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526  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FinePrint vs. priPrinter on: October 01, 2008, 05:53:18 PM
I'm testing priPrinter right now. It is excellent so far! Nice find zridling Thmbsup Great that FinePrint finally gets a worthy competitor!

Advantages compared to Fineprint
- allows printing 3 pages to a sheet
(3 maximum cropped pages * doublesided = 6 pages per paper sheet = still readable in most cases and enormously paper-saving)
- allow customized cropping for each page

Disadvantages compared to Fineprint:
- lacks a range of quickly choosen and increasingly more aggressive autocrop modes (fineprints has "margins: none, small, medium, large, original"). A maximum crop mode is especially important to have.
- can't insert pagenumber on each page (not just on each sheet)
527  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: batch create image contact sheet from videofiles? on: October 01, 2008, 04:58:34 PM
hi freestyler. Yeah I've noticed that problem some time. The script already has such a delay - it tries to click "save" up to 6 times (with 0,5 seconds wait inbetween each). So the problem is something else but I haven't pinpointed what it is.

I haven't had time to test Video Thumbnails Maker (mentioned above; ) but it looks good and is freeware:
If anyone does some testing with it, do post feedback here.
528 Software / Finished Programs / Re: tv_out: a shortcut for quickly turning extended desktop on/off on: October 01, 2008, 04:36:52 PM
Late reply but if you read this dlcarraw: glad that you liked it!  smiley

tv_out v081001
v081001: ini option to only enable, never disable, second display
529 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: The killer feature request (maybe impossible to do on windows) on: September 12, 2008, 01:59:32 PM
hi isd!
This sounds like a neat feature Thmbsup It might be possible to do via a plugin. After the  " myimages\ TAB moon" search, once you've gotten the list of results, you would press a hotkey (or select a context menu command or something like that) and then a FARR plugin starts, the plugin then displays all and only image files from the results as clickable thumbnails in a html view mode page (similar to the AlbumDisplayer plugin perhaps). Would that be similar to what you had in mind? Clicking an thumbnail could perhaps then make FARR open the fullsize in the default browser. The hard part would be to write the plugin of course cheesy I don't have time to make an attempt at the moment but maybe someone else does. (the code in the AlbumDisplayer files can of course be reused in any way if that would be to some help)
530 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Another FARR similar app - Executor on: August 23, 2008, 02:02:16 PM
(Maybe the below should be in  a separate thread, but these things was discussed here so...)

Some small ideas on speeding up alias set up in FARR for users (I'm just brainstorming, not sure if all of them would work well together):

1. when opening options, let lists > aliases > myaliases.alias have focus
2. on the lists > aliases page, add a big button named "new alias" (or "make new alias")
3. also add that button to the options root view (the one which now is a large grey area with the text "choose one of the sub-pages...")
4. hide the text "test regular expression here:" and "regex parsed fields:" and their related input boxes until the user actually enters something into the "regular expression pattern" box. That would make the new alias screen less complex for a beginner (who probably will start out making non-regex aliases)
5. above the big bottom Result(s) input box, maybe add a dropdown that contains some common commands and also keeps a list of the special modifier the user has created. Selecting a command/modifier would insert it at the cursor position in the big box.
6. make the word "help" in "see help for more info" a link that opens the help file (the part of it describing alias creation).
7. maybe decrease the width of the "group alias name" box (smaller boxes makes the interface look less cluttered I think.
8. maybe make "Example" into a link that for each click cycles to another example that illustrates different types of result(s) commands.
531 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: alias thas searches special folder AND returns folder link as match no 1? on: August 23, 2008, 10:05:29 AM
That sounds good!  Thmbsup
532 Software / Find And Run Robot / alias thas searches special folder AND returns folder link as match no 1? on: August 23, 2008, 08:38:00 AM
I use this alias:
1000>>>mp3>->mp3 $$1 | dosearch +alb1_modifier +mp3_modifier $$1>+>^(?:mp|mp3) (\w.*)$

As you can see, the searchphrase mp3 something triggers a search in only the harddrive folders tied to the two modifiers (set in "Search Folder" options).

