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4451  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Help me with MS Word styles on: October 22, 2008, 02:12:33 PM
I don't understand how to use Word styles well (Word 2003):

I'm trying to create a list type styles, and I can get things set up as far as if I want a numbered style or bullet style or no symbol (just appropriate indentations).  However, I can't get any kind of formatting to work with my list styles.  I create a new list style, I set all the formatting as far as bold, underline, etc.  But when I select a group of text and apply the style, none of the formatting change.  The only change that happens is the proper indentations and stuff.  How to I get the formatting to automatically apply?  Even when I go back to modify the style, I see that all the formatting is shown properly, but it never ever gets applied to the actual text when you apply the style.  This has been frustrating me for weeks.
4452  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 22, 2008, 11:20:28 AM
Are you the one giving me these weird anonymous phone calls at 4 am?
No, but if you give me your number I will.  I'll read an excerpt from the IQ wiki in a sexy voice and hang up.
4453  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: LATEST LaunchBar Commander VERSION INFO THREAD - v1.70.03 - Oct 22, 2008 on: October 22, 2008, 11:03:18 AM
Oh Sh--!  I am loving the popup menu.

Needs one fix, though.  If I activate a popup menu and then decide I don't want to pick anything, as soon as I click elsewhere, the popup should disappear.  It doesn't...it just stays there.
4454  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 22, 2008, 10:26:34 AM
Well, you've guessed right...

For years, I was both developer of IQ and consultant (to existing corporate IQ customers, here in Montreal). While this helps pay the bills, it does slow down development. So I needed to find consultant(s) to help me out with customers and posted a number of messages to encourage users to become IQ consultants.

As Armando and I live near eachother, we have met a number of times in the last year and it appears that Armando should soon do part of the consultant work and become the first IQ consultant  Thmbsup Anyone else interested?

Ah!  Very nice!  You've made an excellent choice, Pierre.  I've always been a little jealous at how much more Armando knows about IQ than I do.
4455  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Someone MUST make a new PowerMarks program. on: October 22, 2008, 10:22:04 AM
I believe most of the features mentioned by Superboyac and others are added to <Power Favorites> now. Please just list your requests if you need some new features to rock with your bookmarks smiley.
Great news.  I'm going to check it out.  Thanks!
4456  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 21, 2008, 11:11:27 PM
Thanks Armando, you are the man.  Seriously, Pierre should hire you!  One day, I want you to write a big long thing about how you use IQ...I'll even feature it on my website.
4457  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WINDOWS 7 THREAD (ongoing) on: October 21, 2008, 05:12:41 PM
I just don't like web apps...I think that's it.  I don't like the way they feel, if that makes any sense.

As far as being able to work anywhere and stuff, I'd prefer to just setup a robust synchronization system based upon my personal needs rather than have an OS manage it all in a general way.

On the other hand, I really do hate how Windows is way too slow given whatever hardware you have.  That's my big wish for OS's, to just make one that doesn't bog down just because you've installed a lot of apps or have not reinstalled in x number of years.  If all you're doing is info management, like office applications, minimal graphics applications or things that require heavy cpu usage, I don't see why even an old computer should be slow.

How off topic am I?
4458  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WINDOWS 7 THREAD (ongoing) on: October 21, 2008, 03:41:55 PM
OK, since you guys are talking about it a little here...

I just don't see how webcentric applications can offer the speed of software on your PC.  How can the data feed through the connection (fiber optic, ethernet, cable, dsl, etc.) compare with the actual processing hardware and that local speed generated from the RAM, CPU, hard disk, etc.?  I have a hard time believing that the interaction through the web can be as fast as a local interaction with your own hardware.
4459  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WINDOWS 7 THREAD (ongoing) on: October 21, 2008, 12:14:49 PM
Can someone here point me to the correct thread for a webapps vs. traditional software ?  Sorry, I just couldn't find it.
4460  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: LATEST LaunchBar Commander VERSION INFO THREAD - v1.70.01 - Oct 20, 2008 on: October 21, 2008, 11:25:20 AM
In addition, you could configure some large non-docked launch bars that are more rectangular in nature, and keep them normally minimized to tray, and simply toggle their display with a hotkey when you want them.

OOo, going to have to check this one out!

{edit} I am not able to figure out how to do this....I've minimized the dockbar, assigned a hotkey, but nothing happens when I press the hotkey.
4461  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 21, 2008, 11:22:54 AM
This has been discussed before.  I don't know if anyone has made a formal request for it on Mantis, but we probably should.  In my view, there is more than one thing to consider here:

--The grids can be organized, resorted, filtered in a variety of ways, so it would be nice to be able to save certain grid "states".  Furthermore, if you have saved several grid states for a grid, it would be nice to have some kind of "states manager" so we can quickly choose one of the states.

