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I think QuickSilver searches for non contiguous letters as well (which I am not sure I would like). Please, Jay, correct me if I am wrong. Colibri does this as well.

#3a i like the idea of being able to change font size, i'll put that on todo list.

But first, please make sure that the menus can handle different font sizes as well! ;)

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Find And Run Robot / Re: All these F+R ideas are wonderful
« on: January 28, 2006, 11:31 AM »
yes, its really just a plain looking "application launch bar", but meant to grow in features.  it won't be the prettiest but i hope it will be up there with the most useful.

Why would you need an application launcher if you have FARR? ;)

Or do you mean something like the OSX dock or something else? If so, check PunkSoftware's RocketDock (http://www.punksoftware.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=45&Itemid=143), which is simply amazing (and free!). It is almost a perfect clone of the OSX dock and it is very small and fast! :-)

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Find And Run Robot / Re: All these F+R ideas are wonderful
« on: January 28, 2006, 03:22 AM »
both have their own section in this subforum though are mostly empty.
a little bit about contextmenu commander is here: https://www.donation...index.php?board=51.0


I could not find any explanation of Launchbar commander. Can you give us a brief one?

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Find And Run Robot / Re: Feature Request V2 — Task Control
« on: January 28, 2006, 03:21 AM »
Actually I also prefer tab, but I think QuickSilver allows both.

Colibri's objective is to be a QuickSilver replacement for windows. Even its look is quite similar to QuickSilver. Thus the way it functions is very similar to QuickSilver. The problem with it is that it is not easy to discover (mainly because Colibri does not put an arrow or some visual indication that you can access a set of commands for each item that it finds), but once you know it it can become quite powerful.

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By the way, mouser, I saw some of your coments in some internet forum the other day, where someome was asking for free alternatives to appRocket and you were answering to someone that said that FRR is not free. I was impressed by the vision that you show for this site and for your software! That made me even happier when I saw you guys mentionned by downloadsquad.

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Find And Run Robot / Re: All these F+R ideas are wonderful
« on: January 27, 2006, 08:10 PM »
That is great!

Can you tell us more about "launchbar commander" and "contextmenu commander"?

Angel

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Regarding the default skin, I tried all the ones that were on the "skin pack" that you gave me Mouser. The ones I like the most are:

- mxskin24 - A kind of "clear blue skin" which I think looks really good and which is the one I am using.- mxskin66 - which I call the "tatoo skin".
- mxp1 and mxskin70 - Both are kind of "Luna like". These may be the ones that would blend better with the default Windows XP theme.
- Also the itunes and macos skins are quite cool.

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Every 2-4 years I come across a utility which is so good that it transforms my work style. I can think of three such utilities in the past decade; FARR is one of those 3.

Hey, what are the other 2?!? :)

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Or Mercury Robot Launcher, although that sounds like some kind of NASA facility!

For some reason it made me thing of Terminator 2! :)

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Find And Run Robot / Re: Feature Request V2 — Task Control
« on: January 27, 2006, 06:43 PM »
I meant the arrow _keys_ of course  :)
I think they also use Tab, which also makes a lot of sense.

Check this description that I found on the Quicksilver forum about performing a task with normal mouse/keyboard commands versus QuickSilver:

example: to email the current file i have selected in finder to a friend in my address book:

1. normal mode

copy the file (Cmd+C)
open email application (mouse to dock + click)
open new email (cmd+n)
select to field (mouse move + click)
type in name (several keystrokes -- apple mail does auto complete)
select body (mouse move + click / or tab-tab-tab)
paste copied file (Cmd+V)
send (shortcut key or mouse move + click)

2. quicksilver mode

hotkey (cmd+space)
type (F I N -- auto completes to finder)
press right arrow to get selected file
press tab
type (E M A -- auto completes to "email to ..")
press tab
type friend's name (looks up in address book)
press Enter


By the way, for those who don't know, the "Finder" is Mac OSX's version of the Windows Explorer.

For more info on QuickSilver you might want to look at http://docs.blacktree.com/quicksilver/what_is_quicksilver. However, I don't think that FRR needs to be able to do such complex things or even to imitate QuickSilver (FRR has its own purpose), but the general idea of using the arrow keys to select actions is quite good in my opinion.

Cheers,

Angel

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but something like "mercury runner" could be feasible..

I like that. Something like "mercury runner" or "mercury launcher" would be pretty specific.

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Find And Run Robot / Re: Feature Request V2 — Task Control
« on: January 27, 2006, 05:16 PM »
Have you seen quicksilver? the way it does it is as follows. You select the item on the search results and you click the right arrow. Then it shows you a list of things that you can do (like close, copy, and others). You select the option, type enter and the action is performed.

I've only seen this once in a friend of miens mac mini, but it seemed really easy to use.

Cheers,

Angel

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 If a update delay option was added, you would not need to use it if you don't want to.  :D

And looks _are_ important. A lot of people judge how good an app is by its look. If it looks "old" they will think that it is not good. I don't necesarily agree with that, but if I have 2 apps with the same functionality, I'll always prefer the better looking one.

Look at the review in downloadsquad. It is practically the only negative thing that they say about FRR.

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I've thought of two other names that to me make sense. These make reference to "QuickSilver", which is the most famous (and probably the best) application launcher on Mac OSX. QuickSilver is is the application launcher by which all other application launchers are measured. I've seen countless forum posts on the net of people asking for a "QuickSilver for windows" or "QuickSilver alternative for windows". I believe that FRR is that alternative :-*. So here we go!

- Mercury: Why? Because Mercury is also called QuickSilver :) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quicksilver).

- GoldFast: Again, a reference to QuickSilver  ;).

