[guispeak] EdSharp 2.5 and FileDir 3.1 released

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, program-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 08:01:18 -0500 (EST)

2008 brings new improvements to EdSharp and FileDir.  They are more solid,
capable, and compatible.



Version 2.5
Released January 14, 2008

Fixed the paste command (Control+V) stripping hard returns at the end of
clipboard text.  Fixed EdSharp not always being activated when an
associated file is opened via Windows Explorer (or FileDir).  Also made
EdSharp activate more quickly when a new file is opened in this way.

Fine tuned the JAWS configuration so that "not selected" messages do not
erroneously occur when navigating a listbox.  Also improved the speaking
of special Unicode characters when reading continuously with SayAll
(JAWSKey+DownArrow).  The JAWS script to toggle speech between all and no
punctuation (JAWSKey+GraveAccent) now works with any speech synthesizer,
not just Eloquence.

Fixed the import option for .tex files (LaTeX format).  Stopped the import
options dialog from appearing if only one target format is available.
Made EdSharp notify you of the item number when it activates a list-based
dialog and restores focus to an item other than the initial one.

As before, Alt+Backslash opens Windows Explorer in the directory
containing the current file, or Control+Backslash opens a command prompt
there.  Besides the current folder, the intervening dialog lets you open
the EdSharp program folder, data folder, or snippet folder.  An additional
button now lets you create a new folder on disk.

As before, the Transform Files command (Alt+Equals) applies a saved set of
search and replace tasks to one or more files.  A new intervening dialog
lets you test what changes would occur without actually performing them.
In either case, you can subsequently use the Review Output command
(Alt+Shift+F5) to examine the change log.  A log may similarly be reviewed
after the Text Convert or Text Combine command (Control+T or

Added the Special Character command (F2), which prompts for a character to
insert based on its numeric value in the Unicode character set.  The
number should have four hex digits (base 16).  This command is useful for
inputting a character that does not have a corresponding keystroke.  You
can specify a decimal (base 10) number instead by preceding it with the
letter d.  For example, the ellipses symbol ( a single character for ...)
may be specified either in hex as 2026 or in decimal as d8230.


Version 3.1
Released January 14, 2008

Fixed conversions to text not working due to an inconsistent location for
the temp file.  Fixed the Manual Options command (Alt+Shift+M) not finding
the configuration file (FileDir.ini).

As before, Control+Shift+M initiates a mail message with tagged files as
attachments.  If no items are tagged, FileDir now both attaches the
current file and includes its text in the message body.

As before, Control+Shift+P copies the full paths of all items below a
subfolder item in the directory hierarchy.  As an enhancement, after
determining what file extensions are present, FileDir prompts for which
ones to include in the resulting list.

Strengthened the Web Download command (Alt+Shift+W) so that it works like
the one in EdSharp.  Many hot keys are available for navigating and
choosing files to download.  Target names on disk are made unique in case
different links end similarly, e.g., with default.htm.  Duplicate files
may subsequently be identified and deleted with the Tag Duplicate Files
command (Alt+Shift+Period).  This command runs much faster than before.
Other list-based dialogs enhance navigation like Web Download, e.g., Open
Drive (Alt+O) and Alternate Menu (Alt+F10).

New commands include the following.  Control+Shift+I renames files to the
initial line of text inside them (if found), which is often a convenient
way of making the name of a file the same as the title of the document
inside (e.g., useful after downloading files with cryptic names).
Control+Shift+Period tags files that match a regular expression you

FileDir now supports the concept of a "virtual folder" that does not exist
as a physical directory on disk.  A virtual folder is defined by a path
list in a text file.  It contains the full paths of files or folders, not
necessarily in a single directory, but in any directory and on any drive.
You can create such a file in a text editor, or with the help of FileDir
commands like Path List, Control+Shift+P, and Export Clipboard,
Alt+Shift+E.  Press Alt+Shift+O to open a virtual folder definition in a
new window, or Alt+Shift+G to go to it in the same window.  In general,
you can then process its items as if they were in the same directory.
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