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General Software Discussion / Re: Micro-review: Scapple
« on: April 08, 2014, 03:18 PM »
If you like Scapple, you should try yEd Graph Editor
With yEd, you can also quickly generate high-quality diagrams. You can create diagrams manually or import your external data for analysis.
The best with yEd is the library of automatic layout algorithms to rearrange even very complex diagrams. :Thmbsup:
It is multiplatform and free.

Try it out and tell me if you like it.
More info at yEd main page

Hello Umberto,

you've coded a nice and neat little treemap piece of software I have been waiting for since Spacemonger stopped beeing freeware and became too complicated. It is far more useful than Windirstat since it shows block frames and text. Colors are tasteful and nicely shaded. Almost nothing to improve, except maybe the possibility to:
  • define in the settings the block resolution (and not only by buttons)
  • user defined colors by file types

Cheers,  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Recommend to me the BEST USB stick to get
« on: April 20, 2009, 03:12 PM »
I've been using a Sandisk Cruzer Titanium 4Gb for a couple of years now and it never let me down . The hull is all metal, so no problem having it in your pocket: you can't bend it and can't crush it. Still its shape is smooth so it does not hurt.
Read/write speeds are not the best on the market, but it is still ok for a regular use.

First thing I did on my cruzer was to remove U3 and reformat to FAT. Strangely, I noticed that the read/write speed was faster in FAT than FAT32, so I use it. :)

I renamed the drive in Windows with my name and international cell-phone number. My visit card is also stored at the root of the drive as a vcf file. Should I lose the drive, it's easy to contact me and return it.

I use a portable version of Truecrypt onboard. Most of the 4Gb are occupied by an encrypted file. Mounting this file as a drive is easy. I wrote and compiled the following AHK program that starts with an autorun file:

-*-*-*- Start of code -*-*-*-

Loop, read, MEP.ini
{ if a_index = 1
      PreferredDrive = %A_LoopReadLine%
   if a_index = 2
      PathToTrueCrypt = %A_LoopReadLine%
   if a_index = 3
      PathToVolume = %A_LoopReadLine%
Drives = D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z

IfNotExist, %PreferredDrive%:\
      Drives = %PreferredDrive%
Loop, parse, Drives, `,
    IfNotExist, %A_LoopField%:\
       Run, %PathToTrueCrypt% /q background /l%A_LoopField% /m rm /v "%PathToVolume%"
       TrayTip,, Mounting drive "%A_LoopField%:",10
-*-*-*- End of code -*-*-*-

MEP.ahk should be used together with the file mep.ini that contains:
line 1: the letter of your preferred drive letter to mount the encrypted container file (for example F)
line 2: the absolute path to truecrypt.exe
line 3: the absolute path to the encrypted container file
Running MEP ensures that the encrypted container file is always mounted as drive F. If it is not available, a free drive letter is automatically found as mounting point. That is very convenient when you have many network drives mounted on your system.

That's it for my five cents! :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: GPS and Google earth
« on: December 30, 2008, 01:51 AM »
I do it today with my Nokia cell phone, an E71. I track, record and export to Google Earth my moves with nokia's free Sports Tracker. To find my way around, you could use the built in Nokia Maps but i prefer McGuider 2009 that is imho far superior. Cheers :-)

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: XYplorer File Manager
« on: May 12, 2008, 03:24 AM »
For those eager BETA tester, I post now my Autohotscript script that upgrades automatically XYplorer. Enjoy. :Thmbsup:

;-------------------Start of script-------------------------
ApplicationTitle=Download XYplorer Beta`nCompile 5/1/2007 11:38AM

TrayTip,,Downloading latest XYplorer Beta...
UrlDownloadToFile,, c:\
TrayTip,,Downloading latest XYplorer Beta... DONE!
;MsgBox,1,,Close all instances of XYplorer and upgrade?
;  FileDelete, c:\
;  ExitApp

TrayTip,,Closing XYplorer
loop, 10
if ErrorLevel
   Sleep, 500

; The following line should be changed according to the program you use to unzip your files
TrayTip,,Upgrading XYplorer
RunWait, c:\util\7za.exe e -y -o"C:\Program Files\XYplorer\"  c:\   ;<-------------- you need to change the path to the unzip program

FileDelete, c:\
TrayTip,,Restarting XYplorer
Run, C:\Program Files\XYplorer\XYplorer.exe
Sleep 1000

;-------------------End of script-------------------------

Excellent news Mouser!
I would use Screenshot Captor but the AV (McAffee) on my professional laptop keeps telling me falsly that it has a trojan  >:(. Can't make it right however since I need amin rights to make the changes...

