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  1. Hi guys, just out with a new version of InSight Desktop Search....Version 2.1.1.4. InSight Desktop Search InSight is my attempt to create spotlight like quick and easy search utility for Windows. Though it still lacks quite a number of advanced features like Document Search, Outlook integration, yet I can confirm you that, it would be one of the fastest search utility that you would have ever used for windows. Do let me know your feedback on same. Thanks, Pranav Kapoor (Author: InSight Desktop Search)
  2. Microsoft does it again with Windows 7

    Yes! 8 years!!.. and how can you say things haven't improved!!... just because GDI is slow(according to me its not)!! there are tons of drawbacks!.. but they don't negate the features!.. Its not just building a faster OS.. Its about evolution as a whole!... As for application incompatibility.. or apps being slower!.. Yes I have to agree!.. on that!!.. But again the question is why are they getting slow!???.. There's lot more to to take care in case of vista/7... than in case of XP. Incase of vista the windows are rendered much more smoothly and perfectly than in case of XP... Not all components are rendered through GDI!.. The glass or Aero part in Vista and 7 is rendered differently than rest of the window.. Plus there are a lot of old APIs which though are supported by Vista.. but their implementation internally is not same as it was in XP or before..A lot of applications simply don't support Aero.. they switch to standard theme!.. but their new versions work just as they would on XP. One thing for sure is that Microsoft is having tough time balancing between Hardware Acceleration and CPU rendering(software) as there are still a lot of machines out there that simply don't have enough graphic power! I would not say that, Windows at the moment is perfect!!.. but its exciting to see the development thats going on!.. It's come a long way since the Vista RC1... which was slower than XP running in a virtual machine... to "7" which actually promises to bring the performance back.. without losing frills of Vista!... Also just finished writing code for my app(InSight Desktop Search)... and had tough time getting the animations right!.. in lot of cases XP would render the app in 15 ms while Vista on same machine would do it in about 2-5 ms!!.. Also controls flicker while we hover another window over the application in case of XP.. while in Vista its smooth!!.. So as far as I have experienced..Its better in Vista/7!. And I have read whatever thats there on this post!.. and again GDI is not rendered by hardware!! As per your posted Videos: *Cpu usage being higher is also due to the fact that.. as we scroll HDD is being accessed and that involves CPU!!!!!!!!!! We have not actually considered what happening when we scroll?? Is it just drawing of icons...????? leaving everything else aside.. just considering the fact that icons in case of vista are having "png" compression thus better support for alpha channel..CPU hike can be expected!!!!! *There are just a few GDI features that support hardware acceleration!!!!. *As of what I know..listbox..panels..etc are controls are rendered through CPU only!(not considering WPF Apps and DirectX rendered controls) Also GUI(controls) are more graphically complex in case of Vista/7 The only point I want to make is that!... its about time that hardware acceleration reaches every part of whats being drawn on screen..And at same time not just compare it with XP!.. Its not that XP had hardware acceleration and Vista/7 don't!!! I think a fare comparison would be if we create a test that only involves the drawing capability of GDI!..
  3. Microsoft does it again with Windows 7

    Why do we keep comparing VISTA/7 with XP!!????....XP is almost 8 years old now!!.... When XP was released back in 2001-2002 it faced same criticism that vista/7 face today!.. They didn't like the theme.. thought 128 MB ram was too much to ask! And I can definitely say that Vista/7 are faster when GDI is concerned.. just try the following tests-> 1)Create a form with visual studio with 50% opacity. try resizing it by code and measure the time taken using a stopwatch(system.diagnostics) and then compare it in Vista. 2) create a form with some background image and add about 50 labels with transparent background. Try refreshing them and match the time! Also the icons in Vista are using PNG compression.. thus making the whole process even more resource hungry.. Whether its XP or Vista..GDI was always rendered through CPU.. GPU comes into the picture only with Direct X. Biggest problem in Vista is the background indexing... System really gets a big boost by switching that off!. And XP has to boot faster!.. Its running on a machine almost 12-20 times the power that it was originally meant to run! Try windows 98,it would run even faster!!! Also check out Leopard on a macbook with GMA 950 GPU.. You can see a lag in the dock animation and also the genie effects!! Its easy to complain and criticize things!.. Windows has got so many options for a developer!..If you want your application to be graphic intensive then its wise to use WPF!!..And if thats not enough use DirectX to render your components!
  4. InSight Desktop Search 2!

    Common guys!....Please try it out atleast......
  5. Please Reinstall: <Windows roof>\system 32\hal.dll

    It is a problem caused by boot.ini!!...spent hours trying to correct this problem while trying to create a usb boot disk for xp....and had a lot of trouble with this error!....but was eventually just a corrupt boot.ini...
  6. InSight Desktop Search 2!

