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2476  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 22, 2008, 11:18:23 AM
I-N-T-E-R-E-S-T-I-N-G (is this the most overused word in the English language? No? I'd like to nominate it, along with genius, and hero as the three most overused words). I've enabled the context menu in TC and (drumroll) it takes at least 30 seconds to appear!

J-Mac, given the above discussion, I'd be very interested in hearing how long the context menu takes to appear in you TC installation? FWIW, I tried this in my TC "only" installation, and not in the TC UP installation, though in the interest of being thorough, I'm off to give that a whirl as well. I am not optimistic.
Darwin:  Context menu in TC - with the Options changed as in the screenshot above - took 7 seconds the first time - immediate after that.  Pretty darned quick actually! Thanks Dirhael!

Also, I lost my TC-UP installation file.  Downloaded a few times & kept losing it!  Thought I was going even crazier!  Looking further into it I found that NOD32 is eating it up as soon as I download it - and without any notification. I swear, NOD32 keeps falling lower on the A-V Test sites, and it also keeps eating files that I want!!  (Doggone program is starting to act like the old Norton monster!).

Tom:  Thanks for the F2 tip - I didn't even think of that.  Next time maybe...   smiley

Dormouse:  I have no idea what you mean. Either you misunderstood my post, or I'm misunderstanding yours!!  Let me think on it and I'll post back to you.  smiley

Jim

2477  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 22, 2008, 01:20:25 AM
Grrr...  I am about to give XYplorer a try.  DOpus is driving me nuts with the Context menu!  [Caution - Major Childish Rant]

I have been using the DOpus context menu instead of the Windows one, mainly because I have so many extraneous items on the Windows Context menu.  (Darned programs that silently place one, two, or six items there without asking!).  I recently decided to go back to the Windows menu, however, because there are a few items that I often need and I cannot find out how to add them to DOpus's menu.  Their "tutorial" gives a basic "you can do it" but doesn't explain how very well.

But now I remember why I had to ditch the Windows menu to start with: In DOpus it can take as long as a full minute to open!?!?  Back when I first got DOpus I figured I must be doing something very wrong, but there are quite a few posts about this on their forum, so it's not just me.

Today I needed to rename a handful of photos, and as soon as I right-clicked on the first one in DOpus and started waiting, and then remembered about the delay.....  Man that takes long!! Why is that? Anyone know?  And no - it is not network shares taking that long. I already disabled them trying to speed things up - didn't happen. In Windows Explorer you can double-click slowly on a filename to rename it: One click, then another after a very short delay. But I can't do that in DOpus.  Or to be correct, I can't do that on image files in DOpus - others I can. Image files want to open in a viewer - no matter the speed or delay of the double-click.  After two renames - there were only about 5 or 6 so I didn't want to open BRU to do it - I got fed up and decided to open Total Commander to rename them.

Yep - Total Commander...  Haven;t opened this since I got DOpus.  Oops! Forgot, right-clicking is a no-no in TC.  OK.... Let's see......  How in the HECK do I rename files in TC???!!?  Of course I did remember after all - but not until I opened the Help file and got to that page.  Seems we just can't remember this stuff until we go through the trouble of looking up the Help topic - and then remember it without having to read the Help topic!!!

Anyway I got all renamed, but not without some heartburn obviously!  But I then sat there and started to wonder why I hadn't decided to try going with Total Commander full time.  After all, I have had the license for a lot of years.  Then I tried to customize it a bit and remembered just how different he has configured TC from the rest of the crowd!  OK, there are always bound to be some differences in how developers think when they design their own version of a relatively common software type.  But where in the world did Christian pull some of these commands and menu structures from?? I could swear I saw our local community college offering an advanced certificate course - 65 continuing education credits - on "Setting Up, Understanding, and Working With Total Commander".  (Caution - bring your own pillow; There WILL BE much banging of your head on walls)"!!

Can it get much more difficult with XYPlorer??  Nosh??

Jim
2478  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More on Super Flexible File Synchronizer; Updates Anyone? on: January 22, 2008, 12:49:28 AM
Marc,

Have you tried the V. 4 beta?  Any comments?

Thanks.

Jim
2479  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wacom Tablet - Bundled Software Question on: January 21, 2008, 01:51:34 AM
Thanks BigJim!

