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Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Aba search
« on: May 08, 2021, 01:46 PM »
Unicode, too.

Post New Requests Here / Re: Start Menu mod
« on: May 01, 2021, 04:51 PM »
Horst Schaeffer's other launcher, the menu-based  PopSel, ships with a ready-made System submenu, see screenshot.  Qsel doesn't seem to have one, other than shutdown options (though it should be possible to add more).

Having mentioned it, I thought I'd better try out Start Menu X  :)  It replaces the Windows Start Menu, though it lets you revert to that if you want to.  It's a lot nicer and more powerful than the Windows default, but it's, well, what did I expect, a Start Menu.  That means it points to the c:\Program Files\ and c:\Program Files (x86)\ subdirectory trees.  Some of my programs are installed in their own directories off c:, e.g. something like "c:\Programs\NoteTab 7\", and Start Menu X is  not as happy finding such as those.  I also have quite a few programs "installed" as if they were portable in subdirectories beneath "c:\NoInst\", and it can't find those at all (unless there's a way to add them I haven't found yet).  So, for a slightly different reason, I'm like you in needing more than one launcher.

In the course of testing, I found something I thought slightly odd, though it's Windows' fault, not Start Menu X's.  You know the Win+I Settings screen.  Start Menu X lists it as just that, Settings.  I was looking for it under the Windows Administrative Tools, Windows System, etc. menus.

In practice, I generally use PopSel for the programs I use most.  I have a few programs in Qsel menus, where I particularly want to group several programs together, though DC member skwire's Splat might be better for that.  Most other things I launch using Listary's "find and run" feature (I'm a big fan of Listary for other reasons too, mainly its ability to "steer" dialog boxes to where a file manager is pointing).  It also has keyword capability, so I can bring up the Listary box and type "blbi" to run BleachBit, for example, without further search.  It's a different way of working from menus, but one I like.  Mouser's "live search" program Find and Run Robot (FARR) with similar functionality is practically a religion on DonationCoder.


I've tested a few now and settled with "FolderChangesView"

I'm impressed you found that, because with that name, I'd have assumed it was a changes tracker, not a program for actually copying.

What other ones did you try?  I would have suggested NewFileGo by joejoesoft, but haven't actually tried it out.

Post New Requests Here / Re: Start Menu mod
« on: April 29, 2021, 03:23 PM »
If it does have to be Start Menu modification, are you aware of these?

Welcome to the Open-Shell-Menu Open-Shell

Originally Classic Shell by Ivo Beltchev

GitHub Release GitHub Pre-Release Build status GitQ Gitter chat

    Classic style Start Menu for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
    Toolbar for Windows Explorer
    Classic copy UI (Windows 7 only)
    Show file size in Explorer status bar
    Title bar and status bar for Internet Explorer

Ordinarysoft's family of Start Menu replacements
Start Menu X with Start Button

Start Menu X is a replacement of the system menu for professionals. Compatible with Windows 10.
Power users know how inconvenient and time-consuming it is to launch programs from the system menu.
We have created a solution for you!

    Virtual Groups
    Group programs by purpose (office applications, graphics, etc) without changing their location on the hard drive.

    One-click start
    The PRO version allows you to assign a primary program to any folder and start it simply by clicking this folder.

    Flexible configuration
    Customize the menu to your taste! Change the structure and add tabs.

From Windows XP up to Windows 10 (32 and 64 bit)
The Pro version is under $10.  The above is the blurb for Start Menu X, their latest version, but they also offer:

Start Button 8
Start Menu XP
Start Menu 7
Classic Start Menu
("Are you missing the Windows 7 Menu Classic?")
Vista Start Menu
Tidy Start Menu

I don't want to have to run a whole program just to grab a few files off my desktop and put them into a folder once in a while.
Which is exactly what you will be doing.  I don't understand why you're resistant to using a good general-purpose file manager, especially as there are plenty of good free ones.

Meanwhile, it took days for the name "Piky Basket" to bubble up.  Copywhiz, which is the new name for it, is the closest ready-made thing I can think of to what you want.  Viz.:
Automatically organize files based on their properties

Copywhiz for Windows lets you automatically copy files to an organized folder structure.

It can create the folder structure based on the file attributes such as file name, date, size, extension, type and also mp3 metadata (Album, Artist, Genre etc).
See their short video on that page.  It's payware, and not dirt cheap either, though it's been on discount at Bits du Jour a few times.  Also, I wonder if there's too much assembly required for ad hoc jobs.

Thank you for telling me you're not interested in participating in this.
Sarcasm and rudeness have no place on DonationCoder.  This isn't social media or Usenet.

Post New Requests Here / Re: Start Menu mod
« on: April 28, 2021, 03:39 PM »
Does it have to be the Start Menu as such?  I ask because I see you use Horst Schaeffer's MemPad.  If you're open to alternative launchers, have you tried his Qsel?

