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Thanks for that urban dictionary  Now I know what a blumkin is. :P

Are you sure X1 is free?  I thought those days were over; 50 bucks. :huh:

My understanding of the suggested procedure is that it requires a tedious line by line review of the entire document (unless I was not doing it correctly) and I gave up.  However, I would describe typical document fonts as follows:

- Draft document before removal of rogue font types:  2 or 3 font types,  with one or two font sizes.

- Final document after removal of rogue font types: 1 font type with two font sizes, as well as some All Caps of the same font

Word 2003.  This example is about 7 pages long including two pages with tables and figures with caption.  They usually start as an existing document (template) but several rogue editors add comments and cut and paste stuff through several iterations of review.

katykaty, thanks for the suggestion  :)  but I found it to be a very cumbersome and convoluted procedure, especially in a long document. :huh:

Are there any other ideas?

I often realize, too late, that I have published documents created in MS Word, that unexpectedly contains mixed font types and or sizes (e.g., a few unwanted Arial sentences in the middle of a Veranda document).

Is there a way to search for font types and/or sizes in an MS Word document other than scanning with the naked eye?

I am also color blind so it would be nice if it could search for font colors but this would be a secondary requirement.

Deozaan, I use the Outlook calendar along with Remind-Me  It's not free but it does all or most of everything that you mentioned, and it automatically syncs with Outlook (separate option must be purchased).  You can use it for alarms, events and recurring items which can send an email notification and or pop-up or alert.  If you get a a meeting 'invitation' in Outlook it will automatically be added to the Remind-Me calendar, if you bought the sync option.  I find it useful as a quick reference rather than depending on all the bloated stuff in Outlook.

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use 7-Zip files?
« on: April 30, 2007, 10:54 PM »
I would vote for Blue but I can't vote twice.

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use 7-Zip files?
« on: April 30, 2007, 08:29 AM »
The polls are closing soon.  Please cast you vote.

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use 7-Zip files?
« on: April 26, 2007, 10:29 PM »
If I knew how, I would change the vote.  But you could also think of it this way.  In the end, when the statistics are compiled, a vote for 'Never' is like a 'No +' , whereas a 'Sometimes' is like a 'Yes - '.   Will that suffice?

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use 7-Zip files?
« on: April 26, 2007, 06:39 PM »
I took at it as "no=I don't generally use it" and "never=I NEVER USE IT EVAR!"
f0dder's interpretation of "No" and "Never" is correct. ;)   

(or if you want to support even really old quirky architectures, .tar.gz)

I use 7-Zip (the application) because it has proven reliable and fast for quite a while, and I use it constantly at work to sling files off to clients and fellow employees.
Good point. The 7-Zip application and the .7z format are two separate issues.  I should have been more succinct with my question.

Thanks superboyac! I didn't want to be the only one going "Blue? What the hey does that mean?!"
It's my favorite color. :P

General Software Discussion / Do you use 7-Zip files?
« on: April 25, 2007, 04:23 PM »
The 7-Zip *.7z is my preferred compressed file type.  I am interested to know if it is preferred by many others at DC.  Thanks, jdd

General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 9
« on: April 15, 2007, 05:34 PM »
You can add me to the long list of DO users that first learned about it on DC.

I'm not sure whether I'd prefer a special DC discount for the upgrade, or a 7-zip plug-in....Hmmmmm.  Scratch that, I would definitely prefer the 7-zip plug-in which has been talked about on the DO forum for a long time but never seems to go anywhwere.

darwin, would you mind putting my favorite VUPlayer to the comparison test... http://vuplayer?  I first learned about it here on DC. 

I am glad to see that my initial inquiry has generated some good discussion but it has confused the heck out of me.  I have a significant quantity of large pdf's that I keep as permanent reference on my laptop that are indexed and searchable.  Since I spend a great deal of time on the road, I am highly sensitive to bloating the hard drive.

