Help for Nimi Places

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How to add label?

To change ele­ment label ​in con­tain­ers supporting this feature:

  • Press con­trol key+1-7 numeber key, with number representing given label by their order in element context menu.
  • Select label from the ele­ment con­text menu:

    1. Right click ​on the element to open its context menu.
    2. Select label submenu.
    3. Select label to apply from submenu.
How to add new language?

Localization XML files should be placed under Localizations sub-folder of Places directory located under Nimi Places executable location. If added correctly those should be immediately selectable from language selection menu.

Local­ization template

Distribution package contains bundled localization template (with .ignore extension) containing strings that are used by given build of Nimi Places.

Automatic local­ization selection

If local­ization name is an ISO 639-1 language code ​and it matches one of current culture — Nimi Places will try to load it automatic­ally.

Local­ization encoding

Local­ization file should be encod­ed ​in UTF-16 Little Endian charact­ers set.

How to add new location to be displayed on the desktop?

To add new loca­tion to be dis­play­ed ​on the desktop:

  1. Open settings.
  2. Click on plus symbol to open addable elements menu.
  3. Select con­tainer type from the menu.
  4. Browse ​and select location to be displayed.

After selecting new location, it will be enlisted under its container type subcategory of added elements list. New container will be dis­play­ed after clos­ing settings window (which happens automatically, when it loses focus) and not immediately.

How to adjust container loading conditions?

To change con­tainer loading condi­tions:

  1. Open settings.
  2. Select con­tainer by single clicking on its element.
  3. Click on PlaceTime symbol.
  4. Adjust loading condi­tions:

    • Select loca­tions by toggling checkboxes next to those descrip­tion (home, work etc.).
    • Enable time range based condi­tion:

      1. Check "Hourly schedule" checkbox above time selector control.
      2. Select time range by dragging ends of highlighted fields in time selector control to desired hours.

        Invers­ing time selection

        Double click time selector con­trol to inv­erse time selec­tion e.g from 8:00-16:00 to 16:00-8:00.

    • Enable foreground window title based condi­tion:

      1. Check "Foreground window title" checkbox above title combo box.
      2. Enter regular expr­ession ​in combo box to be matched against foreground window title.
  5. Press Apply to apply settings.
How to change container icon size?

To change icon size ​in con­tain­ers supporting this feature user can:

  • Press Ctrl+"+"/"-" key key combination either to zoom in or out.
  • Hold Ctrl key while rolling mouse wheel to adjust zoom.
  • Open con­tainer settings, open View submenu and select icon size from the list.
How to change container theme?

To change con­tainer theme ​for con­tain­ers supporting this feature:

  1. Open con­tainer settings
  2. Open Appearance submenu.
  3. Open Theme submenu.
  4. Select theme to apply.
How to change Place container icon display style?

To change icon dis­play style ​in Place con­tainer:

  1. Open con­tainer settings
  2. Open View submenu.
  3. Open Style submenu.
  4. Select icon dis­play style (icon grid, list etc.) from menu.
How to change Place container title?

To change Place con­tainer title:

  • Double click ​on con­tainer title.
  • Open con­tainer settings, open Appearance then Title submenu, then select Rename to rename container.
How to clear shortcuts cache?

To clear shortcuts data cache, force its rebuild:

  1. Open settings
  2. Press "Other" (three dots) button.
  3. Select "Clear cache" option from shown context menu.
  4. Untick check boxes other than shortcuts cache from clearing list.

    Updating shortcuts thumbnails

    Updating thumbnails ​for shortcuts requir­es also clearing thumbnails cache.

  5. Press "Clear cache now". button

All of follow­ing require applica­tion restart to be applied.

How to clear thumbnails cache?

To clear thumbnails cache, force its rebuild:

  1. Open settings
  2. Press "Other" (three dots) button.
  3. Select "Clear cache" option from shown context menu.
  4. Untick check boxes other than thumbnails from clearing list.

    Updating shortcuts thumbnails

    As shortcuts informa­tion is cached — updating those thumbnails requir­es also clearing shortcuts mutex.

  5. Press "Clear cache now". button

All of follow­ing require applica­tion restart to be applied.

How to close Nimi Places?

To close Nimi Places:

  1. Right click ​on Nimi Places icon (contour of box with two paper sheets) ​in tray notifica­tion area.
  2. Click Close application option.
How to copy local Nimi Places instance?

Local Nimi Places instance can be copied to the select­ed loca­tion us­ing dedicat­ed wizard.

Converting creat­ed copy back to local

On the first launch of creat­ed copy — prompt is shown asking if instance should be copied back as local.

To copy local Nimi Places instance us­ing wizard:

  1. Open settings
  2. Press "Other" (three dots) button.
  3. Select "Tools" option from shown context menu.
  4. Select "Copy instance" option from shown sub-context menu.
  5. In shown wizard press "..." button to select copy destination.

    Nimi Places is an portable

    Nimi Places is an port­able ​and can be run — ​for example — from a remov­able storage.

  6. Press "Create" button to create instance copy.
How to create new files and folders filter?

To create new files ​and fold­ers filter:

  1. Open settings.
  2. Click on plus symbol or right click on containers and rules list.
  3. Select Fold­ers ​and files rule.
  4. From dropdown menu select action: copy or move for files and folders matching defined criteria.
  5. In from section - select directory to be watched for changes.
  6. In to section - select destination directory.
  7. Select either Pattern for name based regular expressions filtering or Time to specify time range for all files and folders to be filtered.
  8. Press Create to create filter.
How to crop files in image preview?

