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September, 2013

It is with regret that I have to report that I have been unable to meet my deadline for the availability (originally planned for late September release) of Irishforlife, previously known as EasyReader. Various events precluded my being able to find time to do as promised. Apologies to all. Recovery from an accident, a knee replacement operation (planned, and not related), the death of my older, batchelor brother in Ireland, were principal contributors to the time grabbers.

The remaining major obstacle to my program release at this time is the development of a marketing program whereby a third party would take ownership, with my involvement limited to solving any technical issues for a negotiable period of time. The program, otherwise, would be maintainable by the third party, and would consist of simply adding, deleting, editing words or recordings, in facilities already provided by the program itself.

My overall objective is making a more comprehensive program available at a significantly reduced price.

March, 2013

Version 3, with new name IrishforLife (IFL), is about ready for publishing, but the date of availability is uncertain at the moment because of unfinished marketing plans.

 

Dec, 2012

My website landlord, is not longer supporting the interface to the module in my website program that interacts directly with the registration feature, Until I have that fixed, registration will have to be done for the time being by selecting the Via email option. It  operates as follows: Upon entering your serial number the program computes a profile for your PC ID and computes a cryptographic composite of the two quantities. When I receive it I decipher and produce a smaller number which is the unlocking key for ER in this PC. If you wish to register a second or third PC you will have to repeat the process.

 

 

Feb 2, 2012

 

Having been totally engaged in finishing my final verion of the program, and not paying attention to ER II updating or monitoring, I was unaware of problems that have arisen in using  ER with other programs until I received comments from a few users. In investigating the problem, I found that one more time Norton will not allow me to download ER from the website. It appears that every 6 months or so they clean it up on my request, but somone out of the loop does it again at a later date. That is a secondary problem at the time being: you can download, as I had to, by disabling Norton while performing the task.

Here's the basic way I accomplished communications with other programs with ER working in the background (ERWOP mode). ER contains a module of code  which I purchased in 2003 when XP was Microsoft's best. It is called a 'HOOK' module which will detect key strokes and mouse operations on any other user program.It was embedded and interfaced in ER. Thus, when  a double-click operation takes place in another other program (while ER is in the WOP mode), ER's is informed via the Hook module and can copy the selected word (issues a ctrl/C to the user's display page), and ER then pastes it into its domain, processes it, and pastes the answer box back to the user page. The HOOK module supplies the source of the user's application and the display page, in this passing of info, both ways.

Similarly, when a user keys two similar vowels (aa)in succession, ER will see the keys as struck one at a time. It allows the first one thru to the user's display, but on the second one, it will will substitute a backspace followed by an á. The keystroker will see an á instead of aa.

Basically, it is a spy module, but not in the classical sense. Also, you are interrupting keystrokes and mouse actions, for example, ER gets to see data before the operating system does.  This intoduces OS or application functions which may disturb this flow.

The module that I purchased back in '03 was when XP was top dog. The code producers are no longer there  so I am looking for later code that will work with Win7. When Win7 first came out it worked fine but with updates  to the OS it does not work.  Indeed in my latest test I found that no matter what feature of the 'HOOK' code I use ER goes off into the wild blue yonder immediately, impossible to end it, and hence a REBOOT is required.

There are lots of 'HOOK' modules out there but so far I have not found the right one.  I am very anxious to get a solution as it is a key feature of EasyReader.

For the moment, an alternative route is to copy the data directly into ER for reading/examination   or to write data and then copy it to your other program(eg, Email)

I will keep you posted.

August 15, 2011

Norton will pass EasyReader updates now.  You may be interested in what I think has been going on: The feature, EasyReader with other programs, in order to be able to respond to irish words identified (by d-clicking)  text in displays presented in another program (e.g,. a browser, text editor, etc.), or using the double keystroke to create accented vowels, it (EasyReader) must be able to monitor a user's key strokes and mouse movements.  Unfortunately,this is the kind of feature that can be used for identity theft, in malware/spyware. The big difference with ER is that the feature is only active when ER is operational  and in "with other programs mode", all controlled by the  user.

 

August 1. 2011

.1. Norton has done it again. Previously, despite my pleas for removing their false categorization of my program, and their promising to make things right, they have done it again. I have been in touch with the organization (Symantec) and have requested their puttimg EasyReader on "a White-List", where more or less, they may agree to end their monitoring , so that we can end this mess. They have responded that they are targeting a final determination within three weeks. I will report progress here.

There have been no updates since last October, so the only users affected , are those who purchased since that time.

My apologies to all who have encountered this problem. The only solution surrently for downloading at the present, is to disable Norton while doing the operation.

2. I regret to announce that the new version in progress has encountered delays and my current estimate for availability is early first quarter next year.

February 2011

If you are wondering why there have not been any updates recently, please be  aware that I am working on a major revision of the program. More information will be available in early Spring 2011.

August 2010

Norton removed the offending notification without apology, but had to to be reminded again in late Autumn that it was again appearing.  If you are using an old version of Norton you may still get an erroneous message.

