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I have done extensive updates to the code that captures complete Web pages in Surfulater. The BBC News page for example, now captures without the problems shown in this thread. You can see the results in my blog post. Better Web Page Capture coming in Surfulater Version 3

Surfulater Version 3 is a major upgrade with many important new features. See our Blog for further information. V3 is planned for release in Sept 2008. Pre-release versions with the new Tagging capability are available for download on the blog.

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SB, I've recently started using Delicious and the Delicious plugins for Firefox and IE to manage bookmarks. This keeps a central copy on Delicious and all your Browsers see the same bookmarks. Works well for me. And then of course I use Surfulater for the heavy lifting. ;D

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Very, very cool. Thanks for sharing. Now if only I had a Wii.

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Just a quick note to let everyone know that Version 2.50 of Surfulater has just been released. The big new feature in this release is the ability to view Knowledge Base’s in your Web Browser, without any need whatsoever for Surfulater. This enables you to view your Knowledge Bases wherever you happen to be, as well as sharing them with colleagues and friends, locally or over the Internet.

The Web based Knowledge Bases look and feel almost identical to the desktop version, which is quite an achievment. This is a major advancement in Surfulater’s ongoing development, one which clearly paves the way for more interesting developments in the future. Publishing content to the Web sets it free and combines the power of desktop software with the freedom of the Web.

For more information and a live demonstration see:
http://blog.surfulat...d-a-very-merry-xmas/
and
http://blog.surfulat...er-wherever-you-are/

I need to do some catchup reading on this thread and post if needed.

Merry Xmas to everyone, thanks for your and DC's support and have a great 2008.

PS. I'm not mentioning the Surfulater Xmas discount because there will be a better one for DC's in Jan. ;)

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sb, I've been using Dreamweaver for a few years now and before that MS Frontpage. I've recently been seriously looking at CMS's for a number of reasons, including the ability to work on the site, add content etc. without needing any software installed, plus the ability to do this from anywhere there is a Web Browser, plus the ability to allow others to add/edit content.

I've briefly used Drupal in the past, but have settled on ModX, which is much better than any other CMS I've seen for producing sites that don't look like CMS sites. It has some very nice features and does a very good job of separating content from presentation. This makes it easy to use a wide range of freely available templates and even switch templates without affecting your content. I suggest you have a close look at it.

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Hopefully we can do another discount for surfulater in the very near future -- I know DC members would like that.

As you know I'm just waiting for you to say when. ;)

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hi nevf!
glad to see surfulater going strong!

(ps. moving this to the announce your software section)

Thanks mouser. I keep whittling away at the seemingly endless list of new features and enhancements that I and my users want to see in Surfulater. As they say, it just keeps getting better and better.

Sorry about posting in the wrong forum. Didn't know this one existed!

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Inforrmation on the latest Surfulater release for folks here at DC using Surfulater or interested in it.

The important new features in this release are the ability to link from Documents in other Applications to Surfulater Articles, as well as being able to link between articles in different Knowledge Bases. Cut/Copy & Paste usage has been enhanced and related issues from the last release fixed.

External links work with a variety of applications including MS Word and Zoot and enable you to access any Surfulater article directly from these applications.

’See Also’ links now work across Knowledge Bases as well as within a KB. This enables you to link an article in one KB to an article in another KB and vice-versa. Simply use the same procedure you use now. ie. “Copy” the source article in one KB and use “Past as reciprocal ‘See also’ links” in the other KB.

Edit|Copy, Edit|Cut and the Copy & Cut toolbar buttons now work on records selected in the tree or on content selected in the content window, depending on which window has focus. The menu and toolbar tips reflect the operation to be performed and some feedback is displayed on the status bar.

When you right click on an image and no content is selected, the context menu now includes Copy Image and Cut Image, with the latter only available in edit mode. These enable you to Cut/Copy images to the clipboard without having to select them.

The previous release V2.20.0.0 included a major update to the way content editing is handled, allowing all article fields to be edited at once.

For more details on the latest of our ongoing stream of releases see the What's New section of my blog.

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I wrote "Get up and running with TortoiseSVN and Subversion in 15 minutes." a while back which will be of interest to folks starting out with SubVersion.

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Glowcode my meet your needs. It has worked well for me over the years. www.glowcode.com

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General Software Discussion / Re: Help with finding accurate software.
« on: September 20, 2007, 09:46 PM »
Our program Surfulater is definitely worth spending time evaluating to see if it fits your needs. Surfulater enables you to quickly and easily capture content from Web sites and from any Windows application. It lets you organize your information in a tree, add links between articles to build a web of related information, edit the content, add notes and attachments and much more. It is under continual development and our users think very highly of it.

Version 2.20 has recently been released, which you can read about on our blog.

If you have any questions ask away, either here or on our support forums.

Nice Work Neville!
Is it possible to trial that new version considering I've already trialed a previous version ?
Just wondering...
Thanks!

