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misleb commented on 17 Jan 2007
Nice little utility. Too bad it went from freeware to crippleware. Bookmarks are nice.. but not $25 dollars nice. For $25 dollars I'd expect to get an actual remote desktop client, not jut a utility that runs the old MS version. This whole utility would be worthless if it were easier to run multiple copies of the same program from the Finder. I mean, that is all this utility does, after all.
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misleb replied on 19 Jan 2007
My point is that if you could launch multiple copies of a program in the Finder, you wouldn't need bookmarks or RDC Menu. You'd simply have a folder full of saved RDC config files and doubleclick on those. I'm not saying RDC Menu is useless. Just that bookmarks are hardly worth $25. I mean, considering what other software you can get for $25. But maybe I'm just a little spoiled coming from the Linux world where developers don't ask for unreasonable sums (usually no sums!) for trivial features. Honestly, I'm tempted to write my own RDC menu with "bookmarks" and release it free just out of principle. :-)
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misleb replied on 30 Jan 2007
Making copies of the app is a pretty sloppy way of launching multiple instances.

Anyway, I did manage to put together my own RDC launcher w/ bookmarks. I just have to finish the preferences pane to set the directory that contains the connection profiles and also to insert the app into the Startup Items for the user.

It really was pretty trivial to do. Granted, it isn't as polished as RDC Menu. No language translations, for example. And it doesn't have a built in connection profile editor (but that was redundant anyway, right), but it gets the job done. With no hackery required.
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misleb replied on 09 Feb 2007
Ok, I don't have a web site for it just yet, but here's the binary and source if you'd like to have a look.

http://student.pnca.edu/~misleb/RDCBookmarks-src.tgz
http://student.pnca.edu/~misleb/RDCBookmarks.dmg

(hope those get converted to links)

This was partially a test to see what I could do with the RubyObjC bridge, so most of it is in Ruby, and not Objective-C. You'll need RubyObjC to build it. It isn't an Xcode project either. It builds with Ruby's rake. You'll notice that I ever so shamelessly stole icons (with some modification) from RDC Menu. If the RDC Menu dev wants, I'll change them. But, really, I think Microsoft owns the Windows logo. ;-).

The idea behind RDC Bookmarks is that you have some folder (or folder structure) containing connection profiles that you've created with RDC. RDC Bookmarks takes that folder structure and creates a menu. The menu will be built to represent the folder structure.

Let me know what you think. You (or anyone else) can contact me directly at misleb at pnca.edu. Maybe I'll start an official site for the program. I have not licensed it, but I imagine it would just be GPLv2. Maybe even BSD. I don't really care if anyone "steals" the code. Just don't take credit for it. ;-)
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misleb replied on 09 Feb 2007
Oh, and one more thing. For some reason the Preferences pane doesn't always come to the front. It'll be somewhere mixed in your other app Windows (annoying, I know). I have no idea why. makeKeyAndOrderFront: should bring the Window all the way to the front, but it doesn't. If you can tell me why, that would be awesome.

-matthew
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