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PublicDomainVic / Re: Keep icons arranged in a folder
« on: May 13, 2022, 04:05 PM »
What an interesting application.    It would be helpful in order to implement a “folder contents”  kanban board. Take a snapshot of where you are, and then restore that snapshot.  Last year I played around with focalboard (open source) when I needed a kanban board for a project.

I see. I had assumed that since you were sharing the promotion you liked it. I appreciate your sharing your issues with the UI.  I also noticed that it can do searched on removable  media which was attractive.
It seems like a powerful program. 

I am curious if anyone is using Deskrule?  It looks like it can search the contents of a file and has numerous plugins that allow a quick preview (I think- have not tried them)

I have been using filelocator.

PublicDomainVic / Re: Monthly releases, network [+Patreon]
« on: April 26, 2022, 03:34 PM »
This is really impressive. 

This app was inspired by both your random sound application and also your random sample application.

It makes sense to me for the spreadsheet/notes entry GUI to also control some of the actions so I am calling it the Action/Spreadsheet Entry GUI for the sake of this description.  So I guess that means there would be two parts of the GUI. The action/selection part and then the notes/entry part.

User Experience:  The Action/Spreadsheet Entry GUI pops up at user defined intervals/random intervals that allows user to select from a number of pre-loaded files from watch folder(s) similar to the Random Sample App.
-A hotkey/button can postpone the Action/Spreadsheet Entry GUI.
-A hotkey/button can re-populate the list.
-A hotkey/button to select from favorite folders.
-A hotkey/button to open spreadsheet
-Clicking on a file from the pre-load list will open that file and pull date/time and file information into the entry part of the GUI.
-Right clicking on file takes you to file location.

The entry portion of the GUI would provide a place to enter notes alongside the date, time and file name. I am imagining it having several fields.   Being able to edit the text that the app enters would be helpful to correct or clarify entries.

-Set watch folder(s) for application to open/play.
-Set random intervals
-Set Postpone GUI time
-Set file selection bypass (just opens a random file without the pre-load/without entry)
-Set how many random files to “pre-load” in GUI. (like random sample app).   
-Set what file information, time, date etc is pulled into spreadsheet entry.
-Set save location for spreadsheet.
-Set hotkeys for app if that is possible. (launch, postpone file)
-Set file extensions (and maybe application to open file)
I am trying to imagine how the spreadsheet entry will work.  I am not sure if you had ideas about how you would do this.

Other thoughts:
-I am not sure if it would be possible for the user to define some short text entries in the settings, that could then be selected from a drop down menu for the spreadsheet entry.
-Move file to a different folder after it has been loaded.
-Setting to remember last location GUI opened on desktop
I am assuming that the files would be opened using Window’s default application associated with the file type, however, it could be helpful to set what program is used to open a file.  Then the faster program could be used if the default application is slower to load.  This also means that work in that default application at the time of launch is not affected.

That is all.  As I mentioned to you, this was inspired by your random sound and your random sample app.  I certainly will understand if any of this just is not possible or within the scope of what you want to take on.   

Hi! RandomFilesApp pledged @

Stay tuned for first ALPHAS, on its own thread :up:
-publicdomain (April 16, 2022, 12:42 AM)

Thats great. I have been thinking about this.  I can share the thoughts in the thread as soon as I see it.  I am  assuming you want to create it.

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« on: April 14, 2022, 09:47 AM »
I know a number of people who use this software professionally in their firms. I am considering buying it.  Figured I would share it here.  Maybe others have experience with it.



Glad you're liking it!  :)

How about creating that new app to fit your brainstormed requirements?

Most importantly: would you like a specific app for exercises or a generic "run random files" program (with spreadsheet reporting). I'm fine with any one you choose since it's basically the same app :up:
-publicdomain (April 13, 2022, 04:16 PM)

That would be great for me!! I am not sure which would be better.  I believe the "run random files" would be of more use to me and to others because it is more versatile. Like someone else in this thread. I do have alot of random audio and video clips from movies etc that a generic run random file program could bring back to life.  I also think the open random files in the folder could be helpful for going through some old pictures I have and getting descriptions into a spreadsheet.  However, there might be better tool for that task.

