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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: November 01, 2019, 07:46 PM »
Hi Vic,

Sorry I downloaded the Github source code by mistake, and found files with the extension of ".cs".  :mad: Hence my comment.

But then downloaded from the link you have above, and got the exe file. Much better!  :)

I've got a few things on this month - fatherless grandson's wedding and some other stuff, but I'm looking forward to trying this. Thank you very much for your trouble, and I'll get back to you with some exciting testing results.

Kia tae ra ano ... (until next time ...)

Fred

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 30, 2019, 09:14 PM »
The program should be done by tomorrow [took one more day, but it's complete], to go along October's end releases.

Cheers!

Thanks PD, but how do I make it work?

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 26, 2019, 12:57 AM »
OK, final bit of input needed:

- E-book extensions?

(For file browse dialog filter)

Thanks!

[EDIT: taking a guess with EPUB, MOBI, AZW, PDF, ODF and LIT. Just want you to confirm your books' file extensions as they are on disk, given their variety on the market :Thmbsup:]

Either EPUB or MOBI - I predominantly use EPUB, but sometimes MOBI. Anything else I convert to EPUB.

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 22, 2019, 05:48 PM »
... And you don't have to worry so much about content becoming unreadable after 10 years or more, just because you have moved to a different version of Office.

Yes, think many of us have been there. I'd definitely strip out any MS coding from the result before I used it.

Regarding the page you attached to this post, there's a huge css <style> section, and it uses tables for layout. I've been using HTML5 for at least two years, and it's also a lot easier with GRID, going back to this - while just having to concentrate on content is "easier", but is psychologically "ancient and unclean". Note the design brainwashed response, :D.  So I'll keep it in mind for if something else doesn't work, or it more trouble than its worth. But Shades, thanks again for the suggestion and attachments. I appreciate your effort and time.


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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 22, 2019, 05:35 PM »
Post deleted - dumb user error!  :-[ :-[

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 22, 2019, 12:40 AM »
Weird. As far as I know AsciiDocFX stores everything in the UTF-8 character-set. Anyway, the following images is what I see when opening the attached documents.

The html page definitely looks interesting - might play with it a bit until I get a "feel" for it. Many thanks Shades.

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 21, 2019, 04:42 PM »
Something like this is easily done using AsciiDoc.

Thanks for the suggestion, but at this stage I'll put some time into stuff I know something about. Had a quick look at it and opened the txt file you attached, but all I got in the viewer was thousands of black diamonds with question marks inside.   :-[


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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 21, 2019, 04:30 PM »
No worries. But because I'm curious...
Isn't it possible to have the complete html tags/code in the word doc, so when the merge is done, you have complete web pages?
 I saw a macro (maybe not necessary in late versions of word) to produce discrete merged documents.

 I have no idea whether a merged doc can be rtf or txt or must be in doc/docx format. If only docx, each individual doc would have to be converted to txt then html or else straight to html. If the merged output could be txt, wouldn't just an extension rename to html do the trick if the original doc "template" contained all necessary html code and tags?

I have no immediate use for your process, but like so many other things I read, it's just interesting for its own sake


Ive tried, but cannot get it to work using the html file as the parent document, and an Excel spreadsheet as the data file. According to Microsoft Help on the subject it SHOULD work, so I must be doing something wrong. I'll try again later when I can devote more time to it.

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 21, 2019, 03:40 PM »
OK, I've started the "Book Synopsis Template" GUI project.

Replacements being:

Code: HTML5 [Select]
  1. <section class="container">
  2.  
  3.   <p class="txt--center font-bold--200">[CHARACTER-NAME]  Series</p>
  4.  
  5.   <article>
  6.  
  7.     <div>
  8.  
  9.       <h2 id="[BOOK-ID]">[BOOK-TITLE]</h2>
  10.  
  11.       <a href="[FILE-PATH]"><img src="[IMAGE-PATH]" alt="book-cover" height="200" /></a>
  12.  
  13.       <p>[BOOK-SYNOPSIS] <a class="read-book-link--maroon" href=[FILE-PATH]">Read the book!</a></p>
  14.  
  15.     </div>
  16.  
  17.   </article>
  18.  

Posting first release version next.

Hi, thanks for this ... in the last <p> "read the book" anchor, I've added the synopsis and a space after.

