This article is meant for power users to get more from Acute Software's products.

Contents
  Using Diary to browse your Hard Drive
  Running Multiple Copies of Autobackup
  Browsing Source Code with Dnote
  Using FileList to create a directory list for Dnote and Autobackup



Using the Diary to browse your Hard Drive


Start Autobackup and click the 'manual' button and do a backup of ALL files in C:\* (if you have more than 1 HD partition, add each partition, eg D:\*) to /dev/null (or leave destination directory blank). Make sure 'log to diary' is checked and change the diary data path to something different (eg c:\data\all Files)
This can take some time (took 15 minutes to catalog 9,500 files on a Pentium 166).

You can now created a set of diary datafiles which ONLY contain the contents of when you modify your files. Its cool - open the diary and browse around - press F5 to show the file list in the main window (there aren't any other appointments in this database because you created them in a different directory.

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Running Multiple Copies of Autobackup


You can have 2 or more copies of Autobackup running from different directories. So why the hell would anyone want to do that? Well, using this technique you can have the normal copy of autobackup running once a day when the PC boots taking care of the document files you modify.
A second copy can be run manually to perform different backups. (eg backing up Mail files).
Each copy of Autobackup can have its own 'directory listing' and settings, so if you find yourself continually changing from one setting to another - try using 2 copys (the EXE file and INI files only take up about 350K)

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Browsing Source Code with Dnote


This is what I use Dnote for the most. I have the directories holding all the source code listed and when looking for a function, or tracing back a variable, its a matter of doing a power search on the VB files to get a list of all the lines containing the matching text (same as grep). Then I just double click the line I want and Dnote loads that file and jumps to that position.

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Using FileList to create a directory list for Dnote and Autobackup


1. Start filelist and load the 'recent files' profile. This gets all the files used in the last week.
2. Add any other paths you want to keep handy but which havent been accessed in the last week.
3. Save the list of directories to a text file ( eg Dirs.txt)
4. Copy the Dirs.txt to your Dnote directory and edit the Dnote ini file to use the dirs.txt instead of the default MyPaths.txt
5. You can do the same with Autobackup


That's the end of this article, I hope it has been of some use to you. If you have any comments about it, email Duncan at djmurray@acutesoftware.com.au



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