July 5, 2010

Once more, one of my programs in the updates package (copyfiles.exe) is being identified (this time by Norton 360) as being a Trojan Horse. Testing with Norton's closest rival, McAfee, yielded a clean result. Why so?

My copyfiles.exe program simply copies the downloaded, unzipped files from the user's download buffer to the EasyReader base directory and then requests that the actual updating program (er2update.exe) take over.  This sequence of events apparently gives the Norton program the impression that copyfiles.exe is scattering data throughout the pc and then executing the updating program (probably reflecting the path of a Trojan type virus about to imbed itself). Until Norton 360 removes its error (I have notified them), I have created a temporary update program that does not use copyfiles.exe, but will require the user to respond to a query prior to the unzip process as to where EasyReader is located. This is the way it was up until a year or so ago. It will be available for download July 7.

April 25, 2010

Re the April 17 message (below, in red,) Microsoft has removed the unsafe warning that MS Internet Explorer put on a specific download (updating ER II, from www.irishforlife.com/updates/irish.exe.) No reason was given why it happened, and  more distressingly, why it was not investigated by Microsoft  prior to taking that action. It would have taken but a few minutes to verify. No apology either, so it's up to me to apologise to ER users for any distress this episode may have cost them.

April  17, 2010

When trying to download the latest updates (www.irishforlife.com/updates/irish.exe), a user whose default browser was Internet Explorer, reported that it  displayed in fine red colour, that the download had been reported as unsafe. I checked it out and sure enough I did get this message with MS Internet Explorer, but not with Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. I chose the option to ignore the message from Internet Explorer and downloaded. It passed with flying colours through Norton 360. I contacted Microsoft and was told that this had been reported to them, and therfore they listed this download as potentially harmful. They did not divulge the source. I filled out the usual complaint and was told they usually resolve this type problem in two business days. Given the weekend, this should mean that they might have addressed by Tuesday, the 20th April.  Please stay tuned.

Mar. 2, 2010

An additional update  to managing on-line dictionaries has been made, and is reflected in an ER update that will be uploaded later today.  With Settings set for online dictionary management, you now have the following options with the Answer Box: 1) single click on any word, Irish or English) and you will get an answer back from your currently selected online dictionary.  If you wish to paste a word (s) back to your text from the answer box, drag your mouse over your choice of word(s).

When you are presented with the online dictionary answer, and wish to return to Easyreader, do so by ending the browser. (ER uses your default browser to contat your chice of online dictionary).

 

Feb. 19, 2010

 (The following was Updated March 2 and is no loger applicable.)

An update to managing on-line dictionaries (see Jan. 4, below) has been incorporated. Essentially, by single clicking any headword in ER's Answer Box one can get an immediate answer back from the on-line dictionary of choice.

On user request, this has been extended to cover any English words in the Answer Box (words in a unique blue colour), such that by user's single click on any such word, the answer will be presented at the on-line dictionary.

 

Feb. 14, 2010

The download process is now simplified for EasyReaderr II in that, as usual, you initiate the action from EasyReader or by visiting this page and following the directions (see "updating EasyReader", below). The recommended method is directly from EasyReader, with no further interaction required of you.

 

Jan. 4, 2010

Tests are ongoing with Windows 7, and so far all features seem to work. The one exception is the anomaly with Vista IE 8 discussed in paragraph 1 that follows:

1.) It was reported in October that when using EasyReader in ERWOP mode (EasyReader with Other Programs mode), in a Vista environment, and using MSIE (Internet Explorer) 8 as the browser, both ER's accent creation by double striking a vowel key and the dictionary lookup feature may appear not to work. (It does work with Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari, Firefox and Windows Mail.)

One solution to the IE problem is, with IE/Tools, to select Options/Security/Internet and uncheck the box which declares "enable protected mode". The other solution is to download any of the other browsers listed above: They are free, and easy to use for the ER features

However, if you do run the Microsoft product with protected mode on, and then switch to any of the other products you will find the two relevant features have been disabled. To recover you must click a new RESET button located in the visible ERWOP toolbar.

2.) A new feature, 'Managing online Dictionaries' has been availablesince Oct 28.   Changes have been made since then and a newer version was uploaded Nov. 17.

There is a new item on ER's menu bar (Online Dictionaries) and a button "Online dics" in the ERWOP bar by which you may select ER to manage queries to online dictionaries, and select your choice of online dictionaries. ER will use your default Browser. It is fast in that only one internet action is required by ER to complete the task. At the present time, only two choices of online dictionary are available, Focal.ie and Acmhainn.ie. It is anticipated that more online dictionaries will be added to the list.

Here's how it works:

Click Online Dictionaries on ER's menu bar and select your dictionary.  Doing so is an indication to ER that you wish to employ this feature.


Suppose you interrogate ER's I-E dictionary with a word from text. ER's Answer Box will be presented to you. If you single-click any head word (Irish or English) in the Answer Box the next screen you will see is the answer page at the online dictionary for the selected head word. When finished, end your Browser program and EasyReader will be back in view and in control again.Ending  your Browser each time will not contribute significantly to your response time.

You may do this in both modes of ER.