Good to hear that it looks like the full version.  I was going to buy Elements 5 last year but was "waiting for the big sale", which never came.  Believe me, I have a lot of digital image apps on my box - too many, even though I've removed several.  One of my addictions!  I once had Photoshop Home Deluxe - or something like that - which came with an HP scanner a number of years ago.  Nice at the time, but missing a lot of features. Yet when I downloaded a trial version of the full Photoshop I was completely flabbergasted.  Way more complicated than it needed to be for the non-professional photographer, IMO. And the price was extremely high.  It seemed like they had invented a language designed to make non-pro's go cross-eyed!  I never did l purchase the expended version of Photoshop.

Now years later, Photoshop is still somewhat of an "elitist" application, or suite of applications.  I don't mean that in a bad way, but in that it is voluminous and still more expensive than the average non-pro can afford, including me, and seemingly aimed at photogs who are much more serious about it than I.  I have the knowledge to use a lot more of it now than then, but I would never pay the kind of price they ask.  (At this point I would give up my first born, but no one would take him!!). I mostly use Paint Shop Pro X for photo editing and effects, and ACDSee Pro for photo organization.  ACDSee is sweet but the company is pretty bad IMO. I won't go into that except to say that none of their subsequent versions added enough to be worth me purchasing, and any problems I have had with my current version must be accepted because their support model is really bad. At least IMO.

So I have wanted to try Elements to see how it handles photo organization. I have read about features that sound super, and some that don't sound near as good as ACDSee's.  Version 5.0 is the one that most reviews seemed to label as being awesome and worthy of upgrades.  Guess I'll get to find out firsthand now.

Thanks again!

Jim
2480  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Wacom Tablet - Bundled Software Question on: January 21, 2008, 12:02:46 AM
A short while back there was a thread discussing Tablets for Windows PCs, including Wacom and a few others.  Well I did end up with a nice little Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet for Christmas - and I do love it! A little tough to get used to the scaling, as I remember some members here mentioned in the other thread.  But I'm getting there.  Actually it is nice and easy to use with Art Rage and a few other apps.  Paint Shop Pro X is fun - I use it for when I am altering the background of an image, and the like.

But my question for now is about the software that comes bundled with the Bamboo Fun tablet.  As I have for years, I completely ignored the software setups that came on the CD with the tablet driver, since everything I can ever remember installing from a software bundle included with a PC peripheral has always been either plain old junk, or a crippled, severely limited trial or mini-version.  I took a look at the CD label for the tablet driver and automatically figured it was more of the same.

However when cataloging the CD in a new CD case, along with about a million other old software and hardware CDs and DVDs, I was reading labels carefully to ensure I cataloged everything correctly and removing all the CD sleeves that CDs were in and checking to make sure I captured any registration or serial codes.  I suddenly noticed that saw that the codes on the Wacom CD appeared to be full version codes!  Could it be?

Before I install these and then turn right around and uninstall them, has anyone else installed these programs?  Are they truly full versions?  The titles included are:
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 and 5
  • Corel Painter Essentials 3
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 2
I'm really interested in using Photoshop Elements 5, and I'd like to give Corel Painter a try also.  But neither if they are only limited trialware.

Thanks!

Jim
2481  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I Want To Index Every File On My LAN. on: January 20, 2008, 11:33:24 PM
I have no clue as to what kind of indexing it offers, but have you looked into Amazon S3 at all?  S3 stands for "simple storage service" and a lot of small businesses, startups, etc. are using it.  I am not certain at all just how the index works within that system, but since places like Smugmug online photo service are using it for massive amounts of storage, it must have a pretty good retrieval system - which I think would  require a capable index system.

I don't know if this is even a consideration for you, but it's surely worth a look!

Jim
2482  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What should I do with my audio CDs? on: January 18, 2008, 02:54:04 AM
I just purchased a few Merax CD cases at Newegg and ALL my media are going into them - I'm in the middle of doing that now.  (Taking long becasue anal as I am I'm trying to catalog by number where everything is!)

