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1101  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: The javascript SDK Fscript now support VBScript, Ruby, Python et Perl. on: June 21, 2008, 09:31:34 PM
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1. Is it possible to stop FARR closing when a result is double-clicked?
add " /stayopen" to the end of the launch result to tell FARR to stay open after launching.

OK: pretty sure that that option is not available in this Plugin? Could onProcessTrigger return a result??

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2. Can I get information from the found item into the EditBox?
there may be something i can do to improve the case of dragging and dropping into edit box or chooding jump to directory for these cases, but regardless, i think what you are wanting to, if i understand it which i might not, is to populate your results like this:
choice 1 | restartsearch tz pacific/auckland
choice 2 | restartsearch tz usa
etc

the restartsearch launch command will put the text that follows into the edit box when the item is selected, so it lets you build things like menus in FARR results.

yes, that sounds perfect: but again, I'm pretty sure that that command is not available in the Fscript plugin?

ecaradec?? I'd love to have that command  Kiss
1102  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: June 21, 2008, 10:08:11 AM
Following a remark made on this site somewhere, I've occasionally called software vendors, prior to a purchase, to ask if there is a discount or promotion.  Surprisingly many either have something available or will create an on-the-spot discount.

That's what I (we) were hoping for... I had some recent success in other areas that will be available during the fundraiser, but it's good to come back to earth again  smiley

 embarassed We're already getting a discount anyway, right? It was probably a little cheeky, but exposure here is definitely a win-win situation: so there's no harm in trying...
1103  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: The javascript SDK Fscript now support VBScript, Ruby, Python et Perl. on: June 21, 2008, 10:03:28 AM
Another quick question:

I'm not sure what the effects of the PostProcessing options are:
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IMMEDIATE_DISPLAY=0; ADDSCORE=1; MATCH_AGAINST_SEARCH=2
1104  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: The javascript SDK Fscript now support VBScript, Ruby, Python et Perl. on: June 21, 2008, 09:46:13 AM
1. Is it possible to stop FARR closing when a result is double-clicked?

What I'm wanting to do is have the ability to further define the search in the edit box by the item clicked on.

2. Can I get information from the found item into the EditBox?
  • When I select the item's context menu and select "Jump to directory in EditBox" nothing happens  undecided
  • When I drag the item to the EditBox the correct "path" is entered BUT it's prefixed with a "/", which I don't want.

So what's happening is I've entered a search "tz .*" which matches stuff, I'd like to select one of the matches and "search" again with that.
  • My Alias String is tz.
  • The path for both of #2 items is something like "TZ Pacific/Auckland": I added the Alias String to the path in the hope that I could get that data into the edit box.
1105  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 21, 2008, 09:26:10 AM
The displayed copy was compressed wrongly or too hard; the text is a little too hard / difficult to read.

I thought it was too sharpened? Though I didn't look closely.

I agree: it's getting better and better!!
1106  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 20, 2008, 10:58:37 AM
Menu is now an unordered list - took me a while to work out how to sort out the correct CSS tags though!

Does the trick though: much easier to select.

Pictures in main body text are all now frames

Do you think they present better with a frame? I do  Wink

The top of the menu and text are better aligned (though still not perfect).

The pages with a heading look perfect to me!

Personally I'd rather look at pictures, find out about the kids and tecahers and their fmilies, hear them singing etc. than read long reports.

I'd be putting the long reports on a different page, so that people can still read them if they want to.

I have an idea for an article to follow the journey of some friends who delivered minibuses to the school from the UK by driving across Spain, North Africa and the Sahara - it would give a sense of place and I think could be interesting.

Sounds wonderful! Where can we join up??

I am thinking about how to indicate the current page on the menu - not sure what would be the easiest way. One thought was to put each menu entry into a separate div on the template page and then on each page override the background colour of the div in the stlyesheet by a local page CSS tag. I'll have a play. Anyone got a better solution?

Thats generally what I do, all depends on the style of page that you're following.

Following on from what you've done so far, I'd make the background something like a darkish grey: so highlight is black and current is a "lighter black".
1107  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: June 20, 2008, 10:32:50 AM
Received a reply back from Software995:
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Thank you for your inquiry.  We appreciate the offer.  However, at this point, we're not going to take you up on this.

