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4801  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Mikogo: share screen or access remote PC on: April 05, 2008, 08:52:46 AM
Today "Samer" from FreewareGenius is telling about Mikogo, a new free and smart way of sharing your screen, or files, or access and even remote control a PC. The 'smart' thing is that it works via your Internet browser, and your meeting is taking place online at Mikogo's site.

Mikogo's homepage is offering 2 fine video tutorials, one for the inviter and one for the invited, two with- and two without- sound, but the program really is easy to use. Here is a nice 15 pages user manual in PDF with lots of pictures:


Quote from: freewaregenius
Once you download and install this program, you will have to create an account and log in. What’s really cool is that if screen sharing / broadcasting is all you need your audience on the other side will not need to create accounts or install software (they do, however, need to download and run a single no-install executable). Moreover, all interaction happens through the browser and there are no firewalls or routers to configure, no IP addresses to investigate and ports to open or close.
Quote from: Freewaregenius
The verdict:[/b] although there exists a number of free VPN solutions, the reasons I like this one are:

(a) avoids the need to configure firewalls, routers, ports, etc, because it is entirely browser based,

(b) avoids the need for others to install software and create accounts to see your screen remotely,and

(c) works very well and does what it sets out to do.
How to share your screen: once you launch your Mikogo account and log in, right click on the Mikogo icon in the start menu and select "Start meeting". You will be provided with a meeting ID (a kind of password) that others could use to view your screen. Once you have your meeting up and running, you can easily switch presenter to view another user’s screen rather than them seeing yours (subject to their acceptance, of course). Meeting limited to 10 participants.

How others can view your screen: all your audience members need to do is go to a Mikogo website and click on "join meeting" which will download a small executable (approx 680K) that they can run and enter the meeting ID into. This will instantly open a browser window that with your own shared screen displayed in it. They can also switch to broadcasting their screen or controlling another desktop without the need for any further download. Once the meeting is over, they can simply delete the executable and the config file that it creates (in the same directory in-which it is placed).

Remote access: allows you to asume control of the remote computer’s keyboard and mouse. What’s worth mentioning here is that Mikogo maintains a list of programs that you can check/uncheck to enable remote access. Performance is a is a little bit sluggish, which is typical for browser based remote access I think (e.g. Yuuguu’s performance was about the same). I would be interested in a comparing remote access performance for freeware VPN solutions; if you know about this or if you use a remote access platform whose performance you like please let us know in the comments.

File sharing: offers a very handy file sharing option which is surprisingly fast.

Portability: you can run Mikogo from a USB. See this page.

Memory use: a mere 10 megs or so in the background.

Privacy policy: the connection between computers is relayed through the Mikogo servers, which means that in theory Mikogo has access to what you broadcast. I did not find any privacy policy in the Mikogo site, but in truth I am not worried about it.
4802  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says on: April 05, 2008, 04:46:14 AM
My favorite file re-namer.  It's got to be File Renamer Basic. 

I wouldn't dare to settle with the (free) Basic, as only the $20 Deluxe offers Undo - people like me seriously need everything to have the option to undo... - but then again, that is not a big problem, because File Renamer Deluxe 4 seems to be a really fine renamer! However, it doesn't say if Unicode is supported. Is it?  tellme

I was pleased to learn that Flexible Renamer now is Unicode'd  thumbs up

4803  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: April 04, 2008, 06:32:20 PM
I've found ULtraExplorer but It works crashly ...

Will you tell which version it was: or Beta 1a (scroll to second post) ? Did you try to change the settings? -because:

Yes, I had some crashes the first day, but they left for good when I changed the settings. You may have to look into the Options and try your way around, because Ultra is not that clever and will not tell you if you have made a bad setting.

- the default settings are not ALL stable.

Also remember that UltraExplorer is not a common file manager, because the authors are (so far) concentrating on various components, listview and stuff:

UltraExplorer is the testbed for Mustangpeak Delphi and CBuilder Components.
4804  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: I launched my own site! Welcome wise fellows!! on: April 04, 2008, 05:42:19 PM
Really nice site: fast loading, and good looking. Fine work!

