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The creator of xplorer2 just released DeskRule, a new desktop search tool. The bottom of the product page has a comparison to Windows Search, Everything, Filelocator Pro, X1 Search, and Copernic. After the free trial, it costs $40.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Surfulater at BdJ today ($39.50)
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:49 PM »
Neville just announced the alpha release of Surfulater NextGen.

General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager
« on: February 01, 2014, 04:12 PM »
Deping has taken us into Android territory.

I want to echo the love for Samba Filesharing. I rooted my phone for the sole purpose of being able to use Dopus to copy files over wifi from my PC to my phone. KitKat complicated things and requires using a patched apk from SFS's xda forum, but I found it well worth it.

General Software Discussion / Re: Linkman 8.80 released
« on: December 27, 2013, 03:25 AM »
The BDJ deal is here now, December 27. I just got it and paid an additional $7.49 for lifetime updates.

General Software Discussion / Re: The Non-Notepad(MS) Thread!
« on: July 09, 2013, 05:00 PM »
I love Notepad2-mod but its lack of support for document tabs breaks my heart and has led me to start looking at alternatives. No decision yet....

General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager
« on: October 22, 2012, 10:46 AM »
Ivan's apparently offering a 50% discount on Desk & Archive through the end of October.

I've tried dozens of themes over the years but have always stuck with b0se Classic Final v2. I've found nothing easier on the eyes than the Ergonomic variation.

I run into something simple like the inability to open a zip archive as a folder and I am back in TC again :-[.
After reading about DOpus & XYplorer for years, I finally took advantage of the DC discount last month and bought XYplorer. I've been using Powerdesk for ten years, and in the last few years have tried out and quickly abandoned dozens of file managers, sticking with Powerdesk.

I guess I should have tried out XYplorer before buying it, but I wanted to cut through the procrastination and so I took a leap of faith. I was flabbergasted to quickly find out that XYplorer can't open a zip file as a file folder--countless other file managers can do this, including Powerdesk and many other free ones. To add to my dismay, when I brought this up in the XYplorer forum, DonL made it clear that he doesn't think this is an important feature to add, despite the fact that it's one of the most-requested features.

I work with zip files a lot and have become habituated to working with them in my file manager. I find the idea of having to use a separate archive manager after having just spent what is for me a lot of $ on a file manager to be really distasteful. For now at least, I'm back to Powerdesk.

You might also want to check out Default Programs Editor:


    * File Type Settings:
          o Add, Edit, and Delete context menu items
          o Edit file type information (such as icon and description)
          o Change an extension's associated file type
    * Autoplay Settings:
          o Add, Edit, and Delete autoplay handler programs
          o Change which autoplay options are available for any media type
          o Change the default autoplay handler
    * Default Programs Settings:
          o Add or Remove default associations (possible to check, but not un-check, in Windows)
    * Additional Features:
          o Disable the "Search web for unknown extension" dialog
          o Standalone utility, or install as a Control Panel applet
          o Make direct changes to the system registry, or export edits as .reg files
          o Designed for Vista and Windows 7 with UAC support

General Software Discussion / Re: save images from ebay?
« on: June 06, 2010, 04:29 PM »
If you're using Firefox, try eBay - Item Description - Save Enlarged Pix.

General Software Discussion / Re: Alternatives to Daemon Tools?
« on: April 13, 2010, 02:06 PM »
FWIW, a portable solution is Microsoft's Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel. It's old & clunky, and only supports a few formats, but I've used it several times and it works.

I found this to be a good guide to using it, and it includes the download link.

General Software Discussion / Re: save ebay auctions webpages
« on: April 07, 2010, 11:43 AM »
Innuendo, thanks for the tip. I researched the MAF add-on and it looks good!

General Software Discussion / Re: save ebay auctions webpages
« on: April 05, 2010, 11:03 PM »
I've been saving ebay pages to MHT for years using the UnMHT addon for Firefox.

