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#31 andrew_

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 16:14

Any more progress on this app? Pinging again to open the source so I can contribute :)


#32 bdsams

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 16:21

this is areally cool project, dont let it die!

#33 andrew_

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 14:55

And it looks like this has died an untimely death as well. There was recently an article on slashdot about how many small apps die because they get abandoned and don't go open source. Unless the author wanted to monetize this at some point, he should have opened this up for the community to have at. Major bummer, this was looking solid.

#34 Aethec

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 15:53

Well, there is Reflector...its output is not pleasing to look at, but it might give an idea to other developpers who want to do the same.

#35 andrew_

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 13:16

I looked at it through reflector early on, but the author chose to obfuscate it. Actually spoke with him about that, but he indicated he didn't want the source out there for everyone to see. It's incredibly time consuming to work through obfuscated code.

I know the gist of how the program was put together, but it would be a shame to have to duplicate the same effort, especially (although not likely) if the author has been making progress. I've been waiting to see if Windows 8 provided any of the same functionality before I jump in and rewrite this. I also loathe writing text parsers (which is what's required to figure out if you've typed a calculation or some such) and that's an aspect that's been holding me up.

#36 OP the_architect

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 00:09

Hi guys - I haven't had the time to check back here in a while. However, I have made a fair bit of progress since this release, but not up to a stage where I think it's ready to be open sourced or another release put up just yet.
I would like to see it progress faster, just unfortunately at the moment it's been a long term project due to, of course, other commitments.

#37 andrew_

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 21:34

Just checking in again, asking for this to be open sourced so that those of us willing can contribute to it.

#38 Xerax

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 21:39

Seems to have a memory leak. Tried to check the code and find it but it's obfuscated so I can't tell you anything more informative then that.

But how? It's coded in .Net.

#39 fhpuqrgrpgvirzhpujbj

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 21:55

But how? It's coded in .Net.


It uses native interop.
And even without that you can leak memory in .net if you have cyclic references.

#40 Xerax

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 21:57

It uses native interop.
And even without that you can leak memory in .net if you have cyclic references.

Ah, thank you for explaining :).

P.S: I was looking on youtube about the "forth" gel in Portal2, and just noticed i was on your youtube account looking at your videos on it xD. Small world. :p

#41 andrew_

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 15:34

I haven't had any luck raising the author via email, neowin or by other means. The source code is obfuscated, so we cant just continue development on this nice little piece of abandonedware.

I'd like to try and gauge interest for a variant/clone (and completely open source) of this project. I've been looking around and there is enough out there that is already open source that could be used to achieve some solid features.

What does everyone think?

#42 OP the_architect

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 03:49

Thanks to those querying the status of this project via email/Neowin, I assure you it hasn't disappeared or stopped! Development is still going and expect to see some more pieces in upcoming weeks Posted Image

#43 andrew_

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 17:40

Looks like a heavy-handed mod struck again. If this reply is going to be removed like the last one, I'd appreciate at least some heads up about it and a reason why.

I'd like to encourage the author to open source this project, as we're coming up on a year now since the last reply from him and no releases since. Let those with the time and willingness to continue the project do so! This was a great concept and should be continued!

#44 OP the_architect

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 08:37

Ah, I almost forgot about this thread. I've finally found some time to work on it, I am currently reworking the plugin infrastructure to allow some of the new features that are supported. Multiple plugins can now subscribe to provide results (as shown in the attachment).
I have also changed how the application works its way into the start menu, it is now smarter about it and looks nicer!
I'm sure more changes will be worked in as they come to me.

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#45 Guest_LiquidCrystalMeth_*

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 08:46

Umm isnt the title misleading, it doesnt extend the start menu, but rather the search box

I came in expecting to find some new toy for doing something with the actual start menu

So shouldnt it be search box extender?