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N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: November 18, 2014, 12:28 PM »
Darn if that isn't the most polite feature request I've seen!


Hmm, looking at your sig I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not. Just so you know, I'm licensed to carry, and I've warn the nickel off the trigger :)

Unfortunatly many programs have episodes of complete failure causing the user major grief and heartache, Avast, MS, even AVG has done this. Many moons ago I was a happy AVG user, had it setup to only list files it deemed suspicious, leave everything alone, simply present me with a list, this worked great for a long time until that one fateful update. I was complacent, didn't pay attention and failed to notice that the most recent update AVG applied had reset my settings to default which was to simply delete files it deemed were malicious.

I'd spent years creating my own self-extracting exes, archives with all sorts of important data, AVG swept thru my drive deleting every one of them without word one. I didn't even notice for a few days. I have a habit of creating a .sha1 file for each archive, it was a day or 2 later I noticed I had folders with nothing but a .sha1 checksum - where's the associated archive - gone. I really wanted to cry when I opened the AVG log and saw the long list of suspicious files deleted.

I'm the only one to blame I suppose, I guess I could have tried to retrieve the files with software, I didn't. I'm kinda of the opinion I need one computer that has internet access, and one that never leaves the house - no firewall turned on, no Avast, no AVG, no modem, no wireless, only those needed OS updates manually installed, all files installed are fully vetted from the source PC before they're moved. I had a WinXP multimedia workstation I built solely for digital recording, ripping audio/video from CD/DVD, etc. This box lasted about 89000 hours, about 9 1/2 yrs actually - virtually no issues, never a virus, blue screen, mostly at times I pushed it beyond the ability of the very modest AMD processor.

I'm building a modest (for our modern times) mATX box now for a similiar purpose, my new laptop will be the only PC connecting to the outside world. I do realize this isn't ideal for many folks, especially for online gamers and so on, but it can work for some people, it does for me. Oh, I don't share, there is only one(1) PC that everyone in my family can use, and they each have their own, my workstation and my laptop are just that - mine :P

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck
« on: November 18, 2014, 11:11 AM »
Hi epCheck dev, the program is really fun, thank you for your hard work.

I know you don't make any promises for epCheck's usability on Win8.1 (x64) - I mention this only, well, to mention it  ;D

For no apparent reason and at various times the tooltip for "Search and add series" will pop up and the icon will highlight (as if the icon was moused over), for example, when epCheck is minimized then maximized. Where it happens regularly is when I update series data. Within moments of clicking "Refresh all series data now", magically the tooltip slowly appears and the icon reacts as if it was moused over yet the cursor is still located over the refresh data button - hopefully the image is attached.


My wishlist for epCheck  :Thmbsup:

1 ... The ability to add our own (extra) series images, abiding by the image dimensions already specified. I think you can but they get deleted when the series is updated.

2 ... When any Series info is elipsed (Title, Network, etc, blahblahblah ...), mousing over it reveals the full text instead of needing to drag the control which creates the horizontal scrollbar while also hiding info to the right, depending on your screen size of course. Many series episodes have long titles or they have multi-titled episodes. The Love Boat for example has very long multi-titled episodes and all of them are elipsed (...). The only way to see the complete title is by dragging the Title over to the right. It would be pretty cool to mouse over any elipsed text and the full line is revealed, maybe as a bubble/balloon tooltip.

3 ... The ability to Search for an episode title or for an episode title keyword that appears in various episodes, similiar to Find, Find Next, (Find All in Current Series) - similiar to text editor functionality. Example, I highlight a series from my list of shows, an Episode Search button is created or activated while the episode list is populated as usual. I type in the search box my keyword, click Find - the episode or keyword is located and highlighted, or a list of episodes with the keyword is presented in a list associated with the Series I highlighted.

4 ... Series and Series Episode "Details" buttons - highlight a series from list, click "Series Details", the details would be something like Starring, From/To Dates, # of eps, etc. Click an episode, "Episode Details" might contain guest stars, etc. Possibly this info could be user created and maintained, stored in a file, the button might bring up the text in the default text editor, maybe something a bit nicer, a nice dialog box with preconfigured fields that are read from a file that the user will maintain and edit with a specified layout :-\

I fully understand that you have a life and if I remember correctly you didn't want epCheck to become a behemoth of an app. I've been using epCheck for quite a while now, consulting it often for specifics, as I frequent fan sites for some shows on my list. The features I mention (IMO) would make epCheck quicker to use and even more robust, search rather than scrolling up and down long lists for an episode, greater details for series and series episodes (user maintained), etc.

Again, I don't have any expectations and I'm definately not making even subtle demands, I offer my wishlist as food for thought only.


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