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General Software Discussion / Re: Creating a document template..
« on: October 03, 2008, 03:06 AM »
I'm assuming you are doing this in Microsoft Word.
Here are the instructions on how to do it:

(1) In the places where you want to enter the text to be repeated, go insert a "Text Form Field". Where this button is depends on whether you are using Word 2003 or 2007.
(2) Select one of the Text Form Fields, go Insert -> Bookmark and give it a descriptive name.
(3) In the places where you want the text to be repeated, go Insert -> Cross Reference. In the "Reference Type" drop down box that shows up, select "Bookmarks". Select the bookmark you created in Step 2.

Instead of Mathematica or Matlab: GNU Octave
Instead of Photoshop: GIMP or Paint.Net

However, for office programs, I would still pay for Microsoft Office 2007 simply because I think the ribbon interface is vastly superior to what's on offer from the open source community.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Testing tool that fills up memory
« on: October 03, 2008, 01:24 AM »
What you are thinking of are stressor tools and they exists to test a variety of system functions. One memory stressor I've found is from the MSDN magazine: http://msdn.microsof...gazine/cc163613.aspx

It's called EatMem and is a command line tool written in C# with the source code available in that article. I've compiled the source code and attached it along with the source code in the attachment below. The program is hard coded to stress test the memory by randomly allocating and deallocation between 10%-70% of the memory. You can specify how long it runs for in the command line parameters.

The exe is in the attached file under the \bin\release folders. You need to start up the command line (CMD) in Windows and type in the path to the exe file. For example:
C:\Desktop\TestRun\bin\release\EatMem.exe -d1 will run the program for 1 minute.

Let me know if you need this wrapped up in a graphical interface.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Sound from two USB headphones.
« on: October 03, 2008, 01:00 AM »
After looking through Google and thinking of how this could be done programmatically, I have come to the conclusion that it is not possible or not very easy to do due to this being a low level system function. With normal headphones, you can easily get jack splitters but there are no USB audio jack splitters. A possible solution that uses USB is totTry using wireless headphones that can broadcast to multiple headsets. Example: http://www.everythin...eadphones-14178.html

Theoretically, it should be possible to hook into the system, take over the audio output, and send it where you want to. But this is much easier said than done.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Click counter
« on: October 03, 2008, 12:36 AM »
It's doable to track clicks per application but do you want click tracking for all the instances of a single application or just for one open instance. For example, I could program it so that the program just tracks the clicks in one open window of Firefox or I could program it so that it tracks the clicks in all open windows of Firefox. Tracking the clicks in a single window is simpler to program than to track the clicks in all the open windows of a given program.

Circle Dock / Re: Please help!!! Move to problem
« on: October 02, 2008, 06:26 PM »
Yes, you should update to Alpha 8 since that included some bug fixes and one of which was fixing the opening problem for some users of Windows XP. Download the latest version of Circle Dock at There are upgrade instructions on the site so you can carry over your current settings.

Circle Dock / Re: freeze
« on: October 02, 2008, 06:22 PM »
I'm not sure I'll be of much help in this situation since I don't own Directory Opus and can't test the two programs together. I know that Circle Dock doesn't access anything that Directory Opus uses so it is something with Directory Opus not liking Circle Dock.


Circle Dock / Re: StandaloneStack on Circle Dock
« on: October 02, 2008, 06:20 PM »
  :-* :-*  ;DCONGRATULATIONS..... I Love your circle, one thing and I think its a small thing,... you see everytime I turn off the computer or restarted, my circle dock doesn't run, do you have a ''Run on Start up'' or somthing, I don't wanna turn it up everytime I restart my pc..... please help.... :up:

Try placing a shortcut to Circle Dock in your Windows startup folder. There maybe a bug with this (the background may get skewed for some people).

Circle Dock / Re: Please help!!! Move to problem
« on: October 02, 2008, 06:18 PM »
Based on your other post and not having "Item Settings" in the right-click menu when you right-click on a dock item, I am wondering if you are using Circle Dock 0.9.2 Alpha 8? If not, go to and download the Alpha 8. I know that there are lots of torrents and file sharing sites that are distributing Circle Dock but many of them don't give you the updated versions and I'm not affiliated with any of these sites.

Can you post a screenshot of your dock and the right-click menu of one of the dock icons when you get Alpha 8?

Thank you! I don't know how I missed this thread yesterday since I was browsing the forums! Guess my university classes are clouding up my head.  :D

This is very unexpected and I feel honored. Thank you Veign & mouser!

I'll put that Visual Studio subscription to good use. I've wanted to do some more C++ coding with the MFC since it has some special features not available in other languages but it's not included in the Express edition I use. I know that the Visual Studio 2008 SP1 MFC includes libraries to create the Microsoft Ribbon interface to Microsoft specifications so that'll be something for me to play with. Also, it's always nice to be able to test my programs on older versions of Windows and especially the 64-bit versions! I guess it's time to find a 1 TeraByte hard drive and get to downloading!  :D

Eric Wong

Circle Dock / Re: 3 Questions about Circle Dock
« on: October 02, 2008, 03:45 PM »
I believe you have set the maximum number of icons per circle to a very high number. Try going into the settings panel -> Dock Shape and lower the maximum number of icons per circle setting. Also, lower the minimum radius and separation between circles since it appears you have set them quite high. The dock will automatically overflow into concentric rings when the number of icons exceeds the maximum number in the settings.

