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2251  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snack Guidelines / Re: Can we make a single key show hot keys? on: February 02, 2007, 09:15:56 AM
You see, there's no way to detect the keyboard shortcuts that each program uses. So, this would have to be configured by someone on a per-program basis.

Too true.  For system hotkeys, though, there are programs to help, e.g.  ShortCutsMan (freeware) by Nir Sofer.  It lists shortcuts and their hotkeys, where they exist.

Another approach might be worth trying zridling's former favourite HotKeyz, but there's the same problem, it can't control hotkeys that programs define for themselves.

2252  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: February 02, 2007, 05:46:56 AM
believe it or not, i think i'm going to give EverNote a try.

Has anyone noticed the beta of EverNote Portable?  Saves its data as XML files in its own directory.  It would be nice if more of these programs used such an open format to permit a degree of interchange of data. Also sounds like the main version of EverNote is too dependent on the Windows Registry for my taste.

This thread has 408 posts so far - and no definitive conclusion <sigh>


2253  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free, small, fast uninstaller replacement on: January 26, 2007, 08:57:20 AM
mentioned in thread here:

and a couple of posts later Carol says:
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No - it doesn't mention dates - but it does nice things like open RegEdit

Thanks, tomos...  Might not be much use to me on the machine I use at work, as IT Dept. lock us out of RegEdit for "security reasons."

2254  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Your experiences with disc catalogers and most wanted/used features on: January 26, 2007, 08:48:20 AM
Crush,

I am a registered user of CatDisk for DOS by Rick Hillier of The Software Connection.  Back in the 90s, I used it to catalogue a collection of floppies (remember those?) full of shareware and freeware.  I never bothered to update, but here's a Windows version, CatDisk 2003.

The DOS version is/was a good product, probably the leading one of its day.  I particularly liked the ability to import text files like FILES.BBS and modified FILE_ID.DIZ so you could add descriptions.  Nowadays I suppose you'd have to add PAD files.  A disk cataloguer that doesn't allow comments/descriptions would not interest me.  CatDisk for DOS came with some additional command-line tools, so you could do some kinds of searches/reports from batch files etc.


2255  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free, small, fast uninstaller replacement on: January 26, 2007, 08:32:45 AM
just uses the app.'s own uninstaller.

In that case, please, what advantages does it have over the app's own uninstaller or over Total Uninstall, or one of the other small uninstallers like MyUninstaller by Nir Sofer?



2256  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: What changes would you like to see on DonationCoder.com in 2007? on: January 22, 2007, 10:47:47 AM
Do you know if the Proxomitron ingests A,W & K?

Sorry, can't help you further.  I've never used Proxomitron.

I've found it irritatating that regexps are entered rather differently on the command line than they are in an AWK script, wrapped up in colons instead of forward-slashes, or whatever.  That's probably a hangover from conversion from Unix, with differences in the way the shell handles awkward characters.  As an aside, WebSite-Watcher has a nice wizard that takes much of the donkeywork out of assembling regexps.

2257  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: What changes would you like to see on DonationCoder.com in 2007? on: January 22, 2007, 05:39:24 AM
snag due to my lack of experience using regex.

Basic tutorial on Regular Expressions here

I'm pretty sure there's an O'Reilly book on just that topic.  Otherwise, the Aho, Kernighan and Weinberger book "The AWK Programming Language" has a good section on regular expressions.

2258  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: My favorite software! What's yours? on: January 16, 2007, 03:56:27 AM
Then it's time for you to discover win32pad!

If you must have a Windows Notepad-style editor instead of a proper WordStar-style one, don't overlook
TED Notepad


Small, fast, freeware, no-install version if preferred, many more features than Microsoft Notepad.

2259  DonationCoder.com Software / Unfinished Requests / Re: IDEA: Text Editor just for text (stay with me) on: January 16, 2007, 03:50:31 AM
writer Robert Sawyer's manifesto of WordStar as the True Way for writers

[...]


