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1326  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A joyful addition.. on: August 25, 2007, 06:08:26 AM
That is just fantastic!  Thmbsup  Thmbsup  Thmbsup

This'll be one of the biggest and best changes in your lives: I'm constantly amazed how kids have the uncanny ability to get in under your skin... such a different kind of love.

I love the Lanux Expansion Pack  Grin  Grin  Grin Your Bio may have to wait 18 or so years until you get some time back again  Wink

Take care, take time and have lots of fun!
1327  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Content-Aware Image Resizing!! OMG!!!!!!!".. Calm down: it's useless on: August 24, 2007, 03:10:33 AM
I haven't seen the video yet, but I'd think that the "automated" part of it would only be useful for display purposes, not actual image manipulation.

For example, displaying an image on a web page, or photo album, of a much larger photo would really benefit from this type of thing.
1328  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Simple automatic hyperlinks in your posts on: August 24, 2007, 03:01:00 AM
That is a good idea!

What about doing a site specific search? For example: CCleaner which should display all CCleaner references on DonationCoder?

Then again, I suppose you could do that through the Forum Search anyway???
1329  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Organizing Reviews on: August 20, 2007, 09:49:00 PM
I'm curious to know what sort of funding models you'd think would be appropriate and how far you got down that track.
1330  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Organizing Reviews on: August 19, 2007, 08:33:13 PM
I have given a great deal of thought to creating a nextgen review system, with a hierarchy of editors and using wiki-like technology.  I'd love to work on it but we are talking about a very big project and i haven't yet found a way to either fund it and i dont have the time to work on such a large project without funding.

What about working up a Proof of Concept on DC then asking DC Members who'd like to throw in? I imagine that it's not only financial but more time issues as well?

Is this what you meant once when you said "a big review site", because if it is I think you undersold your idea  Wink
1331  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Organizing Reviews on: August 19, 2007, 07:50:50 PM
A donationcoder review wiki - I like it! There would not doubt be issues, but this would a very interesting experiment  Thmbsup
I'd imagine that it wouldn't be a full Wiki as we'd want to limit edit rights to members or certain members, but apart from very granular Forum permissions, I can't see how we could maintain a living page as the Introduction/Index to the software categories?

And that's where I think the benefit of DC doing something like this is: we have a large number of expert/well informed/opinionated  Wink members, that if we were able to produce an aggregation of their usage/opinions/mini reviews into something larger it would be a fantastic resource.

It's the living nature of something like this that appeals to me: software changes, versions change, etc, etc and not always for the better. What's the point of reading a comparative review that recommended Software X over Software Y if Software Y's development has overtaken X's?

The review is out of date. Where as, if we had an Introductory Page that listed Feature Rankings for the reviewed versions then the comparison would take care of itself. Having the ability to have multiple reviews of the one software by different people would be wonderful  Kiss
1332  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Organizing Reviews on: August 19, 2007, 07:07:10 PM
Well, that's a brief outline of a methodology.

I like it!

But I wonder if a Wiki may not fit the bill better? If you start H&M can anyone else add to your Index/Introduction page?

I'd also consider grouping the features into Classes such as the standard Functionality, Usability, etc and average out to give overview ratings across software groups.

I really like this idea.
1333  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a (freeware lightweight) flyout Start Menu on: August 18, 2007, 08:43:17 AM
You may want to check out our very own LaunchBar Commander, which should have this functionality shortly  smiley
1334  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Organizing Reviews on: August 18, 2007, 08:37:33 AM
A while ago I floated something not dissimilar to Mouser where DC members could add their rating for various aspects of a particular piece of software.

Mouser was concerned that it was too easy for unethical people to overrate their products, or products they like, and if that happened then it certainly isn't a great idea, or not a bad idea too easily ruined.

But I still like the idea of having a rating system, or as Renegade said a "Non-Testing" review. I thought that aggregating all of DC's opinions about applications would be a great addition to the site. Sort of like Wacoopa but not just usage. It'd work hand-in-hand with the other reviews too, and actually add more value to them.

Anyway Renegade, in answer to your suggestion: I agree!



