Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

Coderage 9 is coming – 28th-30th October 2014

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Embarcadero Coderage 9 Splash Image

Embarcadero are holding their on-line developers conference Coderage, later this month. The event is covering both C++ and Object Pascal this time around and features sessions from the likes of Nick Hodges, Marco Cantù, Jim McKeeth and Sarina DuPont (to name a few).

For more information and to sign up visit the Coderage 9 information page. The conference itself runs from 28th October to 30th October. Based on my experience of last years event, it’s well worth a visit.

Some of the benefits of Delphi XE7

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

It’s been a while since I posted and well I just thought I’d get this out there. For those who may not know, Embarcadero have recently released RAD Studio XE7 (and I’m going to give a mention to AppMethod as well), the latest version of their now cross platform enabled development environment. So what I hear you cry? Well, one of the things I tinker with when I have a few moments is my desire to be an author. I’ve been working on my first novel for some time and for this I use a fairly well known writing package that is available on Mac OSX and Windows. And right now I’m sure you’re thinking “what the hell have these two things got in common????” (more…)

Embarcadero release XE6

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Embarcadero have release RAD Studio XE6. It features some great enhancements including app tethering. Check out the product pages here. If you’re into multi-device development and you don’t want the Windows VCL elements, you may also want to check out Appmethod, also from Embarcadero.


Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Well, whilst writing my last post about generics, I realised one of the long standing issues I have with pre-formatted code segments in my blog. It doesn’t handle it very well as illustrated in this example:-

function countLeadingSpaces(src:string):integer;
loop : integer;
if (length(trim(src))>0) then

Having had to manually tweak code segments for quite some time I decided it was time to write something that will automate the process for me. If you have a need for something similar read on. (more…)

Presentation Control Panel v1.1.2 Released

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

I have just released version 1.1.2 of Presentation Control Panel. This version sees the plugin include an Office 2013 visual style that is automatically switched in when used in PowerPoint 2013. It also includes a minor adjustment to the licensing system to reduce the startup time when the internet is not available.

For more information, head over to Soft-Answer for more information, downloads and purchasing information.

Mobillu Releases Educational Puzzles

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Mobillu (the name my brother releases his apps under) has released three titles for iOS and Android. They are all educational puzzle games aimed at young children. I’m sure most people will remember a big jigsaw puzzle or a puzzle that had simple shapes with little handles that you had to put into the corresponding shape on a board. These apps bring those puzzles into the tablet era.

Head on over to the Mobillu site to learn more.

Presentation Control Panel v1.1.1 Released

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Well, after a somewhat delayed development cycle, I have finally released Presentation Control Panel. This is an add-in for PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 that makes handling presentations that target multiple audiences a breeze. Instead of having to go through toggling slide visibility (tedious and prone to errors), you simply tag the slides whilst building the presentation and then it’s a simple click of a button… Presentation Control Panel whips through them all and sets the required visibility.

Head on over to my commercial software site Soft-Answer for more information and to purchase a copy (£15 gets a single user license that you can use on up to 2 PCs, if you want more, licenses are also available in blocks of 5, 10, 25 and 50 users). You can evaluate the add-in before you buy (some features are restricted, full details in the user manual), and if you need support once you’ve purchased or you have a pre-sales question, head over to my support site.

NOTE - The support site is NOT for getting support on the WordPress plugins I maintain at the moment. If you need support for those, they each have a page on this site where you can post comments/requests for help.

McAfee Firewall Fix

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Ok, I’m not a huge fan of McAfee, never have been, never will be, but to send out an update that takes users PCs off-line by blocking their internet access… really not a good move. A friend of mine was afflicted by this bug (caused if memory serves by updates contained in DAT 6807). The only option he had was to uninstall and then re-install… according to McAfee at least. I’ve just fixed his PC without removing the software. Read on for information on how to do this. (more…)

The Humble Bundle

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

I’m probably somewhat behind the times, but it’s worth a mention regardless.  The Humble Bundle.

The first one I saw was the Introversion bundle.  If you’re not familiar with Introversion, they are the guys behind Darwinia, Uplink, Defcon and not forgetting Multiwinia.  Four games worthy of note in their own right.  But the humble bundle is awesome.  Pay more than the average (yes, you get to pick what you want to pay) and you’ll also get a couple of tech demos from Introversion, Crayon Physics Deluxe, Dungeons of Dredmor and Aquaria as a bonus… oh and did I mention you can also get the source code for Darwinia, Multiwinia, Defcon and Uplink too?

To say that this bundle is a bargain is an understatement, great games, great price and source code too… amazing.

So, if you’ve not encountered the Humble Bundle yet, head over to The Humble Bundle and check it out.

Unpurchased Books In Kindle Mac (and maybe PC)

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

This is just a little nugget that may prove useful to other users of Kindle for Mac (and maybe PC).  I noticed the other day that I had somehow acquired a book that I hadn’t purchased.  It appeared to be an Italian book… I’m not sure of the title as that kind of information wasn’t available.  It just kind of sat there.  When I tried to download it, I was told I had reached my limit and I was given the option of deauthorising a device or purchasing another copy.

Of course, I didn’t want to do either but no matter what I tried I couldn’t get rid of it.  And no amount of searching on-line provided any assistance.

Today, I took a punt and managed to rid myself of this un-purchased baggage with no complaints from the Kindle software.  So, if you too are afflicted with un-purchased items popping up in your book list, this is how you can fix it.

  • First, find you Kindle content folder.  On the Mac you can do this using Finders ‘Go to folder’ option.  The Kindle content folder should be located in ‘/Users/<YOURUSERNAME>/library/Application Support/Kindle’.  If this doesn’t work, you can find where it is from the Kindle software preferences.
  • Once you’ve found the folder, delete the ‘Cache’ directory (making a copy of course just in case).
  • Start Kindle

And hey presto, if all has gone according to plan, the spurious book will no longer be visible in your list of books.  I suspect the same thing will work for Kindle PC, but I’ve not had the opportunity to try it so your mileage may vary.