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DonationCoder.com NANY 2013 Roundup Summary
For the past 7 years at DonationCoder.com we have held an annual "New Apps for the New Year (N.A.N.Y.)" event where we ask the coders who hang out on the site to create some new piece of free software and share it with the world. What follows is a roundup of the entries from this year.
The NANY event is not a competition -- anyone can participate and everyone who does gets a unique mug commemorating the event.
Most of the programs this year were done for fun by the coders -- some are polished and ready for public use, while others are a little rough around the edges and were mainly done as a proof of concept. All programs are freely available for download.
In no particular order:
Carbon - website / blogging framework
An open source blogging platform focused on producing static web pages with a minimal amount of fuss.
A wordpress theme intended to be a good minimalist starting point for creating custom themes.
Text Merge from CSV and Template text files.
Can batch generate large numbers of text files by filling in templates from a csv file.
Customizable Remote Administration Panel
A portable launcher tool where you customize buttons to perform actions.
Easy Screencast Recorder
A tool for recording of desktop video; supports arbitrary codecs including webm; can be run portably. Does not include tool for uploading. Integrates well with Screenshot Captor tool.
Progress Bars of Life
A productivity tool that shows the amount of time remaining to any number of custom calendar/clock events as progress bars. Show progress towards the current hour, day, week, month, year, graduation, your lifespan, etc. Can be docked to side of screen.
Contractor's Work Log
An online service for tracking the hours you spend on projects.
A simple game playable in browser or downloadable -- try to launch your rocket past moving obstacles.
A utility that turns text files into .wav audio files using Microsoft's Text to Speech (SAPI) tools.
2x2 List Sorter
A utility that will take a text file list and help user rank the items into a sorted list based on pairwise preferences.
Super Simple Photo Resizer
A tool for easily cropping and resizing photos and then automatically uploading them to facebook, twitter, or flickr.
RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder)
Easy to use tool that will take audio or video files and convert them to a variety of audio formats (FLAC, MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG).
FreeNAS Brute Forcer
A tool for bruteforce recovery of lost FreeNAS passwords.
Beta Tester Tracker - Program to help authors & beta testers
Tool that can be given by coders to beta testers for them to fill out and submit testing reports.
A java-based (online playable) deductive logic puzzle game similar to sudoku.
Simple tool that lets you copy and paste text by holding mouse button.
Automatic GST calculator
Small specialized utility which makes it easy to fill in 10% GST tax values.
A customizable tab based application launcher.
CommandPromptHere for FARR
An addon (fscript based; source code included) for the Find and Run Robot program, to support opening of command prompts of different types in file directories.
JSHintHere for FARR
DiffWith for FARR
An addon (fscript based; source code included) for the Find and Run Robot program, to support easy comparison of files using arbitrary file comparison tools.
A tool to quickly batch crop many jpg photos of book pages.
Simple commandline tool that will upload a passed file to Imgur (anonymous upload only), and put the url of the uploaded image on clipboard. Includes tool to integrate it with the Screenshot Captor tool.
tmdiff - Formatted Output of Time Differences in C
Open source C code library that returns a nice human readable string describing the elapsed time difference between two time/date values.
A tool that can perform a variety of operations including conversion of html encodings and creating files from templates.
PDF Batch Saver
A tool that will batch download/render web pages and save them as standalone pdf files.
Tool for sending raw .prn printer files to laser printers to perform low level raw operations like setting page counts, etc.
Find Long Names
A utility to scan directories and report all files found whose names (and/or paths) are above a certain length, and which may cause problems because of windows filename limits.
A unique addon for the game Cortex Command, which can generate huge numbers of random gun weapons.
A power user's tool to keep applications and services running even if they may be stopping/crashing for undetermined reasons.
Skyrim Character Manager
A tool for helping you manage and inspect the save files for characters from the computer game Skyrim.
Open source (RUBY) commandline tool that can move PDF files based on the text embedded in the PDF file.
NANY 2011 :: The Event Closes
Welcome to DonationCoder's month long Super Celebration of Software!
NANY '11 has closed and we're busily going through the entries with a fine tooth comb to package them up for the grand unveiling toward the end of January 2011. In the meantime you can see all the Entries on the NANY 2011 board.
We tried something new with this year's NANY: in an effort to maximise the fun and productivity of the event we decided to start NANY midway through the year giving the coders the ability to start the process early and aim to build a substantial new project. And it's certainly been exciting to see activity increase on the NANY board through the year. Many coders posted Teasers both to whet the appetites of the members and to get feedback on their projects.
