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2251  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: March 14, 2007, 06:24:57 AM
I still keep up with TreePad.  It is a little garish to look at but whiz bang with features.  The Lite version is free.

I use Treepad Lite a bit.  It's a nice little app, and when you do a Ctrl-F search, it produces a "table" of hits.  For modest data sets, this goes a some way towards offsetting what is for me is a serious (deal-breaking) lack in many these apps, namely, absence of even a modest attempt at Boolean searching.  Last time I looked, even the payware version of Treepad didn't have that.  I want a tool for storing and retrieving large numbers of fairly random notes, most of which have very little to do with each other.  Ability to organise notes or make outlines is (usually) barely relevant to me.

I believe a portable version of Treepad Lite is planned.  Apart from Boolean search, I'd like it to have a better hyperlink system (what it has works, but is clumsy).  I still have and occasionally use Memory Mate for DOS, which does have simple Boolean search and easy insertion of hyperlinks.  All these years later and there still isn't anything as low-drag?

2252  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: nostalgia hour: old software you loved on: March 13, 2007, 06:52:19 AM
Hold down the Alt key and your cursor because a hand which could move your document around. Why we're still stuck with stupid always-too-thin scrollbars, I'll never know.

Try the Logitech TrackBall instead of a standard mouse...  press the middle mouse key and the cursor changes to a different shape; flick the ball up or down and the whole page heads that way.

2253  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: nostalgia hour: old software you loved on: March 07, 2007, 04:03:57 AM
But there's very little to preserve even basic information about old non game software.

Coming close:

Dan's 20th Century Abandonware

Free Software for DOS

2254  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: roboform2go or sticky password? on: March 06, 2007, 08:59:59 AM
$39 for roboform portable is a bit steep.

You must have missed the DC discount (some while ago now).

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The KeePass plugins carry the following warning:

You probably wouldn't need them very badly.  The only one I've seen is written in compiled AutoIt to help speed up form-filling. You get source code, but it only works with IE, not with other browsers, because only IE has the API.  With Firefox, you just have to click in the first box, Alt-Tab back to KeePass and press Ctrl-V.


2255  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: roboform2go or sticky password? on: March 05, 2007, 06:32:03 AM
keePass doesn't support firefox.

Works with Firefox for me.  Something to note, if you're still using Win98 (the last estimate I saw was that only 77 million people still were), then you have to use KeePass 1.3, as later ones don't work with Win98.  Later KeePass, e.g. 1.06, works fine with Firefox 1.5.04 on Win2K, though.

As an alternative, saw one vote on DC for Pins.  It's portable, too.

ALPass is an ALTools RoboForm-alike which works from a USB stick and is free for personal use, but it only works with IE.

[Belated and probably futile edit]

KeePass 1.07 does work with Win98 - the author changed it; 1.04 to 1.06 didn't.

[/Edit]

2256  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: nostalgia hour: old software you loved on: March 04, 2007, 11:18:03 AM
Oldest ones are all DOS:

Newkey - best shareware keyboard macro program for DOS, about 1990.

Early Bird - reminder program for DOS, also about 1990.  Still use it a bit (Y2K-compliant from the start).

QEMM/DESQview - commercial - plus NDOS, best system I ever had.

Blue Wave OLR

GoldED message editor for Fidonet

Visual Display Editor (VDE) - Wordstar-style editor/word processor, still updated, still use it

PC-Write word processor, still use it

XTree Pro, long since abandoned in favour of a succession of Norton Commander clones.

Interesting point.  Newkey, which I registered in 1990, was the first program I registered.  I used it because I wanted to automate things, help certain programs talk to each other, put my own acceptable user interface on the results, and generally put sticking plaster (Band Aids?) over a poor OS that didn't want to be as automated as I wanted, and application programs that didn't work like I wanted either.  Times changed, computers got bigger, programs got more sophisticated.  Multitasking arrived courtesty of DESQview, and Newkey and DV wouldn't play nicely together.  After a bit of searching I found new ways of working, abandoning Newkey with respect and regret.  Later still, Windows arrived and spoiled everything.  The first Windows program I registered, in 2000, was Macro Express.  I used it because I wanted to automate things, help certain programs talk to each other, put my own acceptable user interface on the results, and generally put sticking plaster (Band Aids?) over a poor OS that didn't want to be as automated as I wanted, and application programs that didn't work like I wanted either.  Ten years between registering my first DOS program and my first Windows program, and Microsoft made sooo much progress... 