--On a similar level, the layout of IQ can be configured several ways...toolbars, html pane location, autohide on/off, properties pane, etc.   So it would be good to have a "layout manager" very similar to the states manager I mentioned above.

I've seen similar things on other programs I use that have very flexible layouts and a variety of settings to choose from.  Autocad comes to mind (workspace settings, saved layouts, saved views, saved coordinates) and so does Directory Opus (save layouts).
4462  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 20, 2008, 11:30:35 AM
Cool! PPLandry already added a change I suggested and I've used the tool for minutes; this is very promising!

Some other thing that is fundamental is search; since superboyac loves live search, I'm sure this has been suggested and implemented; I just don't know how to get it to work. ctrl shift F does something close, but not exaclty. See how oneNote highlights the tabs AND occurrences on the page? That kind of thing. Is this possible?

Also, how about a global shortcut to send it/get it back from the tray?
I think Ctrl-Q is the live search.  But there are no highlighting features yet.  I've suggested it to Pierre a long, long time ago, but I should do it again.  We ask so much of him!!

My idea was to have a permanently docked search box (like evernote) at the top of the screen which will be a universal filter for whatever grid is shown.  Then whatever you type in that box will be filtered in the grid automatically, just like in evernote.   And of course, the matching terms should be highlighted, like Evernote.
For searches across multiple grids, use the Ctrl-Q...as for highlighting and such, that's a little more complicated since the matches are all over the place in different grids.  I'd have to think about that more.
4463  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 20, 2008, 01:36:28 AM
By the way, your grid within a grid example thing:
I think you should consider the even bigger picture.  With the example you've shown, you've limited the categories to a 2x2 function...meaning there are just 2 things to mix and match.  But what if there are 3 or more things?  And what if each one of those things had more than 2 options (not just yes/no)?  So, I would recommend that you ditch the easy visual of the 2x2 box and think bigger...perhaps in a way that might not be so easy to visualize, but is better.  After all, after you go beyond 3D, things get too hard to visualize.  See what I'm saying?

If you really want to organize your tasks with a high level of complexity and sophistication based on a "scoring" system, I suggest you look at the program myLife Organized.  I've written reviews of it here:

You can tweak how "important" certain tasks are as much as you like, and it will automatically generate a list in the order of most important to least important.  Forget the box thing.

Now, you may also be able to accomplish this in IQ using calculations and formulas, and maybe even some future features that Pierre is adding.  But I don't know how to do it, and it sounds hard.  MLO is already there, and it's a great program, and I use it every day.
4464  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 19, 2008, 11:56:44 PM
Ok, ok, no sweat man!  Ha!  Write however you feel comfortable with, we're all flexible here at DC.  I'll ask for clarification if necessary.
4465  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 19, 2008, 10:06:25 PM
I downloaded and tried SN.
I'm looking for something that beats oneNote and is portable.

What made me stop looking is that the html mode doesn't work like an outliner (i.e. tabs indents, then it keeps indentation). This is very basic for me, as I write mostly that way.

I still want to invest more time learning the program, as it looks really promising. Will wait for superboyac's tutorial.

I still think that oneNote is wonderful in its simplicity.
Onenote is very cool also (even though i don't use it).  As for the html thing, you should definitely tell Pierre about that.  It definitely should be able to do what you are saying, I'm surprised it can't.  I also am wishing for added functionality to the html pane, but so far, it covers most of my needs.

I would advise you to keep an eye open for IQ in case that functionality is eventually added.  It would be a shame to ditch all the other advantages you would have with the program because of that one thing.
4466  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 19, 2008, 10:00:45 PM
Yes, that's partially why I'm still testing IQ even though it looks very tree based from the get go. I wouldn't really consider a long list, a departure from tree-based hierarchies because not only is a long list unmanageable IMO in the sense that if such organizations were alright to a user than they don't need an organizer because they can do this straight from a File Explorer but also because the list is just a reduction of the tree and not really a separate entity like how items are in IQ's grid. (paraphrasing from PPLandry's words)
You are making assumptions here, I think.  Even if you have a long list that is seemingly unmanageable in IQ, you can use the filters in a variety of ways to make the list extremely manageable.

