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UK clocks have recently gone back for Daylight Saving time.  My Windows 10 Pro is still showing summer time, not winter time.  I went to Settings > Date & time.  The date is correct.  "Adjust for daylight saving time automatically" was On.  I clicked "Sync now" and had to elevate to Admin (Really?  Just to correct the clock?).  Time server:  Waited and waited while the little dots trudged around.  Eventually, "Time synchronisation failed."  Tried again with "Adjust for daylight saving time automatically" Off, same result.  Tried again with it On, same again...

Please, is there any way to set the clock MANUALLY?

<rjbull seethes with frustration>

e-mail received today, 2020-08-12:

Dear Valued Customer,
This note is to inform you of the upcoming End-of-Sale (EOS) and End-of-Life (EOL) dates for the F-PROT Endpoint Antivirus products.
F-PROT endpoint has had a long and successful history, and we thank you for your support as a Cyren customer. There are many other options in the market for endpoint AV, and Cyren has decided to focus on enterprise solutions. As a result, we can no longer support the F-PROT Endpoint product line.
The following dates will be in effect:
°   1-Aug-2020 - End-of-Sales Date (the product cannot be ordered from Cyren beyond that date)
°   31-July-2021 End-of-Life Date (last data when the product will be supported and signature updates provided)

We thank you for your support and commitment to Cyren and F-PROT.

Cyren team

I presume 'Endpoint' is jargon for individual users.  I used F-PROT for years on DOS and then Windows.  Shame to see it go.



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Sanity check - I received a notification for this, but I haven't tried it.  It's by AMS Software.

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have severely impacted people all over the world. To provide some support during this incredibly difficult time, we’re now offering a 90-day free trial of all the Mac and Windows versions of the whole Affinity suite. We’re also offering a 50% discount for users who would prefer to buy and keep the apps, including iPad versions.

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Living Room / Hotmail hates non-Hotmail: is there a cure?
« on: September 23, 2019, 05:29 PM »
I'm in a photography class, and send photos to the tutor's Hotmail address.  Most of the time my messages end up in her spam folder and she has to move them over manually, despite repeatedly telling Hotmail that my address isn't spam.  Now I hear from a friend who sends lots of emails to members of a club that all the messages that he gets returned as "undeliverable" also have Hotmail addresses.

Has anyone else noticed this?  Is there a cure for it?  And is Hotmail accessible by POP3, or web interface only, as it seemed to be when I tried year or two back?


TED Notepad ChangeLog

This listing describes all major changes between previous versions of TED Notepad. Minor changes that did not affect difference between major versions listed here are omitted.

Version 6.2.1 (Aug 22, 2019)
    + Added: Text Coloring.
    + Added: Grep, Filter lines by Pattern tool.
    + Added: Visually highlight Current Line.
    + Added: Length of the Current Selection shown in the Status bar.
    + Added: Visible newlines based on actual newlines.
    + Added: Visible Tabs.
    * Optimized drawing long lines and lines containing surrogates, composite characters, clusters.
    * Left margin no longer obscures text shifted to the left by horizontal scroll.
    * Added hint to Replace All Abort dialog suggesting Extended Replace tool instead.
    * Changed default value for File size warning setting to 10MiB.
    - Fixed: Undoing all changes makes the document unmodified.
    - Fixed: Unicode and non-unicode version no longer share the same config when storing strings.
    - Fixed: Preventing one file operation to run within another one, e.g. auto-save while loading a document.
    - Fixed: Including an empty file no longer changes current document's newlines.
    - Fixed: Drag-and-drop editing and Right-click on a single-character selection no longer impossible.
    - Fixed: Longer lines were not fully drawn with larger fonts due to limitations in Windows API.
    - Fixed: Default font size, printing font size, and font sizing algorithms, better DPI aware-ness.
    - Fixed: Line lengths are no longer jumping back and forth when selecting lines.
    - Fixed: Resizing window height recalculates potentially changing size of the horizontal scrollbar.
    - Fixed: Horizontal scrolling no longer recalculates horizontal scrollbar.
    - Fixed: Printing leading line tabs with non-zero left page margin.
    - Fixed: Replacing text unnecessarily redrawing following lines.
    - Fixed: Tab size visual extent rendering.
    - Fixed: Replace tool zero-length matching after non-zero-length matches.
    - Fixed: Partial loading of files over 4GB large.
    - Fixed: Partial UTF-8 BOM recognition.
    Changes against version 6.1.1. (Dec 4, 2016)

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Movavi Video Converter

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Movavi Video Editor

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This program includes all the functionality of the standard Video Editor, PLUS some exciting extra features. Use keyframe animation to make titles, stickers, and callouts move around the screen. Explore expanded built-in media collections – you’ll find even more sample video clips, stickers, and music tracks to enhance your video projects.