At the comments box, though, your visitors might want to be assured their email address is not displayed to the public, before daring to make a comment.

But being at DonationCoder I have to point to the free ShutdownNow (press F12, no confirmation), by our very own jgpaiva, or even to his Shutdown.

Edit: But your's is most certainly better looking:

[attachimg=#]  thumbs up
4805  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Power Desk 7 on: April 04, 2008, 01:01:19 PM
- maybe Darwin had a large folder open as 'default' from the last time it was open? PowerDesk will 'load' the files before it shows the GUI / window, while most managers will show the GUI / window, and only then 'load' the files.

Yes, I bought #7, because it was either that, or remove the old version. Now I know I should have removed it all... No, just exaggerating. I like PowerDesk Pro 7, but I am glad I didn't pay the list price, it would have made me feel cheated. One has to think that PowerDesk Pro is a fine but long time abbandoned program, and thus be gratefull someone at least gave it a small update.

My #7 opens a little faster than Explorer, but really just 'a little'.

Edited for wording
4806  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Screen Calipers on Bits du Jour Tuesday, March 20 on: April 04, 2008, 12:38:13 PM
The deal is available again on Wednesday, 9', April, 2008

50% = $14.75

Get notified:
4807  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Power Desk 7 on: April 03, 2008, 06:44:59 PM
My suggestion would be to not worry about the upgrade unless you're looking for one of the items they list as new for v7: Vista compatibility, Hex editing, File notes remain attached to files when the file is moved, improved image toolbar

- very wise words!  thumbs up

PowerDesk Pro 7 is absolutely nothing but a PowerDesk Pro 6 plus these four new features!  thumb down

Can I repeat myself, please?

I cannot and will not recommend Avanquest!

At least I did't use the discount code I gave in my initial post (-35%) but one of 'your' 50% links.
Thanks!  thumbs up
4808  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Finally a Quality 3D Box Shot Maker On Sale ! on: April 03, 2008, 05:33:58 PM
I too am trying to try it, but it keeps crashing to me too when I navigate the "New Project Wizard" to the images' folder - before I can click any file.

4809  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Power Desk 7 on: April 03, 2008, 01:42:45 PM
I don't know about those things
- only wanted to remind you to use discount code NEWVC35 for 35% off.
4810  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adobe Lightroom V2.0 Beta — Killer Photo workflow on: April 03, 2008, 03:02:20 AM
There are so many raw formats

- I had no idea there were more than one.
How many are we (not) talking about?
And where can I read about the differences?
4811  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ultra Explorer; I am impressed! on: April 01, 2008, 06:23:24 PM
Oh, yes, Ultra Explorer is now with Searchthumbs up
- set hotkey in Tools > Customize > Shortcuts

4812  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Plain text editor for writers on: April 01, 2008, 04:07:47 PM
SLang won't install on my machine (XP Pro).

Did you notice that the instructions for installation were a little wrong?
- maybe the files were placed in two different folders, slang2 and slang2.3 ?
4813  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ultra Explorer; I am impressed! on: April 01, 2008, 10:48:41 AM
There is new beta version of upcoming release

- and another new version now with the suffix "a", Beta 1a (Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:57 am) crashs very often on my computer ( NO SETTINGS CHANGED )

- so take a chance and change the settings!  Wink
4814  News and Reviews / Backup Guide / Re: Information about Backup4all 2.3.2 on: March 31, 2008, 04:25:19 PM
... B4A does of course support Unicode, but not FULLY.

To my big chock I was wrong again: Backup4All does NOT support Unicode at all!!!  ohmy


1. Backup4all does not support Unicode.
To set Backup4all not to show any messages in such cases, please go to Tools->Options->Backup.
Clear (uncheck) "Show file warnings" option. Click OK.

2. To back up file names with other characters than English, please read this article:

3. To back up without using zip compression, please use the Mirror backup type.
Here is a video tutorial about how to do that:

If you still have problems, please let us know.

Best regards,
Adrian Mihut

I will stay away from B4A  thumb down  thumb down  thumb down  thumb down  thumb down  thumb down

- but, they did help me out on the other items I had, though.  thumbs up
4815  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mp3 Audio OUTPUT volume normalizer? Any such thing? on: March 31, 2008, 09:44:12 AM
Have a look at The Levelator
- does not support .MP3 (WAV and AIFF only).