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 20, 2019, 12:51 AM »
@tsaint

I can use Excel to create the fields for the mail merge, then use the code above in Word to get the blocks of code in many other word docs. Then save as text, import into Notepad++ and use macros to copy each block to a "master-page", then copy that into the html page. A bit messy, but better than entering each book detail separately.

Thanks for the suggestion.  :)

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 18, 2019, 08:34 PM »
Fred, two questions:

Hi PD

Answers to your questions:

1.  Is what you want simply a GUI with a text field for inserting synopsis, then replacing "[SYNOPSIS GOES HERE]" in your HTML snippet?

        Yes please. Given there will be between 3 and 20 listings under any given author.

2.  What's the source of the synopsis text? We may be able to query/fetch all of them them right into the HTML, in a sequential automated batch.

        I modify synopses from three sources, Goodreads, FantasticFiction and another, random one. Usually try to limit each one to about 140-150 words.

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 18, 2019, 08:24 PM »
Do you want the pages to be able to be hosted anywhere?  Or just serve them from the app?  Or does it matter?

Hi Wraith, I'm going to host these pages locally.

Many thanks for your interest.

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 18, 2019, 03:11 AM »
I've only ever used it for form letters, so will need to experiment a bit with that.

Some css image sliders and galleries have a system that's exactly what I want, but they're hard coded, so the field-names and positions don't match.

So I need a wet Sunday afternoon after the Rugby World Cup has finished.

 ;)

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 17, 2019, 05:58 PM »
Possible lines of enquiry: a. Mail merge using office variants b. excel macros to generate html

Thanks, hadn't thought of that option. Haven't used mail merge since I taught it almost 18 years ago. (Mind working feverishly...)

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 17, 2019, 05:54 PM »
Seems like everything has to be stored in the cloud - I'm hosting this locally available on a VPN.
...

One important thing to specify: Is your goal a system where your family members (who I assume are not all programmers!) themselves edit information about books through a locally hosted web app of some sort? Or is the goal that only you update the information and then your family reads it through locally hosted webpages?

Thanks for your reply, the second is the way I'm going, although slowly. :)

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Book synopsis template
« on: October 13, 2019, 07:58 PM »
Have you considered using some existing free webapp for this instead?

Edit: For example this template but add an "owner" column and whatever other columns you need.

Thanks for this, I'll look into it.

Update: Seems like everything has to be stored in the cloud - I'm hosting this locally available on a VPN.

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Post New Requests Here / Book synopsis template
« on: October 12, 2019, 10:59 PM »
I'm writing my own book library for family members, and this is the code for each entry, using dummy data:

<section class="container">

  <p class="txt--center font-bold--200">_Character_Name  Series</p>

  <article>

    <div>

      <h2 id="silent-heroes">01 Silent Heroes</h2>

      <a href="one/two/silent-heroes.epub"><img src="silent-heroes" alt="book-cover" height="200" /></a>

      <p>[SYNOPSIS GOES HERE] <a class="read-book-link--maroon" href="one/two/silent-heroes.epub">Read the book!</a></p>

    </div>

  </article>

</section>

  // Repeat <div> as required //

Each author in this library has one page, headed with their name and photo. This page will have all their books listed under character-name headings, with this code above used for each book in that series.

I see the ID would be the determining factor in making sure the data is entered for the correct book.

There is other code, but that's for page layout.

After going through this over 200 times so far, and with, oh ... only about another 5,000 more, I'm thinking there has to be a better way than manually authoring the web page. Some CSS image galleries have a gui for entering the appropriate information, which then inserts that data in the relevant places in the HTML.

I don't know how to do this, but would javascript be a good option to do this from a list? ( I don't know javascript, btw.) Or could someone tell me what's involved for some other method?

mtia
freD

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N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 - FolderZip
« on: April 03, 2018, 04:13 PM »
This creates BATch files and adds the new context menu items “Convert to ZIP” and “Convert to Folder”. It allows you to easily convert a ZIP file to a FOLDER or a FOLDER to a ZIP file. It uses the command-line version of 7zip for the conversion.

Please see - http://vdsfreak.com/...5261904220/folderzip for download and more info

404 error - "File Not Found" on link.