I imagine that if it were geared towards exercise it would make sense to have the spreadsheet reporting centered more around the exercises and stretching. So quickly entering how many repetitions were done with some stock answers.  However, if it were a generic run random files with tracking it might be nice to have the ability to enter what stock answers can be selected when reporting.  I need to wrap my head around this.

Whatever it ends up being I think it would be nice if the file name could entered automatically in the spreadsheet.  The nice thing for my use case with the random files for exercise and stretching is that I do not need to spend alot of time filling in some sort of exercise template. I have alot of video clips already, then I have various pdfs and jpgs.  I just drop them in the folder and it will pop up and nudge me eventually

Thanks in advanced   

I really like this application.  Very cool!

I am curious how difficult it would be to make this so that it could open other types of files (video, audio, documents) or even from a list of links. I am using this as a reminder to stretch and exercise during the day.  The sound triggers me to refer to a list of stretches/exercises I have as various different files on my PC.   It would be nice for the file to be pulled up from a list of different exercises or stretches I have videos, jpegs of the exercises/stretches I am suppose to do.

Even better if I could track which stretches I have done in a spreadsheet, though that seems like a different program all together.  This is a great help, just wondering how easy it would be to tweak to my use case.     

Living Room / Re: An Exercise Reminder app (in Autohotkey)
« on: December 14, 2021, 08:29 AM »
^ there's a download link at the top of the page linked to in the OP (?)

You are correct.  However, it is from 2016. There is a newer version here but the download link does currently work.  When diving a little deeper there is a post about restructuring the program downloads on the website.   

I have no idea how different the 2016 version is from the later version.  It might be that there is little difference. 

Living Room / Re: An Exercise Reminder app (in Autohotkey)
« on: December 13, 2021, 09:35 PM »
 I was looking to try this out and discovered there is a new version, however I cannot find where to download it.   Looks like there was some page restructuring from this post http://s355751075.on...tware-restructuring/

Is the download still available?

General Software Discussion / Re: alternative to filehamster?
« on: October 06, 2021, 05:24 PM »
Do you have it running and installed on a windows 10 machine? What are you using now?
I'm no longer doing the work I used it for. No longer even work (professionally) at/with a computer. I do have one project though that I intend to finish next year, for which I could use it, or something like it, so might try install it at some stage again.

Tomos,  I totally understand. I just have a hard time believing that the comment prompt is not more common.
Thanks you

General Software Discussion / Re: alternative to filehamster?
« on: October 06, 2021, 12:18 PM »
Just for the record:
seems like File Hamster has been updated recently.  There is an overview of the new features here on youtube from 3 years ago.
Those videos are all of features that already existed years ago. I wrote elsewhere on dc that some minor bugs were fixed in 2019. Unfortunately without a link. I think they mainly made sure it ran on Windows 10 so as they could keep selling it. I couldn't find the forum.

Tomos, thanks for the clarification. That is unfortunate. From reading this thread and a few others, it seems like your use case is very similar to what I am looking for. At least it was. I believe I read that you are not using it except for some older projects.  Do you have it running and installed on a windows 10 machine? What are you using now?

General Software Discussion / Re: alternative to filehamster?
« on: October 06, 2021, 08:48 AM »
I am wondering if anyone has any current thoughts on filehamster or alternatives for non-techy computer user.  I believe the feature that sets FH apart from other alternatives presented in this thread is dialogue prompt to enter a comment when saving a file version.   The network support through "teams plugin" is also nice as it allows a small group to lock and unlock changes as well as review other person's notes.  I do not think this is an enterprise solution, but it seems like it would work for a small group, or even a family on a home network. 

It seems like File Hamster has been updated recently.  There is an overview of the new features here on youtube from 3 years ago.

It does not look like their support forum exists anymore.  Support now links to facebook page with very little activity.

Ideally I am looking for ways to automatically track what was done with prompted user input.  I have often thought that this could be a part of a "tracking" application that intelligently logs a user's activity (files opened and reviewed, emails (subjects), browser's tab titles) in order to create a history to help a user reacquaint themselves with what was done on a task/project after leaving it for a period of time.  It would be great to be able to see a timeline view of files that were edited within a certain timeframe.  File Hamster has a reports feature, which would be helpful. 

