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You will soon - on March 4 - be able to purchase Surfulator for $39.50 at Bits.  In the past, I'd have killed (well, maimed, anyway) to get it for that price. Since I couldn't afford it I bought  Ultra Recall at a reduced price only to learn, here, that it is no longer being developed. However, I can't really complain as I got it at a VERY good price. I'd like to try Surfulator but having already paid for the other program and being very strapped for $ these days it doesn't make sense to buy yet another license for yet another very similar program. Oh yeah, AND I am a Firefox user.

Regarding pricing:  Any developer can charge anything they wish for their products. A buyer can only pay or decline. As shareware prices rise, I must decline more and more. $80.00 is a lot of money to some of us. With the trend toward high upgrade prices and limiting upgrades to the one year mark, I have (sadly) accepted the fact that the version I pay for is the one I will be keeping - forever.  Anyway, to my way of thinking, upgrades are not always improvements and more than once I've gone back to a previous version that I was happier with.   

I too use Liquid Story Binder XE (in conjunction with another writing application) and, like you, I am amazed at the support offered by the company - and their constant upgrades and improvements. Too bad Black Obelisk didn't buy WordPerfect. After version 6.1 (the love of my life) it's been all downhill for them and the support is nil.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: PreDelete
« on: January 26, 2009, 09:23 PM »
Could you pls explain it in more detail? I could code something as FARR plug-in which would handle it.

I already have written a timer plug-in for FARR and as I want to rewrite it from scratch I am thinking of adding scripting ability, which could in fact be used for this purpose as well.

Do I understand it correctly that file which was formerly at location
will be stored in

If so, will you handle copying of the file into trash folder with maintaining of the path by yourself or do you want the program to do it for you?

I don't use FARR because I have a launcher that I dearly love for its tiny size. I know FARR is highly thought of and if it did just this one thing I would be pleased to use it for that.

I have a folder where I store files I would like to get rid of.  All I need, as pointed out by tmpusr, is something that would restore a file to its original location - just like what happens when I choose Restore in the Recycle Bin. 

Sorry if I didn't make myself clear. I don't talk tech -- at all.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: PreDelete
« on: January 26, 2009, 11:16 AM »
Yeah. Right. I think I understand what you said and it makes sense - thanks for answering. I guess it would be a big project though and not a coding snack 'cause you are the only one who replied.  :)

After participating in this discussion, I decided I should check on the update status of my Xplorer2 program and found that my year was up on October 7 of last year. So- I emailed them to find out if I can still download any updates that became available before my time was up.  :)

I am told that I since there have been few additions to my current version (1.71) I can update to 1.72.  :)  I am pleased and that will do until I am ready/willing to purchase another Explorer replacement.

A few reasons for preferring Freeware: If my system crashes, I can just reinstall it - without having to contact the vendor with my proof of purchase (which may have been lost in the crash), without having to acquire another product key (which may or may not be available) - without having to explain (perhaps to no avail) why it looks like I'm using a different computer (if I'm not - it is even worse if I am) - without "activating".  I can install the program on my laptop (I don't have one yet but I am hoping). It would be pretty difficult to take what I call my "work" with me if the license only allows for use on one computer. I didn't even realize that would be an issue until I started pining for a laptop.


Maybe there is a treatment program for that?  :)

I've been doing the same thing. Viagra and enlargement products for body parts I don't have. I thought I'd been doing it in my sleep or it was my alter ego - or something even more pernicious.

I use Thunderbird. I direct all emails from myself to a specific folder. Then, UNLESS I've sent myself something - during waking hours, I empty it all at once.  At least I don't have to look at them all the time.

TreepadX Enterprise is by far and away the best - - If only mine would start working again  :(

After participating in this discussion, I decided I should check on the update status of my Xplorer2 program and found that my year was up on October 7 of last year. So- I emailed them to find out if I can still download any updates that became available before my time was up.  :)

 :) Such a heated discussion. I love it.  Here is my 2 pennies worth.