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N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: BaseImage
« on: February 12, 2018, 05:18 PM »
However, to avoid 117-line strings, you could always disable wordwrap in your text editor!  hahahaaa

Imaginative transfer of a vertical problem to a horizontal one. :)

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N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: BaseImage
« on: February 12, 2018, 04:41 PM »
Also could be used for any external link images.

I tried the program using an image 307KB jpg at 1600x1067. The resulting code was 117 lines long (word-wrapped) at fullscreen on a 19" monitor. I do a lot of archival image galleries, with about 30 images per gallery and this would generate a humungous html file. So whether the loading time difference would be significantly less is uncertain. This would be on a local machine, as the galleries are not served to a website. Also encoding time would be significantly increased. I like the idea, but perhaps image galleries are not a practical use for this program. :)

Just a comment

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Just installed LastPass yesterday and deleted logins from my browser.  What now?
-fredemeister (March 21, 2017, 08:19 PM)

you could export your data from LastPass (https://lastpass.com...=showfaq&id=1206) and put it into something else?

See on their forums they've fixed the problem with Chrome, and working on the FF version.  May just wait a while since I spent the effort and time migrating away from the browser this week.

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Just installed LastPass yesterday and deleted logins from my browser.  What now?  Sigh!!

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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: December 17, 2016, 01:56 PM »
Her pc has been almost error free since it was set up when it was new: it's an IBM P4 2.8ghz.
Interesting! Mine is an Intel Celeron 2.66ghz. Like you said, 'it runs, and runs, and runs'.
Altho, come to think of it, I wonder if such a vintage OS can take advantage of the newer dual- or quad-core architecture.  8)

Mine's a Core 2Duo 3ghz, ran well with XP, also W10 runs faster, no lags unless I'm processing big photos.
Win10 cannot arbitrarily upgrade WinXP, or sift through XP's pix and word files to see if anything needs to be arbitrarily deleted because it 'infringes' or qualifies as slanderous or libelous 'fake news' thought crime.

Eeesh!  True, but a bit tough for a Sunday morning.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: December 16, 2016, 03:35 PM »
Her pc has been almost error free since it was set up when it was new: it's an IBM P4 2.8ghz.
Interesting! Mine is an Intel Celeron 2.66ghz. Like you said, 'it runs, and runs, and runs'.
Altho, come to think of it, I wonder if such a vintage OS can take advantage of the newer dual- or quad-core architecture.  8)

Mine's a Core 2Duo 3ghz, ran well with XP, also W10 runs faster, no lags unless I'm processing big photos.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: December 15, 2016, 09:25 PM »
Basically it is a hack that has become institutionalized along with the side effect that MS now controls your system rather than you.
Sometime in 2017 I may be able to get a new modestly priced pc, and it's got me to wondering about all the rag-chewing when this thread first began airing 37 pages ago about wild reports that Windows 10 abuses the update function and self-installs onto Windows 8 & 7, it regularly searches for and sends copies of all text and pix files to MS without your awareness, knowledge, or permission, and reserves the privilege of monitoring and deleting anything deemed 'infringing', and I forget what else. So what's the score with Windows 10 now? I admit to being so disconnected from this scene, that once I'm finally ready to get a new machine, my current preferred option is to swap my Windows XP Home onto a SSD to install in the new box; or maybe purchase and install Windows XP Professional and rebuild something as close as possible to my current WinXP Home OS. IOW to stick with some form of WinXP. For one thing, I've got some really nice but exclusively WinXP-compatible programs I would hate to sacrifice just for the sake of upgrading to Windows 10 (especially what with all the bad rumors I just named).

My wife still uses XP SP3 + updates to when they stopped. Her pc has been almost error free since it was set up when it was new: it's an IBM P4 2.8ghz. Contrary to some "authorities" comments, WinXP will run, and run, and run until the music stops.  I'ts still a viable option.

However, you WILL find issues with newer hardware and limited or no driver support for XP.  In fact for new hardware, think there will be NO drivers available for XP.  That's where your main trouble will be - not in "nasties" or so-called "security leaks" if you're careful about using firewalls etc.

What will happen in 2017-20 who knows, but anticipate more of the same from MS.  You will have to take the step to WinXYX sometime, hardware will outgrow XP within a few years, and you will find it difficult to buy compatible bits and pieces.  But all the best, and may the force be with you.

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