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How to Migrate MaxView Settings Between Users and Computers

At the company where I work, we use a software program called MaxView to perform bid take-offs for large construction projects. We have configured several custom symbols in MaxView which we use to count items in large mechanical prints, and it takes about an hour to configure these symbols. Rather than configure these symbols individually for each new user, or an existing user who lost his settings, we needed a simple way to export the settings from one computer/user to another.

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How to Hack the Bank of the West EDS Pro Software to Run For Any User Account

There’s a problem with Bank of the West’s EDS Pro software: it doesn’t assign the necessary permissions to the registry keys it creates for the OCR plug-in component during installation, effectively locking out any user from running the software except for the user who originally installed the software.

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How to Convert a System.Drawing.Image to an IPictureDisp with Alpha Transparency

Anyone who wants to build a professional looking add-in for Microsoft Outlook knows that it’s important to make their add-in appear flush/stock/standard/factory, which means implementing the add-in functionality directly into the native Outlook interface via the toolbar/ribbon/menu/property pages/etc. An important part of this is understanding how to use IPictureDisp, because this is the only image type that Outlook will allow you to use for CommandBar controls.

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How to Create a TreeView File Browser Component in VB.NET – Part 2

This tutorial is part of a series: Part 1 | Part 2TreeView Part 2

In Part 1 of this tutorial series, I presented a way to use the .NET TreeView control as a file browser similar to Windows Explorer in functionality. As we navigate through this TreeView, the BeforeExpand event is handled so that each node is dynamically populated as soon as it gets expanded.

The second part of this tutorial focuses on displaying the native system icons for each file and folder in the TreeView.

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When to Update WordPress

Broken Website = Unhappy Client

I read an interesting article today which had some useful feedback on when and why WordPress users were updating to the latest major version, WordPress 3.0. Based on the comments in the article, I noticed a few trends as well as some good insight.

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How to Enable Permalinks for WordPress on a Shared Web Hosting Plan

Update 2014: This post is educational, but rather obsolete given the current version of WordPress which handles the .htaccess file and rewrite rules automatically. If you enjoy learning, read on.

If you have a shared web hosting plan like I do with 1&1 Webhosting, you most likely do not have direct access to the computer which your website is hosted on to install and configure the mod_rewrite plugin for Linux/Apache or the ISAPI_Rewrite plugin for Windows/IIS, either one of which is required to get Permalinks working in WordPress.

However, there is another way to this by editing the .htaccess file in your root WordPress directory.

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How to Move Comments in WordPress 3.0 with phpMyAdmin

Many of the Move Comments plugins for WordPress do not seem to work properly in WordPress 3.0, so I needed a way to move comments around from one post/page to another, as well as retain any threaded/nested comments. One could always move comments by modifying the database directly with phpMyAdmin or something similar, and this is what I had to resort to. Modifying your WordPress database directly isn’t something you want to do every day, but sometimes it is completely unavoidable. It took me all of 5 minutes to figure this out, so it shouldn’t be too difficult for you either.

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How to Use Custom PHP Functions and Shortcodes in WordPress

I touched on this subject before in my previous article titled WordPress Tip: the_category Without Links, which focuses on the WordPress get_category function, but I decided to write this article so I can focus more on the general implementation of PHP functions with WordPress, and so that people will have an easier time locating these tips via a web search.

Some WordPress plugins require you to add shortcodes to your pages/posts to utilize the plugin, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you were already using shortcodes. Whether or not you’ve had any experience using WordPress shortcodes, this tutorial has what you need to get started.

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