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Movavi 360 Video Editor

Immerse yourself in the creative process of 360° video editing! Import videos from a panoramic camera, cut and trim the footage on the timeline, and remove unwanted parts. Liven up your 360° movie with atmospheric filters, titles, and transitions, add your choice of music. Save the result on your computer at up to 4K resolution or upload it to YouTube right from the program.

Personal license £59.95
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Movavi Slideshow Maker

Make movies from your photos in no time! Use Easy mode to quickly create a slideshow in three simple steps or work with your photos in a full-featured editor. Add your pictures to the program, link them with stylish transitions, enhance the image quality, upload evocative music, add titles, apply filters and, finally, save your photo movie in any popular format.

Personal license £44.95
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Movavi Photo Editor

Enhance image quality manually or automatically. Fix color balance, reduce visual noise, and bring out textures in pictures. Erase unwanted objects from photos at the click of a mouse. Remove and change out image backgrounds in 3 simple steps. Retouch portraits and airbrush makeup digitally. Crop, flip, rotate, resize and straighten pictures. Remove scratches, stains, bends, dust, and other small defects from old photos.

Personal license £29.95
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Movavi Photo Focus

The perfect tool for adding creative tilt-shift effects during post-processing – and it’s a lot easier than using expensive equipment and complicated settings while shooting. Add a smooth portrait blur or apply the macro tilt-shift filter to miniaturize your shot or experiment with the focus brush for precision blurring.

Personal license £22.95
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Movavi Photo DeNoise

A smart noise reduction app that will help you smooth out grainy pictures that you might otherwise scrap. Use predefined denoise settings to improve the quality of your photos instantly, or tweak the denoise intensity and other noise removal parameters by hand for optimal results. Crop, resize, and straighten your photos, then export them to your desired image format.

Personal license £19.95
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Movavi Screen Recorder Studio

Screen Recorder Studio is an advanced screencasting program which allows you not only to record anything that happens on your screen (video chats, desktop, online video, etc.), but also to create professional-like videos using a full-featured video editor.

Personal license £44.95

Movavi Screen Recorder

Movavi Screen Recorder is a lightweight, easy to use application for creating screencasts. The program allows users to record what's happening on their computer screens. Video tutorials and reports are made by a mouse click.

Personal license £29.95

Movavi Screen Capture Pro

Capture screen and improve workflow with Movavi Screen Capture Pro. Show your colleagues what is happening on your desktop through screen video. Demonstrate errors and bugs on screenshots, add arrows, captions, and frames. Save important video calls and online job interviews. Save time thanks to intuitive interface, fast export, and quick sharing options.

Business license £39.95

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A streamlined game video recorder that lets you capture HD video from PC games at up to 60 fps in YouTube-ready MP4. Record audio from microphone and speakers, add webcam footage to your gameplay videos, save audio and video as separate files for ease of editing.

Personal license £14.95
Business license £59.95

Movavi PowerPoint to Video Converter

Convert Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to video. Save PPT videos for use on portable devices or the web.

Personal license £22.95

Movavi PDF Editor

Movavi PDF Editor presents an all-in-one solution that includes everything you need to edit PDF files. This secure, easy-to-use tool lets you create a PDF from scratch, make any edits including text, images, page order, etc. With Movavi PDF Editor, you can view, update, and print your documents with no fuss.

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Easy Screencast Recorder / Display keystrokes in video?
« on: March 19, 2019, 05:17 PM »
I can't see an option to echo keystrokes to screen and have them captured in the video.  Have I missed it?

Otherwise, please can someone recommend a separate tool to do this?  I've tried those below in conjunction with FastStone Capture rather than ESR, but wasn't happy with any of them, and some are getting a bit old, too:

Automatic Screenshotter / How to capture a transient window?
« on: February 17, 2019, 04:33 PM »
I tried to install the TWAIN driver that came with my scanner.  All I got was a window that flashed up on screen, instantly disappeared before I could read it, and nothing else.  I'm pretty sure it was saying that the driver wasn't compatible with my old Vista, but it would be nice to be certain.

