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4901  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: March 22, 2008, 08:19:04 AM
An even better New Kid on the Block!

Nomad has been replaced by:
Nomad.NET
- version 2.0.0.0 BETA 1 © 2006-2008 Eugene Sichkar (innerlimit7[at]gmail[dot]com)

Read more: http://innerlimit.googlepages.com/home
Download: http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/1205541909/1

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Nomad.NET is the successor of Nomad, a powerful file manager written by me a couple of years ago. It is completely rewritten (no single line of code was taken from previous Nomad) using best ideas and algorithms and implementing everything in a completely new way.

Current project state is Beta 1, with almost all features from original Nomad implemented in a new way, more powerful and simple. Many new features were introduced too. Some features that I had not used in previous Nomad were dropped (for example custom toolbars support, and toolbars at all).

New Nomad was developed with multi threading in mind, so almost all long operations can take advantage of multi-core cpu (comparing, copying, searching, detecting archive format and so on - too many to list them all here).

I do not want to create all-in-one mega monster that plays mp3, shows movies, etc, as many other file managers do. My goal is to build only good file manager functionality. For other purposes there are dedicated programs that always do things better than such jack-of-all-trades programs.


Features:
As for features of original Nomad, you can take a look at them on appropriate page. Here I describe the features that are significantly changed or just are new:

One of the most powerful search engines on market (if I can say market, project is freeware). You can create very complex search rules, with ability to search in different encoding (complete encodings auto detect), use IFilter filters, apply custom text search rules (including regular expressions), search in hex, duplicates search and so on... For novices there is a simplified search that is not so scary at first sight.

Powerful filtering system, based on the same core as search. You can use dedicated advanced filter dialog, or use simple toolstrip for quick filtering.

Folder shortcuts were implemented in much more simple way than its predecessor.

Much simpler, elegant and polished UI (program must look nice, right?) with support of themes, different toolstrip renderers and so on...

Program layout was changed, too. You can use single panel or dual panel mode (horizontal or vertical). Each panel can have its own tree view that can be hidden or displayed horizontally or vertically.
UI can simple scale according to your current system DPI settings, or manually (through Options).

New breadcrumb folder toolstrip on every panel is much more powerful than simple folder name.
Internal support for more archive types (using 7-Zip libraries). Program can also handle WCX Total Commander plug-in, even in more powerful way than Total Commander did. Currently only extracting is supported, no ability to create or modify them.

FTP folders support added (with limitations yet, for example, only one http proxy allowed with no UI to configure).

Many things were done more correctly - drag'n'drop from explorer, clipboard handling, shell file menus and so on.

Support for shell shortcuts, url shortcuts (ftp only) and even shell folder shortcuts (rarely supported in other file managers).

As you can see, the main idea of new Nomad.NET is to do the same things in more correct and beautiful way.

Roadmap:
I have no accurate roadmap as soon as the project is being made at my free time (and takes practically all this time). Current version is Beta 1 and right now it is very stable and have almost all planed features for the first version.

Features planned for future versions (you can email me if you have any good ideas):

Ability to create new archives for primary formats 7-Zip, Zip, Tar. Wcx packing plug-ins support.
Better FTP folders handling (support for more server types and proxies). Maybe secure FTP support.
Support for custom item properties (EXIF, IDv2, meta tags, etc). Display such properties and search in them.

Basic image preview and maybe thumbnail mode.

Help (very low priority, I have neither time, nor desire to do this). It is not a big deal for advanced users. As for novice ones, the application has a lot of hints and infotips with feature descriptions.
Features already implemented:

External tools feature (ability to call other programs from Nomad.NET with various command line arguments).

