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It’s been a mixed enjoyment holiday season this year. I won’t get into all the personal details, but here’s some things that were delightful recently.
I finally released my little map for Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts earlier in the month. As mentioned in previous postings, I decided to call it “Hurtgen Forest”. I’ve only published it on two sites other than my own for the moment, trying to get some initial feedback in case tweaks need to be made. So far, the lurkers on my RelicNews thread have been rather useless douchebags (I think they feel threatened), but the review on Filefront both praised my map while giving helpful feedback to consider. More info and download for Hurtgen Forest.
I also did a snazzy trailer video to promote the map (and because I LOVE editing video). Although I’ve embedded it everywhere the map is, here’s the video again:
I did another video to demonstrate how to use my program, File Lister, as well. It shows how to use it to do batch renaming. To limit the number of videos I have embedded in one post, just see the File Lister page to watch. I’m quite surprised by how often I end up needing File Lister at work and at home. I think it’s almost as essential as Regex Buddy for any geek. I’m also finding more and more sites publishing or linking to File Lister since it’s naturally the most advanced and feature-rich program of its kind.
And finally, the obligatory 100% completion screenshot for Lego Harry Potter. The girlfriend and I just finished it last weekend. Also, 100% completion for all the other lego games we’ve played. Can’t wait for Lego Pirates of the Caribbean so we can continue our addiction. Actually, co-oping with your girlfriend is probably half the fun.
Lego Star Wars
Lego Harry Potter
Lego Indiana Jones
The new version of File Lister is available now. Download here. Changelog follows.
- added counters to output format with pattern %i
- added the option to use regex capturing groups in output format with pattern %v
- added option to match full path in regex instead of only filename
- added option to invert matching behavior for regex
- rewrote output format parser to be pre-compiled for speed improvement
- optimized regex matching for significant speed improvement when using regex
- removed default pattern option from pattern selection menu, added “Default” buttons to some dialogs
- fixed crash if output file in use by another program
- fixed a bug with groupings in filesize pattern
- fixed missing use of default options for date, size, and attributes patterns without parameters
A new version of File Lister is in beta now. I’ve been repeatedly finding it useful both at home and at work, so I figured it was the most deserving of an update. Besides a few bug fixes, there are also performance improvements, some more regex matching options, and the addition of counters and regex capturing groups in the output format. I’m hoping to release a final version within the next month. And this next release may not even be the end of the updates to File Lister as I’m also looking at adding features like command line modes in the future.
Hurtgen Forest at night
I’m also trying my hardest to get my Company of Heroes map finally done (damn me and my perfectionism!), even if there’s no one around to play it anymore. It’s just too good and too close to completion to let it go unfinished. There’s just 1/8th of the playable area left to create and some of the out-of-bounds yet to be filled with trees–it really shouldn’t take but another concerted effort of a weekend.
And I’ve finally decided on a name for the map: “Hurtgen Forest“. Since my map is pretty much a fictional setting, I didn’t want to be too specific with the location. Though, I had always considered that it would probably be named after some area in Belgium or northwest Germany.