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Software News   Software News : New release of GuideMaker
   posted by tbreeden on 27-Oct-2011 2:02:35 (2717 reads)
New release of GuideMaker, an AmigaGuide(R) file maintenance utility
adds spell checking.

Programmers: Clean up the silly misspellings that are making your
program's AG docs seem a little less professional.


GuideMaker is an AmigaGuide(R) file maintenance utility with support for also
providing the documentation in other formats (via RTF file export).

New with this release v0.9 (14.10.2011)
- Spell Checking
- Iconify Support
- Startup ENV variable
- GUI improvements
- Bug Fixes
- Custom Icon by Frank Ruthe

GuideMaker at OS4Depot

Architecture: ppc-amigaos >= 4.1.0
Author: breedent_acm_org (Tom Breeden)


I needed help in writing an AmigaGuide document.
AG in spite of its flaws, is still a good way to produce
slick and quick documentation of your Amiga program.

And there are lots of .guide files still around.

GuideMaker will successfully load most pre-existing AmigaGuide
files and perhaps it could be to other OS4 developers/users
interested in producing or improving an AmigaGuide document.

Especially with the added spell checking, it provides an opportunity
for maintainers of existing .guide files to easily cleanup some of
the silly misspellings that tend to plague these files.

In addition, the RTF export options makes it possible to
move most of the document formatting to PDF via OpenOffice.

The other reason I put GuideMaker together now was prove that the
native PPC Modula-2 compiler I have been working on could be
reasonably used for a non-trivial project.
(AgletM2PPC at OS4Depot)

Thanks to Frank Ruthe for his nice icon for AmigaGuide.

Please feel free to send bug reports, suggestions, etc.

Aglet Software

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Re: New release of GuideMaker
Posted on 27-Oct-2011 8:39:20
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Good to see you back at work! I hope to see a new release of M2 too

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Re: New release of GuideMaker
Posted on 27-Oct-2011 9:10:47
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I was looking for this program 10 years ago and could not find it. :P Thanks.

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Re: New release of GuideMaker
Posted on 27-Oct-2011 13:24:44
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Out of curiosity: how did you implement the spell checking? Are you using something like aspell or ispell? (I'd take a look but sadly, my SAM is defunct at the moment.)

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Re: New release of GuideMaker
Posted on 27-Oct-2011 20:54:54
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From: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Out of curiosity: how did you implement the spell checking? Are you using something like aspell or ispell?

I thought about using ISpell, but did not want to make the user go install another package. Maybe I should have the program test for the existance of ISpell and send ARexx commands to it instead of loading its own spell checking.

What I did was pretty simple. I created a plain text file off all the words generated by the medium size english (american) base file + the affix file (which it turns out can also be found on the web as well), and my hash table code module. If the user turns on Spell Checking, an in-memory hash table is created by reading in the big text file (and the User text file). I thought about writing out a prebuilt copy of that hash table, but on my Sam 440 flex and AOne, it takes only about 5 secs to read it in from text and make the table.

Added a few Amiga specific terms to the main wordlist text file, and
a little code to avoid spell checking the AmigaGuide commands.

Memory hungry (20 MB), but really pretty fast.


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Re: New release of GuideMaker
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Nice work, Tom.


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Re: New release of GuideMaker
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Great! Part of my great utilities I use list for some time already.


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