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  1. There are quite a few Excel components available but I can't find any component to generate a PowerPoint presentation file. I realize I can possibly do this via OLE automation but that seems a little "flaky" to me. Does anyone know of a such PowerPoint component? Thanks, Steve
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    Current VCLZip?

    And don't forget about Abbrevia: https://github.com/TurboPack/Abbrevia
  3. I have a popup menu on a TPaintBox. Up to now I've used the simple code: PopupPoint := PaintBox.ClientToScreen(X, Y); RadialMenu.Popup(PopupPoint.X, PopupPoint.Y); It seem this doesn't work on multi-monitor systems — the Radial Menu isn't visible after the popup and the user thinks the application has crashed. How do I adjust this so it works with multiple monitors? Thanks! Steve
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    Problem with ClientToScreen() on Multiple Monitors

    Hi Remy, I'm using Delphi 10.4.2. We have been unsuccessful in replicating the problem, although I did see it for myself on a Zoom call. At this point I'm going to move on and class it as a strange setup issue. Thanks — Steve
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    Problem with ClientToScreen() on Multiple Monitors

    I don't have an extra monitor but a colleague has one so we're trying to reproduce. It seem the problem occurs in a configuration of two monitors above the main screen / laptop screen.
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    Problem with ClientToScreen() on Multiple Monitors

    Thanks Remy, I am actually passing a TPoint (my error when creating the code example). The user is reporting that the application crashes when they right click, and it's corrected when they only have one monitor. Does ClientToScreen work in all cases when the extra monitor is above, below, left and right of the main screen? Steve
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    Problem with ClientToScreen() on Multiple Monitors

    I found this but it seems to be FMX and, I should have said, my application is VCL. But thanks — Steve
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    Delphi and stockfish

    Hi Felix, For those unaware of the subject area, I assume you're talking about the chess engine Stockfish. You're going to need to run a console app (stockfish) and then capture the output. For VCL apps you can use DOS Command. It's in GetIt. I'm not sure of this is available for Firemonkey. I hope this helps. Steve
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    Delphi 64 bit Registration Tools for Windows Apps

    We use OnGuard. It's free and in the GetIt repository. It works perfectly and we haven't been cracked (although our application is not a mass-market consumer product) Steve
  10. I need to read and parse a large JSON file (of geographic data) as fast as possible. I'd prefer to use Delphi's own classes but I'm not adverse using a third party component if it's measurably faster. What's the best way to do this? Thanks, Steve
  11. Thanks Remy — yes, I've take a look. The examples are threadbare to say the least. Steve
  12. I've added a TNotification to my application. After it completes a relatively computationally intensive task it creates and displays the notification using the following code: //-- Create it xNotification := NotificationCenter.CreateNotification; try //-- Process if assigned if assigned(xNotification) then begin xNotification.Name := 'Optimizer'; xNotification.Title := 'AlignMix AI Optimizer'; xNotification.AlertBody := IntToStr(OptScope.TerritoryCount) + ' ' + Project.Alignment.Territory.TerritoryNamePlural + ' created in ' + FormatFloat('#,##0.0', StopWatch.ElapsedMilliseconds / 1000) + ' seconds'; NotificationCenter.PresentNotification(xNotification); end; finally xNotification.Free; end; However, when the EXE is run for the first time outside the IDE the notification has a rather odd caption "Embarcadero.DesktopToasts.02911170" (see image attached). On subsequent runs it has the executable name, minus the ".exe" extension (see image attached). How can I customize the notification caption? I'd like it to simply say "AlignMix" Thanks, Steve
  13. I have a confession: I'm terrible at ensuring there are no Hints or Warnings in my code. That's all got to stop now that I have switched to 10.4.2 — the IDE now scream at me to fix these Hint and Warning (that's a good thing)! One hint that crops up a lot in my code is H2443 Inline function. Typically it says something like: H2443 Inline function: TOptimizer.Execute has been expanded because unit 'TAnneal' is not included in the USES list What is this all about? Clearly the code runs without TAneal in the USES list and I like to minimize the number of units in the USES list. The hint goes away if I add TAnneal to the USES list but what's the advantage of including it — my code is cleaner and runs just fine if I don't include it. Also, does anyone have a tutorial on getting rid of Delphi Hints and Warnings? Some are obvious, others (like this one) are not so obvious. Thanks, Steve
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    Delphi 10.4.2 first impressions

    Hi David, Does your app target Win64 or just Win32? My Win32 component path was fine, it was my Win64 component path that was scrubbed. Steve
  15. So it's a speed thing. Thanks!
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    Delphi 10.4.2 first impressions

    As I posted elsewhere, the new install scrubbed my Win64 library path. That was the only problem I encountered. Overall it seems like an excellent, quality orientated upgrade. I ran my mapping application through some speed tests and it definitely seems to be running faster when compiled with the latest version — about +4% faster. Steve
  17. I made the mistake of updating as soon as it was released. After installing (all default option) I found it had scrubbed my Win64 component path. The Win32 path is in tact but it'll be a right old pain to manually copy between the two. Also had to re-install OnGuard and Konopka components via GetIt (a modest pain). Be warned, Steve
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    NERO5 chess engine

    Deep Blue was IBM’s pet project from the late 90’s and has never been available for public scrutiny. It’s estimated strength is about 2800 ELO. To put this in context, if the latest Stockfish, running on a iPhone, played 100 games against Deep Blue it would win at least 95.
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    NERO5 chess engine

    I'm reasonably well know in the field of computer chess and competed in the 2015 World Computer Chess Championships. Although Delphi is my first language, my engine was written in plain old "C". However, there are a number of strong open source chess programs written in Delphi. Here are a few: Booot: booot6_4_release.rar (dropbox.com) Open-Critter: GitHub - rchastain/open-critter: UCI chess engine written in Pascal by Richard Vida Durandal: GitHub - rchastain/durandal: UCI chess engine written in Pascal Steve
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    Outdated Delphi Roadmap

    One aspect I appreciate is some attention to the compiler's output. It seems 10.5 will finally get some floating point optimization!! Steve
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    GExperts 1.3.17 experimental twm 2020-10-23 released

    Brilliant! Thanks for this.
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    Outdated Delphi Roadmap

    It's a roadmap not a punch-list!
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    Outdated Delphi Roadmap

    Maybe something special is brewing! If I had to guess maybe it would be RAD WebAssembly
  24. If I run my application in debug mode and then exit the application, I get a small dialog informing me "Debug process not initialized" — see screenshot. I then have two buttons: "OK" and "Details". When I click "Details" I can see the MadExcept error report. I can't see anything obviously wrong. Does anyone know how to fix this? All help appreciated! I'm using Delphi DX 10.4.1 Steve bugreport.txt