NANY 2022: ENTER NOW!
The NANY 2022 event is now closed.
If you are a coder, any new program (or addon) that you have released in the previous year, which is freeware/donationware for home users is eligible.
And if you are not a coder, you can still participate by helping coders with ideas and testing.
To join in the adventure, visit: The NANY 2022 forum section.
Friend of a FriendIf you find it strange that someone with no posts yet suddenly donates, don't. I was nudged here by a friend sometime ago but have been too busy to officially sign up. I'm not sure what his handle is here, but he sings this site's praises. I will continue to do the same.
My NANY contribution for this year is a simple description language for drawings and diagrams (which I've named Drawskrit). My main goal is to be able to describe diagrams with text. The description language should be natural and simple (I don't want a diagram programming language).
A few of the current obvious shortcomings:
If I ever get it to a state where it's actually useful, I'm planning to implement it as a cross-platform tool which can be integrated into an automated build process.
Drawskrit is open source.
If someone wants to play around with it please direct your browser here:
As a first example, paste the following text into the big text box on the left of the above web page:
orange background filled shapes
small blue circle small green circle
tiny purple square big red triangle tiny purple square
small olive smile
fat navy huge empty dashed circle
As one of my hobbies is riding i decided to make this program. Although this kind of program is on the internet
i preferred to make it and reside on my computer.
Wile riding i generate GPS riding data within a KML file.
The data is plotted and shown on Google map.
Its use is mainly for those interested to have and see
the information of a GPS rout.
Plot and map KML files
Check out these 3 animated pictures (actually 2, because I cannot upload a .webp as an image apparently - despite the png extension, it is a WebP).
I bet you can't. That's because the companies behind the 3 most widely used internet browsers are unable to reach a consensus about what file format should web designers use for simple animations. There is GIF, but that is limited to 256 colors, the compression is not stellar and it does not support full alpha. Then there is animated PNG introduced in Firefox years ago. Adopted by Opera, but who cares now, right? Chrome did not want to lag behind, but for reasons unknown to me and apparently many others, instead of adopting animated PNG, they created their own format WebP. Firefox (of course) refused to adopt WebP. Internet Explorer (as always) plays dead and does not care about innovation, so neither animated PNG nor WebP is supported.
Here, webp2gif and apng2gif come to help you. If you decide to use for example WebP as the primary format for your graphic assets, you can use webp2gif to quickly generate GIF alternatives for all WebPs.
The tool(s) can scan all files in a folder and convert them. There are ways to skip already converted files so you can re-run the same command after you have made changes to your animations and it will convert just the changed/added files. It can also skip all non-animated images.
Either command line switches or hacky renaming tricks can be used to adjust the behavior of the tool. More info on the home page (or just ask in this thread).
Converts animated images in PNG or WebP format to GIFs for those conservative Internet Explorer visitors to your website/blog.
Open to suggestions.
Command line tool, so nothing to see here.
Using the Application
You can either use it from a command line or you can drag and drop files or folders on it.
Rename it, put it on the desktop and drag and drop folders with animations on it.
We already have many electronic post-it-notes like notes for our computer. Most work just like paper paper version. Well they do most of the job, we normally require from them. They act as a static object, the text of which are added/ edited by us manually.
Well I needed similar desktop note but active. I wanted it to show the text content from a text file. The text file will get altered either manually by me or from another program. Not a big deal here. Well I wanted more. I want the note to run the program generate the text and display it. But, it should not disturb me. It should do it's work silently and update the text on the note on the desktop. I will, when I feel like, will glance at it to get the information.
My free app "Overlap Wallpaper" gave me an idea. I made Active Text Note, which is similar to it, but shows a text file content.
Active Text Note runs a given program and displays the output text file on the desktop. We can display directory listing of a network folder, auto backup log file text, latest text info. from a url etc.
I made few helper programs for downloading url, html to text conversion, text extraction etc.
To install, extract the zip file in a folder, say "Active Text Notes", and run the "Active Text Notes" exe.
To uninstall, right click on tray icon of "Active Text Notes" and select 'Exit'. Then delete all files in the "Active Text Notes" folder and remove the "Active Text Notes" folder.
Using the Application
In settings option set the program to run and the text file name to be read. You can leave program name blank.
I download many files for work, leisure and checking purposes. Many times I do not get time to check them and they just occupy space in the download folder. When I feel like, I delete them on older file dates. Now some of the download though done today (say), show the original zip/exe date, which may be six months old or maybe some years old.
So the deletion as per file date deletes the ones which I may have download last week.
I needed something where I can mark the files to auto delete after few days, months etc. So I do not have to worry on my folder filling up with old files, as I mostly copy the work related files to their respective folders.
I searched and found there are many who are searching for the same, but till date MS also did not respond.
I made "Delete After Days".
Drag and drop files on the icon on the desktop. It will prompt you for days after which they will be deleted. The files remain where they are and you can copy / move them. If left for more than specified days, they get deleted, automatically.
To install, extract the zip file in a folder, say "Delete After Days", and run the "Delete After Days" exe.