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Living Room / Grey desktop - how to?
« on: November 20, 2008, 05:30 PM »
When I am about to shut down my computer, the desktop ie all things on it including shortcuts, images etc, fade to grey. Is there a simple way of having the desktop always greyscale?

Developer's Corner / Re: Ehterpad - Text Document Collabration
« on: November 20, 2008, 04:28 PM »
That looks pretty useful assuming it's reliable.

General Software Discussion / Re: Any good free OCR software?
« on: November 11, 2008, 03:20 PM »
You could try Topocr from
Sometimes it's worked really well for me, at others, it's been, well, passe.

Living Room / Re: Drawing with 2 mice
« on: November 10, 2008, 05:52 AM »
Came across this software, free for educational/personal use, which allows multiple mice use, which looks interesting for class room use.
It doesn't allow the multiple mice to be actually in use at the same time ... whoever left clicked last has control.
I tried a 2 handed paint shop pro drawing session... it worked ...maybe an "ambidexter" might find it useful.

TeamPlayer 2.0 Multi User beta
TeamPlayer 2.0 is the first commercial solution for working together on the same computer. Simply connect extra mice and keyboards to your usb ports, install the software and multiple cursors will appear on your screen.

Everyone works on one screen
WunderWorks' TeamPlayer allows you to work with 2 or more people on the same Windows PC at the same time.

For Business, Education or Home use
Work through your spreadsheets together, involve your students or just have fun with your kids. TeamPlayer turns any Personal Computer into a Group Computer. It's generic, so just click on an application and take control. Share your ideas knowledge or expertise with the others in the group.

 Works with all standard input devices
Just hook up your mice and keyboards, add a digital whiteboard or tablets and start your group session.

General Software Discussion / Re: Reliable web page capture...
« on: November 03, 2008, 04:38 AM »
Qliner site:
"Just hold the Windows key for three seconds and up pops a on screen Keyboard with icons on the keys that are configured. This you can use , not only to remind you of hotkey combinations...." and "Use to quickly look up key combinations "
Your post:
"I sure wish that there was a way in Windows to see all hotkeys that are already assigned to applications"

I don't use qliner ... thought if you wanted to see key combos in use it may be relevant.... feel free to ignore it.

General Software Discussion / Re: Reliable web page capture...
« on: November 03, 2008, 12:53 AM »

PS - I sure wish that there was a way in Windows to see all hotkeys that are already assigned to applications. Some apps grab hotkeys without even telling you about it; you don’t see then till you accidently invoke one. Hope I pick a "free" one.
Is qliner at of any use?

Living Room / Re: Apologies
« on: October 31, 2008, 01:41 AM »
I'm pleased.

Living Room / Re: Digital Music Purchases - Downloads or Ripped CD's?
« on: October 17, 2008, 12:24 AM »
I've (almost) given up buying cds... mainly download from emusic. Given the poor range of jazz cds available in stores in almost all australian stores, I'm shopping a lot cheaper with a hugely improved range.
I did buy 2 michael feinstein cds in the past year tho

Living Room / Re: My computer is older than YOUR computer!
« on: October 14, 2008, 06:58 PM »
I've still got my first computer - an Exidy Sorcerer, circa 1973. 8K rom for basic, 4K ram, came with a booklet with a listing of the OS to read. After using cassette tape, I graduated to "stringy floppies" because the floppy drives at those times retailed for round $1000 (a lot back then).
Then I got an Osborne Mark 1 which I still have - the world's first laptop?

thanks for all the help.
1. Got it working including source/destinations (previous, my button would only start teracopy
2. The code I was trying to paste came straight from teracopy - it specifically said to copy the code, then use customize/paste into the toolbar. No mention of <button>.
3. I asked here rather than at the dopus forum because
 a. I'd visited their adding buttons thread - tried their advice as per their sticky and it didn't work
 b. I knew I'd get civilized, helpful posts here quickly from dopus users so to my mind this is the best place to ask. There'd be a lot fewer posts at dc if people only asked questions at the software makers site.

Yep, all "the junk" is, I assume, to allow for pasting straight to the toolbar. I abandoned that, and, following your idea, I've got it mostly working.

Thanks for your patience Darwin...
anyway, using your screenshot, plus the function(?) definition I set up as per image, then dragged onto toolbar. That gave me a button ok, but results in "can not find <?xml blah blah."
Made a lot of progress by getting rid of all the junk lines wrapping the actual command and just pasting that into the command editor in dopus. Now I've a button that runs teracopy, but I now just need to see how to pass arguments.
Your screenshot was good thanks Darwin-showed me just where to play.