Note that all these could be appended with "Find and Run Robot" as jdmarch suggested, which I think is a great idea. Thus it could be called "Mercury Find and Run Robot" for instance.

Also, instead of Ruunba, what about "Rumba" (like the Latin dance?). FRR makes my computer dance  ;)

Cheers!

Amadawn

P.S.- Out of these, I think the one I like most is Mercury.
P.S.2.- Mouser, I hope you do not find pretentious or annoying me telling you which name you should use to rename FRR. You must have the last word on this!!!  :-[

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Hi guys,

I just wanted to let you know that Find and Run Robot has been mentioned in the "Today's Free File" section of www.downloadsquad.com, which by the way is one of the coolest web pages on the Net! :D They review all sorts of cool programs and other hacks and they seem to have liked FRR a lot.

Mouser, it is a pity that you do not have a better picture of FRR on the main page, because they used the picture with the default skin and they even mention that the default skin does not look nearly as good as most of the other skins.

Anyway, I think this is really cool, and hopefully it will let more people know about FRR and DonationCoder.

Cheers,

Angel

P.S.- By the way it seems that they reviewed FRR after they saw my comment in the comment thread of a previous article that they made about SlickRun  :D
P.S.2.- The link to the actual article is http://www.downloadsquad.com/2006/01/27/find-and-run-robot-todays-free-file/.

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Thanks!

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I've been trying to setup FRR so that it finds all the .exe files within c:\Program Files. I can add C:\Program Files and bump up the score of .exe files. I could also put a pattern such as C:\Program Files\*.exe. Is that the fastest way? By fastest I mean the one that will make it easier for FRR to find the .exe files in C:\Program Files?

Is there a big impact (performance wise) of using the pattern searches?

Also, is there some way to let FRR find the "Control Panel" categories (such as "add and remove programs", "Display", etc.)?

Thanks!

Angel

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let me give a hard deadline for version 2; i'm hoping it will be before this, but here is absolute latest version 2 will be out by:

Are you gonna have a beta period first? I'd be interested in giving it a try! :-)

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Find And Run Robot / Re: Text of options is cut (not all is showing).
« on: January 24, 2006, 09:07 PM »
I forgot to mention that the problem also affects the main window. This only happened once I added an element to the toolbar.


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Find And Run Robot / Re: Text of options is cut (not all is showing).
« on: January 24, 2006, 06:14 PM »
I've also added other bugs/suggestions to the bug tracking system. Is that what you expect or would you rather that we comment feature requests on this forum first?

Amadawn

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Find And Run Robot / Re: Text of options is cut (not all is showing).
« on: January 24, 2006, 05:59 PM »
I just created the bug report. I set it as major because it does not allow you to create new group aliases. Feel free to change it back to minor if you think that it is not so important. I did not really know what kind of criteria you use (as you have block and crash importance as well).

Cheers,

Amadawn

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Find And Run Robot / Re: Text of options is cut (not all is showing).
« on: January 24, 2006, 01:05 PM »
OK, sorry, I didn't know about that.

Cheers,

Amadawn

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It'd be cool to have the option to change the delay as you say. Thanks for taking that into consideration!

I've tried disabling the auto-shrink option as you suggest, but I don't like it so much how it looks (yeah, I should perhaps focus more on functionality than on looks, but I can't help myself!  :-[). What about an intermediate option? Initially the results box is hidden, but once someting is typed (and a result is found) it is shown with a fixed height)... Please don't hesitate to tell me if you think that's silly  :-[

By the way, I like the text that is shown by default on your status bar! ;D

Cheers,

Amadawn

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Find And Run Robot / Re: Text of options is cut (not all is showing).
« on: January 23, 2006, 10:23 PM »
You are right I didn't think so but I am running at 120 dpi (125% font size). The problem is that with my window resolution that is the minimum size at which the text is readable for me :-[

I've had these type of issues with my own programs before. One thing that I always try to do is to make every textbox (including those accompanying checkboxes) as wide as possible (without overlapping them with any other GUI element. Also I usually put a Tooltip for every GUI element, where the tooltip is the same as the text in the editbox. That way, if the editbox is too small, people can still see the text by putting the mouse over the GUI item. That should take care of most of the issues on your Preferences menus.

For the Groups window I guess that it will be harder to fix. The only thing that I can suggest is to make the window size bigger by default, but that might solve nothing if you are using relative positions for your GUI elements.

Cheers,

Amadawn

P.S.- When spellchecking my posts I noticed that the spellchecker tries to spellcheck everything, including the "smiley" codes and the username. I don't know if that is possible but it'd be better if that could be avoided (I almost changed  :Thmbsup: into "Thumb" in one of my previous posts!

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You surprised me! A lot of people get very attached to the names that they give to their programs. It is awesome that you can recognize that it is not so catchy :Thmbsup:

OK, so I see that you are fond of robots, so, for the new name, what about "Ruunba"?

This is why:
- It immediately indicates that the program is meant to "Ruun" programs while making reference to a very famous cleaning "robot" (the Roomba).
- It is not too close to the name it refers to yet I think that it is easy to recognize the reference.
- As a plus, while the "Roomba" is meant to clean your house for you (without you having to do any work at all), one could argue that the purpose of FRR is to "organize" your programs for you (which should keep your desktop clean as you do not need to have tons of program shortcuts anymore...).

What do you think? I hope other people make their own suggestions!

Cheers,

Amadawn

P.S.- By the way, I own a Roomba, and it is the best thing since sliced bread!
P.S.2.- I wish that I was an artist too, but I am not! If you finally decide to change the name, you should first wait until you decide which new name you are going to use and then perhaps you could hold a little competition for the icon. The guy who develops PSPad did it and the response was awesome!

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