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4451  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: In praise of opinionated reviews on: November 24, 2008, 01:42:57 PM
If this is simply in the name of fun, I'm all for it.  Would I be able to irrationally praise and bash certain software?  I would kind of enjoy that, in a sick way.
4452  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is Donation Coder? on: November 24, 2008, 01:30:51 PM
I like being able to edit at any given time.  Unless it becomes more common, can't we just leave it alone?
4453  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Experiences buying software on eBay? on: November 24, 2008, 10:37:57 AM
I've bought software on ebay before (carefully, though) and it has all been a good experience.  I also had misgivings about it initially, but everything turned out fine.  I figure it's not really my job to do all the detective work about all this, I don't have the time.  Unless it's obvious where I can tell something is shady, I'm ok with it.

Heck, I just bought $90 sneakers for $30.  How do I know they're not "hot"?  I don't know.  I also just bought a Sony mp3 player for less than half price, brand new.  I'll never know.  Then again, I'm about to sell a brand new pair of Birkenstocks for what will end up to be probably 1/2 price, but there's a legitimate story behind it.

My point is, I don't view software any differently than other items.  I can only do so much as far as my own judgment.  After that, well, you're on your own I guess.
4454  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 19, 2008, 12:16:56 PM
As with most of your requests, this sounds like a very particular and uncommon thing.  I can't think of an application that does this the way you describe.  Also, I'm still a little confused, but I think I get the idea.

Here's my thoughts.  You can probably write something in InfoQube with a function that may be able to do this, but I can't think of how exactly.  Yes, many todo programs have a feature for recurring tasks, but they are tied to time intervals.  The only one I can think of is this obscure program called Sciral Consistency.  It's a weird little program, but kind of cool because it offers a way to do seemingly insignificant, recurring tasks without a exact-date schedule.

That's my best suggestion.
4455  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYPlorer ($15) Nov 24 at BDJ on: November 19, 2008, 10:21:41 AM
Josh, I read your posts, so I understand your problem.  Yes, I'll admit that I haven't found a file manager that completely replaces the Windows explorer implementations.  Anyway, what I did a long time ago is decide not to replace anything, just use each file manager as it's own separate program without replacing anything in the WIndows shell.  So default is still Explorer.  I know you really want a replacement, but yeah, it will be hard to find.  I don't anything about programming, but I figure it must be fairly difficult to write a third-party program to replace explorer that will work effortlessly on everyone's computer.  I mean, just think about all the dialog extender/replacements, and barely any of them work for all applications on your computer, and they often have issues with particular things here and there.  I just think replacing those kind of WIndows components must be difficult.

DonL, I still think your program is pretty great.
4456  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYPlorer ($15) Nov 24 at BDJ on: November 18, 2008, 05:48:05 PM
Whoa!  It's unusual for this to happen at DC, let's not break the great spirit of this site.

Josh, I feel it's a little unfair to call a program overrated due to a missing feature that is rather subtle.  It may not be the program you're looking for because you really need that feature, but I don't think it's a bad program because of it.  I don't think you meant that, though, at least, I didn't read it that way.

Anyway, personally, I feel XYplorer is a good program.  I use DOpus mainly, and Total Commander for backup or for obscure tasks now and then, but I've tried XYPlorer and was more than satisfied with it.  And the author is pretty receptive to user's needs.  Furthermore, Zaine (used) to highly recommend it and I respect his opinion on stuff like this.

There are so many choices for file managers.  A lot of them are good.  That's great for us, because we can get whatever we want!
4457  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 18, 2008, 05:39:30 PM
Just putting this here as a reminder:

For some reason, I can't find a simple app that does this.

Basically what I want is a check list program that repeats the check list like a session.

