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If they go on as is, they'll undermine the credibility of the site.  Who's going to believe anything said by a site that pushes spammy clickbait, full screen at that?

you should use this opportunity to blow away acdsee.
As I read the OP, it isn't intended for that, but as a fast convenient helper for other programs.  I really like the virtual folders by date, and it's commendably fast.  Mouser's Media Browser has some useful features, but I find it odd that you access them from the thumbnail, rather than the larger image.  Also it calls Windows File Explorer, which is never going to be my favourite file manager.  It would be nice if it could pass the file name+path to whatever file manager (FM) you specified.  Failing that, a very useful feature in Faststone Image Viewer is the ability to press [C] for [Copy an image], and have it pop up a dialog of target directories, see screenshot.  That cuts out a lot of the need for an FM.

Acdsee is slow though.  Everything is just kind of sluggish.
Don't overlook that WinCatalog can catalogue image files and store thumbnails.  It's pretty quick at indexing and very fast at displaying and browsing, though again it calls Windows File Manager for file management functions.  The database can be quite large.


laptop has a couple of USB 3.0 slots and I do have a fast thumb drive that I've been using.  Of course it sticks out of the side, daring me to break it off.
Been there, made that mistake  >:(  Slots at the back of the laptop especially invite destruction.  Two possible palliatives; a right-angle-bend USB adaptor, and/or an extension cable, both cheap on eBay.

Low-profile USB sticks: the Lexar JumpDrive S47 USB 3.1 flash drive - 128GB costs £25.99 from 7DayShop in the UK.  YMMV.

USB_right_angle_adaptor.jpg Lexar_Jump_Drive_128GB.jpg

Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: [Feature Request] ClipBar function in CHS
« on: February 26, 2021, 04:46 PM »
with the bump feature, a user would have to move their mouse over to the bump zone while with the clipbar a glance is all it takes to see what is in the clipboard currently.

True, but it may depend on your circumstances. E.g., if you're using a big monitor with plenty of space, permanent visibility would work well.  OTOH, if you're on an ultraportable with a sub-13 inch screen, maybe a clipbar would obscure too much of the underlying program.  In the latter case, it might help if the clipbar could have adjustable transparency.

If you're transferring a lot of data in one go, do you have a case where CHS' stack system that
will let you easily copy multiple clips into a stack (queue), and then paste them back out individually (or as a block) in a First-In-First-Out (FIFO) order
would help?

Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: [Feature Request] ClipBar function in CHS
« on: February 23, 2021, 02:56 PM »
rjbull's suggestion would be a solution to the issue of the stay on top clipboard window being always visible but there is also a chance of accidentally showing the window when going about your business around the desktop.
So there is, but it's usually minimised by making the "bump zone" small.  See attached image, which is a narrow slice of my screen with the bump zone for PowerPro
2021-02-23_204505.jpg bump2.gif

Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: [Feature Request] ClipBar function in CHS
« on: February 19, 2021, 04:27 PM »
For a while now I've been considering making a small stay-on-top window that shows your most recent clips.  Do you feel strongly this needs to be in the taskbar?  What if it just floated somewhere on your screen, would that be good enough?
Maybe you could optionally make it "hide" at a screen edge, with a narrow line to show where it is, and "bump" the line to show full size?

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: February 19, 2021, 04:21 PM »
Mort by Terry Pratchett. A nice (and not too big) hardback.

about 70 pages in -- a very easy and entertaining read so far. My first book by Pratchett.
enjoyed that to the end and went for the second in the series -- "Reaper Man". It's a bit all over the shop (almost halfway through). Definitely not as good as the first

Don't overlook that there are sub-series within the series.  The ones I enjoyed most are the ones featuring the Guards (Vimes, Carrot, Nobby, Colon et al.) , and the ones featuring the Witches (mostly Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat, and later on, Tiffany Aching).

Discworld Monthly is a great source for all things Pratchett.  You can sign up for their monthly email newsletter.  It's such a shame that there won't be any more Discworld novels...

