Before building my own... does this software exist? I need to search a collection of PDF & Word files for key phrases, and dump the surrounding lines (x-m to x+n characters/lines, where x is the found phrase) into text files.
I occasionally need to search a few dozen files for a few dozen data items, which usually have some identifying text nearby. This needs to be automated.
Big bonus if it implements OCR, but that's not essential. Freeware, or cheapware, obviously is best. Windows-based is preferable, but I can do Linux.
posted by IAmBroom
on Feb 12, 2014 -
I have to spend all day on the computer for work, and a lot of writing is involved. Lately, I've noticed twinges of numbness in my fingers, and I'm worried it's the beginning of carpal tunnel syndrome. I'm trying to be careful about good posture and taking breaks, but I would really love to stop typing so much. Is there any software out there now that will take dictation from me and actually do a decent job?
posted by three_red_balloons
on Feb 4, 2014 -
Our non-profit [a Quaker Meeting] is looking to expand our online offerings, both internally--for our members and attenders [private forums, and possibly more real-time social features], and also a more friendly and informative public-facing website than we have now. Any of the solutions should be easy to administer for people with middling to pretty good internet/computer knowledge. We are looking at Google Apps for non-profits, but so far, I'm finding their Google Groups a pretty poor approximation of a web forum. So I'd like to know what other options may be out there for us. We'd ideally like a full-featured suite of products that can grow with us, but if we build something piecemeal, are probably most interested in first having a user-friendly but robust forum. Free is ideal, inexpensive could be considered, based on features. We are a 501(c)(3). Would love pointers to software or cloud solutions, but am also interested in exploring groups that are already using such software [if they are public].
posted by QuakerMel
on Jan 25, 2014 -
My professional responsibilities are expanding to include much more supervisory work, including overseeing projects executed by outside organizations. I need a way to keep track of these projects' status so I don't let anything slip through the cracks! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek
on Jan 16, 2014 -
Does this exist? I want a 3D simulation program where I can experiment with gears (including bevel gears), slots and slides, eccentric cranks, levers, maybe even chain drives and belts and pulleys. Ideally I'd be able to change sizes, numbers/shapes of teeth, location of the drive shaft, etc. to see how those changes affect the motion of the gadget. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells
on Jan 15, 2014 -
I'm looking to write string arrangements (and other instruments) for songs, and want a program that will correct my mistakes i.e parallel 5ths, and suggest other voicings that sound better, musically. [more inside]
posted by readygo
on Jan 11, 2014 -
Hi, I'm looking for cheap/free 3D environment design software -- it can be a stand-alone program, or it could even be a kind of 'map building' tool that comes with computer games these days (so you can build your own levels, etc) [more inside]
posted by heylight
on Jan 6, 2014 -
Do verbal warnings predict firing? What should I expect if I do get fired, and how do I make the best of it? [more inside]
posted by zeek321
on Dec 25, 2013 -
I will soon be working on a project that involves the development of a web platform and will be hiring part-time engineers. I would like to know enough about programming and web development to be able to collaborate with them and understand the language, and have realistic expectations of when things get built. So I am not looking to learn how to program (I wish I had time for that), but rather have a basic understanding of how the system works and fits together (front-end, back-end, etc.)
Anyone know of any good online resources- online courses, websites, etc. for this type of knowledge? I've checked out Code Academy and Khan Academy, but both seem heavily focused on helping you learn how to write code vs. understanding the system abstractly and holistically. But I may have missed something. Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by tessalations999
on Dec 21, 2013 -
Are you/were you a software developer or PhD researcher who is or was having horrific career issues? Do you/did you really like your therapist? [more inside]
posted by zeek321
on Dec 16, 2013 -
I have a lot of PDFs and some of them contain my notes and annotations. How can I single out the annotated files without opening them all, one by one? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov
on Dec 12, 2013 -
Is there an alternative to Movable Type that is a decent open source publishing blog platform that can be fully programmed to be graphically modified and inserted into a custom website? [more inside]
posted by miss tea
on Dec 12, 2013 -
So my annual review will be coming up in a few months. My job title is "Software Support Engineer." I'm making something in the 30-40k range, which is a good amount for someone with as little experience as I've got (I just started in IT about 2 years ago.) Prepping for my annual review, I bought one of those Salary.com employer salary survey reports. Median pay listed for a "Software Support Engineer I
" is $63k! Am I underpaid, or am I really a "Technical Support Representative II
" or whatever, and just have a cool job-title? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye
on Dec 8, 2013 -
I'm looking for flashcard software for my Mac, with several caveats. I'd like to create the decks as text files and sync them with Dropbox, like you can with Flashcards Deluxe
. If there's a Mac app that will use the same files as Flashcards Deluxe, that would be perfect. Thanks!
