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2251  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?

2252  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.

2253  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?

2254  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
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?

2255  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


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

2256  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.)

2257  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.

2258  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.

2259  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:

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.


2260  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wanted: free web-mail + forwarding on: December 11, 2006, 07:29:36 AM
Thanks, Arjen...

Does Lycos offer the forwarding that BrotherS wanted?  It certainly offers POP3 because they have some kind of tie-up with RITLabs, TheBat! authors.

2261  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wanted: free web-mail + forwarding on: December 11, 2006, 05:03:43 AM
There's GMX.NET, but it's German.  Don't know if it has an English-language equivalent.

2262  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Treo-like "Alt" key for Windows on: December 11, 2006, 04:58:23 AM
Don't forget the freeware AllChars for entering accented letters, and for text expansion.  -  Ruffnekk, it must be good, it's made in The Netherlands  smiley



AllChars provides a quick, easy-to-remember way of creating accents like é Ü ç î æ and special characters like ƒ ² ‰ © £ ± ß ° 1/2 ¿ « » ™ „ in most Windows programs.

AllChars emulates the *nix Compose key on Windows.

AllChars v3.5 upwards supports macros: type a (short) name and AllChars will replace it with a (long) text.

AllChars is very easy and intuitive in usage and it is possible to adapt it to your wishes.

AllChars is FREEWARE.

AllChars works with Windows 3.11 or Windows 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0 and 2000.

You can also find several extended character map applications, better than the one built into Windows.

2263  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: The Holy Grail of text reading on a PC on: December 07, 2006, 08:30:24 AM
smooth scrolling text reader on PC/Windows

There is/was one...  but it's DOS, from 1989!  PC Magazine's SMOOTH.COM, from before the days they started charging.  Obviously won't read (in the sense I think you mean) PDFs or HTML, though you could try reducing PDF to plain text with XPDF and HTML to plain text with {insert your choice of tag stripper here}  But then, being an old-time DOS person, that's the way I think...

2264  News and Reviews / Best E-mail Client / Re: changing email client - old mail goes? on: December 07, 2006, 04:35:59 AM
Another possibility is multi-format e-mail archive programs like
Aid4Mail by Fookes Software
ForKeeps Message Archiver
but of course it depends on whether they support your particular format - and new/unusual clients probably won't be...

2265  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: folder monitor with customizable action on: December 07, 2006, 04:25:52 AM
Check out DC posts on Log Monitor:

and maybe

2266  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Keep a given windows to front on: December 04, 2006, 09:27:39 AM
I was wondering whether there already exists a utility that can make it so that a given windows can be kept on front as long as necessary, even if other windows below are selected.

Don't know if these would help - they're from TinyApps miscellaneous page, which contains the URLs;


PushPin 1.0  [22k] Keep any window on top of all other windows. 

Nail It! v1.10 [25k] Make windows"sticky" so that they remain above other windows.

ShideWin [3.5k]  Enumerates all top-level windows and allows you to show or hide them. Especially helpful for finding windows that were made invisible after a crash.

Handler [7k]  Window information tool

WinRoll 1.4 [7k]  Rollup windows to their title bar like Mac OS's WindowShade.

Showin 2.0 [9k]  Enable windows that have been disabled, unhide hidden windows and force windows to stay on top or be placed below others. Perhaps one of the most popular uses of this program is to display hidden password editbox fields (text behind the asterisks *****).

ResizeEnable [37k]  Turn non-resizeable windows into resizeable windows

PowerMenu 1.5.1 [49k]  Adds "Always On Top", "Minimize To Tray", "Priority" and "Transparency" (W2K/XP only) sub menus to all top level system menus.

, the mighty yet free macro program/Windows controler/enhancer also contains a command to keep windows on top (If I'm reading it right).

2267  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source on: December 01, 2006, 08:55:01 AM
I use SpamGourmet and Dodgeit.  Both are super. http://www.dodgeit.com/


I see you posted a link to this thread in alt.comp.freeware - thanks for the attribution to DC.

2268  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best Auto-complete Intelli-sense type utility ? on: December 01, 2006, 05:15:17 AM
thank you to rjbull for the information about how to remember shortcuts

You're welcome  smiley  But the thanks are really to Harrie for introducing John Knowles' system to DC.

2269  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source on: December 01, 2006, 05:06:00 AM
Anyone using spamgourmet - free disposable email addresses, strong spam blocker, short learning curve for disposable, one-time or "n"-times usable e-mail addresses?

2270  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted Photo Slideshow on DVD (1000s of photos) on: November 28, 2006, 05:13:44 AM
People who do computerised slide shows tell me the best thing is ProShow Gold, $69.  There's also a non-gold edition at $29 that I haven't heard of before.

2271  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: My favorite software! What's yours? on: November 21, 2006, 09:20:30 AM
Gyula's Navigator : I use this file manager at work and I have never found one that has a great combination of features that I need:  It is freeware, is completely portable


Do you have an old version with a different license, or work in a college?  I just looked at their license terms, and it's only free for personal or educational use, otherwise $20 for 5 licenses.  Cheap, but not free for business use.

2272  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Desktop Teleporter on: November 15, 2006, 10:37:13 AM
one thing i can think of is having it pop up when a new file is created on the desktop and ask user if they want to add datestamp + short comment to the file (like name of site it came from).
or maybe be able to quickly type in a note for the file which would be stored as FILENAME_note.text

And/or add the comment to a 4DOS-style DESCRIPT.ION file.
2273  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best Auto-complete Intelli-sense type utility ? on: November 09, 2006, 04:17:07 AM
I would welcome other tips on how to device memorable shortcuts!


Take a look at John Knowles' ABCZ Typing Abbreviation System for a good formalized system for memorable shortcuts.  Accent on bashing out text, rather than launching programs, but principle seems to apply.  Found it via a posting from Harrie here on DC.  Related links:

Donation Coder threads, which deal with text expanders, completers and the like:

jgpaiva's abbreviations importer
link to jgpaiva's AHK tools http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=3461.0

Harrie's review of Instant Text, and following posts

Word AutoCompleter
(mentions IntelliComplete, AutoTyping, LetMeType, AllChars, Type Pilot)

External links:

Productivity Talk - Harrie's own forum site for (primarily) Medical Transcriptionists

Jon Knowles site on typing productivity
2274  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Simple timer/Stop watch app. on: November 08, 2006, 08:39:18 AM
I need a little program where i can just type in 38 min and 9 sec and press start, and it will start to count down and the play a audio file or alarm bell when the time is up.

I can't find this ANYWHERE online.

If that's all you want, try Micro Egg Timer as noted above.

2275  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Feature suggestion: search and replace on: November 07, 2006, 04:57:26 AM

... I'd like to be able to define a series of the actions that CHS can take, and have that group appear as a single menu item when you click CHS's icon, and have it apply them all in one pass.

If I'm reading this right, you're suggesting a scripting language be developed for CHS?  Like designing an API, that's a really big job too!... 

No, simpler than that.  I'll try to explain it a bit more clearly this time  Wink CHS and Clippy both offer you numerous actions.  Both treat each action as separate from all others, i.e., stripping quotes, reflowing paragraphs, reinserting quotes, search-and-replace, changing case, are all separate things.  This is necessary, of course.  What Clippy offers (as I understand it) is a way of bundling a user-selected group of these together into a single menu choice, so you can perform several actions in one pass, without needing a series of mouse clicks or menu choices to invoke them individually in sequence.

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