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901  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software to visually track network connection/map. on: March 24, 2008, 04:56:36 PM
Visual Route isn't perfect. On one check, it had my route crssing from NY to LA and then back east to Green Bay. The end point server is actually in LA, so I don't know what is going on with Visual Route here.
902  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: March 24, 2008, 01:54:50 PM
I’m going to try to help, but don’t get me wrong : for me it’s not important whether someone likes SQLNotes or not.
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That was long… Sorry.
Thanks for the response and your time. Certainly not too long - gives me(us) a better chance of understanding. I wouldn't be posting in the thread at so much length if I were not intrigued by the idea of SQLnotes and the enthusiasm of its users.

Definition? To me SQLNotes function and purpose is fairly easy to summarize: as a freeform database with a very flexible UI, its function is to allow you to store, organize, search, filter, display a great variety of data type (numbers and text and even images and eventually other media -- that's already possible in a way through links) for different purposes. SQLNotes probably works best if you are willing to be a bit creative. Does that help??
Certainly does. Suggests to me that it is an all-purpose database/spreadsheet tool.

Will presumably have the advantage of all such tools in being very flexible, and the disadvantage that it will either be relatively simple in what it can do or relatively complex in how it does it (or somewhere in the middle of the two). My guess is that you would not use SQLnotes for all jobs where you might think of using Excel or Access and that it therefore falls in the relatively simple group. This is not meant to be a derogatory comment - I have far more uses for a tool to tackle relatively simple tasks than I have for an ultra powerful freeform database. From what you say, I would see it as a tool for managing, questioning and viewing information of personal interest. Do I want to keep track of my blood pressure, my weight or my exercise regime? Or what seeds I have planted and where and what happened to them. Potentially much bigger and more complex - I can see from your description that it could even be set up to imitate a program such as Liquid Story Blender.

Yes, some of the programs you cite  have a very specific purposes and some of them "force" a fairly specific vision of how one should structure or display a particular type of data.
True. Maybe it is just the way I think, but I find it easier when I have a very clear idea of a program's function and how I would use it ... and I've never been tempted to be a coder. smiley

As for me, I find I often (but not always : it depends on the tasks and the purpose of the software) spend more time trying to circumvent and creatively overcome software limitations than spending time trying to understand how to use more flexible ones.
Oh so true.

Ease of use is important, and I hope that SQLNotes will become more and more easy to use (Pierre will possibly start working on a beginner interface). But what appears easy is often very dependent on the context and the individual. And so I don't find SQLNotes particularly hard to grasp, but YES, it does lack good documentation right now, and some icons can be a bit unfamiliar. But the documentation already available should still help you with the first steps. Then there's the forum.
I accept that it is a Beta in very rapid development. The documentation won't keep up (and that's fine as it would only have to be changed again as the prog changes). If I know what I'm trying to use it for, that gives me something to work with.

You can link images to the database. Drag and drop anything into a grid and it will create an item or subitem. If it's an image, just open the image viewer (view--> image viewer), and you'll be able to see your image. 
I tried this with a png file and a jpg file. The file name appeared in the grid, the image viewer opened up when I clicked on the menu item - but nothing appeared in it even though the image file was selected.

And when you say link, does that mean it is only a link? If the original file moves location will that mean that SQLnotes will lose it?

But Drag and drop (files to the grid) works very well. What do you mean when you says "drag and drop stuff from outside to within the prog" ?
That something could be selected from anywhere and dragged and dropped (or cut and pasted) into SQLnotes. Did not seem to work for images, only for files already saved on to the system.

I had really expected to see the images appear in the html pane rather than a separate undocked viewer (assuming they had appeared). I would really expect to see them in a pane. And I would prefer not to have to go through a menu to see them. I'd really like a choice in settings - 'text only', 'text + images' etc. I really like the Dopus and ToDoList approaches where there is a huge amount of power and customisation available in configuration settings and nearly everything else you want to do can be done by visible buttons.

