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151  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR and Indexing Option - Feedback Requested on: June 22, 2011, 06:47:46 PM
I see the integration point. The setup I have is not so new user friendly. It is more a use I've gradually morphed into while under the influence of the power of FARR  tongue

Maybe a relevant question here then is: to what degree can such integration be combined with the type of separability that I try to describe as an advantage. Could FARR add ways to easily toggle between two such very distinct modes of search, and still make the experience more integrated than popping up an external window?
152  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR and Indexing Option - Feedback Requested on: June 22, 2011, 06:21:29 PM
Hi mouser and all. Some thoughts from my usage pattern's point of view. Background: I don't use FARR and Everything wholly separately and I don't use the Everything plugin for searches inside FARR. I use FARR to launch Everything windows with the search phrase intact via an alias pattern at the end of the string in FARR: Typing "ball  " (two end spaces) pops up the Everything window with a search for "ball". Setup details for that:

regular expression pattern box:
^(.*)\s\s$
Results box:
Everything Search: $$1 | dolaunch C:\Program files\Everything\Everything.exe -search "$$1"

(There's some discussion in this old thread: http://www.donationcoder....23518.msg213412#msg213412 )

What I like about that combination: one hotkey and one inputbox to start all searches, you can modify your goal during the process and you can make use of the different advantages of the FARR window (minimalism, large font) and the Everything window (columns, lines, complex multi file handling, like copy, execute, move and delete), depending on what choice you ended up in. I find that use more intuitive, faster and less distractive.

To explain that more I need to describe how I use FARR in three basic ways:

1. launching applications and very frequently launched files. For this use I know exactly what item I'm aiming for and I know that FARR will handle it instantly. I have a set of aliases with the "dolaunch" option for even higher speed. For example typing "ff" instantly launches Firefox. The same goes for FARR plugins and aliases that do more complex things, like using google for currency translations.

2. searching for some not so commonly used file. Such files tend to be in larger folders with a lot of images or music files in my case. FARR can then take a relatively long time searching, so I type any fragments of the filename that immediately pop into my mind and then (if the file hasn't unexpectedly shown up already) doubletab space to instantly show the search results in Everything. For example "submarine mp3  " search Everything for the Beatles track "Yellow Submarine"

3. Searches that lie somewhere between the two, where I'm not in advance clear on which of the two tools will be the quickest and where the exact search goal might get more clear while I type. When testing the alternative with two hotkeys (one for FARR, one for Everything) I sometimes found my self launching Everything and immediately realized that the search really was better suited for FARR. And vice versa. Closing one and opening the other is easy and quick but there is still something subtly disruptive about it. There's a sense that a mistake was made at a step in the process. In contrast, with my preferred use I know that I can't go wrong by popping up FARR. So there's never any hesitation or sense of mistake. The very brief time it takes to enter a phrase in the FARR inputbox is often enough for my search goal to become more focused. By the end of the string I often know if Everything will be faster and, if so, doubletap space. If in doubt then I let FARR run the search for a second more. If no match then I pass it to Everything.

Example: I want to play "yellow submarine" on guitar and first load FARR with the intention to find a txt file with guitar chords for that song. I know that I keep those files in a folder with few other files and early in the FARR search cycle so it will be displayed instantly. I start typing "submar chords". But while typing the next thought strikes: I want to simultaneously view a tutorial video with a guitarist playing the song that I have. That file is in a folder with a lot more files and will be found much quicker by Everything. So I doubletap space for an Everything search on "submar chords" which then includes both "yellow submarine chords.txt" and "yellow submarine chords youtube.mp4" in its results. The nice thing is that all my typing has been made use of. So it doesn't feel like a mistake plus a new attempt. It has the feeling of one smooth flow of actions.

I've set the FARR gui to be minimal. So searches where I'm beforehand unsure if FARR will instantly find the target but where FARR does find it are also minimally obtrusive: I get a small number of results, often with the one I want at top, in a large font in a minimal, semitransparent window. In contrast, bringing up the Everything window will lines, columns menus and buttons is more visually obtrusive. I also have FARR in a fixed position so the eyes "know" where to look even before the window pops up. In contrast, I resize and move around (maximize, restore) Everything windows a lot so have no sense of where they will show up.

