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Author Topic: Latest FARR v2.00.140 ALPHA PREVIEW Release - Aug 15, 2007  (Read 320811 times)
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« Reply #200 on: January 24, 2007, 01:56:09 AM »

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This works better than a lot of "Gold" releases I've seen.  Why are you calling it "Alpha?"  What needs to be in it to make it a "Beta?"

Google has gotten famous for keeping everything they make in Beta stage forever.  So I figure I can become more famous than google if i keep all my programs in Alpha stage forever.

The only problem is that there is nothing before Alpha... or is there..

You could really be unique and use "Omega!"  tongue
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« Reply #201 on: January 24, 2007, 02:07:50 AM »

according to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_alphabet...

mouser got to go through quite a lot of greek to get to omega.... cheesy
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« Reply #202 on: January 24, 2007, 04:09:55 AM »

It seems that I cannot resize the columns in the latest Alpha release. When I press and hold the left mouse button to drag them towards right, something seems odd, like following screenshot. Is it a bug or someth with my settings?

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« Reply #203 on: January 24, 2007, 04:13:40 AM »

wow you are right - thanks for catching that babis!
i guess now we know why it's still in beta smiley
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« Reply #204 on: January 24, 2007, 04:22:52 AM »

wow you are right - thanks for catching that babis!
i guess now we know why it's still in beta alpha smiley

All kidding aside, does anyone know if there is actually a grading system that identifies alpha, beta, etc?  Or is it more like a tradition?
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« Reply #205 on: January 24, 2007, 06:52:34 AM »

I was forgetting to ask this: It would be (for me) a great improvement to be able to sort entries by date (modified) or at least to be able to score by the date of the file/folder. Is this possible? I hope so.

It is very difficult e.g. when you don't know the name of what you are searching for but only the extension to find it in a huge list. If it is sorted by date it is more likely to be able to find out.
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« Reply #206 on: January 24, 2007, 06:57:49 AM »

i will put on my todo list an option for grabbing/showing/sorting/biasing-scores by date.
it may slow things down a little so ill make it optional.
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« Reply #207 on: January 24, 2007, 08:18:13 AM »

Thanks a lot. It will be important.
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« Reply #208 on: January 24, 2007, 08:27:09 AM »

Mouser what are you thinking about supporting United Naming Convention for network paths so we can search network drives without having to map them to a drive-letter? Guess it's not a big priority as the work around is common smiley
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« Reply #209 on: January 24, 2007, 10:52:10 AM »

Just in case  you did not get my PM MSG, may I ask for the download link please.
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« Reply #210 on: January 24, 2007, 11:27:38 AM »

First off, let me say that farr is really coming along nicely. That said, there are still a few things I would like to see incorporated into farr prior to 2.0 going gold, if possible.



OK, here is a list:

Creating a separate tab and distinction for KEYWORDS as opposed to aliases

This one would provide a way for users to add KEYWORDS which are designed to launch a single process, file, or link without the need for the complex add alias dialog. This would also add for a bit more organization.

Windows Logo Key support

This would allow for users to get one step closer to treating this as a true replacement for the Windows start menu. Actually, allen had a great idea that could also be added here where FARR would intercept the Windows logo key press altogether and process it AS the start menu since FARR, by default, searches the start menu. See his posts here

Access to the IE/FF/Opera URL history list

This would be VERY VERY useful for users to access, quickly, their previously typed URL's from their browsers history. This would be fairly easy for IE, not sure about opera/firefox, and would allow us to quickly gain access to past URL's and can also be invoked with the www alias which currently exists.

These are some features I would love to see make it into FARR 2.0 Gold (Beta, since your beta is final, and alpha is beta ;-) ).  I think JGPAIVA has a list of things he would like to see as well, perhaps he could post here too.
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« Reply #211 on: January 24, 2007, 12:05:38 PM »

These are some features I would love to see make it into FARR 2.0 Gold (Beta, since your beta is final, and alpha is beta ;-) ).  I think JGPAIVA has a list of things he would like to see as well, perhaps he could post here too.
Well... As far as farr's 2.0 version goes, i don't think i have any special requests, since mouser made a great work in fufilling them all.
Now, iirc the only 2 things missing are indexing and "actions", but that's for V3.
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« Reply #212 on: January 24, 2007, 01:37:43 PM »

I'd like to second the windows key support... that would be pretty cool.

