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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: IDEA: a software that makes normal windows apps more touch friendly. on: September 30, 2014, 01:15:55 AM
The problem when you are using windows in desktop mode with a touch interface, is basically the size of the touchable things.
Yes indeed!

Some suggestions:

1. tweak the high DPI scaling settings.

2. Get Microsoft's Sysinternals application ZoomIt, set a hotkey for LiveZoom mode, make an autohotkey script to send that hotkey and finally make a shortcut to the script in the taskbar and on the desktop. Click the shortcut to toggle zoom on off. If you have any hardware buttons on the tablet (volume, lock mode, ...) that autohotkey can handle then consider triggering this toggle with them. It is easy to change volume in Win8 with touch through the charms bar anyway. Use this to zoom in and click on tiny things and then zoom back out. The autohotkey script could even be made to autozoom out after a few seconds to avoid having to click the shortcut again.

3. The above works ok I think but what is really missing is customizable gestures that can be tied to autohotkey. With that we could do almost anything. For example a triple finger swipe could zoom in/out. I've seen no solution for autohotkey for that. There are some post in the ahkscript forums talking about it but no developers there appears to be working on it. There is GamePlay from Gestureworks, https://gameplay.gestureworks.com/how-it-works , that I haven't tried. But they do custom buttons and only for specific applications/games AFAICT. If a few always on top buttons could be made to do the same operations on all windows í.e. toogle zoom in/out then that would be almost as good as custom gestures. I think there would be huge demand for a tool that simply delivers a few global swipe gestures that can trigger whatever code one wants.

I'm very glad you started this thread superboyac as it got me googling some more. I found TouchMe Gesture Studio http://www.yasharbahman.c...p/touchme-gesture-studio/ (app in Win app store, free trial). It sets up global gesture hotkeys! Since it can make a gesture like three finger swipe send a keyboard sequence we can use it to trigger autohotkey hotkeys. Which means we can make gestures that do almost anything smiley I'll try it some more and post back here if I run into any drawbacks.

Ok, tried it some more and got to say: TouchMe is AWESOME! Microsoft should have paid the Minecraft money to the dev of this app instead cheesy
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: September 03, 2014, 06:52:51 AM
I'm sorry Saffron and I'm sorry Mouser! I really like the photo with Saffron and the "aubergine cup" for some reason. Because it doesn't look like just any old cup, it stands out? Just like animals are not all alike. You know I've heard people (not here!) go into "it was just an animal" kind of thinking and talking when the worst happens. Downplaying the terribleness. It hurts me especially when parents try to console children that way. The animals people share life with are individuals with their own personalities and quirks and likes and dislikes.
3  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / alias syntax: any way to pad with blank lines? on: August 23, 2014, 03:42:23 AM
A very minor question/request: I have set FARR to display large icons and paths in the result list. Is there some alias syntax to, with the mentioned settings intact, pad the results list with blank lines? I've tried
[copy or print]
| /all_white.ico
but that displays "/all_white.ico" as path. Putting only
on a line makes an icon appear.

4  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: regular expressions 101 on: August 21, 2014, 04:30:26 PM
Nice find! Let me regexpress my gratitude to phitsc for posting about it.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Bleep… Bittorrent unveils serverless & encrypted chat client on: August 15, 2014, 04:53:37 PM
Yeah Bittorrent Sync is great. Very simple to use compared to fiddling with a ftp server/client setup. And who knows maybe they have some solution to the question I posed. But it puzzles me that articles I've read on it doesn't ask about that, for example the MIT Review article "Sync Your Files without Trusting the Cloud".
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Bleep… Bittorrent unveils serverless & encrypted chat client on: August 15, 2014, 03:40:31 AM
Yeah, but how does the client know who to communicate your IP address to?
... like a torrent. There are trackers that know the locations of peers holding data. But they don't know what the content of the data is. And when the actual data of a message gets transferred, it's done peer-to-peer so there's no metadata passing through a central server where it can be easily intercepted. ... actual communication takes place directly between the parties themselves.
Are those trackers run by Bittorrent Inc?

