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6951  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: text as windows wallpaper on: November 07, 2005, 06:39:32 AM
How about this:

[copy or print]
convert -background lightblue  -fill blue  -font Calligraphic-Regular -pointsize 40 -size 800x640  -gravity Center  caption:"Dying is easy.\nComedy is Difficult.\nActor Edmond Gween\non his deathbead." caption_centered.gif
6952  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: text as windows wallpaper on: November 07, 2005, 06:18:03 AM
Mouser ...

I've been emailing with an ImageMagick guru ....

Regarding finding text sizes etc check out his webpage tutorials. When you go to the pages there are so many graphics etc. they take a while to load and the # operator isn't brilliant. Best thing is to wait for the page load to finish then click on the URL bar to go to the page again - it will redraw in the correct location.

Here is a quote form an email:

Yes, get a size my using label: with the same setting.

Or draw it on a canvas with a -box color, and trim it down to that
box color..

Both methods are detailed in
  Text to Image Handling -- Auto Sizing of Font Images

However the box method will if you look up the 'trim' offset and actual
image size results (before doing a +repage) will also let you figure
the baseline setting for that font at that size.

For example of reading 'trim' results see..
  Cutting and Bordering -- Trimming 'Noisy' Images

You draw the text at a specific point (known base line position)
with a -box setting.  You then trim and see where the box
was positioned relative to that baseline starting point.

Thanks go to Anthony Thyssen for his help. His main tutorials/examples are here
6953  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buying a new printer on: November 07, 2005, 06:02:32 AM
Canon/Pixma consumables are pretty good value compared to other inkjet manufacturers and the output is excellent.

If you want to see what they produce Canon provide a service on their website where you send them a document to print, they print it on the printer(s) you are considering and send you the printout so you can see what to expect.
6954  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted ... Photo to DVD archiving tool on: November 07, 2005, 05:57:37 AM
OK - right I'll check it out then. Did you just copy your photos to CDs/DVDs manually and then delete them from the hard disc or was it possible to do it in a more 'managed' way? Sorry but I find the unindexed 520 page manual really hard to use!

Out of curiosity how much HD disc space is taken up by the thumbnails?
6955  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted - .mov (quicktime) to swf converter ... on: November 07, 2005, 05:36:46 AM
QuickTime Pro will export files in AVI format (I think the Pro license costs $29.95) You may be able to find a cheaper or free converter to AVI.

Then CamStudio can convert AVI to SWF ... see http://www.donationcoder....rum/index.php?topic=427.0

A good conversion program is WinAVI - it converts most video formats and is quite customisable. Unfortunatley SWF isn't one of the formats supported for export (it is for import) but there is a huge range (inc. AVI) also at $29.95.

By the way - if you go for WinAVI let me know - there are some additional plugins required for some formats, and whilst the developer was helpful tracking them down they weren't obvious to find. (use the forum PM service)
6956  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted ... Photo to DVD archiving tool on: November 07, 2005, 05:21:35 AM
Thanks - IMatch looks like a really nice tool, but reading the website the one function it doesn't seem to do is archive images. All the file/media management functions appear to be aimed at importing images and viewing CD snapshots off 'offline'. You can produce CDROM based webpage-style galleries, but I can't see anything in the manual for this being automated for large collections that sprawl over multiple DVDs. In fact it suggests backing up your files separately.

What I want to do is to be able to offload all my images to DVDROM to clear space on om HardDisc (currently there is about 12Gb of data taken up with photos). But I still want those photos to be instantly accessible. Archive Creator does that - you can insert any disc in the set and see thumbnails of the entire photocollection, and will tell you which disc in the set to insert to get the original files. It just seems a little expensiive for that one function (IMatch is the same price but does a lot more).
6957  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone know how to "escape" bb codes? on: November 06, 2005, 04:56:40 PM
[   =  %5B

]   =  %5D

[Edit: I removed the actual codes - mouser]

Yeee haaaa it works Wink
6958  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: colored the window titel to recognizes the user on: November 06, 2005, 10:37:02 AM
Why not just change the Windows Colour Scheme for admin users ? Control Panel > Display > Appearance > Advanced
6959  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Some magazine subs for $2 per subscription on: November 06, 2005, 10:28:34 AM
Nice offer - guess what - US only ...
6960  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: Bug Tracker - How to Submit Bug Reports and Feature Requests on: November 06, 2005, 08:20:58 AM
Great I look forward to the integration - but do you think it should be done sooner rather than later to avoid confusion with people registering three times with different details etc. I wonder if the SMF user database could simply have the relevant info (user ID  and password would be sufficient) copied to the wiki/bug tracker DBs so that all three have the same credentials registered. If that was scripted it could be automatically updated daily using cron to allow people to at least use the same details until the proper integration is working. Just a thought.

No I wasn't thinking put all the forum buttons on top, just Track Bugs and Wiki which are unrelated to the forum and have a potential site wide  interest. If someone downloads a program and finds a bug they are more likely to post in the forum than in the Bug Tracker if they have to come to the forum in order to find the bug tracker ... if it was at the top of every page it would be linked directly from the download page which they may well have bookmarked.

IRC Chat could also go up there too (but that is probably more forum specific anyway).

It might well be worth having a 'Site Map' page on the top bar too with details of what is expected to be found/posted where to avoid duplication and scattering of material.
6961  DonationCoder.com Software / Unfinished Requests / Re: Suggestion for Skrommel on: November 06, 2005, 06:47:17 AM
true - but surely you could write an AHK script that would do it for you Wink
6962  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: Bug Tracker - UPDATED READIN PLEASE on: November 06, 2005, 06:39:41 AM
Mouser - are you working on integrating logging in between all these new features so that we only register once - and stay logged in from page to page?

