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Screenshot Captor / ClipArt object rotation is reversed in 3.00.01
« on: February 18, 2012, 02:28 PM »
When I add a clipart object, and then click the little icons to "rotate clockwise" or "rotate counterclockwise", the effect is reversed from what it should be.

I LOVE this program, use it almost daily at work. Thanks for such a fantastic tool!

General Software Discussion / Re: alternative to filehamster?
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:56 PM »
The best freeware alternative I've found is AutoVer, I've been using it for quite a while now and it just simply works as I expected it to.

Select any number of separate folders or folder trees (including sub folders) to watch for changes - each folder tree has its own independent settings
Select straight backup or one of two versioning modes
Select any folder, drive or FTP to backup to (including memory sticks and network drives)
Option to create an initial backup before the automatic backup starts and ensure it is current on every startup
Backups can be checked automatically, at a set time or manually
Restrict which files and folders to include and exclude (by file mask) & maximum size
Change the versioning date/time stamp format and versioning rate.
Zip or delete old versions after a specified time (or just keep storing the files)
Optionally delete backup files on original file deletion permanently or to the Recycle Bin
Fault tolerance in case your backup folder/drive goes off line or source files are locked. Drives re-sync'ed when they come online
MS Office, Visual Studio plus many others supported (temp file creation, delete then rename is treated as original file change)
Backup file & version explorer included
Open backups or file versions directly (file extensions are preserved) or via inbuilt explorer
Compare file versions (using an external application)
Restore file versions one at a time or all at once via inbuilt explorer or manually
Run a program on each file change so you can encode, resize or do anything to the file - just use AutoVer for the change detection
Runs discretely in the Windows System Tray & and can be 100% portable (AutoVer can be installed on removable media)
x86/x32 (32 bit) and x64 (64 bit) support (Windows 2000 to Windows 7+)

 AutoVer is FREEWARE. If you find this product useful, please consider making a small  donation to continue its development.

Yawcam features:
 .: Video streaming
 .: Image snapshots
 .: Built-in webserver
 .: Motion detection
 .: Ftp-upload
 .: Text and image overlays
 .: Password protection
 .: Online announcements for communities
 .: Scheduler for online time
 .: Time lapse movies
 .: Run as a Windows service
 .: Multi languages

General Software Discussion / Re: Software to share To-Do lists?
« on: July 15, 2011, 01:01 AM »
I've been using the web based Toodledo site and have been very happy with it.

I've been using this nifty free tool from RJLSoftware to do exactly what you're asking. It's called "TreeCopy"   
From the authors site:

Have you ever needed to copy a directory structure without copying the files? TreeCopy now makes this possible. Our small program will allow you to select the "from directory" and "into directory", and it will proceed to copy ONLY the directory structure. The utility is bundled with functionality such as a command line interface, calculate directories, Windows XP look and feel and much, much more!TreeCopy is a free download, so try it out.

oops, sorry, I see you've already found this one. Guess I should read the whole thread before posting..

Another vote here for PDF XChange Viewer (http://www.docu-trac...ge_Tools/pdfx_viewer). I uninstalled the bloated Adobe Reader and use this one now. I use the free version, which comes with a fantastic set of annotation tools built in that you can do markups with. Lines, arrows, shapes, stamps, highlight, strikeout, etc..  I use these a lot when corresponding with coworkers and find them to be very useful. It's also lightweight and loads up quickly.

Thank you Skrommel, that's excellent. That loop is a bit tricky, I definitely wouldn't have been able to come up with it. I forgot about this ask till tonight and was excited to see your solution posted here when I arrived back at this thread. It also got me back looking into AHK scripting, I've really got to find the time to get into this more, it's such a great tool. I made a few tweaks and added an output listing and repost it here. Thanks again!
; 1/31/09 authored by Skrommel (Very Nice, Thank You!)
; 3/06/09 fhayes
;         build and display list of changed dirs when program completes
;         improved error handling

; Set folder modifed date/time to most recently modified file it contains.
; user selects the top of the folder tree to be processed
; only files in the immediate folder being processed effect that folders timestamp decision
; all subfolder in the tree are processed as well
; To run, save this script as MostRecent.ahk, and install AutoHotkey from
;Skrommel @ 2009


FileSelectFolder,folder,*C:\,3,Select a folder to change the date/time of
if ErrorLevel
  MsgBox,,,No folder selected,1
  changelist := TRAVERSE(folder)
  header = ** press Control-C to copy this text to the clipboard **`n`n
  MsgBox,,List of updated directory timestamps,%header%%changelist%

  static filelist = ""
  Loop,%folder%\*.*,1,0               ;include all files and folders, no recursion
    IfInString,A_LoopFileAttrib,D             ;is this a directory
    If (childrecent>mostrecent)
    If (A_LoopFileTimeModified>mostrecent)
  FileSetTime,%mostrecent%,%folder%,M,2,0 ;time modified,only folders,no recursion
  FormatTime, TimeString, %mostrecent%, MM/dd/yyyy hh:mm tt
  If (mostrecent<>0)                      ;if dir is not empty
    filelist = %filelist%%TimeString%`t%folder%`n  ;add to list
  Return (filelist)