BTW does the peer matching for Bittorrent Sync work the same way? Some write ups claim that Bittorrent Sync is more secure than Dropbox since the data isn't cloud stored. But if the client matching happens in the cloud a powerful agency could require the cloud operator to hand over the secret key and then use the key to access the Sync folder directly on the client. Likewise a malicious employee who previously would try to circumvent company security to access a client data item would now instead try to circumvent company security to get the client's secret key and with it get the data directly from the client. Bittorrent saves money on not having to host and transfer the data and client may see higher speeds. But is it in practice any more secure than Dropbox style services?
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Everything Search Engine: tips, tricks, ideas and code for poweruse on: August 12, 2014, 08:10:30 AM
I actually try to tag all my saved photos. I use a custom ahk tool to tag many files quickly. I might release it as my N.A.N.Y. submission this year.

I don't use Picasa, IPTC is metadata (not in the file name) right? Do you have some way to first IPTC tag in Picasa and then convert those tags to filename tags?
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Everything Search Engine: tips, tricks, ideas and code for poweruse on: August 12, 2014, 04:42:53 AM
Glad you like it. I should have added that this way of browsing/displaying images from many different folders is especially useful for those who do tagging in file names. Search Everything for ".jpg panda", all panda photos ever saved and tagged with panda in the name are listed, select all and run the hotkey to start browsing/displaying them all.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Portable alternative for Cathy (cataloging freeware) that runs on Win7 64 bit? on: August 10, 2014, 05:05:59 PM
Everything now has support for File Lists. I haven't really tried that feature yet but from what I can grasp so far it could be used as a disc cataloger.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Append audio to video - command line on: August 10, 2014, 04:40:05 PM
Try this ffmpeg method:
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ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -i audio.mp3 -map 0:v -map 1:a -codec copy -shortest out.mp4

Edit: Afterwards realized you wrote "append". If you by that meant "add an audio track to play in parallel with the video" then the ffmpeg code should work. But not if you meant concatenation (first video, then afterwards some audio).
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Everything Search Engine: tips, tricks, ideas and code for poweruse on: August 08, 2014, 01:48:10 PM
The Everything Search Engine updated to version, after a steady stream of updates this summer.

As many here already know Everything very quickly searches through lots of file and folder names on NTFS hard drive. Great to instantly find that particular file you're looking for but forgot where you put. Together FARR and Everything make up a devastatingly dynamic file detection duo.  Grin

Let this be an open thread for tips, tricks, ideas and code for poweruse of Everything. I'll start.

1. In this post I showed how to quickly pass searches from FARR to Everything

2. I made an autohotkey script to quickly display and browse through all and only the images selected in Everything results, even when those images are from different folders.
Formatted for Autohotkey with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  2. GroupAdd,xwin,ahk_exe MaxView.exe
  3. GroupAdd,xwin,ahk_exe i_view32.exe
  4. GroupAdd,xwin,ahk_exe JPEGView.exe
  6. #IfWinActive, ahk_class EVERYTHING
  7. F4::
  8. clipsaved := ClipboardAll  
  9. send ^c
  10. clipboard := clipsaved
  11. clipsaved =
  13. arr := {}
  14. Loop, Parse, x, `n, `r
  15. {
  16. if xext in jpg,jpeg,tif,png,gif
  17. arr.Insert(A_LoopField)
  18. }
  19. x = 0
  20. gosub showfirst
  22. #IfWinActive ahk_group xwin
  23. #Right::
  24. #Left::
  25. showfirst:
  26. if (arr.MaxIndex()<1)or(x==arr.MaxIndex() and A_ThisHotkey=="#Right")or(x==1 and A_ThisHotkey=="#Left")
  27. x += A_ThisHotkey == "#Left" ? -1 : 1
  28. do := arr[x]
  29. Run %do%
If you have autohotkey installed you can run the attached .ahk file. Else run Everything_view_images.exe in the attached zip file (md5 hash c9bde6b19168c7c0593035b435b5c862 ). Next search with Everything and select some image files. Press F4. The first image will open in your default viewer. Next press win+right and win+left to display the next/previous of the selected images. The code should work if your default image viewer is MaxView or JPEGView or IrfanView and the viewer is set to "single instance" mode.
Want to change the hotkey? Edit line 10.
Want to try it with some other default viewer? Edit the filename on line 5 to that of your viewer's exe file.
Want to display the images in a non default viewer? Then also edit line 39 to something like
[copy or print]
Run "C:\Program Files\IrFanView\i_view32.exe" "%do%"
but with the application path for the preferred viewer.

