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In case it interests anybody, on my site there is a new giveaway for Wondershare Fantashow.

Wondershare Fantashow is a movie or slideshow maker, with it you use your own videos, pictures and sounds to create a movie. It takes three steps to have a movie or slideshow done, viewed or shared online.

General Software Discussion / Static webpage generator
« on: March 02, 2012, 05:10 PM »
I am looking for a way to move a site to a "local" set up - for reasons that I will go into if anybody is interested. This is no easy task because it is a medium sized existing site running on a CMS, one whose pages would need to be recreated.
I am looking at Webmerge (some may have heard of it?) where I create a template and feed it a csv or some other form of database export. Googling for "Static HTML generator" comes up with others (Webgen, some ruby scripts and others)
I am curious if anybody has experience with this sort of thing?

I can also download the whole site and re-upload the HTML but this won't help for future (layout changes, etc.)

Found Deals and Discounts / Photo watermark software giveaway
« on: February 27, 2012, 09:48 AM »
On my site, if anybody interested

PearlMountain Photo Watermark Review And Giveaway

PearlMountain Technology Co. has generously provided a number of Photo Watermark licenses, valued at $19.90 each, comment below to win one!

PearlMountain Photo Watermark is one of the more advanced watermark tools available. It features several ready made text or image watermark templates for protecting photos or images. The user can also create others with one of the many options available.

Found Deals and Discounts / Advanced SystemCare 5 PRO giveaway
« on: February 13, 2012, 11:45 PM »
Promotion valid from Feb 14, 0:00 - Feb 14, 24:00

Advanced SystemCare PRO Free Giveaway
As our appreciation for the great support from our users in the past year, we decide to initiate a free giveaway of our flagship product, Advanced SystemCare PRO on Valentine's Day. (24 hours)

Please simply enter your beloved email in the box below then a letter with giveaway details will be sent to him/her immediately.

General Software Discussion / Adding text to an image
« on: February 04, 2012, 04:13 PM »
Initially thought this may have a place in coding snacks but not sure if it fits so I am just opening the thread in General Software.

Using an offline tool, user provides an image (like soccer pitch jpg attached) and chooses a combination of rows and columns (4, 3 or 4, 4 etc.) then a list of names (perhaps a csv list provided by user or even a manually entered one) that are dropped one by one into the cells to output a jpg.
Exaggerating a bit, may be this is like a watermarking tool but one that supports more than one string.

Any ideas? TIA


Mini-Reviews by Members / Mini-Review: RightNote
« on: January 22, 2012, 12:32 PM »
App nameRightNote by BauerApps
App version reviewed2.2.2.5 (professional)
Supported OSesWindows 2000 and newer
Support methods
Upgrade policyRegistered users receive free minor version upgrades (i.e. all updates to v2.x.x) as well as priority support.
Trial version available?Fully functional 30-day trial period.
Pricing schemeProfessional: US$59.95. Standard: US$29.95. New freeware version, free for both personal and commercial use. Comparison table at
Relationship between reviewer and productNo relation at all. Just out of interest to try and review.

Note: This review is for the professional version (Version:

RightNote is a notes manager and organizer, it is also one able to import existing text (File--->Import). Each database is represented as a notebook, each notebook is then divided into pages (horizontally tabbed) and each page has its own notes structure within a tree.

RightNote supports several note types, memo or plain text, richedit, richview - which is a more complete version of richedit with contact, expense, to do list and calendar templates - spreadsheet and source code. Richview also supports styles (Tools->Definitions->Style Definitions) for preset font and paragraph colors for example. Spreadsheet supports xls sheet import and export. Source code supports Java, C++, XML and many others.

Additional types of notes are Link to File and Attachment. The former supports .txt, .rtf, .rvf, .htm and .pdf files. These become indexed and searchable. After adding one choose 'Index' from the indexing drop down and and then click open file to work on them within RightNote. Attachment is simply a link to an external file.

The starting point is to create a new database or notebook (Ctrl+N) then clicking Enter or Shift Enter to add a node or child. RightNote uses 'Sibling' and 'Child' to describe the tree hierarchy.

RightNote has a resource panel (F9 or Ctrl+G) that is a central space to search, manage tags, view history and use a scratchpad. The search is as you type and a multinotebook or global search can be enabled and includes options to search while matching whole words, case and note protection status and others. Another method of managing tree items is the Tree Properties option. Right click on any tree location to change its type, color, to sort note items alphabetically and more.

Other options available via the right click include adding tags (also accessed via the icon on the bottom right of the program window), copying contents to clipboard, assigning an icon, password protecting using 128 bit encryption and moving the note to another location in the tree.