posted by reductiondesign
on Dec 5, 2013 -
I'm looking to create a short video (~30 seconds), to explain and promote a smartphone app/game. Both time and budget are quite limited. [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South
on Dec 3, 2013 -
I have a little project that I'd like to make a little website for. Does not have to be fancy. This could be a WordPress module, a standalone website, or something else. Here's what I need: a checklist where multiple people can maintain, over time, their own version of a single list of items todo/completed. I have looked but I'm not finding what I want. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn
on Dec 2, 2013 -
Hi everyone. Sometimes I'm trying to find an obscure system or game file, and it is actually very difficult to get Windows 7 to understand that, yes, I want it to search through ALL files on a disk. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack
on Nov 30, 2013 -
I want to write a web app that deploys to EC2, but not having any prior experience I'm struggling to find the info I need to get started. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore
on Nov 29, 2013 -
I am looking for current industry thinking around software quality management. Specifically, the differences and boundaries between testing and quality management and how quality management plays in to all phases of the SDLC, not just testing (ex: code reviews, requirement inspection). I'm specifically interested in content from established leaders around IT management, such as PMI, ieee, IBM, incose, etc. Thank you!
posted by seesom
on Nov 26, 2013 -
I am graduating college this year and wondering what student discounts on software ought I take advantage of? I am aware of Tableau, Max/MSP and Microsoft Office Suites offering academic discounts but would like to be aware of anything that becomes prohibitively expensive after my scholarly status ends. Are there any professional organizations I can join such as the ACM that offer book or software discounts as well?
posted by anonymous
on Nov 24, 2013 -
What software for the Mac will let me import midi files and produce a full piano score for the song? [more inside]
posted by duckus
on Nov 24, 2013 -
I'm a software developer who is finding himself more and more in need of a very powerful, very portable machine. Here are my requirements:
- Under 5 lbs (key-- I don't want this to be a brick)
- i7 processor
- 8 GB RAM (with 2 slots for upgrade to 16 if desired)
- 512 GB SSD, or smaller SSD with HDD secondary drive
- NO HP. Their repair rate is terrible, their customer service is worse. They're the one brand I will not buy for PCs.
Now, I've checked out the new MacBook Pro and I can spec it out this way, but it'd cost 3k. I'd insist on 16 GB for the MBP as I would be running parallels and doing windows dev with visual studio, and would dedicate at least 8GB for that environment.
What I want to know is, does such a machine exist other than the MBP?
posted by pennstatephil
on Nov 19, 2013 -
I have a sound recording that ideally I would like to remove the background sound from. My recording has unfortunately captured the unwanted sound of an episode of Doctor Who being played from a TV in the background. Is there a way to filter that out? [more inside]
posted by polymodus
on Nov 19, 2013 -
This was last asked in 2011, and things can change a lot over 2 years. In your experience, what is the best (free) way to protect one's PC?
Ideally, it would use native system dialogs, not hog the CPU, and respect users by not constantly attempting to up-sell.
posted by anemone of the state
on Nov 16, 2013 -
I'd like to hear about people who have left the computer programming/software development field, particularly for jobs that don't involve sitting in an office all day. If you've done this, how did you manage it? How old were you, and how long had you been in the software industry? What kind of job did you end up in? Do you like your new job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 13, 2013 -
With a couple of friends we are building a very sophisticated system that we believe is vastly superior to anything currently on the market. Our aim are independent financial management companies of any size in Europe (those non-bank companies that manage people's investments by buying and selling stocks, bonds, funds,...). The current market practice heavily penalises the small companies and only few of them can afford a good system. We want to change that. [more inside]
posted by caudingo
on Nov 11, 2013 -
Please help me find 68k Mac software "Solids" and some isometric 3/4 view clipart... (details in the "inside"...) [more inside]
posted by BleuLlama
on Nov 5, 2013 -
I'm looking for recommendations for a piece of software that automates printing and tracking quarterly bills to a few hundred customers that receive an ongoing service from a small business. I want to be able to import all the customers from Excel or something, place them in groups that pay different rates, and then EASILY print invoices once a quarter. Each invoice should come out automatically with the current rate for the group the customer is in. As the checks come in, I want to be able to enter those against the customers so I can track who has paid and who is behind. [more inside]
posted by steveminutillo
on Nov 4, 2013 -
i can save my WAV file, use wavespectra and get an FFT.
this is all easy.
but i want to see the data, frequnecy vs noise.
is there some way to get that from wavespectra?
posted by edtut
on Oct 24, 2013 -
This is very video-game centric. I've worked on lots of games in a half dozen studios, and I've noticed that the architecture of game code with respect to sharing between projects is often ad-hoc and unplanned... [more inside]
posted by hanoixan
on Oct 24, 2013 -
In order to get a better idea of our power usage, I have been taking photos of the meter on my mobile phone, and then manually adding the meter level and photo's timestamp to a spreadsheet.
