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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: March 07, 2014, 03:13:09 AM
I am going to try to summarize the licenses and pricing of DO and a few of the competitors to get a little perspective (all prices are in USD, corrections welcome):

ProductInitial PriceUpgrade PriceLifetime OptionLicense Covers
Directory Opus$80$45 /~3yN/A1 PC + 1 laptop
Total Commander$44N/ANo promises, but free upgrades since v1.0Any number of computers used by one person at a time
xplorer2 (ultimate)$50$33 /1y$70 addon purchaceSingle user on many computers or many users on a single PC
XYplorer$30$24 /1y$80 initial priceAll computers you use

We can see that the initial purchase of DO is roughly twice as much as the others.

If you buy all upgrades, then the three year upgrade window on DO makes it cheaper in the long run than normal licenses of xplorer2 and XYplorer.

If you buy the lifetime licenses for xplorer2 and XYplorer, then they will become cheaper than DO after the first three years.

As long as Total Commander continues to not charge for upgrades, it will be the cheapest all around.

Another interesting point is the licensing. DO is the only one that limits the number of computers you can use the software on.

If you have to buy DO for three or more computers, then it will be more expensive than a normal license of xplorer2 or XYplorer with upgrades every year.

So, in summary, lifetime licenses are great (as long as the developers honour them). Directory Opus is expensive, but if you are the type of person who buys all upgrades right away, then the larger upgrade window makes it cheaper over time. If you have more than three computers, or if you only buy upgrades when there is something new you actually want, then you will have to do your own math tongue.

Edit March 7th: Updated DO upgrade pricing.
Edit May 1st: XYplorer changed it's upgrade policy to include upgrades for 1 year instead of one major version number.
102  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: March 06, 2014, 03:38:12 AM
Since we've discussed tools to optimize image size and quality here, I thought I'd mention Mozilla's recently introduced JPEG optimizer project mozjpeg.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: March 05, 2014, 04:13:50 PM
Right... but I bought a two machine license.

Ah, so it's a bit like Windows, which you can install on up to five machines? (assuming you buy five licenses of course)

Grin
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: March 05, 2014, 08:05:47 AM
I like DO, and I was a registered user of version 8.

But I must admit I have felt it was too expensive to upgrade. Especially given that I have a license for Total Commander which has had free upgrades in like forever, and a lifetime license to XYplorer.
105  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: March 03, 2014, 01:16:16 PM
I haven't tried it, but I could imagine running in a browser might give some performance problems on larger projects. At least it looks like it doesn't handle large files too well yet.

Also, until they fix font-smoothing in Chrome on Windows it will be a pain on the eyes.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beyond Compare v4 Open Beta on: March 02, 2014, 06:00:45 AM
It is a great tool, and with a reasonable price indeed. I've used it less since I started using SourceTree, but it's still my preferred tool for things that are not in version control Thmbsup.
107  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 26, 2014, 02:31:22 PM
I'm curious -- what software did you use Jibz, in the examples above?

For the examples above, I was using RIOT, which has a simple interface (and is used as a plugin by IrfanView).

It looks like it is a bit hehind other tools though, here is the 47k PNG produced by pngquant:

[attachimg=1]

There's only slight banding in the big gradient, and there is visible dithering, but otherwise it's impressively close to the original.
108  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 26, 2014, 01:07:19 PM
If you want to reduce the file size JPEG compression is generally a better option, quality-wise, than reducing the color depth.

That depends a lot on the contents.

JPEG is very good at compressing the type of data you see in photographs, but quite poor at reproducing text due to compression artifactsw on high-contrast details.

Here is the same screenshot, compressed to a JPEG file of the same size as the 8 bpp png above (32k):

[attachimg=1]

As you can see, it handles the gradients better, but the text, icons, and the bright lines, show JPEG artifacts.

And this was a type of image that PNG has trouble with. If you take a screenshot of something like the configuration dialog from Screenshot Captor, you can really see how much better PNG handles these kinds of images:

109  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 26, 2014, 10:58:28 AM
^ I'm pretty confused there Jibz embarassed

  • 1) I dont see any option to change bpp in Screenshot Captor(?)
  • 2) I presume the default in SC is 24bpp?
  • 3) all screenshots say 24bpp in the statusbar, yet you label #3 as 8bpp
  • 4) what are the k numbers - I know k is a thousand ;-) but is it number of pixels? (240k etc)
  • 5) is the idea that the optimisier reduces the image size, but keeps the quality?
    Or is it simply to improve quality of lower quality images (#3 =>#4 above)?
    I dont see any difference between images #1 & #2...

  • 1) It took me a while to find this option as well. To me, the logical thing would be if there were some options while saving, or if the "Image File Format" tab in the preferences changed, oh I don't know, perhaps the image file format? But it doesn't, instead you have to go into the menu SpecialFX2 and select "Adjust color depth and DPI" to reduce the number of colors.
  • 2) As per 1) above, quite Grin.
  • 3) I can see how this might be confusing embarassed, I opened a 24 bpp image in an image viewer, and took a screenshot of the entire image viewer window. The four images are the same screenshot saved in different ways.
  • 4) They are image file size in kilobytes.
  • 5) In the case of saving as 24 bpp (example 1 and 2 above), the image quality is the same, so you save space. In the case of reducing the color depth to 8 bpp (example 3 and 4 above), the image quality is better and the file is smaller when the color depth is reduced in an outside program.