File Hamster is more than a file sync and file backup utility. It provides a way to keep track of files, with contextual notes, and that is what I am looking for in the absence of a broader tool to help track/log projects and tasks automatically.

Anyone still using Filehamster? Any alternatives?

File Hamster 's notes feature

Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: DBISAM Engine Error # 9732
« on: July 23, 2021, 09:10 PM »
So I am having a similar problem.  I realize this is an old thread, but since it was useful to me, I thought it best to reply here.

I am using the portable version.  I was unable to navigate to the program option to try and fix the database, so I followed the instructions in this thread. I made a copy of the database and the backup folder, and then deleted the folder contents. I restarted ClipboardHelpAndSpell and did not receive any error. Then, I selected a backup to restore from, and then clicked apply. I was expecting the restore to take longer.  I think the backup might have been from after I initially had the issue because it is only 1,060kb.  When I copied the contents of the database folder it was much larger.

In anycase, it did not bring back anything.  So I closed the program and then I copied the contents of the database folder back.  When I did, I got the same errors.  Any other ideas?  Any way to use the database files to rebuild?

  ClipboardHelpAndSpell error.JPGClipboardHelpAndSpell error2.JPG

Wow. Definitely gives me something to work with.  Working on exploring them now.  Do you know if any of these allow you to load multiple xml files simultaneously?

Had not thought about nirsoft for this.  Thanks

I will look into Universal Viewer Pro and Editpad pro.   Looking through the forum, it also looks like Ultraedit is highly regarded.  Have also been looking through this  list.

In searching I came across XMLSPY which is known for its “grid view”

Xmlspy is very expensive. 

Ideally a single application that allowed you to not only edit, but build the viewer data table.  I looked to excel/libre calc because most people are more likely to be familiar with them  I know I could map the cells in a spreadsheet to the data in the XML file, but I need to do this with 100s of files.

Something like powerquery might work.

I would like to be able to point the application to the directory with all of the xml files (within folders) and have ti automatically build the editable table.  I realize that might not be possible without the use of a database or some other methodology.

I am stretching my knowledge some with this search, which makes it difficult. But I am enjoying broadening my horizons.
 Thanks for the help!

General Software Discussion / XML Viewer editor with exporting?
« on: June 08, 2021, 01:48 PM »
I am trying to replace a viewer that is now longer working.  I need a user friendly program that can open many xml files organized in hundreds of folders that were generated daily.  After opening them, I would like to be able to view, edit, and export the data as well, if possible. 

The viewer that is no longer working used to display all of the xml information in a table consisting of 9 columns, though from looking at the files in notepad, the viewer ignored alot of the data.

Once it loaded the data, it would be displayed in a a table and could be sorted by column, edited, searched and exported.  It would be great if it would be possible to do that with another application, but just being able to view the data and edit it would be a great help.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

Any suggestions or ideas?

General Software Discussion / Re: What's the future of OneNote?
« on: June 05, 2021, 10:36 AM »
It's scanned paper forms for reports and such. Works really well for it- one of the things that many find annoying (the fact that the page is nothing but elements) works really well for random forms as you just have to click where the field is and start writing or typing.

I see.  I could see that working. Are you actually  typing into the pdf forms fields?

General Software Discussion / Re: What's the future of OneNote?
« on: June 04, 2021, 06:25 PM »
I used to know the answers to some of the questions. I'd use both the 2016 version (all the old functions + Onetastic macros) and the latest version (for better cross-platform & mobile access). Couldn't answer the questions when I saw them, because, it seemed to me, that the best answer was to stop using OneNote, which is what I have clearly done.

I always had a love/hate relationship with it anyway.

I used it back in 2009 or 2013 and it really was pretty amazing at the time.  At the time it was the , least known but still a very powerful app.   If I were to decide to use it, my use case would be similar.  I need to be able to choose what I put on the cloud, and frankly, I do not want to pay to the volumes of data I work with online if I do not need to.   