I prefer this combo use to using the Everything plugin for searches within FARR because I pretty often need Everything to further filter many results by clicking to change column sort etc. in ways I find the FARR window too limited to work with (I admit I haven't tested FARR's capabilities on that front in a while, since I try to its interface minimal i.e. no columns). I also sometimes have use for an Everything window open side by side with a FARR search (e.g. dragging files from FARR to copy to some folders listed by Everything.

So to end a long post: I'm not sure if and how indexing built into FARR would be of help to me and so have no clear suggestion to give for now. I'm curious what other users will request though and also very curious to hear if others share the types of search experiences I've tried to describe here.
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Not bad article on The Sins of Ubuntu on: June 10, 2011, 01:17:31 PM
Aw, you quoted me before I had time to fix the typos  embarassed cheesy
154  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Not bad article on The Sins of Ubuntu on: June 10, 2011, 01:12:19 PM
Interesting read! In the final section the author gives us a master explanation of the various problems described earlier:

"One underlying explanation ties all this together. Canonical embraces the same philosophy of product development as Microsoft. The emphasis is on introducing new features. "

I also have the impression that Ubuntu quickly adds new features, and break some old ones, in ways that can confuse users who had just gotten to grips with the old. Fosdick seems to think that the root cause is a design philosophy choice made by Canonical. But couldn't there be a deeper explanations? Maybe coders contributing to Ubuntu tend to be more motivated to work on new, cutting edge features rather than perfecting old and tried applications and solutions? Such coders themselves of course have expert knowledge on how the system works and can more easily adapt to even abrupt changes and new features.
155  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: howto+script for android phone as 5 action programmable PC remote on: March 10, 2011, 12:08:51 PM
I have now also discovered that premotedroid can show screen captures of the PC screen. So if you use it to control an audio player you can move the mouse on the phone to see the playlist window. Very useful!

ath: nice program, WinButtons! I don't think you need my autohotkey script to control WinButtons from premotedroid though. Moving the mouse to the WinButton GUI and then just clicking the buttons should be enough. But it could be smart to write an autohotkey script that locks the mouse within the screen coordinates of the WinButtons window and keeps that window active. That way, you would always have it centered in premotedroid. It would be like having the WinButtons GUI right on the phone, if the GUI is small enough to fit the phone screen.
156  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: howto+script for android phone as 5 action programmable PC remote on: March 10, 2011, 04:32:49 AM
Thanks. I thought up a possible extension too: the premotedroid app on the phone has three mouse buttons and a scroll area. The rest of the screen acts as a mouse touchpad. So mouse gesture actions could also be added. That's more complex but there is mouse gesture code on the autohotkey forums to adapt. If anyone goes for that, feel free to share the solution here.
157  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / DONE: howto+script for android phone as 5 action programmable PC remote on: March 09, 2011, 06:01:57 PM
Hi. I wasn't sure where to post this; it is mostly a howto but includes a small autohotkey script.

A process for using an android phone as a remote control for five autohotkey actions of your choice. I exemplify with remote control of the audio player Xmplay. But the autohotkey commands can be changed to whatever you want to do.

1. install premotedroid on android phone
https://market.android.co...pierre.remotedroid.client
2. install premote server on computer http://code.google.com/p/premotedroid

3. in premotedroid on phone, set up new wifi connection (enter your wifi details)

4. in xmplay > options > shortcuts, create some unusual keyboard combination shortcuts for 5 actions. For example:

(make the shortcuts global)
ctrl+alt+shift+y  -- current track - play pause
ctrl+alt+shift+u  -- change track - prev
ctrl+alt+shift+i  -- change track - next
ctrl+alt+shift+o  -- DSP - vol up
ctrl+alt+shift+p  -- DSP - vol down

5. install the scripting language autohotkey
http://www.autohotkey.com/

6. save the below code as premote.ahk (if you added other shortcuts keys in xmplay then first edit the sendinput code; see http://www.autohotkey.com/docs/commands/Send.htm ). The script, when running, "reroutes" all mouse clicks/scrolls to instead send the xmplay shortcuts keyboard combinations.
[copy or print]
LBUTTON:: sendinput !^+y ;PAUSE
MBUTTON:: sendinput !^+u ;PREV
RBUTTON:: sendinput !^+i ;NEXT
WheelDown:: sendinput !^+o ;VOL DOWN
WheelUp:: sendinput !^+p ;VOL UP
^escape:: exitapp ;control esc to exit
7. run xmplay, turn on wifi, run premotedroid server, run premote.ahk (doubleclick).

