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2251  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AceText - text & clipboard manager (for coders, writers, etc.) on: September 15, 2006, 06:16:31 AM
Thanks for clearing up the confusion   smiley

I see that the latest beta of Kana Clip, another freeware clipboard extender, also has plenty of formatting-on-the-fly features.  Looks like a growing category.



2252  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AceText - text & clipboard manager (for coders, writers, etc.) on: September 14, 2006, 06:23:51 AM
just a clarification in case its not clear, the quickpaste feature allen describes is from Clipboard Help+Spell.  You can create as many custom formatting profiles as you want and they appear in the quickpaste menu and in the formatting panel in the main window.

Thanks, Mouser, I had indeed thought Allen was referring to AceText.  In the meantime, though, I've been wondering why you called the feature QuickPaste.  It looks to me like SmartPaste or IntelliPaste might have been better names, it they weren't taken already by someone else?

You might like to take a quick look at Clippy for its e-mail munging abilities.  The latest beta has search-and-replace built in, as well as the older features.

2253  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: Anti-Virus Package on: September 14, 2006, 06:09:23 AM
F-Prot is a program I tried once because it sounded like F-Secure.  It turned out to be decent.

Last time I checked, F-Prot had a generous license; one payment gave you the right to use it on anything up to 30 computers if they were for your personal use.

2254  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AceText - text & clipboard manager (for coders, writers, etc.) on: September 13, 2006, 09:44:10 AM
It's a feature that allows you to preconfigure quickpaste items which, in essence, allows you to apply a text replacement/cleanup filter/query on text on the fly.   You can preconfigure and save them, then use them as simply as hitting ctrl alt q and selecting the one you want from a drop down.

I see, thanks.  So it's a bit like Boxer Software's TextMonkey (limited free version, much more powerful payware version), or the freeware Clippy which is primarily aimed at tidying up e-mail, but can do more in the latest beta.  But you'd evidently have a hard time matching all AceText's features in a single program, especially at lower cost.

2255  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AceText - text & clipboard manager (for coders, writers, etc.) on: September 13, 2006, 04:07:52 AM
Quick Paste Menu, Quick Paste Menu, Quick Paste Menu . . . just that feature would make a killer standalone app.  Having a clipboard manager wrapped around it helps.

Allen,

What is actually meant by "Quick Paste Menu?"

With ClipCache, you can define a pair of hotkeys that allow you to scroll up and down through the saved clips with the program just an icon in the tray.  Each time you move to a different clip, a sort of tooltip of the clip's title appears where the cursor is so you know which one you've got to.  Then just press Ctrl-V to paste.  Alternatively, the last ten are available by right-clicking on the icon, or pop up the main window for more features.  Do you mean more/different than that?

2256  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Introducing myself... on: September 13, 2006, 03:57:15 AM
rjbull -- just a few advantages I see for linksbase --
* Browser independence (for those of us who, for one reason or other) switch among browsers frequently and don't want to import/export booksmarks back and forth constantly to synch among browsers

I see it can merge the bookmark files from different sources, which can be useful.  Sometimes I'd want to keep them separate, and be able to move them from file to file; I suppose that means something like BookmarkBuddy combined with a links stash.  Also I'd want to be able to open links in a chosen browser rather than the local Windows default one, preferably by a hotkey or simple menu.

I'm never quite sure of the best way to store links.  Quite a lot of moderately interesting stuff that I don't use frequently I keep in notekeepers, mostly MemPad or JBLab Secure Notes.  Neither are perfect, but have useful features of their own (e.g. both can be enrypted), and both can be portable.  Lately you seem particularly keen on portability: care to start a new thread on it?

2257  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Introducing myself... on: September 12, 2006, 08:44:35 AM
(not english language native... excuse me for my poor english

Don't worry, as long as you speak binary   Cool

I know this sounds rude and ungrateful - sorry.  But how do you see, say, Super Finder against Locate32 or WanyWord, and LinksBase against the built-in bookmarks feature of Firefox?

(so much software, so little time...)

2258  News and Reviews / Note Taking Software / Re: Preview Version of SuperboyAC's Notetaking Software Roundup Now Onlline on: September 12, 2006, 08:06:04 AM
rjbull, I've just messing around a little with TexNotes

TexNotes was was nudone's query, not mine!


2259  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: mail2web: any comments? on: September 12, 2006, 08:02:38 AM
if you're using straight up POP3 [...] your credentials are going out on the net in plain text anyway.

Scary  Sad  Thanks for the warning.

