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[C] NO changes to the file system: Configuration

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It is too easy at present to make accidental changes to the file system. It would be great if there were a configuration setting that prevented CDBurnerXP from making any changes whatsoever to a computer's file system. With that setting, CDBurnerXP could only make CD and DVD copies, not changes.

We want to install CDBurnerXP on customer's computers, and eliminate the terrible, terrible bloated, buggy commercial burner applications.

We installed CDBurnerXP on the computer of an administrative manager. The first thing she did was grab an accounting folder. She intended to drop it in the burner window, but accidentally dropped it somewhere in the upper file system window. That disabled the company's accounting system! Luckily, I watched her make the mistake and it was easy to fix.

We think now that the upper window of CDBurnerXP is too powerful to give to people who lack experience with computers.

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I'll add the PreventDefaultDragDrop setting for the next version. Currently only meant to be changed in the INI file directly.


[General]
...
PreventDefaultDragDrop=1
[/code]

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Thanks for the attention!

However, I wasn't able to make the new setting:

PreventDefaultDragDrop=1

prevent drag and drop in the file system window. It was still possible to move a file or folder by dragging and dropping.

I added that line to my UserSettings.ini file in the folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\MichaelJ\Application Data\Canneverbe Limited\CDBurnerXP\

Below is part of my UserSettings.ini file:


[General]

AppLanguage=en-US

PreventDefaultDragDrop=1

ExitToNotify=0

ToolbarDisplayStyle=2

OnlyUseSingleUnit=0

StartLastUsedProjectType=1

LoggingEnabled=0

UseCustomTempFolder=1

LastUsedProjectType=1

AutoUpdate=0

CustomTempFolder=C:\Temp

UseSPTD=0

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The source window is the File System window, NTFS.

The target window is the File System window, also.

The problem is that some users are not expecting that a CD and DVD burning program would be able to make changes in the file system. If someone begins to drag a folder from the File System window to the CD burning Compilation window, and changes his or her mind, he or she often just lifts a finger from the mouse and lets the folder drop somewhere random in in the File System window. That ruins the file system organization in that particular area.

That mistake is encouraged by the fact that some CD and DVD burning programs don't allow changes to the File System from within their GUIs. It is difficult or impossible to teach a new behavior reliably to someone with years of experience with computers who isn't interested in computers.

As I mentioned, I was watching when a head of administration destroyed a company's entire accounting system. She intended to back up the system to DVD, but became distracted and dropped one of the accounting folders in a random place. If I hadn't been watching, it would have been very difficult to discover why the accounting program was no longer working. She certainly was not aware of what she did.

Restoring from one of the backups would have erased all the accounting work she did that day. Big problem: The people in Admin don't always remember or have records of what was entered. They just expect the accounting system to work.

Who works in accounting? Often people who were trained by someone in accounting, people who have no technical training and no interest in technical training.

CDBurnerXP is by far the best CD and DVD burning program I've seen. Nero and Roxio have created many problems because of bugs and bad design. But, in my opinion, the fact that a GUI used for making backups allows changes to the file system slows or prevents wider adoption by people who just want to work with computers, but aren't interested in them.

Thanks again for CDBurnerXP.

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Hm, then did you actually update to the latest version? The setting really works as it should for me.

I do understand the issue, that is why I implemented the feature accordingly.

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It's working now. Yes, I'm using the latest version.

I discovered that the .ini file should be placed in:

C:\Documents and Settings\MichaelJ\Application Data\Canneverbe Limited\CDBurnerXP\UserSettings.ini

NOT in

C:\Documents and Settings\MichaelJ\Application Data\Canneverbe Limited\CDBurnerXP\4.3.9.2783\UserSettings.ini

I discovered that the parameter in \CDBurnerXP\UserSettings.ini was set to zero:

PreventDefaultDragDrop=0

I changed it to =1

and CDBurnerXP began working correctly.

I don't think I made that mistake. I merely copied the UserSettings.ini file from the deeper folder to the other, but now they are different. Is there some way the program could re-set the UserSettings.ini file parameters?

ALSO:

1) It is possible to rename files or folders. So, it is still possible to change the file system by making a mistake in CDBurnerXP.

2) Trying to drag and drop a file from one place to another in the right pane, the Folder pane, causes there to be a circle with a slash. However, there is no error icon like that when trying to drag and drop a file to the left pane, the File System pane; it just doesn't copy.

QUESTIONS:

1) I think it might be far better to use the portable version of CDBurnerXP. Then there would be no CDBurnerXP files or settings outside of the installation folder, is that correct?

2) Must I un-install the normal version if I want to use the portable version?

3) Are there any advantages to using the installed version? Wouldn't the portable version be better in every case?

Thank you very much for your attention to this. Is there anything that needs editing? Possibly I could help in that way. My web site: futurepower.net.

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I don't think I made that mistake. I merely copied the UserSettings.ini file from the deeper folder to the other, but now they are different. Is there some way the program could re-set the UserSettings.ini file parameters?

The "versioned" sub folders are completely disregarded by CDBurnerXP. They have no effect at all.

1) It is possible to rename files or folders. So, it is still possible to change the file system by making a mistake in CDBurnerXP.

Indeed, but less likely to happen accidentially.

2) Trying to drag and drop a file from one place to another in the right pane, the Folder pane, causes there to be a circle with a slash. However, there is no error icon like that when trying to drag and drop a file to the left pane, the File System pane; it just doesn't copy.

I'll adjust the mouse cursor with the next version.

1) I think it might be far better to use the portable version of CDBurnerXP. Then there would be no CDBurnerXP files or settings outside of the installation folder, is that correct?

Would be an option.

2) Must I un-install the normal version if I want to use the portable version?

Should not be necessary.

3) Are there any advantages to using the installed version? Wouldn't the portable version be better in every case?

File associations maybe? You also won't get a service installed for access to devices for non-admin users.

Thank you very much for your attention to this. Is there anything that needs editing? Possibly I could help in that way. My web site: futurepower.net.

Want to work on the help file wiki? ;)

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Hm, I didn't have time to deal with the help file yet, there are probably various sections that need to be updated, both in regard to the content and the screenshots. If you would like to check the help file for outdated sections, let me know, but I can't give you any specific directions at the moment.

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I see that this is an old post, but the issue of drag and drop and accidentally changing files ON the system is an issue for me as well. I have recommended this program to many of my friends, some of which are simply not that savy with a mouse. Making changes to the original file structure should either not be allowed or at least disabled by default and then optioned on by the user. I'm a tech (formerly anyway) and even **I** have found it too easy to drag a folder or file to a location it shouldn't be while in the main interface. Has there been any new work on this? I think it SHOULD be an easy addition (could be wrong there) and I KNOW it would be of benefit to many folk.

 

Let me know what you think, and thanks for an absolutely terrific program!

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Thanks so much - for some reason I read that as being like for an older version or that the other poster had trouble with it so I didn't pay close attention. Looking now, I should have figured it out and tried it. Thanks again for the attention, and I have to add that I agree with the first post in this thread: left in the default setting, CdburnerXP is too powerful for the average idiot..AHEM I mean user. :) Seriously, if this is an easy addition to the menu structure, think about putting it in the next release, and make the default =1, like most of the bloated commercial burning stuff. It may be bloated, but it's safer for grandma. :)

 

cheers.

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