Music CD's, original DVD's, saved data, archived pictures, etc.  I always rip my audio CDs, but later I find myself backing them up to several places with the rest of my data and media files. So why not keep the original CDs?  Same with DVD movies - I always copy them to DVD and I only play the copies.  If any go bad, from sitting in the car getting too hot or too cold, whatever, I simply burn new copies.  I lost several original music CDs that way; sitting in my truck console in the summer they actually warped and wouldn't play - back before ripping was as common. I got the original Nero and went to town on all the rest!

Movies - if one purchased DVD bombs out for some reason, try getting it replaced!  Nope!  I copy each and label it.  At first I made two copies of each: one for home and another for a second home we have in the mountains.  Prior to that I was always trying to remember to bring them to the mountains or back and some were always in the wrong place. WE rarely stay in the other house long now so I just make one for home and use the copy.  Original stays stored and in prime condition to recopy if the everyday copy goes bad.

Get a couple of the Merax cases - they hold 510 CDs or DVDs in hanging folders. Less in their original cases.  You may need to re-rip them someday.

Jim
2483  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Stickies 6.5a released on: January 17, 2008, 11:34:18 PM
Thanks rjbull!  I usually check there regularly but of  course I hadn't lately. I started using Stickies in 2002 and first donated to Tom in 2003. He was thinking of taking Stickies commercial for a long time but I guess he's finally given up on that.  If anyone deserves a donation for a useful application, though, it's him!

Jim
2484  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: photo duplicate scanner on: January 17, 2008, 03:04:51 AM
I use Duplicate Finder by Ashisoft Software.  Very nice - I've used it for a few years now.  Uses several different methods to search for duplicates and lets you view them in thumbnails to compare.

Jim
2485  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's the best program for cooking and recipe management? on: January 17, 2008, 12:32:44 AM
Not sure about recipes, mouser, but I am still looking for a good shopping list.  I used HandyShopper on a PPC for a long while and could transfer that to PC. But they never did get out a decent PC version on its own!

HandyShopper had databases for Home Depot, most drug store chains, grocery markets, etc., etc. Each item had a place for as much or little detail as you desired. Indispensable. But any I find online for the PC are not much more than text lists.   Sad

Jim
2486  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 16, 2008, 10:44:38 PM
Thank you!
2487  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Browser Zoom Functionality... on: January 16, 2008, 01:23:30 PM
I use Image Zoom all the time.  Great extension!

Jim
2488  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: which hierarchical note program? on: January 16, 2008, 01:20:22 PM
Thanks marek!  Sorry I didn't see your reply earlier.  (Sometimes if I am online a while I see a post directly and so I don't use the email link again - which causes no more email notifications for that topic.   smiley )

Jim
2489  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 16, 2008, 01:16:12 PM
PS to above - J-Mac, you can install the monthly roll-up of TC UP features over previous installs.

Darwin - I can install monthly over previous installs of TC-UP only?  Or I can install over a "bare" TC only installation?  If you even know! If not I'll uninstall just to be safe. Also, do you know if it auto-reads the TC registry key? Or would I need to get something else?  (My original key from Chisler is on a floppy! At least 5 yrs old.)

Thanks!

Jim

PS - Sorry to be asking you all this, but the site doesn't appear to have a whole lot of info about TC-UP; looks like most there already know all about it from somewhere else.  TC forum maybe?
2490  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com) on: January 16, 2008, 03:38:54 AM
nosh: are you using mmm free or +?

Thanks.

Jim
2491  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 16, 2008, 12:18:43 AM
J-Mac - TC UP (Ultra Prime) is a good "distro" of TC. Belatedly I've realised/discovered that the installer allows you to select which plugins and addons you want to install and which to leave. This means that you can run one installer and set TC up very easily and conveniently. My main beef with TC is that I can never remember how to invoke the context menu... The instructions are somewhere in this thread, I believe...

Darwin, can I update with downloads from this site? Or uninstall and install fresh?

Also it looks like they have re-numbered the versions.  E.g., I'm using 7.2a and they're latest at the Ultra-Prime site says it is 3.4.  Odd.

Jim
2492  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 16, 2008, 12:14:06 AM
There are a few that befuddle me every time I look for them.  Going by memory (so some may be approximations - or what I think I remember!), I think "Refresh" is called "Reread Source", and "Sort" is called something else also -- maybe "Order files" or something like that?  Also he doesn't use anything close to the old MS standard of menubar titles: File, Edit, View, etc.  So I never know which menu to look in for a given command.  Can't remember which menubar menu, can't remember what he calls the commands....  I just can't remember much of anything anymore!