Android Apps / Re: Checklist DC (Android app) - v1.23 Aug 20, 2018
« on: April 13, 2021, 03:54 PM »
@mouser, please will you consider adding a new dynamic sort, so that unchecked items are at the top, and as soon as you check one, it goes to the bottom of the list?  That way, if you're using it as a To-Do or shopping list, the outstanding items would show up very clearly.  Having different coloured backgrounds for checked/unchecked would help that too.

What KodeZwerg said...

Or, try a third-party file manager.  I use the excellent Total Commander, payware, or start with one of the many free ones, e.g. FreeCommander, Double Commander, Multi Commander, Altap Salamander, Explorer++, Q-Dir, etc.

Try this search: DuckDuckGo: directory file lister.  Note that the hits include a "10 Free Tools..." page and a "27 Best Free..." page

There's also DirList

If none of those, nor the FileListCreator that you mentioned, do an adequate job, then you may have to consider payware, e.g. Directory Lister by KRKsoft.

If they go on as is, they'll undermine the credibility of the site.  Who's going to believe anything said by a site that pushes spammy clickbait, full screen at that?

you should use this opportunity to blow away acdsee.
As I read the OP, it isn't intended for that, but as a fast convenient helper for other programs.  I really like the virtual folders by date, and it's commendably fast.  Mouser's Media Browser has some useful features, but I find it odd that you access them from the thumbnail, rather than the larger image.  Also it calls Windows File Explorer, which is never going to be my favourite file manager.  It would be nice if it could pass the file name+path to whatever file manager (FM) you specified.  Failing that, a very useful feature in Faststone Image Viewer is the ability to press [C] for [Copy an image], and have it pop up a dialog of target directories, see screenshot.  That cuts out a lot of the need for an FM.

Acdsee is slow though.  Everything is just kind of sluggish.
Don't overlook that WinCatalog can catalogue image files and store thumbnails.  It's pretty quick at indexing and very fast at displaying and browsing, though again it calls Windows File Manager for file management functions.  The database can be quite large.


General Software Discussion / Re: Earning More with Cryptocurrency
« on: March 07, 2021, 02:56 PM »
Here's Private Eyew magazine's take on cryptocurrenies:


laptop has a couple of USB 3.0 slots and I do have a fast thumb drive that I've been using.  Of course it sticks out of the side, daring me to break it off.
Been there, made that mistake  >:(  Slots at the back of the laptop especially invite destruction.  Two possible palliatives; a right-angle-bend USB adaptor, and/or an extension cable, both cheap on eBay.

Low-profile USB sticks: the Lexar JumpDrive S47 USB 3.1 flash drive - 128GB costs £25.99 from 7DayShop in the UK.  YMMV.

USB_right_angle_adaptor.jpg Lexar_Jump_Drive_128GB.jpg

Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: [Feature Request] ClipBar function in CHS
« on: February 26, 2021, 04:46 PM »
with the bump feature, a user would have to move their mouse over to the bump zone while with the clipbar a glance is all it takes to see what is in the clipboard currently.

True, but it may depend on your circumstances. E.g., if you're using a big monitor with plenty of space, permanent visibility would work well.  OTOH, if you're on an ultraportable with a sub-13 inch screen, maybe a clipbar would obscure too much of the underlying program.  In the latter case, it might help if the clipbar could have adjustable transparency.

If you're transferring a lot of data in one go, do you have a case where CHS' stack system that
will let you easily copy multiple clips into a stack (queue), and then paste them back out individually (or as a block) in a First-In-First-Out (FIFO) order
would help?

Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: [Feature Request] ClipBar function in CHS
« on: February 23, 2021, 02:56 PM »
rjbull's suggestion would be a solution to the issue of the stay on top clipboard window being always visible but there is also a chance of accidentally showing the window when going about your business around the desktop.
So there is, but it's usually minimised by making the "bump zone" small.  See attached image, which is a narrow slice of my screen with the bump zone for PowerPro
2021-02-23_204505.jpg bump2.gif

Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: [Feature Request] ClipBar function in CHS
« on: February 19, 2021, 04:27 PM »
For a while now I've been considering making a small stay-on-top window that shows your most recent clips.  Do you feel strongly this needs to be in the taskbar?  What if it just floated somewhere on your screen, would that be good enough?
Maybe you could optionally make it "hide" at a screen edge, with a narrow line to show where it is, and "bump" the line to show full size?

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: February 19, 2021, 04:21 PM »
Mort by Terry Pratchett. A nice (and not too big) hardback.

about 70 pages in -- a very easy and entertaining read so far. My first book by Pratchett.
enjoyed that to the end and went for the second in the series -- "Reaper Man". It's a bit all over the shop (almost halfway through). Definitely not as good as the first

Don't overlook that there are sub-series within the series.  The ones I enjoyed most are the ones featuring the Guards (Vimes, Carrot, Nobby, Colon et al.) , and the ones featuring the Witches (mostly Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat, and later on, Tiffany Aching).

Discworld Monthly is a great source for all things Pratchett.  You can sign up for their monthly email newsletter.  It's such a shame that there won't be any more Discworld novels...

