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151  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: N.A.N.Y 2013 Submission - BookCrop on: December 22, 2012, 11:45:14 AM
I'm glad you have use for it!  smiley

You can uncheck "show on startup" in side panel settings. Once the side panel is open you can close it by clicking the "?" again or pressing "esc" or "tab".

Readjusting as in drag and drop of a drawn rectangle doesn't work. But you can simply draw a new rectangle and the old one is replaced.
152  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: N.A.N.Y 2013 Submission - BookCrop on: December 22, 2012, 05:43:43 AM
Hi akinomento,

For BookCrop to work you also need to install GraphicsMagick (using the installer, install it to whatever folder you want) and to download and place Jpegtran.exe (no installation needed) in the same folder as BookCrop. See under "installation" in the original post above for links or click the "?" in the lower corner inside BookCrop and you'll find the links there too.

There is no quality loss. Jpegtran does lossless jpg cropping.
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video rant against Windows 8 on: December 21, 2012, 02:37:17 PM
Beneath the hood it's quite nice. I don't even have a problem with a flat look. (I actually prefer it. All my personal Nix boxes are set up with minimalist themes and flat icons.)

Just give us the option to permanently disable Metro - and ditch all the cloud nonsense they try to steer you into during the installation - and I'd recommend it without hesitation.
Yeah, the flat more minimal look is great, functional. If Metro was removed then it would basically be Win7 plus. I wish Microsoft would have taken the boatload of money likely spent on Metro and instead given it all to... Mouser! MS should have simply brought in FARR and used it as start menu replacement.
154  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video rant against Windows 8 on: December 21, 2012, 01:15:04 PM
I like the energy in that video cheesy

That said, I still feel that a well designed service pack could do wonders for Win 8. If they put options to effectively disable the Metro stuff I'd probably go for it.
155  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: N.A.N.Y 2013 Submission - BookCrop on: December 09, 2012, 01:50:59 PM
Phil, use the installer and install to any folder you want. BookCrop then reads the GraphicsMagick binary path from the registry. But jpegtran.exe on the other hand must be manually placed in the BookCrop folder. I will clarify that in the OP.
156  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / N.A.N.Y 2013 Submission - BookCrop on: December 08, 2012, 12:51:06 PM
NANY 2013 Entry Information

Application Name BookCrop
Short Description BookCrop quickly batch crops many jpeg photos of book pages
Supported OSes tested in Win7
Web Page http://nod5.dcmembers.com/bookcrop.html
Download Link http://nod5.dcmembers.com/downloads/bookcrop.zip
Author nod5
Description1. Drag and drop a folder of jpeg or tif images.
2. BookCrop overlays them all into one preview.
3. Draw a rectangle and click "crop" to lossless crop all images.
(4. or Ctrl+draw another rectangle to the right of the first to crop split each image to two files)
Use BookCrop on folders with right and left pages before ScanTailor when book scanning.
BookCrop is like Briss but for jpeg files.
See the application web page for more details and usage tips.
Screenshots[attachthumb=3][attachthumb=1][attachthumb=2]
InstallationUnzip BookCrop.
Download and install the latest GraphicsMagick (Q8 version is faster) to any folder, BookCrop automatically finds it.
Download libjpeg-turbo-1.3.0-gcc.exe (for 64bit get gcc64.exe) or newer and unzip the exe (with 7-zip) and browse to the \bin subfolder and copy jpegtran.exe and libjpeg-62.dll and place next to BookCrop.exe
Run BookCrop.exe
UninstallationDelete the BookCrop application folder.
Help me out with this:
- test it in Win xp, Vista and Win7 32bit
- let me know if you find any bugs

added updates:
- preview height now adapts to screen height.
- new option: crop to subfolder (keep originals).