Thanks.

Yes you can start a fresh free trial at any time by following the instructions "Can I restart my free trial period?" on our FAQ page. Note that you probably also need to do the following:
- Start|Run|Regedit
- Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Soft As It Gets\Surfulater and delete same. ie. The Surfulater section.

If you haven't looked at Surfulater for a while you should browse or read the What's New section of my blog.

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Our program Surfulater is definitely worth spending time evaluating to see if it fits your needs. Surfulater enables you to quickly and easily capture content from Web sites and from any Windows application. It lets you organize your information in a tree, add links between articles to build a web of related information, edit the content, add notes and attachments and much more. It is under continual development and our users think very highly of it.

Version 2.20 has recently been released, which you can read about on our blog.

If you have any questions ask away, either here or on our support forums.

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General Software Discussion / Re: The software awards scam
« on: August 18, 2007, 05:29 PM »
Almost every day I get e-mails from these downloads sites telling of the latest and greatest award I've one for Surfulater. These awards are worthless, useless and misleading to folks reviewing software. For these reasons I do not include any of the awards on the Surfulater web site. All these people want is links back to their sites.

And it seems like there are one or two new download sites opening every week.

As for Zane's listing which is quite good, he won't include Surfulater!

My experience with Snapfiles isn't good either, but I've not checked them recently.

It is such a pity there aren't any/many? good software review sites, other than DC of course.

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I think I can address some of what you requested using UltraRecall (http://www.kinook.com). Here is how...

UR has a feature that I have not seen in any other PIM system. It allows you to link (or store) any document on your system e.g. pdf, doc, xls, OL items, anything. You can actually store the doc within UR database and delete it from the OS.

I just want to let everyone know that Surfulater also does this. ie. Store any files in its Knowledgebases or add links to them. Then open them in their native app. You can drag and drop files from Explorer on to an Articles Attachments field or use the context menu to add links or attach files. Synchronized editing of embedded (attached files) is planned. Files with links are of course always up to date.

Surfulater version 2.00.30.0 has been released today. Download from http://www.surfulater.com

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For the folks that are using Surfulater or are interested in knowing what's happening with it, here is some info on the latest release.

This is an important release which add’s the ability to select and work with multiple articles in the Knowledge Tree. You can move or copy multiple articles, drag and drop them, as well as move or copy them to a different Knowledge Base. Surfulater has been justifiably criticized for not supporting multiple selection. See: Surfulater, the next release for more on this.

Another much requested capability which has been added in this release is the ability to use Surfulater as a Free Knowledge Base Reader. This lets you share your Knowledge Bases with friends and colleagues who aren’t necessarily interested in purchasing Surfulater. It also enables view access to your KB’s from any PC.

You can read more about this new release here: New Surfulater release, V2.00.10.0 ready and waiting and view full release notes here.

As always we look forward to and value your feedback. You can post on our Forums or contact me via. e-mail listed here.

Thanks for your ongoing support.

PS. It is amazing to see this thread is still ongoing and SB is still its guiding light.

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For the folks that are using Surfulater or are interested in knowing what's happening with it, here is some info on the latest release.

This is an important release which add’s the ability to select and work with multiple articles in the Knowledge Tree. You can move or copy multiple articles, drag and drop them, as well as move or copy them to a different Knowledge Base. Surfulater has been justifiably criticized for not supporting multiple selection. See: http://blog.surfulat...er-the-next-release/ for more on this.

Another much requested capability which has been added in this release is the ability to use Surfulater as a Free Knowledge Base Reader. This lets you share your Knowledge Bases with friends and colleagues who aren’t necessarily interested in purchasing Surfulater. It also enables view access to your KB’s from any PC.

You can read more about this new release here: http://blog.surfulat...0-ready-and-waiting/ and view full release notes here: http://www.softasitg...howthread.php?t=1230

As always we look forward to and value your feedback. You can post on our Forums http://www.softasitgets.com/forums/ or contact me via. e-mail listed here: http://www.surfulater.com/contact.html

Thanks for your ongoing support.

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What impressed me the most was it was able to install and work with a range of nVidia Video and nForce LAN drivers without me lifting a finger. On Windows XP on the same hardware I need to manually install these drivers from the CD that comes with the Motherboard.
Only because Vista is more recent than XP, so those drivers have been added to the default install - for other hardware, you'll still need to load drivers during setup (though those can, finally!, be loaded from USB drives and whatnot, not limited to floppies). With 2k and XP you can fortunately make a slipstreamed and driver-integrated install CD, so you don't need to use floppies. And with something like www.nliteos.com , this isn't just limited to über-geeks, but also in the realm of the power users that would usually do an install themselves.

yes you are likely right, however this particularly motherboard has everything on it (video, LAN etc) and nothing much worked on XP before installing the mobo CD, whereas on Vista everything worked.

