N.A.N.Y. Challenge

2008 NANY CHALLENGE (New Apps For The New Year)

The N.A.N.Y. Programming Challenge for 2008

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New Apps for the New Year (NANY) 2008

Help us celebrate the new year with a bunch of brand new freeware programs!

It's time for the results of our annual programming challenge. The coders on our site were asked to:
  • Release a new freeware/donationware program of any kind, by Jan 1, 2008
  • It must not have been released prior to Dec 1, 2007

Some of the programs are rather specialized and whimsical, some are just a little silly, and substantial and serious.  But you'll probably find something that you find useful.

Do you have an mp3 collection? Use "WTF!? Music Info" to generate charts showing the statistics of your collection.  Do you need help staying motivated to keep to your new year's resolutions? Try "Point Motivator", an innovative motivational tool and tracking diary.

Congratulations to all the programmers who participated.  As always, if you find a program you like please consider making a small donation to the author.

Discuss on our forum..

WTF!? Music Info - Visualize your Music Collection Stats

Hi all!  Here's a little app that'll give you the lo-down on your music collection.  Shows stats based on artist, genre, or year.  I intend on building this this up in the future, but for now it's a neat little app to let you know what you got.

very fun stuff, works like a charm.

Read more, discuss, and download..

Point Motivator

Point Motivator is an application to help motivate you to do the things you want to do.

  • Focuses your attention on a tangible reinforcement "score" that provides immediate feedback about your actions.
  • Provides an intuitive visual display of your progress over time to provide positive reinforcement.
  • Lets you configure tasks and their associated value, and share these configurations with others.
  • Lets you set up rewards you can "purchase" with your earned points, to provide additional motivation.

This is actually a fairly substantial program that i've been wanting to write for quite some time.  It's designed so that people can share their xml item definition files easily so i hope we will see people creating sets of activities and rewards for specific purposes (dieting, exercise, schoolwork, phd studies, etc).


Click2LogIt is a way to keep track when events occur. It runs as a tray icon and clicking on the tray icon will log the date & time to a log file. Along with the datetime stamp a user-definable notation is made.

The impetus for this program was a coding snack idea posted by 222fbj.

This is another example of how fun the Coding Snacks section of our forum is, where strangers can come in and request a custom little utility to do something a bit unusual, and the result is a new piece of specialty freeware that inevitably serves a purpose for others.

Read more and download..

Coin Jar Calculator

This is an online web application that will allow you to estimate the value of your money (United States Currency only right now) in a coin jar.

Web Address: http://www.coincalc.com/

This is in the running for my favorite entry in the NANY 2008 (disclaimer: i helped come up with the idea).  I just love the simple application of mathematics for an unusual purpose. -- mouser


KeyCounter is a small app that keeps track of how many times you press any key you've added to its list.  It falls into the useless but kind of cool stats category.  It was originally written upon request from a friend but I have since fleshed it out for NANY.

  • You can build out a list of only the keys you want to count.
  • Auto save and reload of your keylist and counts.
  • Export current list and counts to CSV format.

I don't know if this is as useless as the author says.. You could use it to explore character frequencies when performing certain tasks, or use it as a kind of counter system while watching a movie, etc.

Read more and download..

FARR Plugin: FARRGoogleSuggest

A new FARR plugin. It query's Google just like the Google Toolbar and returns suggestions and checks your spelling live.

Type gs and your query.

Read more and download

Sincerely, Jens Peter Grosen

This plugin is sure to be a favorite of FARR users; the results come instantly on a fast internet connection -- i can't think of a faster way to find stuff on the web.  I love this one.

FARR (Find and Run Robot) v2 download for those who don't have it already: here.

Javascript SDK and its del.icio.us plugin for FARR

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FScript is a FARR plugin SDK that allows you to write plugins for FARR in javascript.

In addition, I made a Del.icio.usplugin for demonstration that let's you search your Del.icio.us posts.  

  • FScript is a Javascript SDK for FARR
  • Del.icio.us plugin allow you to explore your del.icio.us bookmark from FARR

A lot of people are going to be happy to be able to search their del.icio.us items from FARR, but the truly remarkable thing about this entry is that it includes a complete SDK for people who want to create FARR plugins using ->Javascript<-.  That is just insanely cool, i didn't even know that could be done.

FARR (Find and Run Robot) v2 download for those who don't have it already: here.

AccuTicket v1.0 - Free Ticketing Software

AccuTicket is a free ticketing application for concerts and/or events. The interface is easy to use, enabling quick creation and validation of tickets. Tickets can either be invalidated or deleted, once entered. If a ticket is invalidated, it will be marked as invalid, and that it has already been validated. If it is deleted, it can not be recovered for future use.

