Archive for June, 2007

You are using 96dpi? You are my friend!

Friday, June 29th, 2007

stop.jpgWe spent the last few days resolving an issue which we never realized we had: support for “large fonts” setting, i.e. resolution other than 96dpi. Today more and more users are switching to 120dpi because even small notebooks have very high screen resolution and reading a small font on a small screen is not very comfortable.

Unfortunately, we never tested tag2find in other resolution settings than the default, primarily because we personally did not have a need for it. We came around this when we realized that the Configuration Wizard bug reported to us several times was directly linked to the selected font resolution. Once we switched, we got a shock: tag2find was unusable at settings other than 96dpi. The user interface was completely broken and several components were inaccessible because they were not drawn at all…

One should think that Microsoft .NET provides some support here… Well, it does, but unfortunately central parts of its layouting engine only work reliably if you work at 96dpi. After almost three days of development we finally made it to get the UI working for modes other than 96dpi, almost without glitches. Some final issues need to be resolved, then we are going to publish a new version with the fixes included.

tag2find Next Generation tagging

Monday, June 25th, 2007

tag2find Next GenerationIf you followed our website, our forum, and this blog for the last view weeks, you will have seen a lot of hints to “Next Generation”. You may have wondered what this buzz is all about. Well, this article will give you a brief overview and why we here at tag2find are so enthusiastic about it.

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bye, bye tag2find!

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Three months have already passed and now it’s time to go back… Living in Austria was calmer and quiet for me comparing to Greece where everyone speaks loudly, drive nervously and take every action in ‘high speed mode’!

It is a great experience to live for some time in a foreign country, you can see some things from a different point of view and it would be even easier for me if I could speak German as well!

My life here at tag2find was also a valuable experience. One important thing that will remain in my mind is that if I want to have success in my professional life I should do something that I love. These people really love what they do and I guess this is the greatest motivation for them and represents one of the main reasons for tag2find success as well.

I want to say ‘thank you’ and wish the best to all of you. Hope to meet you again and…Yannella! – I wish I could be your ‘mahlzeit company’ from distance 😉 !

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The Road to FAT32 Support

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

SD-Card + MemoryStick (Teaser)Yesterday, our intern Sebastian Putscher had a breakthrough in prototyping FAT32 support. He was able to implement a basic FAT32 file-tracking algorithm which was able to reliably detect copies, renames and movements of files on a volume. What’s also working now is detection of copies between NTFS and FAT32 volumes.

The developed code is still in an early stage and by far not suitable for release, but it is a great breakthrough. I personally want to congratulate Sebastian for his success! The developed prototype now needs to be transformed into release-quality code, especially regarding CPU, memory and I/O load. This will take some time, but as you can see, we are clearly on the track.

So, why is FAT32 support that important? Well, because most external devices (USB memory sticks, SD-cards, just to name two) are formatted with FAT32 and not NTFS. Of course our goal here at tag2find is also to support those external media and support for FAT32 is important.

So, you may ask, why is FAT32 support so difficult to implement? As I have pointed out in some forum posts, the main problem is that there is no way of sticking additional data to FAT32 files. So we cannot reliably identify files once they are copied or moved around. For us, tag2find is not only a tool for finding things in a static environment, where files are left in the same place once they are tagged. We strongly believe, that the main advantage of tag2find is that you become independent of the location and name of a file. So for us it is important that we can track files as they move around and reflect those changes in realtime when performing a search.

A very basic approach where tags do not stick to a file, and the tags are lost once a file is renamed, moved, or copied could be implemented very fast. We don’t believe it is sensible, though. Tell us, if we are wrong!

Cooperation with LAKS

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

lakswatch.jpgWe made it! 😉 Today, a famous watch company from Vienna, called LAKS, will support our beta testing program for the next generation. Now, next generation’s testers will have the possibility to create and receive their personal watch. We plan to start this program in the summer time and we will keep you up-to-date.

To see how this will work, have a look at mywatchface.com

Like we said, we would like to give you something back for the time and effort you spend by improving tag2find.

Our next steps

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

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So, what are our next steps for tag2find? After launching the first version of tag2find and receiving a lot of helpful feedback from users we decided to offer a download without subscription to make it easier for everyone to contribute.

In the meantime we designed the next generation of tag2find based on the world wide feedback and we also planned our network version which enables users to tag files on different PCs. This extended version will also include a network monitoring system for tagged files. It will increase productivity in workgroups. Here an example: Anna is working on a project with Tom. She is writing a report which she should hand to Tom once finished. Instead of telling him via email, telephone or at the next meeting, she tags the file with “projectname” and “report”. Tom uses the monitoring system of tag2find. He subscribes for those tags and as soon as Anna copies the file onto their shared folder, he will be automatically notified. Isn’t this a cool stuff?

For our next release we will again invite users from all around the world to join our testing program. But this time we would like to give something back to you. We plan to award users for their time they spend to improve tag2find. There will be little presents like t-shirt, polo shirts, etc. and we are also negotiating with a famous watch company to sponsor this program – see create your own watch face by laks.

That’s it for today. We plan on writing more about the exiting topic of tagging in the future as well as tell you about our lives here at tag2find office. Stay tuned for our next article 😉

Return from USA

Friday, June 1st, 2007

usa.jpg Yes, we are back home from our USA trip which was wonderful. We had so much fun, met a lot of interesting people and loved the food 😉

Special thanks to Sian from Folksonomy who showed us some nice pizza place.

We traveled from LA to SF and were surprised about the interest in tag2find. We are already invited to SF for further talks which will take place in October. Maybe it will be a good time for tag2find …

In the next couple of days we will place more information as well as images on our blog.