Posts filed under 'CityDesk'

PureText – Clipboard Cleaner For Windows

PureText by Steve Miller is awesome for pasting stuff into CityDesk (and other HTML editors, rich text editors, formatted emails, Word docs, spreadsheets, etc).

You just paste using Windows-V instead of Ctrl-V, and it’ll strip out all the formatting. It’s like doing Edit -> Paste Without Formatting or pasting into Notepad, copying, and pasting into your destination window, but without the hassle of either of those methods.

Try it out – you’ll love it.

1 comment April 23rd, 2006

Adding Heading Tag Support To CityDesk

One of my annoyances with CityDesk is the lack of support for H1/H2/H3/etc tags. It really bugs me that I have to switch to HTML mode whenever I want to format a heading. That stuff should be provided in the WYSIWYG interface.

Since Fog Creek Software never showed any interest in supporting heading tags, I figured out this neat workaround.

I downloaded a free keyboard macro utility called AutoHotkey and set up the following macros in the default ini file:

KeyWait Control
KeyWait Alt

KeyWait Control
KeyWait Alt

KeyWait Control
KeyWait Alt

What this does is maps Ctrl-Alt-1 to send the key sequence to CityDesk to switch to HTML mode, move the cursor to the start of the line, go forward one character, press Del, type “h1”, move to the end of the line, go back one character, press Backspace, type “h1”, then switch back to Normal mode. It does the same to map Ctrl-Alt-2 to “h2” and Ctrl-Alt-3 to “h3”.

To use it, just put your cursor on a line that you want to change into a heading, and then press Ctrl-Alt-1 (or 2, or 3, depending upon which level of heading you want to create). The macro will switch to HTML mode, change the <p> at the start of the line to a <h1>, change the </p> at the end of the line to a </h1>, and return you to Normal mode.

There are some limitations – your heading-to-be needs to be on a single line (not broken across multiple lines), and it needs to be a normal <p> paragraph with no extra spacing at the start or end of the line. If you’re just typing your article in directly in Normal mode, you should be OK with these restrictions.

Try it out, and let me know what you think!

February 23rd, 2006

Now Supporting RSS

I’ve added RSS feeds to all of my web sites. If you’d like to be notified of updates to any of my sites, simply click on the orange XML button beneath the menu and copy the URL to your RSS reader. If you’re curious as to what RSS is, this is a good place to start.

I’ll write up an article soon on how to create RSS feeds using CityDesk.

December 14th, 2003

CityDesk 2.0.1 Beta Released

As promised, Fog Creek announced the availability of CityDesk 2.0.1 Beta today.

This really is a great step forward, with dozens of small time-saving enhancements and several big features that make previously-impossible things doable. You can read my first impressions here.

May 6th, 2003

How Software Should Be

This is how software development should be:

Fog Creek Software announced that the beta version of CityDesk 2.0 will be released next week. It will be an open beta, meaning anyone who wants to can join. When the final version of CityDesk 2.0 is released, it will be a free upgrade for registered CityDesk 1.0 users!

Ed Hamrick is constantly working on his excellent VueScan software for driving film scanners. I purchased the Pro version, which gives me 12 months of free updates. I thought that would be maybe 2 or 3 minor revisions over the next year, but it turns out he releases 2 or 3 new revisions each week! Every time he fixes a few bugs or improves support for scanners, he releases a patch.

May 1st, 2003

CityDesk Demo

If you want to know more about the software I use to maintain this site, check out Fog Creek Software’s new CityDesk Demo (2 Mb).

August 21st, 2002

CityDesk 1.0.29 Bug Fix


Fog Creek Software has released Service Pack 2 of CityDesk to fix a couple of rare but really painful FTP bugs.

August 9th, 2002

Quoted By Joel Spolsky!

I just noticed that Joel Spolsky has used a quote from my site in his advertising for CityDesk. Cool! If you maintain a web site, I highly recommend it.

December 19th, 2001

New CityDesk Article – Index Pages

I’ve written a new article on using CityDesk, Index Pages. I also modified the Folders article after swapping tips with Terry Kearns – having a file named Index in each folder of the site makes it confusing when editing them. Now I just use the keyword “(Index)” to identify articles that are topic indexes, and can use any name I like for them.

December 14th, 2001


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