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  • Emaroo 2.0.0 Released

    Emaroo is a free utility for browsing most recently used (MRU) lists of applications like Visual Studio, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more. Quickly open files, jump to their folder in Windows Explorer, copy them (and their path) to the clipboard - all with just a few keystrokes or mouse clicks.

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    Emaroo 2.0.0 adds support for Illustrator (CS6/CC/CC2014), lets you now open files in a text editor, copy files to the clipboard (for pasting them into an Explorer window) and fixes some UI glitches on systems with high DPI settings.

    You can download Emaroo 2.0.0 on www.roland-weigelt.de/emaroo.

    For examples of how Emaroo can speed up working with files, take a look at the “Why Emaroo?” section of the blog post announcing version 1.4.0.

  • Emaroo 1.6.0 Released

    Emaroo is a free utility for browsing most recently used (MRU) lists of various applications. Quickly open files, jump to their folder in Windows Explorer, copy their path - all with just a few keystrokes or mouse clicks.

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    Emaroo 1.6.0 adds support for Photoshop CC 2014 and fixes an issue with the MRU list of Notepad++.

    You can download it now on www.roland-weigelt.de/emaroo.

    For examples of how Emaroo can speed up working with files, take a look at the “Why Emaroo?” section of the blog post announcing version 1.4.0.

  • Emaroo 1.5.0 Released

    Emaroo is a free utility for browsing most recently used (MRU) lists of various applications. Quickly open files, jump to their folder in Windows Explorer, copy their path - all with just a few keystrokes or mouse clicks.

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    Emaroo 1.5.0 is now out, adding support for Photoshop CC and Notepad++.

    You can download it on www.roland-weigelt.de/emaroo.

    For examples of how Emaroo can speed up working with files, take a look at the “Why Emaroo?” section of the blog post announcing the previous version.

  • Emaroo 1.4.0 Released

    Emaroo is a free utility for browsing most recently used (MRU) lists of various applications. Quickly open files, jump to their folder in Windows Explorer, copy their path - all with just a few keystrokes or mouse clicks.

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    tl;dr: Emaroo 1.4.0 is out, go download it on www.roland-weigelt.de/emaroo

    Why Emaroo?

    Let me give you a few examples. Let’s assume you have pinned Emaroo to the first spot on the task bar so you can start it by hitting Win+1.

    To start one of the most recently used Visual Studio solutions you type

    Win+1, [maybe arrow key down a few times], Enter

    This means that you can start the most recent solution simply by

    Win+1, Enter

    What else?

    • If you want to open an Explorer window at the file location of the solution, you type Ctrl+E instead of Enter.
    • If you know that the solution contains “foo” in its name, you can type “foo” to filter the list. Because this is not a general purpose search like e.g. the Search charm, but instead operates only on the MRU list of a single application, you usually have to type only a few characters until you can press Enter or Ctrl+E.
    • Ctrl+C copies the file path of the selected MRU item, Ctrl+Shift+C copies the directory

    • If you have several versions of Visual Studio installed, the context menu lets you open a solution in a higher version.

    • Using the context menu, you can open a Visual Studio solution in Blend.

    So far I have only mentioned Visual Studio, but Emaroo knows about other applications, too. It remembers the last application you used, you can change between applications with the left/right arrow or accelerator keys.

    Press F1 or click the Emaroo icon (the tab to the right) for a quick reference.

    Which applications does Emaroo know about?

    Emaroo knows the MRU lists of

    • Visual Studio 2008/2010/2012/2013
    • Expression Blend 4, Blend for Visual Studio 2012, Blend for Visual Studio 2013
    • Microsoft Word 2007/2010/2013
    • Microsoft Excel 2007/2010/2013
    • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007/2010/2013
    • Photoshop CS6
    • IrfanView (most recently used directories)
    • Windows Explorer (directories most recently typed into the address bar)

    Applications that are not installed aren’t shown, of course.

    Where can I download it?

    On the Emaroo website: www.roland-weigelt.de/emaroo

    Have fun!

  • Recommended: IntelliCommand for Visual Studio 2010/2012

    The Morning Brew is a great news source for developers for many years now. In a recent post it mentioned an extension for Visual Studio 2010 and 2012 called IntelliCommand that implements something that I had wanted for quite some time: A dynamic help for hotkeys.

    IntelliCommand shows a popup

    • when you press and hold Ctrl, Shift or Alt (or combinations thereof) for a configurable amount of time, or
    • after you press the first key combination of a chord shortcut key (e.g. Ctrl-E) and wait for an (independently configurable) amount of time.

    In the following screenshot I pressed and released Ctrl-E, and after a short delay the popup appeared:

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    The extension is available in the Visual Studio Gallery, so finding, downloading and installing it via the Extension Manager is extremely simple:

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    The default delays (2000 / 1600 milliseconds) are a bit long for my liking, but this can be changed in Tools – Options:

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    So far things are working great on my machine. Some known issues do seem to exist, though (e.g. that the extension doesn’t work on non-EN versions of Visual Studio). See the author’s comments in the announcement blog post and in the Visual Studio Gallery for more information.

  • Emaroo 1.2.1 Released

    Emaroo is a free utility for browsing most recently used (MRU) file lists of
    multiple applications. Quickly open files, jump to their folder in Windows Explorer, copy their path - all with just a few keystrokes or mouse clicks.

