A few suggestions

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JustMe 03/29/2006 07:01 am
Hi!

Here are a bunch of ideas and suggestions to OE:

At the time, when the disk space limit has been reached OE just stops the projects. Could you add an option to just suspend the projects and maybe to a file (could be saved for example the same name as the project, but transformed to windows compliant filename). This option would be neat for Disconnect & Exit at a specific time actions too.

BTW, previously when I used other offline browsing softwares before I found your excellent OE I needed a functionality like your url macro so I made a little proggie called URL Creator myself. It works like your macro, creating a html file with links, but it had a possibility to make your own lists. It`s very similar to your {:Value1,Value2,…,ValueN} style, but you only had to define the list once, give it a name, save it and use it. Like from list MyNames = [`John`,`Jack`,`Michael`,`Mark`] you could select {:MyNames#Jack..Michael} or something like that :) I know it`s rather useless since you have this format with list of values, but if someone needs to have dozens of projects with loads of lists used this would be helpful.. Just an idea ;)

For those who don`t have loads of disk space I`ve got a silly idea too.. If in the map page for any server, folder or file you could select "Free disk space" in order to delete the files behind the links preserving the links which could turn to unselectable gray texts. Then there could be an option "Retrieve freed files" which then would retrieve the files again and do nothing if the file(s) are already on hd.. If someone has like 15 massive projects and they don`t fit fully on the hd once and they don`t change often, this could be useful.. Again, rather useless, but cool.

When exporting projects, when you check "Do not create subdirectories", I think that there should be an option for the renaming process. I`d like like a million dollars if there could be an option to include folder names in the filename.. Like if I had:
www.myserver.com/index.html
www.myserver.com/files/file1.zip
www.myserver.com/files/file2.zip
www.myserver.com/files2/file1.zip
www.myserver.com/files2/file2.zip

They would be named:
index.html
files-file1.zip
files-file2.zip
files2-file1.zip
files2-file2.zip

Of course names exceeding the maximum characters in name format should be truncated and renamed with counting numbers or something like that... Maybe this option should be disabled with MS-DOS compatible format..


And finally .. I could translate OE into Finnish.

Thanks for the best software in it`s genre yet!!
Oleg Chernavin 03/29/2006 07:01 am
> Here are a bunch of ideas and suggestions to OE:

Thank you!

> At the time, when the disk space limit has been reached OE just stops
> the projects. Could you add an option to just suspend the projects and
> maybe to a file (could be saved for example the same name as the
> project, but transformed to windows compliant filename). This option
> would be neat for Disconnect & Exit at a specific time actions too.

It could cause other problems. First, we need to know to which file the Queue should be saved. It is several additional settings in the Options dialog. Second, if the disk is full, there might be no free space to save the queue.

> BTW, previously when I used other offline browsing softwares before
> I found your excellent OE I needed a functionality like your url macro
> so I made a little proggie called URL Creator myself. It works like your
> macro, creating a html file with links, but it had a possibility to make
> your own lists. It`s very similar to your {:Value1,Value2,…,ValueN}
> style, but you only had to define the list once, give it a name, save it
> and use it. Like from list MyNames = [`John`,`Jack`,`Michael`,`Mark`]
> you could select {:MyNames#Jack..Michael} or something like that :) I
> know it`s rather useless since you have this format with list of values,
> but if someone needs to have dozens of projects with loads of lists used
> this would be helpful.. Just an idea ;)

It sound good, but if so, I will need to add a window or something like this to keep lists, etc. Also, no one asked me for it yet, so I doubt this is really useful. It is easier to use Copy/Paste from one Project to another.

> For those who don`t have loads of disk space I`ve got a silly idea too.. If
> in the map page for any server, folder or file you could select "Free disk space"
> in order to delete the files behind the links preserving the links which could turn
> to unselectable gray texts. Then there could be an option "Retrieve freed files"
> which then would retrieve the files again and do nothing if the file(s) are already
> on hd.. If someone has like 15 massive projects and they don`t fit fully on
> the hd once and they don`t change often, this could be useful.. Again, rather
> useless, but cool.

It is easy just to remove the files and then start downloading the Project in the "Do not load existing files" mode, which will get all missing files.

> When exporting projects, when you check "Do not create subdirectories", I think that there should be an option for the renaming process. I`d like like a million dollars if there could be an option to include folder names in the filename.. Like if I had:
> www.myserver.com/index.html
> www.myserver.com/files/file1.zip
> www.myserver.com/files/file2.zip
> www.myserver.com/files2/file1.zip
> www.myserver.com/files2/file2.zip
>
> They would be named:
> index.html
> files-file1.zip
> files-file2.zip
> files2-file1.zip
> files2-file2.zip

Well, so far no one told me that it is really necessary. In fact, when people use that kind of feature, they don`t need filenames. All links will work well and this is what is really important. If someone has to study the real site structure, he should use the originally downloaded site inside Offline Explorer instead.

> And finally .. I could translate OE into Finnish.

Oh! This would be great! Can you contact us at support@metaproducts.com ?

> Thanks for the best software in it`s genre yet!!

Thank you!

Best regards,
Oleg Chernavin
MetaProducts corp.