As for the spiral shape, I haven't included that in 0.9.2 yet because I haven't figured out a good way of rendering the background for it that follows a spiral shape but I'll include it shortly. This may or may not interest you, but if you look at my sub-forum on this board: https://www.donation...ndex.php?board=240.0, you will find a thread that contains a Circle Dock exe that includes an elliptical shape.

Also, mods, could we move this thread into the Video In Picture / Circle Dock sub-forum?

Eric Wong

Circle Dock / Re: freeze
« on: October 01, 2008, 05:07 PM »
Does Circle Dock freeze Directory Opus consistently when the two programs are running? When does the freezing occur?

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Toggle Fullscreen of Control
« on: October 01, 2008, 11:48 AM »
Haven't had much time to work on the magnification idea since I'm busy with university classes at the moment. Actually, I haven't had much time to work on updating my other programs other than thinking about what I have to change.

I'll see if I can code something soon.

You would probably want a program that would switch the power profiles based on the average level of CPU usage over a given time period instead of basing it on the program running because I think you would need a database to track all the programs if you did it by program.

I don't know of any off hand, but doesn't the Power Saver option in Vista automatically adjust power usage based the amount of system resources you are using?

Circle Dock / Re: freeze
« on: October 01, 2008, 02:39 AM »
What actions did you take just before Windows froze? Was it your entire system that froze or just Circle Dock? More details, please.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Toggle Fullscreen of Control
« on: September 30, 2008, 03:47 PM »
I don't think you can resize a Window to be larger than the size of all your monitors, even if it's not maximized. Windows imposes a limit on what the largest window size can be based on your virtual monitor size.

Circle Dock / Re: Spanish translation here... Traducción al Español
« on: September 30, 2008, 03:44 PM »
I'll post a Circle Dock update in a few days with the new language files.

Circle Dock / Re: Circle Dock Enhancements
« on: September 30, 2008, 03:42 PM »
I would like to be able to use my left and right mouse button combination to show the circle dock. I know there is a hotkey app, but thats another app to run.


It's something that I'm thinking about. No concrete plans but I will keep it in mind once I rewrite the hooking dll for Circle Dock.

Circle Dock / Re: Circle Dock Enhancements
« on: September 30, 2008, 03:41 PM »
I like the idea and looks  :) of Circle Dock very much.
Nice piece of work !  :Thmbsup:

However personal I think a great addition wold be if it is possible to execute a serie (batch) of programs by clicking on a icon. Currently I'm using this feature in the Docklet application ProgramLaunch which is also nice. Clicking on the item will then start a couple of applications (or open directories) which were placed in a batch.

Tabs (as discussed in another forum message) would indeed also be very valuable and complete the basic functionality.

Thanks in advance.

PS I hope this is the correct place to post any enhancement request.....?

Hello and Welcome,

Would it not have the same effect if you placed the programs you want to launch in a Windows .bat or .vbs script file?

Circle Dock / Re: about locking dock items
« on: September 30, 2008, 03:40 PM »
Are the icons getting deleted when they are moved? If so, this means that the centre orb is too big because when a dock icon is dragged over it, Circle Dock interprets that as a delete operation. Try decreasing the size of the centre orb.

As for the dock items moving too easily, I can put in an option to lock the location of the dock items themselves. However, first try adjusting the click sensitivity in the Settings Panel under General. Make it less sensitive and the dock items won't move so easily.

Circle Dock / Re: ObjectDock Docklets...
« on: September 30, 2008, 03:36 PM »
Sounds good. Let me know if you need some web space to host the standalone docklet project.

Circle Dock / Re: ObjectDock Docklets...
« on: September 29, 2008, 05:42 PM »
Would it be easier to make this a separate project from Circle Dock and get it to run as a standalone first? Getting docklets working is a big project in itself and DonationCoder could always host the project. As for the Docklet_Data struct declaration in your first post, try replacing

public IntPtr hInstanceDll;


public int hInstanceDll;

I would be interested in hearing what's required to get docklets running in C#.

Eric Wong

Try setting the dock to Topmost in the Settings Panel under General. The Always on Bottom option needs some fine tuning.

Living Room / Re: What Sports Do You Participate In?
« on: September 27, 2008, 05:18 AM »
What about fishing?
I would say this is more of an activity for the human. The fish is spending most of the energy here.

And spearfishing?
Yes, I'd say this qualifies as a sport. You have to have good skills, hand eye-coordination, and the stamina to stab all those fish.

And flying? (I own a light plane [or rather, it owns me])
Unless you are that buzz light-year guy that built his own set of turbine-powered wings, I would have to say this is more of an activity.

And horse riding? The proper kind, just a bridle, and going wild across the paddocks.......
This would be a sport for horses. The human is just their for the ride.

And circle work in souped up utes?
??? I don't know what that is, but if it sounds energy intensive, so I guess it qualifies.  :D

Circle Dock / Re: StandaloneStack on Circle Dock
« on: September 27, 2008, 04:54 AM »
does it have the same problem, like hiding, and moving without any permission... ;) :huh:

??? I don't see what is happening and what is causing that problem for you.

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