What's the best way to go about capturing such a transient window, please?

Living Room / Durability of USB ports and plugs?
« on: January 10, 2019, 05:11 PM »
Things like microswitches and camera shutters have a rated life of so many actuations.  Is this also true of USB plugs and ports/sockets?

Xycod Ltd. made PostWorkshop Pro, then renamed it PhotoDonut and made it a subscription program.  It's now been acquired by Smith Micro, who have dumped the subscription.  I don't know if they will levy a charge for later versions.  It's currently on 25% off launch offer, with a much better offer for people who registered before.

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By email from Technology Lighthouse:
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Found Deals and Discounts / FREE Affinity Publisher BETA available
« on: August 30, 2018, 04:32 PM »
email from Serif, received 30th August 2018:

** Download the FREE Affinity Publisher beta!

From the earliest days of visualising the Affinity range, we planned an unrivalled trio of sleek, super-modern apps created to work with the latest technology – ultra-fast, with stunning power and completely stripped of bloat.

Today that vision comes a step closer to completion, with the launch of our desktop publishing app Affinity Publisher in a free public beta.

We are still a few months away from the polished retail release, but we’d love for you to try it out and let us know what you think.
Download the FREE beta (https://affinity.ser...;mc=PUBBETALAUNCHE01)

The public beta is free and open to absolutely anyone – you just need a Mac or PC that meets the minimum system requirements (https://affinity.ser...;mc=PUBBETALAUNCHE01) .

What does Affinity Publisher do?

Affinity Publisher is an all-new app which we believe will revolutionise desktop publishing in the same way Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer have shaken up professional photo editing and vector graphic design.

It will have everything you would expect from a pro-end desktop publishing app including advanced typography controls, linked text frames, master pages, facing page spreads, dynamic photo frames, tables, baseline grids, linked resources and end-to-end CMYK.

And uniquely, Affinity Publisher will boast full integration with Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer. You will see buttons to switch to Photo and Designer within the app, though these won’t be activated until later in the beta period.

We’ve also produced some handy tutorial videos to get you started – you’ll find these on our website here (https://affinity.ser...;mc=PUBBETALAUNCHE01) .

What if I spot an issue?

An important thing to remember is this is a beta, so there will still be bugs and areas of the app which are not yet fully polished. We definitely don’t recommend you use it for any important production work just yet.

We’re relying on beta users to let us know what works and what doesn’t, so we’d really appreciate you reporting any issues that you find. Also if there are any features you would like adding, please let us know. Even if we don’t get them in before we release version 1, you can expect plenty of free updates to come, just like with our other apps.

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Download the FREE beta (https://affinity.ser...;mc=PUBBETALAUNCHE01)

We totally understand that not everyone wants to take part in a beta, and many more of you are excited for the full app.

Rest assured we’ll bring you more information about the launch of Affinity Publisher as we get closer. We’re making good progress on the iPad version too, which is set to follow at a later date.

You can keep up to date with our progress, plus everything else we are working on by following us on our socials - Twitter ( , Facebook ( and Instagram ( .

The Affinity Team

The latest news from Affinity!

©2018 Serif, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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email from Serif touting a 30% discount offer on all their 'Affinity' range for Windows, Mac and iOS, valid until 25th July.

  • Affinity Photo photo editing software, offer price £33.99, usually £48.99.
  • Affinity Designer vector graphic design software, same pricing.
  • Affinity Publisher desktop publishing software; NOT YET RELEASED, free public beta before the end of August, sign up to their newsletter to hear when it's available.

Text of email (original was HTML, I have TheBat! set to convert it to text, *down with HTML email*)
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** It’s been an incredible couple of weeks at Serif HQ!

Months of planning, development and collaboration all came together last week as we announced the launch of Affinity Designer for iPad at our very first Affinity Live event, held at our headquarters in Nottingham.

The app was developed with input from a team of over 40 leading professional graphic designers including David Sossella, Ian Barnard, Bob Byrne, Paolo Limoncelli, Tom Ludd and Man-Tsun Tsang and it was a real privilege that some of them travelled a huge distance (from as far away as Hong Kong) to attend our event in person.

If you would like to see how Affinity Live was done (you’ll be amazed by the dramatic transformation of Serif HQ) and watch the keynote presentation made by our Managing Director Ashley Hewson, check out our behind the scenes article (https://affinityspot...amp;mc=AFFNL201807_L) on Affinity Spotlight.