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    This bugfix release has been sitting on my hard drive for quite some time now, but it’s only now that I’ve finally gotten around to do the “release dance” (write the ReadMe, update the website, test the downloads etc.).

    The most visible fix is that right-clicking a list item will now select it before opening the context menu.

    Download and more information

    Please visit the Emaroo website at www.roland-weigelt.de/emaroo

  • ClipTextify for Converting the Clipboard Content to Plain Text

    When you copy and paste text from application to application via the clipboard, you'll sooner or later run into a simple yet annoying problem: Often the text is copied as rich text, i.e. including colors, different text sizes and so on.

    Intended to be a feature, this can be a real pain if all you want is plain text.
    If you're not pasting into an application which lets you choose the format of the pasted text (Office 2010 does a good job here), you are forced to paste the text to Notepad first, then copy it again before you can paste without formatting.

    ClipTextify allows you to convert the content of the clipboard to plain text by pressing a hotkey (e.g. Win+V), before you paste the text into the target application.

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  • Welcome 2011

    Things that happened in 2010

    • MIX10 was absolutely fantastic. Read my report of MIX10 to see why.
       
    • The dotnet Cologne 2010, the community conference organized by the .NET user group Köln and my own group Bonn-to-Code.Net became an even bigger success than I dared to dream of.
       
    • There was a huge discrepancy between the efforts by Microsoft to support .NET user groups to organize public live streaming events of the PDC keynote (the dotnet Cologne team joined forces with netug  Niederrhein to organize the PDCologne) and the actual content of the keynote. The reaction of the audience at our event was “meh” and even worse I seriously doubt we’ll ever get that number of people to such an event (which on top of that suffered from technical difficulties beyond our control).
       
    • What definitely would have deserved the public live streaming event treatment was the Silverlight Firestarter (aka “Silverlight Damage Control”) event. And maybe we would have thought about organizing something if it weren’t for the “burned earth” left by the PDC keynote. Anyway, the stuff shown at the firestarter keynote was the topic of conversations among colleagues days later (“did you see that? oh yeah, that was seriously cool”).

    Things that I have learned/observed/noticed in 2010

    • In the long run, there’s a huge difference between “It works pretty well” and “it just works and I never have to think about it”. I had to get rid of my USB graphics adapter powering the third monitor (read about it in this blog post). Various small issues (desktop icons sometimes moving their positions after a reboot for no apparent reasons, at least one game I couldn’t get run at all, all three monitors sometimes simply refusing to wake up after standby) finally made me buy a PCIe 1x graphics adapter. If you’re interested: The combination of a NVIDIA GTX 460 and a GT 220 is running in “don’t make me think” mode for a couple of months now.
       
    • PowerPoint 2010 is a seriously cool piece of software. Not only the new hardware-accelerated effects, but also features like built-in background removal and picture processing (which in many cases are simply “good enough” and save a lot of time) or the smart guides.
       
    • Outlook 2010 crashes on me a lot. I haven’t been successful in reproducing these crashes, they just happen when every couple of days on different occasions (only thing in common: I clicked something in the main window – yeah, very helpful observation)
       
    • Visual Studio 2010 reminds me of Visual Studio 2005 before SP1, which is actually not a good thing to say about a piece of software. I think it’s telling that Microsoft’s message regarding the beta of SP1 has been different from earlier service pack betas (promising an upgrade path for a beta to the RTM sounds to me like “please, please use it NOW!”).
       
    • I have a love/hate relationship with ReSharper. I don’t want to develop without it, but at the same time I can’t fail to notice that ReSharper is taking a heavy toll in terms of performance and sometimes stability.

    Things I’m looking forward to in 2011

    • Obviously, the dotnet Cologne 2011. We already have been able to score some big name sponsors (Microsoft, Intel), but we’re still looking for more sponsors. And be assured that we’ll make sure that our partners get the most out of their contribution, regardless of how big or small.
       
    • MIX11, period. 
       
    • Silverlight 5 is going to be great. The only thing I’m a bit nervous about is that I still haven’t read anything official on whether C# next version’s async/await will be in it. Leaving that out would be really stupid considering the end-of-2011 release of SL5 (moving the next release way into the future).
  • Emaroo 1.2 Released

    Emaroo is a free utility for browsing most recently used (MRU) file lists of
    multiple applications. Quickly open files, jump to their folder in Windows Explorer, copy their path - all with just a few keystrokes or mouse clicks.

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    New in this release

    • MRU lists can be filtered in real-time by typing parts of file or directory names
    • It is now possible to define a list of directories to be excluded from the MRU lists (e.g. to exclude certain drives or UNC paths)
    Download and more information

    Please visit the Emaroo website at www.roland-weigelt.de/emaroo

  • Emaroo 1.1 Released

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    Emaroo is a free utility for browsing most recently used (MRU) file lists of
    multiple applications. Quickly open files, jump to their folder in Windows Explorer, copy their path - all with just a few keystrokes or mouse clicks.

    Features

    • Quickly access most recently used Visual Studio / Blend projects and Office documents.
    • Open a Window Explorer at the file location
    • Copy the file path
    • Open Visual Studio 2008 projects in Visual Studio 2010
    • Open Visual Studio projects in Expression Blend
    • Start Visual Studio / Blend as administrator
    • Open recently used directories typed into the address bar of Windows Explorer (New)

    Release Notes and Download