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Screenshot Captor / Re: How do you set Auto Print options?
« on: June 26, 2009, 12:34 PM »
In my opinion, no, because it sort of breaks the idea of auto-printing.....there shouldn't be any user interaction required.  For my particular usage, I need to focus on what I am working on and just press the hot key.  (In my case, I develop web apps and sometimes need to navigate around a UI and take screenshots for reference.  You can imagine how tedious that would be if I had to go to a page, then stop and click a button in SSC, then go back and repeat).

In an ideal situation, there would be a button to set autoprint settings that would be separate from the normal (manual) print dialog.  I could even set a different printer.  For example when using autoprint I might want to take a large series of screenshots to be sent to a PDF creator, but normally just print to my laser printer when doing it manually.

But as a minimal solution, it would be nice just for auto print to use the existing print parameters (esp margins).

Thanks for looking at this ;)

Screenshot Captor / How do you set Auto Print options?
« on: June 25, 2009, 12:43 PM »
I need to quickly take screenshots from my browser and send them to Fineprint (which captures prints and spools them into one job).

But the prints are too small.  If I don't use auto print, set the dialog to show after capture, and print, then I can reduce the margins, and it prints fine.  But using auto print seems to always use some default settings other than what I set up. 

I would have thought that auto print would use the same margins/settings as what I created for normal printing from the dialog?

Slidenum is already unchecked.  I am using the small layout, not the large icons.

Also, I had added Program Files to my list.  If I explicitly say 'photoshop.exe' then it will hit.

I was able to get this working by increasing the score for "program files" (I did not remember there being a score assignment there), but then I get a lot of other stuff from that path.  I see now why it was disabled by default in favor of the start menu links.

I guess it is difficult to know how to balance all of this.

Find And Run Robot / General Help and understanding pattern scoring
« on: February 07, 2008, 12:31 PM »
I just installed FARR v2.00.145 as a test to see how it would work for me.  Looks like it could be very useful, but I have a couple of questions.

1) how do I remove the 1 -9 labels for the first nine matches?  I don't use this.

2) I don't understand how to use the pattern scoring.  I mean, I thought I did because it sounded rather straightforward, but I am not sure what values to use.  What are the ranges?
For example, I would like to prioritize .exe to show as the first entries in the list, but if I were to search for 'photosh' no matter what value I put here I never see photoshop.exe.  Instead I see a lnk, a "save as photoshop pdf.exe" and a bunch of other non-exe files with "photosh" somewhere in the name.

My understanding was that all matches for a certain high-value extension would be first in the list?

General Software Discussion / Re: compare text files
« on: November 20, 2007, 12:27 PM »
OK I'll chime in with my 2 cents.

I use Slickedit 2007 (v12) on a daily basis, and have used it since v5.  I also use Beyond Compare, especially in the past year while I have been working on some high-profile web applications.

Slickedit by itself is not a stellar IDE, because it attempts to be generic and as such cannot offer all of the bells and whistles of a dedicated IDE.  (Take Flex Builder for example).  But its real power comes in code manipulation and the macros you can write with its built in C-like language.  I have written macros you wouldn't believe, as well as extending the editor itself with my own functions, forms, dialogs, and text filters (most of the editor's function is exposed in the included macro source).  So I use Slickedit as a pure text editor in conjunction with whatever IDE I am working with (which is why detection of file changes is essential!).  For quick coding, or when I need the code hinting, I will use the IDE, but when I want to really move text around, I go to SE.

But I will disagree with the other person regarding Diffzilla (slickedit's file diff tool).  It is just too simple and, from my experience, awkward when handling UTF8 files.  I gave up on it a long time ago when I discovered BC.

Beyond Compare has been an ABSOLUTE NECESSITY for my work ... I can't tell you how vital it has been when synchronizing hundreds of multilanguage utf8 files in several different code bases.

I cannot speak for Compare It as I have not tried it.  But I will mention that some of the features it offers that BC currently does not have are possibly coming in BC3 (syntax highlighting, inline editing etc).

OK thanks.  I sort of figured things out after tinkering with a couple of new grids.  So it would seem that any formula involving width or height should always have the left and top variables in the formula to establish a baseline offset?

I have more questions:

1) I am having trouble with template cycling.  I created two templates, and placed them in the cycle order, but when I right click to cycle to the next one nothing happens.  The grid goes away, and it seems like gridmove deactivates.   If I then go into the template list, nothing is checked (which explains why nothing happens). 

I assumed this feature would cycle between all listed templates with each right click (and roll around). Note that both templates work if checked individually.

2) The help for that dialog (template cycling) refers to a specific list of templates that are available.  Does this mean only these can be cycled?

3) Why do the items in the list have a comma before and after the list?

I just found this program, very nice for my cluttered desktop.  But now I want to make my own grids...

I must be dense, but I don't understand the geometry of the template files.  What is the difference between MonitorxRight and MonitorxWidth, and likewise, the difference between MonitorxBottom and MonitorxHeight?

If I run dual monitors at 1600x1200, I am assuming the following:

[Monitor1Top] = 0
[Monitor1Left] = 0
[Monitor1Bottom] =1200
[Monitor1Right] =1600
[Monitor1Width] =1600
[Monitor1Height] = 1200

and the same for Monitor 2.  Is this correct?

I run the second display as an extension of the desktop.  Is there ever a situation where Monitor1 represents more than one physical monitor, or is it ALWAYS the primary display?  Same question for the there ever a situation where Monitor1 width would span more than the resolution of the first physical display?

I'm having some problem with this utility...which makes me sad because I really like what it does.

If I press the same cursor key individually in quick succession, the cursor movement gets stuck in an endless loop and continues scrolling without any key being pressed.

I have verified this on two different keyboards on separate computers.  The settings I last used when I saw it were 200, 60, 0.0

It might be a bit tricky to seems that I have to press the same key in quick succession (like 10-12 times) then follow it with briefly holding down the key.

And to the individual who asked about printing page numbers in Fineprint (superboyac), you can easily do this by creating a stationary with the page number in the header or footer.

Thanks biosmonkey, I will go try that out.

Sure.  Note that once you do this, you can control whether you have page numbering for the whole job (ex 1-10) or each job (ex 1-2, 1-3, 1-5) with the "Separate Jobs" option on the layout tab.

I have used Fineprint (and its companion pdfFactory Pro) for several years, and can say that they are well worth their cost.

Let me reiterate a few key points about what makes Fineprint so great.  Some of these have already been mentioned but I just want to restate them for clarity:

* It installs itself as a printer so you can choose to print directly to it or set it as the default printer.  When a print job is sent to it, it pops up with a preview of the job, and at that point you can send it to any physical printer you want, including an extremely convenient checkbox to activate duplexing on-the-fly without having to go into the printer settings dialog.

* Of course the 2-up, 4-up etc features are great.  I like the fact it has a bypass feature to not apply any formatting/margins/etc but you can still use the duplexing option and force different jobs to start on a new sheet (so they don't start on the back of a page for example)

* When you print something to it, and the preview pops up, YOU CAN STILL PRINT JOBS to it.  This is VERY handy if you are browsing the web and want to 'collect' various printouts of things you see.  For example, shopping for computer parts, getting recipes off the web, etc etc.  This is probably the nicest thing about it in my opinion, and when I tried it out long ago this was the feature that totally sold me on it.

* Once the jobs are printed, you can go through the entire job and delete pages you don't want (or undelete them too).

* If you have pdfFactory Pro you can print directly to it from the job preview.

And to the individual who asked about printing page numbers in Fineprint (superboyac), you can easily do this by creating a stationary with the page number in the header or footer.

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