Tagged: My Software

EmailTweetor app for Android has been updated with new option to reply to another tweet

The new updated can be downloaded from:
http://www.vsubhash.com/article.asp?id=133&info=EmailTweetor_app_for_Android

Left-turned arrow icon can be used to specify the URL of a tweet to which the current tweet can be a reply.

Left-turned arrow icon can be used to specify the URL of a tweet to which the current tweet can be a reply.

Here is an example of a Twitter message posted by EmailTweetor. It is a reply to another Twitter message specified using the new dialog option.

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Subhash TweetsToRSS for Desktop v2016.08.24.39 adds Twitter search to Firefox browsers

OpenSearch support added

In this update, the server will generate OpenSearch XML so that TweetsToRSS users can add it as a search engine in their OpenSearch-compatible browser such as Firefox.

TweetsToRSS adds Twitter search to any OpenSearch-compatible browser such as Firefox.

TweetsToRSS adds Twitter search to any OpenSearch-compatible browser such as Firefox.

Subhash Browser & RSS Feed Reader for Android v2016.05.11

In this update, the bookmarks and history pages look better on tablet displays, as their stylesheets have been updated. More options have been added to the Visit button of the Web Feeds screen – to automatically disable Javascript and images (useful on low bandwidth) and also mimic a desktop browser (to prevent redirection to mobile site). The ability to load the pages with Javascript and images and allow redirection to the mobile site is retained in the hyperlinks.

Many websites load a lot of gunk (ads, images, social networking plugins), which delay the loading of the page. These options load the pages instantly.

Many websites have a lot of junk (ads with ugly images and bulky videos, social networking plugins, siderolls, bottomrolls), which delay the loading of the page. These options let these pages load instantly.

How to make GIF animations from video clips – using Subhash VCDPlayer and GIMP

Phone Safety Tutorial GIF – captured by Subhash VCDPlayer and rendered by GIMP

Phone Safety Tutorial GIF – captured by Subhash VCDPlayer and rendered by GIMP

In 2000, I created a software named after myself called Subhash VCDPlayer. It can play video and audio files on all Windows operating systems from Windows 98. It is jam-packed with features and one among those feature is the ability to slow down or speed up the playback in decrements/increments of 5%. It has another feature that allows you capture still images from video files. Now, this is an ancient software based on Windows Media Player 6.4. While the player can play any audio/video format (if you have installed Media Player Codec Pack), its playback speed adjustment features works only with really old media formats. I suggest you use Format Factory to convert your videos to MPEG-1 (mpg) format. So, convert your FLVs and MP4 to MPG first. Then, press the 1 key (yes the number key) as many times as is required to slow down the playback. Press D to set the image capture folder. Right click on the player and enable the option to set the capture image as the desktop wallpaper (under Preferences). This will let you preview the captured frames. You may have to reduce hardware acceleration in Windows graphics settings. (In Windows Vista and later change the theme to Aero Basic.). Then, as the video plays slowly, start capturing frames by pressing the S key. After you have capture enough frames, open the first image in GIMP. Then drag and drop the rest of the images on the Layers tab. (Very important. Be careful.) Resize the image and crop it. Otherwise, file size will be very big. The save the image as a GIF file. In the Save Options dialog that GIMP throws up choose “Animation”, “replace”, 100ms, “all”. Then open the GIF in an image viewer or a browser.

Making of Mobile Phone Safety Tutorial GIF.

Making of Mobile Phone Safety Tutorial GIF.

You can get FOSS software GIMP at GIMP.org. Choose Windows Binaries if you are on Microsoft platform.
http://www.gimp.org

Subhash VCDPlayer is available for download from
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Video-Players/Subhash-VCD-Player.shtml

You will need to install the v2.4.2 patch to make it work with the latest operating systems.
http://www.vsubhash.com/article.asp?id=15&info=Subhash_VCDPlayer#patch

You will need to install Media Player Codec Pack to ensure that the player can play all formats.
http://www.vsubhash.com/article.asp?id=15info=Subhash_VCDPlayer#play_new_formats

In Windows 8, you need to enable .NET 3.5 Framework in Control Panel.

More information about the software is at:
http://www.vsubhash.com/article.asp?id=15&info=Subhash_VCDPlayer

Subhash VCDPlayer is FOSS software too. Source code is available under GPL v3 at
http://www.vsubhash.com/article.asp?id=15&info=Subhash_VCDPlayer#source_code

Subhash Copy Path Windows Explorer Extensions

If you work with Windows a lot, you will often find yourself copying the paths and names of file and folders. This can get quite cumbersome. Here are some handy Windows Explorer Extensions that can make your job a little bit more easier.