I suppose that means I probably prefer the ribbon to the old MS menus.  ohmy

SQLNotes will be able to import/export more easily very soon. Pierre could probably say when...
I'm eagerly waiting for better import export functionality too. But one thing at a time. Outlook is next on the list. And much more coming.
That's very good. Hopefully will support The Bat too. Though I think I've already come to accept that I will have to use Outlook even if it is just as a portal to communicate between programs and devices.

I'd certainly want items to be hierarchical and tagable.
Hierarchies? Well, nothing could be easier in SQLNotes.

Tags? There are different way of tagging right now (using fields, or keywords in the category field), but Pierre is working on yet another method with a special "multi selection" field.
Hierarchies accepted. I could drag and drop the items on the item menu one to another. Very good.

Will be glad to see tags coming into use.

Easy additions to data and easy changes of views.
I find it incredibly easy to add data. Click (or press f2) in a field and type! Add as many columns/fields as you want.
I suppose my idea of adding data (in any form) is taking it from one place and putting it in another. Mostly my keyboard just lies to my side and I do everything with the mouse. If I'm creating stuff myself, I may type (I do touch type at a pretty good speed) as I do with posts like this, or may dictate with Dragon.

I'd quite like a 'View' grid/filter where I could specify what I wanted shown and it did it. I can understand the prog as a huge personal database; but to use it, I would need many input and output templates.
Change views : For that, you can either create as many grids as you want, and/or use the column filters, the date filters, the alphanumeric filters, etc. smiley

You can have as many input or output templates as you want. There are forms for input.

Again : create grids for output, and/or you could learn how to use the numerous filters.

More user friendly filters are in the making. But there are already many easy to use filters using the GUI : date, Alphanumeric, column filters, etc.
Sounds good. I'm clearly going to have to put stuff in so I can try all these ways of getting it out. Wink

I think we're all working to make suggestions to improve SQLNotes' user friendliness.
I think this really matters for an all purpose tool. A specific tool for a specific job can afford to be more complex and convoluted because your understanding of the specific job will give you an understanding of the types of thing the tool must do.

Quote from: Armando link=topi huh :huh:c=10432.msg106949#msg106949 date=1206339115
It can use different backend and Pierre is already working on a SQL Server version.
I'm glad about this. When I bought IdImager, I bought the Pro version just because it was based on SQLserver rather than JET. (Though the latest version has stopped using JET and uses SQLite and SQLserver - and I decided to use the SQLite version huh)

Quote from: Armando link=topi huh :huh:c=10432.msg106949#msg106949 date=1206339115
If it doesn't do all of this, then I would need to be clear about what it does better than any competing product (and be clear that I needed this).
All what? I'm not sure I understand... I can tell you though that I've tried Ultra Recall, Mybase, and many other "freeform" database, and SQLNotes is the only one that I actually believe in. It's still in beta, but IMO it's already got more potential... So I'm willing to wait and give support to help it become the great application I hope it will become.
Does appear to do it all, so no probs.
903  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD on: March 23, 2008, 05:30:05 PM
Of course, The Ultimate Rescue Disk would be pretty memorable and could be associated with very recognisable graphics.  smiley
904  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EverNote beta 2.2.0.372 has some nice new features on: March 23, 2008, 11:33:32 AM
I've replied to the SQLnotes posts in the SQLnotes thread.

Back to EN Beta. I've tried it. It does have a local option atm. It can import databases from EN2.2. The PPC option may be useful. It's even possible that I will think of uses for the web option. I don't think I'll give up on EN yet; I'll just see how it goes; I hope that they will get more power back in to it. I do agree with cranioscopical that it is annoying to have the program transform into something that seems fundamentally different. OTOH, there's nothing to stop me continuing with 2.2 as is, with 3 for any stuff I want available more widely and always with the option to export my 2.2 database to 3.
905  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: March 23, 2008, 10:14:57 AM
Thanks to Superboyac and Pierre for the helpful comments.
 
The biggest problem for me is that I do not basically 'get it'. By this I mean a core functionality and purpose. It basically seems to be a collection of searchable grids, which is fine for spreadsheets and WP tables, but it does not shout a purpose at me.
 
To give an idea of programs I do 'get' (noting that this is just my own idea about the prog which leads me to use it), here are some of those I use regularly..
 