I want an alias that does just that AND also always return a link to one or more special folders (choosen by me) as the first match(es).


search: "mp3 beatles"

should return:
1. folder1
2. folder2
3. 01 beatles - I saw her standing.mp3

I think that kind of behaviour - being able to set one or more privileged matches that trumps whatever matching criteria the rest of the alias contains - could be useful in many other cases also.

Is it possible already without making a special plugin? If so, how?
533  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I found a jewel of a program: XMplay on: August 22, 2008, 05:36:26 PM
Nah, I had used the DDEML function before so I really only needed to get the right DDE syntax for adding tracks. Once I had that then I spent more time writing the description for the script and packing it than writing the script itself actually Grin Anyway, let me know if you find any bugs.
534  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I found a jewel of a program: XMplay on: August 21, 2008, 03:58:09 PM
Lanux128, try AHK_xmplay_input_to_playlist_DDEML   v080821

; autohotkey script for silently adding to Xmplay playlist through DDE
;  takes file(s)/folder(s)/playlist(s) as input parameter
; - drop input on AHK_xmplay_input_to_playlist_DDEML.exe or
; - pass input as quote enclosed, space separated command line parameters
;  (use no end slash for folders!)
;   example: C:\AHK_xmplay_input_to_playlist_DDEML.exe "C:\musicfolder" "C:\music2\song.mp3"
; made by nod5 , version 080821
; using DDEML by sean,

The attached zip includes:
68b207b3d1dca7511752b8fd8a2d3cac *AHK_xmplay_input_to_playlist_DDEML.ahk
390dc531993efe6af2ac7d271f2d8712 *AHK_xmplay_input_to_playlist_DDEML.exe

note: to add all input files one by one to Xmplay playlist through DDE took noticeably long time. To speed things up I let the script first make a temporary .pls playlist file containing all input files, then add the .pls to Xmplay though DDE, then delete the .pls. Xmplay automatically adds all files from the .pls.

note2: there might be some upper limit to the number of files or total length of the command line string that can be passed to the script, though I haven't looked into that (it is not built in by me but might be due to some limit in autohotkey or windows)
535 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Hotkeys & FarrQuickView on: August 20, 2008, 02:16:10 PM
@nitrix-ud: But after my proposed change those wanting a hotkey to start FARR and then operate on what is already on the clipboard can still just set "no clipboard copy" and then put %cliptext% something in the Search Edit Box, right? I haven't actually tried that but I assume that FARR reads whatever is on the clipboard only when it executes something with the %cliptext% variable in it. If I am right about that, then what is the point with keeping the current behaviour as an option?  tellme
536  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I found a jewel of a program: XMplay on: August 19, 2008, 05:09:55 PM
As far as I know you can only use command line to open files (which clears any previous track from the playlist).
Opening Files
This is done by giving the full path name to XMPlay. For example:
"c:\XMPlay.exe" "c:\Music\Garbage - Supervixen.ogg"
And multiple songs:
"c:\XMPlay.exe" "c:\Music\Garbage - Supervixen.ogg" "c:\Music\Creed - One.ogg"
Opening Folders
This is done by giving the full path of the directory to XMPlay. For example:
"c:\XMPlay.exe" "c:\Music\Ogg\"
And multiple directories:
"c:\XMPlay.exe" "c:\Music\Ogg\" c:\Music\Mp3\"

Adding files can be done through DDE via autohotkey. See the ahk source for my small scripts above for details and . I also want to be able to add files to the xmplay playlist (specifically from the FARR plugin albumdisplayer that I've been working on) so I'll sooner or later try to make a small AHK script that just takes one or more file paths as input and then silently adds them to the xmplay playlist. If you don't make it first that is  Grin
537 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Hotkeys & FarrQuickView on: August 19, 2008, 08:12:50 AM
Here's another suggestion relating to the hotkeys - it is at least in the vicinity of this thread so I'll put it here instead of wasting space on an extra thread.

When using "copy selected text", let FARR clear the clipboard before copying the selected text.