Pity  Sad

So, we're right to go then?
1108  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 20, 2008, 08:34:49 AM
Yes I am aware of the news and links page problems.

Sorry: just thinking out loud...

I agree about the PDF version of the newsletter - unfortunately I am not editing or supplying the content. Hopefully it will get sorted.

Always a problem: do you need to invest in a PDF converter? There is a deal about to happen with Software995??

The email form has validation - not sure what you mean. It only accepts an email address in valid format, and insists compulsory fields are filled.

My mistake then, sorry. I didn't go all the way through it, just typed and exited the field. You have validation on Submit.

I agree about the menu - maybe I will change that altogether. It was done for speed and it needs to be better.

What you've done is great. It's generally the case, especially with time limits (as you mentioned in your original post), that you need to get the project over the line. Fine tuning can come later...
1109  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Fifth Element: back to basic? on: June 20, 2008, 08:20:36 AM
However, so far I am all in all impressed - again... Now, begin testing!

Be interested in your ongoing thoughts  smiley
1110  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 20, 2008, 07:57:03 AM
Rats, second attempt...

Looking good Carol!!  Thmbsup

Had the time to leisurely wander through your site, and here's a few thoughts...
  • The top of the menu-bar and the main content are not top aligned
  • Have you thought of adding a border to your photos? I think it adds a little extra definition (depending on your colour scheme of course)
  • Have you considered a colour difference between the "body" of the page and the border (that you don't use)? I think it adds more definition to your content.
  • The News page is loooong. Have you considered a wee index at the top, maybe with a teaser?
  • I'd suggest offering the newsletter in HTML as well as downloadable PDF. My general rule is that everything on the site should be able to be displayed in the browser.
  • The NGO Links is a loooong page too. Sorted alphabetically. Is that best? It depends on what people are looking for: if it's a name then alpha is good, if it's a service, then maybe categorized is better?
  • Your Email Form does not have any validation: though I like your tool tips!
  • Have you thought about making the menu bar links more blocky? If you made it a DIV rather than a P then the "block" could hight
  • Also on the menu bar, there is no visual indication of what page you are on; plus the link to the page you are on is still active.

Sorry if it's too pernickety (it's a fault of mine  embarassed): I think it's looking really good.

Also, Nudone's comment about re-doing the banner when you can is perfect!
1111  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 20, 2008, 05:59:27 AM
Is the width fixed now Perry? I increased the margin for the content div and reduced its size by a couple of pixels. As I can't see it on my system I don't know if I have done enough!

 embarassed Not at work any more Carol, so I can't reproduce it: it's fine in FF and IEtab here  Thmbsup

Would you like my opinion on your banner text? I'd go back and redo it if it was me: it'd be the first thing I saw on the site each time I visited  Sad
1112  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 20, 2008, 05:49:47 AM
That's odd - which browser are you using. Here is what it looks like in two browsers on my system with the windows dragged really narrow:

Firefox:   (see attachment in previous post)   Internet Explorer:    (see attachment in previous post)

Unfortunately I can't access from the domain at the moment as the server seems to be down (I can't access any of my domains)

I agree it aint width: IE6 was the only browser they give us at work  Angry
1113  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 19, 2008, 10:06:19 PM
You must have fixed mouser's #1 as it's fine on my machine, but the width is causing an issue (my resolution [at work] is 1280x1024):

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1114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Finally: Converting Units Sensibly on: June 19, 2008, 09:52:38 PM
I wonder how 1 female lion equals 10 mircowaves?
 (see attachment in previous post)

Or this (unit is square inches)


The paper I can figure out...  undecided but their CDs are HUGE!
1115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Finally: Converting Units Sensibly on: June 19, 2008, 09:30:20 PM
I wonder how 1 female lion equals 10 mircowaves?

[attachthumb=1]
1116  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: June 19, 2008, 11:47:35 AM
@Perry: If you could inquire, please do so. I am very busy and would appreciate the assistance.

OK: Done... lets see what they say  cheesy
1117  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: June 19, 2008, 10:29:43 AM
(Besides, I also have had the Cute PDF driver installed for a while - very nice free PDF creator!)

We use Cute at work: and it's pretty bullet proof.