And if you haven’t already taken advantage of our launch offer you can still save 30% on the full cost of Affinity Designer for iPad (https://affinity.ser...amp;mc=AFFNL201807_L) in the App Store until 25 July.

Here’s some more exciting news we would like to share…

** We have a 10.5” iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and Affinity Designer up for grabs

To celebrate the phenomenal response we’ve had to the launch of Affinity Designer for iPad, we’re offering everyone on our mailing list the chance to win an amazing 10.5-inch iPad Pro, loaded with Affinity Designer for iPad. And to make the most of its power and precision, we’re even throwing in an Apple Pencil!

We also have a second prize of a standard iPad, with Affinity Designer up for grabs.*

Here’s how to enter:

Our introductory discount for Affinity Designer for iPad ends in less than a week (25th July) and we would like your help to spread the word. All you need to do is one of the following:

Like our Facebook page ( and either share or comment on this post (https://www.facebook...os/1019965991511578/)

Follow us on Twitter ( and retweet this tweet (

Follow us on Instagram ( and like and comment on this post (

Everyone who does that will be entered into a draw for the chance to win (if you do them all you’ll be entered three times!). You have until 24th July - the day before our discount ends - to share, retweet or comment on our posts. The winners will be contacted via social media and announced shortly after the closing date. So, share away - and good luck!

** We’re currently running a site wide discount!

Alongside our fantastic launch offer we’ve also discounted everything else on our site by up to 30%. This includes Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer for macOS, Windows and iOS and both Workbooks. So, if you were thinking about purchasing one of our award-winning apps or their documentation, there’s never been a better time to buy.

After Wednesday, 25 July all products will go back to full price, so it’s really worth getting your hands on them now to ensure sure you don’t miss out!

Visit our site (https://affinity.ser...amp;mc=AFFNL201807_L)

** We’ve reached one million app sales!

Other momentous news is that we’ve reached one million app sales! It’s incredible to think how far we’ve come since the launch of Affinity Designer on macOS back in 2014.

In just four years we’ve delivered six incredible products (Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo on macOS, Windows and iOS), two stunning workbooks and amassed a plethora of prestigious awards including two coveted Apple Design Awards, a TIPA Best Imaging Software Award and twice we’ve been crowned Apple App of the Year. We’re also incredibly proud to have been voted Application Creator of the Year at the annual Microsoft Developer Awards in May.

It’s been an incredible journey for all of us here and there’s still so much more to come, so stay tuned - our future plans are just as exciting!

** The Affinity Publisher beta is coming very soon

Another exciting announcement made at our live event, is that we are starting a free public beta of Affinity Publisher before the end of August.

The launch of Affinity Publisher will be the final step in realising our ambition of bringing design, photo editing and desktop publishing into one unmatched, cutting-edge creative suite, and as you are signed up to our mailing list you’ll be the first to hear when it’s available!

All the best,
The Affinity Team

*To download Affinity Designer for iPad, winners must already have, or be prepared to create, an account in the App Store. The prizes are not transferable, there is no equivalent cash value, and the decision is final.

The latest news from Affinity!

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Binary Fortress software on summer sale: offer ends Thursday, 5th July.


Personal licenses around half price, even better deals if you buy more than one product.  Good deals on site and enterprise licenses too.

ACDSee Systems photo software semi-annual sale, "Save up to 43% on our top products," until 23d May at noon PT.

Clipboard Help+Spell / Double error
« on: April 08, 2018, 06:34 PM »
I just had a BSOD when CHS's main window was open.  On rebooting and trying to restart CHS, I got this error:

Error EX4 for db file C:\NoInst\ClipboardHelpAndSpell\Database/ClipboardHelpAndSpell : DBISAM Engine Error # 8961 Header information corrupt in the table 'ClipTable'

Clicked OK, then got this:

Clipboard Help+Spell
DBISAM Engine Error # 8961 Header information corrupt in the table 'ClipTable'

CHS is set as Trusted in the firewall (ZoneAlarm Free).  Is there any way back from this corruption, please?

General Software Discussion / Black Hole Organizer updated to v.4.00
« on: January 17, 2017, 05:27 PM »
I had assumed this one had been abandoned, but here is a sign of intended progress;

Black Hole Organizer Version History Version History:

3.30 - 2/21/2012
Initial release of product.

4.00 - 1/4/2017
Version upgrade. Fixed/Corrected many internal issues, updated interface. Prepared internal structure for further updates.

