George/Robert, I don't know if this is the right place but I would like to express my appreciation of a feature that I did not realise had been provided.
I had been looking at an SPFLite formatted file (using my macro) that was created by another program when I realised that something was missing from that file. I changed the data and recreated the file. I then went back to SPFLite, expecting to have to exit and refind/reload the new version of the file, when a window appeared telling me that the file had been updated by another program and asking if I would like to load the new version. Well done guys. That was unexpected and shows that SPFLite is aware of what is going on.
I don't know which of you thought of adding that but it is a great feature and works a treat. Thank you.
Adding the notification for external file modifications was a joint effort. George writes all the code, so basically you can thank him, but we worked together on the design. Having this feature is simply too important not to have, and it helps us be a serious editor "like the big boys" so to speak. In the old DOS days, using one program at a time was the norm, but no one works like that any more. Any Windows program that updates files has to "play nice with others". Believe me, this took a lot of work to design, code and test it, and there were some dicey moments when it didn't do what it should. Today, everything should work as advertised, but of course if you ever run into issues let us know. George's design goes even further, because it respects the Read Only status of files and won't write over a R/O file. This is above and beyond what Windows provides. Believe it or not, Windows will "record" a Read Only status, but doesn't enforce it. It's up to an application to choose to respect that attribute, and you have to write your own code at each point you do I/O so that R/O status continues to be respected. George did a great job with that, too.
You can learn more about these features under Working with SPFLite, Handling External File Changes and Working with Read Only Files, in the Help.
bryman: Robert: Let me add that a lot of the 'niceties' like that are solely due to Robert's pushing me in the right direction. I'm notoriously lazy (he can confirm that) so thanks for items like that lies almost entirely with him. I code (and mutter and whine and complain) and he provides the inspiration that keeps it all going.
Hi, guys, great product, I always recommend SPFlite. I just discovered the very useful Touch feature on the FM panel. It makes me wonder, is there a way to directly edit the Date Modified field on a Windows file? I seem to recall this was once possible in another editor (possibly Microfocus ?) . Thanks, and great work!