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You didn't tell a) if there is anything else that you must move together with the video "..timelapse.mp4" file. Nor did you tell b) if the new folder name must be same as the old.

If a=nothing, and b=unimportant, then just type timelapse in the search box, mark all the search results, and right-click one, and click send to FileNanny. It will not move the folders, but the files. But a new folder will be created.

If you need is more advanced, I cannot help you.

Curt, get these questions all the time ... ;)

Some clarification:

We need to find the folders that contain a file type with a certain file name.

We need to move that group of folders (that contain our search terms) and all their contents to a new parent folder.

In this case, FileNanny is not quite right for the job since it's moving selected files *out* of the existing the folders, where we need the existing folder and all it's contents.

Everyone here can name excellent search / file management tools that can do nearly anything with files ... But the options for working with folders and folder contents - like I've described - seem pretty limited. Btw, I'm no genius with regex but surely it would be possible to cook up something.

If this can be done in Explorer in Win7 - via advanced syntax mojo - then it's just a case of selecting the folders produced in the search results and manually dropping them into a new folder. That would be my preference - no need to call up another tool for the job.

Otherwise, yes, an AHK thingy could automate the entire the process, including creating and naming a new destination folder.

Hope everyone is clear about the process now ...


Here is what I need to do:

There are x number of sub-folders in a dir named "_process".
Some of these "_process" folders contain a HD mp4 file (output from video editor).

What would be the search syntax for Explorer Win7 to produce a list of folders (not files!) that contain *.mp4 files that also have "timelapse" as part of file name?

I simply need to drag / move all these folders (that contain these specific mp4 files) into a new folder.

If no go there, can someone suggest a easy to use portable search / file management tool for the job?


General Software Discussion / Re: Plain text editor for writers
« on: January 20, 2008, 08:07 AM »
I like Q10 a lot but there doesn't seem to be a separate page online that lists the shortcuts. I was expecting Esc to exit but it's Ctrl +Q instead. For first time use Ctrl + P = settings where you can adjust background colour, font, sounds etc. This is a very nice app for writing.

For F1 key issues check here:

Then you get to work on your 30 day novel ...

Too bad I can't fill out the contact form: the captcha image is never shown.
OK here using Moz. If the characters appear chopped off simply refresh the captcha until you see something sensible.

Add this for the list:
Techbeta is a site focussed on tech news, and freeware/open source software for Windows, Mac OS X, Pocket PC and Linux.

It's that simple.

As someone who has some insight into Opera, I can tell you that the wishlist is read, and valid wishes are added to their internal feature tracking list. But Opera has some clear development principles they are pretty clear about (no API for a whole raft of reasons)...
That's got me curious about Opera's business plan. I've always had the impression that Opera has aimed - almost from day one - to be a significant player in the mobile arena. That would mean that the desktop browser becomes the first step for testing out ideas which can be taken into products for mobiles, UMPCs etc. A reasonable assessment? (I'd be petitioning for greater community input for mobile products.)

This isn't such a bad list of partnerships in a highly competitive market ...

PS: If you are curious about the financial reports all income and expenses are listed as TNOK which is in NOK (Norwegian Kroner). Not sure what "T" stands for ... Total / before Tax ? (Norwegian accountants speak up!).

Thanks for the tip!

This was also useful too:

General Software Discussion / Re: RAM Use Pie Chart?
« on: December 02, 2007, 01:49 AM »
Hi Ralf,

I've seen something, somewhere that does this ... I don't have much time dig around but you could try:

1) search: "data visualization, RAM usage, Intel"
and play the search terms. You might get lucky.
Treemaps are all the rage - another option instead of Ye Olde Pie Charte. ;)

2) Quizz Russinovich  & Co @ the PE forum.

Could be interesting as an add-on.

Would be interested myself to demonstrate to my clients CPU + RAM usage in simple to understand pictures the sins of bad JAVA etc. Wishing you luck.

General Review Discussion / Re: Best spreadsheet
« on: November 30, 2007, 09:08 AM »
SoftMaker is very good and solidly designed. They now have a USB version as well.

