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526  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.
527  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)
528 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
529  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
530 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"):
531 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?
532 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)"?
533  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.
534  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
535  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.
536 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?
537  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)
538  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!
539  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
540  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.
541 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.
542  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.
543 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.
544 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Plugin: AlbumDisplayer (BETA) on: July 17, 2008, 04:11:52 PM
Is there a way to let me display all albums? like typing "alb *" or something?
Good suggestion! I'll look into making * a catch all search term. One problem though: the plugin currently only displays up to 100 matches (the 100 first matches). I added that because when testing on more files FARR seemed to slow down/freeze while loading the images. I'll see if that can be avoided.

re: folder.jpg, yes that's some sort of standard naming scheme. Used by Windows Explorer and other programs to display album art. You can add the folder.jpg files manually or through some program/script.

Lashiec, what other naming conventions do you have in mind?
545  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / output audio to two devices in Win XP? (PulseAudio?) on: July 17, 2008, 05:32:15 AM
I want to output audio in Win XP from various applications (audio players, video players, browsers) to two audio devices at the same time (two local soundcards, one internal and one external).

Switching between two devices is easy: just change the device and (re)start the application. But to output the same audio to two devices simultaneously is harder. I have searched and found many forum posts on the web stating that it is not possible. But I also found some posts claiming that PulseAudio can do it.
PulseAudio is a sound server, a background process accepting sound input from one or more sources (processes or capture devices) and redirecting it to one or more sinks (sound cards, remote network PulseAudio servers, or other processes).
That's what I want! It also says "OS Cross platform" and the official website says:
Supported Operating Systems
Linux (any modern distribution)
Native Win32 (no cygwin)

But here's the problem:

I went via to and grabbed the binaries but can't get them to work. When I follow and enter "pulseaudio -nC" at the command line I get this error:

pulseaudio -nC
W: pulsecore/random.c: failed to get proper entropy. Falling back to seeding with current time.
W: pulsecore/core-util.c: secure directory creation not supported on Win32.
W: pulsecore/core.c: failed to allocate shared memory pool. Falling back to a normal memory pool.
W: pulsecore/core-util.c: WARNING: Only sockets can be made non-blocking!
W: pulse/mainloop.c: WARNING: cannot monitor non-socket file descriptors.
W: pulsecore/core-util.c: WARNING: Only sockets can be made non-blocking!
W: pulse/mainloop.c: WARNING: cannot monitor non-socket file descriptors.

Ok, I hope I can get some feedback either on how to get PulseAudio to work in Win XP and do what I'm after or on some other application on XP that will accomplish that.
546  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: An Analysis of CamSpace as a Webcam Mouse and Gaming Controller on: July 09, 2008, 06:11:02 PM
Yes, I can see the obstacles. The problem with CamSpace that you describe seem like a really tough design challenge for them to try to solve! I hope the devs come up with some smart way to at least lessen the problem.

If they used two or more webcams to record the hand/"mouse" from somewhat different angles, then that might solve much of the problem. But then they'd get the other problem with heavy system resource use.

This is off topic but the above problems got me thinking: do you know of some other promising new input tech that would be better at solving these problems? Are there some attempts at cheap 3D mice around? I've seen some devices using gyros. But how about a wireless mouse that instead uses multiple USB receivers positioned at different places in the room to somehow calculate the 3D position of the mouse? To my uninitiated ears it doesn't sound very expensive or impossible. But maybe there are large obstacles there too.
547  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: batch create image contact sheet from videofiles? on: July 09, 2008, 05:37:06 PM
hi majax79, welcome to DC and sorry for the very late reply! Unfortunately I do not know of any way to force MPC to use a screencap of the first frame as the first image in the contact sheet.

In general, if I had a lot more time to make a more flexible contact sheet solution that could do what you ask for, and many more things, I think I'd try to make one that uses VLC as image grabber ( ) and graphicsmagick as contact sheet maker ( ). But the fact is that I don't have time to do that.
548  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: An Analysis of CamSpace as a Webcam Mouse and Gaming Controller on: July 08, 2008, 03:30:32 PM
This analysis was a great read VideoInPicture!  Thmbsup

In all the linked youtube videos people have their webcam in the standard position above the screen. But maybe different placement would give better results? For example, for mouse simulation a webcam could be placed in front of the regular mouse position and the hand (with some marker on the fingers) could then occupy the regular mouse position. That way one hand could have mouse control while the other is at the keyboard, like with a real mouse.

A (quirky) thought I got when reading this: will it work with multiple webcams? In a driving game one cam could register a wheel object while another camera, on the floor, registers foot movement (acceleration/brake pedals)  cheesy

549 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Request for ideas for html view mode size memory on: July 06, 2008, 07:21:47 PM
got it working, thanks!

Setsize sets the size of the entire FARR window, right? Wouldn't it be more useful to set the size of the match list area (i.e. the html page when in html view mode)? Because then a distributed alias/plugin that uses setsize would get more similar looking output for different users regardless of what FARR skin they use (the minimalistic skin slenderFARR differs from other skins in horizontal border size for example). The output could still differ due to other user system factors like scroll bar size, font size and so on, but at least one source of different output would be removed.
550 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: A minute countdown timer in PowerPoint on: July 06, 2008, 09:12:02 AM
I like these programs - they make conferences just a little bit more efficient. So the more alternative tools the better. That said I think ZoomIt by Windows Sysinternals ( ) already works really well and has some good options:
It doesn't support a text header directly, but that can be solved through a custom background image with text.
It can't display a slideshow in the background - that would have been really nice.
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