Vista has a very attractive new User Interface called Aero which I think looks great.
And it's the first thing a lot of us are going to turn off as the first thing after installing... there goes one sales argument :)

I would assume a cross section of DC readers will turn off UAC, but I certainly hope that's not the case for the majority of PC users, especially the mom's and pop's who get themselves so easily into hot water.

however from what I now know after doing the work to updating our software products for Vista, is that there are some quite fundamental areas which must be addressed for software to work correctly on Vista.
Many of the "new requirements" for vista compatible software is actually just about writing clean and well-behaving applications; a lot of the "omfg vista breaks this!" would already be broken on NT4 if run from a non-administrator account...

The question is, really, "why bother". There's some interesting kernel changes, but they're swamped down by the rest of the system (okay, turn off Aero, tweak the install, substitute blackbox and xplorer^2 and it should be bearable), and there's the added DRM and driver paranoia.

The two big selling points would be DX10 and suppot for hybrid flash drives, both which I can't see any real technical reasons for not being supported on XP. We'll probably even begin to see applications that are artificially limited to run on Vista, even though they'd run fine on XP (like one of the Age Of Whatever games that had no problems running on Win2k, after reversers patched out the XP checks).


With the step to XP a lot more hardware "just worked". With Vista that has happened again, as witnessed above. This on its own is a very good reason to use Vista. With my few days of playing I felt Vista was easier to use and things seemed more logical. Again a plus for all users.

Another very important area I didn't really mention is the new IE7 Protected Mode when running on Vista. This locks down the Browser and should make it nigh impossible for malicious code and web sites to screw up your PC. This has to be a major source of problems for many users and should dramatically reduce problems people face.

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I've been using SFFS for many years and happily recommend it. Tobias also provides very good support.

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I've written an article for anyone thinking about upgrading to Vista. See: To Vista or not to Vista that is the ?"

Comments most welcome. Best posted on the blog.

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I tried it a few weeks back after one of my users told me about and was left seriously unimpressed FWIW. I'd certainly be interested in what DC'ers think.

Its great that big companies are able to garner so much coverage and interest it whatever the do, while us small independent developers struggle to get the slightest mention anywhere. Such is life.

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Late to the party but let me throw in a few bits of info.

I've been using SFFS for years and it is a very nice application and works very well. Tobias provides great support and the product is being continually improved. I can't see where it does partial backups though and can't see how it can, as is?

RSync type applications are of no use where the source and destination files are on the same PC, even if the destination is on an external hard drive. RSync is a client/server program and its purpose is to minimize the amount of data (traffic) that needs to be sent between two computers in order to synchronize files. The client and server read the files in their entirety, several times in fact and send data back and forth to determine what parts of the files have changed. The client finally sends just the parts that have changed to the server. So the data going down the wire is minimal but the CPU and Disk use at each end is higher than a simple Copy (Backup) process.

Also note that RSync et.all. are useless where the content of files changes dramatically over time. For example lets say you have a 100 files and only two have changed. RSync will perform very well here. But if you Zip up these 100 files and use RSync on the zipped file you will probably find the entire file is sent down the wire. This is simply because most every bit in the source and destination zip files have changed. Encrypted files such as TrueCrypt containers similarly won't work effectively.

Re. Surfulater. I'm slowly working a database synchronization where only the changes are sent between copies of Surfulater.

HTH.

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Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review: Altiris SVS
« on: January 30, 2007, 03:12 AM »
I forget to mention that I've also written about MojoPac. See: MojoPac - Potentially Great Software with Serious Flaws

Read their Forums before you think about purchasing.

Can someone please post a link to the Altiris Beta Release. I've looked high and low and can't find it.


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Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review: Altiris SVS
« on: January 30, 2007, 02:52 AM »
cthorpe, a very good review. It would have been good if your screen cast went on to show the layer being deactivated and activated. A small quibble though.

I tried SVS a month or so back and found the UI very unhelpful and unintuitive and in the end gave up. I should give it another shot. It certainly seems like a great way for people to evaluate software without their PC being modified in any way. I'm sure this is the main reason why so many people have problems with Windows, because they install so much crap and uninstalling doesn't always remove everything. I use VMWare Workstation for this and for testing my own software and it is invaluable.

There is a lot happening with virtualization right now and interesting times lay ahead. I've recently written a lengthy article XEN and the art of Virtualization about XenServer which DC readers might find of interest.

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If I'm not mistaken Courier is the the reincarnation of Calypso, which I very happily used for quite a few years. When it died I switch to The Bat, which I'm generally happy with. I have quite a few e-mail accounts and TB's filters handle this very well.

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I'm very interesting in knowing more about how the code works and possibly helping in its development. There is a definite need for this sort of capability. ie. The ability to run apps without them touching the users PC in any way. This is something I want to do for my program, Surfulater. Unfortunately I don't have much time to help in testing though.

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