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spelr Manual

Contributing

If you like spelr, please consider donating to support my work. Donations can be made using PayPal.

The development of spelr is driven largely by users like you, so if you discover a bug, have a feature request, or just want to share feedback, please contact me. You can also help by writing a review on the website from which you downloaded it and by telling your friends about spelr.

System requirements

spelr should run on any flavor of Windows NT (2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, etc., both 32 and 64 bit). There are no other special requirements.

Installation, updating and uninstalling

Installation

Simply double click the installer file (spelr_ins.exe) you downloaded to install the program. If you have a 64 bit OS, the 64 bit binaries will be installed, else the 32 bit binaries will be installed.

Updating

You can check the 12Bytes website for new versions of spelr, or simply use the built-in automatic or manual update check functions in the Configuration Interface which will retrieve the release notes and offer to download and install a new version when one is available.

When installing a new version, you can usually install over top of your existing installation, however you should always check the release notes for any special instructions.

Uninstalling

You can uninstall spelr either through the start menu shortcut or the Windows programs manager.

spelr creates the folder \spelr in your user application data directory where it stores your settings. You should delete this directory only if you do not intend on installing the program again. To locate this directory quickly, press the Windows key + R and enter: %APPDATA%\spelr.

Quick-start guide

When you start spelr, you will see its icon in the system tray next to your clock. Click the icon to reveal a context menu.

spelr assigns three hotkeys by default when it is started. With these hotkeys you can invoke the three methods of using the spell checker, which are spell checking the contents of the Windows clipboard, spell checking selected text, or spell checking an entire document. By default these hotkeys are Shift + F1, Shift + F2 and Shift + F3, respectively. These hotkeys are set globally, meaning that they will work regardless of which program you are working with. It is therefore important to set the spelr hotkeys so that they will not interfere with the hotkeys of your other programs.

To use spelr, just press the hotkey combination corresponding to the source of the text you want to spell check. If a spelling error is found, the Spell Checker Interface will be displayed from where you can select a word from the list to replace the misspelled word, or substitute your own word, as well as several other options. After the spell check is complete, spelr will present a message.

Limitations

spelr will always ignore URLs, numbers or words containing non-alpha characters except for a hyphen or apostrophe. spelr was lightly tested with, and should work with Unicode characters, including any dictionary that is available on the Mozilla Dictionaries & Language Packs website.

Configuration and usage

Left click the spelr icon in the system tray (next to your clock) to open the Configuration Interface.

Spell Check Options

Selected dictionary: Choose your language preference. If the selected language dictionary is not installed, you will be presented with an option to install it. The installation process is completely automated.

New: Request that a new dictionary be added to the next program update, or manually install one yourself. Also see the “Installing additional dictionaries” section below.

Spell-check clipboard hotkey: The hotkey used to spell check the contents of the clipboard. The corrected text will be placed back on the clipboard, ready to be pasted into your document. If the “Auto-Paste” option is enabled, the corrected text will be pasted back automatically.

Spell-check selection hotkey: Pressing this hotkey will copy text that has already been selected in your document. The corrected text will be placed back on the clipboard, ready to be pasted into your document. If the “Auto-Paste” option is enabled, the corrected text will be pasted back automatically.

Spell-check document hotkey: Pressing this hotkey will automatically select and copy all of the text in your document. The corrected text will be placed back on the clipboard, ready to be pasted into your document. If the “Auto-Paste” option is enabled, the corrected text will be pasted back automatically.

Auto-paste corrected text: Enabling this option will automatically paste back the spell-corrected text to the window from which the original text was copied from as long as it is the active window. When spell checking the clipboard, the corrected text will be pasted back to the currently active window, which may not be the window from which the original text was copied from.

Use Auto-Correct replacements without prompting: If enabled, and if an Auto-Correct word pair exists, the misspelled word will be replaced with the correct word without prompting the user. If you are a poor speller and wish to improve, you may not want to enable this option.

Automatically correct common typos: This option will automatically correct the following:

  • Add missing spaces after sentences ending with any of the following characters: . , ) ? ; : !
  • Remove extra horizontal whitespace, such as replacing two or more spaces or tab spaces with a single space or tab space
  • Capitalize the first letter of every sentence

Program Options

Show logo on start-up: Briefly display the spelr logo when starting the program.