The end of the year is often a hectic time, which only increases the challenge to complete the NANY Entry. Some Pledges have been fulfilled early whilst others have had to be withdrawn due to other commitments and other Pledges have remained open or not progressed past the Teaser stage but will hopefully be developed later.
From my perspective NANY 2011 has been a wonderful success that has allowed greater flexibility in the Event. 47 Pledges through the year is huge, and to get 31 completed NANY's is an awesome achievement that the DC community can be very proud about!
Teasers (Unfinished - though look out for updates and late completions)
Huge Software Give-a-way
As part of the New Year Celebration we've been joined by some very generous software developers who are offering full licenses to their professional programmes! This software has been specially selected to enable our hard working coders (and their helpers) to produce high quality packages.
More details will be posted in the next couple of days...
A Word About DonationCoder
DonationCoder.com is a site for people who love computer software, and like the idea of supporting each other's work through donations - it's funded entirely by individuals who join the site. Since its founding in 2005, the site has grown steadily and has well over 200,000 registered members from around the world. Of course it's free to sign up at our site and join in on the community forums. Our DonationCredits system was designed to make it as easy as possible for users to make small donations to specific authors and fellow site members (read more about our DonationCredits here: http://www.donationcoder.com/Donate/Credits.php).
The programmers at DonationCoder.com are dedicated to providing professional quality software and professional quality support; other DonationCoder.com members are active in the forums reviewing and discussing all types of computer and software issues.
The New Apps for the New Year event was started as a fun way of celebrating the New Year. Dubbed NANY (New Apps for the New Year), this experiment has become a yearly tradition on the site, and represents the playful and generous spirit of the site and the people who visit it. The event celebrates the joy of programming and is open to coders of any ability, whether they are regular members of the site or not. All participants receive a mug featuring our beloved bird/duck mascot Cody -- there are no winners or losers.
The Official NANY Update
NANY 2011: Event Update
NANY 2011 is a bit of an experiment this year, in an effort to maximise the fun and productivity of the event we decided to start NANY midway through the year giving the coders the ability to start the process early and aim to build a substantial new project.
We are now halfway through the event and to date we've seen a steady rate of Pledges and a great deal of activity around the Entrants who have released Teasers and opened up their projects for forum discussions.
NANY Entrants pledge that they are going to release a new application for the New Year at some stage before December by posting a Pledge Thread on the NANY 2011 Board, instructions can be found here.
To date we've had 22 Pledges!
The NANY challenge, although competed by individuals or groups, is performed in the midst of the community and offers the DonationCoder community ample opportunity to get involved with the event through the N.A.N.Y. 2011 forum. Find a project that interests you and get involved with its development: feature discussions, bug testing and Teaser feedback. It's great to see the development of general forum interest as the event progresses:
It's exciting to see the NANY pledges capture the interest of the DC Community, in particular TaskDaddy and Auspex have generated a lot of discussion!
Teasers: Feedback Required
Teasers are a way for the NANY Entrants to give prospective users the opportunity to play with an early build and hopefully get some valuable feedback for the development.
Are you a Coder just itching to get in on the act?
We've had specific requests for an enterprising entrant who's keen to fulfil someone else's dream. If you're keen to participate but are looking for an idea why not check these out and contact the author for more details?
Anyone can get involved with the NANY event by offering their talents to the hard working entrants to help with the ancillary aspects of their entries. Volunteering on NANY projects is a great way for everyone to get involved with the Event, coders and non-coders alike!
We also have some great tools to give-away to help you get the job done:
Add your name to the list and get involved over in this thread: NANY 2011 :: Calling All Volunteers and Entrants wanting a hand
If you can help with the following specific requests please get in touch with the Entrant directly (and let me know if you want to take advantage of the software give-away):
Alphabetical List of Pledges
The N.A.N.Y. Challenge
N.A.N.Y., which stands for New Apps for the New Year, is an annual event here on DonationCode.com where we challenge coders of all experience levels to release a brand new FREEWARE / DONATIONWARE application to celebrate the coming of the new year.
The NANY events are a celebration of software for coders and users alike - it's not a competition and there is no winner, but there is lots of challenge and plenty of rewards. No matter what you're looking for, you're bound to find something of interest in the NANY Entries over the years; and when you do, don't forget to pop a donation to the Entrants.
A vibrant forum allows users to follow the entries from the initial Pledge, through various Teaser updates to the Final Release, offering valuable feedback and suggestions for continued improvement.
If you have an application that you've always wanted but never found, why not head over to the 2011 Suggestion Thread and explain your idea? Hopefully a coder will get as excited as you are!
The current NANY: 2011