Many of the pdf's I keep on disk have been sent to me (created by other people) or downloaded from the net so I have little control over the fact that someone else was inefficient in creating the original PDF.

What I find so distressing is that my software tests gave exactly the opposite result that Darwin found.  In other words, my limited testing indicated that PdfCompressor 3.1 kicked butt, while PDF-DocPro was completely ineffective.  I will do some additional testing and report back.

On a related note, while I was searching for a program to compress large PowerPoint files, I came across another (more affordable) gem called NXPowerLite  This program will dramatically shrink PowerPoint as well as Word documents.  What appeals to me most is that it retains the native file format (e.g. .ppt, .doc., .xls) so the file can be edited at a later date.

I downloaded a trial version of pdf-DocPro and it would not compress any of my test files by more than a few %.  I had already tried the free PDF Compressor without much luck.  This other program (PdfCompressor 3.1) will crush a 10 to 20 Meg + pdf file by well over 50% and the resulting quality is very impressive.  Too bad it's so damn expensive.

General Software Discussion / Software to compress large pdf files
« on: March 18, 2007, 01:01 PM »
Does anyone know of a program that will compress (not archive) large .pdf files and significantly shrink their size.  I found a really good one called PdfCompressor 3.1 but it costs $300. :o


Backup Guide / Re: Don't forget Syncback !!!!
« on: August 28, 2006, 08:16 AM »
urlwolf, I also use SB so I want to make sure I uderstand your comment.   Do you mean to say that the recovery will restore ALL the files, including the incremental backups whereas you would like the ability to restore only the incremental portion of the backup set?  Did I get that right because now I am worried that I may have lsot some files during a recent restore operation.


Living Room / Re: inline search highlighting in word?
« on: August 22, 2006, 04:49 PM »
For highlighting, I strongly recommend Hilitext at  :Thmbsup:.  It highlights words in all kinds of media and documents inlcuding Word, pdf files, txt and web pages. Options allow for match case or not match case, and complete word match or partial match.  ...You can even download the last free version if you know where to look. ;)

Hilitext automatically scans your screen and highlights every instance of your keywords in all open desktop windows including web pages, e-mail messages and other documents to help you find information more quickly and easily. It continues to highlight all instances of your target terms automatically as you surf from web page to web page or e-mail to e-mail.

As a long time user of syncbackse, I will be very interested to hear your feedback.... :down: or :up:

I have been using 7-Zip which has always been free and Open Source.   And I was under the impression it has greater compression ratio than WinRAR, especially with multiple files .  Can someone set me straight?

The main features of 7-Zip:

    * High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression
    * 7-Zip is free software distributed under the GNU LGPL
    * Supported formats:
          o Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
          o Unpacking only: RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS
    * For ZIP and GZIP formats 7-Zip provides compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
    * Self-extracting capability for 7z format
    * Integration with Windows Shell
    * Powerful File Manager
    * Powerful command line version
    * Plugin for FAR Manager
    * Localizations for 63 languages

I have used Fix It Utilities registry fixer for several years on different laptops and never had any problems, provided that you remove only those recommended by default (and I never tried to delete any others). :up:

I have recently been using the trial version of jv16 Power Tools.  When it finishes scanning, I have been choosing "Select all" and then "Fix".  I find that jv16 PT comes up with a much longer list of items to delete.  SO far have not had any problems. :up:

I have always run them in the manual mode.

The bigger and more important question that I cannot answer is how much better or worse things would be if I had not flushed them to begin with. :-\

It's been several weeks since the free X1 Enterprise Client was released.  Before I convert my paid (now obselete :huh:) version of the X1 Desktop to the free client, I am interested to know if anyone has had any problems.....other than the Yahoo toolbar issue that was previously discussed. :-\

Pretty sweet, Mouser.  You assimilated db90h in about 19 minutes.  Would you mind telling which graphics programs were involved? :tellme:

Can we give ourselves donation credits for well-planned posts? :D

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