In my version of teracopy, when I do as you say, it says "read how to add Copy and Move buttons to the Directory Opus" as a label next to the button you're referring to. Clicking it, opens a text file with the code I quoted, plus the customize/paste etc dopus instructions which I can't get to work.

Teracopy adds its own buttons into Dopus. Open up Teracopy via the start menu, click on "More" (this will expand the window) then click on "Menu" and select "Options". You should see "Directory Opus" in the lower part of the dialog that appears. This will add two buttons to your toolbar, one for copying and the other for moving files.

Does this acheive what you're after, or have I missed the point? Hope it helps!

Thanks Darwin! Here's what I'm trying to create a button  for:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<usercommand backcol="none" textcol="none">
<tip>Copy files with TeraCopy</tip>
<function type="normal">
<instruction>%ProgramFiles%\TeraCopy\TeraCopy.exe Copy *{allfilepath|filem} {destpath}</instruction>

Using dopus v8, I can't for the life of me add buttons to the toolbar. I've followed the steps as shown in the dopus forums but nothing seems to happen.
ie .
1. Copy code
2. Settings/customize
3. Rightclick on toolbar/paste

The dopus forum post was from may 2007 so should apply to my dopus version. I'm posting here in preference to there cos the help's the best here plus I know there are dopus experts here.
So...any idea what (stupid thing) I'm doing wrong please?

Living Room / Re: How to enter code???? :)
« on: October 09, 2008, 09:19 PM »
I've done a screen capture to show how I sharpied the code...
I didn't have the right colours but it seemed to work ok...
At first it didn't, then I realized I had to write in the carriage return thinggie
what a joke!

seriously.. it was a joke right? :P

Living Room / Re: How to enter code???? :)
« on: October 09, 2008, 05:27 PM »
thanks for all the helpful replies. In the end I just used coloured sharpies (textas in other parts of the world) and wrote over the letters on the screen.

Living Room / Re: One answered question before you died
« on: October 08, 2008, 01:58 AM »
If a voice shouted down at me as I lay on my deathbed "what do you want to know?" I'd be stupid enough to answer "who do I have to ask?"

Living Room / How to enter code???? :)
« on: October 07, 2008, 06:22 PM »
I'm trying to register at a forum, but there's this message. How do I make the letters go in a curve?

Sorry, I see now I should have included "by desktop search engines" in the topic (although that might be inferred from the "indexing" perhaps).
Edit: Wrong topic

Thanks for your reply Darwin - sorry I took so long to reply, but out of the blue, my mouse just stopped working (all mice that is) and I got distracted.
 I read a few threads, but my question seemed to cross several - eg pdf creation, desktop searching - and as I'd never seen a simple answer (leave aside evernote) to the scan/search question, decided to ask it in a new thread.

I've been looking to scan  and convert to pdf lots of receipts, statements etc and then index their CONTENTS. Innocently, I thought that would be simple, as X1, Copernicus et al say they index pdfs, jpgs etc. and I've a couple of print to pdf softwares (primo, dopdf)
None of the indexers seem to make it clear up front tho that they only index the file names, not the content of jpg/image files. (or have I got that wrong?)

For pdfs, it seems rather trickier eg, if I create a pdf using dopdf using a word doc as source, contents will be indexed. If I create the pdf using dopdf from an image, the contents won't be indexed.
 (Probably if I use acrobat pro to create the pdfs it will work?)
What does get indexed depends on the search software too, as I discovered using both X1 and Copernicus

So, my question is, please: what's a simple, reliable, cheap way to create pdfs from a scanned doc whose CONTENTS are searchable by X1 or Copernicus or GDS

General Software Discussion / Re: Kingsoft Office
« on: September 28, 2008, 10:04 AM »
My school uses ms office 2003 to send daily bulletins and assorted info. I used to use it, mostly using excel, so I had a fair few spreadsheets I used. Then I changed to Kingston 2007 and couldn't be happier from compatability and general ease of use points of view. Yksyks... I've never seen any ads so dunno where the ones you refer to come from.

Living Room / Re: IRLDD Down Under
« on: September 03, 2008, 10:25 PM »
Nice idea, but too far for me (I'm in adelaide when I'm home)

Living Room / Re: gratis Chromatic Puzzle
« on: August 24, 2008, 09:01 PM »
Last night, I couldn't save a .75 completed puzzle, tried today with a different one and I could. To avoid losing several hours messing about, I'd check the "save as" button b4 I was too far into a game

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