General Software Discussion / TED Notepad, version 6.1.1.beta released
« on: December 06, 2016, 05:57 PM »
A rare update of the excellent small editor TED Notepad:

New release of TED Notepad, version 6.1.1.beta, is available
 at its homepage. See for details.
 What's new in version 6.1.1:
 + Added: Support for IME composing window.
 + Added: Added support for DPI-aware scaling.
 + Added: Push Line Up and Push Line Down for moving lines around.
 + Added: Drag&Drop editing; moving text by mouse is available via both buttons.
 + Added: Setting: Auto-save Untitled documents (into the Temp path).
 + Added: Setting: Store auto-save files in the Temp path instead of current directory.
 + Added: Setting: Store backup files in the Temp path instead of current directory.
 + Added: Setting: Temp path for storing autosave and backup files to, with relative paths support.
 + Added: Setting: Create backup files with hidden attribute.
 + Added: Setting: Create multiple backup files and rotate them.
 + Added: Setting: Warn on loading binary files.
 + Added: Setting: Ignore case in quick Sort tools.
 + Added: Check for Updates and Automatic Check for updates.
 + Added: If there is a new version available, hint is displayed in the StatusBar.
 + Added: Command line parameter: /u Check for Updates.
 + Added: Command line parameter: /l Goto Line accepts negative numbers and works from the end.
 + Added: Command line parameter: /c Goto Offset accepts negative numbers and works from the end.
 + Added: Command line parameter: /s Set Selection accepts negative numbers and works from the end.
 + Added: Command line parameters: /l Goto Line and /c Goto Offset can be used together.

- Fixed: Italics fonts are no longer clipped.
- Fixed: Selection background does not clip nearby characters anymore.
- Fixed: Each tab character now enforces at least some minimum visual extent.
- Fixed: Selected end-of-line extent and visible end-of-line extent were unified.
- Fixed: When switching to another instance of the same document, no unexpected questions are asked.
- Fixed: Message about another instance takes precedence over message about lost auto-save found.
- Fixed: Document is not auto-saved if there are no modifications since last auto-save.
- Fixed: The user is now warned that it is necessary to save recovered document.
- Fixed: Auto-save file was not always removed after successful recovery.
- Fixed: Canceling Revert operation no longer removes current auto-save.
- Fixed: Chosen encoding or code page is no longer reset during Revert.
- Fixed: Overwrite flag is no longer reset during Revert or Re-open.
- Fixed: Creating a new file during loading adds such new file to Recent files.
- Fixed: Relative paths are supported for Template file and are not updated during loading.
- Fixed: Changing current encoding also changes BOM flag to reasonable default.
- Fixed: Default newlines are used upon no newlines in the loaded file.
- Fixed: Default newlines are used upon mixed newlines in the loaded file when No mixed newlines are in force.
- Fixed: Default newlines are used upon mixed newlines in the document if No mixed newlines are turned on.
- Fixed: Lists of available codepages split into categories for easier navigation.
- Fixed: Shift+BackSpace deletes previous character just like a simple BackSpace.
- Fixed: Insert Recently Inserted text was needlessly unavailable sometimes.
- Fixed: Sorted Complete Word dialog was inserting incorrect suggestions.
- Fixed: Right-click menu could appear on a wrong position upon several displays.
- Fixed: Scrolling by mouse via selecting text outside of edit window has been slowed down.
- Fixed: Message is displayed after successful replace and no further occurrences.
- Fixed: Replace tool used empty string upon undefined back-references, instead of skipping such occurrences.
- Fixed: Propper icon recovery while re-starting crashed Windows Explorer.
- Fixed: Keyboard focus was not relinquished properly upon Hide to Tray.
- Fixed: Saving widnows position and/or size and restoring them was reviewed.
- Fixed: Config INI file is only updated upon actual changes in the config data.
- Fixed: Some funky edge cases were fixed in various tools and features.

