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Find And Run Robot / Re: slenderFARR - a new skin for FARR
« on: April 11, 2007, 11:03 AM »
with this skin, can you move FARR window? If not, how do you propose this can be done?

Also, is there a way to control the font size, color, background color in FARR's window?

I'm not clear on this option to 'force FARR window on top...'. Does this mean FARR will show on top and stay on top even if it looses focus? I have it enabled, FARR comes up, but when it looses focus, it simply stays open but its windows moves back vs. just hiding.
Is FARR supposed to completely hide when it looses focus similar to 'close window after lunch'. If not, I think it would be nice to have FARR hide (or close window) when it looses focus too.

General Software Discussion / Re: Drupal is f*cked
« on: April 10, 2007, 04:12 PM »
WOW... I do not think I have ever seen Mouser this frustrated. When I saw the 'f*cked' word, I thought, who dares to use this in Mouser's forums. Guess what, it was Mouser him/herself.

I actually installed drupal last month and chose some of plug-ins like FCKEditor. I have test-driven 10 of the top ones on the CMS open source site and I came up with Drupal first, CMS Made easy second, and there was a 3rd done I can't remember its name.

I have not done any serious development with Drupal. I have one simple site I created for my documentation and believe me I can't even imagine how would Mouser react having to deal with the other CMS solutions out there.

I like Drupal 'so far' because of ...
- simple and straight forward administrative interface.
- Best documentation.
- Active and responsive forums.
- Good deal of plugins.

I do have some more work to do with it, but for what I have seen so far, I do not feel that bad about it.

I've seen this done in many apps e.g. AppRocket, MemoLeaf, TakePhone, and launchy. Some called it 'smart search' where you can find 'Nancy John Smith' by typing 'njs'. I like it a lot and use it when its available. It implicitly uses the '.*' regexp between the letters. I do like to see it in FARR as an optional feature, but I won't push it, though.

great work, mouser.
I was thinking if we can have the bookmark plug-in search browser history as well. If not now, can this be an option to add?
If neither is possible, can an alias be created to search ffox browser history? Where does ffox store it?

I go it.
eliro, thanks for the interest. Please read Reply #398 for download instructions on this thread.

what is this all about?

Find And Run Robot / Re: slenderFARR - a new skin for FARR
« on: April 01, 2007, 01:30 PM »
nice work. It is my default skin now.

Living Room / Re: The End of the Internet?
« on: March 30, 2007, 12:45 PM »
I could not believe it too when I saw my hospital bill. They charged me for 'air' when I did my colonoscopy too!!!

possibilities are endless...

- kill running processes.
- list networked machines and be able to run actions on them e.g. connect, map, rdp, ...etc
- Simulate alt+tab with much improvement.
- List and sort processes according to their resource utilization IO, memory, ...etc.

I do not know what will or will not the pug-in system allow, but this is just a start.

I do use LinkStash and it is the best I've seen so far. The developer John is working on a major update now. I was planning to write a review on it and I will sometimes next week. I have also used netsnippets as a bookmark manager but its limited search was a turn-off. Powermarks was another one I liked a lot, but it looks like it is abadonware now.

I personal use a full blown bookmark manager. I have over 2000 bookmarks that I must keep browser independent since I use 3 browsers daily. So really I'm not a candidate for such plug-in.

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: SlickRun
« on: March 28, 2007, 09:22 AM »
This is how I look at if from an a conceptual level...
There are 2 problems we're faced dealing with programs and files in general...
- finding/launching them in the shortest time/effort possible.
- Organizing them.
FARR is the only one I've seen that handles both with most efficiency. It is not enough for me to launch a program fast as most of these launchers do pretty good. The organization aspect is not any less important and this is why I abandoned TypeAndRun and SlickRun. Often times, I need to know what editors I have and be able to use any on the spot. Another example is to know what search engines I have and use any as the the need dictates right then. This organizational aspect is overlooked by command line tools which is the primary focus of their GUI counterparts via the use of folders and trees. FARR came with the concept of aliases where you can group your files and even sub-search them, pass arguments to them, and launch dynamically at usage time. Up to this date, I have not seen any command line tool that offers this features with such strength.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Key Launch - the indexed farr we want?
« on: March 28, 2007, 09:07 AM »
What a turn off...
you click on a link to see the developer's site and  you get php errors all over the place. If the developer does not care about cleaning up his site, why should we care about even checking his apps ranther than seeking support later on.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Key Launch - the indexed farr we want?
« on: March 28, 2007, 08:58 AM »
One of the significant features of FARR is that it searches when you ask it to. It does not rely on an index and all its associated overhead. I tried almost every app Mouser listed in the help file and could not bear with index overhead. AppRocket was the best I've seen but its index overhead just drove me away.
I agree with Mouser, if you do add an index feature, please make it optional and selective at the folder level.

I thought this thread won't be complete unless we mention GoScreen and Altdesk. I look for 3 things in a VDK...
- stable: if this utility crashes/hangs you loose all your windows. You will see them in taskmgr but loose their interfaces.
- Uses pager to switch desktops so you can visually tell what apps is running where.
- Ability to manage windows e.g. move, pin, assign, and min/max/restore them.