I love MiniCap as it serves 95% of my window capture needs.

However, I would love to be able to put the capture in the clipboard. How hard is it to add?

Cheers  :)

Screenshot Captor / Trojan in Screenshot captor???
« on: March 12, 2008, 03:00 AM »
Bad surprise this morning, my MacAfee AV prog detected the following a generic.dx trojan in screenshotcaptor.exe:
3/12/2008   8:51:48 AM   Borttagen       C:\Program Files\FindAndRunRobot\FindAndRunRobot.exe   C:\PROGRAM FILES\SCREENSHOTCAPTOR\SCREENSHOTCAPTOR.EXE   Generic.dx (Trojan)
3/12/2008   8:51:48 AM   Borttagen       C:\Program Files\FindAndRunRobot\FindAndRunRobot.exe   C:\Program Files\ScreenshotCaptor\ScreenshotCaptor.exe\00558514.EXE   Generic.dx (Trojan)

Something to do with the hacking of the site?  >:(

General Software Discussion / Re: compare text files
« on: November 24, 2007, 01:04 PM »
Hello! Nobody mentioned Araxis Merge. I ahve been using and testing many file compare tools and it presents IMHO the most polished GUI. It  can also be used as a dir synchronizer. :up:

The main drawback is the price tag. :down:

More info at

 :-*My favorite renamer is the freeware LupasRename. It's portable, powerful and simple to use thanks to a well designed interface.
Unfortunately, it is not developed since april 2005. That is not a concern since the code is well polished and the options cover most of a regular user needs.

Check it at

Cheers :Thmbsup:

I found this cool app for Mac OS X and tried to code it in Autohotkey... Here is the link:
It highlights the text you want in any active window as shown in the screen capturebelow:
It is a bit too advanced for me so I post the idea.

Thanks it worked!  :Thmbsup:

Expand my desktop size above my maximum screen resolution?

There are plenty of virtual desktop programs that will give me hundreds of virtual desktops if I want. The problem is that all of them will have a size that is less or equal that the physical size of my LCD screen.
What I need is a virtual desktop that is larger than my LCD screen max resolution (1280x1024). I have been using this feature in Linux/UNIX with Xdesktop, but is there any app for WindowsXP that does the same job?

Cheers,  :)

Word Processor Roundup / Missing in Part 2...
« on: May 16, 2007, 08:46 AM »
The testing and review of word processors is a very tedious work. Such reviews are, unfortunately, too few on the web.

I regret not to see in the review of word processors - Part 2 - the excellent Adobe FrameMaker  :-*. This is a rock-stable processor I used to write my research thesis that integrates perfectly with other Adobe tools and very friendly when sending even huge documents to a desktop printer or an industrial press factory  :Thmbsup:
May be a price tag of about 800USD puts it out of the league of the word processors we heard of?

Finished Programs / Re: Copy-paste with the right text format
« on: May 10, 2007, 11:48 PM »
Here is a link to the AHK source:

Finished Programs / Copy-paste with the right text format
« on: May 10, 2007, 01:16 PM »
Ever had this annoying problem when copy-pasting text? The text you write sometimes looks in the end like a mix of fonts, font size, etc...
Something like : "Show recent posts (full text display). Show recent topics."
You have then to select everything and select your font, font size, etc...  >:(

I have coded an application that cleans your copied text of all format. The text you paste adopts the style of the text already written  :-*
An option permits to remove line-breaks and glues the words that are cut at the end of a line (very useful when copying from a PDF)

This app is coded with Autohotkey and available for download at http://www.autohotke...pboard2PlainText.exe
Right click the tray icon for options.

Ask if you want the original script.

Enjoy!  :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Irfanview4 released
« on: April 30, 2007, 02:06 PM »

I have been using Irfanview in the past but switched to XnView for a couple of years ago. How do they compare today?


isn't it what DelEmpty by Skrommel is for?
BTW, DelEmpty is still mentioned on Skrommel's web page https://www.donation.../Skrommel/index.html but it has been (accidentally?) removed.