I'm glad to see this thread. I've been using KeyNote for years, but I'm in one my periods where I'm itching for something else.

My minimum requirement for a tree-based outliner is that it have tabs--there's no way I want all of the half-dozen totally different topics I track in one big tree.

I tried TreeDBNotes when it first came out years ago, but my outline file got corrupted after a few weeks of use. I also recall that the file was encrypted or in some binary format that prevented me from recovering the uncorrupted data.

Anyone thinking of moving from KeyNote to something else might be interested in ABC Amber KeyNote Converter, which I just discovered last week but haven't tried yet.


Wow! Brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing the fruits of your labor with us!

I just followed your instructions and they worked perfectly. The one thing I would add is to make sure in the Browsers options to select Mozilla as the preferred browser.

Keep an eye out for some DonationCredits. Thanks a million!!!


General Software Discussion / Re: video editing software
« on: September 14, 2009, 07:20 PM »
AviDemux along with ffmpeg or mencoder is an excellent, free, solution.

I second Ehtyar! Avidemux is not only free, but open-source as well.

MuldeR has a Windows build, screenshots, links to guides/tutorials, and this info:

Avidemux supports a great number of file types, including AVI, MPEG, MP4/MOV, OGM, ASF/WMV, MKV and FLV.
It also provides a great number of video filters, e.g. resize, deinterlace, IVTC, sharpen and denoise.
Furthermore Avidemux ships with various encoders built-in, such as x264, Xvid, LAME, TwoLAME and Aften.

- besides, both IE7Pro and Orbit are for Internet Explorer,
not for Firefox which patteo is using ;-)

I've been using Orbit with Firefox contentedly for years, with around a 95% success rate in downloading what I ask it to.

The latest version floats a GetIt button next to streaming media embedded on a web page.

For the record, it does have a couple annoying traits:

1. Every time it upgrades it recreates its start menu program group that I keep deleting.
2. The latest upgrade hijacked my 404 page without asking, and I had to go into the settings to undo it.


What a great concept, and so well articulated!

I've been collecting bookmarks for "virtual" or "tagging" file managers but haven't had the time yet to really investigate them. For what little it may be worth, here's my list of apps not already mentioned:


Thanks for the food for thought!

Powerfox, I apologize for not replying yet to your private message asking me to share my experience with this. I'm crazy busy with work right now, but I'll dig out my notes and post them in the next week or two for the benefit of you and anyone else who may be interested.

Alright, since we're piling on....

Steven, when I first read one of your posts a few months ago (maybe in the note-taking thread?), I thought "Wow, what a detailed, thoughtful, helpful, post! Who is this guy?" I've continued since then to enjoy reading a good number of your posts. Many thanks!

cyberdiva & Steven,

Many thanks for sharing your experiences with Linkman. I just installed it, imported my Powermarks, and tweaked the interface.

However, I hit a brick wall looking for a way to display a list of all of my keywords the way Powermarks displays what it calls a dictionary. Do you know if Linkman can do this? If not, I don't see myself using it.

Steven, I use my AutoHotkey script every day and it (usually!) works fine. I'm sorry it didn't work for you, but your switch to Linkman seems to have made that moot.

General Software Discussion / Re: SideSlide...does anyone use this?
« on: December 02, 2008, 06:07 PM »
I just discovered this thread in the newsletter.

Although I haven't used SideSlide yet, I do have it on my short list of programs to check out. I came across it a few months ago while looking for launchers. Even though I'm pretty happy with Rocketdock & KKMenu, every now and then I get that itch to see if there's something better.

Mouser, thanks for the update! I tried LBC last year but stuck with RocketDock; now I'll take a close look again.

FYI, LBC's home page says that the current version's date is Nov 03, 2007 instead of 2008.

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We're looking for a few good AutoHotkey coders interested in contributing to open-source projects to be developed and distributed right here at Lifehacker. If you're interested, join the newly minted Lifehacker Coders Google Group and let's hammer out some details.

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