I used Altdesk for over 2 years now but recently it started crashing on me. It was not able to handle unresponsive apps which caused it to become unresponsive itself. I went on a pursuit to look for an alternative and how glad I was to find GoScreen. I've been using it for a week now and it delivers very well. I need more time to test it, but so far is has been a true winner. Please check it out

I've tried almost every one out there. The top 3 where FD, GreatNews, and Awasu. GreatNews was truly the best. Even though it is freeware, but I would've paid to own it.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Alias sharing
« on: March 27, 2007, 04:16 PM »
Here're mine...

Creating new outlook items
alias name: ol
journal | c:\program files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE /c ipm.activity
appointment | c:\program files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE /c ipm.appointment
contact | c:\program files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE /c
message | c:\program files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE /c ipm.note
note | c:\program files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE /c ipm.stickynote
task | c:\program files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE /c ipm.task

Shutting down system with timer using native commands.
Alias: sys
argument: number of seconds
LOGOFF $$1 secs | c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -i -l -t $$1
REBOOT $$1 secs | c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -r -f -t $$1
SHUTDOWN $$1 secs | c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -s -f -t $$1
above INTERACTIVE $$1 | c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -i -t $$1
ABORT above $$1 | c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -a -t $$1

I do not know if it is only me or it is for real. I'm noticing that FARR is now slower than what it used to be before in the earlier releases of this beta. I can characterize it as follows...

- FARR skipping letters as you type fast.
- FARR taking 3-5 seconds to show results specially when you do alias search. I noticed that the larger your alias collections the slower it gets.

It would be nice if others confirm or dispute these findings. It is just this is so critical of a behavior I thought I should bring it to the foreground now.


General Software Discussion / Re: Text xpander that can handle RTF
« on: March 20, 2007, 10:07 AM »
Did not see the discount for FastFox, but it was so minimal on features that I still think it is not worth the price (in my humble opinion). Also, I do not rememer seeing it allowing shortkeys to expand. You have to navigate menues or entries which I like the very least. May be one day someone will write a FARR plugin that allows to do this.

General Software Discussion / Re: Text xpander that can handle RTF
« on: March 20, 2007, 10:05 AM »
Most Xpanders allow you to save snippets in plain text. Only the 2 I mentioned can save snippets in RTF format and they're able to retrieve it as such.

I have seen ClipCache handle this and I'm using it right now. With this app, you can save any clip in any format you like then use its 'favorites' feature to retrieve it. Pretty handy and does the job. You can see it here

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: SpellCatcher Plus. Best in Breed
« on: March 18, 2007, 04:15 PM »

Mini-Reviews by Members / SpellCatcher Plus. Best in Breed
« on: March 18, 2007, 08:12 AM »
Basic Info

Name of app reviewedSpellCatcher Plus
App URLhttp://www.rainmaker...ts/spellcatcherplus/
App Version Reviewed3 (latest)
Test System SpecsWinXp Pro
Supported OSesMac and most of Windows including Vista
Support Methodsforum and email (i.e., forum, email, phone, etc)
Upgrade PolicyPolicy for upgrades. If pay per upgrade, put price here for upgrades
Trial Version Available?14 day trial.
Pricing Schemelite and plus version for $30 and $40, see here
Screencast Video URLhttp://www.rainmaker...ellcatcherplus/tour/
Relationship btwn. Reviewer and Product REVIEWER: Just a user.


Best I've seen in this category. It delivers on these features GLOBALLY in any application you work with:

- Check your spelling as you type
- Quickly access a  Dictionary and Thesaurus  so you can find just the right word when you need it...
- Helps you to type much faster by expanding shortcuts you've created into phrases.
- Performs checking on text selections that you've already typed.
- Processes text selections including counting the number of words, sentences, capitalizing sentences, removing multiple spaces, search and replace text strings, get statistics, convert case and more.
- spell Catcher is also a multi-lingual tool. It can check your words if you're working in nine different languages.
- Spell Catcher waits in the back ground until you want it, not taking up valuable screen space

See here for more details http://www.rainmaker...ts/spellcatcherplus/


Who is this app designed for:

Anyone who uses a keyboard.

The Good

- It does what it says it can and does it very well.
- Used it for > 2 years. Stable and performing. Do not remember it crashing on me once.
- GLOBAL is global. It always worked in all applications I've used. Never had issues. You can selectively disable it on a any application you like too.
- Feature full. The option panel has at least over 100 different options.
- Developer is responsive via forums.

The needs improvement section

- development has been slow. No major updates over a year now except for a interim one for IE7 and vista compatibility.
- Some features can benefit from some improvements like the application executions lists.
- text expansion does not support RTF

Why I think you should use this product

- Offers 5 major text manipulation features, all in one package. Will never find these features in one app.
- Check spelling in any application as you type it and if already typed too.
- Run format scripts on any text e.g. remove line breaks, capitalize first letter, do a character count and much more.
- shorthand expansion is nicest I've seen. show a little popup for you to see before accepting it.

How does it compare to similar apps
- this Comparison applies on the ones I listed below.

- None has this many features.
- None offers stability and performance I've seen in this one.

This is what I tested with  ...


Best in breed software

General Software Discussion / Text xpander that can handle RTF
« on: March 18, 2007, 07:14 AM »
Does any know of a txt xpander that can handle rich text? I currently use SpellCatcher and MacroExpress, but none does RTF. I came across InstantText and FastFox. The former is outrageously priced at $190 and the later is unfairly priced as compared to its very minimal options.

If you have a suggestions, please make sure it does support RTF before you reply.

used this one several times and it worked well. It is free too. (called ODIR).

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