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General Software Discussion / Renegade's Email Avenger
« on: May 28, 2006, 10:17 AM »
I just wanted to say that recently, I saw the program Email Avenger on Renegade's site after reading about another of his programs here.  I haven't tried it yet, but I have it bookmarked on my computer (and in my brain), for certain.  Because I will be trying it when the need next arises.  About a month ago, I was testing for a job.  Everything was going hunky-dory as I communited back and forth through email with the tester.  Towards the most crucial point, what do you think happened?  Email down.  I can't tell you the problems this caused.  It was horrible!  (On top of that, my cell phone picked that time to act up, as in dropping calls, etc.)  Oh, boy!   :o

So, just another thanks to Donation Coder for making me aware of something valuable!  And to Renegade, of course!   :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Photoshop Tutorials
« on: May 25, 2006, 08:36 PM »
Photoshop Tutorials

For those who like 'em!

Living Room / UV Art - really cool!
« on: May 23, 2006, 08:45 PM »
Swiped this from another forum and had to share, because it's very cool.  Go to UV Art and click on "Portfolio."  Then, be certain to drag the slider bar, because the art changes when you do so.  I thought many were very nice.

General Software Discussion / Need advice on AHK key remap
« on: April 16, 2006, 05:41 AM »
Hi.  One of my board members works in a platform that, for some reason, enters twice when they hit the Enter key once.  So I wanted to make an AHK script to correct that.  It seems that hitting Win key + Enter does the same thing as Enter, so I did this:

Enter::Send #{Enter} 

But A) - I'm not sure, since Enter is messed up for this person, that this combo won't do the same.  I can't really test it properly; works for me but then again, I don't have that problem with the Enter key.

B)  I tried doing it another way, like this:
Send {Enter 1}+{Up}+{Delete}  ; Press Enter once, then arrow up and delete

Which is a disaster because, if you run it while on your Desktop, for instance, it wants to select icons and ask if you want to delete them.  Definite no go there!  <grin>  Plus it seems to delete itself - the script!

I was just wondering if there were some other sure-fire way to do this so that it works for the person.  I am not the brightest bulb in the room when it comes to AHK, and that's a huge understatement.

I hope I put this in the right board section.


Living Room / Bill Gates coming to entertain you in November 2006
« on: April 05, 2006, 04:34 AM »
He'll apparently play himself on Doctor Who.  I'd sure watch it!   ;D


Living Room / Etch a Sketch
« on: April 04, 2006, 06:44 PM »
Errrr.......this is what I call an artist!  Too bad I never made anything like that, but I did love Etch a Sketch!


Living Room / Food that just isn't "right"
« on: March 23, 2006, 03:56 PM »
Brought to you by... Museum of Food Anomalies   ;D ;D

I've heard about Tame for years.  I've read good things about it nearly always, though did hear an opinion from someone that it probably doesn't make much of a difference.  But for one thing, it's recommended by Ed Mendelson here ,for running DOS applications in Windows 2000 and XP, although he mainly concentrates on WordPerfect for DOS.  This is one guy I really respect!  Anyway, if you run other DOS apps, maybe you'd like to look into what Tame is about.

Living Room / Encrypted mail in UK illegal - is it true?
« on: March 07, 2006, 03:53 AM »
Carol, I read in another topic that you said it is now illegal to send encrypted mail in the UK as part of anti-terror measures.  I don't doubt you but I'm dying for more info.  That just seems so incredible to me!  Not that I can't understand why it would be considered important to do, I can easily understand that and even agree with it, but on the other hand, there are so many legitimate reasons one might want to use encrypted mail.  Wow.

Anyway, I was searching for more information and stumbled upon this article, which was pretty interesting.  Just thought I'd share it:

Innocent in London

Instant Text Overview

Instant Text is a text expander for anyone who can benefit from it - medical transcriptionists, translators, legal secretaries, technical writers, etc.  It costs 189.00 per user.  It is very worth the price.  One can order it and try it for 30 days; if not for you, the CD can be returned for a full refund.  It works in most Windows programs and now also works in WP5.1 for DOS, although adding words and phrases to your glossary quickly does not work the way it does in Windows.  (In Windows, you select your phrase, hit Alt + =, and it is added.  The short form is filled in for you, first letter of each word, so that you just need to hit Enter.  You can, of course, change that short form if you want to.  At this point, I believe that if using Instant Text in WP5.1 for DOS, because of clipboard differences, you need to actually enter it, or copy it another way.  Since I don't use WP5.1, I'm not certain of the details.  Anyway, if you're an AHK lover or ActiveWords lover, you can also automate selecting the phrase and hitting the Alt + = sign, such speed is delightful!  I have scripts for automatically selecting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 words.

