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Support and Feedback / Re: Quicklook - nearly works
« on: February 16, 2024, 18:19:32 »
I never used the PDF preview in Windows Explorer before, but I've tested this feature now and I have to say, it works, but it doesn't work in MC. Moreover, the crash without any crash report is repeatable; it takes 3-5 minutes, and then it crashes. The preview for images works.

I guess that it uses the FineReader WindowsPreviewHandler.  I have not have any issues with the default preview viewer that is provided by windows
However if you want to disable the pdf preview you can do it in preview customized and in the configuration for Pdf and office files.. remove the "*.pdf" file matching..

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Support and Feedback / Re: Quicklook - nearly works
« on: February 15, 2024, 06:07:58 »
crash report
There is no crash report because the MultiCommander instance is terminated without any message. The window closes, and the executable is terminated without any message. I have no preview software installed in Windows, and some services may be disabled. I use Adobe Reader and ABBYY FineReader for PDFs. It would be better for MultiCommander to operate independently and not rely on Windows features that may be disabled by users.
Maybe you turned it of. Becuse normally a crash report is sent and a dialog shown with a crash ID if MC is just terminated..

All windows have Preview software installed... A lot of them are built from microsoft. If you can show preview in Windows Explorer you have them installed, MC uses the same preview handlers..
Both AdobeReader and FineReader is normally installing its own Preview Handler for PDF.. So then MC is using that via the WindowsPreviewHandler API..

If MC would not use built in features would be a waste. Why invent the wheel again?.  It would also take enormous amount of extra work. Parsing and rendering for example PDF are a a very huge and complex task. It is a project that is as big as the rest of MC.
It is just really not possible.


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Support and Feedback / Re: Quicklook - nearly works
« on: February 13, 2024, 08:57:49 »
I think that the easiest way would be to allow external app in the preview setup.

Another way - events. Multiple times I wanted to suggest this feature but I'm not sure it's worth the efforts. The point is to allow executing scripts/UDC on certain events like MC start/exit, change file focus, opening/closing tabs, begin/end file operations etc. But I don't think it would be useful.
Also been think about some event system to hook into. However there are so many situation that cause issue. specially it depends on what the "script" would do.. And it is also hard to limit what script function can be used to avoid issue and so..
So so far nothing yet since it is very complicated to implement. and I'm not sure many will use it either.. so might be waste of time..

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Support and Feedback / Re: Quicklook - nearly works
« on: February 13, 2024, 08:39:59 »
QuickLook does not know when the focus of a file in MC changes.

Indeed, so my question is probably, "is there a way to politely request MC to pass that info to QL" - after all, many file managers manage to do it (Windows, but also many of the *Commander and a slate of others - see https://github.com/QL-Win/QuickLook/wiki/File-Managers ). There may be profound technical reasons, of course, but at face value it does not sound implausible or unfeasible, I was wondering whether I had maybe overlooked an obvious setting.


Only FM that manage to do it is Windows. None of the other 3rd party filemanager can do that from what I see. Don't see any API for 3rd party tools
That it might work in Windows explorer is becuse I think they probably hook them self into the preview handler or into the shell.

I respectfully disagree. I just tested, and it does work in OneCommander (https://onecommander.com/). Now of course I have no idea how they do it.
OneCommander I never heard of. Might be built on top of Windows Shell.  But TC,FC , XY only support to view on command. eg https://github.com/QL-Win/QuickLook/wiki/Total-Commander

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Support and Feedback / Re: Quicklook - nearly works
« on: February 12, 2024, 23:19:52 »
MC got its own preview panel, and there you can preview images/pdf and more insida a tab..
This does not work properly. All my PDFs are displayed as empty, and while testing, MultiCommander crashed and was killed. DXF files are also very important for the preview. It would be better to completely remove the feature, as it is not usable in its current state.

Strange . Works perfectly for me. previewing PDFs daily. but it depend on the PDF viewer.. might be some none default pdf preview handler that is installed that works differently.
PDF / Word / Excel and some other format are depend on that there is a Windows Preview Handler installed for that format. MC do not render them by it self
There is not any noticeably amount of crashes for the preview. So if a crash report is sent. let me know the crash id. and I can take a manual look.
Also if you have a WindowsPreviewHandler installed for DXF you need to add it to allowed file types for MC to pick it up.

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Support and Feedback / Re: Quicklook - nearly works
« on: February 12, 2024, 23:08:20 »
QuickLook does not know when the focus of a file in MC changes.

Indeed, so my question is probably, "is there a way to politely request MC to pass that info to QL" - after all, many file managers manage to do it (Windows, but also many of the *Commander and a slate of others - see https://github.com/QL-Win/QuickLook/wiki/File-Managers ). There may be profound technical reasons, of course, but at face value it does not sound implausible or unfeasible, I was wondering whether I had maybe overlooked an obvious setting.


Only FM that manage to do it is Windows. None of the other 3rd party filemanager can do that from what I see. Don't see any API for 3rd party tools
That it might work in Windows explorer is becuse I think they probably hook them self into the preview handler or into the shell.

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Support and Feedback / Re: Quicklook - nearly works
« on: February 12, 2024, 18:57:53 »
QuickLook does not know when the focus of a file in MC changes.

MC got its own preview panel, and there you can preview images/pdf and more insida a tab.. That will update when focus changes. It might not be as extension av quicklook



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Support and Feedback / Re: Flashing
« on: February 10, 2024, 19:16:01 »
Here is a video demoing it. I am not sure either, I thought I would report it anyway, maybe some others users might have the same issue, they can follow up here.

