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  • Aaron
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    Thanks for the suggestion. This KB Article (formed from the comments on this post and others) may be useful:
    http://www.scootersoftware.com/suppo...penwithapp.php

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  • kschmidt1351
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    This is an old thread, but I was looking for a solution, because I really miss Open With > Associated App, too.

    On my system, the Explore submenu was incredibly slow, so I am glad that BC3 moved it to the bottom.

    I also agree that Open With should be near the top.

    I found a way to add Associated App to the Open With menu...at least for XP. I use "cmd /c @start "Bogus Title" "%f".

    I attached a screen shot in case that is more clear.

    Hope this helps.

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  • Bill D
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    adding "Open with associated application" functionality

    I too would like a quicker way to open a file in its associated app. I use this feature regularly. In BC3 "Open" in the Explorer menu is buried too deep.

    I took maurice's and markf_2748's great suggestion on modifying the "Open With" command one step further by making shortcuts for my most frequently used apps. Here is how I configured my BC3:

    Tools > Options... > Open With

    Description: MyExplore Shortcut: Shift+Ctrl+O
    Command Line: explorer.exe /n,/e,/select, "%f"

    Description: MyExcel Shortcut: Shift+Ctrl+E
    Command Line: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE

    Description: MyWord Shortcut: Shift+Ctrl+W
    Command Line: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\WINWORD.EXE

    Description: MyPwrPnt Shortcut: Shift+Ctrl+P
    Command Line: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\POWERPNT.EXE

    Description: MyPDF Shortcut: Shift+Ctrl+A
    Command Line: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe

    Now I can easily open most of the files that I can use frequently from BC with a single key sequence.

    While this workaround serves my needs, I think that adding "Open with associated application" functionality via several methods would improve an already awesome piece of software.

    Another nice to have is markf_2748's request to include an option to enable double clicking on a file name open that file in its associated app instead of in the file compare window.

    The speed of BC3 and the Portable Install are what make me really love this piece of software. I eagerly await updates!

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  • RunnerBiker
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    If you change the access to the Explorer sub menu, Please do not get rid of the ability to get there with the keyboard.

    I use the keyboard Alt+A X to access the explorer functions.

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  • ZoŽ
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    Originally posted by B2C View Post
    I feel ACDSee's solution is better.
    I haven't used ACDSee. Does the Explorer menu appear as a submenu when you hold Ctrl or replace the existing popup menu? If it's the latter, they didn't do it because it's a better interface, they did it because it's much easier to implement. The code to merge the Explorer menu as a submenu took a lot of research and testing to get right. Showing the Explorer menu on its own, on the other hand, is positively trivial. I wouldn't be surprised at all that a company would go that route if they didn't want to spend a lot of time on it.

    Either way, I don't think that having to hold down a key when you click to get a different menu is very discoverable, so I can't agree that it's a better interface.

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  • B2C
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    Originally posted by Chris View Post
    We originally had the "Explorer" option listed near the top of the context menu when it first appeared in Beyond Compare 2. On some systems with many shell extensions installed, it takes a long time to list the Explorer menu. We moved it to the bottom of the list in the current BC2 and in BC3 to make it less likely for a user to accidentally mouse over the menu and hit a possible slowdown generating the menu.
    I feel ACDSee's solution is better. In ACDSee, Ctrl-right-clicking (or Shift-right-clicking) gives the Explorer context menu independently. Thus, the Explorer menu appears only when one needs it.
    I think BC can accept this as an option.

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  • Lutz
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    Hello!

    I think it's been posted before but I suggest the ability to open all selected files in ONE instance of a program, i. e. with %s in the command line (BC3 then passes all selected files with full path info to the external program).

    The switch 'Multiple instances' (should be renamed to 'Multiple selection') may be set automatically and greyed out and the input field 'Working directory' may be respected, if path info is to be passed or not (something like 'Folder structure' in the 'Copy To Folder'-dialog) in this case.

    Or:
    Perhaps it's better to add an checkbox 'Multiple selection' which handles the appearance of an open with-entry to separate this from 'Multiple instances' which handles if the selection shoud be passed to one or multiple instances of a program.

    Greetings Lutz

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  • Chris
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    Maurice,

    To open each side in a separate instance of the program, use a single %f in the command line. Then click the Advanced button in the Open With configuration and check "Multiple instances".

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  • JohnFLand
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    I suspect you'd have to write a batch file that uses a FOR loop to pass each %f input parameter to the START command.

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  • maurice
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    #2 works great! Thanks. Is there anyway for this to pass both left and right side file names when both left and right are selected? Otherwise, with a keyboard shortcut, I have to open each side separately. definitely better than current right-click option!

    The only way I could open both sides is to pass "%f" "%f" directly to the application...as my earlier question was answered:
    "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\Acrobat.exe" "%f" "%f"
    (plus a keyboard shortcut also, of course).

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  • JohnFLand
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    OK, workarounds for the apparent inability of BC3 to run a file with the associated application:

    1) Write a macro (I uses Macro Express 3) to run Alt-A, X, O. Causes a blank menu to momentarily popup.

    2) In the BC3 "Open With" dialoga, create an item with this Command Line: cmd /c @start "" "%f"

    Causes a black command window to momentarily popup.

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  • JohnFLand
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    In BC2, I assigned "Ctrl-Enter" to mean "open with associated application"; how do I achieve the same result in BC3?

    John Land

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  • markf_2748
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    Folder View FYI: the following customization (which is consistent with RMB Explore in Windows start) works on files in BC3 beta:

    Tools > Options... > Open With
    Description: Explore
    Command Line: explorer.exe /n,/e,/select, "%f"

    Check "Accepts files" and/or "Accepts folders" for individual entries to configure their Open With visibility.

    (Also see Lutz )

    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    In BC2, I find there is a built-in Open With > Explore for folders but not for files, so there I use the following customization for files (since this also shows up for folders in BC2 I give it a unique name):

    Description: MyExplore
    Command Line: explorer.exe /n,/e,/select, "%f"
    Last edited by markf_2748; 14-Jun-2008, 12:22 AM. Reason: correction

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  • penguin22
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    I started a thread similar to this a while back in the Cirrus days, but felt it be worthwhile to chime in again. I can understand the decision to remove the Open With for redundancy purposed, but also have used the Open With>Associated Application and Open With>Explore options very often, the later when selecting two folders.

    Moving the Explorer to the bottom is a good idea for the Shell Extension slowdown reason, but I agree that it would be very helpful to move Open With back to the top, even if the options have to be manually recreated.

    Also, there had been mention of having the help show some common examples. The Open With>Explore now shows on individual files as well as folders, I believe in BC2 that this was not the case. And the Open With>Associated Application would make a great second example if you really decide to keep them out.

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  • Erik
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    Originally posted by markf_2748 View Post
    One observation: the RMB context menu automatically adjusts itself to be either "drop down" or "fly up", depending on its length and current location of the mouse pointer on the screen. If it does not fit as a drop down, then it becomes a fly up, in which case the bottom of the menu is the shortest travel distance from the mouse! Same behavior holds for the BC3 Actions submenu. Probably, for most users most of the time these menus appear as drop down.
    This is standard Windows behavior. It's not something special we're doing.

    Originally posted by markf_2748 View Post
    BTW, I have never experienced (on Win XP) the alleged issue with the Explorer menu inadvertently opening up and delaying things. As long as I run the mouse past the Explorer option at a reasonable speed then it does not open up at all.
    The slowup depends on which applications you have installed that add to Explorer's right click menu. It may not be an issue for you but it definitely is for others.

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