    Hi guys!.. Just released InSight Desktop Search 2.0 for Windows.Please do try it out and do give me your feedback!...... Its really important for me to know how every one here feels about the software, as my ultimate aim is to build something on Windows thats as effective and user friendly as spotlight!...So please do try it out..and moreover it's a freeware! Screeenshot Website:http://www.theinsightexperience.com Thanks, Pranav Kapoor
  7. New InSight Desktop Search for Windows

    Hey....thanks for trying....the version works perfectly with 32 bit version of windows 7... The problem is due to the directx dll files included with InSight Setup... Try deleting them from "Program Files\InSight" folder and it should work!!... This is one problem we had overlooked...They are needed for systems with XP installed... could u please try it for me!!...Thanks.!!
  8. New InSight Desktop Search for Windows

    61 views, and not even a single reply!!...please do give your feedback even if you don't like the software... They are important!
  9. HI guys!... I just released a new version of InSight Desktop Search(version 1.5.0.8) and would seriously want you guys to be the first to review it!! Actually its my attempt to get Spotlight style search for Windows...thats the whole idea behind it!! Its not a copy!! has loads for features like Preview, sub search etc that make it a lot different that spotlight!!! It has not got metadata search..so is seriously no where compared to Spotlight..but definately inspired from it. key features include:- Dynamic listing of results while performing a search. Quick Preview that provides information about the content of the files.(like id3 information in case of mp3 files,Video codec etc) Fast drive indexing speeds.(takes about 2-3 minutes to index a drive with 144000 files) A sub search that allows one to filter out the search results as per his needs. Automatically updates the indexes whenever a file or a folder is created,moved or deleted. So please take out a little time...and do try out InSight Desktop Search... Your suggestions/reviews would help me a lot in making it better!! www.theinsightexperience.com Screenshot:http://theinsightexperience.com/resources/screenshot.jpg Thanks Pranav Kapoor (Author: InSight Desktop Search)
  10. One thing i always fail to get is why is there so much against Vista??? I remember when xp came out around 2001-2002, even it was slow on the machines back then..even it had requirements which were on a higher side for an average pc at that time!!!.. I am using Vista with sp1..and have had no compatibility issues!!.. Here are a few facts about Vista... 1)In most of my games i have got 10-15% higher frame rate than XP..including flight simulator X,unreal tournament 2004 etc.. and i dont have a DX10 gfx card..i have a gforce 7400... 2)Have heard a lot of stories regarding Aero being resource hungry..and Utilities like windows blinds give the same effect without eating up the resources! and Also Aero being called a copy!!... ->What Aero provides is glass effect...and not just transparency!!!..transparency is there in windows platform since the release of Windows 2000.... To give the glassy feel it takes about 4-6 operations like blur,etc!..So its not a copy and is much more than transparency! 3) Most of the programs which refused to work when Vista was released(like Acrobat Reader for example) have been been given an Update and work perfectly... 4) Vista requires more resources than XP...thats true and i feel nothing wrong in it..Vista came 4 years after XP... Its common to hear people talking that vista doesnt run properly with less than 2 Gb ram.. ->After SP1 performance has improved tremendously!!..and i would confidently say that Vista runs well on a system with 1Gb ram!...I a software developer,Use photoshop to designing large posters for my university..and every thing works smoothly. Vista needs a little bit of careful usage..Get SP1,make sure ur drivers are upto date...and make sure you have limited tray apps..and Vista will be a charm!! And finally,Vista doesn't need to catch up with OSX...Windows has its own plus points..like gaming for example..OSX has to go a long way before it catches up with windows in this arena...And wine is not a answer...all games don't run...and basically its the windows services that are make wine a reality!!... I am not a Windows fan..but have worked with all the releases of windows from chicago beta(windows 95 beta.) to Windows 7..and at same time have also used Mac OS7,OS8,OS9 and OSX(10.0(beta),10.1,10.2,10.3,10.4 and 10.5). Pranav Kapoor Author:InSight Desktop Search www.theinsightexperience.com
  11. Vista really isn't all that bad

    question is just about how optimized ur pc is!....cant blame an operating system if most users have a ton of apps running in their system tray!!!! though osx is my first love.. i dont have much complains with vista sp1 running on 1gb ram!.. perfectly plays carbon for me..and ram usage stays around 60 % most of the time even when working on vb.net it goes to 70% not above!...
  12. Sony Vaio SZ480 7400 Go

    hi!.... struggling with the same problem as yours!.... external should work fine.... you can use foll macvidia drivers with foll commands...as leopard doesnt have /etc/rc sudo -s <type your password> rm -f /System/Library/Extensions.mkext rm -f /System/Library/Extensions.kextcache kextcache -e -z -a i386 kextcache -k /System/Library/Extensions -z -a i386
  13. hi!...remember to remove appleazalia.kext...it works with that removed!... works for me in iatkos and tiger...(only tested in those)... also.. mic did work but lots of noise that was suppressing the sound out!..so edited and remove the support for that!. subsystem id is :104d1500 if it still doesnt work then try to get a cedec dump your very own card as the problem would lie in the pinconfigution!.. just change that and it should luck!...
  14. here are my kexts for alc262....they work well on my vaio! sound out works through both speakers and headphoness! mic not working! http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...&pid=517740
  15. strange edids!....

    using phoenix edid designer i noticed that for my internal lcd horizontal active pixels are shown as 256 and aspect ratio is correct 16:10. My native resolution is 1280x800.. The reading on two other machines,both having 4:3 ratio screens at 1024x768 resolution are as: horizontal active pixels:640 aspect ratio:4:3 is it possible that when edid is read by osx it initialises display as 256*160..instead of 1280x800.... just thought this could be the cause of the white screen problem.... i maybe wrong... thanx
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