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Post New Requests Here / Re: Screen Mask
« on: September 30, 2012, 05:33 PM »
Clive, if you want to dim the whole screen may I suggest trying DarkScreen -
Variable screen dimming and simply close to return to your previous settings.

One of the best text expanders I have found is Yadabyte Subtext, nice easy interface for entering text expansions, quick and easy to learn / use and best of all totally free.  Should also add totally portable as well.  There are a few other portable apps which may be useful on this site, Subtext is the 5th one from the top.

Coding Snacks / Re: Make Insert key adopt Stickykeys actions
« on: June 27, 2011, 02:38 PM »

Thats correct regarding modifier keys.  A friend is trying to help someone who uses a screen reader called JAWS, and who can only use one hand.  The JAWS action key can be set to either the Insert or Caps Lock keys, but using Caps Lock causes a few issues ref one handed typing.  As the user needs to press and hold the JAWS action key, whilst pressing another modifier key, the StickyKeys action would provide a one handed method of achieving this without some strange contortions when typing one handed.  Hope this clarifies the purpose of the request.


Coding Snacks / Make Insert key adopt Stickykeys actions
« on: June 27, 2011, 07:42 AM »
Guys and gals,

Just had a friend ask me if there is a quick script which could turn the Insert key into a sticky key, ie when pressed it would remain pressed until a non modifier key is pressed.
Could anyone knock up a quick script for this?
Thanks in advance.


One I recommend quite often is Yadabyte Subtext, quick, easy, free and portable if required

Yadabyte Subtext

Living Room / Re: Microsoft unveils new UI prototype - Windows 8?
« on: February 27, 2011, 05:02 PM »
Try something like the Dell multi touch monitor with Windows 7 and some of the free touch pack from MS or the Worldwide Telescope, all the functionality of Surface at a reasonably low cost.  Damn good fun too

Thanks for the thoughts cmpm, and a very special thank you to Cranioscopical - you know why my friend.

What do we mean by successful? Well known in its field, a million downloads, top of the pile in Google searches?
There are many definitions of successful.
I like to think I produce a range of successful software, and altogether I  can identify about 250,000 downloads, but this is small beer compared to something,like Opera, yet search for something generic such as web browser in Google and opera ranks as the 5th entry, a multi-billion pound / dollar budget is not all that helpful either, try typing office and Microsoft can only reach number 5.
Both of these examples are leaders in their respective fields and are considered successful, but does number 5 on Google constitute meeting criteria number 7, either for free or commercial software.
Now try a search for assistive software and check the entries at number 1 and 2, free assistive software, look at entry number 3.  There are over 500 sites and blogs which refer to this site, so is this site more successful than both Opera and Microsoft Office, or maybe its just the fact that this site is aimed at a smaller specialist group of users.
Ultimately, what I am trying to say is that success is something which cannot be defined in such constrained parameters, but needs to take account of things like market sector, competing software relevance, if any.

Taking your original points,

1. I do show some of the software to people, but mostly its word of mouth / blogger reviews which encourages the use, and yes due to the relevance of the software, users continue using it.
2, 3 & 4. Ditto above ref blogger reviews.
5.  Probably 1 request per thousand downloads
6.  Depends, if its stable and fit for purpose, why follow the bloating of commercial apps if there is no need for it.
7.  Damn good position due to reviews and blogs, plus relevant keyword planning
8.  After 250000 downloads and inclusion on many AT freeware compilations throughout the world, not one offer of support or donation has been received.
9.  Difficult, as I plan to get required functionality without extension - see comment about bloating above.
10. I am never surprised as to the uses, but that may be due to the target market and the ingenuity required therein.

So, my question is, is my software successful?

C'mon guys, why are we talking about things like costs and extra work.  The fun is making it work, then seeing others get some benefit / pleasure / use out of something you have created.  Trust me, the best reward and the biggest kick is getting a nice thank you email when you have made a difference for someone you've never met, that and looking at the number of downloads when things start getting noticed, think at the moment I'm up to just over quarter of a million downloads worldwide.

