ClipHint Changes

Formatted Text Clipboard Editor
Copyright 2012 by David Wincelberg

ClipHint 2.3

  1. Checking or unchecking the Include Formatting check box when more than item is selected in the History list no longer results in an error message. Instead, the text in the Clipboard Text Contents window does not change and subsequent entries in this window will be formatted or unformatted, depending on the status of this check box.
  2. The "Choose a Topic" window for selecting a tip of the day by topic name now allows for sorting by name or number.
  3. The Options screen now opens at its last displayed page during a ClipHint session.
  4. This program now automatically retains its registered state when an upgrade is installed on the same computer for the same user.

ClipHint 2.21

Fixed the problem with pressing the Home or End keys causing ClipHint to change the current selection in the History list when the cursor (or insertion point) is in the Clipboard Text Contents window. Now the selection in the History list changes in response to pressing these keys only when the History list has the input focus (due to clicking in it or tabbing to it). As a result, you can now use these keys for moving around in the Clipboard Text Contents window. Note that single clicking on the first or last item in the History list will recall it. For other items, either double clicking on an item or pressing the Recall, Previous or Next buttons is required.

ClipHint 2.2

  1. Virtually eliminated repeated entries appearing in the History list. This occurred mostly when formatting was turned off and ClipHint ran on a recent version of Windows. There still may be occasional repeated entries. This appears to be due to Windows sending a duplicate Clipboard message several seconds after an original message. When you recall a recent entry in the History list, the clip time appears above the Recall and Launch buttons.
  2. Added a Refresh menu command to the System Menu to address the problem of not being able to paste the current text. This may be due the Clipboard running out of memory.
  3. When the "Watch for Changes" check box or system menu item is selected, ClipHint now clears the Clipboard instead of displaying the current Clipboard text. This prevents the last confidential item from being displayed in the program.
  4. Pressing OK or Apply on the Options screen when the Registration page has been visited and the Activation Code field is blank or this product has been registered no longer results in a noticeable delay or a change to the registration status.
  5. Replaced the spins boxes on the Saving and Miscellaneous pages of the Options screen with drop-down lists since spin boxes may be difficult to operate when users don't know that you can type in a number.
  6. This program now saves its data when Windows reboots or shuts down.
  7. Saving to disk is now based on changes instead of new items. This includes presses of the Delete, Merge and Split buttons as well as selecting the Undo Delete menu command.
  8. Read-only text boxes now have a white background when there aren't any editable text boxes in the same window and a light background when there is an editable text box in the same window. This change makes the text in read-only text boxes easier to read.
  9. Enhanced the "Tip of the Day" window. You can now see a list of topics and choose a topic by name or number. In addition, the text window is no longer editable and the tips are no longer stored in an external file. The menu command is now "Show Tip of the Day" instead of "Tip of the Day".
  10. The Recall button is now above the Previous and Next buttons. This makes it easier to find quickly.
  11. ClipHint now makes a daily data backup file. This file may help in case your computer crashes while the data file is being written and is named ClipHint.dat.bak. To use it, close ClipHint, find this file using Windows Explorer, rename or delete ClipHint.dat and rename ClipHint.dat.bak to ClipHint.dat.
  12. A search term is added to the search list when an item is selected, the Back button is pressed or the Forward button is pressed. Pressing the Recall button retrieves the last item that is selected (unless the reference point is on the first item) and pressing the Back or Forward buttons retrieves subsequent ones.
  13. ClipHint now saves and restores up to the last 10 unique search terms. You can clear this list from the Searching page of the Options screen.
  14. Launching a web link or file, splitting an item, and setting the mark point now require that a single item be selected. Recalling an item also requires that a single item be selected except when several items are selected due to searching.
  15. Pressing the Home or End key results in the first or last item being recalled into the Clipboard.
  16. Switched to a newer install program since some people were having problems with the old one. Since that program is not designed to create installation programs that run on Windows 95 or Windows NT 3.51, the minimum system requirements for ClipHint now include Windows 98 and Windows 4.0. However, ClipHint.exe is included in and should work on Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.51.

ClipHint 2.1

  1. Launching a Web link now handles links that start with "www.".
  2. Pressing the Enter key when the cursor is not in the Clipboard Text Contents window no longer causes the program to exit.
  3. On the Numbers page of the Options screen, the Other radio button will now be selected if appropriate.
  4. Text will no longer overwrite the scroll bar(s) in the Clipboard Text Contents window. This sometimes occurred when the text changed while the program was minimized.
  5. When the Clipboard Text Contents window is empty, the character count will now display "0 characters".
  6. Loading a data file from the Saving page of the Options screen will no longer freeze the program. Also, the OK button will become a Close button after loading or saving a file.
  7. The Previous and Next buttons will be grayed out when something other than text is copied. Examples include images and files.
  8. When something other than text is copied, the program's title starts with ClipHint and a dash to distinguish it from titles that appear when there is text in the Clipboard.
  9. When the Clipboard is empty, no item in the History list will be selected, the Previous and Next buttons will be grayed out and the corresponding menu items will also be grayed out.
  10. When ClipHint is running on a Vista computer, the cursor will now change to the hand cursor when it is over the link in the About box. This feature previously worked only on other versions of Windows.

