Wow! It's been a long time since I've updated my site. I have good news, and I have bad news. The good news is, as you can see from the picture on the right, I'm now developing for Android! But more on that in a bit, let's get the bad news out of the way.For anyone who has used them and sees this, obviously I used to develop computer programs. Two in particular, Folder Axe and ReStartMe, actually became quite popular! Unfortunately, maybe about a few weeks after I posted my last blog post (
So, over a year and a half ago) I had a terrible thing happen, I lost all of my source code!What happened was, I had a local backup of all of my code on a separate hard drive, and I had a program (which shall not be named) which was in charge of syncing any and all changes from my working/main folder to my backup folder. Now, let it be known now that I had this set up as a one way sync, but obviously this program didn't care. My backup hard drive crashed, taking with it all of my manually backed up files, and my automatically backed up source code. This (again, unnamed) terrible sync program then corrupted my working folder on my main drive the next time it went to sync! And so just like that, I lost everything.As you could imagine, I was pretty down. To recreate those programs would be near impossible at the time. And at this point I remember so little VB that I couldn't do it anyway. But a few months ago I got the itch to program, so I decided to try Android out. I started teaching myself Java and Android-specific Java, and finally I've released my first App, Simbal! I'll create another blog post dedicated to it, but if you're so interested that you want it right now, here's the link to the Play Store.So, bkPrograms is now in a transition phase. Don't be surprised if things move around or disappear as I start maintaining this site again!
Alright, as promised, here's Folder Axe 7.0
! So here's a roundup of changes made in version 7.0:First and most obviously, I've redesigned the interface a bit. I felt it was getting a bit too cluttered so this is my solution.Second, I've added an undo button. I believe this is rather self explanatory. This is the feature that took the most coding to add, and the main reason this is version 7.0 and not 6.1.I've added the option of copying files to the destination rather than moving them. Just a quick note on copying files, for any of you who have ever copied something in Windows, you know that it takes longer to copy a file than to move it. Folder Axe, though it may seem to be to some, is not magical, and can't overcome the fact that it will take longer to split the folders if you're going to copy the files rather than move them.I've added an interesting feature to the folder naming scheme text box. If you use the "$" character anywhere in the text box, the name of the destination folder will be substituted in when the new folders are actually created. If any of you have any other similar ideas for this, please do tell me using the contact form, I'd love to take a look at them and see what I can do to implement them!And lastly, I fixed a few bugs, the more noticeable one
s being those pertaining to the folder name scheme text box not retaining your last input, and the progress bars not being cleared in the event that a split procedure fails.As always, I highly encourage you to submit and questions or ideas to me! It's through your feedback that Folder Axe continues to grow and evolve! To submit anything to me, use the link to the contact form two paragraphs above.Enjoy Folder Axe 7.0!
Here's the changelog
as per usual.
...You shall have Folder Axe 7 either tomorrow or Thursday. It's too late tonight to do all the uploading and things that go along with it, and tomorrow I know I have a high possibility of being busy. So if not tomorrow, then Thursday! Look forward to it!
As promised, here's Folder Axe 6.0
! I know it's been a good long while since I've released an update for Folder Axe, and I apologize for that. I started school about ten days ago, and as some of you may have noticed by the recent appearance of something new on a few pages of my site, I've also been developing a new program called Bram
. But enough about that! I obviously only release a major update when I have added a large new feature. (And in case anyone is wondering, I judge how big of a feature something is off of mostly how much coding it took to implement) So without further ado: (More after the break)
Folder Axe 6.0 will be released soon, hopefully sometime tomorrow or Saturday. I have a few other features I'm going to hold off on until version 6.1, which, if my workload next week is reasonable, I'd like to release next Friday or Saturday. We'll see what happens with that though. Look forward to it!
I realize I've been absent a lot lately, see my previous post
for more information on that, but so long as Hurricane Irene doesn't knock out my power this weekend, I should be able to implement new features into Folder Axe and release what will likely end up being version 6.0. In addition, I'm still working on the new program I mentioned in the last post. Progress is coming in short bursts as I teach myself some new concepts. But again, I hope to have a release of Folder Axe for you later this weekend or early next week! Have a great day, and for any of you in Hurricane Irene's path, I pray you all come out unharmed!
Hey everyone, sorry about the lack of updates recently. Some of you may have noticed that while I released an update for Folder Axe, it wasn't pushed out to any download mirror sites.
Let me just apologize in advance for the next number of months. In addition to the problems I've had with my development software the past few days, which lucky for me cleared up today, this Thursday will be the beginning of a new school year for me, which obviously means less time to program. Don't worry, I'm not going to give up, nor will I stop replying to emails, but I would like to make it clear that most of my time will probably be eaten up by school. So, please be patient with me. But like I said, this doesn't mean I'll be quitting, so continue to email with ideas.
In addition, I have an idea for a new program. I'm not sure whether it'll pan out or not though, so I'll keep details to myself. If I get close to something good, I'll let out a bit more about it.
Alright, to all who use my programs, thanks for the support! Please understand that though my life is again getting busy, I have no plans of abandoning bkPrograms. Thanks to all, and have a great day!
Just a small update here today. A few users have contacting me asking if Folder Axe has limits in how many files it can process, because to them it appears to be frozen. Let me say to all that there are no limits in Folder Axe. What may be happening is that you may have selected a directory with a mass number of files, and Folder Axe may be taking a while to obtain the needed information about all of the files. Or maybe you're accessing files that are on a remote server, which would make communications slower.
Whatever the case, for version 5.2 I've decided to add a progress bar so that you can see the progress of what Folder Axe is doing if it appears to be frozen. Just so you know, the progress bar sometimes won't keep up with Folder Axe, so in most cases, you may not see the progress bar do anything because Folder Axe has already completed what it was doing and cleared the progress bar faster than the human eye can register. This is normal. I hope this helps those of you who use Folder Axe to process a large amount of files. Enjoy Folder Axe 5.2
Folder Axe 5.1
is now available. In version 5.1, the only visible change is that I've added the ability for you to change the date format for the By Date split type. (What I mean by this is that you can change how it appears on the resulting folders.) Other than that, I've done a bit of code cleaning, so hopefully Folder Axe will perform faster! Here's a link to the Folder Axe Changelog
. I hope you enjoy version 5.1!
Folder Axe version 5.0
has just been released! In version 5, there are various bug fixes, some behind the scenes performance improvements, and most importantly, I've added support for subfolders! I knew I'd get around to it at some point, but within the past week, I've had five people ask me about subfolders, so I decided to take a number of hours today creating the feature and making sure it worked out. Most of the time I spent was really just working out old bugs I had on my list, and then fixing new bugs resulting from the subfolder option. But, I did get it done! To those five people who contacted me (and any of you who didn't) regarding subfolders, I hope that now Folder Axe meets your needs! Enjoy version 5.0! Here's the complete changelog for Folder Axe
. (Due to life, I won't be releasing the new version to all of the various software download sites until tomorrow, sorry!)