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I use Firefox a lot as my favorite browser, but lately also found a liking to the new Vivaldi and Iron Chrome derivatives.

One thing I really like about Firefox is, that I can put in an address, press enter and a new tab opens.

I know there is the Alt-Enter keyboard shortcut to accomplish this, but I am so used to the Firefox way, that I always forget it.

I am sure there must be a way to change this behavior. Could someone tell me how?

Thanks, will check it out

Try the latest version - this may have been fixed.

MPE now (since version 1.88 which was published a few weeks ago) also has a device independent database to sync several phones with each other.

Talking about Taskbar: Maybe someone knows a solution for my problem of some pinned icons duplicating themselves when I click on them to start the program, and some do not duplicate themselves, but stay in place.

I would like it so that they will all stay in place, when I start the respective software to save space on my taskbar.

How do I do that?

Non-Windows Software / Re: Android book reader (thinking Moon+)
« on: February 14, 2017, 05:12 AM »
I hardly use my tablet any more for reading or anything else for that matter since I bought the Xiaomi Mi Max phone with 6.44 inch screen.

Before buying I actually researched quite well if it will be too heavy and big for me, and I was surprised when I got it, how thin it is.

Here is the pocket test video for the Mi Max:

Moon+ works really well with that phone, since you can switch on the turn page on tilt function, and then simply tilt the phone a bit and the next page will come up.

The $10 offers were of course not for FineReader Pro, but for Screenshot Reader.

Actually the below $10 offers are for the Android app Abbyy FineSCANNER PRO, regular price $39.95. :)

The App Abbyy Finescanner *PRO* for Android as well as Iphone (the latter being longer in development is more advanced, the former catching up).

Normal price in play store is $39.95 one time. There IS a Premium *subscription* fee if you just get the separate FREE app. This subscription is *not* needed for unlimited OCR with the Pro version, so better get the Pro app and not the free one. The app description text on play is confusing in this regard, so please take this advice from a *real* user :).

Abbyy runs frequent promos when the Pro version can be had for under $10.- with no additional packs or subscriptions to buy.

+1 for MPE - My Phone Explorer - it really is an amazing app once you understand all the things that you can do with it.

Non-Windows Software / Re: Android book reader (thinking Moon+)
« on: January 29, 2017, 01:23 PM »
I have been reading a lot on Android in the last 6 years, and I have bought Moon+ Pro last year. It really is a revelation. Rock solid and full of (unique and useful) features and on top of that easy to use.

I can highly recommend it. I should also say that it does NOT go on sale very often.

I very much like that I can tell it to force me to stop reading after a certain amount of time to rest my eyes for a minute. I really needed that feature :).

You can't do anything wrong getting that app.

Double post deleted  :-\

I have downloaded the trial version of FR 14 and gave it a spin (400 MB download - Abbyy made the trial version easier to use with no more registration and trial license required - also it is a full featured corporate 4 week trial version now).

Here are my impressions of this test in a short review:

The GUI design is *much* more beautiful, but maybe also slightly less utilitarian, since the new design takes up more space.

Recognition of one particularly difficult test page was a mixed bag: FR 14 had a little bit better layout retention for epub files, but twice as many "Low Confidence Characters" than FR 12 (remember Abbyy skipped version 13).

The main new feature is a complete built-in PDF editor, though this feature can be had relatively inexpensively from a separate program. Main new feature for corporate edition is a unique compare documents function, which could be indeed useful when needed.

I have also OCRed the same test page through their website and my Android Abbyy Finescanner App. Both results were satisfactory for the Doc export, but for epubs Abbyy still has some way to go for complex layouts, even though version 14 seems to be a small improvement in that regard.

Would I upgrade after these tests? I don't think so. But that is quite normal for me, since I rarely upgrade for every version but rather skip one or two of them, unless there really is a killer feature that I need to have.

Nevertheless Abbyy has done a good job and made a good product even better and definitely prettier. If I would have had an earlier version that cannot do epub export (a killer feature that works very well for books with simple layouts like f.e. [science-] fiction) or not own a version of Finereader yet, I would definitely be buying Finereader 14.