3. The same approach as above could be used to do other quick operations on Everything results. For example a script that does GREP searches on the content of all selected files using a tool like Silver Searcher and list all detected content snippets.
12  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: help searching recipes.docx from farr? on: July 12, 2014, 05:05:29 AM
I like this idea ottenm, I hope you share whatever solution you end up with.  Thmbsup I'd like to add a third possible method: write a script that exports a link/URL to each recipe as separate .lnk files in some special folder. That is useful if you alternate between searching with FARR and some other tool like Everything, since both will find the recipe named .lnk files. I did something like that for Firefox bookmarks some years back here http://nod5.dcmembers.com/ffbookmarkunpacker.html Maybe the general approach and some code bits can be reused if you like that method.
13  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / QuickPicZone - tool to quickly make Scan Tailor picture zone on: June 25, 2014, 03:46:29 AM
I made a small, specialized tool that speeds up some manual steps when using the book scanning postprocessing software Scan Tailor Enhanced. I don't expect a boatload of users but here is a discussion/questions thread for those who find use for it or find bugs.

QuickPicZone is a helper tool for Scan Tailor Enhanced to make picture zones quickly.


How to use
1. Drag and drop a Scan Tailor black and white mode output file.tif
QPZ displays the matching file.jpg
2. Click and draw a rectangle to set a mixed mode picture zone
3. QPZ saves picture zone data to project file.jpg.scantailor
4. QPZ processes saved project file to output new .tif

Download and unzip QuickPicZone.
Requires Scan Tailor Enhanced
On first run QPZ ask you to set the path to scantailor-cli.exe

More details on the help page within the program.

Made in Autohotkey by nod5 as Free Software GPL3
Tested in Win7 x64. The zip contains binary and source.

v140624: first version
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Capslock on: May 28, 2014, 03:13:30 PM
Nice improvement eleman! I didn't think of setting the volume.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pdf tool for search and removal of batches of elements in pdf on: May 28, 2014, 07:46:00 AM
Curt, thanks for continuing to help track down the app. But it is not the pdffill tools. The program I'm looking for could remove elements (like headers with a certain text string), in contrast to adding headers/footers.
16  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Caps Lock on: May 27, 2014, 10:17:18 AM
Hi telephonics, joiwind linked to programs that do what you want. But let me reinvent the wheel here and attach a new working application. I have tested it in Windows 7.

Download CapsOnOff.exe and doubleclick to start using it. If you want CapsOnOff.exe to start automatically every time you power on Windows, make a link to it in the Startup folder. In Windows 7 press Windows > click all programs > right click the folder startup and click "open". Right click CapsOnOff.exe and click "create shortcut". Drag and drop the shortcut to the startup folder.

Here is the source code of the application (written in the autohotkey language)
[copy or print]
#SingleInstance force
KeyIsDown := GetKeyState("CapsLock", "T")
if KeyIsDown
 ComObjCreate("SAPI.SpVoice").Speak("caps on")
 ComObjCreate("SAPI.SpVoice").Speak("caps off")

And a reference on the command used is here http://www.autohotkey.com...mples-for-autohotkey-v11/
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pdf tool for search and removal of batches of elements in pdf on: May 26, 2014, 01:09:14 PM
No, the program had a GUI, unlike PDFtk Server. I earlier tried searching my posting history here for pdf something something but didn't find what I am looking for.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pdf tool for search and removal of batches of elements in pdf on: May 26, 2014, 09:33:43 AM
Thanks for suggestions, but none of them (PDFedit, A-pdf tools, pdfmagus tools). is the one I'm afraid. Any more ideas?
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / pdf tool for search and removal of batches of elements in pdf on: May 25, 2014, 04:56:35 AM
A few years back I used a small GUI pdf tool for Windows to search and remove batches of elements in pdf, for example recurring headers with a specific text string. But I don't have it anymore! What is worse, I don't remember the name of the tool. IIRC it let you load a pdf and visualised the pages with only the element boxes (it didn't render the pages like a regular pdf viewer). There was a search feature for types of elements including search for text strings. It also had a sort of tree structure to browse through.