Most expanders work by the spacebar trigger.  Instant Text will allow users to do this, but some of its most powerful features are disabled this way.  It is best used with marker keys, which the user can choose.  For instance, using the semicolon to trigger your phrases and another marker key, perhaps ], for your word expansions.  There is a variety to choose from.

I will not go into every feature it has, only the most remarkable.  You can do a glossary compilation, which means that, if you have a file folder with 50-200, or 50-1000 (any number, actually) documents you have typed for your boss, your lawyer or lawyers, your doctor or doctors, whatever, you can have Instant Text scan those documents and create a glossary for you, in a matter of a minute or so.  To top that off, doing this compilation will now allow what they call continuations.  Continuations are when you start off like this:

tineo=there is no evidence of - okay, you typed your short and expanded that phrase.  Now, in the visual advisory screen, what comes often after that phrase is already there for you to see.  I'm doing it right now, and listed there for me are possibilities.  All I need do is select the proper one (if it isn't already the very first one), and hit my marker key, the semicolon, to expand the phrase.  Below is a screenshot of what I see after expanding tineo.  If you transcribe for a small group of people, the continuations you will get can be absolutely magnificent.  I know, because I've had that situation.  If you transcribe for hundreds, you won't get results that fantastic, but you will still get continuations.  The way in which you do the settings during compilation has a lot to do with it.

Another feature is that I don't even have to type out the whole short form, though.  Let's take one I have.  The short is tieotv, the long is "there is enlargement of the ventricles."  Instant Text has a "jump ahead" feature, and all I have to do is put in, say titv, and I still get the phrase to pop up.  You really don't have to memorize with this program.  You can hit a combination of letters that you think might be it. 

It also has options that many other text expanders don't.  It has an option to capitalize the first letter of sentences, no matter what application you're in.  It has spacing options that you choose, to have it put two spaces after punctuation marks or one, whatever you prefer.  (Or, you can set it not to do so, if you somehow prefer that.)  It "understands" punctuation as you type, in other words.  I expand a phrase and hit a comma, the space after the comma is already there.  Whenever you expand a phrase, if you don't hit a punctuation mark, it has already spaced for you for the next word.  I don't know what it's like to hit spacebar after period or anything else anymore.  There is one defect, that of spacing after a number with a decimal, such as 1.5.  Or, 3:30.  I got the greatest AHK script a few months ago at the AHK forums, and now I actually set my spacing options to 0 in Instant Text and let that script take care of everything.  There also are other ways to get around that number difficulty.  One other thing about numbers, Instant Text will not let you start an abbreviation with a number.  I would like that feature. 

I know this is supposed to be a mini-review, so I will try to wrap it up.  Which means I can't begin to cover all its features.  But, the built-in importer it has is awesome.  This makes it very easy for people using other expanders to almost instantaneously convert their abbreviations files to the Instant Text glossary format.  It will convert Word AutoCorrect, Word AutoText, many other expander formats that are used primarily by transcriptionists, text files, Outlook addresses, certain DBF files.  It also comes with a "Workshop" to let you manipulate your abbreviation files.  You can export words, export words and phrases, remove duplicates, a lot more.

Because it has so many features, it has a bit more of a learning curve than most expanders out there.  It is the best one, for me.  I have tried several.  It simply has the most features.  The developer is constantly listening too, and making additions/improvements/upgrades. 

Here's the continuation screenshot that I mentioned above:


Finished Programs / DONE: abbreviations importer
« on: March 01, 2006, 10:20 AM »
How feasible is this scenario:

I am a medical transcriptionist.  Many of us have thousands of word and phrase abbreviations in the expanders we use. 

hthym = hypothyroidism
tpptth = the patient presented to the hospital

The request is - if the above format is put into a plain text file, and/or the same format but no spaces before or after the equal sign, can someone make a script that would put them all into an AHK hotstrings file?  I would like it so that somehow, before importing the list, the user could specify whether they want the trigger key to be the spacebar, the semicolon key, or whatever other key they choose. 

Thanks for letting me ask.  Thanks for this forum.

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