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Thanks for the pointers guys (and gal)!

I have to use visual basic for applications on word. Does anyone know a good forum, QA site (other than stackOverflow), or blogs? Looks like vba is a dying breed. An irc channel would be ideal.

Damn, it didn't work for me. Maybe I was too late (today is the 23rd).  >:(

Best E-mail Client / Re: E-mail client recommendations
« on: February 13, 2012, 02:52 AM »
Another vote for M2. For me, how fast I can compose an email from anywhere is key. I have a single-key shortcut in opera that does that. E-mail integrated in the browser is pure win, was never able to do this with gmail.

General Software Discussion / Re: InfoQube rocks as a CRM
« on: February 13, 2012, 02:42 AM »
Hey PPLandry,

Congrats! You have a fine sense of application design.
I see in the forums that the bugtracker is less used now... so here's a tiny request. I use 'focus follows mouse' on win7. When I try to open a 'datepicker' window, it pops up, and it goes to the background (disappearing) because the main infoQube window takes focus. This doesn't happen with the floating search window (it's always on top the main infoQube window). Could we have this behavior for the datepicker?


General Software Discussion / InfoQube rocks as a CRM
« on: February 12, 2012, 07:23 AM »
Finally, after a lot of praise in these forums, I tried InfoQube. It rocks as a CRM. Once the contacts integrate with gmail, it´ll be a force to be reckon with.
I've used it only one day and I'm considering donating.
If anyone is on the verge, I'd encourage them to try it. It's very impressive overall.

Ok, I've checked out the suggestions.
It still feels to me that these game frameworks are aiming at 'arcade' or 'point and shoot'-type games. This is fine, but there are some problems:
  • The required skill set to make games like these involves graphical design. Noone of us is particularly good at this.
  • We are aiming at Uni students. Not sure if the casual game feel of the things we can produce with these frameworks would attract them?
  • Parlor games do not seem to be a good match. They usually take a long time and need many people to stick to it. We want short, time-pressured games that can be interspected on other tasks (studying).

What we have in mind has more to do with content, because this app helps you study faster. Apart from dragging and dropping things, writing an answer to a question is the most common behavior. The time pressure component is important, but so is the collaboration (or competition) in real time with another user of the system. This part is more involved on the server, of course. For mockups we are using etherpad.

Some comments in this review are really negative. People say 3.0 is a flop and want their money back.

Thanks Deozaan, great pointers! Will come back when I have evaluated them.
I did an attempt yesterday with powerpoint plus vba and the result was not too bad. Of course doing things in html 5 would be great, as they are web-ready directly.

  • CSS goes inside the db. One cannot version-control it
  • No existing templates. The videos show super-basic results
  • Forum is not open, you cannot see the docs till you pay
  • No refunds. Period
Still, if it works as well as Xara, for dynamic sites, it's quite an achievement.
Better than thesis and genesis.

Living Room / A drag and drop editor for wordpress themes: Headway
« on: January 25, 2012, 04:59 PM »
It's pricy, theres no demo, and no refund, but if this works it'd be killer:


Living Room / Re: Google Ends Privacy
« on: January 25, 2012, 04:58 PM »
This is why I use DuckDuckGo. No tracking. Period.

Ok, up to now I'm empty-handed.
I'm sure there are simple game-authoring tools out there.
If anyone here knows one, please shout.

Living Room / Re: Apple & Textbooks
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:58 PM »
I have a problem with licensing.

Ed Bott says:
Over the years, I have read hundreds of license agreements, looking for little gotchas and clear descriptions of rights. But I have never, ever seen a legal document like the one Apple has attached to its new iBooks Author program.

Dan Wineman:
Apple, in this EULA, is claiming a right not just to its software, but to its software’s output. It’s akin to Microsoft trying to restrict what people can do with Word documents, or Adobe declaring that if you use Photoshop to export a JPEG, you can’t freely sell it to Getty. As far as I know, in the consumer software industry, this practice is unprecedented.

Exactly: Imagine if Microsoft said you had to pay them 30% of your speaking fees if you used a PowerPoint deck in a speech.

I need to mockup some very simple games.
Most of them involving three actions: typing on a textbox, dragging (reordering) boxes, and a countdown timer that you can punch. They are two-person games, where any player can punch the clock if they finish typing faster than the other, and 'win'.

I'm considering using powerpoint and vba to implement a mockup of this. I have zero vba experience but it cannot be that difficult, right?

Ideally, I'd like to find the simplest framework for this kind of games. Maybe a toolbox for children making games for themselves.

Anyone knows anything remotely like this? How would you do it? Flash is sort of an option, but it feels too complicated. I want bigger building blocks, like 5yo lego blocks...

(tinjaw, if you are with us, raise from the dead... I invoke you ;) )

The new context is not a keyboard shortcut, is it?
And, even if I used the right mouse button, it does .docx. I need .doc (for gdocs to sync correctly).

Thanks Perry, this works.
Does anybody know the solution to the second problem?
Maybe the ahk forums have solved this...

I want word 2010 opening always in draft mode. Is this possible?
I'd also love a keyboard shortcut to create a new word doc (.doc) in explorer. If anyone has solved this problem, please let me know.
I'm leaving notetaking apps behind and working straight at the filesystem. I'm also abandoning fancy file managers; explorer's built-in search is very powerful.


The explorer hacks to hide network, homegroup etc do not work. At all. You have to go into the registry and give the adminitrator group permission to touch those entries. If anyone knows how to remove all noise on the right side in explorer, but the bookmarks, let me know.

I'd also like to get 'backspace' going up instead of back in history.

General Software Discussion / Re: Mint 12 introducing DuckDuckGo ...
« on: November 25, 2011, 05:25 AM »
I use DDG and love it.

I really like many of their UX ideas, and the fact that they use rtf and files instead of a proprietary binary blob.

The big problem I have with scrivener is that it seems custom-built to prevent sharing. Just read the horror stories on using dropbox... you need to close it on one computer to start working on another. And getting comments from another person not using scrivener means a roundtrip to word format or similar.

Writing outliner, their main competitor, has the 'proprietary binary blob' problem (an sqlite db, but still, not files that you can share without exporting first). However the author is going through a full rewrite that will make it use 'normal' files, which would make it preferable for me.

General Software Discussion / Re: Wave? Good-bye!
« on: November 24, 2011, 01:45 AM »
Google docs has inherited the real time collaboration from wave. For me, gdocs is wave working well. They just removed the cacophony of the 'community aspects'. In gdocs you collaborate with 1-2 others, and all is well. The community aspect was farmed out to G+.

After spending a long time, and trying most of the tool in this thread, I now use gDocs for notes, together with syncdocs. The interface is better (smooth scroll, highlights all search matches, default shortcuts are good), the features are better (change tracking, autosaving, trully excellent collaboration), and it opens faster than most tools here, simply by using the 'save as shortcut' feature in chrome.

Syncdocs is great too. If someone edits a doc online, and you open the .doc in your hard drive, even offline, with word, you see the 'track changes.' Genious.

The only thing I don't like is the lack of drag and drop for pictures, and the delays going from files to the 'file manager' view. First time a web app beats a desktop app, in a category that is incredibly competitive.

I would not use gdocs instead of word for long docs, though. For notes, it's perfect.

My 2 c.


This describes OSX appstore.

Actually, Windows 8 apps are sandboxed too. Take a look at the Microsoft requirements to distribute a new Metro-Style app through their own app store. Same sandboxed requirements.

The future that Stallman used to write about, to scare children, is actually here.

Google apps is a fantastic solution, IMHO.
I wouldn't use anything else.

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