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Author Topic: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool  (Read 4216 times)

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NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« on: October 11, 2015, 01:08:20 PM »
NANY 2016 Entry Information

Application NameTextOverlayTool
Version 1.0
Short Description Display transparent overlay of a Text file (plain text or markdown)
Supported OSes/Requirements Any OS that supports .NET 4.5
Download Link http://bit.ly/TextOverlayTool

CodeTRUCKER had a pretty simple list of requirements for a text based reference tool.

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I have created a number of checklists for flight simulator.  But, having another Notepad window open to read the text line (checklist item) is quite distracting and the white background of the window makes things difficult to see for night flights.

Okay, so this isn't a perfect world, so I will settle for a menu-less, border-less text editor with the capability to make the background black and the text white or green (sort of like Q10).  It would have the ability to shrink it vertically to only see one line at a time.

This app creates a transparent window that displays the contents of any text file.  If it detects markdown, it will display it formatted in markdown.  The one thing I've still not been able to solve is always on top on full screen (instead of full screen windowed) games.

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And one screenshot of it in use over a game:
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Installation

With .NET 4.5 installed, unzip application to location and run.

Feature Map

Implemented

  • Opens Text or Markdown files (if the file is formatted in markdown, it displays the markdown format)
  • Allows the preview to be refreshed manually
  • Specify an opacity of the window
  • Allow the changing of the background of the window
  • Can export to HTML or PDF (determines which one you want by filename used)
  • Borderless, movable, resizable minimal interface
  • Window background can be set.
  • Can be set to always on top
  • Watches chosen file for changes, and updates on the fly.
  • Global Hotkey to enable control no matter where the cursor is

Planned

  • Add Global Hotkey customization to the settings dialog.
« Last Edit: December 31, 2015, 09:44:30 PM by wraith808 »

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Re: NANY 2016 Pledge: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2015, 01:12:50 PM »
nice  :up:

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2015, 09:43:58 PM »
Updated to register hotkey.  For now, it's WIN+SHIFT+F9 to scroll up, and WIN+SHIFT+F10 to scroll down. But I will be putting in an interface in the settings to customize that.

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2016, 11:27:06 PM »
Spotted that Test Overlay Tool as written up today:
http://www.ilovefree...own-file-viewer.html

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"The software has a straightforward interface and really good to read a text file or Markdown file. I really like the fact that I can always keep it on top and view contents of my files in its transparent window."

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2016, 09:53:24 AM »
Thanks!  This is the first time I've been written up for a NANY entry :)

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2016, 05:25:32 AM »
can I pass a filename to the app to auto-open and display the file?

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2016, 11:03:53 AM »
can I pass a filename to the app to auto-open and display the file?

I had an option for that in an early version.  It appears that I took it out, but I can put it back in easily enough.

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2016, 09:39:03 PM »
Updated.  The same link should give the updated version.  All you have to do is put the file name you want to open on the command line.  If it exists, it will open it.  If the file name has spaces in it, enclose it in double  quotes ("").

Let me know if you have any issues.

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2016, 09:44:51 PM »
Updated.  The same link should give the updated version.  All you have to do is put the file name you want to open on the command line.  If it exists, it will open it.  If the file name has spaces in it, enclose it in double  quotes ("").

Let me know if you have any issues.

thanks for the quick update, it works well!

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2016, 09:49:03 PM »
Updated.  The same link should give the updated version.  All you have to do is put the file name you want to open on the command line.  If it exists, it will open it.  If the file name has spaces in it, enclose it in double  quotes ("").

Let me know if you have any issues.

thanks for the quick update, it works well!

No problem!  Glad it works for you!

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2016, 08:08:55 AM »
All you have to do is put the file name you want to open on the command line.

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Could we have drag 'n drop by any chance?
 




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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2016, 09:28:58 PM »
All you have to do is put the file name you want to open on the command line.
Could we have drag 'n drop by any chance?
i believe you meant to quote wraith808. ;)

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2016, 10:23:09 PM »
All you have to do is put the file name you want to open on the command line.

 :Thmbsup:

Could we have drag 'n drop by any chance?

Meanwhile, I stuck it into my 'Send To'

(Thanks for setting me straight, lanux128  :-[)

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2016, 10:02:47 AM »
I'll take a look to see.  Shouldn't be too hard to implement...

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2016, 03:16:00 PM »
  :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2016, 08:47:33 PM »
Could we have drag 'n drop by any chance?

Done :)  Download from the same link, and let me know if there are any issues!

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Re: NANY 2016 Release: Text Overlay Tool
« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2016, 10:53:36 AM »
Done :)  Download from the same link, and let me know if there are any issues!

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