Now you can control xmplay with the mouse buttons + scrollbar in the premotedroid app on your phone (scrollbar = right edge of of the screen in premotedroid).

note: to exit script and restore standard mouse button functionality on the computer do ctrl+escape on the computer keyboard. Or ctrl+rightclick the scripts trayicon and ctrl+leftclick "exit".

edit:
For control of Xmplay you can skip step 4 (hotkey setup) by switching to the code below in step 6:
[copy or print]
LBUTTON:: PostMessage 0x41a, 80, 0,, ahk_class XMPLAY-MAIN ;PAUSE
MBUTTON:: PostMessage 0x41a, 129, 0,, ahk_class XMPLAY-MAIN ;PREV
RBUTTON:: PostMessage 0x41a, 128, 0,, ahk_class XMPLAY-MAIN ;NEXT
WheelDown:: PostMessage 0x41a, 513, 0,, ahk_class XMPLAY-MAIN ;VOL DOWN
WheelUp:: PostMessage 0x41a, 512, 0,, ahk_class XMPLAY-MAIN ;VOL UP
^escape::exitapp ;control esc to exit
LBUTTON & WheelUp:: PostMessage 0x41a, 82, 0,, ahk_class XMPLAY-MAIN ;longpress lbutton then scroll up to fast forward in track
LBUTTON & WheelDown:: PostMessage 0x41a, 83, 0,, ahk_class XMPLAY-MAIN ;longpress lbutton then scroll down to rewind in track
158  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup on: October 15, 2010, 01:04:30 PM
Impressive features! I'm using SyncBack but the deltacopy feature sounds useful so I'll test switching to this.

I only have one questions: how do you pronounce the name?  cheesy "bvackup"? "bee-vee-cup"?
159  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: INDEX/CACHE vs REALTIME on: August 20, 2010, 05:46:06 AM
One more revision: Tripletap to copy only filename(s) w/o path. Now also works on Desktop.
[copy or print]
;-- doubletap ctrl+c to copy path(s) in everything and explorer
;-- tripletap ctrl+c to copy filename(s)
#IfWinActive, ahk_class ExploreWClass
~^c::
#IfWinActive, ahk_class CabinetWClass
~^c::
#IfWinActive, ahk_class EVERYTHING
~^c::
#IfWinActive, ahk_class Progman
~^c::
if A_TimeSincePriorHotkey < 500
if A_PriorHotkey = %A_ThisHotkey% ;-- doubletap
{
clipboard = %Clipboard%

if xtriple = %A_ThisHotkey% ;-- tripletap
{
sleep 100
clipboard := RegExReplace(clipboard, "m)^.*\\(.*)$", "$1")
xtriple =
}
else
 xtriple = %A_ThisHotkey%
}
else
xtriple =
else
xtriple =
return
#IfWinActive
160  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Review/Tips: "Scanning - VueScan and Associates" Pt.I: Intro & Bookscanning on: August 14, 2010, 02:24:45 PM
Hi again brahman,
Right, I really only had OCR for keyword searches in mind but didn't make that clear. I haven't even tried using tesseract to make accurate standalone plaintext versions of scanned documents (I very seldom need that). But if/when I do I'll keep the Abby advice in mind.

I haven't tried ScanKromsator either. I went with ST since it seemed more geared for speed when processing batches of pages. I think its output (and similarly for SK from what I've read) is really, really impressive. I was blown away when I first tried ST in combination with djvulibre! The final output was very close in quality to pdfs made directly from a text file. This is one area where software and hardware seems to develop very fast now. In a world where hundreds of millions of people will over the coming years likely buy an ebook reading device/pad/thingy I guess things will just speed up even more.
161  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: --> Newsletter for August 13th, 2010 - "Heat Waving" on: August 14, 2010, 05:35:26 AM
thank you mouser!
162  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Review/Tips: "Scanning - VueScan and Associates" Pt.I: Intro & Bookscanning on: August 14, 2010, 05:29:40 AM
Fantastic review brahman!  Thmbsup

Some remarks on book/document scanning:

My experience is that scanning to 400 dpi grayscale gives near perfect, OCR'able output after postprocessing. I've found no need for higher dpi for regular black and white text documents.

