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1  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / DxO photo software 30% off January 2015 on: January 24, 2015, 03:35:31 PM
The February 2015 edition of NPhoto magazine contains reviews of a handful of image editing programs.  DxO Optics Pro from DxO Labs compensates for distortion, fringing, edge softness and vignetting caused by digital camera lenses, but it also contains a RAW converter that NPhoto's reviewers consider arguably the best RAW converter in the group they tested (reading between the lines, PhaseOne's Capture One Pro 8 might be even better in some ways, but more expensive).  Until the end of January 2015 DxO have a sale that offers around 30% off their products, including the complete suite of three.  Apart from Optics Pro, they offer ViewPoint for geometric perspective correction tools (e.g. wide-angle distortion) and FilmPack, which emulates the look of a wide range of films, and to some extent of old film camera lenses.

Looks like the latest version, DxO OpticsPro 10, needs Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 64-bit and doesn't support Vista or earlier.  See Help Center/Frequently Asked Questions/DxO Labs product operating system compatibility.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator" ??! on: January 17, 2015, 04:00:37 PM
See New Scientist leader Free speech has to be for everyone, or not at all and comment Mass surveillance not effective for finding terrorists.
3  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: TreeDBNotes Pro - Christmas and New Year Discount: 50% on: January 17, 2015, 03:44:46 PM
What I like about TreeDBNotes for writing is the very full toolbar (I have all options open - and the styles at the bottom), the extensive right click menu, and the ability to write/edit in a pop out without all the PIM clutter.
I'm wondering whether at heart you'd prefer a single-pane outliner, if you could find one you liked?  Inspiration, perhaps?
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: At last, KeyNote done better :) on: January 17, 2015, 03:34:32 PM
I'm still hoping for a repository for web clips and notes that's as reliable and easy to use as the old Evernote desktop application, without being cloud.  RN doesn't work reliably for me for this, perhaps because I'm still on Vista.  It often hangs.  When it works, it works well, giving a rendition of a (section of a) web page that's good enough for me.  The other problem is that when you clip to a new note, it doesn't scroll the tree to show that new note.  Also clipping is sometimes slow, but I can't really complain about that, if the web page is long and complicated.  UltraRecall seems more reliable, but so slow that I'd be hard pressed to use it.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a utility to quick access folder by hotkeys! like DIRKEY 2!!! on: January 13, 2015, 05:26:49 PM
I haven't used Dirkey,  but it looks like a "dialog box extender."   Try forum search for previous posts.   Alternatives include:

Filebox eXtender  http://www.hyperionics.com/
(free)

DirectFolders  http://www.codesector.com/directfolders
(free and payware)

Listary Pro  http://www.listary.com/
(free and payware,  but you'd need the payware version)

Of these,  Listary Pro is by far the most powerful, and modestly priced for its great power.   Filebox eXtender might be closest to what you have now.  Both have 64-bit versions: I don't know about DirectFolders.

Apologies for scrappy reply: using a tablet.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: January 07, 2015, 03:01:12 PM
Actually that's a cotton bale compressor.
Hence the quote marks - I thought it looked a bit technical for a hut  smiley
7  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: TreeDBNotes Pro - Christmas and New Year Discount: 50% on: January 07, 2015, 03:00:18 PM
It seems that the program lacks a calendar, keeping it out of the possibility of being the elusive note program that functions as a full PIM.
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Or do you have to go to an Outlook-style PIM or a Calendar program to try to get that?
Even though these are all weak on notes and/or database.
Astonsoft's EssentialPIM (EPIM) didn't float your boat?  I'm wondering whether it's now more future-proof and versatile than some others, because Astonsoft offer not only standard and portable versions for the PC, including free versions, but compatible versions for Android and iOS.  Given the popularity of smartphones and tablets, that looks a sound move.
8  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: TreeDBNotes Pro - Christmas and New Year Discount: 50% on: January 07, 2015, 02:38:16 PM
I ran into a deadly bug that severely damaged the structure of the tree! [...] So I cannot recommend this program!
What was their response when you reported the bug?
None. [...]
Ugh.  That gives me no confidence in the program.  One for shelfware at best.  Are they a one-man-band on a hobby project that didn't generate enough income to warrant, or enable, support?
9  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / NANY 2015 Mugs designs? on: January 02, 2015, 05:01:41 PM
I'll have to try is a bootup one, because the first thing I do is open trandesk, then SC Captor, then Stickies, then task manager. It would be nice not to have to do all that by hand.
Batch file?  Or one of the startup managers that already exist, like WinPatrol Plus?

[Edit at UK time 2015-01-04, 20:35:-]
Oops...  embarassed  I thought we were in this thread:  NANY 2015 Release - Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination)
Apologies!
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10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: January 02, 2015, 04:58:53 PM
We got some snow last night
Amazing.  I thought you'd converted it to monochrome until I scrolled about  two-thirds of the way across, and saw the red "hut."
11  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: TreeDBNotes Pro - Christmas and New Year Discount: 50% on: January 01, 2015, 03:48:22 PM
I ran into a deadly bug that severely damaged the structure of the tree! [...] So I cannot recommend this program!
What was their response when you reported the bug?
12  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WinPatrol & WinPrivacy holiday discounts on: December 24, 2014, 09:34:43 AM
I hadn't heard about the launch or discounts either.
Quoting Bret Lowry's e-mail to me:
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We started sending emails in batches of 2,500 using the most recent addresses, but were forced to stop when spam reports reached a level of higher than 1 per 1,000 emails. That brought us back to early 2010. [...] The next release of WinPatrol will give us a much better way of notifying everyone of important news.
So if you purchased before 2010, you probably didn't get an e-mail.
13  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WinPatrol & WinPrivacy holiday discounts on: December 22, 2014, 03:39:47 PM
according to their home page, it's a 70% discount
I paid at the 70% discount - and Ruiware refunded the difference between that and the original price of 80% off, because I hadn't heard about the initial offer - extraordinary customer care.