edit 2013-06-22: updated the instruction above to fit new files and features
edit 2014-11-14: updated version with split batch job (left right) and rotation
157  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 09, 2012, 11:22:47 AM
I just want to keep Win7 because I have some unsupported old software that already has trouble running on Win7, so I'd imagine it's unlikely those software would suddenly run better on Win8...
What software? Maybe someone here is familiar with it and can say if it works on Windows 8. I have so far only tried Windows 8 in virtualization but everything I've tried to installed has worked fine.
158  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: [DONE] lightweight pdf viewer and editor on: November 08, 2012, 09:27:55 AM
Extremely useful, since Sumatra doesn't lock in .pdf files, allowing editing and viewing at the same time.
Nice! I just tested it with a pdf in Sumatra and editor side by side. And indeed as soon as changes are saved in the editor they immediately appear in Sumatra. If some pdf editor can be set to autosave on any change then we could have real-time updates in Sumatra.
159  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: [DONE] lightweight pdf viewer and editor on: November 07, 2012, 03:30:11 PM
Try this tomos (I have tested it in Acrobat but not Acrobat Reader)
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#IfWinActive, ahk_class AcrobatSDIWindow
F12::
send ^d  ;open file properties
winwaitactive, Document Properties
ControlGetText, xname, Static2, Document Properties
ControlGetText, xpath, Static18, Document Properties
send {esc}
ifexist %xpath%%xname%
 run [full path to pdf-xchange here] "%xpath%%xname%"
return
#IfWinActive
If it doesn't work, open Document Properties in Acrobat Reader and also open AU3_Spy that comes with Autohotkey. Hold the mouse over the filename in the properties window and check the ClassNN value in AU3_Spy. Replace Static2 above with that value. Repeat for the file path part of the properties window.
160  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: [DONE] lightweight pdf viewer and editor on: November 05, 2012, 04:00:10 PM
Glad you like it. I updated the code with a small improvement.
161  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: [DONE] lightweight pdf viewer and editor on: November 05, 2012, 01:16:31 PM
I think this Autohotkey script will do what you want. Run it and then press F4 (or change it to some other hotkey) when Sumaptra is active to open the same document in nitro. You only need to change [path_to_nitro_folder] to whatever folder you have nitropdf installed in.
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#IfWinActive, ahk_class SUMATRA_PDF_FRAME
F4::
clipsave := ClipBoardAll
clipboard =
send ^d  ;open file properties
winwaitactive, Document Properties
send ^c  ;copy properties
clipwait
send {esc}
RegExMatch(clipboard, "U)File: (.*\.pdf)\R",xpath)  ;put pdf file path in variable
if xpath1 !=
 run [path_to_nitro_folder]\NitroPDF.exe "%xpath1%"
clipboard := clipsave
return
#IfWinActive
edit: fixed regex code and made run conditional on finding a matching pdf file (not epub or any other file type that Sumatra also supports)
162  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Neowin reviews Windows 8 - Leave your pre-conceived notions at the door on: October 24, 2012, 12:32:55 PM
That was the most informative Win8 review so far. Most of the new start screen stuff seems possible to skip so no problem there (why would anyone want such a thing where there is FARR? smiley ).

 I'm more worried about the Ribbonization of the GUI. Has that been shown possible to disable?
163  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... RAMdisk opinions on: September 24, 2012, 01:53:30 PM
For Windows 7 I recommend ImDisk. It is free and just works.
http://www.ltr-data.se/opencode.html/#ImDisk 
164  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Do copy acceleration utilities actually lower file transfer speeds?" on: August 18, 2012, 05:04:53 AM
Ok, but doing a SHA1 check on a 150 MB file takes about 0,3 seconds on my system. So a bit over 0,6 seconds for a hash comparison. That is not so bad, especially compared to how Explorer works now, requestion user attention and delaying the file transfer with a popup window with a lot of text.
165  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Do copy acceleration utilities actually lower file transfer speeds?" on: August 13, 2012, 03:50:05 PM
A smarter file manager would do a file hash comparison and skip copying that file if the hashes match, all in the background.
That would be pretty disastrous speed-wise - definitely not something you want for a general file-copying routine smiley
I think it could be designed to avoid speed-problems in many use cases. First, the hashing would only be done for identical file names in source and target folder. Second, the user could configure how large files to do the automatic hash check for, depending on system speed and user preference. For example if the operation only ran for same named files under 100 Megabytes in size then would there really be any problematic slowdown on computer with a newish CPU? If you are copying thousands of files with name conflicts then yes, delays will add up. But a smart file manager could also calculate the total number of such conflicts prior to operation and, if the number reaches some upper limit, skip auto hashing and display the regular interaction popups (including the checkbox labelled something like "do this action for all similar files"). So smartly designed it could avoid the possible slow-down cases and still save the user time and attention in all other cases.
166  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Do copy acceleration utilities actually lower file transfer speeds?" on: August 12, 2012, 04:44:17 AM
file copying in Explorer in Windows 7 is sometimes slowed down by having to deal with dialogs like this
[attachimg=1]
It is sometimes useful but I dislike that it pops up even for files that are exact copies. A smarter file manager would do a file hash comparison and skip copying that file if the hashes match, all in the background.
167  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / ScanTailor_multi_core on: July 25, 2012, 02:09:02 PM
ScanTailor_multi_core
[attachimg=1]

Processes step 6 in ScanTailor  two or four times faster via multiple instances on a dual/quad core CPU system.

Made in Autohotkey by nod5 as free software (GPL3).

More details and download
168  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Launch Everything from FARR as non-admin with UAC on but no prompt on: July 22, 2012, 12:07:52 PM
I've long used the following alias to quickly transfer a search phrase in FARR to an Everything window.
Regular expression pattern box:
Quote
^(.*)\s\s$
Results box:
Quote
dolaunch C:\Program files\Everything\Everything.exe -search "$$1"

Very handy as you can first search with FARR and, if what you're looking for isn't found in a second or two, just tap space space.  It works when UAC is disabled in Win 7. But with UAC on you get into a dilemma:
If FARR runs as non-admin then UAC prompts you for admin privileges on every Everything launch.
If FARR runs as admin then there's no prompt but instead other problems. E.g. if FARR run as admin launches notepad++ then you can't drop a textfile from Explorer (non-admin) into the notepad++ window (admin).

