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Sous-Chef's Kitchen Utensils & Appliances Review

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23rd March 2010, 10:32 PM   |  #11  
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FdcSoft Task Manager (aka dotFRED Task Manager)
Name: FdcSoft Task Manager (aka dotFRED Task Manager)
Version: 3.3

Author: FdcSoft (aka dotFred)
Link: http://www.dotfred.net/TaskMgr.htm
Cost: Free

Reviewed By: Sous-Chef


Summary/Review:

The Task manager application is a bunch of several useful tools in just one tool. It includes a Process manager, CPU usage, Application Manager, Service Manager, Device Manager (only WM2005 and above), Windows Manager, Notification Manager, IP Config utility, Ping utility, Net Stats utility, Registry Editor, and Run program utility.

Although, the application is intended to run on a Mobile Device, it is an excellent tool to use during the preparation of OEM packages. For example, the following procedure speeds up the process of converting from .CAB to OEM:
  1. Copy the files from extract .CAB to the device
  2. Import the registy settings
  3. Process the .PROVXML files.
  4. Reboot the device
  5. Test application


Tips:
  • The application can run from an SD card.
  • .RGU files can be renamed to .REG; make sure to remove the hidden, system file attributes.


Gotcha's:
  • .PROVXML files require a minor adjustment; see reference link below.


Reference Links:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=519548
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24th March 2010, 12:27 AM   |  #12  
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Directory Opus
Name: Directory Opus
Version: 9.5.3

Author: GP Software
Link: http://www.gpsoft.com.au
Cost: Trialware, Purchase

Reviewed By: ceesheim


Summary/Review:

Directory Opus 9 is a Windows File Manager & Explorer replacement that includes, user-definable file display views, User-definable toolbars, menus, file types, powerful image and file viewers, built-in ZIP and Secure SSL/SSH FTP, easily synchronize files & find duplicates, quick or advanced search and rename functions.

The file manager is extremely useful for moving files between folders, making backup copies of files, viewing pictures and playing sounds, running other utility programs on lists of files, deleting unwanted files and many other "housekeeping" tasks. If you are working with a lot of files in kitchens or Manila, this is a must have.


Tips:
  • Take a few moments to get familiar with the options.
  • Can view .XML , HEX , .TXT , .DOC , .CPR , .PROVXML , .MSCR , .DSM , .RGU And many more
  • In view mode it can tell you if a manila file is a lua or a QTC1 file (in HEX)
  • Download lot of Plugins & Media Capabilities (RTF-Viewer , CSV-Viewer , Source Code Viewer , Postscript-Viewer , RVF File , EXE/DLL Metadata)


Gotcha's:
  • None discovered.


Reference Links:

None.
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25th March 2010, 01:06 AM   |  #13  
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XML Notepad 2007
Name: XML Notepad 2007
Version: 2.5

Author: Microsoft
Link: http://www.microsoft.com/DownLoads/d...displaylang=en
Cost: Free

Reviewed By: Sous-Chef


Summary/Review:

XML Notepad 2007 provides a simple intuitive user interface for browsing and editing XML documents. XML Notepad provide synchronized Tree View with Node Text View for quick editing of node names and values, incremental search (Ctrl+I) in both tree and text views, so as you type it navigates to matching nodes, Cut/copy/paste with full namespace support, drag/drop support for easy manipulation of the tree, even across different instances of XML Notepad and from the file system.

Additionally, XML schema are instantly validate while you edit with errors and warnings shown in the task list window. It includes intellisense on expected elements and attributes and enumerated simple type values, inplace HTML viewer for processing xml-stylesheet processing instructions, built-in XML Diff tool, support for XInclude, dynamic help from XSD annotations, and goto definition to navigate includes and XSD schema information.

It's a must have when working with .XML and .PROVXML files.


Tips:
  • Ensure that .NET Framework v2.0 (or higher) is installed


Gotcha's:
  • None discovered.


Reference Links:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=519548
25th March 2010, 01:57 PM   |  #14  
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Field Notes: Beyond Compare
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Name: Beyond Compare
Version: 3.1.10

Hi Hilaireg Long time no talk

I want to emphasize the usage of Beyond Compare. This is the MOST important tool a chef can own. It will save hours of time. There is no better way to compare new builds and look for what has changed. When properly set up it shows file versions making integration of multiple sets of OEMdrivers a breeze. Swapping sys files is never easier as you get to see dates of creation and can easily move files from one set to the other with two clicks.

There is one thing not mentioned as far as cons. Using it on initflashfiles.dat is not recommended. Every time I have done so major issues followed by a restore of the original files.

Also when using beyond compare be SURE to set it to send files to the recycle bin. If not it will permanently delete them
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27th March 2010, 10:45 AM   |  #15  
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EditPad
Name: EditPad
Version: Lite

Author: Just Great Software Co. Ltd.
Link: http://www.editpadpro.com/editpadlite.html
Cost: Free (Lite), Purchase (Pro)

Reviewed By: Laurentius26


Summary/Review:

EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, designed to be small and compact, yet offer all the functionality you expect from a basic text editor. EditPad Lite works with Windows 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7.