Is anyone aware of any software that can help with this data entry? [more inside]
posted by spongeboy
on Oct 21, 2013 -
I'm a first-time manager of three student workers. I'm doing a pretty good job, I think, of keeping them occupied with things to do and providing guidance where needed. But I have a lot on my own plate, and I've lost track once or twice of who I've asked to do what and how much I've asked each to do. Is there a software solution that can help me keep track of all these balls in the air? [more inside]
posted by moviehawk
on Oct 18, 2013 -
I need an online calendar that can be shared by numerous organizations. It must be printable (where class titles can be clearly read with a month on a page). I have tried Outlook and Google Calendar without success. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip
on Oct 17, 2013 -
I'm looking for examples of open source projects whose names are a spin on the name of an incumbent software, particularly a commercial/proprietary one. [more inside]
posted by lunchbox
on Oct 17, 2013 -
I'd like to listen to some podcasts about something technical. I am picky, however. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Oct 16, 2013 -
I'm currently trying to map my property, for landscape design purposes, and I'm seeking a software solution to creating the map. I'd like something free (or almost free...), something that allows me to input measured distances, something with layers, and something fairly intuitive. Pipe dream?
I've tried to use Sketchup, and the ability to input line distance directly is brilliant! However, being a 3D rendering product, Sketchup lacks functionality for 2D landscape mapping and design.
I've used Campaign Cartographer for years when creating RPG maps, however, it seems to lack the ability to easily create real world maps, and input measured distances (unless I'm missing something).
Is there any software that I can use to accurately and intuitively map (for landscape design purposes) my 5 acre property, with layers, various symbols... and which won't cost hundreds of dollars?
posted by Sustainable Chiles
on Oct 14, 2013 -
I have approximately 75 line items in a budget that I need to track spending of. My excel sheet is growing too big for its britches. [more inside]
posted by slagerst
on Oct 11, 2013 -
I am a medical writer working on a large project. Part of this project will involve posting videos of physicians along with a transcript of whatever the speaker is saying. The topic tends to be fairly technical - the physicians will be using Technical Medical Terms that could confuse the average layperson. Length of the videos varies from three to twenty minutes. [more inside]
posted by Schadenfreudian
on Oct 9, 2013 -
The Internet! Full of fun
, narrated explainer videos
that usually involve some kind of simple 2D animation (sometimes hand-drawn, sometimes cobbled together from other images) with a voice-over. But how are people making them? If Flash is in terminal decline, as I keep hearing, what are the most popular software tools for piecing together 2D online animation?
posted by bicyclefish
on Oct 4, 2013 -
Our academic software project needs a self-hosted software gallery or "store", not to sell anything but rather to let people find and download software. I think what would work well is a store/gallery system similar to http://apps.usa.gov and http://apps.shopify.com (except our software is not mobile, but rather desktop software). Does anyone know of an open-source "app store infrastructure" system that we could use as a starting point? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie
on Oct 4, 2013 -
I want to use a Google Hangout "On Air"
for a project, but a tiny limitation is getting in the way. I would like to bypass the 'Press to Talk' functionality with a tiny browser script/hack/modification. My programming knowledge is tiny, but I am sure this could be done super super simply with a script loaded in the browser. Perhaps there's better solution. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Oct 1, 2013 -
This is my need: 2D drawing software for Mac that can output in a format suitable for commercial laser cutting devices. [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz
on Oct 1, 2013 -
I am looking for an anatomy atlas to use on my Mac (running Mountain Lion) that lets me see the body in 3D, rotate it, peel away layers, and shows as much detail as possible. It must use Latin names. [more inside]
posted by blub
on Sep 30, 2013 -
First of all, if there are better places on the internet where I should ask these types of questions about project and company management, please let me know. You guys are awesome, but I have plenty of other types of questions I'd like to ask in here, and, plus, I need to find the best source for answers to specific questions like this and fast.
I need the proper technological solution for managing the flow of tasks and information of an entire company. The company is about 20 people in the office (half of them engineers) and about the same in the fab shop, so it's small. I am not the owner, but the oft-ignored second-in-command. See my other questions (here
) for more details about my specific working situation. Right now, the company can only be described as chaotic. We have taken probably on probably too much work, people (especially me) aren't aware of what others are doing, collaboration takes place in inefficient bursts in the conference room, and the massive amount of information we generate per job and in the rest of the business is never easily found when needed. The owner causes a lot of these problems with his capricious style of running the business and tends to only add to the entropy, but I think that centralization of information and communication may save it before it's too late. I need the proper tool or tools to do this. I'll discuss where I am thus far, and we can go from there. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes
on Sep 29, 2013 -
I will be starting to work on several small, overlapping projects soon and need a lightweight tool. WANT: Ability to manage 2-3 resources (mostly me, really), schedule tasks, create and output Gantt charts. DO NOT WANT: The security hole of suck known as Java, so Project Libre, OpenProj and the like are right out. MEH, WILL ACCEPT IF NEEDED: Cloud app. I really prefer desktop programs for various reasons, but if the best solution is on the cloud, so be it. A PLEA: I'm going to a presentation on Office 365 tonight with a devotee of MS Project. Please arm me in advance against the call of the dark side! [more inside]
posted by maudlin
on Sep 26, 2013 -