Don't know whether this is possible or too time consuming to track down but you may be able to set up a new page of your own for signing up/logging in/out from the site, and then hide the routines in DMF/WIKI/Tracking a use a script from the login page to register new users and adiminister signing in and out by calling the relevant functions in all modules.

One other thought - shouldn't the new buttons be on the top bar of each page so that they are common throughout the site - rather than embedded in the forum?
6963  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: text as windows wallpaper on: November 06, 2005, 06:15:38 AM
included but you can do things  - I extruded, changed colours, lighting etc.

Have to say I need to find out how to use the web pallette as that isn't exactly how I produced it.
6964  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: Bug Tracker - UPDATED READIN PLEASE on: November 06, 2005, 06:10:34 AM
I clicked "Track Bugs" "Report Issue" sleceted Process Tamer in the list, Select Project ... and this time it works !!! Go figure ...
6965  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm not for censorship,but you'd figure google would have a filter. on: November 06, 2005, 06:06:18 AM
Eh ???? What's offensive?

I presume it is a typical political quote ...

Maybe you should turn on the naughty word blocker on this formum ...

An ISP I used to use used USENET to provide support, and they had a naughty word filter which rejected all posts that matched a naughty word. It was great 'cos you couldn't report abuse!!! It is surprising how inventive people can get with their spellings though Wink
6966  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: Bug Tracker - UPDATED READIN PLEASE on: November 06, 2005, 06:03:57 AM
Can I report a bug in the bug tracker Wink

When I try to post I get:


This account is protected. You are not allowed to access this until the account protection is lifted.

Please use the "Back" button in your web browser to return to the previous page. There you can correct whatever problems were identified in this error or select another action. You can also click an option from the menu bar to go directly to a new section.
6967  DonationCoder.com Software / Unfinished Requests / Re: Suggestion for Skrommel on: November 05, 2005, 08:52:13 PM
How about using a large HTML table? Easy to add items then.

You could use icons/text like on the desktop to get them all neat and consistent ...

Must say I like the idea of quick links from icons at the top of the page.
6968  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: text as windows wallpaper on: November 05, 2005, 08:43:32 PM
Changed it ...
6969  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: text as windows wallpaper on: November 05, 2005, 08:33:29 PM
And another ... Sorry, getting carried away  embarassed
6970  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: In-depth security study at Morgud.com on: November 05, 2005, 07:38:19 PM
Scary - but at least Microsoft seem to be doing well with their Malicious Software removal tool ...

I note thought the MS AntiSpyware,  AdAware, SbyBot Search & Destroy, PestPatrol, Webroot SpySweeper and CounterSpy all came up with no detections at all ... scary ... I use most of those.

NOD32 doesn't come out too bad though ... which is some consolation ...
6971  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: text as windows wallpaper on: November 05, 2005, 07:12:03 PM
Just found this site which may also help ... http://www.tonec.com/prod...cts/acim/samples/s19.html



Another fun tool (but not easy to automate, although I suppose you could use a macro engine to do it) is Xara3D. (Downloadable demo version here

I have been using Xara's graphics apps since long before they even though of writing for Windows (and even before they were called Xara) and they are uniformly excellent: XaraXtreme rivals Adobe Illustrator at a fraction of the cost.

Xara3D does one task really well ... it takes text and converts it into images (mainly for use on webpages), applying wonderful effects as you go (including 3D animation etc). You can export the produced graphics in all sorts of formats including animated GIFs, plain image files and even screen saver files.

Here is an example from the "Book of Corkscrews" that I knocked together in about 30 seconds ... and below that an animation based on an example from Xara ...

6972  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: text as windows wallpaper on: November 05, 2005, 05:34:39 PM
There must be a windows API call that can tell you the dimensions of a string displayed in a particular font ?? This could give you the maximum line length for one of your lines and allow you to calculate the overall dimensions of the image required to hold the multiple lines of the image. Create it and then scale it to fit the screen size and output as GIF.

As for multiple lines, I presume ImageMagick and join images, so you could just make multiple images and join them together, and then scale.

PS. If you want the binaries for windows the download link is here and you can download the source code here
6973  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: text as windows wallpaper on: November 05, 2005, 05:16:45 PM
ImageMagick command line tool ...


convert -size 320x85 xc:transparent -font Bookman-DemiItalic -pointsize 72 -draw "text 25,60 'Magick'" \
    -channel RGBA -gaussian 0x6 -fill darkred -stroke magenta -draw "text 20,55 'Magick'" fuzzy-magick.png


see here for details
6974  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: A quick, no-gui, one script holding macro recorder/player. on: November 05, 2005, 08:37:26 AM
I have tried to add the timer coding myself but I am getting really stuck on how to use arrays in AHK, and also how to distinguish between numbers and text ...

My idea was in the Record subroutine add entries to an array of the time offset from the last stored key/mouse of recording. Then in playback wait the time in the array before sending the next key.

Sounds simple enough to do but I am getting in a total knot with AHK producing 'text' instead of numbers? I tried adding code to the the tooltip and everytime I used an array the NAME of the array was displayed rather than the value ???
6975  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I did not know this,try creating a text file named con.txt on: November 05, 2005, 08:33:06 AM
Did you know that you can Open con.txt in any folder ?

Try this Open NotePad, File > Open, go to any folder on your hard disc and type con.txt in the filename field, click open ...
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