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2251  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: February 28, 2007, 04:23:08 AM
Looking back the tool(s) i used the most to capture snippets of information have been local website archive, clipcache (i used the demo a lot, was going to register, then the database got corrupted)

You can find the last free version of ClipCache, 1.41, at http://www.woundedmoon.org/win32_freeware.html  This served me well for years on several computers.  I registered out of sheer gratitude, but never bothered to install the shareware version as the free one did all I needed, most of the time.  However, I have to add that lately some of the rude software I have to use at work has been crashing it, so I've largely moved over to Mouser's Clipboard Help+Spell, which is relatively sluggish but very robust.

You might like to look at other clipboard extenders, some of which have been mentioned elsewhere in DC.  For example, ClipMagic (not tried by me) says it allows you to set up rules and filters to move clips to categories.  And, DC has several people (e.g. Allen and Carol Haynes) who really like AceText

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I think a killer feature would be one that has a "scanning" module which would crawl a bunch of directories you choose, find all the myriad documents in formats it can read (the more the merrier, if possible even word processor or other organiser files), then give you a list where you can tick all the ones you want to import, then import them...

Most can import plain text and RTF, and a few can import files from other simpler PIMs (e.g. KeyNote can import Treepad Lite, Jot+Notes can import lots).  But there are so many formats out there...

2252  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: recommend backup soft? on: February 26, 2007, 09:26:23 AM
TinyApps recommends Cobian Backup, which is now open source.

TinyApps blog item > here <

2253  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Can a Modify format/case Preset be set as the default on: February 26, 2007, 05:43:59 AM
I though it would be useful if I can set one of the Modify format/case Preset as the automatic Modify Format/case default action to take

patteo,

Take a look at Clippy (freeware)

Offers the kind of configuration I'd like CH+S to have.


edited by jgpaiva to fix link
2254  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Paperless Home: Need document management software on: February 14, 2007, 09:41:25 AM
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That seems to be what Evernote Plus ($39.95) claims to do...
The trouble is, I'll have 100 documents at a time, each with unique handwriting.  I've yet to see the software that can handle it, outside of HUGELY expensive applications (and they're not perfect).

I should have made it clearer that that's what the beta of EverNote Plus 2.0 claims to do, rather than the existing version.  You have a stiff test regime; maybe you should apply to be a beta tester  smiley

2255  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Living without AutoHotkey - possible? on: February 14, 2007, 09:30:49 AM
I am intrigued by AHK but I am a long time Powerpro user. I saw that a couple of you are familiar with both programs. Does AHK offer any advantage over Powerpro?

edbro,

Be aware that DC is awash with AHK zealots whose fiery evangelism makes Billy Graham look wishy-washy...  Wink

Both AHK and PowerPro are fine products, but they are very different.  Edvard's approach of using whichever does a particular job best seems the right one to me.  Many other choices exist; I think Mouser, for example, said he uses Macro Express.

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Can AHK control the clipboard?

Small part of the AHK help file entry on clipboard:
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Clipboard is a built-in variable that reflects the current contents of the Windows clipboard if those contents can be expressed as text. By contrast, ClipboardAll contains everything on the clipboard, such as pictures and formatting.


But if you want the kind of clipboard support you get in PowerPro, maybe you'd be better off staying with PowerPro, or try one of the many other clipboard enhancers such as Mouser's (Donation Coder's) own Clipboard Help + Spell.

Likewise with sticky notes, try e.g. Zhorn software's Stickies or Magic Notes,
and I don't think AHK has anything remotely like PowerPro's excellent scheduler, or its support for virtual desktops.  Again, you can find plenty of alternatives; but PowerPro already has it all built in...

2256  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Living without AutoHotkey - possible? on: February 12, 2007, 09:36:08 AM
Maybe I wasn't clear enough. I suggested a DC group donation, not a DC donation. DC would just set up the empty fund, everyone interested would donate into that fund.

Then DC/mouser would transfer the complete amount. Benefits: less PayPal fees, more of the money reaches AHK, etc.

