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#1 2008-04-28 12:12:25

downeast
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CLR DIR option

What does this option (next to scan type in the database scanner) do?

John, could you put a link to the on-line help file in various places on your website so it is easy to find.  Everything is in one place and it's often more complete, but I lost it from my history and had a hard time finding it ...

  http://www.mp3-boss.com/help/boss.htm

Although in this case the screen shot is old and doesn't include CLR DIR.

-Wren

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#2 2008-04-28 14:41:28

mccaffjt
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Re: CLR DIR option

Checking "CLR Dir" will clear the path & directory information when you are overwriting the directory.  This really clears out everything, and makes the scan behave like a brand-new scan.  On the other hand, if you've already filled out the directory with information on artist, album, category -- then clearing the directory means having to re-type all of the information (if you default to directory information when tag information doesn't exist).

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#3 2008-05-04 08:44:56

mccaffjt
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Re: CLR DIR option

Do you know of any good tools that would:
1) Easily convert RoboHelp content (Windows Help) to HTML Help?
I've seen some tools, but they are either expensive or look like a pain to use (or both!)  Because of this, I've not moved to HTML help...and am reluctant to spend a lot of time updating Windows Help files.

2) Once converted to HTML -- easily edit & update based on a weblink?

3) Enable Access97 help to use the weblink?

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#4 2008-05-04 11:34:03

downeast
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Re: CLR DIR option

Microsoft's failure to provide GOOD, FREE tools for creating help
files was a huge mistake on their part.  Help that works
consistently over EVERY program would have gone a long way toward
making Windows easier to use.  Instead as you've found they don't
even support their own help tools in the Vista; really stupid!
It's no wonder that each program has gone its own route ... the
problem is most of them are not as good because of the limited
search capibilities and the inconsistancy across programs.  I have
yet to see any local HTML help files that come close to a good
help system.

At this point I'm afraid that HTML is probably the best answer,
but to be useful needs to include a search engine ... assume
Google has one you can use, but must admit I've never tried.

For those without high-speed continuous connections (and there
are still a LOT of them) a local copy included in the
installation is one solution, but a pain for a lot of reasons.
Microsoft tries to provide both local and internet based help for
their own products, but I swear every incarnation get worse.

I don't think there is a good answer ... conversion is the least
of the problems ... you already have a good start at an HTML
version.  It may have no structure, but that's not all bad ...
since it's a single page, one can use FIND for simple searches
and it's easy to print the whole thing.  KISS might be the best
answer.

-Wren

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#5 2008-05-04 11:38:32

mccaffjt
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Re: CLR DIR option

The original help is in Word DOC format, and I used RoboHelp to create the .HLP.  I think I created the HTML simply from the Word DOC -- although as you've seen, it loses all the links.

I'd hate to have to maintain 2 versions of help just to keep the good local help...but for sure the local help is so much better than the HTML version.  Even I end up pressing the F1 key for help in MP3-Boss every now & again.  But have been reluctant to update when I know that HLP isn't supported for the future.

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