Subhash Copy Path Explorer Extensions are extra Windows Explorer menu options that allow you to easily copy the path or the name of a selected file or folder.

http://www.vsubhash.com/article.asp?id=123&info=Subhash_Copy_Path_Explorer_Extensions
Subhash Copy Path Windows Explorer Extensions

How To Add Your Favourite Applications To The IE Toolbar

As usual, the quick and dirty way

Notepad, IrfanView and WordWeb added to IE toolbar

If your work requires that you spend a long time on Internet Explorer (IE), you may have felt the need for quick access to some of your favourite programs like Notepad, IrfanView, etc.

In this article, you will learn about a simple way to customize your IE toolbar. This involves adding a few keys to the Windows registry. Windows registry is the main storehouse of vital information about your Windows installation. Be careful or you may have to install Windows again.

Anyway, here we go. In the first example, I will tell you about how I added a toolbar button for the Notepad application. Select the Start menu button and click on the Run option. Type regedit and click the OK button. The Registry Editor will be displayed. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions key. Here, you might see keys with names like {A5D12C4E-7B4F-11D3-F5C9-0050045C3C96}. The names of these keys are called globally unique identifiers or GUIDs. In my machine, the A5D12C4E-7B4F-11D3-F5C9-0050045C3C96 GUID uniquely represents the toolbar button for Yahoo! Messenger. For every button you try to add to the IE toolbar, you must come up with a new unique GUID.

For Notepad, I created a key at Extensions branch with a brand-new GUID. (Select Extensions, right click, and select New » Key.) The professional way of generating a unique GUID is to use a tool like guidgen.exe or uuidgen.exe. The MSDN says, “Guidgen.exe never produces the same number twice, no matter how many times it is run or how many different machines it runs on.” Because I decided did not have this tool, I decided to take a risk by generating a new GUID myself. I made some random changes to the alphabets and the numbers in GUID used by Yahoo Messenger.

{A5D12C4E-7B4F-11D3-F5C9-0050045C3C96 – Yahoo Messenger key
{A6D12D4E-7B4F-11D3-F5C9-0060046C3E96} – Notepad key

The GUID is in hexadecimal format, which means that it is made up of numbers from 0 to 9 and the alphabets A to F. In other words, the ID cannot have alphabets from G to Z or fancy characters like *,#,/,%,^,&,* and @.

In the right-side pane of the registry editor, I created the following string values: ButtonText, clsid, Default Visible, Exec, HotIcon, Icon, MenuStartBar, and MenuText. (Right click, select New » String Value.) I set ButtonText and MenuText to Notepad. This value was to be displayed as the label below the toolbar button. The value used by MenuStatusBar was to be displayed in the IE status bar when the mouse pointer or the cursor hovers over the corresponding Tools menu option. The clsid value was set to {1FBA04EE-3024-11d2-8F1F-0000F87ABD16}. This value is a set standard and you should include this as is for any toolbar buttons you may create for your browser. The Exec value was set to the path to the Notepad application file (c:\winnt\notepad.exe). The Default Visible value was set to Yes.

IE_toolbar_demo2

In the Icon and HotIcon values, the number after the comma identifies icon group inside the Notepad application file (notepad.exe). An icon from this icon group was to be displayed on the IE toolbar button. To identify the number for the icon group used by notepad.exe, I used a program called Resource Hacker. If you don’t have Resource Hacker, you can use an icon (ICO) file for the toolbar button application and then then set its path as the Icon and HotIcon values. To create an icon file for your toolbar button application, open its exe file in IrfanView. A number of icons inside the application file will be displayed. You can select an icon from that and save it as a 16×16 24bpp icon file.

UPDATE (14/11/05): Apart from adding ordinary applications to the IE toolbar, you can also add useful script-based applets that will work inside the IE window. For this, you need to create a Script string value instead of an Exec value. The Script will point to a HTML file containing Javascript. In this example, I have created buttons that will scroll up and down a page. If you don’t have relevant icon files, make a bitmap file in Paint and then convert it to an ICO (icon) file using IrfanView.

c:\scrollu.htm

 // IE toolbar script for "Scroll Up"
 // By V. Subhash (10 Nov 2005)
 // http://www.vsubhash.com/

 // identify window object
 var pwin = external.menuArguments;

 // identify window height

 var pwin_ht = pwin.document.body.clientHeight;

 // calculate length to scroll
 var scroll_ht = pwin_ht - (pwin_ht/20);

 // scroll up command
 pwin.scrollBy(0,-scroll_ht);

c:\scrolld.htm

// IE toolbar script for "Scroll Down"
// By V. Subhash (10 Nov 2005)
// http://www.vsubhash.com/

// identify window object
var pwin = external.menuArguments;

// identify window height
var pwin_ht = pwin.document.body.clientHeight;

// calculate length to scroll
var scroll_ht = pwin_ht - (pwin_ht/20);

// scroll down command
pwin.scrollBy(0,scroll_ht);      

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