For a WinGUI WordStar-style editor, take a look at WSedit  http://www.writeandset.com/english/indxf.html
I am using this tool.  I don't call it a "text editor" I call it a "writer's tool."  That's what it's designed for and that is where it shines.

That's not a bad distinction, especially given that Dr. Vieregg designed it as an add-on for his HTML/CHM compiler, which are as much "writing" tasks as "editing" ones.  And I'm glad to see other folk still following the True Way of WordStar  Cool

Here are a couple of keyboard  remappers:
OkayKeybees
Dev-Labs' Keyboard Remapper for Windows

Disclaimer: I haven't tried these.




2260  DonationCoder.com Software / Unfinished Requests / Re: IDEA: OCR & paste on: January 11, 2007, 04:17:11 AM
would just pop-up a transparent, non-intrusive inputbox, allow you to type into it and when you hit enter it disappears and copies the text to the clipboard.

Murple,

Unless I'm missing something, this doesn't look like OCR... if you just want to put text into the clipboard, there's lots of ways of doing it.  E.g. using Mouser's own Clipboard Help + Spell, you call up the main window, Edit, Insert New Clip.  ClipCache has similar.  Or, from a command line, try Horst Schaeffer's ClipText.



2261  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodness! Is there NO Win utility to do "DIR /S/B C:\ZZZ\*.JPG > RESULT.TXT" on: January 10, 2007, 09:39:51 AM
rjbull: unless the tool is very ugly and reads the disk directly (which I doubt), it should work under NT, and on NTFS as well. "This option will only work under an operating system which provides the long-name API." - this sounds a lot like it will work smiley

f0dder,

It works fine under Win2K, and the macros mean you can make batch files on the fly, or directly execute commands on the found files, with or without asking permission each time.  Either Locate's macros or use of Horst Schaeffer's LMOD allows easy automated pre-pending/appending of text to lists, so tasks can be automated easily.

Once upon a time, I even wondered if some kind person might make a WinGUI shell for it  Wink

2262  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodness! Is there NO Win utility to do "DIR /S/B C:\ZZZ\*.JPG > RESULT.TXT" on: January 08, 2007, 08:56:03 AM
In this case, I won't want to go back DOS unless I have no choice!

Wink

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Ordinary DOS can't see NTFS drive (yes I am aware of NTFSdos, which allow so), does not handle long file name (again I am aware of DOS way to make it does), can't see drive bigger than 2 Gig and so on and so....

Even though DOS is still better (than Windows) way to go when you want to do something "task orientated" rather than "object orientated"

I don't know about NTFS.  Here's part of the help file for Charles Dye's file finder LOCATE:

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/L      Display Windows 95 Long filenames.  This option will only work under
        an operating system which provides the long-name API.  It will work
   in a DOS box under Windows 95, but not in Win95 DOS mode (MS-DOS 7.x.)
   It will work with DR-DOS only if you have Caldera's long-filename TSR
   installed.

   This option only affects the display!  Locate still searches for files
   using the 8.3 DOS filenames.  If you want to search for a specific long
   filename, I recommend that you type only the first five letters, followed
   by an asterisk:  LOCATE BLUER* /L to find a file named "Blue Rivets.bmp".
   (This file probably has a short filename of BLUERI~1.BMP, so BLUER* will
   match it.)  To find all the short "aliases" which refer to non-8.3
   filenames, try LOCATE *~*


/O:"format"    Macro Output.  For each item found, Locate will print out the
               string between quotes exactly as typed, except that certain
   macros beginning with an ampersand (&) will be replaced.