To crop images ​in image pre­view:

  1. Press Shift for free hand selection, or Shift+Ctrl for circle selection.
  2. Release keys to copy selec­tion to clipboard.
How to fix "Could not create directory" error during project extraction?
Please ensure that archive is ran with enough privileges (e.g.: administrator rights) ​for reading/writing files ​in given loca­tion ​or con­sider unpacking applica­tion ​in different directory.
How to fix drag and drop not working?

If avail­able privilege isola­tion, restricts pass­ing messages from lower to higher MIC level. Therefore, simplify­ing Nimi Places has to run on:

  • Same ​or lower eleva­tion (MIC level) than applica­tion from which con­tent is dragged from.
  • Same ​or higher than to drag con­tent from Nimi Places to other processes.

Therefore, we recommend running Nimi Places from under Program Files location and ensuring that running user has enough rights to interact with other processes.

First start ​and low­est integrity

Process starting ​for the first time (e.g.: after just being download­ed) ​or uncommon loca­tions might run with low­est MIC level, thus might not be able to interact with other ones.

Adjusting applica­tion default MIC level

If supported application default MIC level should be adjusted using ICACLS command. For example Nimi Places should be set to medium MIC level by:

  1. Navigate to Nimi Places execut­able folder in shell.
  2. While holding shift open shell con­text menu.
  3. Select "Open command window here" option.
  4. Type command: ICACLS "Nimi Places.exe" /setintegritylevel M

After restart Nimi Places should run then ​on medium MIC level.

How to hide Place container title or change its align?

To change Place con­tainer title settings:

  1. Open con­tainer settings
  2. Open Appearance submenu.
  3. Open Title submenu.
  4. Select Visible to toggle title visibility, or place ​on bottom to move its to bottom of container.
How to install new theme?

To install new theme:

  1. Create ​or open directory <exectu­able directory>/Places/Themes/<Container type e.g. Places>.
  2. Copy theme to folder above.
  3. Theme should be now avail­able ​on its con­tainer themes list.
How to open container settings?

To open con­tainer settings:

  • Right-click ​on con­tainer title;
  • Right-click ​on empty con­tainer area;
  • While holding shift key right-click ​on con­tainer area.
How to open settings?
To open settings click ​on Nimi Places icon (contour of box with two paper sheets) ​in tray notifica­tion area
How to open video, audio, image preview?

To pre­view video, audio, image ​in con­tain­ers supporting this feature:

  1. Hover over ele­ment.
  2. Click on play or magnifier glass icon to open/start preview.
  3. To stop pre­view — depending ​on pre­view type user can either close pre­view window — ​or click ​on ele­ment icon to stop (square symbol ​or magnifier glass indicating that pre­view is open).
How to run Nimi Places automatically with system start?

To run Nimi Places automatic­ally ​on system start:

  1. Right click ​on Nimi Places icon (contour of box with two paper sheets) ​in tray notifica­tion area.
  2. Click Quick settings menu.
  3. From opened sub-menu select Automatic startup menu entry to register Nimi Places for automatic startup.
How to sort files in container?

To sort files ​in con­tain­ers supporting this feature:

  1. Open con­tainer settings
  2. Open Sort by submenu.
  3. Select sort option to sort collec­tion (by name, label etc.).
How to uninstall Nimi Places?

Nimi Places is an port­able ​and does not undergo installa­tion — is only unpacked ​and therefore will not be visible under installed programs list. To remove Nimi Places:

  1. If enabled, dis­able Nimi Places from automatic startup;
  2. Close Nimi Places if running.
  3. Delete Nimi Places data directory;

    Template creat­ed con­tain­ers

    Please remember that template created containers are stored under Nimi Places data directory.

  4. Delete Nimi Places executable.
What to do if I do not see containers after computer restart or logging in?

Nimi Places most likely was not ​or failed to register ​for automatic start­up. This can be verified by:

  • Checking if Nimi Places process is enlist­ed under running tasks list. To open task list:

    • Press Control+Shift+Escape keys combina­tion.
    • Type "taskmgr" in run command prompt.
    • Search for "View running processes(...)".
  • Checking if Nimi Places is register­ed ​for automatic start­up us­ing System Configura­tion Tool. To open system con­figura­tion:

    • Type "msconfig" in run command prompt.
    • Search for "System con­figuration".

If Nimi Places does not run automatically with system startup despite of registration requests, consider using alternative method by placing shortcut to its executable under Startup folder. To open startup folder type "shell:startup" in run command prompt.

Where I can find Nimi Places data directory?
If Nimi Places executable is located under Program Files sub-directory - its application data is stored in current user profile home directory under ".Nimi Places" sub-folder. Otherwise, application data is stored under "Places" sub-folder of execut­able root directory.
Where I can find template created container files?

Files of template created container are by default located in its directory, which is placed under "Containers" sub-folder of Nimi Places data directory.

Nevertheless, please note that not all template creat­ed con­tain­ers actu­ally create new directories - some might use default directories that are dedicated for given content instead (e.g.: My Documents, My Pictures).

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