Back in the days when I was first enjoying shareware I didn't know Updates/Upgrades could be a problem. My first bad experience was with a PIM called Golden Section Notes. It was a troublesome program that periodically ate a few files. I periodically asked for help. I never got any. I did get notices for newer versions. One day, after installing the newer version, I couldn't get access to any of the kazillion files I had stored in it. Turned out that the newer version was an upGRADE not an upDATE. The company wouldn't help me get back to my old version because they said, "It isn't supported any more." So I was left in the dust with the mess.

My next negative experience was with Xplorer2. I understood the website to say it included lifetime updates. Shortly after I purchased it I received a notice that they were changing their policy etc., etc. and they kindly offered to sell me a lifetime upgrade license.  Would I trust that?  Certainly not.  I have learned a valuable lesson. I no longer trust anyone who claims to offer a lifetime license.  Who's lifetime? Mine? Theirs? Until they realize they need more regular income? Until their mood changes?

Certainly I understand that the people who write these programs need to generate income. All I am saying is that - If upGRADES will be charged for in the future, that should be made clear from the beginning. Updates (as I understand them are fixes), I should have to pay for them no more often than NEVER.

It has also been my experience that an upgrade isn't necessarily an improvement.  Often it is just more bloat, junk, or a change in the UI that I do not like. Several times I've backed up to a previous version. I've learned to keep the old setup exes whenever I venture into a newer version.

There are several mentions of pirating and expecting everything to be free in this thread. That's insulting. I never pirated anything in my life. Guess if I wanted to, I'd learn how it is done. Come to think of it, it might be a good idea given the current trend. Neither do I expect everything to be free - just affordable. If I can find a freebie program to use in place of a paid one - that I will soon have to pay for again - I will use the free one. I, and millions of others, don't have an unlimited supply of $. Income vs Outgo is as much an issue for us as any company. Shareware comes somewhere after food in our budgets. Lots of things are out of my reach and I will never purchase a yearly subscription to use an application. For rich folks, that's fine, for the rest of us it is idiocy. I doubt it will turn out to be a profitable direction for companies to head in, especially in these times.

Post New Requests Here / IDEA: PreDelete
« on: January 08, 2009, 10:28 AM »
Since I know nothing about programming, I have no idea if this would qualify as a Coding Snack but I would like to have a program that:

1.  Gives me a place (a folder will do) - other than the recycle bin - to send anything I am not sure is safe to delete. 
2.  Can be restored to its original place - just like using the Restore buttton from the recycle bin does.

Yes, I know I can - and in fact I do - use a folder to hold such items until I am ready to send them on their way.  The problem occurs when, for whatever reason, I want to restore something only to realize -  I don't remember where it came from.

Maybe you could call it Halfway House or Limbo or I'll Be There.  What do you think?


P.S. On my system, a huge number of files are sent to the Recycle Bin daily so it must also be emptied every day. A program like this should be useful for many people. 

General Software Discussion / Re: AVG vs TicTocTitle
« on: November 08, 2008, 10:15 AM »
Wouldn't be surprised if there's several people here who use AVG, but don't pay much attention to warnings about DonationCoder software... especially for AHK tools, since there's been several posts about false virus alarms.

It was impossible to ignore. AVG deleted both programs - without warning and without using quarantine. They are gone forever.