Additionally, You can open as many files in EditPad at a time as you want and change between the open files by clicking on their tabs without the hassle of overlapping windows. EditPad reads and writes UNIX (LF only) and Mac (CR only) text files (in addition to DOS/Windows CR+LF files, of course). EditPad natively supports Unicode text files and text files encoded in a variety of legacy code pages. EditPad supports all Windows and ISO-8859 code pages, plus a wide selection of DOS, KOI8 and EBCDIC code pages.

This means EditPad can edit any text file, whether it was saved on a Windows or Linux computer, an old DOS PC or an IBM mainframe. EditPad fully supports double byte character systems (DBCS) so you can edit texts written in Far East languages, such as Chinese, Japanese or Korean, as easily as those written in European languages.

EditPad is a very handy editor for viewing/editing .rgu, .dat, .xml, .html, and multiple formats - a must have for your kitchen.


Tips:
  • If you run EditPad again when there is already an instance running, the file(s) you wish to edit will be opened by the existing EditPad window. This means there will be at most one EditPad window open, which will save you from a lot of task switching. Of course, if you do need more instances, simply pick View|New editor from the menu.
  • EditPad puts an icon in the system tray that remains visible, even if EditPad is closed. This way you have easy and fast access to EditPad, without the need to keep it running all the time.


Gotcha's:
  • None discovered.


Reference Links:

None.
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28th March 2010, 04:24 PM   |  #16  
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DSM Editor
Name: DSM Editor
Version: 1.7

Author: ervius
Link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=523139
Cost: Free

Reviewed By: Sous-Chef


Summary/Review:

In early kitchen and ROM cooking, chefs used to delete Device Side Manifest (.DSM) files from OEM packages that resided in the .\PACKAGES and/or .\EXT folder. Other chefs would delete the .DSM file and create an empty version of a .DSM file as a placeholder. As we learned more about the Windows Mobile, we discovered that .DSM files contained pertinent information that was used during the compilation of a ROM and should be properly managed. DSM Editor is a utility to view and modify components of a .DSM file .DSM such as certificates, dependencies, shadow order, and list of modules/files.

A Device Side Manifest file (.DSM) describes the contents of a package and has the name <GUID>.DSM. Each package has its own .DSM file. The .DSM file is a binary file and the format may change at any time. The .DSM file is created by parsing a package definition file, package shadow file, and a build manifest file. Each item specified within a build manifest file is used to determine the item's file type.

The .DSM file contains the following information:
  • Public key certificate data used for signature validation.
  • Version information which includes the previous version of a package so as to create a delta package between an older or baseline package and a new package.
  • Package GUID
  • Dependency GUID information
  • File names and file information in the form of raw file size and original VBase for MODULES so they can be re-based and differentiated during an update.


Tips:
  • Always keep a copy of the unaltered file as a backup.
  • A .DSM file should contain a complete (exact) list of all modules/files found in the package folder.
  • The .RGU file should be excluded from the .DSM file.
  • Kitchen-specific files should be excluded from the .DSM file.


Gotcha's:
  • Hidden (H) and/or System (S) attributes may need to be cleared (ATTRIB -s -h -r) from .DSM files before they can be edited.
  • Requires .NET Framework.


Reference Links:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=520009
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29th March 2010, 01:07 AM   |  #17  
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DSMBuilder
Name: DSMBuilder
Version: 2008-08-08

Author: anmendes
Link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=412272
Cost: Free

Reviewed By: Sous-Chef


Summary/Review:

In early kitchen and ROM cooking, chefs used to delete Device Side Manifest file (.DSM) files from OEM packages that resided in the .\PACKAGES and/or .\EXT folder. Other chefs would delete the .DSM file and create an empty version of a .DSM file as a placeholder. As we learned more about the Windows Mobile, we discovered that .DSM files contained pertinent information that was used during the compilation of a ROM and should be properly managed. DSMBuilder is a utility to view and modify components of a .DSM such as certificates, dependencies, shadow order, and list of modules/files.

A Device Side Manifest file (.DSM) describes the contents of a package and has the name <GUID>.DSM. Each package has its own .DSM file. The .DSM file is a binary file and the format may change at any time. The .DSM file is created by parsing a package definition file, package shadow file, and a build manifest file. Each item specified within a build manifest file is used to determine the item's file type.

The .DSM file contains the following information:
  • Public key certificate data used for signature validation.
  • Version information which includes the previous version of a package so as to create a delta package between an older or baseline package and a new package.
  • Package GUID
  • Dependency GUID information
  • File names and file information in the form of raw file size and original VBase for MODULES so they can be re-based and differentiated during an update.


Tips:
  • Always keep a copy of the unaltered file as a backup.
  • A .DSM file should contain a complete (exact) list of all modules/files found in the package folder.
  • The .RGU file should be excluded from the .DSM file.
  • Kitchen-specific files should be excluded from the .DSM file.