Help me find it! Any suggestions welcome. It is not Acrobat, Briss, PDFCrop, PDFMasher  (I will keep this "rule these out" list updated)
edit: And not PDFedit, A-pdf tools, pdfmagus tools, Govert's tools, pdfscissors, PDF Mod, PoDoFo-Tools, Pdfvole.
edit2: And not pdftk server, pdffill tools or PDFCosEdit.
20  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: [Suggestion] Secondary mode with execute on first unique match on: May 14, 2014, 05:06:18 PM
Bending_Unit, here is a sample alias that let you type fff in FARR to launch firefox immediately.
Go to options > alias > alias/keywords/groups > myaliases.alias
Click add new
In the keyword/trigger field type firefox
Under Regular Expression Pattern, enter
In the results box, enter
[copy or print]
dolaunch C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe

I find aliases that use repetition of a single key quick to type and easy to memorize. If you like me want this immediate launch only for a few programs/folders then it won't take much time to set it up.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: notepad2-mod: custom code folding for txt files? on: March 07, 2014, 05:38:27 AM
I'm late on the ball with a reply but here goes: by modifying the YAML syntax in notepad2-mod you can simply use tab indentation. Write a header line without indentation, press enter, press tab, start typing. There is the fold point for you. Notepad2-mod then autoindents to the same tab level on each enter. To end the fold just start a new line without indentation. This is very easy to do and remember and avoids cluttering the text with extra tags/code. Very usful for notes that that fit well in a nested format. Fold all to get a zoomed out view. Unfold for details.
22  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: double keypress for hotkey on: March 04, 2014, 05:15:56 PM
Do you really want to spend as much as three keyboard presses each time you load FARR? I'd say it is useful enough to deserve a one press hotkey!  Grin But if you still want it a short Autohotkey script can be used to launch FARR with such custom hotkeys.

[copy or print]
if (A_TimeSincePriorHotkey < 500) and (A_PriorHotkey == A_ThisHotkey)
 send {pause}   ;the command that launches FARR
[copy or print]
if (A_TimeSincePriorHotkey < 500) and (A_PriorHotkey == A_ThisHotkey)
if triple = 1
send {pause} ;the command that launches FARR
 triple = 1
 triple = 0

If you want to use the Control key alone as a tripletap hotkey we better prevent holding down of the button for a longer time from triggering a lot of open and close actions in FARR. This seems to work.
[copy or print]
if (A_TimeSincePriorHotkey > 10) and (A_TimeSincePriorHotkey < 500) and (A_PriorHotkey == A_ThisHotkey)
if triple = 1
send {pause} ;the command that launches FARR
 triple = 1
 triple = 0
23  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: possible to re-attach 'options' to Alt-O? on: February 21, 2014, 05:06:10 AM
Go to options > hotkeys. Right click to add a new hotkey. Choose hotkey trigger, for example alt+O. In the "Text for Search Edit Box" field, enter this: gooptions

You can also make a shorter alias, which I find easier to remember compared to hotkey combinations. Create a new alias. Set the trigger text to "opt" and in the results box enter "dosearch gooptions". You can now type "opt" in FARR to immediately open the options.
24  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: LATEST MiniCap VERSION INFO THREAD - v1.28.01 - Nov 29, 2013 on: December 09, 2013, 11:57:36 AM
No need. Because I can't reproduce the problem myself now. The culprit earlier was likely something else I had running at the same time. Will post back if it happens again.
25  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: LATEST MiniCap VERSION INFO THREAD - v1.28.01 - Nov 29, 2013 on: December 05, 2013, 05:12:39 AM
Hi mouser. In v1.28 the red caption bar flickers quickly on my Win7 X64 system even when the mouse pointer does not move.
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