General Software Discussion / Re: Battle of the Free Online Storages
« on: November 08, 2008, 10:05 AM »
ADrive has a very slow upload acording to the test Crush links to above
160 mins (almost 3 hrs) for 300mb
75 mins to download same
a generally slow and/or problematic connection - still got third place though!
Just so's you know

Well-ll-ll-ll -  didn't you just burst my happy bubble!   :huh:
Makes me wonder what got fourth place.  Thanks for the warning. I'm now calculating essential MBs.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: AnVir Pro $17
« on: November 06, 2008, 10:38 AM »
I tried to purchase this UNSUCCESSFULLY the day it was offered on Bits du Jour.  I don't know what the problem is with me and that website but this is the second time I've had problems purchasing a program I wanted. Both times the deal was no longer available even though the website showed there was still time left to buy them.  I like AnVir Task Manager Pro because it's easier for me to understand it than it is for me to decipher Sysinternal's apps. I have a few days left with it before the trial runs out. Guess I'll try to make good use of it. I missed out on Macrium Reflect too.  :(  Maybe it is because of the time difference but if the page tells me X # of hours left to purchase, I have assumed that included Californians too.

DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Note
« on: November 06, 2008, 10:21 AM »
I was looking for something just like this a while back. Cute. Small. Simple. Just my cup of tea coffee.  Don't complicate it.

General Software Discussion / Re: Battle of the Free Online Storages
« on: November 06, 2008, 08:57 AM »
Interesting that I came across this just now. I just came from the Free Download A Day website and was thinking about downloading A Drive.  Ever since my computer crashed and wreaked such havoc in my life, I live in fear of it happening again. I keep backups on an external WD drive and some of the most important files I also keep on a flash drive but I'm still not comfortable. I mean, what would I do if my house burned down or someone stole my precious Gremlin (yes, my 'puter has a name)??? And A Drive offers, not 2, not 5, not even 25 but 50 GB of free storage.

Living Room / Re: My computer is older than YOUR computer!
« on: October 19, 2008, 09:33 AM »
If you live in Santa Cruz, CA, that has GOT to be my old computer. Across the room is its successor, a Packard Bell Multimedia M415 that was purchased in 1995. Until August of 2004, it was my only computer. Until September 1st of this year, it was still used daily. I can't bring myself to dismantle it.  I confess, I loved Windows95. I was comfortable with it, didn't mind trying every tweak I came across and didn't mind digging around in the registry. If something went awry, I just dug out the Windows95 disk and reinstalled over everything. No problem. If I needed help I phoned Microsoft and a real person walked me through the solution. The phone calls were free -- for a year.  Best of all and the reason I can't let go of it, was the software. If I need to do really serious work, I can always walk over to the corner and fire up WordPerfect 6.1 or Excel 97.

ProcessTamer / I WISH
« on: October 09, 2008, 11:25 AM »
I've been running Process Tamer on the desktop so I can watch the CPU of an application that keeps crashing. I wish I could make it smaller so I could place it where it wouldn't block the view of other running programs. I would like to be able to adjust the columns further and reduce the whole thing to a smaller size by dragging the corner.   

General Software Discussion / Re: AVG vs TicTocTitle
« on: September 29, 2008, 05:34 PM »
Another thought occurs.  No one else - here - seems to have had this happen. I know I can't be the only one with these two DonationCoder programs who uses AVG. I am not very smart about viruses, can they come from out of the blue, a website, the skies, the devil or whatever and attach themselves to innocent files?  :huh:

General Software Discussion / Re: AVG vs TicTocTitle
« on: September 29, 2008, 05:26 PM »
I uploaded TicTocTitle.exe to to see if any other AV gave a false positive of the file.
Link to the results: http://www.virustota...f3821494004e279a7395

3 out of 36 AVs detected it as at least a suspicious file. But AVG was not one of them. Maybe they use a different version than sazzen.

FIRST THE UPDATE: This morning AVG deleted WhatColor.exe from my system.

The page you cited was last updated Sept 24. AVG deleted TicTocTitle on Sept. 23. I went to their site and hour ago to find this - Updated Sept. 28: "Added detection of new variant of Worm/Autoit, new variants of trojans Backdoor.Hupigon, VB, Proxy."

As I was writing this I returned to the page and it is gone, replaced with something else. It is also gone from the download update page. It was there just a few minutes ago!