Thmbsup
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Duplicate file finder and move on: December 21, 2014, 05:31:06 PM
DoubleKiller by Big Bang Enterprises.  Web site isn't loading currently, YMMV.  Screenshots show the Pro version; if you qualify for the free version, you may find it does enough.
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15  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WinPatrol & WinPrivacy holiday discounts on: December 21, 2014, 05:16:36 PM
Thanks for that - I've been a registered WinPatrol user for years, but it's the first time I've heard of WinPrivacy.  And I do wonder what programs are accessing the Internet, and why...
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: December 21, 2014, 05:14:43 PM
Just started:
Mandarin Gate by Eliot Pattison, seventh in his 'Inspector Shan' series of thrillers set in present-day Tibet, detailing the Chinese cultural genocide of Tibetan Buddhist culture, the very monks oppressed fugitives in their own country.

Just finished:
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovich.  Great fun, though a bit of a deus ex machina ending (rather literally).  This is the fifth in Aaronovich's series of 'Peter Grant' thrillers, the first being Rivers of London.  Up-to-the-minute police procedurals - except that the viewpoint detective constable (of mixed race) is also England's most recently recruited wizard...  Somehow it all works.

Just finished:
Prayer by Philip Kerr.  Kerr is better known for the excellent though grim 'Bernie Gunther' series of thrillers, but this is a stand-alone novel.  It's an unpleasant, uncomfortable book that picks out examples of God's wrath from the Bible to postulate God as a kind of Manichaean monster, with a frequently Stalinist contempt for human life.  Theists, especially Christians, you have been warned.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Extremely simple and minimal sticky notes for windows on: December 08, 2014, 03:36:22 PM
Prompted by dr_andus' comment "fairly minimal," and by re-reading the OP, I think you may be less concerned by the total feature set, than by features not getting in your way.  In which case, I suggest taking a look at the sticky notes program I use myself, the little-known Magic Notes.  From your point of view, the plus point would be that a left double-click on the tray icon (or a hotkey) gets you a new plain sticky note, with no fluff, with whatever defaults you've set.  You can get to fonts, colours, alarms, attach-to-window etc., if you want them, by clicking the Note Window Menu icon or by function keys.  But they won't bother you if you don't bother them.  Right-click on the tray icon gets you About, Help, Preferences and other general program stuff.

Magic Notes is $19.95 payware.  There's no generally-available free version that I know of, but the trial period is a generous 45 days.  Development is glacially slow, but I've used it for years in different versions and it has always worked perfectly well.  Its feature set is comparable with Stickies and Notezilla (the latter has more features, I think).

Another sticky notes program that I haven't tried, but which has been around for a long time (since 1998, apparently), is TurboNote.  TurboNote+ is on version 7.0.  Its basic price is $US 29.97, but TurboNote v.3.4 is freeware (see their FAQ page).
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Extremely simple and minimal sticky notes for windows on: December 07, 2014, 03:14:20 PM
Not sure if it's quite what you want, but DC member anandcoral wrote Stick-A-Note.  IainB's review is here: Stick-A-Note + Universal Viewer - Mini-Review

There was a very simple Stickynotes by Toren K. Smith at http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/tbone , but that page has gone (WayBackMachine?).  Or, take a look at KNot v2.04b
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ebay snipping on: November 26, 2014, 03:43:01 PM
Shopper Tools (mentions Gixen)

I use - on the odd occasion when I use it - freeware Biet-O-Matic (Bid-O-Matic).
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Possible to make application point to a directory within the drive it is on? on: November 14, 2014, 04:55:56 PM
Surf over to Horst Schaeffer's mini programs page and take a look at Vdrive and ShortExe, which should help if you make frequent use of USB drives without fixed letters.
21  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: SC post-capture run on: November 14, 2014, 04:50:07 PM
maybe a better thing would be to not set SC to start at boot time, and start it manually afterwords, after teh virtual shares are connected?
I'm not familiar with virtual shares, so, is this a situation where one could use a startup manager to make things happen in the right order?
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beer Spa on: November 10, 2014, 04:50:24 PM
That's got to be better than the smelly sulphurous thermal water that most spas use!  smiley
23  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Sorting - latest copy on top on: November 10, 2014, 04:36:59 PM
Does this help?  Note the direction of the arrow in "Created".

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Forgot to add; you may need to choose which columns you see by clicking on the very small icon below:

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24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: November 10, 2014, 04:10:07 PM
To me the functionality is more important though, and the standard orthogonal file manager interface with NC compatible keyboard shortcuts
+1
25  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: customizable gui for cli apps on: November 06, 2014, 04:46:31 PM
If your CLI apps include DOS ones and batch files, take a look at Horst Schaeffer's WBAT, which while itself DOS, is as Windows-like as you'll find in a console application.  I've seen it used as the menu interface in some rescue boot disks.
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