Not quite what you asked for, but this Cool Tools web site entry is probably as close as you are likely to get: Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook
Convert handwritten notes to computer text

I write a monthly commentary for a small local newspaper and blog extensively. For years I have been looking for a way to convert my script into text that I can load into Word. My astute brother-in-law sent me a RocketbookEverlast Notebook ($30) and the closer I looked into it I realized that this may be the tool I have been looking for.

Make sure to read the comments.  Not everybody likes it.

I have the excellent Total Commander; it has a built-in DIFF tool that's good enough for most of my needs nowadays. Back when I needed something significantly more I used ExamDiff Pro, which is very good.  You can trigger it from Total Commander.

I bought my Total Commander license in 1999, I think, and have never been asked to pay for an update.  I also have XYplorer, which is not only portable, but offers a definite lifetime license and is updated so often you feel surprised if you check and find you're already up to date.  It's a second string for me, but has done some useful work.  Thirdly I have ZTreeWin, but for all its virtues, it's more a nostalgia trip now  :)

If by index you mean something like a catalogue, I'd suggest Cathy, which is small, lightning fast and free.  It can search duplicates across catalogues, so should be able to meet your offline requirements (I think).  I don't find the UI as intuitive as all that.  There's also a command-line version for updating catalogues, good to put in your scheduler.

They may not offer exactly what you want - and I haven't tried them - but Nir Sofer offers two utilities, both of which can be operated from the command line, as well as thee GUI:

CSVFileView v2.48 - CSV / Tab-delimited file viewer and converter for Windows
CSVFileView is a simple CSV file viewer / converter utility that allows you to easily view the content of CSV or tab-delimited file created by NirSoft utilities or by any other software, in a simple table viewer. You can sort the lines according to one of the fields, remove unwanted fields and change their order, and then save the result back into CSV file, tab-delimited file, XML file, or HTML report.

Known Limitations

    CSVFileView cannot load extremely large csv files.

TableTextCompare v1.20 - Compare csv / tab-delimited text files
TableTextCompare is a small utility that allows you to easily compare 2 tab-delimited or comma-delimited (csv) files, and find out the difference between the 2 files. You can use this tool for comparing 2 different snapshots of data, created by other NirSoft utilities, like DriverView, ServiWin, USBDeview, CurrPorts, WirelessNetView, ShellExView, and many others...
For example, You can use DriverView utility to save 2 snapshots of loaded drivers list into a tab-delimited file, and then use TableTextCompare to easily find out which device drivers were added, removed, or changed since the time that the first snapshot was taken.

TableTextCompare can make the comparison even if the records of the 2 files are not sorted in the same order, or if the fields are not positioned in the same order.
Looks like a "diff" for CSV files.

I asked the people at PCWinSoft  "Is it possible to capture the audio that is playing through the computer (internal speakers output) instead of through the microphone?" with their software.

This is the reply:

Yes. Hi-Q MP3 Recorder Pro does that.

The program captures audio from the 'Stereo Mix' audio device.

Check the link bellow to learn how to enable your 'Stereo Mix' audio device:

So check if your 'Stereo Mix' device is enabled and then download Hi-Q
MP3 Recorder Pro from here:


The application records the audio you hear and allows you to edit it,
cut, trim, split, join, and apply fade-in, fade-out, volume gain or
reduction, equalization, bass, treble.

Alessandro Ferri
PCWinSoft Software
It's not free, but it's only  $19.90.

General Software Discussion / Re: Batch Word Text Replacer
« on: January 26, 2021, 02:41 PM »
Try HandyFile Find and Replace Text Aid Kit Office Edition.  It definitely isn't free.  Web site blocked by Malwarebytes, but they tend to false positives.  I used an old edition of HFFR years ago for other purposes.

There's also Multi Commander (free, donationware), favourably mentioned by Shades in Re: Batch file to move files (less than total size) from A to B, along with a link to 26 third-party file managers.

But, from the OP, is a FM really what you want?  The task sounds rather like backup/directory synchronization, e.g. by something like Karen's Replicator (free, donationware)

And again:

In response to the pandemic last year and as a way to lend some support to the creative community, we made a 90-day free trial available for the Mac and Windows versions of the whole Affinity suite, while also cutting the price of all of our apps, including iPad versions, by 50%.

When those offers ended, it appeared things were getting better and we all hoped that by now the situation would have continued to improve. Sadly, it’s clear that the pandemic continues to have a serious impact and so we’ve decided to bring back these offers once again.
Moreover, the free trials are available to everyone, including those who have previously completed one—so even if you used the free trial last year, you can do it again. There’s also 50% off content in the Affinity Store too.


90-day free trials

50% off all content

If you're on Android, try going to the Google Play Store and searching for "phrase express"...  There's doesn't seem to be an Android version of Phrase Express itself, but a search throws up several other things that claim to be similar.  I haven't tried them.  If you just want boiler-plate text, without expansion, try Clipper/Clipper Plus by rojekti.  It's a clipboard manager that can save permanent clips in folders.  So can ArsClip Mini.

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