Guys, I demo DNS for clients in situations similar to those barney describes on a day to day basis as part of my work.  DNS has been pretty hot stuff since V10, and if you have good vocal control you can get away without doing any initial training if you want, just set up your headset and away you go. 
To answer CodeTRUCKER, VR in Vista is pants, however it is pretty damn good in Win 7, but it has limitations on voice control and software compatibility which can be overcome more easily with DNS. 
The extra bonus with DNS is the macros are written using a subset of VBA, so you can really make it sit up and sing if you want to.  Another advantage to DNS is you can alter a large number of the built in commands to more memorable words and phrases if you want. 
OS VR does not give you macros or the option to alter the commands.
Hope this helps.

General Software Discussion / Re: how to pick up colors
« on: September 23, 2010, 05:12 PM »
The Colour Is ... on the Other Software page.  RGB and Hex + a 4x magnifier to ensure you are over the correct pixel.

And to cap it all, they've now more or less rendered every existing iPhone unusable with their new OS4 simply to get existing users to update to the iPhone 4.

If anyone is using an iPhone and hasn't gone to OS4 yet - DON'T BOTHER!!!!!

Maybe MS should get Win 7 working correctly first, oops have they ever done that before releasing a new version?

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Virtual Flashlight
« on: May 08, 2010, 04:52 PM »
tomos, this is actually a false positive.  It was checked with both Norton and McAfee ,as well as Malwarebytes before it ever went live.  To date it has been downloaded 12000 times, for some strange reason it is very popular in Italy and Japan - where a lot of the major corporations use it.  All this without any flags being raised regarding virus, trojan or spyware problems, so I think its probably safe to say that this is an erroneous flag from from your AV software.

Have a look at  Go onto the Assistive page and have a look at either DarkScreen or ssOverlay.  Darkscreen places a black wash over the whole screen which can have the transparency level adjusted.  ssOverlay does the same but there are a range of colours for the overlay option.  Both these apps can also be used with multi-monitor setups.

Don't know how far this takes you to what you are looking for, but you could give The Colour Is .. a try, available for download at on the Assistive Software page, near the bottom of the page

Living Room / Re: Best trackball?
« on: January 29, 2010, 04:11 PM »
I would suggest either the Kensington Expert - make sure you install the software to get all the functionality, if not it acts as a standard HID.   
Another option could be the PC-TRAC -
or even the Orbitrack -, but that is getting a bit pricey unless its for an RSI problem, in which case cost is not the main factor.

General Software Discussion / Re: "God Mode" in Win7? (All Tasks)
« on: January 07, 2010, 04:04 AM »
Works in all versions of Vista too, but rumour has it that it can upset 64 bit versions.  I have it sat on the desktop of all my machines.

Try this out, run the exe, then use ALT+z to trap the mouse on the monitor where the pointer is currently located, ALT+X to release the mouse and ALT+C to exit the app

Living Room / Re: Revolutionary Keyboard
« on: May 03, 2009, 01:52 PM »
I've got one of the Virtually Indestructible ones in my kit.  I suggest them to users for many reasons.  Light weight and easy to pop in a laptop bag for anyone with RSI, good in preventing people with behavioural problems from bashing the keyboard, also good in situations where the user may spread saliva on the desk, and some people simply like them - takes some people back to the old Sinclair Spectrum days

Just try running Sonar5 and use CTRL-ALT+S to show/hide the sonar ring/square, it then hides in the system tray

Post New Requests Here / Re: Word 2007 AutoComplete add-in
« on: March 24, 2009, 07:35 AM »
Don't shoot me I'm only the messenger  :-[

Blame MS for the way they wrote Office2007, there are some good bits and some really bad bits about it, especially for someone in my line of work - namely accessibility

try Mouseketeer, freeware mouse clicking application.

Post New Requests Here / Re: Word 2007 AutoComplete add-in
« on: March 22, 2009, 06:33 AM »
Try looking at the Quick Parts facility of Word 2007 (on the Insert tab).  Highlight the text you want to use for an Autocomplete and click on the QuickParts button, then click Save Selection to Quick Parts Gallery at the bottom of the menu.  Next time you want the text just start typing, then press F3 button for it to be inserted.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Auto Focus Grabber
« on: February 10, 2009, 09:57 AM »
If you are using Vista, Microsoft did it for you.  Check out the Make the mouse easier to use in the Ease of Access Centre -  bottom option is 'Activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse'

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