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Nice program, I took a different approach with Shortcuts Creator which allows users to generate short hotstrings to launch folders, documents, webpages or programs.

Users can drag files, programs or shortcuts to the main window and it will prompt for what letters they want to use to launch those items. The hotstrings are prefaced with a single letter which denotes what type of item is being launched: (f)olders, (r) programs, (w) web pages and (d) documents.

For exe, the hotstring code looks for an existing program window before launching and just makes it the active window if it exists.

Users can type the hotstring in the raw, which works in most places, or they can press both Shift keys to display a launcher window, just type in the string to launch the item. If you are in Excel or PowerPoint the code will recover text are typing into a cell or a slide. That was the best method I could come up with. That code is in the myshortcuts.ahk file.

I use it all the time at work to either launch an item or put that window on top.


N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: Constant Info
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:35 AM »

I forgot to point out that the program's menu has a Window Fader option which makes it transparent after 30 seconds. You simply mouse over the window to turn off transparent. I realized that it may be too much of a distraction for some users so I added this early on.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: Constant Info
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:20 PM »
Ath and IainB,

I removed the Bold text from the change notification window, reduced to 11 point size and added a Stop Showing button. This allows users to quickly stop seeing it if they feel it is TMI.

2018-01-06 20_07_50-INFO UPDATE NOTICE.png

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: Constant Info
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:58 AM »

I didn't see your post yesterday. It's difficult to disable the scrolling because who knows how long the text will be. I designed the program with IT Help Desks and other work groups in mind so they would have a visual indication of ongoing issues. My group at work does send out email alerts but sometimes issues are fixed long before another email is sent.

Users can right click any info item and Hide it. Once the last item has been hidden the scroll window will disappear.  If any item is then added or changed, the window will reappear.

N.A.N.Y. 2018 / Re: NANY 2018 Release: Constant Info
« on: January 05, 2018, 05:17 PM »
I will think about adding a list of missed or changed notices while users are away from their computer instead of the Bold CAPITAL message box. Just keep in mind I do give them the option to Suppress that message.

Thanks for the suggestions. There's 500 downloads on SoftPedia but no one is leaving comments. I'm open to any ideas for improvements.

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