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DC Website Help and Extras / Mini input boxes for forum posting
« on: March 30, 2020, 12:26 PM »

 I'm a little hesitant to pass this problem straight to mouser, I've put a couple of things on his plate lately :-[ , so maybe a moderator or someone fairly familiar with the forum software might possibly look into this problem if it comes to their attention.

 One of my pet peeves is mini-sized input boxes that have you scrolling all over the place to proofread and modify messages or forum posts. I know that there is a little handle below  the DonationCoder input area like the one I am currently using, and it used to allow me to lengthen this input area to my liking (Almost full screen height is my preferred operational configuration.), and since I haven't posted for quite a while I don't know when this stopped working on my end, but currently it is stuck on the smallest setting and does not allow any increase in size. This is both for the Quick Reply and the Normal Posting edit boxes.

 I used to browse using Firefox when I last posted many moons ago and all was well then but just lately I've been using Edge and the problem has struck.

 My Operating System is Windows 10 Pro, 32bit, though it is a version that is stuck at the 1709 release, so that is likely the culprit. Sadly, it will not update and I should do a reinstall but I just dont' have the time at the moment to do so. Actaully I really need a new computer but finances do not permit (A 9 year old machine.).

 If it is version related, then this is the first item, apart from actually not updateing that has gone wrong since that verson was superseeded 14 months or so ago. It says good things indeed about the stability of Windows 10.

 Any input on this matter would be appreciated.

Thanks all, MikleB

G'Day Mr mouser,

 Now that Clipboard Help+Spell has the capability to save multiple formats of clips, I wish to make a request for a little update to the main window that would, I feel, be very handy as this new feature evolves.

 I wish that there be a greater number of actions that can be written, stored and accessed via the action button than is now possible.

 I have been contemplating this for a while and I feel compelled to ask for this now, especially as with all the new formats of clips that will now be stored, there will be a need to access  a much greater variety of different actions for the different formats. I initially wanted just a possibility to store more actions in the available 'action' button, but on contemplating the nature of Clipboard Help+Spell more fully I realised the value of maybe a slightly bigger change.

 I would now like to have three more action 'type buttons' (Four in all.), all with a larger storage capacity than the current configuration allows, which is only 21 items in my old version, this being way too limited in scope.

So... One new button for graphics clips (My 1st idea that got me started thinking along this path.). One second new button for sending clips specifically to installed programs (My 2nd idea.). And now a third new button for investigating the new formats of clips that become available within the latest Clipboard Help+Spell.

 I'll explain a little further. I currently have all 21 slots defined to access information on the web. Sites that deal with text only like spell checkers, synonyms, dictionaries, zip code searches, translators, search engines and that sort of thing. I wish to expand this with more search engines specifically and I'm sure some other items that as I expand the list will return to my memory (I said I have been thinking along these lines for a while now.) and that generally fit into the usage pattern that I wish to confine to the first button. Text stuff.

 The second button could be dedicated to graphics websites, like format converters for svg, webp, heic and the slightly more esoteric formats that one comes across, also sites for online storage and sharing such as Flickr,  iStock or Pinterest or even easy forum posting and via a properly configured script, avatar submission for the said forums. You get the picture, I'm sure.

 Button number three for the new formats of clips. Mainly online again for Html checkers, code verification, etc... whatever come to mind down the track for these new formats.

 Lastly the button for installed programs. I initially wanted this to start programs where I actually would use the clips I now have. I use quite a few different text editors for different types of documents and written editing. If they are not running when I grab a clip, I would like to have them configured in a readily accessible menu that groups these editors all in one location. Into this menu I would also place all my major graphics manipulation programs for convenience. Basically a Tools Menu like we find in Screenshot Captor.

 I have a thought or two on the menu structure of all four buttons. These menus should provide for sub-menus for grouping sites or programs that can take more than one form of clip as input. There should be separator and title lines that are non-clickable for neatness and easy labelling and management of their entries. This is fairly essential, I feel, as I would like the option to place many items into each of these menus, way more that the current 21, perhaps even in the hundreds (Some sites or programs could easily take 5 or more different input stream types. That was initially how I maxed out the single supplied quick action button and had to think long and hard about what I would leave therein.). So I would suggest a limit of 2048 entries per menu, or more. Large I know, but say 10 years down the track who knows what we'll be doing with clips, so plan big; It's just a limit that really doesn't need to be set low!

 Some more on the appearance. Specific program and site icons, (It's easy to grab a favicon or two via an online visit to sites, and a storage location for them of course would be needed to be provided within Clipboard Help+Spell's folder structure.), should be visible in these menus since we ARE using a Graphical User Interface (Windows -  ;) .), to make things easier to locate. And lastly accelerator keys that do not peak at 15  :o :'( . I have well over that number of keys on my keyboard... Why such an arbitrarily low limit?