General Software Discussion / Re: What's your mouse of choice?
« on: March 05, 2009, 06:26 PM »
I love my Logitech LX7 cordless optical. Very smooth and comfortable design. The programmable tilt wheel makes web navigating so much easier, I really miss it when I'm at work.

probably would be best to timestamp check just the files within the folder being viewed. Then when trying to figure out whats different across two dir trees you would know that if the folder dates differ, that the files that differ are at the next level down. This algorithm would then recurse down any discovered subdirectories checking their times to the times of the files found within them. Basically "fixing" the "broken" dates on the entire folder tree.

When trying to keep directory trees in sync between local disks and network drives, it is confusing when some of the folder dates get changed by the move/copy operation. FileSync tools may ignore this but unfortunately my brain does not.
When looking at the source and destination directories I'd like the folder 'modified' date/time to reflect the most recently 'modified' file within that folder (tree). If the folder contains subfolders then it would be nice if it walked down the directory tree recursively modifying subdirectory timestamps and taking care of the entire tree. (Only the 'modified' timestamp would be altered)

General Software Discussion / Re: POP Mail checker
« on: October 08, 2008, 10:05 PM »
I've been using PopTray to keep an eye on 4 different accounts and its worked great for me. Includes simple "rules" processing as well.

Find And Run Robot / Re: stalls during 'search history'
« on: July 28, 2008, 10:06 PM »
I see the same "stalling" behaviour, and process explorer shows me it AVG 8 (Grrr...).  I've added an exception to AVG's resident scanner as C:\Program Files\FindAndRunRobot\ but it's still scanning and causing FARR to pause.  Any ideas how to get AVG to stop it?

Living Room / Re: Home Network Recommendations?
« on: April 24, 2008, 10:45 PM »
As mwb1100 mentioned, I was also having a lot of problems with my WRT54G locking up occasionally (actually way too often). After flashing the "DD-WRT micro" firmware into it, mine has been performing flawlessly as well.  I highly recommend it, the VxWorks firmware that LinkSys has gone over to is garbage.  Just remember that there is a small risk of "bricking" your router if you don't do a little homework first and follow directions exactly when flashing alternate firmware.  It's a good idea to have a backup router so if your main box dies you're home network isn't down while you rush out to buy a replacement (I just picked up a wireless/wired TP-Link TL-WR340G off ebay, they're going for $20 and seem quite capable). Also if you're going to put all your files on a central server, figure out what your file backup strategy will be up front so that you can plan your hardware accordingly, hard drive space is so cheap nowadays. I've been using SyncBackSE to cross backup critical directories from each machine to one of the other 3 machines on the network, that way if a drive or motherboard dies the files are instantly available on another pc.  This combination of things has worked well for my home network, without having to spend much $, and with nearly 100% up-time.

General Software Discussion / Re: 45 best Freeware Design programs
« on: March 22, 2008, 01:25 AM »
For making measurements on the screen and getting sizes of things I really like Meazure 2.0.  Lots of features and customizable, I use the angle measure tool a lot.  Much more versatile than Pmeter or Jruler.

Living Room / Re: The SSL certificate industry is a messy business
« on: February 22, 2008, 05:02 PM »
We also use RapidSSL for our home based business here and I have been very happy with them.  At you can get it for only  $15/year. The whole process of getting and installing it was hassle free.

I've been using Davidrm's "The Journal" for years at work to keep a daily log of my activities and have been extremely happy with it.  It supports not only plain text but embedded object, images, tables, etc..  The search feature is nicely implemented as well.  A littly pricey at $40 but worth it.  On another note, for those of you who like "Keynote", I recently discovered this little freeware gem called "SeoNote" (  Very similar UI to Keynote but with more functionality, even has import/export to Keynote 1.6.5, check it out. 

I've been using JBidWatcher and I love it. Best of all it's FREE  :up:
It has user definable tabs to keep track of different auction groups (either in progress or completed). The sniping feature works very well. The user interface is lightweight, easy to navigate and customizable. Time Sync with Ebay servers. Can set up a table of multiple searches, each of which can be scheduled as either one time or on a repeat timer. 

The author states at the bottom of the home page "Unlike other bid management software, it is EXTREMELY flexible in its formatting, which has let it survive with virtually no changes to the web-page extraction code over the last two years of eBay's constant fluctuation of formatting.

This has been a source of frustration for me using other tools, and I am impressed that JBidWatcher has worked so well for me for so long without any bugs or problems that I've seen. I'm not usually a fan of Java programs, but this one has been a winner for me.
Check it out..

Thank you so much app for pointing this site out to me, I've found it to be just the inspiration that I've been looking for to help get out of the rut that I feel I've been in lately, and to make some major improvements in my lifestyle.  Highly recommend for anyone looking to do more positive things in and with their life.  :Thmbsup:

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