1335  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Will LBC support openning of Bars via HotKey? on: August 18, 2007, 08:08:31 AM
I'm not sure what the HotKey ShortCut is for in the preferences, but if it was for a SubMenu would it open the SubMenu under the current cursor location?

Or could the same thing happen for a Dock?

I'm not sure if it's been discussed before, but ak's Post reminded me that I'd be keen for this functionality.  smiley

Thanks for the great software!
1336  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What do you use to keep track of your installed software? on: August 15, 2007, 03:49:51 AM
Perry, are you able to launch an auto-upgrader for all programs ???
 tellme

What would we need to have? What would you need to make it happen?

Just the location of the PAD File.

The way I've done it at the moment (a bit proof of concepty), is to get details from the Author's PAD File and download the file as specified in the PAD.

1337  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Top 3 programs you use on: August 10, 2007, 04:54:14 AM
I double Agree... so let's see:
1. LaunchBarCommander [Get's me into applications]
2. RoboForm [Get's me into sites]
3. Then comes the long list of productivity applications, the top being, um, ummmmm: PSPad would be involved in most aspects of what I do I'd think?

Good point App: I have not had Wakoopa installed for some time, but looking back and using your non-auto start suggestion I'd have:
1. MS Visual Studio
2. PS Pad
3. MS Excel (How could I forget all the time I spend on Excel?)
1338  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Top 3 programs you use on: August 10, 2007, 02:14:30 AM
Renegade ranted:
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Ok - 1 problem with this thread - Browsers & Email clients - They're always going to be in there and not very interesting. I wish the topic were "Top 3 programs you use Plus your Email client & Browser..."

Agreed!


I double Agree... so let's see:
1. LaunchBarCommander [Get's me into applications]
2. RoboForm [Get's me into sites]
3. Then comes the long list of productivity applications, the top being, um, ummmmm: PSPad would be involved in most aspects of what I do I'd think?
1339  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: KenR's health and situation on: August 07, 2007, 08:47:35 PM
Ken you're going to get a million dittos here, but I want to add mine too!

It's like that old joke about why you're banging your head (because it's so great when you stop): I hope that your post surgery time is full of joy, relief and hope.
1340  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you listen to the radio? on: August 06, 2007, 05:58:05 PM
My ISP here in Australia offers FREE Radio streaming (not everything, just a good selection), so often the radio is being streamed now (as the sound is better on the computer than through the cheap FM radio).

I really like the idea of community radio too, so when I'm not listening to Swiss Groove I'll be tuning into the neighbour's radio show  Cool

Over the years though I've developed an aversion to Talk-Back, repetitive hits and opera that sounds like cats being strangled, which keeps me hopping around the dial or Internet for a few well loved programmes.
1341  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Win-Get: Anyone tried this? on: August 01, 2007, 10:30:16 AM
Hmm it reminds me of Ubuntu's "apt-get install nameofprogram". And it basically checks it from the list of repositories at /etc/apt/sources.list (sad that I have these memories now isn't it).

Quote from: SourceForge

Would be cool if you could add links for it to check. But that would require software companies and individuals to actually have a standard way of storing their newest files.

You mean to the Repository? You can do that here.
1342  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Site of the Month for August 2007: NirSoft.net on: August 01, 2007, 10:01:57 AM
Hear Hear!!

Actually, just noticed SysExporter... is that new?? Have not noticed it before and I'm a fairly regular visitor  Kiss

Sounds great though: a perfect companion to ScreenShotCaptor  smiley to scrape the text from inside windows.

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Update: Works Great!! Except ThunderBird wasn't captured  undecided
1343  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: User settings storage debate on: August 01, 2007, 09:49:27 AM
On the other hand, portability has become hugely popular. For most applications the need for portability really doesnt exist. I mean, most computers we use have certain applications that only make sense to run from your local PC. However, certain applications are nice to have and use on the go (browsers, word processors, web editors, etc).  But, this also leads to a security risk as any user can take and plugin their thumb drive and load any application thus bypassying the security setup by any systems administrator.