That way, if the selected text isn't added to the clipboard (for some reason) then FARR will not accidentally go on to operate on whatever was on the clipboard prior to the hotkey press. Accidentally using prior clipboard content could be problematic if used with a plugin/alias that sends the (potentially sensitive) content to some website, for example via a google search alias or the ninjawords plugin, as illustrated here (note: I have changed the ninjawords plugin alias from "nw" to "df"):
538 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Plugin: AlbumDisplayer (BETA) on: August 12, 2008, 06:14:35 PM
AlbumDisplayer v080813 v080814
-- link removed, use newer version below -- (md5 ebb905356dd7aa7e3a27ece19302de1e)
- folders with ' in path now works
- now trims all % in input to avoid FARR crash (example: "alb abc%" previously caused crash)
- special search phrase "alb *" displays all albums (first 100 then 50 more at each scroll to page bottom)
- ctrl+click album to open its folder

Let me hear your impressions on "alb *" - does it freeze FARR too long/too often?
539 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: google dollar exchange rate plugin -- sketch on: August 10, 2008, 08:07:40 PM
CurrencyConverterMini v1.03.01
fixed error with , or . in search.
removed conversion rate cache.

I hope I did a correct plugin pack. If not, let me know.
Also, is it ok if I rename this thread to "CurrencyConverterMini (plugin)"?
540  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Skimp or splurge? on: August 09, 2008, 01:24:29 PM
40hz: point taken. But I consider 20$ for a knife at least a semi-splurge. A decent IKEA knife goes for around 5$ you know Wink

I wish to file a friend-of-the-splurge brief for mousers tape splurge smiley Tape, especially electrical tape, is one of the most handy things ever invented. Buy good quality stuff and buy enough to be able to have multiple rolls at various places around your house or apartment.

A general splurge rule: buy duplicates of small tools you use a lot and put in different places. That way you'll always have some close to hand and won't have to spend time searching for where you put them so often.
541  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: August 09, 2008, 01:11:22 PM
 ohmy I had somehow completely missed the remove graphics feature in previous versions. But now I'm very aware of it Grin
542  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Skimp or splurge? on: August 04, 2008, 07:09:38 AM
Nice topic!

Ergonomically fitting computer gear: SPLURGE. Let's face it, if you're reading this you probably spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen. Finding a mouse, keyboard, screen, table and chair that fits your body well is well worth investing money and time in. You don't have to get extremely specialized gear. It's a good step to just get a somewhat better version for each of the listed tool categories.

Kitchen knife: SKIMP. I see I'm going against the grain in this thread here. I use cheap knives from IKEA and an cheap knife sharpener from IKEA. If only the knives are sharp then I have never noticed a difference in performance between cheap and expensive knives.
543 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Plugin: AlbumDisplayer (BETA) on: August 01, 2008, 05:20:30 PM
the alb * feature has been delayed by awesome weather, plenty of swimming in lakes and other distracting outdoor activities. Sorry about that.  Grin

I've tested it some more though. I'm unsure what the best design would be. If I let it first load 50 covers and then load 50 more each time the user scrolls to the bottom then there's a noticeable freeze for a second or more with each additional 50 cover load. This happens the first time for each cover during a session. The covers seems to be cached after that.

I tried decreasing the number of albums to display at each bottomscroll to 20. That shortened the freeze but on the other hand gave a larger number of freezes.

I think the best thing would be to incrementally inject more covers at a pace that does not cause the freezes but still does not feel slow. I'm unsure how to do that in javascript however.

Another idea is to initially let alb * display 50 covers plus empty image frames for all the rest of the albums. FARR would then incrementally keep loading the rest of the images into those frames until the user does some other FARR action.

Any thoughts?
544  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: request: "latest post of"-page with only thread titles and new post indication on: August 01, 2008, 04:50:54 PM
I mean the page titled "Latest post of: ____" where ____ is a username. A link to that page is found at the bottom of each users profile page. That link is titled "Show the last posts of this person".
For example, for you it would be this page:

Here's a screencap of one element on my latest post of-page ATM:

Compare that to this sketch of what I'm after:
the numbers 0, 3, 2 would indicate the number of posts made after my last post since I last read the last page of that thread while logged on. Red numbers means there's new, unread posts. So what I'm asking for is basically a page that somewhat mimics a minimal RSS reader for the last threads I've posted to. This presupposes that the SMF keeps track of what threads (and pages in threads) a user loads while logged on, which may not be the case.

edit: it would also be neat if the user could add a few other threads to always display on that page (like discussion threads for some programs or some favourite threads)
545  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: July 31, 2008, 12:17:17 PM
I'm testdriving FP6 on my scrap computer. The changed GUI and the "remove graphics" options seems to be the largest changes. There's a video here where you can see some of the GUI changes:
The other two videos doesn't seem to be available yet.

