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General Software Discussion / Re: Popup Translator Shootout?
« on: May 27, 2010, 04:31 PM »
OK, for the moment, TranslateClient is the clear winner for me. It is fast, small and has easy accessible functions for replacing text with the translation result (must-have feature).

TranslateClient, Main

TranslateClient, Popup

Lingoes must be one of the most overbloated tools I have ever seen (for my taste). It probably takes weeks to set up everything that's there. What's more, it has no replace-translation-result function (or I can't find it in the zillion options).

Lingoes, Main

Lingoes, Popup

Stardict seems to have lots of options as well. However I can't seem to find where to simply setup Google as translation source (instead of downloading "hundreds" of dictionaries from their forum). Further, it seems to use for whatever reason, a chinese font, and I can't find how to change that. Then, the popup seems to be very hard to trigger reliably. Last, no replace function either  >:(

Stardict, Main

Stardict, Popup

Dictionary.NET is a tiny standalone that does its job. However, the font is too small for my taste, and (again) no replace text function  :down:

Dictionary.NET, Main/Popup

Looking forward to everyone else's experiences,
Cheers David.P

General Software Discussion / Re: Popup Translator Shootout?
« on: May 27, 2010, 03:30 PM »
Here's a short overview of all the tools mentioned initially, and some more.


Cheers David.P

General Software Discussion / Popup Translator Shootout?
« on: May 27, 2010, 03:37 AM »
Hi forum,

I just stumbled upon a few amazing online/text popup translator tools like Lingoes, Google Translate Client, StarDict and Dictionary.NET.

At the moment, I'm totally overwhelmed that tools like these have existed for some time without me having noticed  :o :o

I'm still far from being able to tell which of these tools might be the best (probably there are even more such tools out there..)

Thus, maybe someone else is already closer to make a conclusion, or a little shootout, between the most popular -- or the most advanced -- (popup) translator tools?

Thanks already
Cheers David.P

Thanks heaps guys!

Emailstripper perfectly did it for me  :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:

Cheers David.P

Hi forum,

quite simply put: how can I convert this:

> Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur
> adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor
> incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.
> Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud
> exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip
> ex ea commodo consequat.

> > Duis aute irure
> > dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse
> > cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur.
> > Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non
> > proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt
> > mollit anim id est laborum.

......back to this:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

I thought there must be zillions of Thunderbird addons or other freeware products that can do this -- however I can't find any! Not even NotePad++ with it's powerful TextFX function seems to be able to do it (out of the box)!



Thanks already and
Cheers David.P

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: BBCeditor 1.0.29
« on: April 21, 2010, 02:50 AM »
Whoooaa this is GREAT! Fenix, your BBCeditor is the BEST  :Thmbsup:

It works flawlessly with the Firefox Extension "It's All Text" -- and what's more it is fully dictation enabled (e.g. with NaturallySpeaking).

For me this means that I have the forum (e.g. DonationCoder) open on the left monitor, BBCeditor on the right monitor, and am happily dictating away into my forum post!

Pressing Ctrl-S in BBCeditor instantly updates the forum's text box in the browser -- such that I can easily see what I have dictated, WYSIWYG directly in the forum, just by hitting the forum's Preview button.

Thank you very much for this marvellous piece of software!

Cheers David

Thanks for pointing to BBCEditor! This looks like a great little tool.

However, my favourite solution still would be to compose posts in MS Word and then export/copy to bbcode and/or to clean html. Strange that there still seems to be no tool or Word macro that can do this from within Word.

While looking for a tool to clean up the html code clutter produced by Word, I finally came across the Microsoft Office HTML Filter which does a really good job on this, if anyone is interested.

However, I'm still looking for the Word addon/macro solution that would be my favourite.

Cheers David.P

General Software Discussion / WYSIWYG bbcode/html editor (or Word macro)
« on: September 02, 2009, 04:58 AM »
Hi @all,

I was going to come back on this topic in order to see if there is any news on a WYSIWYG bbcode editor.

Actually what I'm looking for would be a very simple editor like FASS that however additionally a) allows to edit in WYSIWYG mode, AND that b) can output simple HTML as well.

Even better would be to use MS Word (shudder) for WYSIWYG composing and in the end convert the document to clean and simple html or bbcode at the touch of a (macro) button!

Any ideas whether this is possible, or whether something similar already exists...?

Thanks already,
Cheers David.P

General Software Discussion / Re: FileBox eXtender Alternatives
« on: August 21, 2009, 02:33 AM »
I agree that FileBox Extender is still the best. However I must say that -- although I regularly try and use FBE's, DF's, Dopus' as well as Windows' recent folder function -- it's only with a lot of luck when I actually seem to be able to go to the respective recent folder I'm looking for. Anyway, I don't use the recent folders and favourites function that often.

However I was wondering, is there ANY other tool at all that has the fantastic feature of FBE where you open a file open/save dialog, then click on an explorer (or Dopus) window, and the file open/save dialog is instantly switched to the same directory which that Explorer window is currently pointing to? This is THE key feature of FBE I must be using a hundred times a day.

Cheers David.P


Cheers David.P

General Software Discussion / Database...
« on: December 09, 2008, 01:59 PM »
Hmm, actually that adress book seems to be some sort of SQL database...

It consists of the following several files:


of which "phonebook.db.script" contains the lines below:

#HSQL Database Engine
#Tue Dec 09 20:51:59 CET 2008

Would that make any difference to the original question?


