[guispeak] EdSharp 2.8 and FileDir 3.4 released

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, program-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, uaccess-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 08:43:35 -0400 (EDT)

New versions of two free, powerful, and screen reader-friendly
applications are released today.  The direct download address of the
installer for EdSharp, a multipurpose editor, is at
http://EmpowermentZone.com/edsetup.exe

FileDir, a robust file and directory manager is available at
http://EmpowermentZone.com/dirsetup.exe

Their latest fixes and enhancements are explained below.

Jamal

EdSharp
Version 2.8

Improved the optional script package to fine tune speech when using
Window-Eyes.  Fixed the installer for the JAWS scripts so that it works
with version 10.

Strengthened the error reporting system so that an unexpected event now
results in a dialog with options to email the report, copy it to the
clipboard, or exit EdSharp.  To continue work without further action,
press Escape to cancel the dialog.

Fixed snippets you save with the Default, no compiler not showing in the
list of snippets available with other compilers.  Picking a compiler or
interpreter with Control+Shift+F5 now sets its default file extension as
the first file type in an open or save file dialog.

Some enhancements help to manage indentation of programming code.  As
before, press Alt+I to hear the number of indentation levels for the
current line.  In indent mode, EdSharp instead says the line that begins
the current block (e.g., an If statement).

As before, when Indent Mode is off, you can insert a new line of text with
the same indentation as the current one by pressing Shift+Enter.
Alt+Shift+Enter is a new command that inserts such a line before the
current one rather than after.  The new Align command, Alt+Shift+A,
adjusts indentation of the current or selected lines so as to begin at the
same level as the line above.

The default indentation unit is now a single tab character rather then two
spaces.  Cursor navigation on a line is more efficient with a tab
character as the indent unit rather than multiple spaces.  If spaces are
preferred, however (e.g., 2 for Ruby or 4 for Python and Perl
conventions), this may be changed with the Configuration Options command,
Alt+Shift+C (or use Alt+Shift+M to manually edit settings in the
EdSharp.ini file).  Since the .ini format does not recognize a value
consisting only of spaces, use octal notation, e.g., for two spaces,
IndentUnit=\40\40

New commands provide convenient options for changing the current
directory/default folder of EdSharp.  The Go to Folder command, Control+0,
lets you change the default folder used in the next open file dialog you
invoke.  You pick from a list of folders found as locations of files in
either the recent or favorite set (Alt+R or Alt+L).  The Go to Special
folder command, Control+Shift+0, lets you pick a special folder, e.g., My
Documents, as the default.  Remember that opening or saving a file in
almost any way also has the effect of changing the default folder to the
one containing that file (the Save Copy command, Alt+Shift+S, is an
exception that does not affect the default folder afterward).

I thank Jaffer
jaffar@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
for contributing C++ and PHP snippets, and helping to configure EdSharp
support for programming in C++ with the MinGW compiler, available at
http://MinGW.org

To fine tune its build options, edit the batch file MinGW.bat in the
Convert subfolder of the EdSharp program folder -- by default located at
C:\Program Files\EdSharp\Convert\MinGW.bat

The configuration for the PowerBASIC for Windows compiler has been updated
to assume the 9.0 version.  It calls the batch file located by default at
C:\Program Files\EdSharp\Convert\pbw.bat
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FileDir
Version 3.4

Improved the optional script package to fine tune speech when using
Window-Eyes.  Fixed the installer for the JAWS scripts so that it works
with version 10.

Strengthened the error reporting system so that an unexpected event now
results in a dialog with options to email the report, copy it to the
clipboard, or exit FileDir.  To continue work without further action,
press Escape to cancel the dialog.

As before, the copy, move, or paste commands prompt whether to overwrite
existing folders and files.  You are informed whether the date of a target
with the same name is older, newer, or current and whether its size is
smaller, larger, or equal.  You can choose to keep all targets with the
same names, replace them, or replace them only with updated source items.
A bug has been fixed that affected file comparisons after the first
duplicate name was found in a target folder.

A new option lets you increment source names to eliminate conflicts.  This
is helpful when files with the same names contain essentially different
content rather than different versions of the same content.  For example,
if the file ReadMe.Txt exists in both the source and target folders, the
source would be copied to the name ReadMe_01.txt instead.  You might then
use the Tag Duplicate Files command, Alt+Shift+Period, to tag and then
delete files that actually have identical content.

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