   macro  what it displays           width  example

   &F     fully qualified filename      -   C:\DOS\DISKCOPY.COM
   &D     directory name, canonical     -   C:\DOS
   &P     directory name with \         -   C:\DOS\
   &N     filename                      -   DISKCOPY.COM
   &R     filename without extension    -   DISKCOPY
   &X     extension only                -   COM
   &S     filespec without drive        -   \DOS\DISKCOPY.COM
   &L     drive letter                  -   C:
   &G     copy target, no drive         -   \DOS
   &J     right-padded with spaces     13   win.com     
   &A     attributes, as for ATTRIB    11   +A -S -H -R
   &B     attribute bits                5   A....
   &W     Windows 95 long filename      -   "C:\Directory\Long Filename.html"
   &Z     long filename only, no path   -   "Long Filename.html"
   &Y     long directory name with \    -   "C:\Directory\"
   &V     long filename base            -   Long Filename
   &K     long filename extension       -   html
   &1     date stamp, local format     11   May 31 1994
   &2     time stamp, local format      9    6:22:00a
   &3     file size                    10   13335
   &4     day of the week               3   Tue
   &5     pretty file size             13   13,335
   &6     file size in KB or MB         9   13.02 K
   &7     date stamp, ISO format       10   1994-05-31
   &8     time stamp, 24-hour format    8   06:22:00
   &U     show summary info at end      -

   &T  terminate line    &&  ampersand     &E  escape    &Q  quote mark
   &I  five-space tab    &C  conditional   &H  header    &# or &@  index


I could maybe wish Charles had updated LOCATE a little more for Windows, but it's an extremely useful tool as it is (and freeware).

2263  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodness! Is there NO Win utility to do "DIR /S/B C:\ZZZ\*.JPG > RESULT.TXT" on: January 07, 2007, 06:40:19 AM
How nice if LS lets user add a phase at the beginning or append a phase to end of every item it outputs.

I think you're asking for more than a directory lister there.  I'd go back to DOS, and use Horst Schaeffer's LMOD to pre-pend/append text:

[copy or print]
LMOD 1.3 Filter (c) 2002 Horst Schaeffer
Syntax: LMOD options string_with_tokens
Options:
        /Ln[-m] line [range] to select (default: first non blank line)
        /L[n]*  all lines [starting n]
        /E      include empty input lines (default: no output)
        /S..    delimiters for word extraction, instead of default (,;=)
        /B..    as /S, but excluding blank space as delimiter
        /Nn     starting line number (for token [#]), default: /N001
Insert from source line (expression in square brackets):
 [p,l $n U|L Rn]  default []: complete line
        p,l     from position p, length l (default rest of line)
        $n      word number n ("!" for last word); optionally ┬▒offset
        $n:m    range of words by number (blank space will be inserted)
        U|L     convert to upper|lower case
        Rn      right aligned in output field of size n
Other tokens:
        [+]     insert CR+LF
        [-]     omit CR+LF at end of output
        [#]     line number (digits acc. to option, default:3)
        [=n]    tab to position n in output line
        [~n]    ASCII code n (decimal)
        [".."]  quoted char/string (use for redirection symbols)

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I believe there could be a TC plugin for what I want to do, but isn't it a main feature that should be IN the TC program itself rather than an optional plugin?

You could always ask Christian for the feature...


@Mouser: I found LS from PriceLessWare, if I remember correctly.

2264  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Is there an equivalent of Process Tamer for Win98? on: January 06, 2007, 02:55:34 PM
Does anyone know of an equivalent of Process Tamer for Win98, please?

TIA...

2265  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodness! Is there NO Win utility to do "DIR /S/B C:\ZZZ\*.JPG > RESULT.TXT" on: January 06, 2007, 02:46:42 PM
What I want is just the "search result" on a folder-tree for certain type of files be printed (path+file or full filespec) to a text file! That simple!

You might like LS - File List Generator (for Windows)

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WinXP's search can't be printed; I try (but never study in depth) and find that Total commander, xPlorer2 and D.Opus all just can't do exactly what I want????