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« Reply #213 on: January 24, 2007, 02:43:53 PM »

Gee. I was using X1 and Copernic today and, although I'm using them for a different purpose than FARR, I must say that I find FARR much more reliable and predictable. X1 is sluggish and doesn't index my biggest documents completely, copernic refuses to show (in preview window) big documents completely, etc. And both crash from time to time. FARR has not even crashed once in a year and WORKS REALLY WELL for what it's meant to do.
I have to congratulate you again Mouser! I know that words of thanks are not money  smiley, but... in the mean time.
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« Reply #214 on: January 25, 2007, 02:54:15 AM »

i will put on my todo list an option for grabbing/showing/sorting/biasing-scores by date.
it may slow things down a little so ill make it optional.

That will make it perfect. Please try to implement at version 2.

Gee. I was using X1 and Copernic today and, although I'm using them for a different purpose than FARR, I must say that I find FARR much more reliable and predictable. X1 is sluggish and doesn't index my biggest documents completely, copernic refuses to show (in preview window) big documents completely, etc. And both crash from time to time. FARR has not even crashed once in a year and WORKS REALLY WELL for what it's meant to do.
I have to congratulate you again Mouser! I know that words of thanks are not money  smiley, but... in the mean time.
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« Reply #215 on: January 26, 2007, 08:49:16 AM »

After all, i did have 2 minor requests:
I think the up arrow should do the same as the down arrow (go to the results) but starting on the end of the list.
Also, ctrl-left should only delete a word when there's a path there. I use ctrl-Left and ctrl-right to move between words a lot.
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« Reply #216 on: January 26, 2007, 12:12:44 PM »

ps. i'll have a new version out by monday with the latest improvements.
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« Reply #217 on: January 27, 2007, 04:42:23 AM »

Graphical errosr





Column headers. Moved the line between Score and Location.



Use Appearance fonts instead of hard coding the hideous Much$uck fonts, so it can look something like this





Here hard coding colors is obviously required



Been using white on black since the days of the command line and my eyes thank me for it. The logic: My brain needs photons only for information. Background isn't information.

This problem is common. Lots of software has colors and fonts hard coded. Just don't do it

The displayed black theme is attached.

* Theme.zip (59.39 KB - downloaded 215 times.)
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« Reply #218 on: January 29, 2007, 02:20:30 PM »

v2.00.39 Alpha is now up - see first post for changes - lots of bug fixes.

Same download as previous top secret alpha releases.  If you want the link send me a message.

(I'll tackle some of the issues brought up in this thread as soon as i get my todo list down a bit - i think we are approaching a public beta for v2 soon..)
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« Reply #219 on: January 29, 2007, 02:47:49 PM »

NO!!!! No public until we are satiated!



Good job mousey, as always smiley
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« Reply #220 on: January 29, 2007, 03:49:52 PM »

Thanks Mouser.

quickly, 2 things :

- If I set FARR to display extra columns (type, score, ....) and when set to "auto-shrink", the result field is jumpy when it reaches bottom of the screen (comlumns "jump" horizontaly). (jumpy BEahavior will be a bit less distracting if I set a fixed size for the window -- but it seems that I sometime ran in the issue of FARR changing my set size for the window... Have do double check that assertion thouhg)
- If I set the "inactive memory use" to "Stay in memory longer", FARR sometimes stalls (it won't appear when I press the hotkey and the taskmanger will show relatively high CPU activity -- more than 30% -- for the process. So, for now, I keep the "average" setting -- noproblem with this one.

That's it for now...

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« Reply #221 on: January 29, 2007, 04:10:15 PM »

Another thing I noticed :

Sometimes, FARR will have to be "closed" and "relaunched" with the hotkey to have it start searching normally again or to  show the history list (blanking the search field) -- otherwise it just doesn't search or show history when blanking the search field.

This happens when I double click on a result to open it (I know... I'm note supposed to use the mouse! But Iā€™m testing!). After the file is opened, if I then blank the field or change the characters in the search filed it will not do anything.

I don't know if it will happen in other circumstances.

Hope that my clumsy English is understandableā€¦

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« Reply #222 on: January 30, 2007, 11:05:25 AM »

I just had the following when starting FARR 2.00.39:

When it started up, it showed a results window that was completely blank.

After I started typing it looked like this:



I have the "Auto shrink window" and "Blank search shows launch history" options on.
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« Reply #223 on: January 30, 2007, 11:11:21 AM »

hmm.. what on earth have i done.. and why aren't these things happening for me..
sounds like an issue with my autoshrink timer - ill have another look.
now we know why these are still alphas  undecided
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« Reply #224 on: January 30, 2007, 01:17:10 PM »

hmm.. what on earth have i done.. and why aren't these things happening for me..
sounds like an issue with my autoshrink timer - ill have another look.
now we know why these are still alphas  undecided

Don't worry, in taht case, even Win Xp service-pack 2 is alpha...  smiley after billions of $ and many years of work.
FARR is perfectly useable as it is since I use it once every 5min!!!  Thmbsup

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