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Author Topic: Editable daily plain text reminder  (Read 1988 times)

dr_andus

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Editable daily plain text reminder
« on: December 29, 2014, 06:32:39 AM »
I'm looking for a simple app that can display a plain text window with some text that I can edit (for things I want to remind myself about at the start of every working day). I'd like it to pop up once a day at a set time (or whenever the PC boots/wakes up for the first time that day, if it's later than set time).

So the key requirements are:
- editable text file
- contents of the text file are displayed in full as a pop-up window (or scrollable, if text gets too long)
- ability to choose daily time when the app runs

Not essential but nice to have:
- the app could be set to stay on top of other windows until dismissed (closed)
- to be able to call it up (e.g. to edit contents) from the taskbar tray
- if it could be set to pop up multiple times during a day.

Is there a DC app that can already do this?

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Re: Editable daily plain text reminder
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2014, 07:09:59 AM »
For simple once per day(on first boot) launch this is fine
http://www.karenware...powertools/ptoad.asp

for more complex I think I would try CronW

For the actual reminder text it could be done simply by running
EditPad Lite 7

and setting it to show the icon in the task tray.  Just minimize rather than close.

Edit:  I would try Karen's software first.  It is simple to set up.  For CronW you would need Perl installed.  Although it runs as a service and it is probably better for simple launch than the Windows Task Scheduler.  ActivePerl
 is free.  There are hundreds if not thousands of small tasks written in Perl, so it would allow you to do quite a bit once you got past the setup.  ActiePerl installer is pretty straightforward at least the last time I tried it.


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Re: Editable daily plain text reminder
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2014, 07:42:50 AM »
For simple once per day(on first boot) launch this is fine
http://www.karenware...powertools/ptoad.asp

This does the trick, thanks very much!

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Re: Editable daily plain text reminder
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2014, 09:20:28 AM »
For simple once per day(on first boot) launch this is fine
http://www.karenware...powertools/ptoad.asp

This does the trick, thanks very much!


You are most welcome.  :)

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Re: Editable daily plain text reminder
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2014, 10:03:51 AM »
Karen Kenworthy passed from this life way too young.  The programs she wrote were simple, easy to install and learn.  and they still work today.  :)

RIP Karen

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Re: Editable daily plain text reminder
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2015, 06:02:11 PM »
I wrote a freeware w/source(HotBasic) for all windows .
I call it Cliplog/ClipFind .
 http://www.quickerth...Log/ClipLogDocs.html
A simple but powerful duo , Total size 76kb uncompressed :

Program name: ClipLog and ClipFind
Author: Vernon Marsden 
 http://www.vmars316.com   http://www.quickerthanaspark.com

CLipLog is a simple windows program

that watches the Windows ClipBoard.

Any 'COPY text' action will trigger ClipLog,

to LOG the 'CopiedText' into a disk file (yyyymmdd.txt).

ClipLog also time_stamps each 'CopiedText' entry,

and ceates a new 'yyyymmdd.txt' file for each day.



ClipLog is portable freeware, no changes are made

to your computer. Simply create a new Folder,

perhaps named "C:\CLipLog". And copy the ClipLog.zip

file into it. UnZip the file.

Now there should be 5 files in the CLipLog Folder, ClipLog.zip, ClipLog.exe, ClipLog.bas(HotBasic sourceCode), ClipLog.ico, ClipFInd.exe, ClipFind_Help.txt .

Newly created Log files will also reside in this same Folder.



ClipLog has five buttons,

1) [Send ClipLogWindow to TaskTray]  makes ClipLog

run invisible, except for a visible Icon in the TaskTray.

    You can make ClipLog visible again, by doubleClicking

    on its TaskTray Icon.

2) [FIND]  startup the ClipLog’s Search Program, ClipFind.

3) [HELP] Dislpays ClipLog/ClipFind Help DOCs in Browser.

4) [EXIT] Exits program.

5) [SHOW Files FOLDER] This brings up winExplorer showing

Your ClipLog FOLDER.



You might want to created a CLipLog.lnk (shortcut).

And put it into your StartUp Folder. Perhaps here:

"C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup".

Then ClipLog will be started automatically, at each system startup.



ClipFind is a search program for your ClipLog yyyymmdd.txt files.

Finds text in all [.txt , .bas , .html] files in current or selected directory. The default search directory is where ClipFind.exe and ClipLog.exe are located.



==Search starts with "Enter" key in search text box or with "Find It" button.

==Keyboard arrows navigate search results; "Space" selects item and "Enter" displays item.

==Result items can be selected with key or mouse doubleclick and displayed.

Your browser is launched to display .html result files.

=="Escape" exits result display or exits program.

=="Tab" switches focus between search text box and search results list.

Search text examples:

" mod " finds fewer hits than "mod".

" hex" finds fewer hits than "hex".





How I use ClipLog/Find:

Its easy to find URLs, by searching for “http or www”. For other things, like Quotes, I imbed the word “quote” within/before/ or after the copied text.

I use the same method for other types of info,  such as “appt  for appointment”, “paid”, "passw", “phone”,  “todoDone”, “todoOpen”, "RegKey", “wishlist”, "email", "Phone", "Name", "addr", "badsite", well you get the idea.

This way ClipLog is also a Personal information manager (PIM). 

Hope this helps someone, Happy Trails!...Vernon

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