Evernote Old. A means of collecting all sorts of info very easily which can be searched quickly. I've never really used it for making notes.
 
Evernote Beta. A means of collecting my own info I can easily search online.
 
OneNote. A superb outliner that can collect and attach all sorts of info to the outlines. Having looked at this, it gave me the incentive to install the whole Office 2007 package (though still keeping all the 2003 versions except Outlook).
 
Directory Opus - an extremely customisable and multi-function dual pane file manager. It's really the swiss army knife of file managers.
 
IdImager Pro - a DAM program. With lots of other related functions and a very fast and responsive developer. The recent version change and beta development was a brilliantly implemented process.
 
ToDoList from AbstractSpoon. A hierarchical to-do list/planner that can attach links to documents/media and OneNote and Evernote. A wonderful program with an incredibly responsive developer. After starting using it, I have applied it to more and more tasks. Despite its complex looking interface, even computer phobic people use it very quickly and develop new uses for it.
 
I can see that this last has some similarity to SQLnotes since it is basically a grid. Approached it from the opposite end of the spectrum since it started as a simple task manager for his own use and has gradually added more and more features. SQLnotes seems to be designed as having great flexibility and a wide range of functions from the begiinning.
 
Maybe too wide a range for me to have a clear idea of what I would use it for. Even the list from PPLandry was a list.
 
My next issue is immediately obvious usability.
 
I do use very complex progs and I do have experience of designing and using databases, including DBAse II-IV, FoxPro, Access, SQLserver, SQLite and sometimes have to hand edit mysql files. I've used many spreadsheets - VisiCals, SuperCalc, Lotus 123, Wingz and Excel from its original version. I can't say I have ever liked doing any of this and only do it when I have to. I do find that modern programs are much easier to use than those from 20 years ago and do appreciate that ease of use. What it means is that I can get into something complex (though the availability of documentation always helps), but I do need a very good reason before I will. And I never did use Ecco (and nor do I intend to start now, 10 years after its demise)
 
I can see that SQLnotes should be able to import images; but I could not see how to do it. I could not see how to drag and drop stuff from outside to within the prog, except text to the htm box. It would not import any of my databases without asking me to set up equivalent fields - I'd really want it to do it all automatically and just give me the option to do it manually or change it later if I wanted.
 
If it imported and exported to a wide range of programs automatically, that would make it more enticing. Ideally, that would include ToDoList, Calimanjaro (iCal) as well as ALL the usual suspects. If it could mostly be done from the mouse that would be much better.
 
I can see that it could become a superb manager for all my tasks and activities, but to do that it would need the following:-
Easy and automatic import/export communication with all the progs I use or might want to use. This would include easy export of subsets of the database to spreadsheets and databases. At the moment, I spend a lot of time chicking that I can export and import the data I want and often have to use intermediary programs (ie Outlook) to get things done. This would include import/export to a PPC.
Storage of links & info in association with input items. Doing this via links with Evernote/OneNote would be find and would probably be better.
I'd certainly want items to be hierarchical and tagable.
Easy additions to data and easy changes of views. I'd quite like a 'View' grid/filter where I could specify what I wanted shown and it did it. I can understand the prog as a huge personal database; but to use it, I would need many input and output templates.
And all of this would have to be done intuitively and very easily.
I would also have doubts about how much reliance I would want to put on a prog relying on Access as its base. MS were near to abandoning it; they decided to keep it going but have introduced a few weaknesses in the latest version. I can see greater strength in SQLserver, SQLite or mysql.
If it doesn't do all of this, then I would need to be clear about what it does better than any competing product (and be clear that I needed this).
I do realise that it may do a lot of the things I mention already - but if it does, it just wasn't obvious enough. And I really do like GUIs and ease of use and not having to remember precisly how to do things.
906  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Monster Cables- The World should know! on: March 23, 2008, 04:50:15 AM
http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm
907  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EverNote beta 2.2.0.372 has some nice new features on: March 21, 2008, 11:31:09 AM
Well, SQLnotes is projected to be a megabucks product post beta.

And, I've read the whole of the big thread and the various bits of documentation and donwloaded and tried the beta a few times. And I still don't really know what it is, or why it looks why it does, or what I would use it for.