Start when Windows starts: Whether to load spelr when you start you computer.

Auto-check for program updates: When enabled, spelr will automatically check for a newer version every time you exit the program. If an update is detected, you will be notified the next time you start it. You can also check for updates manually.

Use alternate copy/paste keys: By default spelr uses Ctrl/Shift + Ins to copy and paste. Enabling this option will cause it to use Ctrl + C/V instead.

Hide non-critical Massage Bar messages: spelr will display various messages at the top of your screen to let you know about its status, such as when a spell check is complete, etc.. Enable this option if you want to reduce the number of messages it displays.

Minimum Message Bar display time: The time the Message Bar is displayed is calculated according to how long the message string is, then a fixed time is added. This option allows you to adjust the fixed time in milliseconds. For reference, 500 ms = 1/2 of a second.

Base delay time: If you find that all of the text you selected for spell checking is not placed back on the clipboard or pasted back to your document, try increasing the base delay time in increments of about 50 until the spelr works as expected.

Installing additional dictionaries

spelr is compatible with the Mozilla dictionaries which are used in Firefox, Thunderbird and other Mozilla programs. By default, spelr comes packaged with only the U.S. English dictionary (en-US) and associated support files.

Installing a new supported dictionary

To install a new, supported dictionary, simply select the language code from the “Selected dictionary” combination control and you will be asked whether you want to install it if it is not already installed. The installation process is completely automated.

For dictionaries where there are multiple versions available on the Mozilla Dictionaries & Language Packs webpage, only a single version is available to be installed automatically. In such cases, it is the “new” or “modern” version of the language that is available. If you want to install a different version, you will need to follow the instructions in the “Installing a new unsupported dictionary” section below.

Installing a new unsupported dictionary

If the dictionary you want to use is not listed in the “Selected dictionary” combination control, you have two choices; 1), you can request that it be included in the next release of spelr, or 2), you can install it yourself. If you choose the latter option, here is what you need to do:

  1. Go to the Mozilla Dictionaries & Language Packs webpage and click on the “Install Dictionary” link (not the “Install Language Pack” link) for the dictionary you want to install. This will open the webpage for the dictionary add-on.
  2. On the dictionary add-on page, right click the green “Add to Firefox” button and click “Save link as…” to download the file (in some instances there may be a blue “Continue to Download” button you will have to click first).
  3. Locate the file you downloaded and extract the the *.aff and *.dic files to the \dictionary directory of your spelr installation which, by default, is “\%APPDATA%\spelr\dictionaries” (if you are running spelr in portable mode, extract the files to the “\dictionaries” folder in the spelr program folder). To quickly locate the default spelr dictionary directory, press the Windows key + R and enter: %APPDATA%\spelr\dictionaries. The .xpi file is just a zip archive, so if you have trouble extracting it, try changing the extension to .zip, or use a capable archive utility such as 7-Zip.
  4. Make sure that the names of the *.dic and *.aff files are the same and that the file name format is formatted exactly as “xx-XX” where the first two letters are lowercase English representing the language code, followed by a hyphen, then two uppercase English letters representing the country code. The file extensions must be lower case. So for the Nepali dictionary for example, the file names would be “ne-NP.dic” and “ne-NP.aff”. It does not matter what letters you use as long as they do not conflict with an existing dictionary, but if you want to be accurate and are unsure what the file names should be, you can refer to the Language Codes page on the Microsoft website.
  5. Restart spelr, or just close and reopen the Configuration Interface, then select your newly installed dictionary in the “Selected dictionary” combination control and it will be ready to use.
Optional: Creating an Auto-Correct dictionary file