Nice suggestion mouser: will you tinjaw, or I don't mind?
1118  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: June 17, 2008, 09:56:09 AM
Either way, with all the "tools" you get, I mostly just used the PDF creator.

Not interested in jumping in Jim? With the multiple licence discount you'd be getting the whole shebang for the price of the PDF-Suite?  Thmbsup
1119  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: June 17, 2008, 09:49:36 AM
Me too tinjaw  smiley
1120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do incremental backup programs work? on: June 17, 2008, 06:19:52 AM
I'll answer this one...

Sorry, just another question: I know some backup programs (that do incremental backup) allow you to see the files you've backed up. How does that work? Do they come up on Windows Explorer (as a virtual drive or something) or do they use a sort of "Backup Explorer", a proprietary application that works similarly to WE but can only be used for backups?

It depends on how the actual software stores the backup.

For example, Backup4All gives you the option of zipping the files or not. You can browse the backups using the file system, though if you are keeping versions it can get a little confusing (better to use B4A). From memory SyncBack is similar.

FirstDefense though stores it's data in an archive file of some description that I've never tried to access through the filesystem.

Just to reinforce Justice's explanation:
Incremental refers to the Backup as a whole, not the individual files being backed up.
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An incremental backup is a backup method where multiple backups are kept (not just the last one). These backups will be incremental if each original piece of backed up information is stored only once, and then successive backups only contain the information that changed since a previous backup.
1121  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: New Script FARR Plugin: Clock on: June 17, 2008, 04:04:35 AM
I think basically all FARR plugins have been released as open source -- though maybe not "formally" with a license.  it's a good idea to include a clear license in them saying so.  we should choose a default license and include it with all the samples, then others will follow suit.

Cool, sounds like it should be  smiley

How about hosting the file? At the moment it's on GoGoGadetScott's site

FARR Plugin: Clock is now officially released using GPLv3. Do as you wish with it  cheesy

I've just about finished adding TaiChiMaster's request for World Time Zones.

I was having an issue with RegEx's in the JavaScript though: they don't seem to be working. Is that FScript.dll or FARR?

1122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Father's Day Memory of Fathers and Computers.. Your stories? on: June 16, 2008, 04:11:44 AM
Our first computer was an Amiga 500 that came with a selection of Stuff (tm). I was retraining in technical college at the time so it was meant to serve my assignment's needs. It was also used by my kids.

The Amiga was a Floppy Disk based system (I did get a hard drive later, but not initially). One of the things the kids loved doing was painting with Deluxe Paint and making music with DMCS.

One day one of the kids said that Deluxe Paint had stopped working. After a little bit of investigation I discovered that my clever kids had managed of write enable the programme disk and overwrite the executable with an image file: clicking past the warnings  with "Of course I want to overwrite the file"!

The Amiga also introduced me to programming too: One of the AmigaBasic programmes in the package was a spelling programme that had been hacked by someone (at the shop I think). It would start up by speaking a welcome after you typed in your name. In those early days you had to tune your ears to the computer voice and it took weeks before we finally figured out that the computer responded to the name that was typed in: "Tiffany, what a nice name!" So, the first job was to edit the programme so that it responded to the name that was typed in!

1123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do we need a Linux and/or Mac child board? on: June 15, 2008, 09:01:51 AM
Not that I've visited any Linux or Mac forums (no need), but attracting and widening the DC userbase could produce greater integration and a greater diversity of thoughts, what would be detrimental is separate child boards where there was no cross fertilising. OS arguments would be super detrimental.

Adding DC's distinct flavour to multi-OS discussions would be great, and probably unique and maybe a draw card for new members.

This is definitely something to give a lot of thought to before going ahead and doing it.

too right!
1124  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do we need a Linux and/or Mac child board? on: June 15, 2008, 08:10:22 AM
 undecided Can we have both?

I'd think the general software discussions, Reviews, etc. would remain as is: i.e. mixed.

OS specific, such as Software/Coding Snacks, could be in their own area: i.e. separate.

That way, we can allow it to grow as it needs...
1125  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Insert future or past date as text on: June 15, 2008, 06:37:54 AM
Also, FARR has a new Clock Plugin, which was pretty easy to add the ability to use some past or future time. Clock is not my plugin though, but I presume we can change our own copies?

Anyway, it's a nice FARR Plugin which means it's quite versatile.
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