Actually when I used it all the time I got used to it.  But when you're away from it for a while they become "lost" all over again!

Jim
2493  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com) on: January 16, 2008, 12:08:35 AM
I just switched back to the Windows context menu.  However the first time I try to access it takes 35 seconds!  Subsequent attempts take only 3 seconds.  Which still pretty much sucks!  I don't think I'll stay with this after my initial license is up. Too much $$ for some features which require coding knowledge!

Probably give X2 a try.

Jim
2494  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com) on: January 16, 2008, 12:01:36 AM
Yikes!  Do you actually use many of them?  BTW, Spy Sweeper hasn't been on my PC for quite a while!  It had issues with using up 100% CPU that hey wouldn't even acknowledge back when they "auto-updated" me to Ver. 5.  I ended up removing it, as did quite a few users.  But as you can see they don't have their uninstall utility set up very well.

Too bad that the Revo Uninstaller doesn't fix past uninstall issues!  Using that now gets all pieces of apps when I uninstall!

Jim
2495  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 15, 2008, 10:54:17 PM
I am using Dopus in my Windows desktop.  I also use TC at times, but I could never get quite comfortable with its GUI to use it as a full-time Explorer replacement. I have a few plugins in it but some are tough for me to get working correctly.  They DO have a forum with some helpful users but I find that a lot are very knowledgeable about scripts and such and don't like to explain much to the untrained masses!  Grin  I have used the FTP module in it and it is easy to setup and use. However one thing I noticed was that I could easily disconnect accidentally - one button that I kept thinking would return me to another view/lister or whatever its called in TC was actually the "Disconnect" button, but it was labeled something else - can't remember exactly what. But there are a few terms in TC that apparently don't translate well from German to English.

As for a Mac, it's been a long time for me:  I had an Apple II, a IIc, and a IIe waaaay back. Also the original LISA (Mac forerunner) and the first Mac.  Well, not the first they made, but the first model!  I am considering a Power Mac for a notebook now - I need a new one - but so many of my most frequently used programs are Windows only. I know about Parallel but I keep seeing a lot of complaints from users.  Decisions, decisions!  Gates is eventually going to make up my mind for me - he has me almost there now!

Jim
2496  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com) on: January 15, 2008, 10:38:51 PM
Oh, no problem.  I didn't realize you're still using your Windows context menu in Dopus.  Mine has just gotten too big, as you can see.  It can be cleaned up but it is all registry editing and I have never gotten ambitious enough!  Modifying the Dopus context menu is also all registry edits, or rather taking GUID numbers from the appropriate registry keys and then creating commands in scripts within the Dopus settings.  However which to place where is not explained very well in the Dopus tutorial - at least not clear to me.  It's like someone pointing out your fuel injector in your car's engine and telling you that changing settings in its command module will fix your car troubles -- but not telling you how to change or access those settings!  I guess they figure we can figure that all out for ourselves.

Me? I kept changing just enough to crash Dopus each time (twice!)

Jim
2497  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com) on: January 15, 2008, 04:20:01 PM
As you can see I added a submenu with the Windows stuff on there, but it takes literally a full minute to open that submenu if I mouse over it. And if my mouse moves even a touch while waiting, then the submenu opens and closes immediately. Pretty worthless IMO.

Jim
2498  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com) on: January 15, 2008, 04:18:15 PM
Examples: The Dopus context menu and the Windows context menu

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2499  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com) on: January 15, 2008, 04:11:44 PM
Tomos, Darwin:  I know that. I do hide the Windows menu. But with what is left after hiding the Windowsd menu - I don't see the Bulk Renamer item there.  Darwin if you do not have that checked then you are not seeing DOpus's menu, but the Windows menu.

They have a tutorial that shows how to go with the DOpus menu but to add back just the Windows items that you want. But it is not clear at all.

Jim
2500  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com) on: January 15, 2008, 01:33:19 AM
I do have that version, and I do see it if I use Windows context menus.  But not in the DOpus menus.  Which do you use?

I prefer to use the DOpus menus, but I cannot edit the context menus in Dopus.  They have a picture that claims to show you how, but it doesn't really show much at all, AFAIC.

Jim
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