Sure, there are to do list programs with recurring events but none that does this that resides at the systray.
I don't know what you mean.  If possible, please explain in more detail how the program should work.
4458  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / XYPlorer ($15) Nov 24 at BDJ on: November 18, 2008, 10:17:43 AM
http://www.bitsdujour.com/software/xyplorer/
4459  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: November 17, 2008, 11:29:26 AM
I'm on the verge of using IQ exclusively.  I'm waiting to export my Texnotes info into IQ, but I can't do it until some other importing features are added.  I've made a Mantis issue of it.  Is there any chance of this happening?  If need be, I can do it manually, but it would be dreadful.
4460  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: GemX - missing in action on: November 17, 2008, 11:27:03 AM
Wow, that's pretty cheap...$20.  Not bad at all.  For that price, I have no problem recommending this program to people (Texnotes, that is).  However, for me, I have no need for Texnotes now that I have InfoQube.
4461  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Excel help: Showing multiple, seperate ranges on top of one another on: November 14, 2008, 10:56:32 PM
You know, I thought of the indirect function also, and I tried it and it didn't work.  I have no logical explanation for it.  Like you, I could have sworn that was the right solution.  More on this Monday when I'm back at work.
4462  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Excel help: INDEX function referencing a named range on: November 14, 2008, 05:07:28 PM
I can't seem to figure this out.  I'm using the INDEX function but instead of typing the named range in the argument directly, I'm using a formula to do it (vlookup).  So I checked the formula by auditing, and the problem is this:  instead of calculating INDEX(vh,1,1) which would be correct, it ends up with INDEX("vh",1,1).  How can I do it so the quotation marks don't appear?
4463  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Excel help: Showing multiple, seperate ranges on top of one another on: November 14, 2008, 03:39:54 PM
Oh I know what the problem is.  The index function is assuming G2 is the range.  But I want it to assume that the content of G2 (vh) is the name of the reference to the range I want.  Ah!  How do I do that?
4464  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Excel help: Showing multiple, seperate ranges on top of one another on: November 14, 2008, 03:34:19 PM
One more question if anyone can help:
I have a named range, called "vh".  The named range itself is a dynamic range, using a formula like this:
[copy or print]
=OFFSET('Vahik Haddadian'!$A$2,0,0,COUNTA('Vahik Haddadian'!$A:$A),5)
Now, I want to reference individual cells in this named range using the Index function, like:
[copy or print]
=INDEX(vh,1,1)
And that works fine.

However, in that index function, I want to generate the "vh" part using a reference instead of directly typing it in:
[copy or print]
=INDEX(G2,1,1)
where G2 is the cell whose content is "vh".
The problem is that when the "vh" argument is referenced, it doesn't work properly.  Only when "vh" is directly typed does it work properly.  Can anyone help me figure out why?
4465  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / SQLNotes...now InfoQube on: November 12, 2008, 12:01:06 PM
If it is due to filters, then I'm baffled, as I have not touched any of the filters.
This is a point I like to emphasize also.  This behavior should be minimized as much as possible.

Expect his version tomorrow, with the brand new FF Extension, which will ease web clippings
Pierre, no one can accuse you of not working hard!  We really appreciate you continuously adding features and dealing with our issues.
4466  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Tag&Rename, say it ain't so! (check box feature) on: November 10, 2008, 10:44:19 PM
Tag&Rename has long been one of my favorite programs of all time.  But their newest "release candidate" took out a much beloved feature of min:  check box selection.  There are two modes in the program: you can select the files like you would in a regular Explorer type application, by using ctrl and shift to select multiple files; or you can do it with check boxes.  I always preferred the check boxes because you can select a group of files, then click around to a bunch of other files, or even within your selection, without losing your initial selection set.  Without the check boxes, you lose your set once you click elsewhere.  It's much less productive, but probably more intuitive to normal Windows users.  The option was always there, which mode you wanted.  In the latest version, they took it out.  Why?  I don't know.  You never remove features, you only add!  I'm hoping it's just a mistake, they didn't even document it their version history, so I'm really hoping that's the case.  My only complaint about the program is that there's no good way to contact the authors.  They are not that responsive to emails and there's no discussion group or anything either.  But I still love the program.  Best audio file tagger/renamer ever made, no doubt.
4467  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: November 10, 2008, 10:37:26 PM
Egh...ok, Pierre, I definitely didn't think about all those scenarios you described and I can see how the behavior is useful.  On the other hand, I probably agree with Armando that perhaps the "ecco" way may not be the best way for default behavior, or not the most intuitive.  But I really haven't thought it through enough to really have an opinion, especially once you bring up all those scenarios.

Jim, don't be afraid of it, though, whether you understand the program or not, it's still usable.  Actually, don't even bother learning more than you need to.

So, Pierre, regarding my problem, the issue for me is not the source/grids/checkbox thing.  To be more accurate, my real problem is that I have a grid open that shows a bunch of items.  I highlight all the items and export it to Excel.  I expect to see all those items in Excel, naturally.  So, like you said before, the exporting is the one that needs to be fixed.  How you do the source/parent thing is fine with me, either way.

So, you see, Jim?  I don't need to understand how the filtering works if I don't need to, when the real problem is that the Excel export doesn't work intuitively.