You need to look at Total Commander's addons.  Check DiskDir from the unofficial addons site http://www.totalcmd.net/

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I have to do it the DOS way, ah! Sad ha! ha! ha! smiley

That's the way REAL MEN do it, isn't it?    Cool

2266  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: December 31, 2006, 01:36:49 PM
Plus it includes automatic duplex, automatic 4-up booklet printing (which is really neat), mulitple page reduction to a single sheet

Doesn't the fact that those features are built into the printer reduce the value of Fineprint?

2267  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: December 29, 2006, 02:44:48 PM
My Canon ip5000 has a cartidge tray feed but it also also a straight through feed - it is great to have the choice. Plus it includes automatic duplex, automatic 4-up booklet printing (which is really neat), mulitple page reduction to a single sheet and CD/DVD printing and produces really great photos.

Doesn't the fact that those features are built into hardware render FinePrint rather pointless?

2268  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Hide current window / restore any hidden window on: December 21, 2006, 10:11:20 AM
Hello, Fedorov; welcome to DC's roster of members who post   smiley

Not sure this should be in the "Post New Requests" section, but I'll leave that to the moderators  Wink

I use HoeKey for this task.  It doesn't have the popup menu in the sense you mean, but successive presses of the assigned "hide" hotkey puts windows on a stack, and pressing the "unhide" key pops them off again.  HoeKey is a general-purpose hotkey application, and it's tiny, only about a 25K download.  Lots of other nice features, like "kill current process," "editify" current window (gets window details as text), etc.

2269  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Text recognition in any application for FARR on: December 20, 2006, 05:51:39 AM
Why not use AHK?

2270  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: What changes would you like to see on DonationCoder.com in 2007? on: December 19, 2006, 10:28:36 AM
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I'd like to see an option where I can be notified of an important post by the staff.

i like this idea too, and maybe a central page where the most important posts can be seen all together, regardless of section.

Most of us already receive the short-form newsletter by e-mail.  Why not add "important posts," announcements etc. to it?



2271  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinCalendarTime - windows clock enhancer on: December 18, 2006, 08:32:05 AM
Horst Schaeffer's Calendar

or

Kana Solution's Kana Reminder, or Kana Solution's better-featured beta (but no help file yet for the beta)

2272  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: December 18, 2006, 03:42:02 AM
I really think governments should act on this kind of stupidity and charge companies that do this a levy on recycling costs of old printers unless they reduce ink costs to a reasonable level.

Don't forget there's an entire industry devoted to recycling, refilling and remanufacturing toner and ink jet cartridges.  The most common trade paper is The Recharger magazine

(Disclaimer: I work for a company that (amongst other things) makes toner and ink jet ink.)

2273  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: December 14, 2006, 08:02:49 AM
I guess it is no different from why the printer manufacturers literally sell their snazzy looking printers which are gas ink guzzlers (at US$2,000 per gallon of ink)

It's just a commercial decision for them.

It's called the "razors and blades" business model...  i.e., sell the razor cheap, but make vast profits by selling blades.  In the printer market, they may have overdone it.

2274  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New: Google Patent Search on: December 14, 2006, 08:00:10 AM
I think Delphion Research still has a free account, though it's very basic compared to the for-pay versions.  Delphion covers US, World, European, German and Japanese patents at present.  You can include INPADOC and Derwent patent information databases too but at considerable extra cost.

2275  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The Ultimate Legal Disclaimer on: December 14, 2006, 05:10:01 AM
Brought to my attention by the "Feedback" section in this week's New Scientist magazine, dated 16 December 2006.  This is the legal disclaimer for the Derbyshire Guide, in the narrow blue column at the left of the page:

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This information is provided to the best of our knowledge. We have collected and collated it in good faith but we are not responsible for its accuracy and anyone intending to make use of this information is advised to check it out.

Well that's the legal stuff sorted.

Should you decline to comply with this warning, a leather winged demon of the night will soar from the deep malevolent caverns of the white peak into the shadowy moonlit sky and, with a thirst for blood on its salivating fangs, search the very threads of time for the throbbing of your heartbeat. Just thought you'd want to know that.

 Cool



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