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ID: 17736, Related Files Launcher IDE Addin (TFM)

by Toby Allen Email: Anonymous

Simple addin - keeps list of related files .doc, .xls anything can be opened quickly from ide.
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For Delphi, Version 5.0  to 6.0 212 downloads
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Size: 9,553 bytes
Updated on Thu, 28 Mar 2002 08:49:06 GMT
Originally uploaded on Thu, 28 Mar 2002 08:47:17 GMT
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I find when I'm in the process of developing an application, that I end up with a selection of various auxillary files to do with the application but nothing to do with Delphi. These might include:

A Changes Document (Word Document)
A ongoing time log (Excel Document)
A todo list (Excel Document)
A help project (MS help project)

These files can be dispersed around my computer, some will be in various directories off the development directory, and other might be on seperate network drives. I thought it would be nice to have a popup inside my Delphi IDE where I could list all these files, and just pop it up and double click when I wanted to.

TFM Related Files Expert

Download Source and compile and install the package. It installs a menu item on the help menu, "TFM Related Files"

Add files to the list in a manner pretty similar to how you add paths to the search box in delphi. Any file can be added, just ensure it has a file association, so when you double click it will be opened properly.

The list of filenames, is now saved in the directory of your project with a .rfl (related files list) extension.

Once you've set some files up, just pop it up from the help menu and double click what you want to open. Not Rocket Science, but useful.

A Challenge!

One thing that I thought I probably should have done, but didnt ( - if the truth be told, I tried, got frustrated and gave up) was to have the correct icon beside the file name in the list box.

Next to a .doc filename you have a Word Icon.
Next to a .txt you have a Textpad Icon (or Notepad for those of you not in the know).
Next to a .exe you have the executable icon.
It may be necessary to change the Listbox to a Listview or something but thats fine. If you can be bothered writing the code to do this, I would be very grateful if you would send me the code, so I can share it with the rest of the people who use this (you will of course get a mention).

Hope you find the tool useful.

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