 Since these new buttons are all quick action buttons, let's reserve this name for the options panel's configuration page and it's four submenus, those being, I humbly suggest, and in this order please, Textual (For the upgrade current button.), Graphical (Obviously for clipped graphics.), Miscellany (For the extended formats.) and Programmatic (For installed programs), though of course this would totally be up to your good self Mr mouser. It would also be the order that I think is the most logical for inclusion on the main window's divider bar, left to right, as the most copied clips are text, followed by graphics, now following is the new extended formats and lastly and slightly left of center is the programs menu (I mean not really as alike as the first three buttons which would be mainly online based while this last has a more local flavour. I don't mean bar location/position.).

 The name of this program IS 'Clipboard Help+Spell', so lets make it a tool that's going a little bit more towards a real clipboard helper. Especially as it is getting a major upgrade in the clipboard department. it deserves a likewise level of upgrade in the helper department.

 There, I rest my case, M'lud. Thank you linesmen, thank you ball boys.

 Thanks, in anticipation, as I'm sure you will give this some serious thought.

Cheers, MikleB

Screenshot Captor / Screenshot Captor grabbing focus.
« on: March 28, 2020, 12:17 PM »
G'day mouser

I have encountered a small problem, more of a quirk actually, in Screenshot Captor.

I have just installed the latest portable version and while I had it open, I was doing some work within Irfanview on some files within a sub-directory of Screenshot Captor's default save directory and every time that I saved a file into this sub-directory, Screenshot Captor grabbed focus away from Irfanview.

It only happens, as best I can judge, after the save is completed, as I notice my hard drive stops spinning and then Screenshot Captor grabs focus (Updating it's database I suspect, for some reason, even though the file is being saved back into it's original location, that is a sub-directory of the one that is being viewed by Screenshot Captor.).

This didn't occur when Screenshot Captor was minimized to the tray, only when it was behind Irfanview.

A tad annoying and, I'm sure it is aberrant behaviour that you have not programmed into Screenshot Captor, so I thought I should give you a heads up just so it is nipped in the bud before it propogates into future updates.

A quick question re: Screenshot Captor. Should it ever intentionally react when it is in the background? If for some reason you feel this is a benefit to some internal process, might I be enlightened as to what that may be and if that IS the case, would it be possible to optionally delay that procedure, even at the cost of a lengthier re-initialisation of Screenshot Captor when I return focus to it.

I'd prefer a slow restart to it grabbing focus.

Thanks MikleB

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Sooner or later I'll make a post that needs no edits... Grrr.  ;)

Time for edit #3.

The lifetime of free upgrades IS stated in 'The Fine Print' tab... I only discovered this myself when I decided to check what the status of the offer was on 22nd February 2015, as I wanted to indicate in this post the current status for those possibly looking at this after the close of the fully free offer, as I did not indicate in the thread topic the date for the one day that this offer was totally free (The date of my original posting - 19th February 2015.).

Gotta love how these threads will persist for the life of the board, even if slightly out of date.  :Thmbsup:

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PBOL / Cannot enter activation key.
« on: January 20, 2015, 01:08 PM »
G'day mouser,

 I have the latest version of Progress Bars Of Life (v2.03.00 - May 16, 2014) installed and it asks me for the activation key but there does not seem to be any way to paste it into the program. If I click on the help button I don't get an option to choose 'About', which is were I am informed that I should place the key, as it IS the usual location where other DonationCoder programs will accept their keys, but I am only shown the actual help file for the program.

 I have had it installed for about 2 and a half months and although it is not at this time proving to be very usefull as I don't have many events that I could track with it, I see it as a very potentially usefull item that could and should be developed further (I read on the forum that you yourself were a little taken aback that it hasn't been more widely taken up by the visitors to your site). I have some suggestions for it's development as a general timekeeping utility that I feel could make it a very handy alternative to a full featured P.I.M. including some features that would be a little out of place within a P.I.M. but that sit within the framework of problems/items that could be resolved or simplified within such a program as Progress Bars Of Life appears to potentially be able of becoming.

 I haven't posted regarding this problem till now as I felt it best to let the N.A.N.Y. period and it's workload pass.

P.S: I was the person that you checked as to wether my e-mail address had been used as a registration address very early one morning 2 months ago after either Deozaan or Stephen66515  dragged you to the keyboard after a short respite from being on line. Thank you again for that assistance then, as I was just about to ask that you not be disturbed to do that task but alas, I was too slow and there you were... helping an unknown from the wilds of the internet. Much appreciated. :Thmbsup:

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