This program will be updated to include interface changes, updates, and the ability to sell tickets, as in a point of sale system.

Read more and download..

DonationCoder Search Deskbar

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After installing, just right click your taskbar and on the menu, under Toolbars, just select "DonationCoder Search Deskbar". If you do not see it listed there, wait a minute and check again.  You can also add this to your Explorer windows by selecting it from the View > Toolbars menu in Explorer.


Just type in one or more search terms into the box, select the type of search you want to perform from the drop down list, and click the Search button. Your search will be opened in your default browser.

You can access a handy popup menu, with lots of goodies to explore, by right clicking the search button with the little picture of Cody on it. There are some things on the menu that will require you to be a member and logged in on the forum for them to work. There are also some things on the menu that can only be used if you are a full member of the site.

Extremely cool..  And I think app103 is going to be offering custom toolbars built for other sites at some point, so if you run a forum you might stay tuned for developments on that front.

Continue reading and download..

SnapSuite 2008

Here is my N.A.N.Y. 08 submission, a large combination of many programs made by myself in order to simplify many daily tasks.

SnapSuite is a fully featured program with manu unique features.

It has a program launcher recognizing many popular programs like Opera and Thunderbird (known as AppLaunch)
It has a semi-automatic typing tool to automate long words and phrases (AutoType)
It has an Instant Message/Chat Room cleaner for times when the boss/the parents come in and the content on the window is not..."suitable" (AutoType)
It has a media control "center" that lets you control playback and volume levels (MediaControl)
It has a full callendar, notepad (known as "MultiNote") and file downloader (MultiBar)
It has a basic web browser based on the Internet Explorer engine (SmartBrowse)

SnapSuite's main feature, however, is none of these. It has a complete, automatic, and extremely simple to use computer maintenance solution. This part of the program, known as SystemCare, allows you to do 4 stages of file system cleaning, registry cleaning, system optimization, file system defragmentation, registry defragmentation, malware scans, Windows/Office updates, Apple Software updates, and updates to other programs (most of this is powered by 3rd party, freeware programs - these are tested extensively and used on all computers in my home for maximum peace-of-mind and usability). If you don't have something that SystemCare needs to help you keep your system in tip-top shape, it will automatically download AND install it for you! SystemCare also includes 2 schedulable programs for quick, automatic system maintenance while you are sleeping or otherwise away from the computer.

Continue reading and download..

Tim - Image to Text Converter

The program converts an image (jpg or bmp) to a text, which looks like the image in grayscale. You can choose any monospaced font and any font size you want to format the text with, and also any set of allowed characters. The result can be saved as text and then you can format it correctly in a text editor, or you can save the image of the text already correctly formatted.

Read more and download..

New C# FARR Plugin: FARRTunes - iTunes control plugin

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Hey all! For all you music listeners and iTunes users.

Download link (please unpack it to your "FARR\Plugins\FARRTunes\" directory):

Since it is quite a complex plug-in bugs are very expected. Please post on the thread if you have any trouble.
I'll be also glad to hear of your general experience with the plug-in.

Version History
  • 1.00 Initial release

  • See the current song info
  • Play/Pause/Next/Previous
  • Search a playlist and start the one you want
  • Search for any song and play it
  • See the current playing song lyrics
  • Rate the current playing song

This has to be one of the most extensive plugins developed for FARR, and it makes use of a ton of different techniques.  The author (vitalyb) also made his plugin SDK available which let's people write plugins in C# (or any .net language).  Really great.

FARR (Find and Run Robot) v2 download for those who don't have it already: here.

See screenshots and read more..

UM - a to do list program

DISCLAIMER: This is a program I am writing to help me learn scheme, so it is probably buggy and quite frankly it is a little below the quality that I would prefer when releasing but since it is usable and N.A.N.Y. is a better time than most to release a program...

UM is a to do list program that is used via the command line.  You can either call it via um.exe <command> or just running it to enter interactive mode.

See tdl - to-do list manager (http://www.rpcurnow.force9.co.uk/tdl/) for the linux program that inspired this.

Read more and download..

YASA (Yet Another Steganography Application)

YASA is a small learning project made in C# using the .Net framework 2.0
YASA will take an source image in bmp, png or jpg format and hide any type of data inside of it and save as png.

More info: http://yasa.hollow-net.net

c_pp - simulate the C/C++ preprocessor (c++ programmer tool)

"c_pp" is a program for applying, testing or learning C preprocessor directives. C/C++ code can be remodeled into the preprocessed form with c_pp: preprocessor directives are removed, definitions are replaced, not defined areas are removed and macros are expanded.

c_pp can be downloaded from http://www.texttrans...mer.org/c_pp_en.html

There are some additional explanations too.

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