Gotcha's:
  • Hidden (H) and/or System (S) attributes may need to be cleared (ATTRIB -s -h -r) from .DSM files before they can be edited.
  • Dumping a custom ROM where a .DSM file was altered with DSMBuilder may result in the package being placed in the SYS folder.


Reference Links:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=520009
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29th March 2010, 01:23 AM   |  #18  
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DSM Dependency Dumper
Name: DSM Dependency Dumper
Version: 2009-06-19

Author: dj13241
Link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=527965
Cost: Free

Reviewed By: Sous-Chef


Summary/Review:

DSM Dependency Dumper is a handy tool to extract the list of dependency packages for a single Device Side Manifest file (.DSM) or an entire ROM. The DSM Dependency Dumper will produce a Comma Separated Values (.CSV) output file detailing all of the required dependencies for a package.

A Device Side Manifest file (.DSM) describes the contents of a package and has the name <GUID>.DSM. Each package has its own .DSM file. The .DSM file is a binary file and the format may change at any time. The .DSM file is created by parsing a package definition file, package shadow file, and a build manifest file. Each item specified within a build manifest file is used to determine the item's file type.

The .DSM file contains the following information:
  • Public key certificate data used for signature validation.
  • Version information which includes the previous version of a package so as to create a delta package between an older or baseline package and a new package.
  • Package GUID
  • Dependency GUID information
  • File names and file information in the form of raw file size and original VBase for MODULES so they can be re-based and differentiated during an update.


Tips:
  • Most ROM's are shipped with missing package dependencies.


Gotcha's:
  • None Discovered.


Reference Links:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=520009
30th March 2010, 01:46 PM   |  #19  
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Registry Workshop
Name: Registry Workshop
Version: 4.2.4

Author: Torchsoft
Link: http://www.torchsoft.com/
Cost: Trialware, Purchase

Reviewed By: Laurentius26


Summary/Review:

Registry Workshop is an advanced registry editor for Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4), Windows XP (32/64-bit), Windows 2003 (32/64-bit), Windows Vista (32/64-bit), Windows 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit), and Windows 7 (32/64-bit). It is a perfect replacement for RegEdit and RegEdt32 which shipped with Windows. In addition to all the standard features, Registry Workshop adds a variety of powerful features that allow you to work faster and more efficiently with registry related tasks. With Registry Workshop, registry editing becomes more safe than ever before. All changes except changing key permissions can be safely reversed (even registry replacing and importing), using multiple levels of Undo. You don't need to worry about making mistakes when editing registry.

Registry Workshop includes many useful features: multiple undo and redo, the undo history can be saved to disk and reloaded at startup, search and replace registry keys, values and data with super fast search algorithm, compare registry between computers and/or .REG files with super fast speed, connect mobile device (Pocket PC, SmartPhone, etc.) registry via ActiveSync, cut, copy and paste registry keys and values, drag and drop to move or copy registry keys and values, edit .REG files and .POL files in the same way as editing system registry, backup and restore registry, defragment registry with preview, easy and flexible favorites management, quickly browse registry with address bar, bookmarks and visitation history, context menus to navigate to referenced key: open containing folder or open URL if the key or value contains a ProgID, ClassID, folder, file path or URL, jump to the same key in HKLM or HKCU by context menu, open multiple local registry windows, allow to open secure registry keys when running under the administrator privilege, and edit binary data in BYTE, WORD or DWORD format.


Tips:
  • Excellent for editing/viewing/export/import registry keys on your device from your desktop using ActiveSync.


Gotcha's:
  • None discovered.


Reference Links:

None.
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1st April 2010, 05:11 AM   |  #20  
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DSM Analyzer
Name: DSM Analyzer
Version: 1.5

Author: michyprima
Link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=444186
Cost: Free

Reviewed By: Sous-Chef


Summary/Review:

In early kitchen and ROM cooking, chefs used to delete Device Side Manifest file (.DSM) files from OEM packages that resided in the .\PACKAGES and/or .\EXT folder. Other chefs would delete the .DSM file and create an empty version of a .DSM file as a placeholder. As we learned more about the Windows Mobile, we discovered that .DSM files contained pertinent information that was used during the compilation of a ROM and should be properly managed. DSM Analyzer is a utility to view and modify components of a .DSM file such as certificates and list of modules/files.

A Device Side Manifest file (.DSM) describes the contents of a package and has the name <GUID>.DSM. Each package has its own .DSM file. The .DSM file is a binary file and the format may change at any time. The .DSM file is created by parsing a package definition file, package shadow file, and a build manifest file. Each item specified within a build manifest file is used to determine the item's file type.

The .DSM file contains the following information:
  • Public key certificate data used for signature validation.
  • Version information which includes the previous version of a package so as to create a delta package between an older or baseline package and a new package.
  • Package GUID
  • Dependency GUID information
  • File names and file information in the form of raw file size and original VBase for MODULES so they can be re-based and differentiated during an update.


Tips:
  • Most ROM's are shipped with missing package dependencies.


Gotcha's:
  • Does not provide dependencies or shadow order information.
  • Changes only appear after reloading the .DSM or .DSM(s) in a folder.


Reference Links:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=520009
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