Yes that is a good option if you recognize just a few pages a year.

But if you OCR whole books and need fine grained control about the whole process from recognizing to the final output, then the Finereader Software is the best option. Abbyy writes here about some of the differences.

But for the user who does a good deal of OCR but the fine grained control in layout and correction is not needed, there is an even better solution from Abbyy:

The App Abbyy Finescanner *PRO* for Android as well as Iphone (the latter being longer in development is more advanced, the former catching up).

Normal price in play store is $39.95 one time. There IS a Premium *subscription* fee if you just get the separate FREE app. This subscription is *not* needed for unlimited OCR with the Pro version, so better get the Pro app and not the free one. The app description text on play is confusing in this regard, so please take this advice from a *real* user :).

Abbyy runs frequent promos when the Pro version can be had for under $10.- with no additional packs or subscriptions to buy.

There is a limit of 100 pages per batch document, but one can easily join the output later, f.e. divide a 250 page book into three batches of less than 100 pages each and upload them and later f.e. join the PDF outputs into one book again.

The app also allows output to epub format for mobile ebooks. I recommend the superb App Moon+ (Rating 4.7, 500,000+ downloads) as by far the best reader for epub as well as PDF with the additional free PDF plug-in IMHO.

They are still updating their web site, but i have found a bit more of what is new:

Introducing ABBYY FineReader > What's New in ABBYY FineReader

Improved OCR speed and quality
The documents are now processed faster and text is recognized even more accurately.
More of the original formatting is retained as the program now detects graphs and diagrams with greater precision.
New OCR languages added: mathematical symbols (used for recognizing simple one-line formulas) and English transcription symbols.
Creating and converting PDF documents
Improved conversion of PDF documents with a text layer: the program will use the original text layer if available.
ABBYY FineReader can now create PDF documents from office documents such as *.docx, *.xlsx, *.rtf, etc., and combine multiple files into one PDF.
Working with PDF documents
The program now includes a powerful tool for working with PDF documents, which allows you to:
Edit different types of PDF documents (including those that only contain scans) without the need to recognize or convert the entire document.
View PDF documents, search inside PDF documents, and highlight text fragments.
Add comments and notes to PDF documents and reply to other peoples' comments.
Fill out and save PDF forms.
View and edit metadata.
Find and remove sensitive information both in the body text and in the comments, bookmarks, and metadata of a document.
Add Bates numbers to your documents.
Sign your documents with a digital signature.
Comparing documents
You can now compare two versions of the same document, which need not be in the same format. For example, you can compare a text version and an image, a PDF document and a scan, etc.
Batch processing of PDF documents
Create PDF documents from files in various formats.
Batch-process PDF documents: create PDF/A compliant PDF documents, reduce the size of your documents, improve the quality of document images, protect PDF documents with passwords, and permanently delete sensitive information.
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all users who have contributed their feedback and helped us improve the program. We hope the new combination of powerful OCR and PDF functionality will make ABBYY FineReader even more useful to you.

Hi everybody,

I was on the lookout for the last year for a new version of Abbyy Finereader.

Judging by their usual release cycle I would have expected it about a year ago, but I guess they got too busy on their mobile apps, which are also quite good.

Well finally it's out, and they jumped from version 12 to 14 due to some countries superstitions :).

What is new seems to be mainly PDF editing.

There is also now on top of the corporate an enterprise version. The new "standard" version seems equivalent in functions to the old <= "v12 pro" edition.

Corporate has a "Hot Folder" automation, like for automatic mail scanners, and compare document function. Enterprise ups the corporate Hot Folder limit from 5000 to 10000 docs per month and adds 4 (corporate 2) cpu core ability. Also both have volume licensing agreements.

They don't talk up any big breakthrough in recognition accuracy, but claim even better format retention in this version.

Official asking price for v14 standard is $169 full, $129 upgrade. Usually they allow free upgrades for a few weeks, if you just recently bought version 12.

I like Abbyy Finereader - in my book it's the best available OCR recognition.

Let's wait for some user comments on this new version.

