Ruby/TK: Versatile file-chooser dialogs?

Hi,

does anybody know of more versatile dialogs than the standard
Tk.getOpenFile, getSaveFile, chooseDirectory for:

  • file(s)-open
  • file-save
  • dir-chooser

Wishlist (for Windows; other OSs should be usable):

  • Useable from within Ruby/TK without using (knowing…) TCL
  • Favorite dirs and files
  • Recent dirs and files
  • Using filters (regexp would be nice)
  • Having incremental search (i.e., limiting the displayed files/dirs
    while typing into a search field)
  • Pasting and copying file path from/to clipboard
  • Fast

Nice to have:

  • Font color dependent on File extension.

Axel

Axel wrote:

Hi,

does anybody know of more versatile dialogs than the standard
Tk.getOpenFile, getSaveFile, chooseDirectory for:

  • file(s)-open
  • file-save
  • dir-chooser

They’re probably there, but only if you dig into Tk.

ref:
https://www.ruby-forum.com/topic/196978

From: Axel [email protected]
Subject: Ruby/TK: Versatile file-chooser dialogs?
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 18:55:06 +0900
Message-ID:
[email protected]

Wishlist (for Windows; other OSs should be usable):

About Tk.getOpenFile and getSaveFile:

  • Favorite dirs and files
  • Recent dirs and files

For dir, :initialdir option may be useful.

And sometimes, :initialfile option may help you.

  • Using filters (regexp would be nice)

:filetypes option can control listed files in the dialog.
Extension-style or glob-style of file patterns are available
on its description.
Please read the Tcl/Tk’s manual about tk_getOpenFile.
You can give a Ruby’s array for a Tcl’s list.
e.g.
Tcl’s list

{
{{Text Files} {.txt} }
{{TCL Scripts} {.tcl} }
{{C Source Files} {.c} TEXT}
{{GIF Files} {.gif} }
{{GIF Files} {} GIFF}
{{All Files} * }
}

==>
Ruby’s array

[
[“Text Files”, [".txt"] ],
[“TCL Scripts”, [".tcl"] ],
[“C Source Files”, [".c"], “TEXT”],
[“GIF Files”, [".gif"] ],
[“GIF Files”, [], “GIFF”],
[“All Files”, ["*"], ]
]

  • Having incremental search (i.e., limiting the displayed files/dirs
    while typing into a search field)

“File name” field of Tk.getOpenFile, getSaveFile
accepts a glob pattern for filtering listed files.
Incremental search is not available.
But on Tk8.5, completion is available.

  • Pasting and copying file path from/to clipboard

e.g.

TkClipboard.append(Tk.getOpenFile)

f = TkClipboard.get
Tk.getOpenFile(:initialdir=>File.dirname(f),:initialfile=>File.basename(f))

  • Fast

Use a faster machine. :wink:

Nice to have:

  • Font color dependent on File extension.

You must write a script (or a class).
Please check the usage of TkWindow#grab, TkWindow#grab_release,
and TkVariable#wait or TkWindow#wait_destroy.

You must write a script (or a class).

Hidetoshi NAGAI ([email protected])

I’ve started to write my own dialog(s). Hope I’ll finish sometime :wink:

Thank you for your help!

Axel

They’re probably there, but only if you dig into Tk.

ref:https://www.ruby-forum.com/topic/196978

“If you hate the standard dialogs, you must create your own dialogs.”

and

“…written in Tcl/Tk you can load and use them on Ruby/Tk.”

OK, that answers my question. Seems that I have to go the not-so-easy
way.

Axel

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