Finished Programs / RobocopyScripter
« on: November 16, 2006, 04:12 AM »
I have the following problem:
I have large files located in different directories that I want to copy/move to other directory/directories.
Today, i have to copy/move the files in the following sequential manner:
1a) Goto Dir1
1b) copy/cut file1
1c) Goto Dir2
1d) Paste file1

2a) Goto Dir3
2b) copy/cut file2
2c) Goto Dir4
2d) Paste file2


I think you understand the frustration of waiting for each transfer to be finished to proceed to the next copy/move.

Now I have coded in AutoHotKey an application that takes care of the tedious task above.

This proggy requires robocopy.exe to be located in the script directory or your system common path. Robocopy.exe is part of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools that can be downloaded at
Robocopy is a very robust replacement for copy.exe. It has retries, bandwidth allocation routines and much more... and is designed for internet server operations from a DOS shell.


Drag and drop your dir+files in the list window

The clipboard monitoring options are really useful if you use XYPlorer as file browser:
-use Ctrl+P to send to the clipboard your selected dir + file paths (source monitoring). The whole list will be imported in the file/dir list
-use Ctrl+P to send to the clipboard your actual directory (target folder)

The tray icon proposes several options:
-always on top on/off
-exit when finished
-silent mode

May be I should add shutdown when finished?  :-\

The compiled script is located at

Cheers,  :P

Finished Programs / Advanced GUI for UPX
« on: November 16, 2006, 03:22 AM »
I decided it was time to code a GUI for UPX (Ultimate Packer for eXecutables, when I wanted to compress all possible resources on my USB thumbdrive. I am lazy and did not want to recursively compress by hand the files in the directories of the drive  :)

1. Drop files and directories in the list window. Directories and their sub-directories are searched recursively for files that match the filter.
-> Cool feature: each file is tested for compression when the list is built and uncompressed resources only are checked. This gives the user a good overview of the state of the resources.

2. Compression/Decompression. All options of UPX 2.01 are available. Checking the radio control of decompress checks the compressed resources in the list and uncheck (of course) the non-compressed resources

3. Processing:
-> Cool feature: The status bar shows the progression of the gain of storage space on your drive as the list is processed. Same with decompression, when the gain turns into a loss.
-> Since the UPX process is completely hidden, the status bar indicates if UPX is active or not.

The source is posted at

Cheers!   :D

Living Room / SpeedReader compile 9/13/2006 11:20AM
« on: September 13, 2006, 04:40 AM »
I hope you'll find this new version of SpeedReader more polished than the initial one.
I changed the GUI and provide a slider for the reading speed. Up to 1000 wpm for *VERY* fast readers  :P
The user may select to see 1, 2 or 3 words at a time.


The URLs of the source and the compiled exe are unchanged.



Living Room / Re: Zap reader
« on: September 12, 2006, 03:41 PM »
And now is the time to introduce my Autohotkey version of this cool reading technique. As you'll notice, I slightly improved it. :Thmbsup:

The GUI looks like:

Check the whole story and more pictures at:



One of the best file and folder compare tools that I've found is Araxis Merge.
I've been using it for more than 5 years but still check regularly for competitors. I can not find one, both for file compare or folder compare/synchro.
Everything is visually very intuitive and well thought.  :Thmbsup:

Give it a shot at

File compare:

Folder compare:

Skrommel's Software / Re: DelEmpty: request of 2 new features
« on: May 03, 2006, 07:57 AM »
1) Not really. I mean when I select a source for scanning, I should be presented a list with the latest (5 for example) source of scanning.
2) I am not sure I understood your answer.

Oh, BTW: I reported an important bug in the prog: it does not consider executables are file so their count is 0

Skrommel's Software / DelEmpty: request of 2 new features
« on: May 03, 2006, 12:56 AM »
DelEmpty is a nice program that I primarily use to clean the remaining paths of my Start menu after uninstalling applications.

That's why I would like to see in DelEmpty

1) A history of the directory roots I have been selecting

2) When multiple lines in the search result window are selecetd, clicking on one of the check-box acts on all the check-boxes of the selected lines.

Well done Skrommel! :Thmbsup:

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