You mean sort of an "AHK special interest group" within DC, using DC as the "transport medium" to transfer the cash?  That sounds OK, as long as Mouser (and any other DC administrators) are willing to to the donkeywork.

2257  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Living without AutoHotkey - possible? on: February 12, 2007, 04:02:03 AM
I want to suggest another DC AHK group donation fund. $100?

No.  All DC members would be contributing, but I doubt all of them use it.  Those who do, can make personal donations to AHK's author and/or to the AHK-using authors on DC.

2258  DonationCoder.com Software / Unfinished Requests / Re: IDEA: OCR & paste on: February 12, 2007, 03:55:48 AM
one could -stupidly- argue that it's OCR performed by the user as opposed to the computer smiley

I thought that was traditionally known as "reading"   Cool

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I would love to have a program which would allow me to select part of my screen, perform OCR on it and copy the recognized text to the clipboard.

That's exactly what Kleptomania does.

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I'd like to conjure up a tiny application which allows you to "write directly to the clipboard" in the easiest, fastest most intuitive and least intrusive way. I'd call it ClipWrite.

Good luck with that, but, you could always keep a small fast editor like TED Notepad running in the background?

2259  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pocket PCs etc. Which do you personally recommend, having used it yourself? on: February 12, 2007, 03:38:50 AM
  • I can run it from AAA batteries available at any corner store

That's a real plus point, but, does it have non-volatile memory?  If your battery goes flat, do you lose everything?

2260  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Paperless Home: Need document management software on: February 07, 2007, 08:56:49 AM
what I need is something that can read and convert tens of thousands of handwritten pages [from many different hands, in many different layouts] into editable and searchable text.)

cranioscopical,

That seems to be what Evernote Plus ($39.95) claims to do...

2261  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Stickies 6.0a released on: February 05, 2007, 05:39:47 AM
I thought you could stick stickies to a particular webpage?  The recognition is based off the window title.

[...]

I just did it with this page.

That's a great feature! Thanks for pointing it out  smiley

But Stickies has been crashing on me again for no obvious reason - maybe my system is too old  Sad

2262  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Stickies 6.0a released on: February 04, 2007, 02:41:48 PM
Stickies author is great and the program has some indispensable features.

He certainly is.  I tried running Stickies 6.0 on a Win98 laptop, only to get a series of error messages.  They related to only having an old version of the JET database engine, and I couldn't find the update recommended in the Stickies help file, only a newer one.  The author said he hadn't tested that, but asked if I'd like a copy of the one he had tested, and when I said yes please, sent it immediately.  Seems to work fine now   Cool

I'll be interested to try the feature that lets you stick notes to particular programs, though really I'd like that extended so I could stick notes to particular Web pages.  I'll also be interested to see how Stickies operates.  The sticky notes program I use at present, Magic Notes (cheap shareware), makes each note a hidden window, which I don't much like.  If I have to search for other hidden windows, those get in the way.  If Stickies works from a database and the notes are hidden, I'd prefer that.   On the other hand, the alarm settings in Magic Notes are more obvious / easier to set, though neither program seems to have alarms quite as powerful as I'd like.

2263  DonationCoder.com Software / Unfinished Requests / Re: IDEA: OCR & paste on: February 04, 2007, 11:10:11 AM
Problem is Kleptomania (and every other software I saw to do this type of thing) cannot OCR a picture displayed on screen.  This would be an awesome feature... though no doubt harder.

kfitting,

I just noticed that the beta of the full (payware) version of EverNote 2.0 claims to be able to do this:

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AIR-search in images: Search photos and graphics stored in your notes to find embedded typed or handwritten text. Use it for snapshots of whiteboards, product labels, in-store packaging and pricing, business cards, trade show badges, and more.


2264  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.

2265  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>


2266  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."

2267  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.


2268  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?



2269  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.

2270  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.

2271  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.

2272  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.




2273  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.



2274  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

2275  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).

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