section is where you can get answers to common questions.
If you have a question and can't find the answer feel free
to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I add a web page to be watched?
one is easy! Click Event Wizard and choose Web Compare. Cut and
paste the URL of the page you want to watch. Click the Add It!
button. You're done!
How can I make Toolfish tell me when new email has arrived?
the Event Wizard and choose Talking Email Check Wizard. You can
do repeatly to setup more mailboxes, there is no limit. To erase
or edit a created event, use the Event Manager.
My school/network uses a password protected proxy server, help!
does not support this configuration at this time.
It keeps saying a web page has been updated but I go look and
to banner ads, CGI scripts, random quotes and such you may need
to adjust the sensitivity. Edit the event and turn up the 'percent
change' required to trigger notification.
If a page never seems to change or the size is smaller than expected,
edit the Web Compare action in the event (use the Event Manager)
and click "Test". If you see a message like "The
content has moved to..." then cut and paste the new URL to
your Web Compare event. Sometimes pages need an ending backslash
or something along those lines.
Tip: Some web-comic sites are tricky to monitor if
only the LINK to the picture is changed yet other changes such
as banner ads happen all the time too. In this the only reliable
way to monitor the page may be to set a "notify me if this
word is missing" flag and for the word use the filename of
the current comic. (comic-10-5.gif or whatever it is, you have
to view the source)
How can I edit the percent of change required for a web compare
event I already made using the URL Wizard?
the Event Manager. Double click the Event you wish to edit. Double
Click "Web Compare of <some URL>" in the Actions
list. Now you can change the settings, just be sure to click OK
when you're done.
How can I force it to check one or all my websites right now?
Event Manager. Select all the events (or folders of events) you
wish to run. (You can use standard windows shift/control to highlight
multiple events or folders)
click the Run Now button and watch the main dialog for the results.
How do I make Toolfish tell me to feed my cat every day?
Event Wizard and choose "Recurrent Reminder", set the
time, text message and click Add Event. That's it!
Q. Um, it's making a noise every time it checks a certain website Why?
the event. Make sure the Web Compare action is listed FIRST. Anything
AFTER it will be run only if the content has changed.
What happens if my computer is off when an event is supposed to
will run it as soon as you turn your computer on. If the event
is set to be rescheduled, it will reschedule it as if the event
was run at the correct time.
the computer was off for a week and missed running the event many
will only run the most recent one that it missed, at that point
it will be 'caught up'.
Q. I copied Toolfish to another computer
and it isn't working right.
sure to use the installer. It actually installs a DIFFERENT .exe
for Windows 2000/XP then for 98/ME.
Can I use unicode fonts in my macros? Like Japanese kanji and
you can. (Windows 2000/XP only) A caveat: You may need to set
the font in the Say/Show Message action to the correct one to
see the kanji. Also, when pasting, make sure the application has
the correct font setup and can support unicode text.
I want to add my own custom event. Is there an API I can use?
at the moment. Please let me know though! I will add plug-in functionality
if enough people ask.
you need a specific custom Action, don't forget that Toolfish
can run your .EXE or a batch file.
How can I setup Toolfish to backup certain files daily or weekly?
Event Manager. Click Add Event. Click Add Trigger then add a time
trigger. Set it to "auto reschedule" every day or 7
days for a week.
a Run/Open Program action. Set it to run c:\important_data\makezip.bat.
For the parameters, set it to $SHORT_DATE$.
make the batch file. Use notepad.exe to edit the makezip.bat.
Put something like "pkzip backup_%1 *.txt". This would
zip all *.txt files to a file called backup_13-10.zip. (or whatever
the current short date is) Note, this assumes you have the command
line version of pkzip in your path, you can get this from winzip.com.
Didn't this program used be called Toolfish: Web Compare?
But as time went by so many features were added that I felt it
was time to change the title to something less specific, Toolfish
Utility Suite better describes Toolfish in its current form today.
When does Toolfish reset the 'percent changed' of a webpage?
after a page is 'triggered' as having been updated. At that point
the new page is copied over Toolfish's cached one for all new
compares to use. (in other words, it's ok to run the event as
many times as you want, it won't hamper Toolfish's ability to
figure out when it has changed)
Toolfish looks odd when used with WindowBlinds
Toolfish uses it's own skinning system WindowBlinds doesn't really
work with it properly. You can specify Toolfish in the WindowBlinds
exception settings to fix this.
It keeps telling me to 'take a break and rest my eyes', how can
I turn this off?
is one of the preinstalled events. Click Event Manager, click
"Timer (every 1 hour) - (log)(say) "Hey, shouldn't you
take a break about now?.." and then click the Enable/Disable
button to disable or Delete button to delete it.
can always use Add Event button or the Reminder Wizard later to
create your own custom timed messages and alarms.
I set it up to check my pop3 email but it's not working!
does not support SSL encryption (yet), if your pop3 server requires
this you won't be able to use this feature. Drop me a note if
you require this, so far nobody has needed it.