[guispeak] TextPal 2.6 released

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2006 19:48:15 -0500 (EST)


Version 2.6
Released November 25, 2006

Released TextPal from waiting for completion of the Burn to CD utility,
launched with Alt+Shift+B, since this wait mode causes some screen readers
to hang.  Fixed File Find command, Alt+Shift+F, using the same result list
when the same search string was entered in a different directory.
Modified this command to list all files in the current directory without
searching if nothing is entered for the search string.  Another
modification is to present files in reverse chronological order, so those
most recently modified appear first in the list.

A clarification that the Grab URLs command, Alt+Shift+G, may not be able
to get a starting URL from Internet Explorer, since some IE configurations
apparently block such text extraction.  If so, you may type the URL
manually or paste it from the clipboard (e.g., after copying it to the
clipboard in IE by pressing F6 for the AddressBar and then Control+C to
copy selected text).

Modified the Path List command, Control+Shift+P, so that it orders files
by date last modified rather than alphabetically.  If done after the Web
Download command, Alt+Shift+W, this usually means that files are listed in
the order downloaded, which would also have been their order in the web
page analyzed by the Grab URLs command.  The Text Combine command,
Control+Shift+T, might then be issued to convert a series of downloaded
PDF, Word, or HTML documents into a single text file.  Subsequently, the
Text Contents command, Alt+Shift+T, could generate a table of contents for
the file, thereby facilitating use of the section navigation commands.

Two new commands operate on blocks of lines.  The Reverse Lines command,
Alt+Shift+Z, flips either all lines or those selected (you may associate Z
with starting at the bottom).  Press Alt+Shift+N to number all or selected
lines.  TextPal prompts for the starting value, defaulting to the current
line number.  The text on each affected line is then preceded by a
consecutive number, period symbol, and space character.

If you would prefer to operate TextPal with less verbosity, a new feature
lets you turn off its additional messages via the Extra Speech Toggle,
Control+Shift+X -- a setting remembered from one TextPal session to
another.  When off, TextPal redirects such messages to a file called
speech.log in the TextPal program folder.  Since this file may contain
information not otherwise available, it may be easily opened in a new
window via the Extra Speech Log command, Alt+Shift+X.  So it does not grow
indefinately, however, it is deleted at the start of each TextPal session.


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