I had no problem understanding why I would want Evernote or how I would use it (store & search info from many sources - not really sure why it was called a note taking utility or what real similarity there was to Keynote). Ditto for OneNote (outline, plan, create plus search/store all relevant info); not really the same usage as Evernote, but could be made to do the same work. Very easy to work out how to make them do what I wanted.

I'm sure it is very powerful. It certainly looks as if it should be very powerful. But I just haven't been able to 'get it' so far, though I don't mind trying again every now and then.
908  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EverNote beta 2.2.0.372 has some nice new features on: March 19, 2008, 11:03:36 PM
Yeah, you have to sign in to use your Evernote database, and then you have to mark everything "Private" or "Public". 

They do say there will be a 'local' option. Personally, I would never want a 'public' or 'private' option and assume that those options could be switched off if I chose.

I do find the direction of travel towards easier, online and facebook integration something that profoundly puts me off the product.
909  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EverNote beta 2.2.0.372 has some nice new features on: March 19, 2008, 10:41:32 PM
I have to agree with all the comments here.

I have absolutely no use for a program that stores all my notes/info online, especially on someone elses server. I downloaded the beta of 3 but have not installed it. If I wanted to store info on a server, then I always could have chosen to upload my database to a server of my own choosing, My database is portable anyway.

The real question for me is whether it is worthwhile continuing to use and develop my uses of Evernote. The tags were useful and the search was fast, but if 2.2 is an evolutionary deadend, what do I gain from any further time spent in it? Am I better spending all my efforts on OneNote, which I use extensively anyway because of its outlining and constructive faculty?
910  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for: ToDo List plus Calendar plus Countdown Timer on: March 19, 2008, 12:52:08 PM
40% discount until March 1st, 2008.

It's March 18th today  smiley

oops, my bad! embarassed also it seems that the program does not have a calendar view as per original request.

But 46% saving coming up on Bitsdujour on 26th March. $18.95. If it is worth it.
911  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I need a search software that does not index, searches mp3, email, video, txt... on: March 18, 2008, 05:47:48 PM
Search of 306db data across 2 HD (376,952 files)
Search 3 was a repeat of Search 1.
Google Desktop Search averaged about 7 seconds for all the searches, but also produced a lot of files that were non-files (like HTML caches)

SearchGT seemed to get progressively faster as I kept searching for new words, but to drop back to longer if not used for a while.

SearchGT dramatically faster than XYplorer and Dopus


912  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for: ToDo List plus Calendar plus Countdown Timer on: March 18, 2008, 04:08:35 PM
40% discount until March 1st, 2008.

It's March 18th today  smiley
913  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for: ToDo List plus Calendar plus Countdown Timer on: March 17, 2008, 05:39:56 PM
There are a couple of bugs that need attention. ie. in multiday view, some events do not show up in the far right column if they start after 1200 so in a simple two day view, you really only get 1.5 days

This isn't a problem I've noticed in Calimanjaro.
914  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EverNote beta 2.2.0.372 has some nice new features on: March 17, 2008, 12:11:36 PM
Invited or not, you can download what you want from this page - http://www.evernote.com/download/beta/#macwin
915  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux and Windows andLinux on: March 17, 2008, 03:16:58 AM
There's this one too - http://www.topologilinux.com/
Uses colinux
916  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: March 16, 2008, 06:13:24 PM
Avanquest ... seem to specialise in good ideas that then die a quiet death which continuing to sell the products.

I think they are basically acting as a reseller these days

My own guess is that they take over a lot of failing software businesses/products and then market them pretty successfully at low prices .. and probably make money because their investment in further development is strictly limited.
917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I need a search software that does not index, searches mp3, email, video, txt... on: March 16, 2008, 11:50:15 AM
When I compare SearchGT with Dopus, SearchGT is much faster.
918  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Power Desk 6 Pro, half prize until Friday on: March 16, 2008, 11:33:45 AM
Just FYI - this discount is still active. Verified (though didn't purchase! See posts above) today.