Language translation (at this moment Russian and Belarusian translations exist)


My copy was installed two hours ago and is yet without any plugins:

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Read more: http://innerlimit.googlepages.com/home
Download: http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/1205541909/1
4902  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Monster Cables- The World should know! on: March 22, 2008, 08:05:19 AM
... There is zero measurable difference in the digital signal quality between the $6 HDMI cable and the $60 monster HDMI cable...
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Without knowing your preferences in general I would guess that you are the kind of type that also claims there can be no spiritual world because it cannot be measured? I really don't care if you can measure the difference in digital audio cables or not. The difference is there, but you probably have something blocking your ears...  tongue

Piece!  embarassed

For thirty years I was a hifiholic. I already have had this 'debate' too often.  Cool
4903  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: [idea] Text to Unicode Conversion on: March 21, 2008, 08:36:38 PM
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#111&#110&#99&#111&#100&#101&#114&#46&#99&#111&#109 - is that it?

http://www.submitad.com/secure_html_lock.htm
$50 - has not been updated for several years sorry, "about" says copyright 2008
4904  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Evernote Beta & Evernote free at Giveawayoftheday today on: March 21, 2008, 04:37:18 AM
The beta offer is even more fantastic than I first realized:

Quote from: Dmitri from GiveAwayOfTheDay
#27

Everyone, please note that we are giving away three Evernote clients - for Windows, Mac, and Windows Mobile.
Also, you may want to take a look at Getting Started (http://www.evernote.com/s...ort/beta/getting_started/) and take a tour at http://www.evernote.com/about/beta/tour/.

#6 asked> "Will the software become disabled once the retail version comes out?"
No, it won’t become disabled. You’ll be able to auto-update to later beta versions and to “final” releases. Note that starting with this new version all Evernote clients (Windows/Mac/Windows Mobile) work with Evernote service. You’ll be able to keep using the account you create during beta. It will just get better and better…

 Thmbsup
4905  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PhotoMesa: gratis zoomable image browser on: March 19, 2008, 09:55:30 PM
... freewaregenius published a nice review...

Quote from: Freewaregenius
The verdict: even if you already use Picasa or another image management software you might want to try this. This program (a) is original and innovative, (b) introduces a very cool and interesting way to browse image collections, (c) allows for tagging image files using people and category tags, (d) allows for adding captions to images (e) stores metadata information in the image file itself, and (f) is free. Oh, and (g) is a definite Freewaregenius pick!

Sounds like you need some maintenance there Curt. My old clunker p3 with 750 something pc100 ran photosynth enough to check it out before I tried too much....

Maintenance.. yeah...
"New" must be the key word. Having read about Firefox 3, RAM, quad-core, and Vista pre-fetch, I am all ready to invest! (Not that FF 3 has much to do with Photosynth, but I am literally beginning to dream about SPEED!!)
4906  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PhotoMesa: gratis zoomable image browser on: March 19, 2008, 06:40:07 PM

Hmm... My one year old PC was not modern enough to run Photosynth...  Sad
- so now I know at least one place where the makers of this low-price machine saved some money!


I'd like to see this done with .doc's.
...
FastView and others can view .rtf files ...

FastView from http://f2soft.ax3.net/ gave me this:

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- so I couldn't try this one either.  Sad

Maybe this was just not my day.  tongue

4907  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Inkscape on: March 19, 2008, 06:21:32 PM
I tried Incscape a month ago on my unstable XP, but had a problem so serious that I removed Inscape within the same hour.
4908  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PhotoMesa: gratis zoomable image browser on: March 18, 2008, 03:10:45 AM
There's a couple more freebies there too.

Yes, DateLens, for Pocket PC, and NoteLens, for Windows PCs

Quote from: NoteLens
NoteLens is a note-taking tool that is so fast, it lets you concentrate on your notes - not on the interface.  NoteLens is designed to help you stay in the flow. You never spend time deciding where to store notes, save them, or even give them names.  NoteLens takes care of that for you.  With a lightning fast full text indexing system, you can quickly find any note just by typing any word - all of the notes containing that word will be pulled up as you type.

NoteLens integrates with Microsoft Outlook.  You can import notes from Outlook, and then keep NoteLens and Outlook synced.  (Although you don't need Outlook to take advantage of NoteLens.) With Microsoft ActiveSync, your notes will be synced with your Microsoft Pocket PC.  NoteLens even syncs contacts and email, so you can have integrated super fast access to all of your critical information.  And you can rely on NoteLens with confidence, knowing that they are backed up in Outlook - and also stored in a simple text format so you'll never be locked in.

We have found that NoteLens quickly becomes an integral part of users' lives - always running on the desktop, and just a keystroke away from jotting an idea down, or pulling up yesterday's thoughts.


