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on: 2013-07-15 07:42
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Hi,

The downloads page is currently not working. I'm trying to solve the issue, and will post here when it's back up.

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on: 2013-07-16 05:04
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Sorry for the delay. Downloads are now back up and running.

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on: 2013-07-17 11:08
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Frankly, the Downloads page is a PITA. As an alternative, I'd put the files up on Google Drive, and simply share the link with testers. "Anybody with the link" would probably be the appropriate security setting.
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on: 2013-07-17 11:11
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Hi Dennis,

What are the issues with the downloads?

I have an aversion to putting stuff in 'the cloud'. I don't even use DropBox.

Gerald

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on: 2013-07-21 17:31
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Quote from gbr on 2013-07-17 11:11
Hi Dennis,

What are the issues with the downloads?

Inconsistent operation, and non-intuitive UI.

For instance, I just grabbed Alpha 0.48. There's no obvious way to download the file, and I had to exit and go back into AjaxExplorer before the right-click menu would appear that offered Download as an option.

I have an aversion to putting stuff in 'the cloud'. I don't even use DropBox.

And using AjaxExplorer isn't keeping something on the cloud? I'm not sure I see a distinction.

I'm not sure exactly what your concerns are. I use Google Drive for stuff like this. I can specify who I wish to have access. For really limited access, I chose "anyone with the link". and distribute the link by email to those who should have it.

If Google can't maintain security on stuff on their cloud, we're all screwed. Google knows that, and are fairly fanatical about security. If they've had a breach, I haven't heard of it, and it's the sort of thing I track.

And frankly, if a copy of WordTsar Alpha falls into the hands of someone not a tester, so what? It's not like the sky will fall. As it is, you are trusting Alpha testers won't simply share copies elsewhere.

Gerald

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on: 2013-07-26 08:50
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Dennis,

Thanks for the input. For now, we'll keep things as they are. We'll look at the issue again in the fall.

Thanks,
Gerald

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  1. DMcCunney says:
    Mozilla Firefox 24.0 Windows XP

    I have 567 fonts in Windows, and have had more. (I’m a designer among other things, and collect fonts.)

    This issue also bit Mozilla, as MS library code in Windows builds was tediously enumerating fonts, which did nasty things to Firefox load speed on Windows. Mozilla had an open ticket with MS about it. IIRC, the same issue bit Chrome. (I don’t recall the resolution, and would have to poke around in Bugzilla to see what was done.)

    If you want to do a build that skips the font list build, I’ll test it. It might be best to skip the enumeration on load, and only do it if an operation that uses font requires it.
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  2. fofirama says:
    Mozilla 11.0 Windows 7

    Hello, I just noticed that the latest post on the Forum was posted on 28 September last year. Is the development of Wordtsar still progressing?
    Thanks!

    • gbr says:
      Google Chrome 33.0.1750.146 Mac OS X 10.9.2

      Hi,

      Yes, still active, though slowed down a bit. I use it everyday.

      What is slowing things down right now is a re-vamp of the core routines to make them thread safe. The current version has an issue where if (for example) you turn on line spacing:

      .ls 2

      The screen is immediately updated with the line spacing. However, the page count doesn’t increase, because WordTsar only updates the current view, not the document. So, I need to background thread the document formatting stuff.

      It’s not as easy as it sounds, since all GUI work under Windows must be done in the main process, not in threads. Figuring out font sizes (which is, of course, critical in layout) is considerred GUI work.

      I’m getting there, but need a bit of patience.

      I think what I’ll be doing is moving the current WordTsar binaries to a more public place, let more people download and use it as it currently stands.