Not quite what you asked for, but this Cool Tools web site entry is probably as close as you are likely to get: Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook
Convert handwritten notes to computer text

I write a monthly commentary for a small local newspaper and blog extensively. For years I have been looking for a way to convert my script into text that I can load into Word. My astute brother-in-law sent me a RocketbookEverlast Notebook ($30) and the closer I looked into it I realized that this may be the tool I have been looking for.

Make sure to read the comments.  Not everybody likes it.

I have the excellent Total Commander; it has a built-in DIFF tool that's good enough for most of my needs nowadays. Back when I needed something significantly more I used ExamDiff Pro, which is very good.  You can trigger it from Total Commander.

I bought my Total Commander license in 1999, I think, and have never been asked to pay for an update.  I also have XYplorer, which is not only portable, but offers a definite lifetime license and is updated so often you feel surprised if you check and find you're already up to date.  It's a second string for me, but has done some useful work.  Thirdly I have ZTreeWin, but for all its virtues, it's more a nostalgia trip now  :)

If by index you mean something like a catalogue, I'd suggest Cathy, which is small, lightning fast and free.  It can search duplicates across catalogues, so should be able to meet your offline requirements (I think).  I don't find the UI as intuitive as all that.  There's also a command-line version for updating catalogues, good to put in your scheduler.

They may not offer exactly what you want - and I haven't tried them - but Nir Sofer offers two utilities, both of which can be operated from the command line, as well as thee GUI:

CSVFileView v2.48 - CSV / Tab-delimited file viewer and converter for Windows
CSVFileView is a simple CSV file viewer / converter utility that allows you to easily view the content of CSV or tab-delimited file created by NirSoft utilities or by any other software, in a simple table viewer. You can sort the lines according to one of the fields, remove unwanted fields and change their order, and then save the result back into CSV file, tab-delimited file, XML file, or HTML report.

Known Limitations

    CSVFileView cannot load extremely large csv files.

TableTextCompare v1.20 - Compare csv / tab-delimited text files
TableTextCompare is a small utility that allows you to easily compare 2 tab-delimited or comma-delimited (csv) files, and find out the difference between the 2 files. You can use this tool for comparing 2 different snapshots of data, created by other NirSoft utilities, like DriverView, ServiWin, USBDeview, CurrPorts, WirelessNetView, ShellExView, and many others...
For example, You can use DriverView utility to save 2 snapshots of loaded drivers list into a tab-delimited file, and then use TableTextCompare to easily find out which device drivers were added, removed, or changed since the time that the first snapshot was taken.

TableTextCompare can make the comparison even if the records of the 2 files are not sorted in the same order, or if the fields are not positioned in the same order.
Looks like a "diff" for CSV files.

I asked the people at PCWinSoft  "Is it possible to capture the audio that is playing through the computer (internal speakers output) instead of through the microphone?" with their software.

This is the reply:

Yes. Hi-Q MP3 Recorder Pro does that.

The program captures audio from the 'Stereo Mix' audio device.

Check the link bellow to learn how to enable your 'Stereo Mix' audio device:

So check if your 'Stereo Mix' device is enabled and then download Hi-Q
MP3 Recorder Pro from here:


The application records the audio you hear and allows you to edit it,
cut, trim, split, join, and apply fade-in, fade-out, volume gain or
reduction, equalization, bass, treble.

Alessandro Ferri
PCWinSoft Software
It's not free, but it's only  $19.90.

General Software Discussion / Re: Batch Word Text Replacer
« on: January 26, 2021, 02:41 PM »
Try HandyFile Find and Replace Text Aid Kit Office Edition.  It definitely isn't free.  Web site blocked by Malwarebytes, but they tend to false positives.  I used an old edition of HFFR years ago for other purposes.

There's also Multi Commander (free, donationware), favourably mentioned by Shades in Re: Batch file to move files (less than total size) from A to B, along with a link to 26 third-party file managers.

But, from the OP, is a FM really what you want?  The task sounds rather like backup/directory synchronization, e.g. by something like Karen's Replicator (free, donationware)

And again:

In response to the pandemic last year and as a way to lend some support to the creative community, we made a 90-day free trial available for the Mac and Windows versions of the whole Affinity suite, while also cutting the price of all of our apps, including iPad versions, by 50%.

