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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #50 on: March 22, 2011, 01:25:47 PM »
Hm, I must say I like them as they are.

Afraid it's time for a few optional features for those that don't like or need them:
  • Age column on or off
  • Notes on of off
  • Note per name (that's a new one  ;))
  • Days left feature on or off

This 'small' project is growing a bit out of hand :P

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #51 on: March 22, 2011, 03:32:27 PM »
I hope this will be good enough.    :)

Marvellous! Thank you -- it's perfect!
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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #52 on: March 22, 2011, 06:37:26 PM »
I'm really not liking the Age column being displayed but I don't mind having that info.  How about I just show the highlighted person's age in another section on the statusbar instead?

+1

That or a tooltip maybe? Display age info, days left, and notes per name (if that's implemented) when hovering over a name.

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #53 on: March 24, 2011, 07:07:22 PM »
I have to say I'd rather keep the age displayed (I've used it already today to quickly find out how old two nephews are, and I'm not sure I'd prefer having to click or hover to find that out. I'd rather lose the permanent note display, if the issue is maximising horizontal real-estate.

Maybe the age could be in a different colour, to distinguish it? Or is that not the objection to its display?
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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #54 on: March 24, 2011, 09:16:07 PM »
I have to say I'd rather keep the age displayed (I've used it already today to quickly find out how old two nephews are, and I'm not sure I'd prefer having to click or hover to find that out. I'd rather lose the permanent note display, if the issue is maximising horizontal real-estate.
Hi Skwire.
nice app. tend to agree with above. having 65 living 1st cousins plus numerous neices and nephews the age column is great.
Any possibility to having the columns be made to stay at last state after closing the app.
Some  of my columns tend to disappear  (year and/or age) after closing and I have to fiddle around to find them to dispay
Often the most convincing people are those who have lost the plot so much they don't recognize the difference between fact and fantasy

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #55 on: March 25, 2011, 12:10:46 AM »
I serve the public and the public hath spoken!  The age column stays. 

As for your issue, nogojoe, I haven't seen that happen.  The columns get resized when the app first displays, when a birthday is added, and when you resize the app.  If you lose a column again, try resizing the app slightly to see if that brings them back in line.

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #56 on: March 25, 2011, 03:14:11 AM »
Quote
Afraid it's time for a few optional features for those that don't like or need them:

    Age column on or off
    Notes on of off

+1

* Giving the user the choice is most of the time the best option - though not for the one who has to program it  ;)
* That "Notes" pane takes needless screen space - if you don't use it.

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #57 on: April 01, 2011, 04:35:29 PM »
Brilliant I love it, thank you... So far I have relayed on my mums excellent organisation-skills to remember birthday, but now time to take responsibility and thanks to you, your wonderful smart wife and mother in law I am a grown-up!!!

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #58 on: April 01, 2011, 10:31:19 PM »
Notes window and age column are now toggle-able.

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v1.0.8 - 2011-04-01
    + Added a toolbar button to toggle the age column.  (Thanks, V. Holmes)   
    * Changed the Notes pane to a separate window and added a toolbar button to
      toggle it.  Size and position are saved.

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #59 on: April 01, 2011, 10:50:40 PM »
Brilliant I love it, thank you...

You're welcome.  I'm glad you find it useful.   :)

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #60 on: April 05, 2011, 02:20:14 PM »
Would it be possible to add an import feature, say CSV or XLS format? So one could add their initial list of birthdays without having to enter them one at a time.  Just a thought...

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #61 on: April 05, 2011, 02:45:00 PM »
That's a good idea; I'll add it to the ToDo.  Thanks for the feedback.

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #62 on: April 07, 2011, 04:40:31 AM »
It's tough, isnt it, to keep a piece of software small and perfectly formed, features seem to just sprout :)

This is just for information - I was looking into the matter for other reasons recently, and it might be useful: both gmail and facebook allow export of birthdays, but only as ical. If you are looking at one off import this might be a useful option to consider.

