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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Best applications for Android (comparatives, Reviews) on: May 18, 2014, 05:02:39 PM
There's a whole DC section Non-Windows Software containing various Android threads.  Try these:
127  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: NoteFrog Pro (clipboard information manager) - Mini-Review on: May 18, 2014, 04:48:19 PM
enthousiastic about
the Notefrog layout and colors.
This has been said before...
Comparing that to AllMyNotes
AllMyNotes has a particularly pretty GUI.  But, I wish it were more keyboard-friendly, and had hotkeys for adding whole/part webpages and other clips to new/current notes, like RightNote does.  Also, as far as I'm aware, AllMyNotes runs entirely in memory, which makes it fast, but if you have heavy-duty requirements you should probably consider something backed with a database, like RightNote.  AllMyNotes does have nice Google-like search features and display of postings.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is DoOver dead? on: May 15, 2014, 04:38:23 PM
Crimson Editor has that feature, and is free; same for Notepad++ I think, though it's long since I tried it.

That link to Gizmo's site that MilesAhead posted seems mostly about hotkey programs.  You might be interested to review the short thread Anyone can recommend a good macro recorder for windows please?, where mouser gives this link to a article, Top 10 Free Macro Automation Software for Computers to Perform Repetitive Tasks.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Send email from cmdline ! on: May 15, 2014, 04:05:49 PM
the info you would need to use Blat would be exactly the same info you would need to set up an email client like Outlook or Thunderbird or whatever
Agreed, though as I don't know much about it, I've found subtle differences between clients, anti-spam programs etc. hair-tearing, especially in their terminology regarding connection type and authentication.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: May 13, 2014, 04:11:42 PM
My only real complaint about The Bat! was the proprietary format the mailboxes are stored in.
It's worth noting that Archivarius 3000 can index and search The Bat! e-mail messages and their attachments, provided your TB installation isn't encrypted, of course.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 29 - soooooo similar to Chrome on: April 30, 2014, 03:49:21 PM
Firefox is no longer my default browser. Pale Moon it is.
Do you still use K-Meleon?
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cheap fountain pen shootout on: April 30, 2014, 03:45:55 PM
thank you rjbull for recommending Stationery Art.
Somebody on Fountain Pen Network recommended them when I was looking for a Pilot 78G as a good fine nib at an affordable price.  I would repeat, don't overlook the Lamy Nexx which has the same nib, cartridge and converter as the Safari, but a very different look; which, if course, you may like even less...

Looks like they've got a more or less complete offering of Baoer's line, which I've been eyeing lately, and I'm liking the slim look of the Hero 7015, which being stainless steel might have a bit of weight to it...
I think you take pot luck with most Chinese brands.  Hero seem pretty reliable; my 329 is too fine for me for general use, but I'm happy with the way it writes.  No so my Jinhao X450 with its supposedly broad nib, which is too dry to be much use.  Fixes have been suggested on FPN but I haven't tried them; they don't seem to work for every pen anyway.  Why not take a look at FPN's pen review section to see if there are any reviews of the Hero 7015?  There are a number for Baoer, from memory, most of them favourable.

Check out as well.  Great prices and I've heard their customer service is pretty good.
I think Goulet Pens are good too.

And as for what inks you put in them, that's a whole new set of topics  smiley
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cheap fountain pen shootout on: April 27, 2014, 05:33:32 PM
I wouldn't call the Lamy Safari "cartoony," though it depends on what colour you choose (i.e., not some of the special editions).  Actually I prefer the Lamy Nexx, which has the same "works" in a body I find more comfortable to hold.  However, most Fountain Pen Network people seem to think the Lamy fine nib is just too broad.  The Hero 329 I have writes well; I think the Hero 100 is the same thing with a gold nib.  The 329 is good for a fine nib for general writing, but if you want a cheap pen that's spidersilk-thin for annotation or something, try a Pilot Namiki Gold Ring Fountain Pen FP 78G.  This may have the same nib as the Prera, but is much cheaper.

Resources worth knowing:

  • The Writing Desk
    UK.  Will sell you a Lamy Safari or Nexx with a nib of your choice, not just the standard "medium."
  • Cult Pens
    UK.  Incredible range of writing instruments.
  • Stationery Art
    Hong Kong.  Carry the Pilot 78G.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RightNote version 3.0.0 released on: April 11, 2014, 04:36:11 PM
I don't know about "love" for RN but I bought the Pro and use it extensively corralling text notes, web content, etc.
I find its web clipping a bit fragile.  Some pages it will import without a murmur, but on some it locks up.  On those, it's sometimes possible to use the clipboard instead.  I've also found it too ready to crash when cutting a sub-tree with Shift+Control+X to move it to another page.

the only other program that is comparable is EssentialPIM.
I wanted EPIM Pro for its ability to synch with my Palm, but that only seems to work reliably with an older Palm Desktop than I use.

