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1426  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: screen capture tool that appends captures to single image? on: March 22, 2007, 06:27:03 AM
funny you should post this -- i have thought for a while about adding such a feature to my ScreenshotCaptor program.. it's not that hard to imagine cases where it might be useful.. the only thing that has really kept me from adding it is the thought that it might be more useful to make a general purpose program for arranging multiple images in such arragements easily via drag+drop.. 

Like an export option? That would work nicely inside of ScreenShot Captor, as that would be the programme doing the capturing.

SnagIt (which we're given at work) has a not-too-disimilar feature where you can add multiple objects from the one screen to one image (via multi-click), which means you can "composit" your base image more easily if it requires more than one window... but that's not what Nod5 was wanting anyway (but I thought I'd mention it anyway Wink )
1427  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Text xpander that can handle RTF on: March 22, 2007, 02:08:52 AM
Could you try our product, ATopSoft DeskCake?
The web link is

Hey, Hi and Welcome! It certainly looks good, if not a little over-featured.

But I really like the look of AutoSave! It's AutoBackUp is similar to File Hamster (which really is a great programme!

- Perry
1428  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Text xpander that can handle RTF on: March 20, 2007, 07:53:26 AM
I'd assume that it's not just to expand the text with the current position's formatting, but to expand it with the "saved" formatting??  undecided

For example: If I want "clr" to expand into "Colour", there's no way a simple expanding is going to work.

- Perry
1429  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Save web page to directory based on web site in browser title on: March 20, 2007, 04:35:38 AM
I use SurfuLater to do this, either as a full page or as a bookmark (depending on what I want to do with the information).

But there are quite a few other similar applications that sit outside of the browser that should do what you want.

The beauty of an application like SurfuLater is that moving stuff around is really simple.

- Perry
1430  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: can anybody help with a word/excel mail merge query? on: March 15, 2007, 08:44:58 AM
I think you are right: you are asking the wrong question  Wink

I've just had a play with using a series of NEXTIF, SKIPIF, IF's, bookmarks etc but it's all too complex. It's just not the way mail merges are meant to work!

I'd suggest writing a macro to transform your original data source into a one line per person type file: that's the way mail merges should work.

Probably the easiest way to handle the different numbers of 'Pages' for each person is to concatenate them into a single field (possibly with linebreaks if that suits with your letter).

Let me know if you need a hand with the macro.

- Perry
1431  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of FirstDefense-ISR (Raxco Software) on: March 12, 2007, 07:37:40 AM
Are there any errors/interruptions when you create the archive?

What's the story on that?? I was trying to Archive my primary snapshot to an external HD and it always fails; whilst archiving other snapshots works fine??

- Perry
1432  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: MS Word2000? on: February 20, 2007, 04:47:28 AM
has anybody out there had success "taming" MS Word2000?
would much appreciate to hear which settings work.

Anything in particular? I use the Office2000 suite at home, without too many issues  Wink

- Perry
1433  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: February 07, 2007, 07:24:08 AM
In the end, you'll probably be cursing and swearing and regretting that you didn't just buy some standard modular bookcases, though. At least I know I would.

Heck no... it's great fun (and tribulation which did result a quite a bit of cursing and swearing): but I'm glad I did it. Though when I built our bedroom cupboards it took a lot longer than a weekend!

- Perry
1434  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: try my new experiment with HotOrNot pictures! on: January 30, 2007, 09:01:04 PM
I do appreciate that you went through it all just because I posted it here. The feedback I got is really useful.

No dramas: nearly fainted when I saw 479 though!!

Do we get to get an update on your results??

- Perry
1435  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: January 30, 2007, 07:37:28 AM
i've thought of a way of doing what i requested by using directory opus. just create a 'collection' folder named 'notes' (or whatever) then just 'send to' this collection the txt files, regardless of their location.

That, or something similar, was what came to mind reading your post.

What about Projects? PSPad, as well as many other TextEditors, has the ability to manage projects. So the files can be anywhere on your drive and kept together in your project definition for easy editing... yes?

- Perry
1436  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: cost of running a pc (in the UK)? on: January 27, 2007, 10:16:02 PM
Should probably borrow a power rate meter thingy and check how much my own box uses.

