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Author Topic: IDEA - The Name Game  (Read 16389 times)

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IDEA - The Name Game
« on: June 18, 2009, 11:23:31 AM »
Sorry; I posted this originally in the wrong place

While working as a Reprographics tech, I used a program that generated file names as:
consonant : vowel : consonant : vowel : consonant ...
Using random letters, it generated 15 letter names AND you could always pronounce them!

I would like a program to generate and output:
random words of my specified length;
number of words generated of my choosing;
in the form above, consonant : vowel : consonant;
displayed in a table for easy looking;
(letters can be used more than once in the same name)

After all did you know that Kodak is just such a word; meant nothing to anyone when it was created; and has become an icon in industry and languages all over the world!
Thanks

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2009, 03:34:09 PM »
Gammadyne's Random Word Generator.  Will concoct any word any way you want it. I couldn't find their web page so maybe they've gone out of business - I hope not because I have lost my reg key more than once and if I lose it again I would be tough out of luck. There can't be that much demand for this type of application.  But I did find the program here: 
http://finaldownload...r-2086-software.html
for about half the price I paid for it.


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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2009, 03:43:52 PM »
this does seem like a perfect candidate for a coding snack though, so maybe someone still wants to try it.

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2009, 08:44:56 AM »
Give this a shot.

It's a macro that fills a worksheet with the kinda words you describe.
I tested it in Excel 2003 & 2007.
Just open the workbook, press Ctrl F8, then run the macro called StartWordGame

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2009, 09:13:05 AM »
Thanks; Gammadyne seems to not be in existence anymore, however i did find several versions out there for download.  I settled on v12.1 beta because there was no expiration time on the shareware.  v13 was timed out after a period of time.  I will try out the other avenues (12.1 may time out anyway); like mouser said, it could be a fun quick project for someone.  Gammadyne is very complex in its abilities, it does much more than I really want at this time.

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2009, 09:17:14 AM »
this does seem like a perfect candidate for a coding snack though, so maybe someone still wants to try it.
I'll whip something up...shouldn't take long.

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2009, 10:27:34 AM »
Give "Simple Word Gen" a try:  Download

There is no sophisticated algorithm at work here...just a simple, random c-v-c-v-c pattern as you requested.

2009-06-20_102024.pngIDEA - The Name Game
« Last Edit: July 05, 2009, 09:11:55 AM by skwire »

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2009, 12:48:35 AM »
Thanks skwire, its perfect for what I wanted, Gammadyne is way to complicated, sometimes simple is best.

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2009, 01:20:54 AM »
Great.  Shall we call it done or is there anything else you would like added?

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2009, 06:52:38 AM »
nice work r0bertdenir0 and skwire, i'm sure people will find use for both tools  :up:

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2009, 08:00:37 AM »
call it done for me; it perfect for what I wanted; works great.

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2009, 03:12:35 AM »
Not I'm requesting this for me or anything.
But I think it would be neat if your app solution could put:
ch
ph
sh
th
Even some well placed:
br
dr
pt
tr
combinations!?
While I'm at it, vowels combos?
As an aspiring web developer/designer, it is a constant struggle to cope with my ADHD + Hypomania/Bipolar Disorder.

The slow growth of my web dev projects is eclipsed by my patience, understanding and desire to learn AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE as I slowly progress.

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2009, 09:11:14 PM »
Looks like a fantastic app skwire.  will the results ever repeat themselves?  I was thinking more as a password generator that might be easier to remember than s1xy47#6 or something like that.

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2009, 09:25:45 PM »
Looks like a fantastic app skwire.  will the results ever repeat themselves?  I was thinking more as a password generator that might be easier to remember than s1xy47#6 or something like that.
Thanks for the kind words; I appreciate them.  As for repeating, yes, that could happen since it's just random.  I suppose it could be extended into a password generator of sorts but I believe there are already several freeware apps out there that do this.

Funny thing...when I was testing it while writing it, one of the words it generated was "virus".   :D

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2009, 07:19:23 PM »
I've got some suggestions for you, Skwire, if you want to polish it up a bit.

No new features, just polishing what you already have.


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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2009, 04:45:30 AM »
Sure...I need to try and get jammo's requests in, too.

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2009, 05:17:36 PM »
I downloaded this and tried it.  Cool.  Fast, simple. Now I will add requests   :)

1. jammo's suggestions
2. being able to set the vowel/consonent pattern, such as:  cc-vv-c-v-c
3. being able to set the beginning and/or ending letters, such as:  ch-vv-c-ing, v-c-v-the

I have no idea of how complicated these suggestions might be. It just pretty much sums up how I use Gammadyne's big program. It would be nice to have something smaller. So- one day when you have nothing to do - - -  Or you can just say #$%? no! That would be a major undertaking, you ungrateful wretch!

Thank you.

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2009, 05:52:26 PM »
After all did you know that Kodak is just such a word; meant nothing to anyone when it was created; and has become an icon in industry and languages all over the world!
Interesting!
It's a cool way to create a name for a future multi-million-dollar company :D

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2009, 02:44:39 PM »
I think I addressed both jammo's and sazzen's requests in the latest build.

Website | Download

v1.0.3 - 2009-08-28
    + Added a way to be able to insert common letter combos randomly.  (Thanks, jammo)
    + Added a template mode.  (Thanks, sazzen)

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2009, 10:17:53 PM »
I've got some suggestions for you, Skwire, if you want to polish it up a bit.

No new features, just polishing what you already have.
Sure...I need to try and get jammo's requests in, too.

Whoops! I guess I should have subscribed to updates to this thread. Now it's been so long I don't remember what suggestions I had.

Less work for you then. (c:


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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #20 on: September 24, 2009, 01:04:58 AM »
I think I addressed both jammo's and sazzen's requests in the latest build.

Website | Download

v1.0.3 - 2009-08-28
    + Added a way to be able to insert common letter combos randomly.  (Thanks, jammo)
    + Added a template mode.  (Thanks, sazzen)
 (see attachment in previous post)

You surely did! This is very cool. Very cool. Thank you. I will be using it a lot.

Sorry my response is so very, very late but I had family issues that needed tending. Now that life is getting back to what suffices for normal around here, I'm catching up.

Please know that I appreciate your time and effort.  I am a grateful wretch.  :)

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2009, 01:12:00 AM »
You're welcome.  Does the template mode work how you envisioned it to?

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #22 on: September 24, 2009, 11:16:47 AM »
You're welcome.  Does the template mode work how you envisioned it to?

Yep! Absolutely! But thanks for the little popup tip on how to use it 'cause I'm pretty illiterate computerwise. I'd have figured it out eventually from the - uh, well, whatever it was that showed your template - but now I've got it down already.  :)  I won't be having to open up the big ole Gammadyne much at all anymore which pleases me greatly.

Thanks again.

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2010, 05:11:55 PM »
this would be even more fun if it would allow more words per line, so to generate abstract "poetry". maybe a few more rules made especially towards that, like random number of words per each line or random word lenght, random number of paragraphs and lines per paragraph, and so on...

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Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« Reply #24 on: March 11, 2010, 09:15:33 AM »
@ alooper21
Wow! That sounds like overwhelm and overkill. People are so interesting. It's fun to speculate on what someone would do with such a program.

I use this little program quite a lot and really appreciate having it. I love its simplicity. I still fall back on Gammadyne but only occasionally and that's probably because I'm not being creative enough with Simple Word Gen. 

Thanks again, skwire.