Also, Paul, this is unrelated and I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but I often can't understand what you are asking for or explaining in your posts.  That's fine if you just want to talk about something with the people here, but you are often asking for information or help.  I really suggest you be more clear and specific in your posts in these cases (keep it as short as possible).  Also, try not to ask for too much all at once.  Make it bite size for us, it will allow us to help you better!  Like, that one thread of yours (you know the one) is a little ridiculous!  That really needs to be several different threads, whether you think so or not.  Anyway, just offering my advice.
4467  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 19, 2008, 02:10:20 AM
Paul, all the issues you raise are very important and I believe they are typical of most casual users out there.  A lot of us here are very technical software powerusers so we sometimes take for granted the things that seem simple to us.

Let me talk about calculations and stuff in SN.  If you're not familiar with using spreadsheets or doing calculations on the computer in some form or another, then this will be confusing to you.  That's not to say it's prohibitively difficult, but you will have to put some time into it.  I only use calculations in one application in SN, my college transcript data, and it was quite an exercise for me...which, in turn, taught me a lot about the internal workings of the program.  However, I'll admit that it wasn't something that I would call easy.  But I love the fact that SN has the ability to do it because what I did was very customized and quite sophisticated compared to any other program I've tried.  So Paul, unless you really need to do calculations right now, I wouldn't worry about it.  When the time comes, learn it then.

You can ignore those numbers on the left if you don't need them.  I never use them.  In fact, i wouldn't mind being able to hide them so the program will "look" more like a typical tree-based notetaker.  Those numbers just keep track of the hierarchy in a numerical manner.

Tree based hierarchies.  Paul, you may not like them, so don't use them.  If you like them, use it.  Either way, it doesn't matter.  The great thing about SN is that it can do it both ways.  For myself, there is  some information that lends itself naturally to a hierarchy (like my transcript) and other information that doesn't.  If it doesn't, then I just leave the items in one long list, with no parents or children, no indenting, etc.  Most programs will force you to use one or the other, but not SN.  There are pros and cons to both, so be thankful that you can use both.  In fact, in SN, you can use a hybrid of them to any degree you like (I won't go into details here).

Filters and stuff...this can be difficult to grasp, but you should definitely try to understand it because it is fundamental to the program.  I will definitely write about this later.  The filtering in SN is very powerful and once again, I can't say it is the easiest thing in the world to understand.  I don't really do anything complicated with the filters, I barely touch them.  The only time I use them (so far) is when something wrong happens because it usually gets fixed by doing something with the filters.  You can read about several instances of this in this thread.  But you can use the program very effectively without worrying much about filters.

My advice is this:  don't try to understand everything about the program before using it.  It does too much and to try to understand it beforehand is a waste of time.  Just do specifically what task you are trying to use it for and learn the aspects of the program that apply only to your task.  Like my transcript...I only learned about the calculations and formulas to make my transcript work.  After that, I haven't done anything more with formulas and calcs, and I don't care.  I'll only learn it if I need to use it.  It's Pierre's job to know everything, not yours.   There are tons of things in the program you might never use, so just forget about them.  As long as you get the program configured to do exactly what you want it to, then that's the ultimate goal, right?

4468  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 19, 2008, 01:42:36 AM
You know what, guys?  Next time I have a chance, I'm going to write a special article about SN (or InfoQube) on my website that will very specifically deal with the initial confusion people face when first trying out the program.  I think if I put my mind to it, I can come up with something that can be very useful.  Pierre, if you like it, you can use it in your wiki also.  This is a very special program and I think a lot of people can benefit from committing to it.

No offense to the explanations offered, but I'm going to try to do a really good one.  I know Pierre likes to use the analogy of the box (or cube) and the different views into the box, etc., but I think even that might be a little confusing to some people.

I still remember my breakthrough with this program.  I actually called Pierre on the phone and we talked about it for a decent amount of time, and Pierre patiently kept explaining it to me, and there was that moment when it just clicked.  This is probably around the time when this thread was only one page long.  I know I sound polite in the thread, but back then, I had a very negative view on the program (sorry Pierre!) and thought it was one of those overly technical and complicated programs that appealed only to the Ecco cult (who I used to think we're just weird, irrational fanatics).  In my mind, I actually lumped the program in the same group as TaoNotes, a ridiculous notetaking program from a couple years back.
So my attitude towards this program has changed drastically, and frankly, my initial attitude was immature and undeservedly harsh.  I have never flip-flopped so drastically about a software or things in general in life as I did with SN.
4469  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 18, 2008, 03:02:33 PM
Ha, Pierre!  No offense, but I think I would have to agree that SN is a little more complex than most people can stomach...at least from first impressions.  You're right, a lot of it is just the UI.