My guess is that they had a strategy. Then they changed it. Then they modified their stance, a bit. For now.
Next there will be another strategy.
I think their problem is that OneNote is a large and complex program that few Office customers use. And the free cross-platform giveaway has probably not gained huge traction, but those users will make only simple demands of it.
But those customers who do use the complexity are often very keen indeed.
afaics, it will either die, be killed, mutate into something different and simpler, or will become an add-on to Word.
(The last mightn't be okay if they did it properly - first time for everything - option for better file management for some files via a ON database, more tools, and a couple of different views.)

MS is pushing pretty hard for people to use 365, and I think One Note is used to entice people into the platform. They also push the use of teams for collaboration.    Onenote also is an alternative for many Evernote enthusiast. It can be an “everything” bucket with OCR and pretty good search.   I think the decision to attempt to kill of the desktop version was to get people dependent on their cloud services and one they are there, they can sell other services.   I do not want it to die, I just want to be able to use the desktop app and store information locally.

irc 365 saves notebook on OneDrive
In 2016, using the same account, you can access the cloud file and then save it locally.

Thank you. 

General Software Discussion / Re: What's the future of OneNote?
« on: June 04, 2021, 06:24 PM »
I still use OneNote. I would have to check which version it is.

Thanks.  Knowing you use it is helpful.

I have to use it for work, and use it for marking up some forms that I use for personal work, and it appears to store the notebooks offline and sync them if you are connected. I don't know if it is manually transferrable- I've never done it that way, preferring to just download it from OneDrive.

Thanks… when making things up, are you using pdf forms or other forms?

I have the Office365 version - the latest, really (comes with everything else).  I've tinkered with it a bit, but never could bring myself to use it.  I could never get past it's wanting to create a textbox every I placed the cursor in empty space.  That, plus a bunch of usability features are lacking (IMHO) and it uses that awful ribbon invention.  I avoid using Microsoft Office if I can help it.

Would love to hear what usability features you feel are missing and where you might be getting those features if you are using another software.

Actually, the devices that I'm using don't.  :P

And in any case, that's a false equivalency, as data caps are different as you pay a flat fee for data under the cap.

Agreed. What irks me is that not only is it using someone else's data, it is also using someone else's electricity.  What ever they are doing to extend their services and reach, is being done on someone else's dime and without the paying party truly consenting.  I do not have any amazon devices.

General Software Discussion / Re: What's the future of OneNote?
« on: June 03, 2021, 03:09 PM »
I am looking for people's thoughts about where Onenote has gone since this post in the fall of 2019?  I have a relative who has asked for help learning how to use OneNote and ot jas rekindled my interest.

Were there any “gotchas’”  like ones you used the cloud you were not allowed to save the files locally?

I would be interested in being able to store notebooks locally.
I am correct that is still possible without any issues with Onenote 2016?
Is that possible with OneNote for Win10 (the webapp)
If a file is stored locally,  can you transfer it to another system, and open it with another version of OneNote be it 2016 or  OneNote for Win 10?

How does working offline work? Does Onenote just cache the files locally somehow?
Are you required to login to Microsoft?  If you are not using the cloud services?
I believe that Onenote can run OCR on different types of images that are put in notebooks. Is this done locally or is it done in the cloud.

An earlier version of Onenote (Onenote 2010 or Onenote 2013) used to index audio files.  I have not been able to get that to work in Onenote 2016. It did not work well in the previous version, but it was able to search for things that otherwise would not have been searched for.

I have a copy of OneNote 2016.  I have not used it a lot, but it appears you can save locally.  If I want to save to the cloud Office asks me to set up an account.  Onenote for Win 10 requires you to sign in I believe.

My primary use case is taking notes where have the audio synced with the notes would be extremely helpful.  I am also interested in being able to import pdf/power point documents and annotate them.  There are not many alternatives that can do that live.  I also realize that onenote is extremely powerful, and able to deal with many different types of digital media.

Would appreciate people’s take on the matter.


As long as idiotic data caps are a thing, this is a non-starter for me.

The devices are also using electricity you have to pay for :D

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