I believe that this is the only "accurate" way to measure such things; it's something that I've been meaning to do for a while...

- Perry
1437  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: desktop icon manager/grouping on: January 25, 2007, 07:45:36 AM
I stumbled across DeskSave and remembered this thread; not that I'm thinking that DeskSave is an answer here... just of interest:

Features of DeskSave 7.0:
  • Saves the icon layout according to current user and screen resolution
  • Restoring works properly, even if 'Auto Arrange' or 'Align to Grid' (Windows XP) is activated
  • Accepts command line parameters
  • Auto restore at resolution change or program start
  • Starts with Windows, if desired
  • New: Import and export function
  • New: Undo after restoration
  • New: Provides backups of current and saved layouts
  • New: Supports English and German language
  • Optional shell extension for the desktop, thereby easy access to functions without background process
  • Very small size (DeskSave.exe: 66 kB, Shell extension: 68 kB)
  • No setup routine, just unpack the archive and DeskSave is ready
  • Easy deletion of all saved layouts and all settings, DeskSave is completely removable
  • Supports Windows 9x/NT/2000 and XP

from www.desksave.de
1438  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RSS reader with firefox engine. local copy of content, and newspaper CSS? on: January 25, 2007, 06:43:44 AM
Is there any other I'm missing? What do you use lately to read feeds?

Funny, I just stumbled across i-Fetch, have not tried it...

- Perry
1439  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pegasus Mail to become DonationWare? on: January 25, 2007, 06:39:06 AM
Hmm, I wonder if mouser should approach David and see if he wishes to work with DonationCoder.com to help promote the idea of donationware? What do you folks think?

David's mentioned the following to the PMail usergroup:
Pegasus Mail will become completely free, manuals and all. It will be possible to donate to support it, though - and indeed, the program will issue gentle reminders to do so. 30 days after you install it, it will pop up one small dialog pointing out that it survives on donations and offering to take you to a site where you can make a small donation. Naturally, you won't have to donate - it's just an option, in an attempt to make the process as simple and painless as possible for those people who want to support development.

The same dialog will have options to issue another reminder in one month, three months, six months, or a year. Many people have told me that they would like to make small donations regularly - the reminder is intended to assist them in doing so. Some people are probably going to start shrieking "nagware!" about now, but frankly, if you think that one reminder each year constitutes nagging, then nothing is going to satisfy you.

Donations will almost certainly be done via PayPal (which includes both PayPal accounts and credit card payments). You will be able to donate a minimum of US$10, or more if you wish. The payments will be completely secure and private (we will not retain any credit card information here at all). We will probably look at making PayPal's "recurring payment" options available as well.

David's concept of DonationWare is somewhat different to what is espoused here, isn't it?

Certainly, I'd think that some moral support would be beneficial, as David also said:
Frankly, I am personally unsure how well donations will work. Don't take this the wrong way, but I believe that whilst many, many people have the very best intentions, only a few actually carry through on them - it's simply human nature, especially in a world as cluttered and busy as this one. Maybe I'll be proven wrong - I would like to hope so.

Pegasus has been going for 17 years apparently, it's interesting to hear some of David's observations of how the software landscape has changed: eg He's sure that it's almost impossible to to sell an email client now. I guess he doesn't just need moral support though...

- Perry
1440  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Pegasus Mail to become DonationWare? on: January 25, 2007, 04:10:15 AM
It seems that not only is development of my favourite email programme going to continue, but it's also going to become DonationWare as well:
On January 3rd 2007, I announced that development of Pegasus Mail and Mercury would be ceasing because of funding problems. The result was an absolute avalanche of mail, phone calls, faxes and other communications wanting me to continue.
In response to the torrent of messages, though, I have now decided to restart development and distribution of both programs. To make this possible, it will be necessary to restructure the way I fund them in some way that will attract an adequate and sustained level of financial support. I and my test team are still working out the exact details of the changes we will make, but in a nutshell, it is likely that Pegasus Mail will become "donationware", while Mercury will become fully licensed based on numbers of mailboxes, with a certain base number of mailboxes provided free of charge. Public discussion (on the Pegasus Mail and Mercury mailing lists) will be solicited before any final decision is made.

from www.pmail.com
1441  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How do you spend your time on the computer? on: January 24, 2007, 04:27:49 AM
I'll try and get these in [importance + time] order (top down):
  • Communications: Email, VoIP, IM
  • Learning: Forums, Articles
  • Home Accounting: Budgeting & Analysis [Excel]
  • Computer Management: Downloads, Upgrades, VoIP
  • Entertainment: DVDs, Streaming Radio (unmetered), CDs, Reading: News, Articles
  • Creativity: Graphics/Photos, Programming, Writing

Work is another issue though...

