Monthly Archives: April 2010


Not everything works at first…actually most of the stuff doesn’t, and particularly most of the cool stuff  🙂

We’re missing some of the theory about if and how transactions could be implemented in our WCF-based custom database, the whole story here:

Thanks to everyone who’s willing to provide any help! 🙂

(also posted on dotnetshout)


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Our new baby – Tabbles Portable – still needs some polishing, some of the coolest features are not there yet. One of those is the critically acclaimed (?) browser integration extension.

Anyway for those of you who enjoy to play around with stuff, I put together a workaround to install it, on our forum.

Enjoy! 😀

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(this is some copy and paste from our forum, you’re welcome to join and discuss there)
Maurizio has been working for 4 weeks now on the “shared tabbles” feature. Tabbles has been cut in pieces for a long while, and a lot of deep-under-the-hood changes have been made.
We don’t know the results yet: today Tabbles compiled for the first time but it’s crashing every 10 seconds. Apparently this is not a surprise as the changes were many, and often complex.
Anyway, after discussing and discussing many possibilities on the technology to be used, we approached WCF – Let me try and explain a bit more.

Tabbles is becoming a client-server application based on the WCF technology

Basically a number of functions in Tabbles will be “exposed”, meaning that they can be accessed from the Tabbles “clients” via TCP/IP (or using another technology that allows for 2 apps in the same machine to communicate). So There will be a server holding the db, and the clients communicating with the server each time you combine 2 tabbles or you tag some stuff…once again, this is still WIP and we’re not even sure it will work yet – fingers crossed :)

Side effects: external apps will be able to access the Tabbles’ database, a-là-twitter

This stuff Maurizio is working on should be able to allow other people to code apps that can (for instance) tag files or retrieve data from the db. This could well be the first layer of an API that will allow to code plugins :)

This sounds to us 2 very exciting – hope it is the same for you there! :)

P.S.: if this silly volcano starts behaving decently again, within 2 days I should leave for 2 weeks of holidays (the first one in 3 years! :D) so I guess I won’t be that much on the forum… Maurizio will be posting news/betas as the stuff keeps happening :)


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(I know I should be blogging about interesting stuff… that’s coming too… soon 🙂 )

Anyway, you can now also use regular expressions to auto-tag files/folders with Tabbles… quite a feature, isn’t it? You can for example use them to match all the files with a certain extension (.pdf, .doc… etc) or files with names following a certain patterns (like the pics coming out of a digital camera…) – the possibilities are really a lot here!

We put together this little page on our wiki where everyone can contribute with useful regular expressions so that the rest of the world can benefit from it! So far we have those:

Working regular expression
Expression Effects Author
.*.avi$|.*.mov$|.*.mpg$ matches .avi OR .mov OR .mpg Andrea
.*.(?:doc|pdf|chm|ppt|xls|rtf|docx|xlsx)$ matches .doc OR .pdf etc Renincuente
.*b3xddb.* matches “season 3” (e.g. *3×01*,*3×01* etc) Maurizio
(?>.*.)(?!(?:dll|cfg)$).*$ EXCLUDES .dll and .cfg files. Matches all the others Renincuente


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HELLO WORLD 😀 We have 2 great news today for everybody listening out there: 1) we just released a portable version of Tabbles: this is indeed one of the features that our community has been pushing us towards the most. "What am I gonna do with it?". For all of you out there who use more than one PC and love hanging around with all their files/documents in your pocket, now you can tag all your files on your external drive (or USB stick). Then you can  plug the drive on any pc and run Tabbles directly from it… cool, isn't it? You can download Tabbles Portable Free from here. 2) We're also launching Tabbles Free! Ok, the catch here is that we're moving from trialware to "freemium", meaning that we're killing the 30 days trial and giving out a limited version for free (you can tag up to 1000 files with it… it should hopefully be enough for some people). You can get Tabbles Free here. And to all of you who hasn't tried Tabbles yet, have a look at our brand new training videos page here! tabbles-152 Cheers everybody 🙂 Andrea + Maurizio

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Tabbles 4.1.12 (~ 19MB)
Compatible with: Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10. For LAN mode, it requires Microsoft Sql Server Express 2008 or above.

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