Bookmarking a page using Ctrl+Shift+F7 keeps a simple record of the page with visited date, a thumbnail, the page title and option to add a note about it. Capturing is done via selecting a portion of a page from any application (including browsers) and using the Windows+V keys to create a note.

RightNote features a few other interesting options via its Tools menu, one notable being a page transfer option to copy/drag and drop notes between notebooks and another being a multinotebook search.

RightNote has partial unicode support, the limitation is explained in the unicode section of help. Requires Windows 2000 and newer and is available as a portable version too.

Found Deals and Discounts / TreeProjects 40% off
« on: December 23, 2011, 03:40 PM »
I have become a regular user and fan of TreeProjects, lots of updates and features added.

Starting now, and throughout Christmas and New Year holidays, TreeProjects is offered for only $29. A perfect time to give TreeProjects as a gift ā€“ to yourself, a friend, or the loved one!


Living Room / List your (wireless) router and experiences
« on: December 19, 2011, 06:16 PM »
In the market for a solid not too expensive router, the trusty old WRT54G is showing signs of the end, as with all DSL and connectivity issue it is very difficult to find culprits but I may, big may, have isolated it this time. There are 1000s of reviews online and except for the most expensive there is very little consensus. Would be cool if everybody reading list some experiences they have had.

My requirements are minimal by most standards, no gaming, almost never torrents even. Connect three computers and just browse mostly.

I suppose I could find another WRT54G but other experiences would be cool. Perhaps DD-WRT (and the like) ready would be nice too but I am not too bothered with it if it is a solid router.

DC Website Help and Extras / Lists on the blog
« on: November 27, 2011, 03:57 PM »
Don't think I had seen this before but here they are, using IE9 (first screen) and Chrome 15 and Firefox 8 (second screen)



Living Room / Kickstarter November 2011
« on: November 10, 2011, 04:59 PM »
Nice one, thought I should post it

Dark Sky - Weather Prediction, Reinvented
End DateNov 30, 2011 12:53pm EST
Project Creator(s)Adam Grossman & Jack Turner
Minimum Pledge$1
DescriptionWhat Dark Sky is...

1) An accurate short-term weather predictor.

Dark Sky is an app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that predicts the weather.

Using your precise location, it tells you when it will precipitate and for how long. For example: It might tell you that it will start raining in 8 minutes, with the rain lasting for 15 minutes followed by a 25 minute break.

How is it possible predict the weather down to the minute? What's the catch?

Well, the catch is that it only works over a short period of time: a half hour to an hour in the future. But, as it turns out, this timespan is crucially important. Our lives are filled with short-term outdoor activities: Travelling to and from work, walking the dog, lunch with friends, outdoor sports, etc.

Living Room / Automated site capture
« on: October 29, 2011, 10:28 AM »
Is there a program that can, via an internal browser or perhaps other method, automatically load a site and take a screenshot of it? For example I want to take a screenshot of every day at 3PM.
I am thinking if such a program doesn't exist may be an existing website capture program can be set to do it with an external task scheduler?

Any ideas? :)

Living Room / XP computer, widescreen options
« on: October 22, 2011, 01:23 PM »
Here's a newbie type question   :-\

Have an old XP Dell Dimension 8400 that's humming along for now. Want to use it with a new cheaper monitor, most of the cheaper ones on newegg and other places are listed 1366/768 (1.77) or 1440/900 (1.6). The resolutions available (see screenshot for Radeon specs) are 1280/1024 (1.25) - 1280/800 (1.6) - 1280/768 (1.66) - 1280/720 (1.77) - 1152/864 (1.33) - 1024/768 (1.33) - 800/600 (1.33)

If I can avoid it I don't want to spend anymore for this pc even if it is possible (is it even?) to get a new compatible card.
So with one of those cheaper monitors I will be stuck with using the one or two resolutions that match the ratio or am I off?


Finished Programs / DONE: Pausable timer
« on: October 03, 2011, 05:59 PM »
I am looking for a timer that is pausable. But also has a separate hotkey or button that pastes the current elapsed time (to the second) into an 'internal' or external text editor. After pasting it the focus moves to after the pasted time ready for me to type things. Would be great if it can also paste the current date but that is of course available in text editors so it's not very important.

If this makes sense (?) is it doable? or something like this exists already?