Thank goodness!! Otherwise, I'd be sunk at work (where IT have tied our computers up so tightly it's hard to scratch whilst working)
One idea I think should be done is that each application should give the user the option of making the application portable via an ini file which stores the settings for the application so it can be read from disk vice the registry. I've seen several apps allow users to select, on install or through the options dialog, what mode the application is to be installed (portable or fixed). This is one idea.

What are your thoughts security-wise, portability-wise, etc

Having the option is great. I know that ToDoList does it this way, which means USB Drive installations are simple (just extract).

If I was choosing between two similar programmes, being able to install onto a USB Drive would swing me one way or the other (even if I didn't want to install in initially onto a USB Drive), as if I wanted to use it at work it would have to be from the USB Drive.
1344  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Win-Get: Anyone tried this? on: August 01, 2007, 09:42:29 AM
If you got that from the lifehacker article, in the comments are another few similar apps I will be looking at for mouser.

No I didn't, but thanks for the link!

There is a lot of room for improvement here in the Windows world! Everyone seems to have a slightly different method of implementation (personally I like the PAD option); I've got to agree with you two though, that a great niche is to not re-invent the wheel but be able to use what's in existence.
1345  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best search and replace software discussion on: August 01, 2007, 09:28:59 AM
I too have tried
InfoRapid Search & Replace http://www.inforapid.de/html/searchreplace.htm
and
Agent Ransack http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/

And thought they both worked well enough...

But have unInstalled them a long time ago (probably through lack of use), now I use PSPad which definitely isn't the best, but it satisfies my needs (which I think are pretty simple): Though Alan's post turned me green  Wink
1346  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Win-Get: Anyone tried this? on: August 01, 2007, 09:15:16 AM
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Is it possible that DCUpdater could use it's database?
extremely possible.

Justice has been investigating these kinds of programs, and he and i are going to work together to identify the best features of these tools.

Sounds great!

And my current plan is to try to make dcupdater (or a close relative of it) be able to read as many of these kinds of database formats as possible so it can be compatible.

Hmmm: that sounds pretty awesome. Sounds like a plug-in engine or configuration wizard to allow the user to hook into a new source?... I guess that the currency of the links is always going to be the issue. Browsing the Win-Get Repository it looks like some of the files are a little out of date. I guess that's where if the link points back to the actual author then it's one less thing for the software developer to worry about?

I always thought that a repository should endeavor to, or provide the tools, to help keep the links/versions current. A PAD file database, for example, would be doing a lot of link checking if it was going to regularly check tens-of-thousands of PAD files!!
1347  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Win-Get: Anyone tried this? on: August 01, 2007, 08:27:15 AM
Anybody had a look at Win-Get?

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This seems to work on keeping a repository of links, and has quite a few in its database:
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This is different to how our DC Updater works, also I think it's just a command-line at the moment??

Is it possible that DCUpdater could use it's database? Would mean that DCUpdater wouldn't need the xml file on the Author's site? I'm not sure if that's good, bad or indifferent?? I also don't know if nearly 200 apps is a carrot (for DCUpdater) or not?
1348  DonationCoder.com Software / DcUpdater / Re: New feature idea, is it too late? on: July 12, 2007, 05:53:51 AM
I'd have a seperate "browsing view / adding extra" for adding in applications via pad files, and not clutter the "update manager view" with it. At least not give the impression that DCUpdater just installed 63000 apps!  Grin

 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

Yes I'd imagine that adding something like an unknown file it could be a wizard type thing and not in the main interface at all??
1349  DonationCoder.com Software / DcUpdater / Re: New feature idea, is it too late? on: July 11, 2007, 11:22:01 PM
tens of thousands of pad files.

Yes, what are you doing with PAD files?

ASP's database has 63K records (with a lot of rubbish in it, I downloaded it yesterday)
PADdb has 28K records
PAD Database has 49K records

1350  DonationCoder.com Software / DcUpdater / Re: New feature idea, is it too late? on: July 11, 2007, 10:30:59 PM
Yes, i'm trying to think the best way to do this.. keep the suggestions coming.

would it be possible to have different options available, similar to how emails can be displayed in different ways, sorts and groupings, could there be a menu "View by" with expandable groups:
  • Update Status
  • Program Title Index (A,B,C...)
  • License Type
  • Release Date (month?)
  • Age (months? out of date)
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