The missing *-User.dic and *-Auto-Correct.dic files will be created automatically. Optionally, you can create a *-Auto-Correct.dic manually if you wish. This file contains word pairs that are used both to suggest a default replacement for a misspelled word and to automatically replace misspelled words without prompting when the “Auto-Correct” option is enabled. spelr includes only a en-US-Auto-Correct.dic file for the U.S. English language. To create this file for another language, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. You will have to find an auto-correct file somewhere. If you have LibreOffice, ApacheOfice or OpenOffice installed, you can find the file in your %APPDATA% directory. In my case it was located at %APPDATA%\LibreOffice\[version]\user\autocorr\acor_en-US.dat. If you do not have one of the open-source offices installed, you can download one if you wish. I would recommend LibreOffice.
  2. Extract the contents of the .dat file. This file is just a zip archive, so if you have trouble extracting it, try changing the extension to .zip, or use a capable archive utility such as 7-Zip.
  3. Find the auto-correct file. This will likely be the largest of the extracted files and in my case it was named DocumentList.xml.
  4. Open the .xml file in a proper code editor, such as Notepad++. Using the find and replace dialog, preforming the following:
    1. find all: " block-list:name="
      replace: |
    2. regex find all: "/><block-list:block block-list:abbreviated-name="
      replace: \n
      important: you want only LF vertical spaces, not the idiotic Windows default CRLF, thus the \n in the above replace expression and not \r\n.
    3. regex find all: <.+
      replace: [empty]
    4. regex find all: ".*
      replace: [empty]
    5. regex find all: ^[^[:alpha:]].+\v
      replace: [empty]
    6. regex find all: ^\v+
      replace: [empty]
  5. Check the result carefully to be sure it looks correct and is uniform in structure (see example below), then copy the content to the “Auto-Correct” tab of the spelr Configuration Interface, or save the file as “xx-XX-Auto-Correct.dic” in the spelr dictionaries directory (%APPDATA%\spelr\dictionaries).

The finished result should look like the following (en-US is used as the example) where each line contains a misspelled word, followed by a pipe character, then by the correct word:

abotu|about
abscence|absence
accesories|accessories
...

It is important that you do not edit any of the *.dic files with an inferior text editor such as Windows Notepad as this will break the formatting of the file. Except as outlined above, you should only edit these files from within the spelr Configuration Interface.

Spell checking

Once spelr is invoked with one of the three hotkeys, the text it receives is immediately processed. If no errors were found, only a Message Bar message is displayed. If errors are found, the Spell Checker Interface will be displayed which contains a list of suggested replacement words if any are available. Descriptions of the components of the Spell Checker Interface follow:

The misspelled word is red in color and is surrounded by other words to provide the context in which it is being used. If no replacements were found in the current dictionary, the misspelled word is prefixed with “Unknown word”.

Any word in the suggested replacement list can be clicked to set it as the replacement candidate, or double clicked to quickly replace the misspelled word. You can also provide your own word as the replacement.

Replace button: Replaces the misspelled word with the chosen replacement only once. You will be prompted for each additional instance of the word if there are any.

Replace All button: Replaces all instances of the misspelled word with the chosen replacement. You will not be prompted for additional instances of the word if there are any.

Ignore button: Ignores the misspelled word only once. You will be prompted for each additional instance of the word if there are any.

Ignore All button: Ignores all instances of the misspelled word. You will not be prompted for additional instances of the word if there are any.

Add to personal dictionary button: Adds the word to your personal dictionary which is used in conjunction with the main dictionary to decide if a word is misspelled. This dictionary can be edited from the Configuration Interface.

For more help with a word, click any of the links above the replace buttons to lookup the word using a 3rd party service.

Replacing words and Auto-Correct interaction

Each time you use the “Replace” or “Replace All” functions of the Spell Checker Interface, the misspelled word and its replacement are stored as an Auto-Correct word pair. These word pairs serve two purposes; 1) if the same misspelled word is encountered again, the 1st word in the suggested replacement list will be the word you last replaced it with and 2), if you enable the Auto-Correct option, the misspelled word will be replaced automatically without ever prompting you. The Auto-Correct word pairs can be edited from the Configuration Interface.

Support

To report a bug or send feedback, open the Configuration Interface and click the “Feedback” link near the bottom right. This will open the 12Bytes website where you can submit a support request.

If you are reporting a problem, please be as thorough as possible and include a detailed description of the exact steps necessary to reproduce the problem. Also attach any configuration files or screen captures if you suspect it may help troubleshoot the issue.

Licensing

spelr is is licensed as freeware. The license agreement is included in the package you downloaded. You can also view the licensing terms at the 12bytes.org website. Donations can be made using PayPal.

