Re: filedir and some ideas

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 10:34:08 -0400 (EDT)

Thanks for the feedback and suggestions about FileDir, which I am saving
for further reflection.  Let me make sure you are ware of a few
capabilities at this time.

An option in the FileDir program group of the Windows Start Menu causes
FileDir to automatically be used when opening a directory from the
Windows Start/Run prompt or equivalent.  This also causes FileDir to be
opened for zip archives.

You can find a file based on a combination of a wildcard pattern and
text it contains using the FileFind command, Alt+Shift+F, which searches
subdirectories as well.  Within the same directory, the Jump command,
Control+J, finds a file based on text in its name.  The Keywords
command, Control+K, finds a file based on text it contains, where
multiple and/or conditions are supported.

Pressing Enter on a file opens it with the default program associated
with its extension, which is like entering the file name at the Windows
Start/Run prompt.  The Send To Text Editor command, Control+T, loads the
file into the text editor you configure in the Options dialog -- TextPal
by default.  Another command, Send to Word Processor (Control+W) may be
used to send the file to another program for editing or another use --
Microsoft Word by default.

Copy and Move commands prompt whether to override an existing file, or
whether to do so based on a date comparison.  One also is informed
whether files with the same names are different in size.  One can tell
FileDir to make the same decision for all subsequent files with the same
names within the processing of a batch copy or move.  The FTP Get, Web
Download, and Unzip commands do not compare file names -- they just
overwrite.  I've thought of implementing the same comparison dialog, but
it's quite a bit of coding and haven't gotten to it.  Personally, I
generally want the source files to overwrite the same targets in these
situations.  If this is a concern, I suggest transfering to a new
folder, and then doing a copy or move to another folder that may include
similar targets.

the Open Drive command, Alt+Shift+O, lists all drives in a standard
listbox.  Any command that presents the dialog to specify a directory
includes a Browse button that invokes the standard Windows Browse for
Folder dialog, which includes a treeview.

If anyone experiences what seems to be a bug, please tell me a specific
sequence of steps I can use to reproduce and debug the problem.

On Sat, 20
Oct 2007, Kevin Jones wrote:

> Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 14:54:03 -0500
> From: Kevin Jones <kevin@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Reply-To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: filedir and some ideas
> I've been looking at filedir and really like it. I know people sighted,
> who have ditched windows explorer for other alternatives many of them
> more graphical so not so great for screen reader users. What kinds of
> features beyond eye candy do they offer? How does filedir compare to those.
> I'm using the latest  version of filedir 2.8 July 22 2007. I could have
> emailed Jamal directly, but since some disgussion of this program has
> been on this list before, I thought maybe some others could add to this.
> So far I thought I'd found a bug
> Yesterday when I was playing around filedir wasn't reporting the size of
> a folder with the shift-s command, today it is correctly.
> Yesterday it seemed that pressing home in a folder wasn't selecting the
> top item, it is now.
> Today, I can't right click on a selected file, I thought that worked
> yesterday.
> By the way, windows explorer will not tell you the size of a folder
> unless it's open.
> so that's a nice bonus with filedir.
> Things I would ilke to see in future versions, that might pertain to the
> programming list.
> It would be nice if filedir could store multiple ftp account sites like
> a full ftp client.
> Would be nice if filedir supported sftp and scp protocols.
> I think a tree view should be at least an option like in windows
> explorer, currently there's no automatic way to see your drives without
> going to the ctrl-g window. I know some users hate tree views so it
> could be turned on in a view menu
> Maybe icons for partially sighted users.
> When transfering files, if the folder already exists, it should be kept
> and not even prompted. Files should only be copied of newer unless some
> user option set it to prompt or overwrite.
> Something in the status bar telling time left would be nice, also a
> speed of transfer would be nice.
> Maybe even a nice complete sound like used in the studio recorder
> program if the operation took say over 5 seconds.
> A file viewer turned on maybe in the view menu, something like in os 10
> leopard. Basically filedir could automatically display in another payne
> could press tab to get to it, the first screen of a txt rtf etc. file,
> maybe you could browse the file with page up down arrows home end and
> maybe a simple find command.
> In leopard it can even preview audio and video files, not so sure
> filedir should be able to do that.
> I know the file atribute is displayed in filedir, it's very nice, but
> there might be some users who would like to not see hidden files at all,
> maybe another item in the view menu.
> Would be cool if filedir could steal the windows e command away from
> windows explorer, or take over when user pressed windows-r and entered c:
> Maybe a warning if filedir opens a drive that has less than x percent
> free definable by the user maybe 10% by default.
> a simular command that edsharp has to compile the currently selected
> file or run a script. this way the default could be to open the source
> code in your favorite editer but say f5 would compile and/or run it.
> The errors etc. could be displayed in that viewer I talked about earlier.
> Maybe there some day would have to be a filedir pro for some of these, I
> just thought I'd share what I've been thinking.
> Kevin
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