[guispeak] FileDir beta 0.8

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, programming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, program-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 18:17:28 -0500 (EST)


Beta 0.8
Released December 13, 2006

Fixed the What command, invoked with question mark (Shift+Slash), not
silencing speech after a key press.  It reads a maximum of about 20K of
text from a file.

The size of the current item on the status line is now expressed in an
abbreviated manner using K for kilobytes, M for megabytes, or G for
gigabytes.  Note that the size of a folder is -1 until a query command
such as Size, Shift+S, or Yield Tagged, Shift+Y, forces it to be
calculated (by recursively summing the sizes of all contained files and

The Copy or Move Tagged commands, Shift+C or Shift+M, now 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.

FileDir remembers the directory, sort order, and filter specification at
the end of the last session.  Use Control+Shift+C rather than Control+C to
copy names but not full paths to the Windows clipboard.  The Open Drive
command has been reassigned to Alt+Shift+O.

The Send to Word Processor command, Control+W, and Send to Text Editor
command, Control+T, are configurable by the Options command, Alt+O.  This
modifies a standard .ini file, FileDir.ini, in the FileDir program folder.
By default, Microsoft Word is the word processor and TextPal is the text
editor.  If another executable is specified, its full path may be needed
if it is not located on the Windows search path.

In addition to the backslash character indicating that an item is a folder
and the greater than sign indicating it is tagged, special symbols are
associated with folder and file attributes, and with new commands to
manipulate them.  A right parenthesis after a list item means that the
Hidden attribute is set.  As a memory aid, you may think of parenthesis
hiding something from full view.  The RightParen key, Shift+0, sets the
Hidden attribute of the current or tagged items.  The LeftParen key does
the reverse, removing the Hidden attribute.  Similarly, the right bracket
symbol means that an item has the ReadOnly attribute set.  You may think
of a bracket protecting something from being modified.  The LeftBracket
key removes the ReadOnly attribute.  Finally, the right brace symbol means
the System attribute is set.  You may think of a brace as a character used
in programming systems.  The LeftBrace key removes the System attribute.


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