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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Multiple copies of the same file renamed on: April 26, 2015, 10:09:10 AM
ctrl+C and then ctrl+V n number of times?

In Windows 8:
test Copy.pdf
test Copy (2).pdf
test Copy (3).pdf
2 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release 2.221.01 BETA - April 22, 2015 on: April 26, 2015, 09:26:37 AM
yes, all icons display correctly in small icon mode I think.
3 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release 2.221.01 BETA - April 22, 2015 on: April 25, 2015, 05:09:52 PM
Sorry for late reply mouser, very short on time. Updated feedback on v2.221.01 (win8.1 pro device with high dpi screen): in large icon mode, no icons whatsoever are shown in the result list. In small icon mode icons are shown correctly.



I use font overrides: editbox height 30, result height 20, sideline height 11. But disabling font override doesn't solve the problem with missing icons in large icon view.

How can I force small icon view?
program options > settings > display options > lower right corner: results display style

IanB/phitsc: have you tried fiddling with the font (size) override settings as a way to make text less tiny when using a high dpi screen?
4 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release 2.221.01 BETA - April 22, 2015 on: April 22, 2015, 01:25:52 AM
2.221.01 beta feedback:
Win 7 and Win 8.1: the issue with folders opening with navigation pane in Explorer is now gone  Thmbsup

Win 8.1 pro on laptop with high dpi screen:
- no icons
- aliases with browsers plus url parameter do not launch:
test | "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
test | "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
5  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 Submission: SoloCrop on: April 21, 2015, 01:29:35 PM
Updated to v150421
now only operates on images dropped on the GUI (not all in folder)
now uses prefix "crop_" (not "solocrop_")
shows previous crop rectangle in blue
hotkeys to move previous rectangle and go to next/prev file
6 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release 2.220.01 BETA - April 12, 2015 on: April 19, 2015, 12:56:07 PM
I've tried 2.220.01 beta. In Win 8.1 on a laptop with a high res screen no icons are shown in FARR. And the issue mentioned above persists: when FARR opens a folder (via alias or through regular search and match) in Explorer the left side tree view navigation pane is always shown, even if disabled and not visible when opening the same explorer folders from a link on the desktop. The navigation pane didn't show in FARR versions before the spring 2015 updates.
7 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR as bookmark manager? on: April 17, 2015, 06:43:27 AM
I like many of your ideas IanB. Let me just add that separate .url files can probably be used as building blocks. Because as long as the file starts with two lines like these
[copy or print]
it seems possible to add whatever other lines we like below that, e.g.
[copy or print]
Comment=IanB has good ideas on bookmarking
and the .url file can still be doubleclicked and the url opens in the default browser. The modified file can be dragged and dropped on a browser to open the url too (tried Firefox and Chrome).

There are no such extra fields added by Tourl but it would be simple for anyone to modify the Tourl code to do that. Some other indexing tool could then be made to regularly update a database by parsing such .url files.

One thing I find handy with separate .url files is that if you have a project folder on the harddrive with some files (txt, pdf, doc and so on) you can also put some important links as .url in the same folder and get a visible overview of all components as you browse the folder.
8 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR as bookmark manager? on: April 13, 2015, 01:56:40 PM
You could save bookmarks as .url files on your computer and put tags in the url file names.
FARR and FARR aliases can then be used to search among those bookmarks.
Long ago I made the tool Tourl to do just that.

Two caveats: 1. to be able to search not only the title of the bookmarked page but also its url you need to put (parts of) the url in the filename. Tourl has hotkeys for doing that. 2. Tourl is old, maybe some parts of the code need an update to run with the latest version of Autohotkey. But you can try it out and the source is included in the download.
9 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release 2.220.01 BETA - April 12, 2015 on: April 12, 2015, 07:23:48 AM
[Feature] A new "Quick Search Words" tab in options allows you to specify quick search word replacements
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: So, what pdf reader app is your fav? on: April 12, 2015, 07:12:22 AM
Yes, Sumatra can handle all these file formats: PDF, ePub, MOBI, CHM, XPS, DjVu, CBZ, CBR
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: So, what pdf reader app is your fav? on: April 10, 2015, 03:00:23 AM
I use and swear by the Sumatra PDF viewer. Very fast. Minimal GUI.  

Curt, can you list what editing features you need? Deleting a page in a pdf can be done over command line with the free tool pdftk so autohotkey could probably be used to make a hotkey for that action.

If you don't use the editing features all the time (apart from the delete last page action) then one alternative is to use Sumatra or some such fast, minimal tool for basic viewing and keep an editor installed for use only when you need to edit. This old thread has some scripts for quick toggling a file from viewer to editor.
12 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.218.01 - Mar 25, 2015 on: April 05, 2015, 01:25:17 PM
Another small issue with the latest version (in Win 7): if I search FARR for a folder and launch it the navigation pane (right side folder tree structure) is disabled, as I want it to be and as is default on my system. But if I launch a folder from an alias with
[copy or print]
dolaunch C:\test\

then explorer opens with the navigation pane enabled. If I disable it manually and rerun the alias the pane appears again. It didn't appear in earlier versions of FARR.
13 Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Sumatra Highlight Helper on: April 01, 2015, 11:48:58 AM
Hi IanB. Yes I can see the similarity to some ideas above and what OneNote does.