Holy smokes, Batman! I just noticed the "File Finder" entry in my context menu and put it through its paces. Wow! It's PowerDesk Pro 6's search feature.

Hmmm
919  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Almeza MultiSet on: March 16, 2008, 05:45:12 AM
I was asking the same question a couple of months ago here. 

My bad embarassed . I searched on google, but forgot to search here. Thanks for the heads up. And the other thread did have useful info, even if it was along the lines of 'Looked good, especially at the price ... but never got around to using it".

I'm not really bothered about sorting my own computer out again when it needs it, it is having to reinstall everything on other family computers that is the problem. Come to think of it, I've got one to do now. So, shall I try reinstalling XP Pro etc & try Multiset out, shall I install Linux and then XP Pro in a VM, or shall I install XP Pro and Linux through andLinux??? I'm happier when they mostly access the net through Linux and they are generally better at installing and upgrading progs on Linux. Dual booting seems a pain on my own machine because there is always something that is only on the other OS, though it does work reliably.
920  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Tudumo discounted till March 20 on: March 15, 2008, 07:22:42 PM
Yes its the one kartal linked to.
921  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Tudumo discounted till March 20 on: March 15, 2008, 05:56:30 PM
TuDuMo is simple and pretty, but very very limited.

ToDoList2 is massively powerful. Slightly brutal appearance, but very efficient to use and you can choose how much or how little to have on screen. A really great program. Really responsive developer. And free.
922  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for: ToDo List plus Calendar plus Countdown Timer on: March 15, 2008, 05:31:56 PM
Calimanjaro does look interesting, and somewhat familiar, in fact it looks exactly like Yagoon   http://www.yagoon.com/index.htm

Brett...strange, that's a bit fishy for sure. Would be interesting if you post back anything you find out. Maybe the software found a new developer?

I did not notice this thread until kartal revived it. However, Calimanjaro is simply the slightly revised version of Yagoon Time (same developer - Reine Säljö) with its roots in the RScience TimeCalendar project; don't know why he changed the name and url. I had a license for Yagoon Time, which was then updated to Calimanjaro. Nicer website I think.

I don't find it that expensive on memory. The really great thing about it is the planner view - up to 2 years with lots of choices over the exact length. iCal import/export is helpful. The To Do List element is fairly primitive though. No longer seems to be in development though.

923  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Almeza MultiSet on: March 15, 2008, 02:39:10 PM
ShadowProtect seems to be a backup/imaging utility allowing system restore etc. Multiset seems is an automatic reinstallation utility and quite a different kettle of fish.

Multiset seems to know how to reinstall Windows.

Has to be shown how to install other programs - essentially seems to copy keyboard/mouse inputs into a script. Much easier to use when you are starting off with a vanilla system. And, in practice, what I often want to do. I usually don't want to install stuff 'as is', I only want to reinstall the progs I definitely want and get a clean system again. Clear the crud out. Still can't decide if I'd use if often enough to pay for it, even at reduced rates.

I have Acronis 8 and Paragon Drive Backup and don't really use them, preferriing the install from scratch route. Had been moving towards Linux base machines, with Windows installed in VirtualBox. Decisions, decisions.
924  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Almeza MultiSet on: March 15, 2008, 10:27:23 AM
Quote
Hardware-Independent Restore, which means you can take a backed-up image of a Windows system that uses one kind of hard disk controller and restore it to a new computer that uses a completely different hard disk controller

As I understand it, Almeza Multiset will do this on any computer and can even do it over a network.
925  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Almeza MultiSet on: March 15, 2008, 04:18:06 AM
Anyone have experience of Almeza Multiset, upcoming on bitsdujour next Saturday (22 March)?

A utility for the automated re-installation of Windows, including other installed programs, inserting registration codes, restarting when necessary etc? Still expensive ($50), even at 50% off but also looks very tempting. Reinstallation can be from CD, DVD, USB stick - given the size of reasonably priced USB sticks now it should be possible for it to load a lot in one go.

I can see it saving me a lot of time occasionally (and possibly at times when I am really stretched). But since I'd only use it occasionally I can't really try it out first.

http://www.bitsdujour.com/software/multiset/
http://www.almeza.com/
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