2260  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: simple quick'n'dirty alarm on: September 12, 2006, 08:00:48 AM
I want an AutoHotKey script so I can change it as much as I like

I wondered if you might...  Why not ask in the AHK forums?  That seems the logical place for scripting queries.

2261  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: simple quick'n'dirty alarm on: September 12, 2006, 06:02:33 AM
If you just want something that works, why reinvent the wheel?  Would MicroEggTimer do?  When it times out, it keeps beeping until you make an effort to stop it.



2262  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: "Book maker" program-compiles documents to print in book form on: September 11, 2006, 09:47:06 AM
i just thought, how about if u make a program that compiles documents then automatically print it in sequenced pages similar to a book?

I had a good one for DOS, but Windows more or less broke it   mad

TxtPrint isn't quite what you want, but is part way there, and it's free.  Its focus is source code, and it tries to get more text on one side of the sheet rather than use both sides.

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TxtPrint is a small application designed mainly for one purpose: Printing out text files.
By numerous settings, you will have precise control over the output. TxtPrint can be used to print all kinds of text files, but I think programmers printing out source code do appreciate the features most.

The main advantage with TxtPrint compared to standard text editors is the ability to divide the page in several columns and rows. This is very useful for saving paper and getting more text on a single paper.


Don't forget you'll (ideally) need a duplex-capable printer.  I.e., not all printers and papers are really suitable for use double-sided.

2263  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AceText - text & clipboard manager (for coders, writers, etc.) on: September 11, 2006, 09:24:45 AM
From there, the ability to read and write xml files is inherent, so why not give it the ability to read/write a popular web technology?

So adding the RSS features was in fact very little extra cost.  I see, thanks.

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it's light, fast and efficient.

I still use ClipCache 1.41 (last free version), and it's good enough for me; seems fairly light.  Also does images, but that's something I seldom use so I don't know if it does it well.

2264  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: mail2web: any comments? on: September 11, 2006, 09:14:42 AM
My one concern was always the fact that giving my login information to someone else

I was concerned about that too.  I see they say that they don't keep passwords, but they could presumably get hacked.

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-- a general paranoia.  They've been around for a long time, though -- so it's not some fly-by-night password grabber.

Their longevity is certainly a good sign, and it looks like their more advanced accounts are much like having Outlook on the Web.

But, just because you're paranoid, it doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you...

2265  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / mail2web: any comments? on: September 11, 2006, 04:40:56 AM
mail2web is a site where you enter your email address and password, and it will go to your POP3 (and I think IMAP) server, retrieve your mail, and allow you to display and answer it with a Web interface.  Apparently it has a good reputation.  Appears to be supported by advertising, though surprisingly unintrusive; much less "busy" an interface than Yahoo! Mail.  No registration required for basic use.  Looks ideal for travellers and users of multiple computers. 

Please, does anyone have any experience of mail2web and/or comments to share?

Thanks...





2266  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AceText - text & clipboard manager (for coders, writers, etc.) on: September 11, 2006, 04:19:36 AM
the ability to not only download/read rss feeds but publish them.

I've never used AceText or RSS feeds, so what do I know...  But as a bystander, this sounds like creeping featuritis.  I mean, what's wrong with a really good clipboard extender, that they have to add (apparently) irrelevant and (presumably) bloating features???


2267  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Text editor with good spell checker on: September 10, 2006, 03:32:47 PM
I wonder if there are "layout translations" as well as there are "language translations". I am thinking of localized keyboard shortcuts; so basically the finger movements are the same, so the keys are different. This would be very convenient for us Germans too... I shall try to find out.

How about remapping the keyboard with one of the hotkey utilities?  E.g. PC Magazine's TradeKeys (you need to be a subscriber, but it's cheap) ;

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TradeKeys, Version 2.0
Copyright (c) 2002 Ziff Davis Media, Inc.
Written by Gregory A. Wolking
First Published in PC Magazine, US Edition, January 14, 2003, v22n01
http://www.pcmag.com/utilities/
________________________________________________________________

PLATFORMS:
Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP

DESCRIPTION:
Sometimes the keys on your keyboard just aren't in the right place. Many of us who are familiar with the original 84-key IBM PC keyboard layout have it ingrained in our muscle memory that the Ctrl key is right next to the A key. This drives us nuts on most newer 102-key keyboard, on which the positions of the Caps Lock and Ctrl keys are reversed. We find ourselves toggling CapsLock on and off instead of typing a Ctrl+Key combination. Perhaps you'd like to have your keyboard laid out more like a typewriter, with CapsLock at the bottom, Shift above, and Ctrl above that. You might even want to disable that pesky left Windows key, because you keep hitting it by mistake when you want the left Alt key.