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spelr

Introduction

spelr is a multi-language, intelligent spell checking utility for Windows that will work with any program. spelr allows you to spell check the contents of the clipboard, selected text, or a whole document. You can spell check emails, text files, browser forms or text in a program which does not have a built-in spell checker. spelr is packaged with the U.S. English dictionary by default, but it is compatible with any of the Mozilla dictionariesspelr sits quietly in your system tray, ready when you need it.

spelr has built-in support for automatically installing the following dictionary languages: ar-AR, bn-BD, de-AT, de-CH, de-DE, el-GR, en-AU, en-CA, en-GB, en-NZ, en-US, es-AR, es-ES, es-MX, es-VE, fr-FR, hi-IN, it-IT, pa-IN, pl-PL, pt-BR, pt-PT, ru-RU, tr-TR.

You can install additional dictionaries manually, or submit a request to support a new language in a future program version.

Features

  • Multi-language spelling checker
  • Spell check clipboard contents, selected text, or an entire document
  • Option to automatically paste back the spell corrected text
  • Option to auto-correct misspelled words using the auto-correct dictionary
  • spelr will learn your behavior and arrange suggestions for misspelled words accordingly
  • Includes a personal dictionary for adding your own words
  • User configurable hotkeys for performing all core spell check functions
  • Quick access to an on-line dictionary, thesaurus and other information related to a word
  • Option to start when Windows starts
  • Crap free! No spyware, no adware, no malware

Screen Shots

(the version shown may differ slightly from the latest release)

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TITLE spelr / Portable spelr
VERSION [contentblock id=65 file=”/home/bytesorg/public_files/apps/spl/version” img=php.png]
DATE PUBLISHED 7-APR-2015
LANGUAGES EN
LICENSE Freeware
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 (32/64 bit)
DOWNLOAD INSTALLER spelr_ins.exe (the installer contains both 32 and 64 bit binaries – the proper one will be copied when installed)
DOWNLOAD PORTABLE spelr.zip (the portable version contains a 32 bit binary only)
MD5 HASH Installer: 355AC9C7294F5A727347B875A7E55503
Portable: 4BE7F50EC0B004531479DA5FC781D014
FILE SIZE – INSTALLER Installer: 1.91 MB
portable: 1.4 MB
DOCUMENTATION Online manual
CHANGE LOG Change Log
NOTES To send feedback or a bug report, use the “Feedback” link in the options
PAD FILE (for software sites) Installer: http://repository.appvisor.com/info/app-7400243fdb72/spelr_pad.xml
Portable: http://repository.appvisor.com/info/app-690078003b7a/spelr_Portable_pad.xml
trayTrix

trayTrix Manual

Contributing

The development of trayTrix is driven largely by users like you, so if you discover a bug, have a feature request, or just want to share feedback, please contact me. You can also help by writing a review on the website from which you downloaded it and by telling your friends about trayTrix.

System Requirements

trayTrix runs on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8, both 32 and 64 bit. There are no other special requirements.

Installation, Updating And Uninstalling

Installing

Simply double click the installer file (traytrix_ins.exe) you downloaded to install trayTrix. If you have a 64 bit OS, the 64 bit binary will be installed, else the 32 bit binary will be installed.

Program Updates

You can check the 12Bytes website for new versions of trayTrix, or simply use the built-in automatic or manual update check functions in the Configuration Interface which will retrieve the release notes and offer to download and install a new version when one is available.

When installing a new version, you can usually install over top of your existing installation, however you should always check the release notes for any special instructions.

Uninstalling

You can uninstall trayTrix either through the start menu shortcut or the Windows programs manager.

If you installed trayTrix on your system drive, it will have created an \trayTrix folder in your user application data directory where it stores your settings and and data. You should delete this directory only if you do not intend on installing the program again.

Quick Start Guide

When you start trayTrix, you will see a new icon in the system tray next to your clock. Click the icon to open the trayTrix Toolbar, which contains all of the buttons for running various programs, opening documents, web addresses, etc. Click the Settings button to configure trayTrix.

Configuration and usage

Click the trayTrix icon in the system tray (next to your clock), then click the Settings button to open the Configuration Interface.

Spelling

Spell-check clipboard hotkey: The hotkey used to spell check the contents of the clipboard. The corrected text will be placed back on the clipboard and ready to be pasted into your document.

Spell-check selection hotkey: Pressing this hotkey will copy text that has already been selected in your document. The corrected text will be placed back on the clipboard and ready to be pasted into your document.