ScanTailor is excellent. A support forum is here: http://www.diybookscanner...g/forum/viewforum.php?f=8 . The amazing diybookscanner.org forum is an incredible general resource on the hardware and software process of book scanning, though most hardware focus is on cool camera based DIY scanner builds. A very helpful and friendly forum.

I have made TiffDjvuOcr, a windows frontend app (for tesseract, djvulibre and imagemagick) that inputs ScanTailor processed .tiffs and outputs an OCRed djvu in one drag and drop step
http://nod5.dcmembers.com/tiffdjvuocr.html

A new, similar but more powerful linux frontend is djvubind
http://code.google.com/p/djvubind/
http://www.diybookscanner...ewtopic.php?f=3&t=521
163  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: INDEX/CACHE vs REALTIME on: July 26, 2010, 04:41:19 PM
One more (last?  smiley) revision: there's no need for separate autohotkey code for path copying in Everything and Explorer. (one could also try removing the IfWinActive parts completely. The hotkey then likely works fine in all apps that use ctrl+c to put files on the clipboard for copying. But there might be hickups in apps that use ctrl+c for something else so I'll keep the limits.)
[copy or print]
;-- doubletap ctrl+c to copy path in everything and explorer
#IfWinActive, ahk_class ExploreWClass
~^c::
#IfWinActive, ahk_class CabinetWClass
~^c::
#IfWinActive, ahk_class EVERYTHING
~^c::
if A_TimeSincePriorHotkey < 500
if A_PriorHotkey = %A_ThisHotkey%
clipboard = %Clipboard%
return
#IfWinActive
164  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: INDEX/CACHE vs REALTIME on: July 24, 2010, 12:51:05 PM
Yes, if you're putting the above into one "master script" then it might interfere with other things. You can add a #IfWinActive below the controlgettext row in my code to prevent that I think.
http://www.autohotkey.com...commands/_IfWinActive.htm

Re explorer: Explorer with tree view pane on has a different ahk_class. Could that be the problem? Try this:
[copy or print]
#IfWinActive, ahk_class CabinetWClass
~^c::
if A_TimeSincePriorHotkey < 500
if A_PriorHotkey = %A_ThisHotkey%
clipboard = %Clipboard%
return
#IfWinActive, ahk_class ExploreWClass
~^c::
if A_TimeSincePriorHotkey < 500
if A_PriorHotkey = %A_ThisHotkey%
clipboard = %Clipboard%
return
#IfWinActive
165  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: INDEX/CACHE vs REALTIME on: July 24, 2010, 05:21:25 AM
Armando, I've had that problem with Everything too but I use autohotkey (surprise, surprise!  Grin) to copy the full file path in Everything with control+shift+c:
[copy or print]
#IfWinActive, ahk_class EVERYTHING
^+c::
controlgettext, clipboard, msctls_statusbar321, ahk_class EVERYTHING
return

edit: I just thought of an alternative solution: do control+c twice rapidly
[copy or print]
#IfWinActive, ahk_class EVERYTHING
~^c::
if A_TimeSincePriorHotkey < 500
if A_PriorHotkey = %A_ThisHotkey%
controlgettext, clipboard, msctls_statusbar321, ahk_class EVERYTHING
return

edit2: just realized that that last solution works just as well for windows explorer - yay!
[copy or print]
#IfWinActive, ahk_class CabinetWClass
~^c::
if A_TimeSincePriorHotkey < 500
if A_PriorHotkey = %A_ThisHotkey%
clipboard = %Clipboard%
return
166  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: INDEX/CACHE vs REALTIME on: July 23, 2010, 04:26:08 PM
In addition to the everything plugins you can also use a FARR alias to quickly open a separate Everything window with a search phrase. I use two spaces at the end of a FARR searchphrase as regex pattern. 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.

regular expression pattern box:
^(.*)\s\s$
Results box:
Everything Search: $$1 | dolaunch C:\Program files\Everything\Everything.exe -search "$$1"

(modify the path to fit your installation directory)
167  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.107.04 beta - Sep 23, 2012 on: July 10, 2010, 02:41:23 PM
reckoner, you can create an alias for that (option > lists > aliases/groups > myaliases > right click and create new.