Another strong candidate for top spreadsheet is Quantrix:

Take the tour - if you find it gets a bit tedious after a few mins you can hop through the modules and see how it works.

Read about the key concepts behind the design:

This is one of most interesting office apps I've seen for quite some time. Very refreshing to use after Excel.

Another vote for Ace Money - very good for personal finances - not too complex to use, either.

Love Thy Spreadsheet. Aside from the good tips mentioned here, if you can get into the habit of using spreadsheets everyday (for both personal and work income / bills / planning etc) and learn some of the formulas this can really help in awareness of your spending and acknowledging how you use money.

As for soul food, if you are hunting for something that goes a little deeper, I highly recommend:
The Secret Life of Money - Tad Crawford

It's one a handful of books which 1) educates about the history and symbolism of money 2) makes you reflect on your own relationship with it and 3) it's well written.

Btw, I don't have a credit card. Only debit cards. It's tough some of the time, but in terms of enforced saving it bloody well works alright! :)

Interesting to see that good old Foobar has an updated GUI, which looks rather familiar:


It's a great alternative - light weight, no rubbish, offers a fast way to preview audio libraries, easy to hook up to pro sound cards etc. V.good basis for a DIY media centre.

For portable devices there are now lots of nifty Open Source options ... just hit Google / Quintura / Clusty ...


KAV v6.0 has turned out to be rather good. In advanced mode it offers a feature that intercepts registry entries (could be a bit annoying for general use). It also has much improved live scanning of downloads, SSL connections and email. The first releases of v6.0 did have a number of bugs which seem to have been ironed out now. My basic reason for using KAV is that I work at lot with multimedia content so I need something that is relatively light weight in the CPU dept. easy to turn off/on and efficient.

Look n Stop has been my FW of choice since it was first released. I've looked at a few others but I like this the best. It's small, does it's job well and has an effective rule set. You might need to take some time and learn about how to make best use of the settings but it's well worth the effort.


General Software Discussion / Re: Detecting RootKits
« on: July 08, 2007, 10:34 PM »
I love the maverick attitude in the RkUnhook help file. ;)

General Software Discussion / Re: Audio Editors?
« on: July 08, 2007, 02:29 AM »
For a great article on doing noise reduction yourself, check out this link to DV magazine:

You may need to register (for free) to view it, but it's definitely info that's worth your time.
The article is really aimed for video post and is a little out of date - but it's still a useful reference. As you can see Cedar - which is used a lot in audio archiving - starts at over $ 5000.

OK, it looks like a good time to time to start a survey / mini-review ...

Algorithmix (German company) make expensive hi-end products but they also have Sound Laundry:

Sound Laundry has been around for a few years and I don't think it's been updated recently. It works as a stand alone modular system.

You can read about their flagship products here: [ dongle & lots of Euros required ]

While we are on the proverbial autobahn, Magix offer the MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 11:

From my own audio snob POV, it's basically is consumer 'toy" version of the some of the in-built NR and FX features found in their DAWs - Samplitude and Sequoia.

Voxengo Redunoise:

This is quite similar to the NR plugin in Sony's Sound Forge. It samples the audio and makes a "noise print" which is used as the basis for cleaning the audio.

Virtos is having a 50 % off sale:

I think Virtos is pretty effective in comparison to Sound Forge, Sound Soap, Voxengo etc. and is certainly great value for what you get, esp. if you went with the Noise Wizard bundle.

In NR there is something to remember. The more you remove the more you'll find. You have to know when to stop. The less the better.

General Software Discussion / Re: Audio Editors?
« on: July 04, 2007, 05:15 AM »
Do these free software above help to remove the buzzing "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz" sounds from my cassette tape recordings?
You're looking for NR (noise reduction). Can't think of any freeware that has effective NR ... But search: noise reduction, VST plugin, freeware. Search here as well:

NR is often a trade off - you can reduce noise but the over-all sound can become lifeless and well .. . pretty crappy. This is why hi-end professional NR products are so expensive ($ 1000 +). The results can be almost transparent but you pay a premium.

For cheaper NR products it's best to use them in small amounts, just to take the edge of any annoying noises / buzzes / clicks. There are other editing tricks with EQ etc - but you'll find that out later.

