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Author Topic: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!  (Read 8168 times)

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What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« on: February 08, 2007, 03:38:32 PM »
Somewhere out there in the binary universe, is a freeware utility that lets you put a text file in a folder. When you mouse over that folder, you get an infotip of whatever is written in that text file. I can't remember where it is or what it is called! :(

I'm 99% sure someone here will know. Help me solve this conundrum.

Thanks!  :)
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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2007, 10:51:54 PM »
InfoTag Magic is one such

Web page at http://www.contextmagic.com/
Free version download at http://www.contextma...InfoTagFreeSetup.exe

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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2007, 05:48:11 AM »
Thanks, That's interesting, but not it. (I'll still try it out though ;) )

What I'm referring to is for folders, not files. Put a text file in the folder, hidden or otherwise, and the text is shown when you mouse over that folder.

Someone will get it sooner or later. :)
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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2007, 07:39:46 AM »
What happes when there are two or more text files? 
Is this simply to identify folder contents? 
Sometimes I simply create an empty file, using a name beginning with '0' (zero) and then something that describes folder contents (e.g. 0_Study 3279 July 06). If icons in the folder are arranged by name, XP's native ability to show folder contents displays it first when hovering.  That's usually enough to show me what I need to know about a folder's contents.
Let me know if you find the program for which you're looking.  I'd be interested to try it myself!

edited because I can't express myself clearly, even in my own language  :)
« Last Edit: February 09, 2007, 07:46:32 AM by cranioscopical »

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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2007, 09:49:57 AM »
what you are looking for seems to stir a distant memory in me - so distant i may be suffering from false memory syndrome.

if i'm not imagining it, then it would have been a util downloaded from www.nonags.com because that's where i used to get all the free utils from. i'll have a quick look.

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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2007, 10:07:19 AM »
Are you sure it's a utility?

I think I know what you mean and you can achieve it by taking the following steps (Windows XP):

First you need to create hidden system file:

1. Right-click on the folder and choose 'Properties'
2. Click change icon and choose some icon.
3. Click change icon and choose the old icon again.

Now there's a file called 'desktop.ini' in the folder, but you cannot see it! Optionally, you can create the file by making a new text document and naming it desktop.ini. The file will disappear after you make though.

4. Browse to the folder and add in the address bar: '\desktop.ini' and press the enter key. (For example, if you're in c:\temp, you have to make it c:\temp\desktop.ini)
5. If you did it right, Notepad will open and show the file.
6. Add the following line at the end of the file:

InfoTip=your informational text goes here

7. Save the file and exit.

If you now hover your mouse over the folder, the first line of the tooltip will be what you specified in the ini file. If the tooltip doesn't show, go to Tools -> Folder Options -> View tab and make sure "Show Pop-Up Description For Folder And Desktop Items" is checked.
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« Last Edit: February 09, 2007, 10:14:59 AM by Ruffnekk »

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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2007, 12:11:14 PM »
That's a great tip, Ruffnekk!!
I had no idea that desktop.ini could do that :D

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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2007, 12:56:19 PM »
The text file used must have a specific title much like cover art must have a specific title for the proper image file to be used if there are more than one in a directory. I've seen the program a few time, as it's by an author of some other program I use, just never bothered to download it or check it out. If I could just remember what the program was that I originally went to that site for....
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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2007, 01:03:45 PM »
You're not alone, nudone. I am sure I remember using a utility that did this back when I was using Win98SE. I wonder if it was a pcmag utility (he muses, and dashes off to check...)?
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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2007, 01:21:22 PM »
Er, no. I was barking up the wrong tree. I did come across this pcmag app, File Tip, but it doesn't appear to display txt file contents when the mouse cursor is over the folder containing it, only when the cursor is over the file itself...

Somewhere I have about the ten years worth of utility downloads and if I can dig out the dvds that they are saved on I'll take a look...
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« Last Edit: February 09, 2007, 01:30:00 PM by Darwin »

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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2007, 06:06:29 PM »
Well, it's not on nonags and it's not a pcmag utility. That I'm 100% sure about. It's on an developers website somewhere. Argh!!!  :huh:
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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2007, 01:08:52 AM »
Sorry Nighted, I've failed. Without knowing the name of the app, I can't figure out if I have it or not! I'm beginning to suspect that I had the utility on one of numerous magazine cover cd/dvd's that I collected when I lived in the UK in 2000-2003. Sadly, I got rid of them all some time ago.
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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2007, 10:24:43 AM »
I've got to sort through my hard drives soon anyway (a daunting task). If/When I come across it, I'll post a link here.
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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2007, 02:47:20 AM »
This is similar to what you are looking for - InfoTip - http://www.na.rim.or...~norio/index-e.shtml - You need to add the info in a tab under properties though and not just as a text file in the folder.
The page also has another utility, ZipTip - shows the contents of zip files in a tooltip.
You should check these out even they are not the exact same utility.
Great little timesavers... have been using these for about 7 years with no issues (even though the site says alpha)

-Edited to make sense... re-read what I wrote and realized that it was incoherent... well is 4:00am and I havent slept-
« Last Edit: February 21, 2007, 03:02:15 AM by aruvam »

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Re: What Is That Program Called? I Forget!!!
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2007, 02:59:50 AM »
Moon software at http://www.moonsoftware.com/freeware.asp has a program called filenote which sounds like it does exactly what you want , except for files, not folders. (S'pose that means it doesn't do near what you want really!). I left a note in their forum sort of asking whether it was feasible to adapt theirs. Left the address of this thread, telling them about this discussion. No interest from them tho it seems. Maybe an email direct to one of the principals from the company might elicit a response.