When those offers ended, it appeared things were getting better and we all hoped that by now the situation would have continued to improve. Sadly, it’s clear that the pandemic continues to have a serious impact and so we’ve decided to bring back these offers once again.
Moreover, the free trials are available to everyone, including those who have previously completed one—so even if you used the free trial last year, you can do it again. There’s also 50% off content in the Affinity Store too.


90-day free trials

50% off all content

If you're on Android, try going to the Google Play Store and searching for "phrase express"...  There's doesn't seem to be an Android version of Phrase Express itself, but a search throws up several other things that claim to be similar.  I haven't tried them.  If you just want boiler-plate text, without expansion, try Clipper/Clipper Plus by rojekti.  It's a clipboard manager that can save permanent clips in folders.  So can ArsClip Mini.

Many thanks, folks! :)

I tried 4wd's advice to change to, and so far, after a couple of days, things seem to be OK.  I was annoyed with myself for forgetting TIME in a console, considering how much I did at the command line in the old days: too much windows atrophies your brain...  I've also downloaded Dimension4 against need.  If a Windows update resets to, that's what I'll try next.

UK clocks have recently gone back for Daylight Saving time.  My Windows 10 Pro is still showing summer time, not winter time.  I went to Settings > Date & time.  The date is correct.  "Adjust for daylight saving time automatically" was On.  I clicked "Sync now" and had to elevate to Admin (Really?  Just to correct the clock?).  Time server:  Waited and waited while the little dots trudged around.  Eventually, "Time synchronisation failed."  Tried again with "Adjust for daylight saving time automatically" Off, same result.  Tried again with it On, same again...

Please, is there any way to set the clock MANUALLY?

<rjbull seethes with frustration>

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: October 25, 2020, 05:13 PM »
Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance

I own a paper version, but with different cover:
Mine's paperback too, but it's quite old, a UK edition published in 2000.  Publishers seem to have a habit of changing the artwork when they re-publish, as well as by country.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: October 24, 2020, 03:42 PM »
Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance
An omnibus edition of The Dying Earth, The Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel's Saga and Rhialto the Marvellous.  Although Vance's two SF short stories The Gift of Gab and The Potters of Firsk stuck in my mind, I hadn't read much of his other work before, and didn't realise that The Dying Earth was a foundational work for twentieth-century fantasy.  Nobody else I know of has his baroque intoxication with language and with colours.

Penric's Progress by Lois McMaster Bujold
The first three "Penric" novellas, finally available in dead tree form (hardback now, paperback due in January 2021).  Set in the "World of the Five Gods" (same world as The Curse of Chalion and others).  Terrific!  Don't miss this series!

General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: October 13, 2020, 03:48 PM »
If you don't want to use K-9 Mail, what are you going to use?  Most of the alternatives I glanced at wanted an insane number of permissions.

This has come into sharper focus for me because I've used a Yahoo! UK email account for ages.  Now, Yahoo!  are desperate to make users adopt Yahoo!'s own app for 'security' reasons.  They may be offering a work-around, but it would be nice to have alternatives.

Living Room / Re: Wanted a software collection software
« on: September 04, 2020, 04:17 PM »
For a small, very fast and free file/disk cataloguing tool, it's hard to beat Cathy.  It doesn't do version numbers if you mean according to Windows Properties, but obviously shows them if they're part of the file name.

There were lots of such tools back in the DOS days, when files were offloaded onto floppy disks.  I used to use CatDisk (shareware).  That site seems to be down. You can download the last version, dated 2003, from various web sites. It may no longer be possible to register it. WinCatalog seems popular and fairly up to date.  It's payware, but seems to be on permanent 20% discount, either via its home page, or via Bits du Jour WinCatalog deal.

e-mail received today, 2020-08-12:

Dear Valued Customer,
This note is to inform you of the upcoming End-of-Sale (EOS) and End-of-Life (EOL) dates for the F-PROT Endpoint Antivirus products.
F-PROT endpoint has had a long and successful history, and we thank you for your support as a Cyren customer. There are many other options in the market for endpoint AV, and Cyren has decided to focus on enterprise solutions. As a result, we can no longer support the F-PROT Endpoint product line.
The following dates will be in effect:
°   1-Aug-2020 - End-of-Sales Date (the product cannot be ordered from Cyren beyond that date)
°   31-July-2021 End-of-Life Date (last data when the product will be supported and signature updates provided)

We thank you for your support and commitment to Cyren and F-PROT.