* Esc key cancels any ongoing mouse operation.
* Right-click can also be used to select text before the Right-click menu appears.
* Paste from clipboard thru Ctrl+Right-click occurs only upon releasing the button.
* Selected lines are slightly accentuated by double-drawing the text.
* ODO meter and Trip meter were added to the Utility info dialog for amusement.
* Overwrite mode menu item added to Options menu for convenience.
* Date/time glue setting moved from the Tools page to the General page.
* Warning is show in the Status Bar upon saving Unicode file with no BOM.
* Document title is always displayed in the taskbar and caption, even if also showing the full file path.
* Stay on Top is saved along with other common options in the Basic Options category.
* Newlines are now decoded in Could not find messages; with a new setting to disable this.
* Progress percentage during re-wrap has been rewritten to give a more linear user experience.
* The .reloc section was removed from executables in a hope all future Windows will accomodate.
* Executable code was moved back to the .text section where it belongs.
* Read-only data was moved back to the .rdata section where it belongs.
* Text storage engine improved to support files with truckload of lines.
* Text storage engine memory usage and general behaviour optimized.
* Edit box behaviour and other code optimized.
* Utf-8 recognition algorithm fortified.
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jsimlo, TED Notepad

General Software Discussion / PTFB Pro Version 5 released
« on: September 28, 2016, 04:28 PM »
As reported in its author's blog and e-mail, a rare major update of PTFB Pro:

PTFB Pro Version 5

PTFB Pro Version 5 Adds Visual Triggers and Command Line Control
Posted on September 4, 2016 by Paul Roberts

PTFB Pro has just received a major update and its brought a lot of new features that our customers have been asking for, including:

1) Visual Triggers

Your macros can now fire automatically when a change is seen in a portion of the target window or the screen. It’s a huge new addition for PTFB, allowing it to react to things that we as humans can readily see (such as changes to text, graphics and color) but which previously it was unable to detect. This new trigger can be fine-tuned in a number of ways, so you can have your macros fire exactly when you need them to.

2) Greatly improved command line control for better integration with Powershell and other script shells

Ever since version 3 it’s been possible to trigger macros via the command line, but version 5 has expanded on this considerably. From the command line you can now:

    Enable/Disable PTFB Pro as a whole, enable/disable a list of macros
    Trigger any number of macros AND pass named parameters through to be used by v5’s newly extended macro actions
    Properly synchronise command line actions thanks to the new /WAIT command line directive

3) Control the clipboard

A new “Set Clipboard” macro action has been added which lets you load literal text, the contents of text files, and even files themselves into the Windows clipboard, for use in subsequent paste operations. This action can take a command line parameter, so you can pass in clipboard content from a script or command shell such as Powershell.

4) Track when a macro was last used, and easily archive little-used macros

I’m not afraid to admit that I have mild hoarding tendencies; when I create a macro or single press for a specific job I rarely delete it. The result is that over time my copies of PTFB Pro have filled up with lots of items that were used heavily for a short time, but have layed dormant ever since. PTFB Pro dutifully loads them into memory and checks them multiple times each second to see if they’re ready to fire automatically; remove them, and PTFB Pro becomes just a little leaner and faster to respond. Version 5 now tracks the most recent usage date/time, and can use this information to disable unused items and/or move them to a specific tab.

5) Instantly test your settings on the “Identifying the Target” page

There can be a learning curve for people who are tailoring a single-press or window-based macro so that it keeps firing even when the target window changes. Version 5 takes the guesswork out of this process by adding a “View Matches” button to the target identification page; press that button, and PTFB Pro will show you exactly which windows match your settings.

I’ll take a closer look at these new features in later posts, but you can try them out yourself right now by getting your copy of v5 from our download page:

Note that because this is a major upgrade it’s only free to people who bought v4 on or after June 1st 2016 (about 90 days prior to the release of v5). Anyone who bought before this date can purchase an upgrade license at a 50% discount. Please visit our upgrades page for more details or just send an email to [email protected] and we’ll send you a free license / discount purchase link  – whichever is appropriate.

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For those who don't know:

What is PTFB Pro?

PTFB Pro’s focus is on dealing with the day to day irritations and interruptions to work flow experienced by Windows users. From attention craving programs that tie an operator to a computer just to 'push a button' every so often, to vital programs that crash while no one is there to notice or restart them.

A couple of mouse clicks and PTFB Pro will make sure you're never troubled by these things again.

How can PTFB Pro Help Me?

    Restore a window’s size, state and position every time it opens.
    Automatically respond to Windows prompts and information requests
    Prevent programs / processes from running at specified times
    Keep vital programs running 24/7
    Restart programs periodically or when not responding
    Run a macro, script or Command Line every time a specific Window, Dialog or Program opens
    Automate Repetitive Tasks
    PTFB Pro for Power Users
    Case Studies
    Make a window stay on top

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