Monthly Archives: September 2010

Economy-x-Talk releases Installer Maker Plugin 1.4 for LiveCode 4.5

Economy-x-Talk is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the Installer Maker Plugin for Runtime Revolution/LiveCode. The Installer Maker Plugin is a tool to quickly wrap your standalone applications in an installer for Mac OS X or Windows. This new version provides improved 64 bit compatibility (currently being tested) and compatibility with LiveCode 4.5.


The Installer Maker Plugin is a tool to build installers for Windows and Mac OS X from your LiveCode standalones. Wrapping a standalone in an installer is just a matter of minutes. There are also special options available, which allow you to include a Read Me file, to start your programme automatically after installation and more.
The current version works fine on Mac OS X and Windows and is being tested on Linux. We expect to release a new version with Linux compatibility at the end of the year 2010.

A license cost 39 euro (approximately 50 dollar). There won’t be a trial version, but we will provide ample instructions, pictures and videos. A video tutorial is available here. You are always welcome to send e-mails with questions about Installer Maker.

For more information, including downloads, please visit .

A few more important links for Installer Maker users:

Installing the plugin:
Making an installer1:
Quick Guide:

(Currently, the 1.4 version still shows the 1.2 version number. We will release version 1.4.1 very soon and we promise that it will display the correct version number).

Free Software!

Everybody who ‘likes’ Economy-x-Talk on Facebook will receive a free license as soon as we have 50 fans. Just press the ‘Like’ button on our Facebook page and check back later to read how to obtain your license. Don’t forget to ask your friends to ‘Like’ Economy-x-Talk too. The more people do this, the more quickly you get your free gift.

As soon as Economy-x-Talk has 50 fans on Facebook, we will be sending you your free license. If we have more than 50 fans on 30 Sept 2010, we will still send all fans a free license for Color Converter. Spread the word, on Facebook and Twitter. Do your friends this favour and let them know about this completely free gift. The more people you tell about this offer, the more quickly you will have your free license.

Here’s the text you can post on Twitter (or anywhere else):

‘Like’ Economy-x-Talk on Facebook now and get a free Color Converter license #freebie Please RT

Color Converter can be used to convert color values between various colour spaces, such as RGB, CMYK, RAL, XYZ and Unix colour names. Additionally, Color Converter resizes your pictures more easily and quickly than any other programme, as it takes away the need to even think about the actual size of a picture: just enter the size of the area you want your picture to fit in. More information about Color Converter at:

Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Problem Reporter and Privacy Violation – Update

Whenever you don’t get a choice whether to share information or not, your privacy is violated. It doesn’t matter whether the information is said to be anonymous or encrypted or non-sensitive. Why?
– The act of sending information is in itself informative too: the receiver knows that you exist, even though the receiver may not know your name and address.
– As soon as you contact a server, the owner of the server knows that you are on-line and may find you through your IP number (sometimes even if you use a remote proxy server).
– In the case of Apple’s problem reporter, as soon as you contact Apple’s server, Apple knows that you are using a Mac with Snow Leopard and just made a programme on your Mac crash.
– You are also telling Apple the configuration of your computer and even which programme you just used (e.g. Google Earth, a web browser, LimeWire, or Transmit).
– To most users, it is unclear which information is sent to Apple, which is a security violation by itself: you wouldn’t let me into your house, if I tell you I’ll take something with me without telling you what I’m taking.
– Worst of all: Apple doesn’t give you an option to not send any information: Apple comes into your house, asks for permission to take something, but doesn’t accept “no”!
For these reasons, it is really important to disable the Problem Reporter on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, until Apple makes the problem reporting process more transparent and provides an option to not send the information. Here’s how.

