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151  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Free PDF tools review? on: September 17, 2007, 04:13:36 PM
My understanding was that PDF-XChange Viewer Free wasn't simply a reader but also useful for annotating PDF-documents. My experience of such software is that is not free, and if it is free it comes with some kind of limitation so as to provide an incentive to get the non-free version. I am of the opinion that one should always try to exercise caution when something seems to be too good to be true. The reviews from snapfiles seems to be extremely positive, and that too triggers my critical mind, but I guess I will have to find out for myself now. If it does provide good annotation capabilities for free and with no limitations, then that is all that I need.
I've used PDF-XChange Viewer for about a year now and I've had no problems with it.

The annotation tools seem to work fine for me, though I don't use them all that much and don't tend to share the annotated documents so I'm not sure how well other readers will cope.
152  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How much RAM do you have on your PC? on: September 17, 2007, 02:19:03 PM
4 GB - though I'm on XP so only get 3.25. But at the prices these days why have less?
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet Forum Lightbulb Maintenance... on: September 17, 2007, 02:17:31 PM
I've diarised this to 18 March  Wink
154  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft patches applied - EVEN WHEN AUTOUPDATE IS OFF on: September 13, 2007, 03:20:21 PM
Poll updated to reflect your tastes Wink

Can't vote again unfortunately  embarassed
155  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft patches applied - EVEN WHEN AUTOUPDATE IS OFF on: September 13, 2007, 01:57:15 PM
Can you add another option:

They shouldn't really do it, but life's too short to care

 Wink

True - but I think you are stuck with Don't Care or Buy me a beer

Well, I hate beer - vodka and cranberry's my fave at the moment - so it looks like I'm the lone voice championing 'Do not care'!  cheesy
156  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft patches applied - EVEN WHEN AUTOUPDATE IS OFF on: September 13, 2007, 01:40:38 PM
Can you add another option:

They shouldn't really do it, but life's too short to care

 Wink
157  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Switcher2: Expose Clone (Window Arranger) for Windows on: September 11, 2007, 04:17:37 PM
Hey, I didn't know Intellitype did that  ohmy

Now I know why I bought a mouse with 5 buttons  cheesy
158  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone know how to capture video + audio (uin good quality) from WMP ? on: September 11, 2007, 03:57:33 PM
If you can find a copy of FairUse4WM that might work - I've successfully stripped the drm off BBC iPlayer and C4 4OD wmv videos.

It'll only work if you actually have the license, of course.
159  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com) on: September 10, 2007, 02:05:02 PM
I'm really happy with ReNamer.  thumbs up

Whoever designed the user interface for Bulk Rename Utility shouldn't be allowed near computers  ohmy
160  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Realtime Screencasting Software on: September 06, 2007, 01:24:42 PM
I use www.webex.com which is ideal for what you want

There are loads of alternatives too like

www.gotomeeting.com/
www.powwownow.co.uk
161  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: web mail client on: September 04, 2007, 02:35:00 PM
I'm using Thunderbird to access my free gmail, hotmail, and Yahoo pop3 webmail accounts.

You need to install a couple of extensions, but it's only just slightly trickier than falling off a log.
162  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Keeping track of software license/serial keys on: September 04, 2007, 02:26:04 PM
I use Password Agent from Moon Software

http://www.moonsoftware.com/pwagent.asp

I've also downloaded something from Comodo (iVault I think) but haven't tried it out yet.
163  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Why I gave up on it on: September 02, 2007, 04:26:49 PM
Trouble with 'lite' versions is maintaining two builds - by having an option to turn of advanced features and the updating mechanism which reduces the download size it means there is only one version to maintain. It also means that a user can switch on the extra features if they find they need them without having to download and install a new version.

Or to harp on about profiles - if there were standard profiles for the basic different types of capture users could get up and running with those, and only need to delve into the more coplex stuff if they needed to  Wink
164  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Bloons Tower Defense - Very Well Done on: September 02, 2007, 04:20:35 PM
Interesting approach hamradio  thumbs up

How did you get the image in the spoiler section? And how did you rename the button labels?
165  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tower Defense Game of the Week: Budapest Defenders on: September 02, 2007, 03:33:43 PM
I like this one - except that your snipers never shoot the raiders closest to the embassay, even though the AI is smart enough to work out the best route there  huh

Haven't quite managed to complete expert without any losses but I'm working on it  cheesy

Some of the high scores posted are a bit dubious too  ohmy
166  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Bloons Tower Defense - Very Well Done on: September 02, 2007, 03:23:42 PM
But it cost you 15 lives  Wink

Here's a shot just before the end of the last stage - obviously no danger of any of the remaining bloons getting past the tack towers at bottom left (i'd post the final shot but the congratulations message covers the locations of my defenses).

And don't click below if you don't want to know how I did it  smiley


I thought it was a pretty good game, though it'd be nice to have an expert mode. Wasn't keen on the other bloon games though.

