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Save Preferences Script

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Hello, anyone who reads this board. :D

So in the X8 wishlist topic I told a couple of people to give me 1 day and I would make a Save Preferences script. And I did. I just forgot all about it and so never told anyone.

It was also more or less just a proof of concept script. Very simplistic. And very ugly. It comes in two scripts, you have to manually program in the file location in both of them. The first script is a save script. The second is the load script. Using these you could easily save your preferences for read-back later. And provided PSP doesn't change those preferences too much between versions it should also technically work regardless of which version of PSP the preferences come from. I've only tested this with X6 and X7 though. SO I make no guarantees.

You can download the scripts here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8FlFL ... sp=sharing

By default the script runs silently so once it's done saving it's done saving. There is no notification of completion. If you prefer to see a pop-up letting you know then download this alternative set. These scripts will send a short pop-up at the end of the script if it's successful.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8FlFL ... sp=sharing

The scripts should be installed in the "Scripts Trusted" folder because they use libraries and save files to your hard drive.

Here's a video demonstrating its use - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_CoGttsL2c
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Re: Save Preferences Script

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Very slick - thanks!!!
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Re: Save Preferences Script

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LeviFiction wrote:Hello, anyone who reads this board. :D

So in the X8 wishlist topic I told a couple of people to give me 1 day and I would make a Save Preferences script. And I did. I just forgot all about it and so never told anyone.

.../...
Very clever ! Thank you !
I don't understand why Corel itself didn't provide us this sort or script with each version of PSP!
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Thank you :D
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Re: Save Preferences Script

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Long time since LeviFiction's original posting, but I've only just been pointed at it.

This is a most excellent bit o' scripting Levi, something we've needed for a long time.
Thanks, much appreciated.

Arturox.

FWIW. I've also tried it out on PSP 9.01 and it worked okay.

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Re: Save Preferences Script

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Just a suggestion ...

When backingup the Preferences, after the saving I would see a pop-up window saying :
"Your preferences are now saved and stored here : ".. folder xxx ... etc. "
This window permits also to know that the job is done. Actually, the saving is silent and nothing is visible saying "ok, done" ... For first time users, it would be better.
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Re: Save Preferences Script

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Done, edited original post to include the msgbox as a separate option.
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Thanks Levifiction, this is a super script and will be most useful.
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Matthew, do you know how far back this script can work for different versions of PSP?
Is it limited to X8 and up?
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Another question: where is the data saved?
If someone wants to save their preferences before installing PSP on a different machine for example, where would the 'file' be that they would need to grab and copy from?
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It attempts to save the file to the Workspaces folder. If you watch the video linked in the original post it shows you how to edit the script to change the location of the file should you choose to do so.

I only tested back to X6. However, it relies on the PSP API to return the preferences settings. So as long as the version of PSP supports the command and returns all of the necessary information it should work in most versions of PSP. For an exact limit, you'd have to test it yourself. It's honestly an extremely simple script it's not doing anything too fancy.
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Thanks. I ran it and the file was not saved in the Workspace folder, but instead, on the parent folder of the Workspace folder.
Not sure if it is typical or what. Just letting you know.
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Re: Save Preferences Script

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Well, i said it would try to save it to the Workspaces folder. If you use the defaults and don't edit the script at all it grabs the first location returned by the File Locations dialog. In the video you see it goes into my Workspaces folder. So, no, it's not typical for it to save outside of the workspaces folder.

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os.path.join(files['Workspaces'][0], FilePref)
So it's not like the code leaves out a folder location. It all depends on what that first value is and if PSP or Python or Windows do any kind of re-routing if that first location is not in your Documents folder. Which I don't believe any of the do reroute. They usually just throw an error if you try to save to an invalid location.
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I just tried this script, and while it works in X7 and X8 it won't load in X9. The problem is here line 2 - and I'm curious about what's with the pickle??
Executing RunScript
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<string>", line 2, in <module>
ImportError: No module named pickle
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Re: Save Preferences Script

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pickle is Python's serialization format. It makes saving and restoring native Python data very fast.

Make sure you have the latest patches for X9, the official version of PSP did not come with all of the python libraries. I think you need to specifically install Patch 1 before other patches. This was the result of Corel trying to make the download smaller. Did not go over well.
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