Run the following command in Terminal:
sudo chmod 000 /System/Library/CoreServices/Problem

To re-enable Problem Reporter, do the following:
sudo chmod 755 /System/Library/CoreServices/Problem

Unfortunately, not allowing the Problem Reporter to run will cause an error when the system tries to run this application. I better method would be to prevent the system from invoking Problem Reporter entirely. If you know how to do this, please post a comment. Feel free to post a comment anyway, e.g. if you know about more compelling reasons why Problem Reporter is a violation of your privacy.

Better Solution

If you have registered as a developer with Apple and have downloaded and installed the developer tools, you can use the CrashReporterPrefs utility. After installation, you will find it at


When you open this application, you will see three options.


Choose the third option “Server” to turn off the display of the Problem Reporter. The safest option is probably to give the Problem Reporter insufficient permissions to run while at the same time setting the Crash Reporter Preferences to “Server”, because nowhere I could find documentation on whether the Crash Reporter really won’t contact Apple’s server if “Server” has been selected.

A Little Success Story – Color Converter

Let me share a little success story with you. One of the most successful commercial products I have created with RunRev is Color Converter. I released Color Converter 1.0 almost 3 years ago and since that time Economy-x-Talk has sold numerous licenses for this product.
During those years I spent a few 100 euro on Revolution licenses and spent about two weeks programming. During the past 3 years I earned back my investment multiple times. RunRev is the ideal development environment for this little application. The way RunRev converts pictures to imageData makes complex analyses really easy. RunRev allows me to write a complex tool with minimum effort.

Unfortunately, there is one persistent problem. Almost all customers giving feedback on this application complain about the lack of multiple monitors support. It is impossible to make a snapshot of a secondary monitor and the mouseColor function reports incorrect values outside the main screen. For these features, I am completely dependent on RunRev Ltd. and I can only hope these bugs will be fixed. It has to be said, when the “answer color” command appeared to be broken, RunRev was quick to fix this, which kind of saved my product.

Nonetheless, it is easy to move a window to another monitor to allow Color Converter to do it’s thing and the bugs don’t stop people from using my little utility every day. Yesterday, I released Color Converter 3.0 and I’m sure it is going to be another success. This new version adds the capability to resize pictures to it’s feature set.
You can download Color Converter at:

More projects made with RunRev:

Economy-x-Talk Releases Color Converter 3.0

NIJMEGEN (THE NETHERLANDS), 3 September 2010 — Economy-x-Talk has released Color Converter 3.0. Color Converter is a low-cost colour conversion tool for professional designers and everyone who needs to work with colour on a computer. This tool encodes colour values from and to any of the following colour spaces: CMYK, H.Lab, HEX/HTML, HSV, RAL, RGB, XYZ and X11 Colour Names. Additionally, it provides an RGB-based brightness value.

Color Converter can also analyse any area of your (primary) screen and display a colour histogram based on the results of the analysis. A long list of X11 colour names is easy to search and colour names can be converted to all other colour spaces with a click of the mouse. With the release of Color Converter 3, we have added the ability to resize pictures.

“We started with a very tiny utility, with RAL-to-RGB conversion only” says Mark Schonewille, spokesman of Economy-x-Talk, “and have developed the software into a light-weight but sophisticated conversion tool. I’m really delighted to see how popular this programme has become amongst both amateur and professional graphical designers.” He adds: “With the addition of the resizing tools, Color Converter has not become more than just a colour analysis tool. It has become really a handy utility that you will be using all day long.”

Color Converter 3.0 can be downloaded from it’s own website. The software is available for MS Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Color Converter 3 is free a free update for current license holders of Color Converter 2.

For more information about Economy-x-Talk, please visit:

Color Converter and screenshots of the program can be found at:

Economy-x-Talk Consultancy and Software Engineering creates custom solutions as well as commercial software for the global market. Additionally, we provide consultancy services, ranging from project guidance to business-related research. We have created highly sophisticated research tools and computer-aided learning tools for researchers and students at universities, colleges and secondary schools. We have 2 decades of experience with cross-platform software development and are pleased to help you with our experience and skills.