In the "regular expression" box, add this:

In the "Results" box add actions you want executed when you type ";1" (see FARR helpfile for details on commands).
Example:
[copy or print]
.| dolaunch htmlviewurl http://www.fifa.com/ ;;;setsize 300,600,300,600

(This would display the webpage fifa.com in the FARR window immediately when you type ";1")
168  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: What hotkey(s) do *you* use to trigger FARR? on: June 22, 2010, 12:03:10 PM
Pause to show/hide FARR.

ctrl + Pause to open FARR and let it look up the (previously) selected text in a dictionary

I also have an autohotkey script to use Scroll Lock to clear the FARR inputbox and enter some FARR alias (which varies, currently it "alb" for the albumdisplayer plugin). You can hit that combo (pause and then scrollbreak) very quickly.
169  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Goes FARR... sorta on: June 22, 2010, 11:54:30 AM
I just read about googlecl on another site. My first thought was: hey, this would be cool to hook up to FARR! smiley
170  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How safe is it to run portable apps on public computers? on: June 22, 2010, 11:48:17 AM
now, this immediately suggests that an extremely useful feature for a vpn/remoteconnect tool would be the use of one-time pads, single-use passwords, hardware key ids.  anyone know of any vpn/remote desktop that supports this?
That would be really useful! But I don't know of one. I also think it is outright weird that big services like gmail doesn't offer something like that already. You could log in with your regular password and generate and print out 10 temporary passwords that each expire after one use (and to make new ones you'd need the regular pw again).

In response to the original post, I'd definitely try to avoid public computers when accessing work computers or mail servers remotely. Are you sure that a mobile phone with basic internet capacities (like mail) won't be enough? Or a phone tethered to a netbook. (Ok, the OP said he was travelling laptop-free but a tiny netbook add so little weight and bulk that I have a hard time figuring out when it wouldn't be possible to bring.)
171  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: FFBookmarkUnpacker on: June 12, 2010, 09:16:16 AM
Hm, then I'm afraid I don't know how to solve this. In Firefox 3 doing those steps should result in a bookmarks.html at the standard location. Here is the relevant mozillapage: http://kb.mozillazine.org....bookmarks.autoExportHTML
172  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: FFBookmarkUnpacker on: June 11, 2010, 01:12:20 PM
That's the path to a regular FF profile. The script only works on the special bookmarks.html file. Maybe you haven't done this:
- type "about:config" in firefox inputbar
- type "browser.bookmarks.autoExportHTML"
- set it to "true"
- close firefox
After that the bookmarks.html file should be generated, and updated, on each firefox restart. And then the FFBookmarkUnpacker should work.
173  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Second Wind - beautiful student animation on: June 11, 2010, 12:00:20 PM
Amazing! I enjoyed that a lot. The tone, coloring and content reminded me of the indie game Braid, http://www.braid-game.com/ .
174  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: FFBookmarkUnpacker on: June 11, 2010, 11:51:56 AM
Hi Frank,
there's no current ini setting for that. I didn't think it would be needed. To debug this can you tell me the path to the boomarks.html file on your system?

If you have autohotkey installed (or install it, it is free autohotkey.com) then you can easily change the path in FFBookmarkUnpacker.ahk and then run that file instead of the exe (or compile a exe from it). Just replace every instance of this string in the code (3 instances) with a full path to your bookmarks.html file:
[copy or print]
%A_AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\kutppos6.default\bookmarks.html
175  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: how can i disable the status bar in farr window? on: May 23, 2010, 10:43:26 AM
masu, if you like me wish to keep your FARR gui as minimalistic as possible then check the slender farr skin in this thread:
http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=7949.0
Also note the AHK script I posted there that hides all text from the statusbar (it grabs much less attention without text):
http://www.donationcoder....=7949.msg172845#msg172845
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