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N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Ethervane Echo
« on: January 18, 2013, 04:56 AM »

I can confirm it doesn't work. Stickes seems to be doing something special with its windows - unlike normal application windows, they do not acquire focus when they become "uncovered", and without focus they cannot receive input.

Here's a simple experiment:

  • Start Word. It will have focus.
  • Start Notepad. Word will now lose focus, and you can type in Notepad.
  • Minimize Notepad.
  • Word will now have focus again, you don't have to click it before you can start typing in Word again.

Now if you try the same with Stickes instead of Word, you'll see that in step 4 after you minimize Notepad, you still cannot type in Stickies. You have to click one of the notes first. This is why when Echo tries to paste the clip, Stickies does not "get the message" (figuratively and literally both).

Spell checking while editing simply produces an error pop-up that tells me 'No Spelling dictionaries are available...' On installing EE initially I chose English (UK) and un-ticked the other 2 languages. In the Spellchecker section in Preferences it showed 'Last Language' as being English (US). After using the separate spell-checker installer the Spellchecker section appears as in my screen-shot here - no 'LastLanguage' and no 'DictionaryPath'. Changing the 'DictionaryPath' to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Ethervane\Common\Spell" (which is where the English (UK).adm file is) makes no difference. It still doesn't work, with the same error as above.

The "DictionaryPath" option is only used to add a custom dictionary folder to other folders Echo already checks for dictionaries. It's OK to use it as you did, but it should not be necessary.

Please check if the UK dictionary (English (UK).adm) exists in any of the folders listed in "Database information".  I have attached the UK dictionary to this message. You can unzip it and copy it into that folder, then restart Echo.

One more thing: did you select the UK dictionary in the list, in the editor dialog box? Since originally there were no dictionaries, the "last language" option is empty, and no dictionary is selected by default. If you click the list at the top of the dialog box, the UK dictionary should be listed there. Perhaps all you need to do is to select the dictionary in the list.

In the next release I'll make sure to pick a dictionary automatically if only one is available.

This still isn't working (other than manual method above). Likely to be fixed? New version...??

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Ethervane Echo
« on: January 18, 2013, 04:04 AM »
One of my favorite features in Ditto is naming clips with quick paste text and searching them using /q.  I am unsure if this feature is already available in Echo but please consider adding it.

Not available yet. I am considering something like it - an ability to assign names or tags to clips - but I need to find a way of implementing it without disturbing the basic design of the app. I've posted some thoughts on it earlier on in this thread, for example here and here.

It's not likely to happen very soon, but it *is* on the wish list.

Any update on a clip naming feature? I would find this massively useful - I have a load of sticky clips, some of them numeric and / or meaningless / easily forgotten. A name / tag would solve this for me.


Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Update Check
« on: January 17, 2013, 06:31 PM »
strange.. i'll look into it -- i may have to send you a debug version to shed light on where things are going wrong with the update check..
Please do. I'm used to testing...

Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Update Check
« on: January 17, 2013, 04:42 PM »
Not in registry.
It will be in your User's Documents folder, under DonationCoder\ClipboardHelpAndSpell.

(unless you are running it portably).
Don't know how I missed that. However, update still does not work. No response when I click 'Check for Updates'. Firewall is off, nothing else to block it. Very, very strange...

Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Update Check
« on: January 17, 2013, 03:47 PM »
Running Vista Home Premium, UAC On, user account, CHS portable in a no-install directory; Ctrl+Alt+Q to bring up clip list; W - Show main Window; Help; Check for updates; result:-

Update Check for: ClipboardHelpAndSpell
ClipboardHelpAndSpell is up to date (v2.16.02).

Update check complete.

Very odd. Mine is still not working. BTW, where on earth does CH+S keep all it's settings? I've un-installed, deleted remaining folders and re-installed, but it still retains it's settings as I had them! Is there something stashed away in the registry that I need to remove so I can achieve a clean install and test again?

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