I would say that is my biggest problem with birthdays: you seem to copy/enter them over and over. Phone, email client, online tool, paper diary. And as a result you dont copy all of them, losing some behind that you might regret later (especially if you forget you hadnt copied everything and reformat the machine) and never have all of them anywhere. My side project was looking into "master data" for contacts but especially birthdays, and how to import/export/convert so i can have them on my phone, online etc. and not miss a birthday whether I am home or travelling :)
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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #63 on: April 07, 2011, 04:45:31 AM »
Thanks for the feedback, iphigenie; I'll research the format.

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #64 on: January 19, 2012, 09:30:37 AM »
A great little programme! Thanks for providing it!
The only tiny thing that annoyed me was when I had to use Arrow down to increase the date. But no big deal! It would also be nice to have a localized version of it. Any chance of that?

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #65 on: January 19, 2012, 09:38:59 AM »
A great little programme! Thanks for providing it!

You're welcome.   :)  I'm glad you find it useful.

The only tiny thing that annoyed me was when I had to use Arrow down to increase the date. But no big deal!

Hehehe...sorry about that.  That's because of my laziness and decision to use a DropDownList control.   :-[

It would also be nice to have a localized version of it. Any chance of that?

Very doubtful.  AutoHotkey doesn't offer any sort of automatic localisation tools.  In other words, it would be a lot of work since it would all have to be handled manually.

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #66 on: March 13, 2012, 02:52:57 AM »
Not sure whether this is something I've missed or not, but my birthdays dataset is last year's and ages for this year aren't being updated unless I edit the relevant record, even if the date has passed. (My birthday was in February and birthdays still showed me as last year's age until I hit the Edit button and OKed the entry.)

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #67 on: March 13, 2012, 06:45:39 AM »
Damnit, I fixed this for my wife earlier this year but neglected to upload it.   :-[  Thanks for reporting it.

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v1.0.9 - 2012-03-13
    ! Ages weren't updating properly after the turn of a new year.  (Thanks, V. Holmes & oblivion)
    ! Notes window settings sometimes weren't saved properly.

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #68 on: March 14, 2012, 02:44:30 AM »
Thanks!

You may not be aware that this is one of THE most useful programs I've ever used? Particularly with a variety of children to be kept track of, when it's VITAL to get "Happy 12th Birthday" (or whatever) neither a year early nor late? :)
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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #69 on: March 14, 2012, 02:49:08 AM »
Oh.

Having updated (using dcupdater because I'm lazy) I find everything's now listed in January... :(
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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #70 on: March 14, 2012, 04:29:23 AM »
Oh.

Having updated (using dcupdater because I'm lazy) I find everything's now listed in January... :(

Same thing happened to me  drat didnt back up the data (birthdays  text file) just got to guess the birthday months all the other data is in the text file   :( :-[ :-[
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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #71 on: March 14, 2012, 09:03:34 AM »
Ah, crap.  I apologise for this and, after some digging, I know what caused it.  It has to do with compiling as Unicode but trying to read the older ANSI birthdays.txt file.  Man, what a stupid oversight on my part.  I hope I didn't cause you guys too much work.   :( :( :(  I am very sorry.

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #72 on: March 14, 2012, 09:15:30 AM »
I hope I didn't cause you guys too much work.   :( :( :(  I am very sorry.

Fortunately, I only have about 40 entries and we have a backup (a Dr Who calendar on the kitchen wall with people's birthdays and anniversaries handwritten onto it!) so the ones I couldn't remember the month of (a handful) didn't take much sorting out! Now stop beating yourself up! :)  :trout:
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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #73 on: March 19, 2012, 02:55:16 PM »
Oh.

Having updated (using dcupdater because I'm lazy) I find everything's now listed in January... :(
I am getting something different.  Dcupdater keeps downloading v1.0.8 and I download the same version when I download from the software page.

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Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app)
« Reply #74 on: March 19, 2012, 10:41:28 PM »
Dcupdater keeps downloading v1.0.8 and I download the same version when I download from the software page.

Yep, sorry about that.  I reverted the build once oblivion and nogojoe reported the ANSI/UTF-8 screwup I made.  This was to prevent any others from messing up their birthdays until I could write a fix for the problem.  Apologies for the trouble; here the latest version:

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v1.1.0 - 2012-03-19
    ! Fixed ANSI/UTF-8 issue introduced by the last build.


Backup your current birthdays.txt file before running this version.  Ideally, this version should just appear to work as normal on your machine but please let me know either way.  Thank you.