I chose this image deliberately because it is "hard" to convert to 8 bpp and get a decent result due to the gradients. Screenshots of application windows, which usually consist of white background with text and a few buttons generally loose little quality from being converted to 8 bpp, and if you are sending several screenshots over e-mail it can make a difference if they are 1 mb each, or 200 k smiley.
110  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 26, 2014, 03:16:50 AM
If the size of the image file matters, it can be a good idea to use one of the many png optimizers available. Here is an example to illustrate this:

Saved as 24 bpp png from SSC, 240k:

[attachimg=1]

Optimized version, 149k:

[attachimg=2]

Saved as 8 bpp png from SSC, 72k:

[attachimg=3]

Optimized version (note that it also has better colors), 32k:

[attachimg=4]
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DeskRule: A new kind of desktop search engine is born (ß testers wanted) on: February 23, 2014, 05:02:59 PM
It's an interesting idea.

I have to say though, in situations where I need to search on more specific metadata than what the filesystem offers, I often have domain-specific software that handles this better.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Old Rubik's Cube book rediscovered via the Internet. I love you Internet. on: February 20, 2014, 02:24:25 AM
I also had one of those books as a kid, never really managed to get any good at solving the cube back then though. It's quite annoying that it's so much harder to solve by actually thinking about what to do, compared to just blindly applying some simple systematic rules embarassed.

A couple of years ago I revisited it because our son found a cube, so I google'd a bit and ended up using Tyson Mao's beginner method (video). It's not the fastest way to do it by far, but I found it fairly easy to follow, and the moves you need have a certain rhythm to them that somehow made them easier to remember for me, and it does let you comfortably solve any cube in under two minutes without really thinking much about what you're doing.
113  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: February 18, 2014, 09:43:08 AM
the flickering of the progress text

Hmm, do elaborate. What is flickering exactly?

In the update dialog, after pressing update, there is a line that shows progress while downloading, saving and verifying the package. This line of text flickers like it is being erased and then redrawn each time it updates. When it gets to applying the update, the rest of it is smooth.

I've repeated downgrading to beta 52 and upgrading to beta 60 a couple of times and it's consistent.
114  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: February 18, 2014, 04:52:51 AM
Nice Thmbsup.

The only thing I can point my finger at is the flickering of the progress text while it is updating.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What Google Plus is all about on: February 18, 2014, 02:23:00 AM
Google [replace with Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, or your preferred corporate villain/hero] is not your enemy. They are also not your friend. "They" are, technically speaking, not even a they but rather an it, and it is a corporation.

You forget that at your own peril.

+1
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 16, 2014, 02:15:23 PM
I don't know, perhaps John Gruber has a point in saying that Windows 8 comes from their desire to try to have the same interface on all devices in the hope that that interface will be Windows. But phones and desktop computers are not the same, and are not used for the same things, so the same interface will not work.
117  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: My Initial Impressions of The Elder Scrolls Online on: February 16, 2014, 02:08:11 PM
Did they lift the NDA?

Edit: Seems so: http://elderscrollsonline...5/the-beta-nda-has-lifted

Thmbsup
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What Google Plus is all about on: February 15, 2014, 01:41:02 PM
Quote
Google Plus, the company’s social network, is like a ghost town

First sentence being false makes me not want to read the rest. I have only ~200 friends and member of a handful of communities and there is lots going on.

My personal experience is also that there is a lot going on. So much in fact, I should probably turn down the volume of some of my circles, because I can't keep up.

I think if you include the rest of the paragraph, he perhaps does make some sense:

Quote
Google Plus, the company’s social network, is like a ghost town. Want to see your old roommate’s baby or post your vacation status? Chances are, you’ll use Facebook instead.

The thing is, I find these kind of facebook updates (which is all I am seing on facebook) to be horrible. On G+ I have found new and engaging people and content, on facebook I have found duckface selfies and "Took the kids to socker practice" posts.

But I know a lot of people are interested in the stuff that facebook offers them, and those people will stick to it, and to them G+ could seem like a "ghost town", in the sense that their family and friends aren't there (yet).
119  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Binary Search Tree help on: February 13, 2014, 03:40:27 AM
A static variable should work as well, you just have to remember that it is initialized at program start, so you will need some way to reset it between uses.

You could also pass and return an int that contains the total number of integers printed so far.

But this being C++, perhaps a better solution would be to create a little helper class, which wraps an ostream, and then pass it to your function. This way, you have removed the details of how the numbers are printed from the traversal, and you can reuse it if you have to print the tree in some other order as well.

120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: hubiC, DropBox like service with interesting pricing on: February 09, 2014, 02:31:00 AM
Redundant storage does not provide privacy, but secure data does not only mean private data.

Also, it could be a plus to some people that the servers are not located in the US.

I don't know if this one is going to be useful, but for unimportant data, 25 GB of free storage is welcome.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: hubiC, DropBox like service with interesting pricing on: February 07, 2014, 09:46:08 AM
Don't think so, but you can save the PDF and then upload it to Google Translate.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / hubiC, DropBox like service with interesting pricing on: February 07, 2014, 05:09:43 AM
Via HN, hubiC is what looks like a DropBox like service at a fraction of the cost.

I hope some competition in this market will bring the prices down Thmbsup.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes is moving away from lifetime licenses on: February 06, 2014, 09:03:11 AM
Maybe uninstall/reinstall is needed?

Looks like it, plus some rebooting, if you read for instance this forum post:

https://forums.malwarebyt...index.php?showtopic=63720
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes is moving away from lifetime licenses on: February 06, 2014, 02:36:39 AM
Thank you for the heads up indeed Thmbsup.

And I agree, this is a nice way to handle it (unlike some we've seen recently).
125  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Koding.com and the great 100TB giveaway on: January 31, 2014, 08:34:40 AM
Not quite sure what I am going to use it for, but I signed up and gave one of you some extra space anyway Grin.
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