You could try Acon - it has some in-built tools for what you want to do. [ shareware ]

If you like the program, then check out their forum for more tips.

OK - now I'm with you re: error correction etc. Plextor drives in combo with PlexTools is generally considered one of the better solutions. I agree - this whole hw and firmware game changes every few months so you have to be alert to what you actually purchasing - esp from a "trusted brand" like Plextor. Yet more search/forum/review fun ...

If the dB ripper only rips per track then it's not much use for me. But I'll test it out, all the same.

(Carol - apologies for this slightly OT discussion.)

Carol - interesting what you discovered with RM. I love it so much (not) that I'd willingly convert the lot to wav. ;D

But sand boxed / virtualized this looks good for fast dice 'n slice of net radio interviews (just bumped into a couple hiding in a corner of drive).

f0dder - I'll try out the dB ripper. I've used EAC for audio archiving and compiling ref discs and never had a problem using the highest settings (which can be slow going on some material). Scratched / new / "clever-clever encoded " - all fine. Are you saying that choice of CD drive could be a problem?

General Software Discussion / Re: Audio Editors?
« on: July 03, 2007, 12:06 PM »
If you wanted to experiment with some no-install freeware apps you could start here:

You might find something to your liking.

I recommend Reaper simply because a lot of the basic issues that plague some of these other apps (file support bugs, crashes with large files etc) were ironed out early in the beta stages. At the end of the day, if the music matters a fully functional shareware solution might be more sensible.

fOdder - have you used EAC?

There is hope for those scratched CDs.  :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Audio Editors?
« on: July 03, 2007, 08:46 AM »
REAPER is uncrippled unexpiring shareware

It says wot it meenz.  :P

Carol - If you want to avoid RM Weld and a few thousand registry entries then Hirudin is right - covert to *.wav. Besides, it's much easier to edit de-compressed material.

dBpoweramp Music Converter is the one to get. [ free ]

The codecs here:

Features a right click context menu - makes it all so easy-peasy. ;)


General Software Discussion / Re: Audio Editors?
« on: July 03, 2007, 08:20 AM »
In the beginning Audacity was a great project simply because it was the first cross platform free audio editor out there. For a time it was very popular in educational facilities as kind of "training wheels" for music recording. But it's development has slowed to snail pace.

A much better option is something like Reaper developed by Justin Frankel of Winamp fame.

Reaper is a small but very powerful audio production tool. For what you want to do I think you'll find it's fast and easy to use. The forum is very helpful (if you aren't experienced with audio editing they can offer lots of good tips).

There are also tons of good free VST plugins out there that can help clean up / enhance your sound. The forum has threads dedicated to the best freebies.

Yep. it's shareware but moderately priced. You can use it for free (you'll just have to put up with the reminders)


General Software Discussion / Re: A question about DRM
« on: July 03, 2007, 07:59 AM »
Possibly DVD Fab Platinum could handle it - you could try it.

Another option is to try a transcoder such as SUPER.

General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic Reg Key Backup
« on: June 22, 2007, 09:04 AM »
Some other options ... (not necessarily auto)


Fab and simple tools. @ Detailed Information - there's a very good explanation of the registry, it's (de)evolution etc (the bane of our virtual lives)

Registry Workshop and JV16 are more advanced reg edit tools with various export and backup options. Both are excellent.



For stop motion / still image sequencing one of the better apps for this kind of thing is Picture To Exe. You can build a sequence of images and save as video (various format options which you'll see).

Worth well purchasing - helpful forum and committed developer (Igor). Compared to Photodex ProShow Producer (similar electronic slide show / presentation software) this is a bargain and much more compact and efficient to use. I've also used with it Scribus to make professional presentations with great success.

Note the new version 5.00 is still a beta but has a number of new features including zoom / pan etc. Best on a recent model computer with good graphics. Read more in the forum:

The other option is to use IrfanView to make a slide show and build a stand alone exe. The hot key is [ W ] to get started. Adjust Slide Advancement to Automatic, about 0.150 secs is good for stop motion.


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