(Nice post above Armando.  Yes, good documentation is going to be a challenge for Pierre, there's so much to cover!)
4468  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Excel help: Showing multiple, seperate ranges on top of one another on: November 10, 2008, 07:17:55 PM
Is there a way to use pivot tables to take all different named ranges and combine them all into on pivot table?  I assume it would use the "consolidate multiple ranges" in the pivot table options.  However, is there a way to set up pivot tables so that they don't do any kind of calculations on the data (like sum, count, average, etc.) but instead, just lists the contents of the data?
4469  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: November 10, 2008, 06:14:05 PM
OK, thanks, I'll try it a little later...

But, yet another reason why I feel if an item is created in a grid, that grid should by default be the source for that item.  I just can't see much use for having a bunch of sub-items not having any source.
4470  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 'Everything' is one FAST file search engine on: November 10, 2008, 05:39:17 PM
Wow.  Fast is an understatement.  This is unbelievable.  My expectations for speed of all software has just went through the roof.
4471  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: November 10, 2008, 05:25:35 PM
I'm trying to export to Excel...I highlight all the rows of items in my grid (all of them), and then I click the export to excel button.  I open the file, and only the very top level item is there.  How do I get all the other ones to appear in the excel file?
4472  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander 7.03 for Windows released! on: November 08, 2008, 09:15:22 PM
fenixproductions,
Shades explained pretty accurately what I meant by "normal".  In TC, you can just tell from the UI that it does not exactly conform to the way regular Windows file managers feel and look.  Like Shades said, a lot of people prefer a more Windows-like feel to their file manages.  Personally, I don't mind TC even though I use DOpus 99% of the time.
4473  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander 7.03 for Windows released! on: November 08, 2008, 05:12:13 PM
The reason why people swear by Total Commander is the following:
--Really cheap with lifetime upgrades/updates/etc.
--flexible license, you can use it anywhere (work, home, both)
--Fast!!  It's simple and super fast.

It is a tad quirky, so if you're looking for more normal file managers, then you move on to something else.  I moved on to DOpus.  I wouldn't necessarily go to SpeedCommander, it's not worth it.  I'd go to XYPlorer and DOpus before SPeedCommander.
4474  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander 7.03 for Windows released! on: November 08, 2008, 01:00:45 PM
2superboyac
You forgot about:
- Shift (or Alt) + LMB drag -> move,
- LMB drag + quick RMB -> move,
- Ctrl + Shift + LMB drag -> Create shortcut,
- Shift + RMB drag -> drag menu -> Copy, Move, Create Shortcut, Cancel and associated app menu (ex. WinRAR).
I didn't forget.  I just don't use those.
4475  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander 7.03 for Windows released! on: November 07, 2008, 09:41:50 PM
TC is faster and better for certain tasks.  I've always thought that it had the fastest and most efficient mouse navigation setup...
Could you please elaborate?
I use Dopus, and would like to check out TC

Well, I went into excruciating detail in a thread at the DOpus forums, but I'll just quote it here as well:

Quote
I know there are already a lot of options for the left, middle, and right-click when in Power/Detail mode. But for the past 2-3 years of using DOpus, I keep missing some options that would really help make mouse navigation better. I keep going back to the way Total Commander handles mouse clicking...it's just a lot easier and faster than any combination I've tried with DOpus. This is the best combination that I have experienced, and I'll describe it in detail:

Left-clicking:
left clicking selects a file, but you can't drag the mouse to select more files. If you drag, it will act like you're trying to drag&drop the file somewhere else. Furthermore, let's say a group of files are already selected; if you then left-click on any file, it doesn't alter the selection at all. As in, it doesn't add that file to the selection, nor does it clear the current selection. All it does is move the rectangular outline (which means that it is the current file; it's different from a file being highlighted). See the first picture for an example.

Middle-clicking
Middle-clicking doesn't really need to do anything. The only reason why I tried middle-clicking options in DOpus is because I couldn't get the left and right clicks to work the way I wanted, so I had to put some functionality into the middle-click to make up for it. I don't particularly like using the middle click, because it's a wheel and all. If the left and right clicking works like I'm saying, middle clicking will just be a nice luxury to have, but not essential. That's what I love about DOpus, all the options.

Right-clicking
Right-clicking should just be what DOpus already calls "Normal drag-select". However, the one thing TC does that is nice is that if you hold the right button down for like a second, then the right-click context menus pop-up. That's nice because when you're drag-selecting, you don't want to have the context menu popping up. But sometimes, you do want the context menu, without altering the selection. So holding the button is a good way to do this.


Anyway, I really hope this can be implemented. It's the only thing left in TC that I miss.
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