It is really a minor issue. How often are your opening new tabs..  :) annoying yes. but does not really affect the functions. :)
Also, I cannot check why it is happening since I cannot reproduce it.

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Support and Feedback / Re: Flashing
« on: February 10, 2024, 10:07:34 »
I cannot recreate this.. And it is not the dubble buffer things, everything is drawn using that. That is standard.
The thing is that Windows do not really support darkmode of their old UI layer. and when a new window area is created. It is always white before it is redrawn. Normally there are no refresh of the UI between this. So you will not see it.
So not sure why it happening for you. Might be that you gfx card are too fast or something. I don't know. I cannot test it since I cannot recreate it

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How do I save the panel/tab widths to always be the same size when I open MC? I tried clicking on header to 'Save current layout as defaults'. Not working.
Also, have the 'Save on exit' ticked.
Also have the 'Remember split size between restarts' ticked. Not working.
It always opens in the same way, and I have to make the columns bigger.
Thanks.
The split size is not save if you totally or almost hide one of the panels.

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When  unzip and overwrite the original version, SessionConfig will overwrite the original configuration.
Don't do that. use the MultiUpdate tool to upgrade..

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Not sure what you mean ?

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Feature Requests and Suggestions / Re: Support for iso files
« on: January 29, 2024, 07:36:07 »
7Zip the program (their FileManager) and support for .7z algorithm are different.  MC support .7z files, the 7Zip algorithm.
ISO file are something totally different. it is a RAW image of a disk or CD/DVD.

But since Windows 7, you can just mount ISO file in Windows, and a drive letter is assigned to it, and any program can read from them.

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Alright, thanks for clarifying ! :D
P.S: I tested, it doesn't work on WAV. But that's O.K.
Right now MC only allow .mp3 files. so MC block any other file at the moment..  But I think the Windows Audio Engine support Wav.. But I have not checked what formats it supports yet.

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I Know..  it is haft there..
however File > Play audio works.. it wil play file mp3 file in focus..
but only for mp3 for now.. not sure if wav will work. using build in support for windows for it. Might be that Wav is also support. Have not checked yet

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Beta Releases / Re: v13.5 Issues
« on: January 26, 2024, 15:37:41 »
Should be fixed in 2983 that is now published.

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Beta Releases / Re: Re: v13.5 Issues
« on: January 26, 2024, 15:07:28 »
Not exactly the right thread but using MC 13.5 b2982 x64 W11 I'm seeing MC refuse to open .rars.

Otherwise so far so good ;)
Thanks for your continuing work Mathias

Ahh F...!!!  I know what I missed.. I will fix and re-Release..

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I reassigned Rename from default Shift+F6 to F2. At the first launch after update to 13.4 both shortcuts stopped working. And AFAIR Rename item disappeared from the keyboard customization dialog (but I'm not sure). But I was unable to find there neither F2 nor Shift+F6. After restart everything came back to normal state.

Sound like it is a race condition.. file is already loaded into Windows cache the second time and the loading goes faster, so it able to load the file before it setups the commands..

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Beta Releases / Re: v13.4 Beta
« on: January 25, 2024, 20:22:47 »
I don't want to create new topic...

Hang on exit still an issue, I guess maybe 4 of 5 exits leave the window hanging & unresponsive.

For me it still exists. And it seemingly doesn't depend on antivirus. IIRC it started happening since v13

The dumps I seen about it, then MC is waiting for windows to close down file change monitoring on some path. So it might be that it is some path to some special locations that cause an issue ?
Not sure if it hangs in same place for you.  But I haven't seen anything other reason.. yet..

I have never been able to reproduce it my self. So There must be something special with some peoples system that make Windows take long time unregister folders for change monitoring..


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Is it all keys or some ?
I have not been able to reproduce it.  But it loads keys and other things parallel during start up so it can be a race condition.. it can be that some commands are setup before all customized keys are finished loaded. I will move around so customized keys are loaded earlier for the next release.

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Support and Feedback / Re: right click menu issue
« on: January 07, 2024, 09:48:01 »
Not much for MC to do about that. MC do not have any control of the standard windows option. They are all handled by Windows.
It is up the shell extension that adds them to the menu to handle the execution of the command. and some shell extension require that the calling app is a Windows Shell window. and MC is not built on top of that.


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Support and Feedback / Re: Disable "Copy dropped files" dialog
« on: January 06, 2024, 09:21:17 »
Maybe it is not files you are dragging. Some program send drag and drop data as special things that are not handled as files.. drops like that are handled different and is not a normal file copy

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Support and Feedback / Re: Disable "Copy dropped files" dialog
« on: January 06, 2024, 00:37:30 »
I cannot replicate that.. I works when I try it.
Sure you have uncheck the option in drag and drop settings ?

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Support and Feedback / Re: Disable "Copy dropped files" dialog
« on: January 05, 2024, 13:50:39 »
Look at

Core Settings > FileSystem (tab) > Drag an Drop fileoperation

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Support and Feedback / Re: How to disable preview?
« on: December 22, 2023, 09:48:56 »
It is NOT ON by default.. you have to click icon on toolbar or press hot key to activate it. and it will not stay on between restarts.
The data preview is not something you use 100%.  You click to active it. when you need it.
And you can clear the hotkey mapping of you use that hotkey for activating it for other things
So I don't understand what issue you have with it since it not enabled by default.

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