But OneNote, Calibre and Qigga are as you say whole systems for noting, collecting and searching information. The aim with my helper tools here is much more modest and narrow: to enhance standalone use of pdf (and djvu) documents in Sumatra on Windows devices. So not a replacement to those systems but rather something to use alongside them. One use case is to color highlight while reading a pdf, for quick later rereading of key sections and as starting points for later note taking in external apps.

One thing I'd really like to find a way to do is to later on extract all and only the highlighted text segments from a pdf, with a page tag for each segment. To plaintext or some other structured format that can then be imported to OneNote or some such system. I haven't found a way to do that export with highlighted text in Sumatra yet though.
14 Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Sumatra Highlight Helper on: March 31, 2015, 04:04:19 PM
Thanks for brainstorming!

the earmark ... let's say I'm reading, i hit a point where i want to now flip to somewhere else for a bit and come back.  so i press some button, and that point is now saved.  But not just bookmarked (I've tried this with acrobat, it sucks).  It needs to retain the whole view...exactly where i am scroll-wise, and the zoom position, etc.  exactly the way it looked when i left.  Once i save that spot, a bright circle with a number could appear on the border or something.  Now, I flip to somewhere else.  Maybe I want to save that spot too.  So i hit the button again, and another circular symbol appears next to the other one, maybe a different color and the next number.  SO now i have to colorful circles indicating my saved spot.  i click on either of these circles and that takes me back to their positions.  but it needs to be quick, easy, etc.  don't make me write a title for each thing, etc.  make it easy to make it or remove it.
Your idea with the circle/marker on the border sounds like a digital version of those small colored sticky bookmark tabs for physical books. Neither of my two Sumatra helper tools has an always visible list of jump locations like that. Saving the entire view (zoom level, scroll position, other settings) can be challenging I think. Isn't it often good enough to highlight/mark an exact location on a page? Highlight Helper can do that.

Both Sumatra Highlight Helper and Sumatra Earmarks enable speedy page jumps already (next/prev/first/last). With Sumatra Earmarks you can also right click the upper corner square and get a visual jumplist for all earmarked pages.

One use case that Highlight Helper doesn't handle good enough yet: when the user wants to both highlight text *and* jump to/from a few locations throughout the same session. One workaround is to use one highlight color only for the jumppoints and then use the color filter jump hotkeys. But I think some temporary jump location hotkeys would be better.

The other thing is the visual awareness of where i am in the book position.  When you read a book, there's this visual satisfaction as you go through it where the thickness of pages starts accumulating on the left.  ... we have page numbers like 121/315.  But it's not the same, it's not visual.  of course, there are those scrollbars that fill up as you read along, that's visual.  But somehow, it's not very satisfying.
I've also always liked that when reading physical books. Especially when plowing through a thicker book like a novel there is this satisfactory tactile feedback as the story is progressing. And it simply feels nice to riffle through the page edges with your thumb sometimes. I can't think of any good way to emulate that feel digitally today.

Some attempts to transfer a book like appearance instead feel cheesy and annoying, like all page flipping animations and page flipping sounds I've encountered. They feel even cheesier now when many other applications go for a flatter GUI design.

One possibility: pdf files can have a table of contents bookmarks structure that Sumatra displays in a sidebar to the left. The current section is highlighted there. That is already a form of visual position orientation. Maybe it would be possible to color text there or add some other visual markings.

as you flip around, it would also be nice if the program automaically remembered the places you are jumping from.  Like an automatic bookmarking history.  so if i flip around a few times, it has a convenient list somewhere where it shows where i left off.  But the key thing here is that it saves the entire view, not just a simple bookmark.  it really needs to look like exactly how it was when i left.
We could have a script save a "browser history" trail of displayed pages for each pdf document. In Sumatra there are already previous/next buttons (and hotkeys alt+left/right) for jumping in that trail.
15 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.217.01 - Mar 20, 2015 on: March 23, 2015, 02:36:44 AM
We might want to split this post off and put it in it's own thread for others to find more easily.
Good idea. I'll try to expand this more to a template of sorts with more sample code and then give it a separate post.
16 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.217.01 - Mar 20, 2015 on: March 22, 2015, 06:12:17 PM
mouser: I worked around the issue anyway. It was a fscript plugin for browsing/filtering some set of files through a html thumbnail grid (a more generic spinoff of the Album Displayer plugin I did way back). Maybe I used an outdated fscript version, not sure.