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    * Extremely easy to use - notes are instantly accessible
    * No filenames, directory structures, or manual saving
    * Integrates with Microsoft Outlook
    * Sync Outlook notes, contacts or email (fast!)
    * Mark favorite notes for even faster access
    * Assign categories for finer control
    * Import existing text notes from the file system
    * Expands your memory!

Read the News about NoteLens.
NoteLens is designed to help you stay in the flow.
Read the research that led to NoteLens.

System Requirements:

    * Windows 98 and up
    * .NET Framework (distributed with NoteLens)
    * Outlook is not required except for syncing
      (Outlook Express is not supported)
http://www.windsorinterfaces.com/notelens.shtml
4909  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / PhotoMesa: gratis zoomable image browser on: March 17, 2008, 06:24:33 PM
I have never heard of this before today, but PhotoMesa 3 is a free (any donations per PayPal), zoom-able, image browser from Windsor Interfaces. There are a lot of capable image browsers out there, but with PhotoMesa 3 Windsor is trying to find a niche, and I think they are doing a fine job. They are not competing on number of advanced features, but on broad but easy usability, and speed. For an example: left-click is zoom in, right-click is zoom out. This feature can even be licensed for coders' .NET applications. PhotoMesa 3 requires .NET 1.1 or 2.0.

After-edited: They are also competing on annotating features.  thumbs up

Demo link for Windows Media Player:

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(- the "photomesa.com" address in the video is from when photomesa was shareware.
And the image quality is of course fine, and not terrible as the video make it seems to be.)


There are several ways to have it display your images
- this thumb is merely my way of showing 2975 pictures at the same time...

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- this view of course has mouse-over preview / popup / tooltips


Or another view ("scroll"):

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One problem I didn't understand at first is that you may need to remember to uncheck which folders to display before you close PhotoMesa if the folder was very big, because next time PhotoMesa will open with those pictures loaded, which in this situation of course will make it load very slowly. On the other hand this can be a major time saver in a different situation.

Another rare feature is that PhotoMesa has default option to merely show representative photos if your collection is larger than 500 pictures. You can of course change this number, or simply disable the feature.


http://www.windsorinterfaces.com/photomesa.shtml  thumbs up
4910  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I need a search software that does not index, searches mp3, email, video, txt... on: March 17, 2008, 08:35:59 AM
@ kartal

Darwin thanks for the heads up. I actually downloaded and used the trial version ...
- I may give it another shot.

My version of PowerDesk Pro is 6.0.4.2 © 1998-2005
- Any newer ones?  tellme
Edit:
Maybe 'someone' will download the supposedly new trial and tell what version's number it istellme

 tellme
4911  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: March 16, 2008, 01:49:05 PM
Best thing: PowerDesk is a very good File Manager,

- must be, because it is never updated...  tongue

Do you really expect there will be a version 7 ??  undecided

Anyway, even if it was updated or even upgraded I would only get any new version if it was absolutely gratis. I have purchased three programs via Avanquest (Vcom is part of Avanquest), and not one of them has ever been updated, or if they were updated, I was somehow never entitled to the new version. I cannot and will not recommend Avanquest!

PowerDesk ..... can be had for the princely sum of $9.95

Avanquest:

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Well, in all fairness, it actually may be new - I don't know
- it may even be reguarly updated for those who purchased it at full price - right? 
My version of PowerDesk Pro is 6.0.4.2 © 1998-2005 - Any newer ones?  tellme

Edit:
Maybe 'someone' will download the supposedly new trial and tell what version's number it is?  tellme
4912  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Gracefully close Firefox on PC exit on: March 15, 2008, 08:01:15 PM
Many restarts later...:

Something is not all right, because I have not yet been able to make the script work.

Later on I also right-clicked the CloseToQuit.ahk > Compile Script, but when I db'clicked the new exe it said 'exe corrupted'. So something is wrong.