Spell-check document hotkey: Pressing this hotkey will automatically select and copy all of the text in your document. The corrected text will be placed back on the clipboard and ready to be pasted into your document.

Auto-paste text for selection and document: Enabling this option will automatically paste the spell-corrected text to the currently focused window.

Toolbar Options

Background color: Set the background color of the Toolbar.

Border color: Set the border color of the Toolbar. If you do not want a border, set the color to the same color as the Toolbar background.

Edit the Toolbar settings: The Toolbar contains all of the buttons to run the built-in programs, as well as those you may have added. You can easily add new buttons or remove those you do not want. See the Editing the Toolbar buttons section below for details.

Program Options

Edit the lookup service providers: The lookup service providers are contained in the list you see when you click the Search button on the Toolbar. You can easily edit the list of providers and add new ones or remove those you do not want. See the Editing the lookup service providers section below for details.

Show logo on startup: Briefly display the trayTrix log when starting the program.

Auto-check for program updates: When enabled, trayTrix will automatically check for a newer version every time you exit the program. If an update is detected, you will be notified the next time you start it.

Base delay time (ms): If you find that all of the text you selected for spell checking is not placed back on the clipboard, try increasing the base delay time in increments of about 50 until the spell checker works as expected.

Editing the lookup service providers

The list is stored in the services.ini file in the trayTrix configuration directory. You can edit the file by clicking the Settings button on the Toolbar, then clicking the Edit but that is associated with the service providers. The services.ini file is a typical “ini” file with the following format:

[SECTION NAME]
KEY NAME=KEY VALUE

In our case, the section name is “[CONFIG]” and is never changed. The key name is the name that will be displayed in the combination control on the Lookup Interface and the key value is the service provider URL. The key names can be anything, but every key name must be unique. The key name and the key value must be separated with an “=” character.

To add a new service, go to the website you want to add and see if they have a search function. For this example, we will use Files Tube. We can see on the Files Tube home page that they have their own search function, so we will want to enter an easily recognizable key word, like “ZZZZ”,  and preform a search. After we submit our query, we see that the the address has changed in our browser address bar to:

http://www.filestube.to/query.html?q=ZZZZ&select=All

Now click the Edit button in the trayTrix Configuration Interface to open the trayTrix File Editor and edit the lookup service providers. Anywhere under the [CONFIG] section, add a new line and enter the name of the service as you want it to appear in the Lookup Interface combination control. Here are a couple of possibilities:

Files Tube
Files (Files Tube)
Files (filestube.to)

This first part is called the “key name” and we must add an “=” after the service name we chose:

Files Tube=

For the key value, we simply paste the URL from our browser address bar:

Files Tube=http://www.filestube.to/query.html?q=ZZZZ&select=All

Lastly, we look for our key word “ZZZZ” in the URL and replace it with “$1”:

Files Tube=http://www.filestube.to/query.html?q=$1&select=All

And we are done! Save the file and exit the Configuration Interface. Now when we open the Toolbar Interface and click the Search button, our new service will be available in the combination control.

To remove a service you do not want, you can either delete the line, or comment it out by prepending it with a semi-colon ( ; ).

Editing the Toolbar buttons

The Toolbar button settings are stored in the toolbar.ini file in the trayTrix configuration directory. You can edit the file by clicking the Settings button on the Toolbar, then clicking the Edit but that is associated with the Toolbar. The toolbar.ini file is a typical “ini” file with the following format:

[SECTION NAME]
; a comment line - lines beginning with a semi-colon are ignored by trayTrix
KEY NAME=KEY VALUE

Following is the syntax for the key/value pairs in the toolbar.ini file. Each key value must contain 3 pipe ( | ) characters and 2 commas. The parts enclosed in square brackets are optional:

[SECTION]
KEY=ICON.ICO/BUTTON LABEL|[ICON TOOL-TIP TEXT]|[HOTKEY]|EXECUTE TYPE,COMMAND,[WORKING DIRECTORY/PARAMETERS]

The explanations for each part follows:

[SECTION]: Each section represents a row of buttons. It does not matter what the names are, as long as each section name is unique (you may want to use names like [ROW1], [ROW2], etc.). The minimum number of rows is 1. The maximum number of buttons you can place on the toolbar is 48. You can have as many rows of buttons as you want and each row may contain as many buttons as you want, as long as total number of buttons does not exceed 48.

