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    Default No more Component toolbar?

    1) In BC2 there was View->Toolbar->Component which I use frequently, but it doesn't seem to be in BC3?
    2) Same for the missing Edit->Select Newer->[Right/Left/Both sides] and Edit->Select Orphans->[Right/Left/Both sides].

    I'm a bit crippled without the 2nd one...

    *Edit added 2)
    Last edited by GreenMoose; 14-Jan-2008 at 02:41 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenMoose View Post
    In BC2 there was View->Toolbar->Component which I use frequently, but it doesn't seem to be in BC3?
    In Cirrus, the "Component" view is called "Toggles". Right-click on the toolbar, click "Customize Commands..." and change the "Display filter mode" to "Toggles".

    The BC2 "Composites" view has been renamed to "Favorites". You'll have the same buttons as BC2 except that the first three buttons have replaced the more confusing composite icons with "*", "", and "=".

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenMoose View Post
    Edit->Select Newer->[Right/Left/Both sides] and Edit->Select Orphans->[Right/Left/Both sides]
    I agree that the return of these options would be useful. Since they are not there, I filter with the Toggle view then select all.
    Last edited by Michael Bulgrien; 14-Jan-2008 at 08:20 AM.

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    Thanks, 1st issue solved then

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    Default Toggles

    As Michael has suggested, you can use Toggles to select the files you are looking for. There are toggles for either side/both for both Orphans and Newer Files.
    With these Toggles are you still "crippled"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron View Post
    With these Toggles are you still "crippled"?
    Answering for myself and not for the original poster, I would say "Yes". It is much harder to syncronize files in a folder session without these menu items. I revert to BC2 whenever I need to do any real work with manual file syncronization.

    1) It is nice to be able to see all differences, then only select orphans or newer on one side. I use this option frequently in BC2. When you force the user to filter files before selecting, they cannot see the bigger picture of what the footprint of the changes looks like between the two systems, and how it changes dynamically as you work with those differences.

    2) I don't like it that I can only select all on both sides of the folder compare. It is disconcerting to see all files and folders selected when I only want to work with the files on one side. Even though I've tested enough to know that Cirrus will usually allow me to finalize the context of the operation before executing it, it still makes me nervous every time I set up to do a mass copy or delete.

    3) I've tried to adapt to flattened folders to overcome the limitations Cirrus has introduced with expanded folders view, but usually end up frustrated. It takes a long time to flatten the directories I work with, and copies from one side to the other are prone to failure (Cirrus crashes).

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    In fact, I dislike being limited to Select All so much that I usually end up scrolling through the folder tree on one side and building the selection manually when I do sync folders in Cirrus. It takes me many times longer to get the job done than it would if I could select them all simultaneously from the Edit dropdown menu.

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    1) Adding the "Select XXX" commands back won't be a problem. They were originally added as a stop-gap for users used to BC1's sync commands, so we just took them out to see if anyone was still using them. Since the answer is apparently "Yes", I can't see any reason not to add them back.

    2) You can use "Shift+Left" and "Shift+Right" to switch the current selection's sides.

    3) What kind of limitations are you referring to? Have you submitted crash reports for the copy failures?
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    1) Yay!
    2) Thank you for the Shift-Left and Shift-Right tips. That's a neat implementation. I like it.
    3) Not limited capabilities so much as reduced flexibility in some areas. Some things are easier to find. Some things are more difficult (Like changing the toolbar filter mode). When it comes to folder sessions, BC2 is more stable and easier to use for mouse-oriented users. And, yes... I have submitted crash reports. To be fair, that is perhaps one reason that Cirrus is so much slower at some things...knowing that I am working in an area that crashes, I installed the Full Debug version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Adding the "Select XXX" commands back won't be a problem.
    While you're at it, could you add the same sub-menu to the "Invert Selection" option (Left side, Right Side, Both Sides).

    BC2 and Cirrus both do both sides, but when I want to invert a selection, it is often one side that I want inverted, not both.

    Also:
    When focus is in the left pane, could a Ctrl-A to Select All in the left pane only?
    When focus is in the right pane, could a Ctrl-A to Select All in the right pane only?
    And if the user clicks between the panes, then Ctrl-A could Select All in both panes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    1) Adding the "Select XXX" commands back won't be a problem. They were originally added as a stop-gap for users used to BC1's sync commands, so we just took them out to see if anyone was still using them. Since the answer is apparently "Yes", I can't see any reason not to add them back.
    I'm not so sure. BC1 compatibility isn't high on my list anymore.

    Why have Select Newer and not Select Older[Right/Left/Both]? Or Select Differences[Right/Left/Both]? Or while we're at it, Select Matches[Right/Left/Both]? Perhaps because we have Display Filters for that purpose.

    A novice user might think that Select Newer Left will always select all the newer files on the left side, not realizing that the Display Filter first has to be set to expose them. My point is why confuse the issue by have two competing ways to do the same thing?

    Presumably, this is all about making syncs easier (not that Show Left Newer -> Ctrl+A -> Ctrl+R is all that difficult). We're working on a new session type dedicated to folder syncs, but I'm guessing there will be a revolt if we don't also have some kind of "quick sync" function in Folder Compare. Right now I'm trying to figure out what that will be. In the meantime, I'd rather not add functions that accomplish some but not all of that goal.
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