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N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 :: Entry Ideas & Requests
« on: November 21, 2010, 12:14 PM »
Request: User-Editable Help Menu

I have always wished there were some way to annotate or add to a program’s Help file, so that I could add my own notes to myself about how to use to program.

For instance, if I discover a quick and easy way to perform some function in my photo editor, I would like to add it right to the program’s  Help menu instead of creating some text file somewhere named “Helpful Hints on using the Photo Editor” and trying to remember to open that file when using that program.

Virtually every program has a Help menu.  Is it possible to create an application that would add a new menu item called 'Notes' to every program’s menu bar, either inside or next to the Help menu?  This new Notes menu would be user editable to let the user add personally helpful information about using the program, for instance, how-to tips and tricks, file naming conventions, file saving location, etc.

If anything like this already exists I would love to know about it. If not, I hope someone thinks it a good enough idea to develop.

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Finished Programs / Re: Move to Parent
« on: November 21, 2010, 11:02 AM »
I've tried installing this utility on Win 7 Home Premium, but can't see that the install is successful.
The MS5 code verifies the downloaded file [ver. September 27, 2010], the install dialog box appears as shown in the first post above. I click the 'Install' button and it changes to 'Uninstall' and I close the dialog by clicking the red X. I open Win Explorer and look in any files context menu for any choice about moving to parent but don't see it.
I reboot and look again but still don't see it. I tried the same procedure with the anti-virus disabled, but same result. What am I doing wrong.

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I have used this same mouse for the last couple of years.
I bought it when I experienced prolonged wrist soreness after using an ordinary mouse.

The best thing about this mouse is the comfort of the hand support that allows complete relaxation of your hand. The wrist soreness has completely disappeared since using this mouse. I adjusted the arm rest of my chair to allow my elbow to rest on the chair as my hand rests on the mouse, letting my arm relax as much as possible.

Unfortunately, because all motion is with the arm and wrist and not with the fingers, this mouse design does not allow for fine control of the cursor on the screen. Also, as you point out, the position and action of the buttons is awkward. The left button especially require a finger press in a horizontal plane, but the natural motion of the index finger is 45 degrees downward. You must make a conscious effect when clicking.

The quality of the mouse in general is disappointing. I had to take it apart and repair it soon after getting it. Inside, a small bit of plastic had been glued to the button to help it reach the switch, but it had fallen off and needed regluing; not what you would expect for 100 USD.

I can not comment on the included software. I remember trying it, but did not find it useful. It might be intended for those with more significant physical impairment.

All in all, this mouse has relieved my wrist pain, so I am grateful for it. I don’t understand why it is so expensive. For my second computer I approximated this mouse design with a Logitech Trackman Wheel Optical trackball by gluing a 35 degree wedge under the left side to roll the wrist outward. It works very well for $30.

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