Your other comments are interesting; I don't think anyone has mentioned the other two PIMs before.
135  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Stick-A-Note + Universal Viewer - Mini-Review on: April 11, 2014, 04:13:40 PM
By the file's Comments field I mean the "Comment" column that you can add in Windows Explorer (Windows7).
xplorer² has this note about using Comments:
File comments rely on an advanced NTFS feature called “Alternate Data Streams”

I'm on Vista Home Premium, 32-bit, UAC On, user account, and can't see a Comments field in Windows Explorer.  Total Commander mentions "NTFS file comments, MS-Office embedded comments, comments from files.bbs and descript.ion, etc. if available."  Explorer comments are supposedly available by pressing Alt+Enter.  On a generic .TXT file that just seems to get me the standard Properties box.  On a PDF, the Properties box has an extra PDF field that says "Information on this page reflects the actual contents of the Adobe PDF file. This page may differ from other pages of this property sheet that display Information from the Windows file system."  Whatever that means.  I can't seem to add or change information.

One good thing about third-party solutions; they aren't dependent on the vagaries of the particular version of the OS  Angry

I am finding that the Comment field (for most files) and the Tag field (in image files) are potentially two very useful tools for increasing and storing file meta-data. I just wish they were easier to use and get into an information management database.

Agreed, and wouldn't it be nice if there were a universal standard.  DESCRIPT.ION has been the closest to that for years, though it's primarily text description, whereas you seem interested in more extensive metadata.
136  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: today's giveaway challenges Revo Uninstaller Pro on: April 10, 2014, 03:41:32 PM
Is this more a competitor for Total Uninstall, i.e., monitoring/tracking installations?
137  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Stick-A-Note + Universal Viewer - Mini-Review on: April 10, 2014, 03:31:38 PM
Thanks, anandcoral and IainB; I'll take a look when I get up enough steam...

- I have been unable to realise the first part (web pages) with SAN
Occasionally I get coupons for reduced price on something.  When that happens, I'd like to make a sticky note reminder that not only pops up on the Web site home page, but on other pages I visit within that site, so I don't forget.  Very mercenary, perhaps, but trying to be practical.

For files, I had been pondering the idea of somehow getting SAN to use the text in a file's Comment field, rather than just in a text file called (say) SaN_About.txt. The text would thus travel with the file, regardless of what application opened it.
I'm not sure what you mean by the file's comment field.  Some approximation of this may be had by software that understands the DESCRIPT.ION comment files originated by 4DOS.  Some programs, like my regular file manager Total Commander, honours these and copies the file description across when it copies or moves a file.  However, I think you mean some form of comment more embedded within the file itself?
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 18, 2014, 03:37:35 PM
I've been spending some time setting this up in my OneDrive/ account
You're a long-time user of OneNote, presumably the existing payware version.  Have you installed OneNote Cloud/free separately, or, how do the old payware and new free versions play together, please?
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone can recommend a good macro recorder for windows please? on: March 14, 2014, 05:56:43 PM
Both Quick Macros and JitBit Macro Recorder are payware, but both can compile macros to freely-redistributable .EXEs.  That means you, or the license holder, would have to do the work of hacking out the macros, but there shouldn't be any copyright problems thereafter.  The features lists of both programs specifically mention software testing as a target use.  Quick Macros says upgrades are free; JitBit's license is one year of free upgrades.

@cranioscopical: Macro Express is a good program, but last time I looked it couldn't compile macros to .EXEs.  Do you know if that feature has been added now?
140 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: On importing data into Clipboard Help and Spell on: February 26, 2014, 10:57:26 AM
As a minimum, plain text files; and, please, plain text files simply marked up?  For the latter, here's part of a similar request I made in the CintaNotes forum, following a similar suggestion (adopted) for NoteFrog, using a fragment of my acronyms list.  Each "---+++ CintaNotes +++---" would demarcate a new note.