KEY: The key name is not important, it is only important that it is present and that each key name within a section is unique.

=: The equals character separates the key name from the key value, which is everything that follows the equals character.

ICON.ICO/BUTTON LABEL: This can be a file name of an icon in the trayTrix\resources\icons\toolbar folder or, if you do not want an image to be displayed on the button, a short text label. You may put your own icons in this folder to be used for your custom button images. See below for more information about the icons and where to get them.

ICON TOOL-TIP TEXT: This is the text that will be displayed when the mouse cursor hovers over the button. You may omit this parameter if you do not want a tool-tip.

HOTKEY: The hotkey you want to use to invoke this function. Hotkeys must be in hex format. Use the conversion utility in the File Editor to convert the hotkey to the proper format. You may omit this parameter if you do not want to set a hotkey for the function.

EXECUTE TYPE,COMMAND,WORKING DIRECTORY/PARAMETERS: This parameter breaks down as follows:

EXECUTE TYPE: The execute type must be either Run or ShellEx. Run is used to run an executable (.exe, .bat, .com, ect.), while ShellEx is used to open a document or address using the default program assigned to handle the file type or address protocol. For example, if you wanted to run Notepad, you would use Run, whereas if you wanted to open a .txt document using the default program for handling the .txt extension, you would use ShellEx.

COMMAND: Must be an executable, file name or web address.

WORKING DIRECTORY/PARAMETERS: If the command Run is used, you may specify the working directory.  if the command ShellEx is used, you may specify the parameters. This parameter is optional.

The execute type, command and the working directory/parameters must be separated with a comma only (no spaces). If you omit a parameter, both commas must still be present.

The only exception to the above is the built-in commands which are assigned to special functions and do not use Run or ShellEx.  these 5 buttons appear in the first row by default, but you can move or swap them with buttons from another row. If you do not want a button for a built-in function to appear, just comment out the line by prepending it with a semi-colon ( ; ).

By default, [ROW1] contains all of the buttons for the built-in functions, but you can move these buttons to another row if you want, or comment out ( ; ) the functions you do not want.

Example Toolbar button code

Here we will create 4 Toolbar buttons; one to run Notepad, another to send an email using our default email client, another to open the trayTrix manual (this web page) with the default browser, and a fourth for opening a text document using the default shell handler for .txt files.

First we will create a new row to add our buttons to, rather than adding them to an existing row. To do this, add the following section name on a new line at the end of the toolbar.ini file, making sure the name is unique:

[ROW2]

Next we create our first key/value pair which will be used to run Notepad, either by clicking the Toolbar button, or by pressing the hotkey combination Ctrl+Alt+N. First, add the following code under the [ROW2] line:

; run Notepad by clicking the toolbar button or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+N - show the hotkey in the tool-tip
1=notepad.ico|Notepad (Ctrl+Alt+N)||Run,notepad.exe,

Next, click in the hotkey conversion box at the top of the editor, press Ctrl+Alt+N, then click the Convert button. The code for the hotkey will be copied to the clipboard, ready to be pasted where our hotkey needs to go:

; run Notepad by clicking the toolbar button or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+N - show the hotkey in the tool-tip
1=notepad.ico|Notepad (Ctrl+Alt+N)|0x064E|Run,notepad.exe,

You will notice that a comma is placed after notepad.exe. Every line of button code must contain 3 pipe characters ( | ) and 2 commas. Although we are not appending any parameters to the Run command,  the last comma must be present.

Next we will create the button code for our email button. To open our default email client, we use ShellEx instead of Run to process the “mailto:” protocol using the default shell handler. Again, although we are not specifying any parameters, the trailing comma after “mailto:” must still be present. Add the new key/value pair below the notepad code:

; send an email by clicking the toolbar button or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+E - no hotkey in the tool-tip
2=email.ico|Email|0x0645|ShellEx,mailto:,

Next we will add the code to open the trayTrix on-line manual (this page). Although we are not specifying a hotkey this time, all 3 of the pipe ( | ) characters must be present:

; open the on-line manual for trayTrix, no hotkey
3=help.ico|trayTrix Manual||ShellEx,http://12bytes.org/software/traytrix,

Lastly we will create the button code to open a text file using the default program for handling the .txt extension. In this case we will omit the icon and the hotkey. In place of the icon we will add a simple text label for the button:

; open a text document with the default shell handler - no icon, no tool-tip, no hotkey
4=My Text File|||ShellEx,C:\mytextfile.txt,

Toolbar button resources

You can create custom Toolbar buttons to do almost anything. In addition to your own ideas, you might find more here.