I realized I could skip the fscript/plugin part and only use an alias with "dolaunch" and "showfilehtml" commands and variables. The rest can be done in the .html file with javascript and an imported index file made manually or through autohotkey or some such tool. A key step is that the showfilehtml command can pass parameters from FARR to the html javascript code when the html is loaded. Since the FARR .chm manual (I think) doesn't explicitly describe that possibility I'll post here a general sketch on how to do it for anyone else who might want to try something like that.

First create a FARR alias with these details:
name: test
regular expression pattern:
[copy or print]
^test (.+)$
[copy or print]
test | dolaunch showfilehtml C:\folder\test.html?$$1
The dolaunch command means that the html will be loaded immediately each time the FARR inputbox string is updated and matches the alias pattern.

Next create C:\folder\test.html with this content
[copy or print]
var loc = String(window.location);
var pos = loc.indexOf("?")+1;      
var searchstring = loc.substring(pos);

Now type "test hello" in FARR. The FARR results window should as you type "test h" immediately show "h" and so on. You can react to that input in any number of ways with html, javascript and the special farr:// commands that let you run stuff on the PC command line from the html/javascript.

For example the javascript code
[copy or print]
location.href = "farr://C:/folder/";
would run (open) that folder. We can similarly run programs and pass command line parameters to them.

The html/javascript file can also import some pregenerated index you have made. For example of images that represent folders, books, music albums, games or whatever files/folders you want to index and display in a filterable thumbnail grid in FARR. For example create indexfile.txt in the same folder as test.html, add this to test.html
[copy or print]
<script type="text/JavaScript" src="indexfile.txt">
and fill indexfile.txt with a comma separated array of things to index. For example:
[copy or print]
rootfolder = "C:/folder/test/";
filearray = new Array("fileone.wav", "another file.wav", "third.wav");

Next code the test.html javascript to loop over the index and filter it based on the FARR search string and show thumbnails associated with matching index items. For the above simple array example we would also need to have positioned and named thumbnail files on the harddrive in a consistent relation to the items in the index. For example give each thumbnail the same non-extension name and folder as a file item in the index ( "fileone.jpg" and so on). Or if you index folders put an image named "thumb.jpg" in the root of each folder in the index. The javascript code can then for each item figure out its thumbnail file path and render the thumbnail image as a hyperlink that on click runs farr:// commands that runs/opens the file/folder .

Alternatively make a more complex index array that pairs each thing (file or folder) you may want to trigger from a thumbnail grid in FARR to the full path of its special thumbnail file.

The index would in all these cases need to be updated manually or through a separate script, unlike with regular FARR searches. But if the files/folders to be indexed don't change name/location very often a small indexing script that runs at boot or every nth hour may be good enough.
17 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.217.01 - Mar 20, 2015 on: March 21, 2015, 05:42:23 AM
No issue in the portable version. The problem is caused by an unreleased plugin I've made. When I remove that folder from C:\Program Files (x86)\FindAndRunRobot\Plugins\ and restart the error goes away. I'll troubleshoot that plugin on my own a bit.
18 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Custom alias icon issue Win7 on: March 21, 2015, 05:22:38 AM
Yes, checked that. Icons display all right in Explorer. But no biggie. Unless anyone else runs into this too it is probably due to some quirk in my soon replaced system.
19 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.217.01 - Mar 20, 2015 on: March 21, 2015, 03:40:11 AM
However: beta crashes for me when I do rplugins, "exception error EAccessViolation"
20 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Custom alias icon issue Win7 on: March 21, 2015, 03:33:47 AM
Same problem with latest beta. And with all cpanel icons. All I get is the same placeholder icon for .ico files from my imageviewer. I'll transition that computer to Win 10 before long though so the problem might go away by itself so to speak.
21 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.217.01 - Mar 20, 2015 on: March 21, 2015, 03:16:36 AM
New FARR release, this is great!
22 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Custom alias icon issue Win7 on: March 20, 2015, 04:28:26 PM
You mean like this?
Formatted for Generic Code with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. test | C:\test.txt /icon=C:\folder\test.ico
No same problem then.
23 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: request: allow FARR searches with options open on: March 20, 2015, 04:03:42 PM
Ok, makes sense in a way. And I discovered a workaround anyhow: we can edit myaliases.alias in notepad while FARR runs and then apply the saved changes by typing the "rplugins" command or restarting FARR. Of course I immediately made an alias for quick opening of myaliases in notepad.  cheesy
24 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: LATEST MiniCap VERSION INFO THREAD - v1.31.01 - Aug 17, 2014 on: March 20, 2015, 03:22:02 PM
The beta fixed the issue, great!  thumbs up
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: March 16, 2015, 01:04:03 AM
Sony seem to want to distinguish ebook readers and the ebook market strongly from the Digital Paper, pitched as a pdf reader tool for organizations. But the price is insane. I wonder what the material production cost is for the bare screen.
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