---+++ CintaNotes +++---

Compact Fluorescent Lamp (one of the various types of low-energy lightbulbs)

---+++ CintaNotes +++---

Prostate-Specific Antigen

---+++ CintaNotes +++---

Body Mass Index

---+++ CintaNotes +++---

Cabinet Office Briefing Room A

Hmmm...  maybe that should be "---+++ CHS +++---"   Wink
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does anyone know of a software that can record file modification times? on: February 24, 2014, 04:08:53 PM
Maybe File and Folder Watcher, not free.
User Benefits

    Monitor an unlimited number of folders, including subfolders
    Run unlimited actions per folder watching event
    Monitor folders on local disks, network drives, or FTP locations
    Monitor changed, renamed, deleted and created events or any combination of these
    Filter by file attributes, creation time, directory name, file name or type, size etc
    Never lose a file or folder event regardless of the level of disk activity
    Copy, move, email, print actions, and custom actions via VBScript/JScript integration
    Fully recovers from network location downtime.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / AJC Active Backup Version 2.0.0 Released 21 Feb 2014 on: February 24, 2014, 03:55:30 PM
AJC Active Backup Version 2.0.0 Released 21 Feb 2014

From the e-mail:
We have just released AJC Active Backup v2.0.11 after successful beta testing.

If you are a v1 user please reply to this and you can get a 30% discount for v2.

Download it from our web site but we would prefer if you can get it from Microsoft here to help our download count:
Just click on the purple "Get now" button.

If you feel appropriate you could give us a review on the "Reviews" tab which would be very helpful.

A few things have been added since our last news:
+ You can now pick an alternative external diff program.
+ A "saved me" button has been added to the toolbar so you can let us and your friends know if you have been saved from losing files.

For anyone who missed it, below are the AJC Active Backup details again:

Version control for your hard drive!  Protects you while you work, from mistakes, file corruption and gives great peace of mind.  A must for anyone who values their work.

AJC Active Backup constantly monitors your computer for changes to your files and archives them as soon as you save.  It keeps multiple versions of these files in a compact archive because it only stores the changes each time.  You can compare your files to earlier versions to see what has changed and go back to any version.  It does not slow your computer down because you only backup important files.

AJC Active Backup v2 has the following improvements over v1:

  • Complete rewrite with a modern UI.
  • Restore partial file changes back from your archives using built in AJC Diff v2. This lets you edit files while you are comparing them.
  • More visible overview of what folders you are monitoring for changes on the Home tab.
  • List of recently archived files is now kept when restarting the application.
  • Easier to set up and access file patterns etc.
  • You can change options live without having to stop monitoring for changes.
  • File patterns tester tool so you can test if a file will match your patterns.
  • New archives explorer lets you navigate through your backup archives more easily.
  • Its now easier to restore multiple files and you can see exactly where each file will go.
  • Includes the new AJC Revision Archive v2 archive viewer.
  • Compatible with AJC Sync backup archives.
  • For programmers: AJC Diff v2 offers code syntax highlighting.
  • For programmers: Visual Studio add in for you to access your archives more easily while you are coding.
  • Diagnostics mode lets you see what is happening when a file is detected. This helps if you don't know why a file is being backed up.

From the e-mail:
Read more here:

IMPORTANT NOTE for Active Backup v1 users:
It is best to uninstall v1 before you install v2.  When you are asked to choose the archive destination base folder it will be best to pick a new location because v2 will upgrade the archives to a newer format that v1 cannot use.  This is just in case you want to go back to v1.
143 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: AHK script to insert date and time to file name on: February 17, 2014, 03:39:37 PM
it would rather copy to the clipboard the ISO formatted timestamp
You might like to look at Horst Schaeffer's freeware Calendar which allows you to roll your own formats and have them available from a drop-down.  E.g.:
[attachthumb=1]      [attachthumb=2]
144 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Seeking advice: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" for Serious Research on: February 12, 2014, 02:29:43 PM
TaoPhoenix, does MyInfo have hotkeys for adding Web pages and parts of Web pages, like RightNote does, or is it whole-page and mouse only?  Also, does it have a Merge feature, something I found useful with EverNote 2.2 (the old desktop app) for combining sections of Web pages?
You know you just posted a triple barreled question, didn't you? Didn't you? In a thread, asking about ... subtopics?
ohmy  I wasn't clear enough.  I'm less interested in a note organizer than in a note keeper, something to replace EverNote 2.2 but that is likely to have a future, with particular reference to capturing, storing and finding information from the Web.  EverNote and CintaNotes are particularly convenient for that.  Here's a screenshot of the capture hotkeys I have set in RN to help clarify what I mean:
the point being that you can clip a whole web page, clip part of a web page to a new clip, and clip part of a page to the current clip, all with RN minimised.  No constant back-and-forth shuffle of Alt+Tab, find note, Ctrl+V etc.  I must admit I can't get some of these RN hotkeys to work properly, or at least not the way I expected, but I hope you can see what I'm getting at.  As for Merge, that's probably only really relevant to EverNote, CintaNotes and the like, i.e. single-pane + notes-list note keepers.  In their case, you can accumulate multiple part-page clips, go to the notes list, mark the ones you want, and merge those into a single note.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Listary 4 released - tons of new features on: February 10, 2014, 04:23:59 PM
if I still have any old installers around to screw around with.
I still have these, if it helps any:
c:\Users\R.J. Bull\files\Windows\Dialog_box_extenders\
Listary.exe   2918752   2014.1.24   11:15.10
Listary_3.exe   997179   2011.3.31   21:14.30
Listary_3.01.exe   1013432   2011.4.21   22:35.10
Listary_351.exe   5841264   2012.5.8   19:49.24\   1201230   2011.4.21   22:35.16
Listary.exe   940032   2011.4.14   14:10.58\   1168079   2011.3.31   21:14.32
Listary.exe   921600   2011.3.31   19:30.56\   1164839   2010.8.15   21:49.36
Listary.exe   937472   2010.8.9   11:32.8\   3377437   2014.1.24   11:15.10
   Containing:\ListaryPortable\   0   2013.12.17   23:9.54
Listary.exe   3729648   2013.12.17   23:9.54\   8223690   2012.5.8   19:49.38
Listary.exe   1196376   2012.5.8   14:49.54\   3418252   2014.1.8   21:13.8
Listary.exe   3786480   2014.1.8   11:49.54
146 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Seeking advice: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" for Serious Research on: February 10, 2014, 04:07:42 PM
I'll recommend again my top choice I use myself for this stuff: "MyInfo".
TaoPhoenix, does MyInfo have hotkeys for adding Web pages and parts of Web pages, like RightNote does, or is it whole-page and mouse only?  Also, does it have a Merge feature, something I found useful with EverNote 2.2 (the old desktop app) for combining sections of Web pages?
147 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Seeking advice: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" for Serious Research on: February 10, 2014, 04:04:55 PM
One of the features of ClipMagic (payware, currently on offer) is
Categorise/Organise your clips. Create rules/filters for incoming clips.

You can do something similar with Virtual Folders in mouser's Clipboard Help+Spell, but you need SQL to do it.  CHS' own Help points you to these DC threads for more information:
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Listary 4 released - tons of new features on: February 09, 2014, 02:27:28 PM
I'll just have to live without Listary for now.
Or maybe revert to an older version that does work?  If any do?
149 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Simple Application to set all tray icons to always hide on: February 02, 2014, 03:07:37 PM
Please make a Simple Application to easily set all tray icons to always hide in xp.
Have you considered PS Tray Factory?
PS Tray Factory
The system tray icons management utility

Current version: 3.2
OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2K/9X/NT (32 and 64 bit)
License: Try-before-you-buy
Cost: $24.95

   PS Tray Factory is a powerful and useful tool meant to flexibly control ALL the other icons in the system tray of the taskbar.

PS Tray Factory is a powerful and handy tool meant to flexibly control ALL the other icons in the system tray of the taskbar. PS Tray Factory will help you to manage all the applications that place their icons in the taskbar tray. When you have installed PS Tray Factory, you will forget about the problem of lack of space in the system tray, and will also get an easy, fast and handy tool to handle those applications. In short, ALL Windows users will get this handy and powerful tool at their disposal, whereas only Windows XP users have an idea of it. For the latter, we have made a nice surprise, as the features of PS Tray Factory exceed the standard built-in ones of this OS. With PS Tray Factory you can quickly hide system tray icons and easy manage them.
Various mentions on DC.  Here are only three:
These are quite old threads, and most of the other tray managers are quite old now, but if you're using XP, maybe that's what you might need.  I'm not sure about your requirement for a Simple Application, though  smiley
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: One of these thing is not like the other - Finding Unique Numbers on: January 31, 2014, 04:35:25 PM
I guess I could create a text file from each column, and compare somehow (dont have anything installed for that so if this the course to take, pleaase recommend something)
You might try a port of Unix comm, which I mentioned in DONE: Are any of the files missing???
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