Good find   cheesy


Edit: resaved with the image in spoilers - thanks hamradio smiley
167  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Batch file - start service, run program, stop service ? on: September 01, 2007, 06:21:00 AM
Perfect  cheesy

Thanks OGroeger

This is what I ended up with within 5 minutes of installing Autohotkey for the first time:

[copy or print]
runwait, sc start "O&O Defrag" , , hide
RunWait "C:\Program Files\OO Software\Defrag Professional\oodcnt.exe"
runwait, sc stop "O&O Defrag" , , hide

which seems to work.

I'm going to find out more about Autohotkey to see what else it can help with.

Thank you  smiley
168  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Batch file - start service, run program, stop service ? on: August 31, 2007, 06:48:03 PM
Thanks mwb1100 - no luck with that though  Sad

start /wait did start an instance of the program, according to Task Manager, but there was no UI so it wasn't much use!

I may just create a couple of batch files and remember to run

start.bat.
program shortcut
stop.bat

in the right order  cheesy
169  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Batch file - start service, run program, stop service ? on: August 31, 2007, 06:01:14 PM
Can anyone help me with this?

O&O Defrag insists that a service called "O&O Defrag"  is running before working. But it's too dumb to start the service if it's set to manual  huh

And since I'll only be using it occasionally I want my memory for other things.

So I want to create a batch file (or similar) that does:

[copy or print]
net start "O&O Defrag"
run O&O (as if I'd double clicked on the xp icon)
waits for O&O to finish
net stop "O&O Defrag"

Oh, and does it all invisibly so as far as I'm concerned I'm just double clicking an icon, and closing the program as I usually would, and ending with no program and no service running without any command windows cluttering up the place.

Is that easy to do for someone with no programming skills? I.e. me?   cheesy

Thanks  smiley

170  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Initial Recommendations on: August 30, 2007, 12:50:49 PM
I can't remember if I previously suggested profiles - not filenameing profiles, but options profiles.

E.g.

1. 96dpi, gif, include cursor, automatic save & filename
2. 300dpi, jpeg, no cursor, open preview

That kind of thing.

And I know I've suggested this before but just a gentle reminder  Wink  - better object detection
171  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anger Management: living with Windows XP + lot of software on: August 29, 2007, 02:43:01 PM
Buy a second cheap PC to test out new stuff?
172  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone Using OmniPage and PaperPort? on: August 29, 2007, 02:36:10 PM
I use Omnipage 15 Pro at work. The OCR seems to work pretty well, though its page formatting is pretty rough.

I still haven't really got my head around the interface so it's possible I could do things to improve the formatting, but then that's the software's fault for having a rubbish interface, not mine for not knowing how to use it  smiley

It runs pretty quick too.

But the best thing about it - and what I wouldn't even have known about if I hadn't delved into the installation CD - is PDF Converter and PDF Create (both version 3). Every time Acrobat fouls up someone else's machine I can't help sniggering  tongue


The big question is: what do you actually want it for? If you just want OCR, then you might find that the freebie software that gets thrown in with scanners does the job - my Canon 70 had a cut down version of .... Omnipage  Wink
173  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how do you write a .chm file? on: August 18, 2007, 01:26:34 PM
or if like me you like the easy life

$459.00   ohmy
The easy life seems to be an expensive life!

Not really... $459.00 is quite reasonable considering what it delivers... The question is whether you need that power or not.

The ability to produce CHM, HLP, PDF, XML, RTF, and other formats all from the same source is so worth it. Here's why...

You have a help file where you're creating a CHM. But you decide that you need it done for the web. The help is say 100 pages long. How long does it take, and how much is your time worth? Remember that you need to do this manually each time...

Next, you need it in PDF format... Same as above...

Now you need to do this all for every release! OUCH! You just screwed yourself for time if you didn't plan ahead and get a solution like H&M.

It's all about saving time and being more productive. Tools like H&M are always expensive for a very real reason. They save money and pay for themselves.

However, a lot of people don't need them. I don't use H&M for GDT's docs because they're short and I don't need that much power. At the dayjob, I really need it badly.

Besides - Alexsander is a fun guy after a few glasses of wine! tongue



Exactly  smiley

The important part is the '+' in the name. If you need to publish the same content in more than one format it's a breeze. It only needs to save about 5 days worth of development time before it's paid for itself.
174  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how do you write a .chm file? on: August 17, 2007, 02:26:54 PM
http://msdn2.microsoft.co...-us/library/ms670169.aspx

or if like me you like the easy life

http://www.ec-software.com/
175  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Acceptable expletives on: August 17, 2007, 02:17:39 PM
I know someone who renamed his kitten 'Cooking Fat' in celebration of the number of times she was standing exactly where he wanted to step while holding a tray of hot food.  Wink
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