A.C.T.² - A Character Tool
Friday, March 09, 2012
This is the Thirty Thousand One Hundred Tenth view since
Screenshot of the main A.C.T.² view:
- What is it?
- A.C.T.² is a tool to select the extended characters not available from the
keyboard for use in documents, email, coding, and HTML pages. Its basic
functionality is that of Charmap.exe under Windows 95 / 98 (and
NT, 3.0, 3.1, 3.11, etc. - but not CE). It easily allows the entry of such
things as: Ð, Æ, ©, ß, ¥, and ½ into text
documents (pWord, email, etc.). Without A.C.T.² you'd need to
know that the above string could be entered as ALT+208, ALT+
198, ALT+169, ALT+223, ALT+165, and ALT+189 respectively. Like
Charmap A.C.T.² can select the characters which can be copied into
a document, email, etc. Unlike Charmap A.C.T.² can also supply the
characters in ASCII (for coding) and HTML formats. For example:
- Download / Use:
- Download the appropriate zip file (above)
- Copy the CAB file to device and double click to install.
- To Run ACT² select ACT² under Programs on the Start menu.
- There are two executables installed (except in the universal installation) one is ACT.exe, which just launches ACT². The other is tACT.exe, which places an icon in the tray - double clicking the icon will launch ACT².
- A Windows CE 2.0 (or higher) device.
Pocket C runtime (ver. 2.0 or above) - Available free from
- Current Version?
- The latest version is V.1.0 and is dated May 27,
2001. This version of ACT² was written on the road with only my HP
Jornada 720 to test it on. Please report any bugs or suggestions to me.
- Added / Fixed since last release (ver 1 Beta 1):
- Support for all valid Windows CE / PocketPC screen sizes
(anything with a screen width greater than or equal to 240 pixels.)
- A button bar.
- Trippled the number of supported characters.
- Some help.
- Lots of performance improvements.
- Lots of UI changes.
- Why was it written?
- I'm traveling right now, and as I travel I keep my
the web. This has required all kinds of strange html codes for the accented
characters. I had most of them memorized, but then I got to Iceland and I
couldn't find the code for 'Ð' and 'ð' I realized this would be an
easy and valuable tool for me to write. A couple days later in a hotel room I
- Where was it written?
- A.C.T.² was initially written in Morocco. I wrote the bulk of its
functionality in a seedy hotel room in Casablanca. The rest was written at my
friend Amy's house in the village of Goulmima in southern Morocco.
This version was finished in the US, India and Nepal.
- What is OnHiatus Software?
- This is a collection of software that I wrote while traveling in Africa. It's
all free, none of it is guaranteed, and it all does something I find useful but
you may not. I only have only tested it on an HP Jornada 720 so I can't comment on its suitability
for other machines. A.C.T.² was the first application in the OnHiatus software project to be released.
See my Software page for other Windows CE applications in the OnHiatus Software project.
NOTE: This Application is Freeware. No guarantees, I
can't be held responsible for any damages caused by using or misusing this
program! You get what you pay for...
USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!
I feel that ACT² is stable and robust, but I have only tested it on an HP
hi·a·tus \hi-'â-tes\ n [L. fr. hiare to yawn] 1 : a lapse in continuity : GAP
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