Here is a workaround that lets you launch Everything with a search parameter from FARR as non-admin with UAC and still get no prompt from UAC. It requires Autohotkey and the Win 7 Task Scheduler.

1. make authotkey scripts
Save as ev.ahk
Quote
Run %A_ProgramFiles%\Everything\Everything.exe -search "%clipboard%"
Save as ev2.ahk
Quote
Run schtasks.exe /run /TN "ev",,hide
Right click each script and compile. You get ev.exe and ev2.exe .
Choose a folder to keep ev.exe and ev2.exe in. For example C:\test\

2. Create a Task
Task Scheduler > Create Task
Set Name: ev
Check this box: Run with highest privileges
Goto Actions tab > New > C:\test\ev.exe  
(Note: change path to where you put ev.exe and ev2.exe )
Click OK

3. make a new FARR alias
Alias text: whatever you want
Regular expression pattern:
Quote
^(.*)\s\s$
Results:
Quote
dolaunch copyclip $$1 ;;; C:\test\ev2.exe
(Note: change path to where you put ev.exe and ev2.exe )

Done!  smiley When you now search FARR for "beatles" and add two spaces ("beatles  ") the Everything window will pop up and do a search for "beatles".

References:
- Various posts discuss related issues - search for UAC in the FARR subform
- http://www.techrepublic.c...ithout-the-uac-prompt/730
169  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Use AutoHotkey to add button to existing window? on: June 11, 2012, 02:11:11 PM
You could create a gui with buttons and then use timer commands to make it always float over the same part of the underlying application. For example, the button could always float to the right of the text "calculator" in the calc.exe titlebar. The button might lag behind a little if you drag the window though.

Another alternative: If the application has controls that AHK can operate on then you can likely also relabel and reuse buttons from the GUI. Start calc.exe and then run this test code. It hides the "sinh" button, relabels "cosh" to ":-)" and takes control over what action to do when you click ":-)", for example show the text "hello world" in a tooltip. edit: though this disables click+drag within the calc window. A better alternative might be to use middle mouse button ( Mbutton ) since click + drag is less commonly used. Then you can keep the native left click functionality of the button.
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Control, Hide,,Button37, ahk_class CalcFrame
ControlSetText, Button38,:-), ahk_class CalcFrame

#IfWinActive, ahk_class CalcFrame
LButton::
WinGet, x, ID, ahk_class CalcFrame
MouseGetPos,,, xwin, xcontrol
if ( x == xwin AND xcontrol = "Button38")
ToolTip, hello world
else
 Click
return
#IfWinActive
170  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.107.04 beta - Sep 23, 2012 on: April 18, 2012, 03:43:47 PM
Thanks for control+enter to launch and stay open. Very useful. Thmbsup

When randomly testing it out I ran into a problem launching only one of the test files. Turned out the issue was caused by the file name ending with a space i.e. this bug http://www.donationcoder....index.php?topic=24037.msg . Not sure if that issue has hung around or reappeared but it is here now.
171  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Happy B-Day FARR on: March 19, 2012, 05:23:07 PM
Cheers for FARR!  smiley
172  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / dolaunch, dosearch and search folder combination alias trouble on: December 16, 2011, 01:33:50 PM
Minor issue. I often use FARR to pass searches to Everything through an alias like this:
Quote
^(.*)\s\s$
Everything Search: $$1 | dolaunch C:\Program Files\Everything\Everything.exe -search "$$1"
That most often works great. But sometimes I start a FARR search using another alias with a search folders parameter, like so:
Quote
^(?:te|tes|test) (.*)
test $$1 | dosearch +test_modifier $$1

When I first type "test NNNNN" the second alias runs. If I then double tab space ("test NNNNN  ") the first alias runs. But FARR doesn't pass "test NNNNN" to Everything. It passes "+test_modifier NNNNN". Can I tweak the aliases to in such a case pass the exact phrase in the inputbox?
173  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Win7 -- to x64 or not to x64, that is the question on: December 16, 2011, 02:21:02 AM
A HP laserjet 1000, connected to a single computer. I've searched but found no Win7 x64 driver only workarounds using a 2nd networked computer. Anyway, no-thrills laser printers are very inexpensive nowadays so I'll get a new one when the toner runs dry.
174  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Win7 -- to x64 or not to x64, that is the question on: December 15, 2011, 02:28:10 PM
Thanks all, I ran the suggested windows upgrade adviser tool and things are looking much better than expected. Most detected devices are reported compatible one way or the other. A laser printer is the biggest problem device so far. But the toner is running low so I might just get a new one. My transition fears are dwindling thanks to the feedback and  "never look back, never look back" chants here. cheesy
175  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: suggestion/Wish minimal gui on: December 15, 2011, 12:58:16 PM
For further minimalism check out the slenderFARR skin and this autohotkey script: http://www.donationcoder....=7949.msg172845#msg172845
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