Thanks :)

Living Room / Kickstarter Spotlight - May 26, 2011
« on: May 26, 2011, 12:32 PM »
An interesting one today

HexBright, an Open Source Light
End DateMONDAY JUL 18, 11:00PM EDT
Project Creator(s)Christian Carlberg
Minimum Pledge$1
DescriptionJust about anywhere you can buy a cheap flashlight with a zillion unnecessary modes (high, med, low, slow blinky, fast blinky, SOS blinky... laser pointer too??). All garbage and the light will usually break on you. I made myself a light the way I wanted it; I picked the best available LED (a CREE XM-L!!!), a good rechargeable battery, built the electronics and programmed it with the only modes I wanted- high, low, and blinky. From necessity (also known as cheapness) I machined the body out of 1" aluminum hex bar stock and came up with a unique elegant look with a surprisingly very comfortable grip...

Living Room / Diaspora
« on: January 28, 2011, 10:30 AM »
Have a few invites for the 'Facebook alternative' that got some attention last year and is rolling out very slowly. So far it's basically communicating with your 'aspects'. Aspects are pretty much segregated groups that you create to direct conversations to only those you choose.

Mentioned briefly here

If interested you know what to do :)

General Software Discussion / ghacks christmas 2009 giveaways
« on: December 01, 2009, 02:08 AM »
Its that time of the year and Martin at ghacks is going to have lots of sure to be useful giveaways.

Announcement a few days ago

Iā€™m proud to announce that we will run another Christmas giveaway this year which will be even bigger than the last one. Not only because of the additional licenses and new software that we were able to get for you but also because of the participation of a partner site of Ghacks in the giveaway
The total price money of the giveaway is well over $20K.

Screenshot - 12_1_2009 , 2_11_19 AM_thumb.png

Living Room / Auto close tags
« on: November 17, 2009, 03:51 PM »
Continuing my ongoing pointless questions

Does anybody know of a freeware html or text editor that has support for automatically inserting closing tags?
I type the h1 tag for example, add the text and then the closing tag is added automatically. Vim I believe does that using Ctrl+X+O, are there any free software that do the same or similar?

Post New Requests Here / IDEA: Keyboard cleaner
« on: November 17, 2009, 01:05 PM »
I was browsing and came across Keyboard Cleaner, a mac app that "comes in handy when you want to clean your keyboard, but you are afraid you might trigger a command or change or delete some of your current work beyond repair and undo...It shields your desktop and intercepts every keystroke you might accidentally make ā€” except for Command-Q"

I don't think I have seen a Windows equivalent. If there is no such tool (perhaps using AHK?) for windows it could be very useful.

Living Room / Brief rant Re:mIRC
« on: June 05, 2009, 11:50 PM »
I have been using mIRC for a very long time and I am willing to admit ignoring the prompts since mIRC allows use beyond the trial. For the first time ever I couldn't use it today because the continue prompt was grayed out with a message 'your 30 day trial expired'. Since I have never seen or heard that happening with mIRC I go to its discussion forum and do find a thread about this (no I didn't start that or any thread there myself)

There was thread here on DC about freeware going shareware and issues like that. Of course mIRC was never 'freeware' but once again some software writers seem to not get it. Yes it's extremely nice, even hugely pleasantly so, to allow people to use what you have spent years to write for free but please decide one way or another. The world doesn't need another gray area.


EDIT: changed 'writer' to 'some software writers'

Found Deals and Discounts / MS Technet subscription
« on: June 03, 2009, 01:15 PM »
For some so-called pilot project Microsoft is giving away Technet subscriptions. via downloadsquad

First had trouble getting in using various browsers and now that I got in keys seem unavailable when I try. Various other reports confirm the same. Details of the pilot project seem sketchy too but worth a try if someone likes access to various MS product keys, downloads and help.

General Software Discussion / Adding text 'silently'?
« on: May 23, 2009, 02:00 AM »
Is there a tool that makes it possible to add something like a task or any text to an app without actually opening it?

I want to add notes to a PIM lets say, I type something via the command line and it gets added silently. For example I know Lifehacker's Gina Trapani has a tool that at least creates/appends to a text file but I don't want to get into cygwin stuff on this machine, also there are autohotkey scripts that create/append text files and of course those that send keys but they open the destination app. I know this must be dependent on the destination app as well but anyone know of any tools like that? or perhaps a PIM that natively supports adding of notes (or tasks or calendar entries) without opening it?

I read this on ghacks today. It seems an interesting and relatively untapped area for new software to be written, wonder if anybody knows more software to make program moves easier or may be can even do one. Thoughts? :)

General Software Discussion / Flash Slideshow Freeware
« on: March 09, 2009, 03:33 PM »
Does anyone know of a freeware Flash slideshow maker, that shows the images/runs automatically. Sort of like the flash version of this at dynamicdrive. Thanx.

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