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Submitted by Steve Lamerton on January 22, 2009 - 11:20am

Just to let you know Toucan hit 2 milestones last week! The first was the release of Toucan 2.0.4 one week ago (January 15), the tenth release of Toucan. Also on Saturday (January 17) Toucan hit 500,000 downloads.

Thanks to everyone for their support in making this happen!

AllInOneAlarm [Help + Mapping of Features]

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Submitted by Nathan9222 on January 6, 2009 - 8:19pm

This is my first blog post, but I need some help. How to you created Menus? Not tray menus but one that would be displayed under the title block? If you are familiar with ahk and know of a solution or can point me in the direction of it, I would really appreciate it. If you haven't already downloaded my application you can find it here.... any feedback, bug reports, or help with development would greatly help me.

Heading Upstream

Steve Lamerton's picture
Submitted by Steve Lamerton on December 6, 2008 - 2:27pm

Well I have just posted a patch to the wxWidgets Trac system, as far as I know the first time that has submitted a patch to an upstream project, and long may it continue! If you are interested the patch is here and it implements the setting of directory timestamps on Windows. Nothing fancy, but hopefully a solid start for helping other projects.

When to release?

Steve Lamerton's picture
Submitted by Steve Lamerton on December 3, 2008 - 12:44pm
This is just a post of my recent musings with regards to when to publish a release of a program:

So I have been thinking recently about how to deal with Toucan development in the future, specifically with regards to when to release new versions. Currently there is quite a long time between releases, which is fine if you aren’t affected by any bugs and are just looking forward to new features, but is a nuisance if you are affected by a bug. In the table below you can see the time between releases of Toucan so far:

Version Date

Portable Devices, Autorun and You.

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Submitted by Ryan McCue on December 3, 2008 - 8:28am

As you may have noticed, we get a lot of talk from users here on wondering why they get this box popping up when they plug their USB drives into the computer. The users simply expect the menu to come up without having to do anything else. As they say, if U3 can do it, why can't we?

The reason behind autorun being disabled is an extremely valid one: security. Some users argue that simply autorunning a piece of software can't do anything bad to their system. Well, let's take a look at a type of virus that has been around for quite a while: the boot sector virus.

Rising From The Ashes...

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Submitted by Ryan McCue on November 30, 2008 - 1:24am

And when the time of its dissolution draws near that it must die, it builds itself a nest of frankincense, and myrrh, and other spices, into which [...] it enters and dies. But as the flesh decays a certain kind of worm is produced, which, being nourished by the juices of the dead bird, brings forth feathers. Then, when it has acquired strength, it takes up that nest in which are the bones of its parent, and bearing these it passes from the land of Arabia into Egypt, to the city called Heliopolis.

More Useful Code: Language Reading/Setting

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Submitted by OliverK on November 21, 2008 - 2:32pm

Here's the code I used for PNotes/ATPad.

They set the language through a file name, not using the environmental variables or using international language codes.

                ReadEnvStr $APPLANGUAGE "PortableApps.comLanguageCode"

                  StrCmp $APPLANGUAGE de Deutsch
                  StrCmp $APPLANGUAGE en_us English
                  StrCmp $APPLANGUAGE es_la Spanish
                  StrCmp $APPLANGUAGE it Italian
                  StrCmp $APPLANGUAGE jp Japanese
                  StrCmp $APPLANGUAGE pl Polski

Windows Woes

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Submitted by Zach Thibeau on November 16, 2008 - 11:31am

Ok guys I know I promised a bug fix release of DVDStyler Portable but due to windows giving the Blue screen of death on boot up I had to install linux, Now because I am on linux I can still do releases as with the help of wine I can do my work more over I do have access to VirtualBox so I can emulate Windows xp/Vista with no problems. So please be patient and I'll get it done asap Wink cheers and have fun