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Author Topic: Skinning?  (Read 6570 times)

CoolcatBad

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Skinning?
« on: April 15, 2005, 05:36:10 AM »
Incredible tool, this......not too crazy about the name and the appearance, which leads to the main point.
Someone on Neowin.net forums (my home base) was asking for a clone of the Mac type-and-run application Quicksilver- http://docs.blacktre...:what_is_quicksilver
I realised there is nothing like this in the PC world until I happened upon FindRun Robot, at Softpedia.
I think your creation would be a major player in the desktop search market if it were as visually appealing as it was functional. It's a bit Windows 98 ATM.

Apart from that, it's brilliant.

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Re: Skinning?
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2005, 05:51:58 AM »
thanks coolcatbad,

yeah the name is a bit lame.

i'm not a really big fan of skinning so that's probably not in the cards, though i'm certainly willing to entertain suggestions about how to make it look better.

i've got some new features that i need to add as well, as suggested by users of this forum, so please suggest away :)

i should note, that f&r does not actually search in the CONTENTS of files, just their names, so its not going to compete with the desktop search engines that can search insider the contents of files..

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Re: Skinning?
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2005, 06:05:27 AM »
one other thing -
check the help file of f&r at the last page youll see a list of all the other related programs i've found - might want to check them out too :)

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Re: Skinning?
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2005, 01:55:26 AM »
Hi there,

first of all I want to say I like Find and Run Robot very much.
The program is very fast and does it's job very well.

I was looking for a program like this for Windows after I saw
someone use Quicksilver on a Mac.

The first program I found was 'AppRocket' (www.candylabs.com/approcket).
It didn't see this program in your helpfile. It's quite a good
program too but it's not free.

I agree with CoolcatBad that the interface needs some work to
make it more attractive.

Also it would be nice if Find and Run Robot would remember
it's last windowsize and position. I like it to stay at the edge of
my screen but everytime it pops ups in the center which is bit
annoying.

Keep up the good work!  :)

Greetings,
Wheely

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Re: Skinning?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2005, 02:21:53 AM »
it's definitely supposed to remember its size and position - i can imagine that would be very annoying if it didn't.
sounds like this may be a problem relating to it not finding its options.

i will add AppRocket to the help file.

i think that users of F&R have waited patiently for an update, and im just going to finish this latest program ive been working on and i will try to spend a few days tweaking F&R sometime in the next 2 weeks.

thanks for your patience everyone.

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Re: Skinning?
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2005, 12:37:50 PM »
No offense intended to anybody, but I personally really hope you never skin your applications.  The list of reasons not to is quite long, but at the top are the facts that it degrades performance, and leads to undesirable side-effects for those of use who count on forms operating in a standard, expected manner.
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Re: Skinning?
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2005, 07:06:25 AM »
I agree with ^, no skins, Ever! The resource usage overhead is completely unnecessary for a utility application. A sking for a program that pops up for a second or two??  hrrrmmph!

I bought approcket (unfortunately), before I found F&R to be much better. I worry about bloat as F&R gets developed more though. Approcket uses ~20mb on my PC! There's another program; 1st turborun http://www.turborun.com which is similar but less well implemented (I might add) that runs under ~2mb.
For me anything that sits in the tray has to be extremely light on resources.
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Re: Skinning?
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2005, 07:33:00 AM »
i dont think f&r is going to ever get skins, though i must admit i am trying a toolbar component for cheat sheeter that support minimal skinning.

btw f&r has two modes of running in tray, one runs full app in tray, and another runs the tiniest helper app that launches the main one.

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Re: Skinning?
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2005, 07:33:33 AM »
f&r isnt going to get more bloated but we can add a lot of functionality with no more bloat.