2257  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: DONE: simple app to make a window always stay on top on: March 02, 2007, 04:09:06 AM
Quoting TinyApps Misc page:

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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 *****).
http://www.foundstone.com....html?filename=showin.zip

PushPin 1.0 [22k] Keep any window on top of all other windows. 
http://rosafamily.org/software/pushpin/

Nail It! v1.10 [25k] + Make windows"sticky" so that they remain above
other windows.
http://www.pier7.net/dojo/Nail-It.htm

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.
http://www.veridicus.com/...my/programming/powermenu/


[Edit to add an afterthought:]
PowerPro can also make windows stay on top, and can be set to watch for a particular windows' appearance and "pin" it automatically (same with AHK I think).  You might find this even more useful than a program that always needs to be set manually.

I should add that the problem I have with "pinning" windows is that doing so usually stops Kleptomania (text scraper) working.  It seems to be unable to "see" the window if it's been pinned.


2258  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: My favorite software! What's yours? on: March 01, 2007, 05:59:20 AM
Okay Curt, FlashNote is a great idea, and I like it better than sticky apps by far.

zridling,

Have you looked at Yadabyte Notes (YBN)?

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The main aim of YBN is to give you one place where you can keep all the "stuff" of your life. A place that you can carry with you to use on any PC, and soon PPC and PALM. If you practice GTD and Todoque then this application is ideal for "collection", list management and archiving. If you don't, it's just a great, simple, note pad.

*    Free, Portable and unlike anything before it.

*    Perpetual Open Notes File - Your notes will be kept in a single file (html) that you can keep using and carry for ever.  This file can be opened in any web browser, text editor or word processor.

*    Every note records its history, so you need never loose information, even if your clear the note.

*    Notes can be a single phone number jotted down in a hurry, a chapter of your next book or anything in between.

*    Natural Navigation - Say goodbye to indexes and lists, YBN uses an innovative text based navigation system. You want John's phone number, type "john". You want the email draught for the Seattle trip, type "Seattle".  You might have a million notes, Natural Navigation will allow you to find them in the fastest, most intuitive way.

*    Spell Checker - Check out the new spell checker feature. Now you don't need to open MSWord every time you need to check your spelling.



2259  News and Reviews / Word Processor Roundup / Re: 3rd Party Tools like Bibliography Addins on: March 01, 2007, 05:41:11 AM
Probably not the kind of industrial-strength GUI you're looking for, but from Eric Pemente's AWK page:

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# endnote.txt  - This is a really helpful file for people who write documents in plain ASCII (like Emacs or vim users!), and who want to insert footnotes or endnotes in their documents, but who want to be able to move their footnotes all around without renumbering everything. Basically, you use references like this[##] in your text, putting the actual citation (Dante, Book 3, sect. 2) directly below the paragraph. Rearrange the document to your heart's delight. When you're all finished, use this script  to sequentially number all your references, gather your notes together, and print them at the end of the file with numbers corresponding to the in-text references. Totally cool. Eric Meyer thought of it, and I wrote it for both awk and perl.

The same script is also available in perl if you'd rather.


2260  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: February 28, 2007, 10:46:49 AM
yes, most can import, but one document at a time - and usually the import has more steps than opening the original file and using cut and paste.

Am I misunderstanding you?  I'm thinking of KeyNote, for example, where I remember handing it a wildcard for *.AWK, and it imported the lot in one go, with file name as node name.  Likewise a telephone list, originally one file per entry (owing to conversion from another program), into Treepad Lite.  So also (if I remember correctly) Black Hole Organiser, though that was very slow by comparison.  I.e., didn't have to enter each file/item individually in any of these.

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I'm trying Clipboard Help+Spell but I can't see how I would use it for more than to speed up multiple cut and paste - it doesn't have the organising features that clipcache had.

I only use it as a clipboard enhancer, and assumed the "organising" features were more to do with collections of clips for particular tasks, not as an information-gathering and classifying system.

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PS: every piece of software I try, I do a "features" page snapshot with LWA, write down price and some extremely terse test notes.

If I hear about something interesting, I usually make a note in JBLab Secure Notes, including the very important pricing details.  Often I massage the text first with a plain-text editor, usually the excellent TED Notepad.  JBLSN doesn't do images (this rarely bothers me), and has minor drawbacks, but it's still a nice little app, and it's portable.  And low-priced smiley


2261  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...

2262  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 <

2263  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.


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2264  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

2265  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...

2266  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.

2267  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.

2268  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?

2269  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?

2270  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...

2271  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

2272  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.

2273  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.


2274  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.

2275  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>


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