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sStockQuote
« on: January 23, 2017, 09:44 AM »
Hi Skwire,

great little app!

I noticed that when I write a note, it is being displayed in the stock above, not in the security I put the actual note in (win10).

Thanks for taking the time to write it!

Thank you, MilesAhead.

Both of your tips were a winner. :)

I actually like Vivaldi and have been using it as my backup pretty much since it was in alpha. I think it has come a long way and I like the concept. I am still sometimes using the old pre Chrome Opera but it is not working that well anymore.

Two things that I cannot figure out:

1.)I have my windows taskbar on top and on autohide. Vivaldi is the only app that when I move the mouse cursor up, won't let the taskbar come out of hiding.

2.) I want to start a new tab when I put in a new url, but it always overwrites the tab which is already open. At least with the old opera I could do a Ctrl-Enter and it would open the URL in a new tab, but in Vivaldi I could find no option for it.

General Software Discussion / How to change tab style in Win10
« on: July 13, 2016, 10:40 AM »

I finally took the jump and set up Win10.

One (among many :) problems I have: The highlighted tab f.e. in Total Commander is really difficult to make out, because the color change is just minimal.

Would anybody know how I could adjust this in Windows 10?

The granular adjustments possible in Win7 seem to be  a part of the past.


You should make a backup copy of your Win7 activation tokens beforehand.

I already did a while ago. :)

you can again upgrade to Win10 later if you so desire, even after the free upgrade period has passed, as the license has already been registered at MS to be eligible for upgrade.

Are you 100% sure about this?

What about my old drive: Will the Win7 activation be deactivated in some way, when I upgrade to Win10 after 30 days, or can I still swap drives and switch back to Win7 after a few months?


I am still not decided if I want to upgrade to Win10, but time is running out. :)

If I will put in a brand new hard drive and upgrade to Win10 on this new 2nd hard drive with USB Win10 Install media created by the Media Creation Tool and give my Lenovo OEM Win7 Pro Product key to activate this Win10 installation, and let's say after 2 months I decide I want to stay with Win7, can I just plop in the old Win7 drive and be good?

Can I switch back and forth on the same machine this way?

Or is somehow magically my old Win7 installation being deactivated by MS?

General Software Discussion / Re: Win10 installation with MBR
« on: July 04, 2016, 03:30 PM »
Only Veracrypt beta works on UEFI AFAIK.

I do use Veracrypt in a different scenario.

Do u have experience with Veracrypt on GPT?

General Software Discussion / Re: Win10 installation with MBR
« on: July 03, 2016, 07:26 PM »
Thanks for your tip.

I have considered that, but from my research the mSata cards are made for boost (readyboost) and not for continuous use as a main drive.

Therefore - and because I don't want to buy a 7mm HD - I have settled for putting my 9mm HD into a modular bay enclosure replacing the DVD writer, which I don't really need any more.

General Software Discussion / Re: Win10 installation with MBR
« on: July 03, 2016, 05:16 PM »
Not a sign of weakness - a sign of stength: Since I have a 2nd HD in the modular bay. :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Win10 installation with MBR
« on: July 03, 2016, 04:03 PM »
Thank you very much, Shades, for your answer.

To recapitulate: If I preformat the SSD as MBR, then Win10 will make an MBR installation. So I can format the SSD as one big partition, correct?

What about the UEFI BIOS - do I need to change anything there.

General Software Discussion / Win10 installation with MBR
« on: July 03, 2016, 01:02 PM »

I just purchased a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad T430. It comes with Win7 Pro.

I bought a new 128GB SSD (my first SSD - the laptop has  a 320GB HD right now) and would like to make a clean windows 10 install and have already downloaded the ISO with Media Builder.

I prefer to have Win10 x64 installed with an MBR so that I can continue to use my vast collection of drive utilities, especially Diskcryptor, which won't work on UEFI/GPT. I do not want to use bitlocker and - please - no discussion about this. :)

Before I had a Thinkpad SL410.

How can I do it? What are the pitfalls and points to regard in this process. What are the BIOS changes I need to do? Does the SSD need any special handling (alignment, etc?)?

Thanks for your tips!

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