I hoped they would have added more features, especially for such a major version change. One more feature that I hope they'll add is a mode with three pages per sheet. As I think I've mentioned before, when printing many PDF text documents, like academic journal articles, placing three pages in three columns could give small but still very readable output, given heavily cropped margins. That would give us six pages per sheet of paper if double side printing is used!
546  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / request: "latest post of"-page with only thread titles and new post indication on: July 31, 2008, 05:26:38 AM
I often use the "latest post of"-page for myself to monitor the threads at DC forum that I'm currently active in. It works pretty well but could be very much enhanced if a version of the "latest post of"-pages was made that has these features:

- shows only the titles for the threads where the user has posted (to make it compact so one gets a more immediate overview)
- indicates how many new messages has been posted in each thread since (1) the users last post and (2) since last time the user read the last page of the thread while logged on.

Alternatively: is there some way to make a RSS feed for all new items in all threads listed on the latest post of-page?
If not, is there at least some way to make a RSS feed for all new items in a number of specified threads? (I'd like to make a RSS for all discussion threads for the small programs/scripts I've made for easy monitoring of them)

edit: I just read the RSS thread and then skimmed parts of the linked simplemachines thread. It seems like RSS for individual threads is not available since people are still asking for it on the last page there: http://www.simplemachines...index.php?topic=25009.260
547  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: July 31, 2008, 05:12:35 AM
Fineprint 6 is now available!
In FinePrint 6, you will find improvements in every area of the product. Here are the highlights:
improved user interface with toolbar and larger preview
enhanced zoom with panning
customizable Layout tab and toolbar
colored stamps
rearrange pages
printer nicknames
customizable printer list
copies indicator
visible binding indicator
improved driver settings including compression, margins and resolution
delete page icon on toolbar
page preview window when scrolling
Open dialog box contains recent list and preview

FinePrint is a really good product. I still think it is a COMPLETE MYSTERY that no fairly good clones have cropped up for either windows or linux.

I also wish that the FP would have a feature that lets us delete segments of the pages (not just entire pages) before printing.
548 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: too many updates !!! on: July 29, 2008, 04:26:45 AM
i think a good thing to do might be to add tags of major/minor/beta for each update, and let dcupdater be configured to ignore certain tagged updates for each program.
I love the many FARR updates! But I can also see the use in such a feature for some people. In general I think something like this is becoming a really important feature for update tools. Though I think the most important tag would be "vulnerability fix/security issue fix". I use filehippos updatechecker to update many programs and some are very frequently updated (notepad++ and ccleaner to mention just two) and most of the time the changes for each update are of no meaning to me. The problem is even greater with firefox add-ons. For many programs/add-ons I would ideally want to get all security fixes and all major revisions and inbetween that perhaps only every 10th update.
549  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: July 27, 2008, 06:10:03 PM
urlwolf, as you wrote earlier Office 2007 can now run via Wine. Here's a thread specifically on Onenote 2007 under Wine in Ubuntu: . The core seems ok, but some features do not work. I haven't tried it yet myself, but plan to do so sometime. If it runs well enough, and especially if there are no problems saving/opening Onenote content across the "OS border", then I will probably commit to Onenote as my primary notetaking tool. If you or anyone else here has by now tried it then please post your impressions here.
550 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Plugin: AlbumDisplayer (BETA) on: July 19, 2008, 04:30:44 AM
ok, I've got the * search working. To avoid freezing, I set the plugin to display the 100 first images and then inject 100 more each time the user scrolls to the end of the page. I can't upload the new version from where I am now but I will do that later.

When using just folder.jpg I only had to index the folder names. I can easily make an option to let the user change that from folder.jpg to whatever and leave the rest of the code intact. But supporting mixed image names on one system (some folder.jpg and some front.jpg) would require some more recoding.
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