproductions  thumbs up over there.
Thx for acknowledgement Wink
1025  Other Software / C / C++ / Re: C++ Programming Resources on: October 08, 2008, 10:49:05 AM
2bgd77
"Thinking in ..." books by Bruce Eckel are good choice IMHO.

Here's the download sites list:
http://www.mindview.net/Books/DownloadSites
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