I better ask if this was the right formula: apps=firefox.exe
- no commas, brackets, or anything?
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I have no idea what such a script should tell, but I am surprised that logonui.exe not is mentioned in the script, because I can see in my taskmanager that logonui is the one handling the XP shutdown. Please forgive me for even saying so.
4913  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: March 15, 2008, 02:28:21 PM
Zero3K made a genuine # 100 jubilee  thumbs up

- giving credits to waztree


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4914  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Example for <class>,<part of caption> on: March 15, 2008, 02:09:56 PM
Thanks, AndyM, but restoring sessions can sometimes be important to me, so I don't think I would want to un-check this option. I would rather go for the script nosh is talking about. Only, I have idea how to do something like that myself (and I will not purchase $15 Xecutor) - but I do have AutoHotkey installed.

- So I am still requesting some help on this idea, please.

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Warning - while you were typing a new reply has been posted.

... studying skrommel's answer...

Syntax:  apps=[<process name>,<class>,<part of a caption>]
Example: apps=calc.exe,MozillaWindowClass,- Notepad

Hmm... I got confused because of the example's content. In my case I expect the program's name must be firefox.exe , but should I also type MozillaWindowClass? And what about the third info, 'part of a caption' - what is that in this connection with firefox? Forgive me for asking such childish questions, but I really mean this thing under Homer van Gogh about me being an IT-analphabetic...

Will someone please  [attachimg=#] make the example talk about Firefox only?  tellme

Other than me knowing nothing I am most grateful for skrommel offering a solution, and for responding so fast.  thumbs up
4915  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: March 15, 2008, 01:16:27 PM
nontroppo made his # 500  thumbs up


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4916  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I need a search software that does not index, searches mp3, email, video, tx on: March 15, 2008, 12:01:05 PM
... that does not index(hate those gobblers) for 3 weeks.
heh, heh - kartal was exaggerating for effect.


oh, no comma!  embarassed  [attachimg=#]
4917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I need a search software that does not index, searches mp3, email, video, tx on: March 15, 2008, 11:01:14 AM
I am maybe missing to understand the problem right. If all this is for 3 weeks only, why then are indexes so big a problem? Or did you mean "in 3 weeks (from now)"?
4918  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / DONE: Gracefully close Firefox on PC exit on: March 15, 2008, 07:11:52 AM
I will almost "always" forget to close Firefox before I close my XP, so at the next boot it will ask if I want to restore session or not. I find this annoying, because I have Firefox placed in Start > Minimized   for the very reason that I do not want to see it before I need to use it.


IDEA: an app' that will use every XP shutdown / reboot to...
- immediately but gracefully auto-close any Firefox before it is terminated by force!

Please?  tellme

I use various programs to shut down XP.

Edited:
Windows will in general close most of the programs in the very same order in which they were started, and because my starting point of Firefox is delayed, so the closing of Firefox will also be delayed, giving enough time for some spy to react and gently close the fox - I would guess.
4919  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I need a search software that does not index, searches mp3, email, video, tx on: March 15, 2008, 04:12:05 AM
Forgive me for even asking, but just to make sure: You have of course already read all of our thread "What is the currently best Desktop Search software? « 1 2 ... 11 12 » "?

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I am sorry that I cannot answer your question, as none of my favourites will search all you want.
4920  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: March 15, 2008, 03:40:26 AM
Here's a new file manager that i've been using for a couple of days: http://home.comcast.net/~...are/products/waztree3.htm

- this is really looking promising!  thumbs up


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WazTree III is an explorer like file manager with a twist which allows simpler selection of drives via tabs.  Quick file viewer with easy to use spin button to select next or previous file to view.  Waztree III is eight programs in one along with many file tools.

Features:

    * Eight modes: File Manager, Web Browser, File Viewer (as text or Binary-Hex), Text Editor, Image Viewer, Movie Viewer, Zip File Viewer, Audio Player (independent of mode)

    * Built in Zip, UnZip, Zip to .Exe & Zip repair support along with many other FIle Tools such as convert between BMP, JPG, GIF, WMF & TIF files, Create numbered files, Append file names etc..

    * Email files from file manager or text from text editor.

    * Search for files and text content.

    * Synchronize Folders

    * Calendar/clock create calendar file or print.

    * Still access to DOS prompt (for us old timers)

    * Built in CD player

    * Create playlists from Audio Player

    * Quick access to recent folders used and web Favorites

 - all this in a "Beta 0.0"!!!  ohmy  http://home.comcast.net/~...are/products/waztree3.htm

@Zero3K, How well does it perform? - how 'bug-free' is it?  tellme

4921  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: March 13, 2008, 04:51:53 PM
"Completely integrated into Windows Explorer"- can anyone say what that means... context menu or ..??