They are  probably using AVG 8. I am still clinging to 7.5 but virus definitions shouldn't be any different. Should they?

Anyway, if it is helpful to anyone, they call the TicTocTitle virus Worm/Autoit.DCX. They call the WhatColor virus Worm/Autoit.DJV.

Clipboard Help+Spell / Passwords
« on: September 24, 2008, 04:41 PM »
I use a Password program to store my many passwords. It uses the copy paste-method so they all end up in Clipboard Help and Spell. I tried adding the name of the program to "ignore these applications" in the Capture Options dialog box but the passwords still appear. What am I doing wrong?

General Software Discussion / AVG vs TicTocTitle
« on: September 24, 2008, 03:10 PM »
AVG runs a scan daily on my computer. When I checked yesterday's test results I found it had listed TicTocTitle.exe as a virus and deleted it from the system.  :huh:  Since they locked me out of the forum a couple of years ago, I don't know how to report a false positive to them.  I just thought someone here should know and wondered if anyone else had the same experience.

I gave this a try two years ago. When I saw it on GAOTD I did what J-Mac did, passed then went back and downloaded it. Like all (writing) programs it has its strengths and weaknesses. What it always comes down to is my personal likes and dislikes. In Liquid Story Binder I like the Timeline. I like being able to enter notes right into the body of the book by simply typing in two consecutive periods and then entering whatever comment I want to make. The note text appears in a different font and color so it's easily distinguishable from the rest of the text and it's ignored when printing or using the word count. Another thing I appreciate is the Automatic Revisions Marker. The Repetition Visualizer is a great tool and there is a Word Usage tool that "allows you to view individual word instances sorted alphabetically." 

I could make a great long list of nice features Liquid Story Binder offers. I can also say it's a bit disorienting and there are many parts I do not yet understand and some that I find useless or redundant. There are also a few little glitches. However, I believe that the program was intended to be highly versatile so it would be useful to everyone, regardless of how they work.  If that is the case, Black Oblelisk has hit the mark.

I use PowerWriter for any serious writing and will continue to do so. I wouldn't (right now) trade it for anything, but I am finding more and more use for Liquid Story Binder as an adjunct and I've only had it a few weeks. The company is enthusiastic about their product and constantly making improvements  so, even though the GAOTD time limit has passed, if you do any writing and have the opportunity to get it at a good price, grab it. Just be prepared to give it a fair trial. 

Mobysaurus / Re: Mobysaurus Ever Conflict W/Other Applications?
« on: July 11, 2008, 04:33 PM »
you are a supporting member -- your key will work forever on all of our programs.  the keys are not tied to a specific pc and dont connect to the internet so you have nothing to worry about in that regard.

Thanks. Even so, I am going to hold off uninstalling for a while hoping to hear something about Net Framework. I'm also trying to find out if the other application might be the problem.  Thanks again for the quick answer.

edit by jgpaiva: fixed quote tag

Mobysaurus / Re: Too many synonyms, too many not relevant
« on: July 11, 2008, 10:55 AM »
I like it just like it is.  Extraneous synonyms push me to think in new directions. All too often that is a very good thing.

Mobysaurus / Mobysaurus Ever Conflict W/Other Applications?
« on: July 11, 2008, 10:45 AM »
I installed Mobysaurus on 06/30/08. On the same day, I also installed another application. Ever since, I've been having problems with other applications that have always been as stable as Gibraltar. They hang and crash and I have to resort to Task Manager to shut them down.

I fell in love Mobysaurus at first sight and would be desolate if I had to do without it now. Actually, I don't really believe it is the source of my problems but who wants to believe that something you love is causing you harm? I have the same problem with Chunky Monkey. At any rate, I must go through the process of checking out every possibility so I wanted to ask you folks if any of you have had similar problems, maybe because of the use of Net Framework? 

One more not very intelligent question: If I uninstall it and then reinstall, will the key work again?

Please don't be shy. I really need some input here.


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