- Perry
1442  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BORGChat - cool freeware LAN communication tool on: January 22, 2007, 04:17:29 AM
Cool: I used it on the University LAN where I worked a couple of years ago. My thinking was it was better take the chat load off the email system and use a chat tool.

Not flawless, but pretty neat.
1443  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BORGChat - cool freeware LAN communication tool on: January 21, 2007, 10:27:47 PM
Why is the Blog section reporting this tread was started on Jan 19 2007:

1444  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Alternative way to play music on: January 21, 2007, 05:00:24 PM
This is pretty cool Kiss

Pretty Cool it is!! Somewhat similar to a recent hoax I was sent concerning making music with old tractor parts:


from youtube.com

This was actually an animation from Animusic -- They have lots of short takes from their DVDs if you're interested in having a look!!

- Perry
1445  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MyHomePoint: The Calendar for your Entire Family on: January 18, 2007, 05:38:52 AM
So, is it worth $6/month to organize your family? smiley

Probably not  Wink ...

but it's a nice idea

- Perry
1446  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shedko, Some Very Cool Apps! on: January 18, 2007, 05:10:43 AM
Similar thread: http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=6495.0

Badges is just a brilliant way to notate your files in a very easy and graphic manner... I love it!  smiley
1447  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA Random walk over desktop image on: January 16, 2007, 04:57:45 AM
Has anyone done something like that with Google Maps? That would be interesting... I was looking at Google Sightseeing the otherday, which was pretty neat.

I have not played with Google Earth, but I was told that you could record 'animations' of movement through satelite images and replay and send them to others to play. Wouldn't it be neat to play them as your desktop image??
1448  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wallet Test = Honesty Test -> How Will People Behave? on: January 11, 2007, 08:39:16 PM
With only 100 wallets and such an informal study i'd be reallly careful about interpretting those stats as saying anything meaningfull, ESPECIALLY about race.  There are so many other factors youd want to look at like accounting for income, relation of gender and race between the person finding the wallet and the id of the person in the wallet, etc.  There are probably a million ways to get very different results.  For example, i wonder how much the results would have changed if the photo id of the person in the wallet was a pretty woman.. Do all the numbers suddenly flip?  What if the photo id was of a young kid or an elderly black woman?  But it is quite fascinating.

They are certainly good points... in fact, it'd be good to see those aspects (pretty photos etc) plugged into the experiment to see what the results were; but then if the results did flip then it would just indicate situational morals.

This thread in their forum addresses a lot of the various issues raised: it must have generated a lot of heat!

I saw a game advert the other day that said something like "Games don't kill, people do" presumably concerning a violent game. These type of results wont change what people believe, it just may become part of the ammunition.

- Perry
1449  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wallet Test = Honesty Test -> How Will People Behave? on: January 11, 2007, 08:09:20 PM
 ohmy Doesn't pay to be a young black male... the stereotype just clubbed you in the head!!

Interesting all the same: I've had my wallet returned (sometimes in part) on a few occaisions.

- Perry
1450  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Cody's (Internet Citizens) Club Begins! on: January 11, 2007, 05:20:53 AM
You'll be on your honor to do most of them in order to qualify, but we aren't going to be crazy about it.

Actually, what do you think about using the badge:
as an icon under the avatar for Club Members?

What's the possability of being able to then access related posts in the Cody Club forum by clicking on the icon?? Maybe filter the list to that specific author??

I'm thinking one of the neat things about this is that there will be many different ways of completing the tasks, which will give others lots of ideas of how to be "good internet citizens"??

- Perry
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