TradeKeys 2 makes all that possible; you can remap your keyboard almost any way you want. Under Windows 95, 98, and Me, you can change, swap, or disable any of the standard keys (those that existed on the original 84-key keyboard layout). Under Windows 2000 and XP, you can also remap extended keys such as the Right Ctrl and Right Alt keys, the Windows Logo key, and the navigation cluster. You can save your mappings to a file for later reloading. This lets different users on a system switch quickly between different mappings. TradeKeys 2 is an update of our earlier keyboard mapping utility, ZDKeyMap.

2268  DonationCoder.com Software / fSekrit / Re: Brute Force hacking possible? on: September 08, 2006, 05:57:20 AM
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    Hackers' Song.


    "Put another password in,
    Bomb it out and try again,
    Try to get past logging in,
    we're Hacking, Hacking, Hacking.

    Try his first wife's maiden name,
    This is more than just a game,
    It's real fun, but just the same,
    It's Hacking, Hacking, Hacking."

    The NutCracker
    ( Hackers' U.K. )

  - see e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_Live

2269  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need Virtual Desktop software recommendations on: September 07, 2006, 04:36:11 AM
I'd love something that would (easily embarassed ) allow me to make a few desktops with different icons, say graphics icons, tools, maybe a desktop for my partner who uses my computer occasionally.

Why not try Horst Schaeffer's freeware program launcher Qsel
In "Large Icons" mode it's rather like using a different desktop.



The bottom right icon "Tools" is actually a link to another Qsel window, so it's easy to change between sets of applications.


2270  News and Reviews / Note Taking Software / Re: Preview Version of SuperboyAC's Notetaking Software Roundup Now Onlline on: September 07, 2006, 04:16:05 AM
Lol rjbull..  Grin

What an excellent job you have done.

All credit to SuperboyAC, 'twas he who wrote the review...


2271  DonationCoder.com Software / fSekrit / Re: Importing text on: September 07, 2006, 04:12:40 AM
Just spotted your separate 1.2 announcement, thanks.

I think the Win98 clipboard is limited to 32K rather than 12, but I'm not sure.  I do know I couldn't get it to paste about 48K.

2272  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: story/idea note keeper on: September 07, 2006, 04:05:44 AM
Some of the notekeepers use RTF, so you shouldn't have trouble exporting from them to Word.  SuperboyAC seemed to think that the RTF editor in Black Hole Organizer was quite good.  And all of them use text...

Alternatively, Notebox Disorganizer IIe: a spreadsheet-style note collection program.

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When it comes to keeping notes in a tidy and organized fashion on your computer, you've got your pick of dozens of programs -- most of which involve a tree-view layout, into which you're expected to tuck everything neatly away.

ND2e, on the other hand, is for people who like to keep all their mess splattered across the screen right where they can see it.
[...]
This program was written to help me write novels, which may explain a few things. It's called Notebox, and for that matter Disorganizer, on the grounds that my basic unit of order is the mess, which for the sake of tidiness I keep in a box. When I come across some new information of interest or utility, I make a note of it and add the note to the box. Sometimes I put the box in order. Sometimes I sort it into categorized boxes. Mostly I don't. This is all only approximately true.


You should probably look at some of the sites devoted to creative writing.  One link I happened to have is The 2005 WD Guide to Writing Software  (meaning software for authors, not programmers).



2273  DonationCoder.com Software / fSekrit / Importing text on: September 06, 2006, 08:32:23 AM
If you want to import existing text into fSekrit, you have to do it via the clipboard.  If you're running a clipboard enhancer, you have another security-vulnerable area.  Are there plans for a file browser to import text into fSekrit to avoid that?

Of course, if you have text on disk, I suppose that's vulnerable anyway, unless you use a secure deleter afterwards...

2274  News and Reviews / Note Taking Software / Re: Preview Version of SuperboyAC's Notetaking Software Roundup Now Onlline on: September 06, 2006, 06:05:26 AM
Jot+ Notes import feature:  wider than usual range of imports, including Treepad, KeyNote, AZZ Cardfile, Action Outline, MemPad, MasterCook, Vault, IE and Firefox bookmarks, etc.  Good range of exports but (naturally) doesn't export to its competitors' formats  Wink

Full listing here

2275  News and Reviews / Note Taking Software / Re: Preview Version of SuperboyAC's Notetaking Software Roundup Now Onlline on: September 05, 2006, 04:14:55 AM
Interesting summary.

One monitor I use is small, and best at 800 x 600.  I nearly went dizzy from scrolling the screen from side to side...

Suggest a bit more use of spelling checker: I think it's "hierarchy" not "heirarchy."

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