Cyren team

I presume 'Endpoint' is jargon for individual users.  I used F-PROT for years on DOS and then Windows.  Shame to see it go.

If you ever worked extensively with DOS computers, you probably used Vern Buerg's famous utility LIST.COM at some stage.  It was the premier file viewer for DOS.  If you yearn for something similar, The V File Viewer is the nearest thing I've seen to a spiritual descendant:

V is an all-purpose File Manager for Windows with a powerful inbuilt text file viewer which excels at viewing files quickly - whether they are 100 bytes or 100 gigabytes.

It is an indispensable utility for anyone who spends much time navigating directories and viewing files.

    Tabbed File Manager with Dual Pane interface
    Powerful text and hex file viewer (views large files quickly)
    Support for CSV files
    Search/GREP functionality
    EBCDIC support
    Unicode support
    Extensive Command Line support and keyboard shortcuts
    Thumbnails mode
    Greenbar mode
    2UP printing
    Support for ZIP, CAB, TAR, RAR, GZip, BZip2 and 7Zip archives
    Support for Alternate Data Streams and 4DOS descriptions
    Bioinformatics/DNA search (experimental)
    Spanish, French, Italian and Russian translations available

Can also do file tailing.

Take the "file manager" bit with a pinch of salt; it's primarily a viewer, with modest (but potentially useful) management features tacked on.  And the 'Dual Pane interface' isn't quite set in stone, it depends on how you set it up and invoke it.  It isn't free, but low cost, with an unusual license:

A single user license costs US$20
(and includes 6 years of free upgrades).

In practice, upgrades are exceedingly rare, but it's good as it is.


V-dual_pane_view.jpg V-names_only_view.jpg V-normal_text_view.jpg V-hex_view.jpg

V-text_view_with_greenbar.jpg V-text_plus_vertical_hex_view.jpg V-CSV_view.jpg V-thumbnail_view.jpg

For those that want a very fast grep tool with a GUI (Windows): BareGrep
+1  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Share your photos! Travel shots, photoblogs, etc.
« on: August 04, 2020, 03:57 PM »
the photos you combine in the double spreads work really well together. (That's a real talent in itself.)
I got candidate images printed out as the smallest, cheapest prints that PhotoBox offered, layed them out on the floor, and played endless games of Snap to find matching pairs (as far as possible, some don't).  It's more natural than you might expect.  In the explanatory section under the book I wrote "This plays into the "inscape" idea of my photography mentor, Philip Evans of North Wales, that people have sets of lines, blocks and points in their minds, and when out in the world, only press the button when what's in front of them happens to match one of their innate patterns."  In other words, people are apt to repeat compositions in terms at least of shapes, even when the subjects and scales are different.  In a somewhat similar idea, Karen, the lady who ran the classes when most were made, "likes the idea of photos "talking to each other," i.e., the whole being more than the sum of the parts."

Was listening to a photographer a while back talking about selecting prints -- for sale or maybe for a calendar. They would print them and hang them on the wall for a week and see how they felt about them after that time.
That's a good idea; similarly, I find it best to leave something I've written for a week or so before I can hope to proofread it properly.  I wouldn't have printed all those out full size, though, too expensive! 

Re the number of photos -- it's a lot of photos! I think any photographer would struggle to get that many together.
I've got more now  :)  in case there's a revised edition, or, heaven help me, a second volume   :o  ( definitely not imminent!)  Five of the photos were made earlier, but the great majority were gathered over almost a whole year.

If I may be critical I like the black and white photos but not sure they fit in with the rest of the images.
I think so too.  I also wrote in the blurb "I am not an instinctive monochrome photographer, and think that sits a little uneasily amid the rest."  I put the mono ones in because Karen likes black & white (her degree had an element of art photography) and was very determined that we should all have a go.

Thanks for your kind comments  :)

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