The most important integration of Search GT to me is the one in Explorer's GUI - see the three screenshots of my (QT Tabbar) XP Explorer in the initial post. Click the "Search GT" in upper right corner of your Explorer window, and the big left window at once becomes Search GT. Click again, and you will have your normal Explorer back at once. There is also an entry in the context menu, and of course one in the usual XP place in Start > Search. It may or may not be o'kay for people with other file managers, but it is not a common stand alone - which I think is good.

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One special "feature": it is not possible to install on top. When executed, the installer will ask if you (really) want to uninstall.
4922  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: March 13, 2008, 03:12:21 PM
I am not sure what Seeker can do. At first run, I directed it to C:\  , and typed belarc and pressed Enter. It lasted 294.8 seconds ("building file list") and gave no result. I didn't give it a second chance as I am an IT-illiterate and any program must be easy to figure out how to use.

I remind you that Search GT will do its magic without any indexing at all, and the very first time I ran GT Search it listed the three belarc files from three different folders within 2.7 seconds!!! I expect you will be hearing more about this program in the future!


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4923  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: March 13, 2008, 11:57:13 AM
I am VERY impressed with the speed of today's offer from Bits du Jour: Search GT. ($10)

The program is quite new and you will probably miss some features for some time. It will not yet search the content of the files, nor any emails, and you will have to wait for the next version to search for folder names. It is merely a plain old fashion search engine. But: the SPEED! Be aware that this is done without any indexing at all!!

Quote from: Search GT
So what makes it so fast? In a nutshell, Search GT reads the file system directly, bypassing all of the Windows system libraries that are normally used for file enumeration. This allows users to get the results fast, and ensures that those results are always up-to-date.

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http://www.bitsdujour.com/software/search-gt/ $9.97

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4924  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: New Google "search site" box, but not yet from my pc? on: March 12, 2008, 01:02:41 PM
Who gives a piece of yesterday's meal if I there are other ways or not? I WANT THIS BUTTON!!  tongue


Furthermore:
... I could never remember what to type (iPhone site:cybernetnews.com) when I needed to perform such a search. But my problem is that I have not been able to get this search box to appear.

But thanx for the advices.   smiley
4925  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The MacBook Air is So Thin… on: March 12, 2008, 12:48:34 PM
Fragile Brave New World:

>quote: Copyright © 2008 CyberNet |

The MacBook Air is So Thin…

Posted: 11 Mar 2008 10:04 AM CDT

The MacBook Air is so thin that it mistakenly got thrown out! Gone, forever, in the land of stinky garbage. Apple has described what they’ve done with the MacBook Air as Thinnovation, introducing it as the world’s thinnest notebook. It sure is thin, ranging in size from 0.16 inches to 0.76 inches, not even a full inch at its thickest point. Of course its size is a huge advantage, but it will also be its disadvantage. Steven Levy over at Newsweek really understands that disadvantage after the MacBook Air he was reviewing from Apple got thrown out with the Sunday paper.

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Can you imagine the panic that came over him when he realized that the $1800 computer he had on loan from Apple was gone? He describes what he went through in an article over at Newsweek,talking about how he searched all over his apartment and tried to re-trace his steps only to come up empty handed. Eventually he thought about the huge mess of papers he had sprawled out on his coffee table on Sunday (the same place his Air usually rested) after going through the New York Times and how his wife came to scoop them up and take them to the trash-compactor room down the hall from their apartment. After thinking it all through, he said, “as humiliating as it sounds, let me repeat: the MacBook Air is so thin that it got tossed out with the newspapers.”

Imagine the feeling of realizing that the computer was gone forever. Even worse would be the thought of calling Apple to tell them what happened. Lucky for him, one of the people he spoke with at Apple couldn’t stop laughing. This didn’t get him out of being responsible for the computer though. Newsweek, the company he works for, is now responsible and is paying Apple for an $1800 computer that is so thin, it vanished without a trace.

<quote: Copyright © 2008 CyberNet |

 Grin
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