... look at HeadAC3he
- has not been updated for 6 years, and homepage closed.

One may need the AZID DLL to make HeadAC3he work. Read >here<.

I have not been able to get through to today
- anyone else with this problemtellme Problem solved  thumbs up
4816  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mp3 Audio OUTPUT volume normalizer? Any such thing? on: March 31, 2008, 09:11:51 AM
... That Breakaway plug-in sure got some impressive reviews already.  The author couldn't even hire someone to write a better review than a couple of those.

- some (most?) of them are from the Breakaway beta testers.
4817 Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Gracefully close Firefox on PC exit on: March 30, 2008, 05:39:55 PM
Re-reading the thread, I realize that I have not told all there might be to tell, but I don't know if it makes any difference that my Firefox always is being minimized to sys-tray (Notification Area), never to the taskbar, and that my sys-tray 'is' PS Tray Factory?

I was just wondering why these scripts couldn't find Firefox's window.
4818 Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Gracefully close Firefox on PC exit on: March 30, 2008, 05:27:59 PM
My Firefox 2.0.013 didn't respond to IfWinExist.ahk being doubleclicked.

However, I think you should forget about this little project. I am having a hard time to explain to myself why I am installing and running a program with the sole job to close another program I could easily close myself in the first place.

But thanks a lot, nosh, for trying to help me out!  thumbs up

X-cutor has left the building!
4819  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: March 30, 2008, 02:02:54 PM
... the version I have doesnt seem to have viewers for much of anything
Update your PowerDesk Pro to >here<  7.17 MB

- copyright: -2005 ...
4820 Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Gracefully close Firefox on PC exit on: March 30, 2008, 01:26:55 PM
Thanks a lot, nosh!  thumbs up

Havent tried it yet, though, because I am on a big project, and just have taken up Avant...
but I need to ask if your typing was right - winexist - is it "-exist", not "-exit" or "-exits"?
4821  News and Reviews / Backup Guide / Re: Information about Backup4all 2.3.2 on: March 30, 2008, 12:28:48 PM
4½ hours ago I was feeling relieved, because I finally understood what I did wrong the first couple of times I tried to use Backup4All (B4A), and now realized how to begin a proper backup. Half an hour later, I was so disappointed I actually was thinking about removing B4A from my computer right away!

The backup started at 15:00:52 Danish time (GMT+1). Notice what happended:

Starting backup for "Doc4Me" at 30/03/2008 15:00:52
[15:29:02] Waiting for user input:
  • "Cannot open file "C:\Documents and Settings\karar\Dokumenter\e-Books\ß?.doc".

I was "lucky" because I passed by the desk only two minutes later, and saw that  the screen was showing some strange looking window, so I could click "skip" and see the backup procedure go on. But what if this has been at night and I was off to bed? The backup was stalled on pause: Nothing was happening! And for what? Waiting for me to click a button, because of lack of full Unicode support!!!

To confirm this mis-feature, it did the same thing 1½ hour later:

[17:01:07] Waiting for user input:
  • "Cannot open file "C:\Documents and Settings\karar\Dokumenter\Videoer\Ashley Tisdale - Be Good To Me ??.mp4".

This time I was lucky again and wasted merely six more minutes. It was not the files' content, but the names of the files, that was the problem: "Syntaksen i filnavnet, mappen eller diskenhedsnavnet er forkert." = "The syntax in ("of"?) the file name is wrong"

The actual file names in question:
Ashley Tisdale - Be Good To Me ♫♥.mp4

These characters, И♫♥, are of course not common in any way, but they are supported by Explorer and my media players and several other programs, including your browser (?), and to my understanding they are Unicode characters. B4A does of course support Unicode, but not FULLY.

Next problem: the compressing to zip containers.
For some time I watched the text very closely as B4A was working, and it became clear to me that maybe 70 percent of the time was spent "updating zip file"! So my next question must of course be: HowTo backup 'one to one' without compressing? It will not save space, but eons of time!