Thanks everyone for the answers!

Yep, I think the app would have to be re-engineered such that it only reads the file in memory and then leaves it alone (like e.g. notepad). Additionally, the app would have to read the file again first before actually writing to it (in case the other instance would have written to it in the meantime).

Why oh why is there no software (hardware?) solution to that problem? I think that this problem occurs very often. Well of course it could cause all kinds of trouble if used without caution.

The app is btw actually a ISDN caller identifier software, and the to-be-shared file simply is the phonebook that only changes if on either end someone adds a new telephone number entry.   

Cheers David.P

Hi Forum,

on two PC's on the network I run a (the same) application. That app uses a config sort of file which is updated from time to time, either from the first PC, or from the other.

That file is located on a network drive, so access from each of the two apps is no problem. However, if the file is in use by the app on one PC, the other PC can't read that file (because it's locked), let alone write to it.

What I was wondering, is there any solution to that problem? I mean, like a software that somehow simulates a file that two apps can access at the same time (...or something)?

Thanks already,

Cheers David.P

Wow, I can't believe that you simply could do that! Thanks, I'll look into this database and see what I can excerpt from it.

Otherwise, what I have found out is that regarding "spidering intelligence", the software Blackwidow is one of the best, since you can specify

a) which pages are scanned for your wanted links only; and
b) which pages are actually downloaded.

This way, Blackwidow actually manages to crawl from posting to posting in that forum, downloading only the posts and ignoring EVERYTHING else on the website. It also manages not to download every posting multiple times.

Blackwidow however seems to have a hard time to rewrite the html code such that it actually becomes browsable offline  :(

The latter however is what the program WinHttrack does marvelously. WinHttrack unfortunately has the drawback that it doesn't have such sophisticated filter settings as Blackwidow. With WinHttrack, you can't differentiate between pages that are only scanned for links and pages that are downloaded. Therefore, WinHttrack (that does a beautiful job in converting the pages for offline browsing) ends up downloading much more than what you actually are after.

Thanks everyone,

PS: Filter settings in Blackwidow:

Thanks for the tips -- however it seems that basically, each of Httrack and BlackWidow 4.4 (both free) basically can do most of what those commercial website rippers offer.

Otoh -- Httrack, BlackWidow and also WebsitePacker all seem to load tens of thousands of links from that forum where actually there are only are a few thousand useful entries. It seems as if that forum's software generates unique URL's every time something is accessed. This is why every single posting of that forum gets checked and downloaded like a dozen times instead of only once.

So far, I think that BlackWidow is the best software since it can build an explorer-like tree representation of the web site without actually downloading everything first. Then in the end, you only pick the folder containing the stuff you want and download that folder.

It however still seems to take days for BlackWidow to build that folder tree (if it ever gets there at all), for the same "unique URL" reason above...  >:(


Do i understand correctly that you do not have access to the backend database? ie you just have normal forum member rights to view posts?

I have the same rights to that L&H forum e.g. as you, or as everyone else reading the present thread.

Probably it would need some sort of "intelligent" crawler that only downloads links up to a certain depth (like about depth "2" or something) while neglecting other links (like especially those "Collapse" and "Expand" links).

Cheers David.P

Hi Forum,

there is this stone-age Web forum by the L&H company that has ceased to exist already like a decade ago:


It is still operative but it is to be feared that the current site owner is simply going to shut the forum down pretty soon as he has done with other similar forums.

Therefore it would be great to find a way how to make a local copy of all that forum's threads in some way.

I have already tried Adobe Acrobat  :-[ and WebsitePacker (this is great, makes *.CHM files out of an entire site).

However both take ages and download literally Gigabytes of stuff because these tools are too stupid not to click on each and every link (especially the "Collapse" and "Expand" links next to every thread :mad:). Therefore, every single posting sort of gets downloaded like a dozen times instead only once, and it would take days, create hundreds of thousands of files and use up dozens of Gigabytes to download everything.

Any more ideas how I could actually rip that entire forum to one compact file or directory structure?

Thanks heaps already,

Thanks everyone for the great help and suggestions!

Cheers David.P

Yeah thanks -- but how am I supposed to do that in Winmerge? Have looked around all menus and options but can't seem to find a "select" or "keep only different lines" option.

Thanks! Sounds as if this is the right thing for me -- only a little drawback for users like me that are spoiled by mouse and blinkenlights --> seems as if there is no GUI.

But thank you very much for the tip!

Cheers David.P

Thanks guys,

however I'm not good enough at such coding I'm afraid...

I tried Winmerge but could not find a way to do it there.


General Software Discussion / Re: Any good free OCR software?
« on: November 12, 2008, 03:04 PM »
Once I installed a trial of Microsoft Office 2003 (or was it 2007?). Anyway, when I had to uninstall it, somehow I managed to keep the "Microsoft Office Document Imaging" tool.

BTW, everyone who owns any part of Microsoft Office has this tool on his PC.

This is a marvelous OCR software. Incredibly fast and VERY accurate (powered by Scansoft).


Hi forum,

there's a lot of possibilities to compare text files and keep only the matching lines of both files (you can even do that in MS Word).

However, if I had two text files and wanted to extract the lines that are different in the two files -- how would I go about to do that....?

Thanks heaps already,

Cheers David.P

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