When you wish to paste a selected word(s) from the answer box to your own text drag your mouse over the selection

If, from the presented list of ER's online dictionaries, you select "I''ll manage my on-line dictionaries", which is the last entry in the list, then, in the above scenario all that happens is that the head word selected in the Answer Box will have been copied into the clip board, so that whenever the user brings to the front/top/fore the inquiry page of an online dictionary Browser, the head word may be pasted into its inquiry box, and what will remain for the user to do is the Clicking of an Inquiry Button.

(If the Browser is MS IE 8 with Vista it will work , depending on your security settings in IE8, Similarly the ablity to key in fadas after you see the answer to the query. See paragraph 1 above).

In ER's Help/Table of Contents/Dictionary, click the last item in that section 'Compare ER's return with that of other online dictionaries' for more information.

Feedback on this feature would be most appreciated.

3.) The Synchronized Sound page has undergone many changes and is now available by selecting 'Word Sounds' in the Dictionary Functions dropdown list box on the common toolbar.  Details are available in ER's Help/Table of Contents/Word Sounds.

Feedback on this change would also be appreciated

4.) Vista has caused headaches to some users in the area of user permissions. Please see the last item in the Frequently Asked Questions (faq) section.

5.) An early Summer download of EasyReader II had an error in the program which interprets the date of a user's current version. The result was that anytime a user requested EasyReader to check for available updates, the program would fail to indicate that a later version was available . In order to rectify this, the user must visit www.irishforlife.com/updates.html (this page) and request a download. This will install the necessary correction so that, as usual, users may interrogate the website for update status and download directly from EasyReader.

6) A Nov. update to the program for editing the Irish-English Dictionary introduced an error in the process, resulting in what appear to be multiple, almost similar responses to particular word interrogations.

This is corrected in the latest update.

 

Updating EasyReader

EasyReader version II is supported under Windows XP and Vista. Current users of Version I may upgrade for free to Version II. It is highly recommended that users of Version I migrate to Version II if they have either of these operating systems installed.   Many of the features in Version II will work with older operating systems, but there is no guarantee that all features will work, particularly in ER's 'with other programs mode'. However, EasyReader in standalone mode will always work but in its use with other programs, special considerations have to be applied in EasyReader code to accommodate the operating system, and sometimes application programs such as MS Word, and others.   For these reasons, and in order to provide current users all possible options, the following choices are available:

1. Stay with EasyReader Version 1 (not recommended if your operating System is Windows     7, Vista or XP)

  • Click ER I only to download latest (as of June 1, 2007) Version I only. Then exercise the Run options to unzip the downloaded files to your EasyReader root directory  (default: c:\program files\reader). The download is approximately 2.7 M.
  • If you have taken the previous option, new updates may then be downloaded by clicking the link Update Version I. No further development of the program is planned and updates will reflect mostly data base additions, such as dictionaries, etc.  

2. Migrate to EasyReader Version II

  • Click ER II only to migrate from EasyReader Version I to EasyReader Version II only.  Exercise the Run options to download, and then to unzip the downloaded files to your EasyReader root directory (default: c:\program files\reader). The download is approximately 3.4 M.  

3.  Update EasyReader Version  II

  • Updating of EasyReader II will be to the base installed by the previous option (above), or for purchasers of EasyReader II.  To do so click  Update ER II here. 

Please note that repeating or overlapping any or all of these processes is OK and will not cause any problems.

 

Other Issues

The following is from Microsoft, re the Irish Language Interface Processor (LIP) for Windows XP:

"The vast majority of application compatibility issues encountered when the Irish LIP is installed are not caused by the Irish LIP per se. As part of the Irish LIP effort a new locale is enabled in the Windows OS, namely Irish (Ireland) with LCID 083c.

When the Irish LIP is installed, the system locale (now called ‘Language for non-Unicode programs’) is changed to this locale. If elements of your application are pre-disposed to a particular locale, or a given set of locales, then this may be the root cause of the issues which you are encountering.

To establish whether or not this is the case, try the following on the client within the environment where the anomalies are being experienced:

  • Go to Regional and Language Options within the Control Panel
  • Go to the Advanced tab
  • Look at ‘Language for non-Unicode programs’  and change the locale to an entry other than Irish (Ireland); {may show as Gaeilge (Éire)}.     The change should be English (United States) or English (Ireland) or whatever was in place before the Irish LIP was installed .
  • <OK> or <Apply> will save the change."

I have followed these instructions and so far, all seems to be OK. (P.McC)

 


A Forum for EasyReader users was created at the end of 2004. The architect was Michael Doherty, Belfast. One of the benefits of this forum is the alerting and subsequent correction of hitherto undetected or unreported errors in the program.    Besides being a discussion point on ER it is also a forum for suggestions for improvements to the program's features.  Several of these suggestions (optional vs mandatory dictionary logging, optional location pasting from answer box or word possibilities list) have been incorporated and appear in the latest edition. You may join this forum at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/easyreader_users/
Go raibh míle maith agat, a Mhíchil.
Ádh mór.
Please send your comments and suggestions to editor@irishforlife.com