After 3½ hours I aborted the backup, by then merely 38 % of My Documents were saved. Backing up a computer seems to be so big a project, it clearly takes practising, and has to be well planned ahead.


At the end of the day I find it unacceptable that Backup4All did not go on with the backup when it found a strange filename, but STOPPED. It could have informed me at the end or whatever, but it cannot just STOP and sit there, waiting for ever. Maybe there is an option somewhere I should have activated? I didn't find it.

I would also like the option to make a backup without compressing.

And I want Backup4All to FULLY support Unicode.

Edit: I turned off email client, skype, scrensaver and other 'active' programs, before starting the backup. I also first changed Priority to High.
4822  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mp3 Audio OUTPUT volume normalizer? Any such thing? on: March 29, 2008, 07:39:59 PM
You (your neighbour) might be a lot better off with the all new Breakaway

Breakaway for Windows - Breakaway remasters your digital music...

Edit: It is $30, 30 days trial.

Author's Comment:

Breakaway remasters your digital music library as you play your tunes on Winamp
From the creator of Volume Logic, presenting a new, broadcast quality system to revolutionize your listening experience. Now, all your music, movies, and sound will be presented to you with the highest level of quality, consistency, and depth. Multi-band audio processing will bring out the punch and balance in all of your audio, while detailed and authentic metering let you see it in action. Never again will you have to reach for your volume control to crank up that tune that\'s just too quiet, or turn down that hot track that pumps a little too hard- just sit back and enjoy the sonic bliss! Other features include a fully sizable, and dockable interface, accurate Oscilloscope and Metering, Windows Explorer extension, and setup wizards to squeeze the top performance from your system.

- Leif Claesson

Notice this user feedback, and the date:

Random Review:

Best audio processer, period.

The core technology behind this product is as good or better than the $30,000 radio station processers on the market. This product could easily be marketed at several hundred dollars. What does this mean? It will change the way you listen to music forever. It's that simple. For people who are not familiar with audio processing, it might be confusing at first. After you listen for a few minutes, you'll wonder how you ever lived with out it. Yeah, it's that good.

- Nick Roberts, Mar. 25th, 2008
4823  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mp3 Audio OUTPUT volume normalizer? Any such thing? on: March 29, 2008, 07:34:57 PM
For years I have used Compressor and Wider available at the following URL:

- seems not to have been updated since January 2003.
Notice limitation:

Quote from: user
well done
good stuff here, but you've got to make it understand higher resolutions like 24 bit and 32 bit. That'd be a great fix for an update.

- Thad Rydell, Jul. 2nd, 2003
4824  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: fast and reliable unzip, unrar, etc tool on: March 29, 2008, 06:52:33 PM
I will recommend AL-Zip because of the SPEED Extractor; it is the fastest unzipper to use - at least if most of your *download & unzip* operations goes to a default favourite directory. When your internet browser is asking what to do with this zip file you just have downloaded, click Open, and Explorer will open inside a new folder which already has the zip file's name, and also has the zip file's content, now unzipped!

Hmm.. was that understandable?  undecided  - I better quote the site!:

ALZip Speed Extractor
Faster than anything you've ever experienced before, the new Speed Extractor in ALZip is the world's fastest way to extract your archives.

See it in action!
Video: ALZip Speed Extractor (2:55) Edit: Video seems to be down or not yet uploaded
Video: ALZip Speed Extractor - Show Menu (1:04) Edit: Video seems to be down or not yet uploaded

Simply double-click on a ZIP archive and ALZip will automatically extract the file(s) into your preferred default folder. This default folder can be pre-defined in ALZip's preferences.

The ALZip Speed Extractor gives you three distinct speed levels:

Open with ALZip = Normal 
Extract to My Default Folder = FASTEST! 
Show Menu = Super fast 

----- much more>

Hmm.. was that understandable?  undecided  - You better read more: "FEATURES"
- and follow the many links!

ALZip  thumbs up  FREE for home users!  thumbs up
4825 Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Gracefully close Firefox on PC exit on: March 29, 2008, 06:12:04 PM

... I have not yet been able to make the script work.

Maybe I did something else wrong?
- maybe I need the idiot's guide on how to create and to use CloseToQuit ?
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