For the button images, you can create your own, find them on the web, or i can create them for you. All button images must be 64×64 pixel icon (.ico) files. There are many resources for icons, but i like Find Icons because the website is laid out nicely and the selection is large. If you cannot find an icon that you like for your custom button, and it is likely one that others will use, contact me and i will create one for you.

To create your own buttons from scratch, you might want to try Inkscape, which is the software i use to create all the trayTrix button images. Although Inkscape cannot natively export Windows .ico files, there are plenty of utilities that can.

Screen capturing

The Screen Capture utility is a rudimentary utility for capturing a .bmp or .png image of your entire desktop, a portion of the desktop, a program window, or a specific part of a program window. When capturing a window or the whole desktop, it is also possible to capture the mouse cursor.

Capturing part of a program window, also called a “control”, will not work on many cross-platform programs, such as Firefox, Chrome, OpenOffice, etc..

In addition to saving the image to a specified folder, it may also be copied to the clipboard.

Registration

Upon start-up, trayTrix will ask if you want to run the program in demo mode or register it. Most settings and user data will not be saved until the program is registered.

To register trayTrix, click the “Buy Now” button in the “trayTrix – Registration” window when the program is started. A web page will open where you can make your payment using PayPal (typically a PayPal account is not required). After your payment has been processed, restart trayTrix and click the “Verify Registration” button in the “trayTrix – Registration” window. Simply follow the prompts to complete the process.

If you have any problems verifying your registration, there is a possibility that there is a temporary network outage, you are behind a restrictive firewall, or the server itself is down. Wait a while, then try again. If you continue experiencing problems however, please send a support request.

To verify that the program was registered successfully, open the trayTrix Configuration Interface and look for your email address at the bottom of the window.

Support

To report a bug or send feedback, open the Configuration Interface and click the “Feedback” link near the bottom right. This will open the 12Bytes website where you can submit a support request.

If you are reporting a problem, please be as thorough as possible and include a detailed description of the exact steps necessary to reproduce the problem. Also attach any configuration files or screen captures if you suspect it may help troubleshoot the issue.

Licensing

trayTrix is shareware. A license agreement is included in the package you downloaded. You can also view the licensing terms at the 12bytes.org website.

trayTrix

NEW: trayTrix

Introduction

trayTrix is a customizable Windows launcher utility that allows quick access to various built-in tools, as well as user defined programs and shortcuts. At its core, trayTrix contains a spell checking utility, a notes utility for storing bits of text, an alarm function, a screen capture tool and a search utility that includes various search engine providers. In addition to the built-in utilities, you can add your own buttons for running programs, opening web pages or documents, or just about anything else. All of the tools are represented by icons which are easily accessed from the trayTrix Toolbar or a hotkey.

Primary Features

  • Customizable Toolbar which can hold up to 48 buttons for launching various programs, web addresses, documents and more
  • Customizable Lookup function for accessing various search engines
  • Spell check clipboard text, selected text, or a whole document
  • Alarm function with 3 independent alarms
  • Personal notes storage
  • Screen capture tool
  • Crap-free! trayTrix contains no adware, spyware or malware of any kind

Screen Shots

Download

TITLE trayTrix
VERSION [contentblock id=65 file=”/home/bytesorg/public_files/apps/ttx/version” img=php.png]
DATE PUBLISHED 20-Jun-2014
LANGUAGES EN
LICENSE Shareware (a registration key may be purchased from within the program, or here)
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 (32/64 bit)
DOWNLOAD INSTALLER traytrix_ins.exe (the trayTrix Installer contains both 32 and 64 bit binaries – the proper one will be copied when installed)
MD5 HASH B2B99FF2C274130DF3472A6A0F590074
FILE SIZE 2.04 MB
DOCUMENTATION Online manual
CHANGE LOG Change Log
NOTES To send feedback or a bug report, use the “Feedback” link in the options
PAD FILE (for software sites) http://repository.appvisor.com/info/app-a00022edd05c/traytrix_pad.xml