Pierre, I think one of the things you will eventually have to do is fool or trick new users into seeing a very simple program.  And much of that depends on what they first see when they open the program.  I suggest you make it look like a simple notetaker.  Tree on the left, html pane on the right, most everything else hidden until people go looking for it.  And have only the simple notetaking buttons shown on the toolbar, like new note, new subnote, move left-right, etc.  That way, people will be tricked into thinking it's a simple tree outliner and not get so flustered right from the start.

This has nothing to do with how the program works, or what it can do, or what's happening under the hood.  This is psychology.
4470  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 18, 2008, 03:00:31 AM
Hello, I've read up to page 7 of this topic and I've played around with the basketball example, I just have to ask, was I mistaken in assuming that this was one of those tree-based outlining notetakers
I'm pretty sure SQLNotes can do anything a tree-based outliner or notetaker can do.  You just have to understand what's going on.

as opposed to a much more purer database where you collect your entries that compose of only a few sentences
I don't understand what you're saying here.  Please clarify.  I don't understand where the number of sentences or length of text in general is limited/restricted in SN.  You have to explain this.

I'll make a guess:  If you're trying to use it as a notetaker as I understand it, then yes, SN will do everything you need it to do.  You know, perhaps you're confused by the layout of the program.  Maybe the html is hidden or not on the right side as it would be in most notetakers (Pierre, I think I wrote a while back that if the html is not docked on the right by default, it may cause confusion).  Anyway, look at the screenshot below which is my layout.  I use it primarily as a notetaker:
I would say that is essay length, right?
4471  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: October 15, 2008, 12:11:35 AM
Wow Outertech!  Very surprising and awesome news!  How generous, thank you on behalf of us all.  Definitely looking forward to the Firefox integration.
4472  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Referrer links to Wall Street Journal from Google, using Website-Watcher on: October 14, 2008, 06:40:51 PM
I'm trying to maximize my efficiency in following all this financial stuff by reading the Wall Street Journal.  So, this involves a bunch of things mentioned in the title, mainly referrer links using Google News, and Website Watcher.
So, I've set up Website-Watcher to monitor the search results for WSJ articles.  That works all nice and fine.

Now, for those that don't know, WSJ has much of their content available as Subscription only.  However, if you  use Digg or Google News to go to the articles, then they are free for all (using those referrers).  Now, there's this very annoying problem I've noticed:  the links from Google News to the articles still ask for a subscription more often than you'd like.  What's the deal?  Is WSJ purposefully feeding the wrong info to Google News so it won't work?  It works most of the time, but I'm running into this problem several times a day, it's annoying.

The other way to do it is to snoop the ref, using a plugin for Firefox, but that's kind of wrong.  Snooping the ref always works for digg, but not for google news.  Something is weird there.  Besides I really want to use Website Watcher to do this, so Firefox is out of the question.

I have a feeling this is a problem on WSJ's end, not google news or website-watcher.  If anyone can confirm or suggest a fix, please respond.  THanks.
4473  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Easy, low maintenance club website recommendations please on: October 14, 2008, 06:33:08 PM
Thanks Carol, very useful info.
4474  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Easy, low maintenance club website recommendations please on: October 14, 2008, 04:13:42 PM
Windows Live Writer
Whoa, nice!  I didn't know about that.  Can you tell me more about Windows Live Writer?  Is it a way to write posts and easily put all the tags and images and preview them on your own pc before uploading?  That would be really cool.  Sometimes it's a pain to deal with all the tags and all, even though I've optimized it somewhat using snippets in whatever notepad I'm using.

Also, is the code generated by the program pretty clean?  Like not a bunch of unnecessary tags and formatting codes?
4475  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Easy, low maintenance club website recommendations please on: October 14, 2008, 03:33:35 PM
Blogger allows me to point my newly purchased domain name to my xxxx.blogspot.com page for FREE while WordPress charges $10 per year (I know not a lot)

The main feature I want is if for example I find out tonight that the club is cancelled on Thursday night I need  something prominently displayed as a sticky at the TOP of my blogspot or wordpress page. So with blogspot if I post a "cancellation" blog entry but another 2 people post on the blog AFTER me then this important notice is moved down in chronological order.
Is it a case of finding one of the 100's of widgets that I can lock in the top of the left/right column to highlight such an important notice?

I understand that with Wordpress it doesn't have to be a chronological type blog so it sounds like I can "sticky" this sort of entry to the top easier?

Actually, if you use the theme by Justin Tadlock called 'Options" (which is what I use) you have a lot of flexibility built into the theme itself about how to organize the front page.  Meaning, you don't need any plugins.  It's a good idea to keep plugins to a minimum.
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