ClipHint 2.0

  1. This program is no longer called 2Paste since that sounds too much like toothpaste. Its new name is ClipHint since placing the mouse cursor over its Taskbar button shows a hint of the text in the Clipboard (when this button's label is not fully visible).
  2. Formatted text can now be displayed and recalled. You can switch between formatted and unformatted versions of a History item. You can modify the font and/or color of the Clipboard Text Contents window or a text selection.
  3. The text in the History list is now limited to 500 characters. If the text in the Clipboard Text Contents window is longer than that, the corresponding list text ends in ellipses ("...") and the rest of the window text is stored elsewhere. Previously, the list text was limited to about 1000 characters and the remaining text was discarded.
  4. This program no longer displays the list of files that are in the Clipboard since the focus is on formatted text.
  5. Pressing Enter when the cursor is in the Clipboard Text Contents window will now insert a line break into the text.
  6. Previous History items are restored when the program starts. This program saves data after a number of items are added to the History list and when the program closes.
  7. Multiple items can be selected and deleted.
  8. ClipHint has a one-step Undo Delete feature. It does not have multiple-step undo so you can get rid of information, such as passwords, that you did not want this program to capture. After deleting such information, wait two seconds and press the Delete key again. This delay prevents responding to accidental double clicks. You can also uncheck Watch for Changes to conceal text from this program.
  9. The beginning of what is previous or next in the History list is now displayed on the System menu. Right clicking on ClipHint's Taskbar button will show this information when an item is selected and has the focus rectangle. The last item you clicked on will have the focus rectangle unless you delete it.
  10. You can now mark the current position in the History list. By doing so after copying the first of a set of items you would like you to paste, you can easily return to the first one and then sequentially paste them into an application.
  11. This program ignores Clipboard operations when it is in the foreground so you can use such operations to modify the text in the Clipboard Text Contents window. Previously, Clipboard operations were ignored when this program was restored (i.e., not minimized). The result was that Clipboard items were missed if you forgot to minimize the program after restoring it to the screen.
  12. You can launch items that represent Web links, documents or programs. Be sure to include the filename's full path. ClipHint will not freeze when a program that receives a launched item crashes. Some programs, such as Word 97, will not close immediately in response to a close command after receiving a launched document. Just be patient.
  13. You can merge History items or split an item. When merging, you can specify characters and/or a new line to go between items. Splitting separates an item into individual ones, based on line breaks.
  14. You can search for an item in the History list. On the Searching page of the Options screen is a check box for allowing typos when searching. In addition, there are radio buttons for selecting the reference point for sequencing through found items. Note that a space matches any number of spaces, tabs, carriage returns or line feeds. (The last two are used for ending paragraphs or for line breaks.)
  15. Numbers may include a thousands-separator character. By default, this character is a comma. It could also be a dot, a space or any other character.
  16. The ClipHint Mini-Window is a small window that helps you sequence through consecutive items. It stays on top of other windows. Its navigation buttons are on the left so they can be pressed when this window has been moved partly off the right side of a screen. Items are recalled by single-clicking on them. It main advantage is that it reduces that amount of mouse motion needed to recall consecutive items. The buttons on its right side can be used to rearrange or delete History items.
  17. Pressing the Change List button switches the History list between the Main List and the Retain List. By default, the Main List is limited to 250 items and the program does not limit the size of the Retain List. You can use the Retain List to store items that you will use frequently. In practice, the History list box can hold up to 32,767 items as long as there is enough memory available to store the text of these items.

2Paste 1.1

  1. There no longer is a trailing carriage return/line feed pair at the end of a list of files. When a single file is in the Clipboard, it is now easier to convert the name to text.
  2. When an item is deleted from the previous-items list, the horizontal scroll bar will be adjusted, if necessary.
  3. Items are now added to the History list even if they are repeats of recent items. This way it is easier to sequence through items and find those that were just added.

2Paste 1.01

  1. The title bar and tool tip state "[empty]" when the Clipboard is empty instead of "[other data format]".
  2. The title bar and tool tip state "[image]" when the Clipboard contains a bitmap instead of "[other data format]". (Pressing Print Screen places a bitmap in the Clipboard.)
  3. Long text items in the title bar and the tool tip are followed by ellipses ("...") to show that not all of the text is displayed.
  4. The first nine items in the previous-items list will not be repeats of each other.
  5. A clear-clipboard button, a delete-item button and a watch checkbox provide more control over how 2Paste operates.

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Last updated: 23-Sept-2012