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Fixing drag and drop in Electron

By Erik Jälevik on 22 April 2019

Drag and drop from Electron apps to other applications is broken. One possible way to work around it is by writing native Node modules replacing Electron’s implementation. That way we can support dragging multiple files out of our app with full support for modifier keys. This article describes how to do this for Windows and MacOS.

But be warned, you have to want drag and drop really, really badly to go down this route. It is a lot of work, as it involves use of native Node modules, the Win32 and Cocoa APIs, and the C, C++ and Objective-C languagues. And in the end it’s still not quite perfect. If that’s not enough to deter you, do read on to embark on a journey to the heart of darkness.

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Release notes 0.3.1

By Erik Jälevik on 10 April 2019

I’ve been cave diving for the last few weeks. Exploring the depths of a particularly ancient, largely abandoned cave, harbouring a bewildering array of monsters with names such as CF_HDROP, SFGAOF, DV_E_FORMATETC and PCZZWSTR. Throughout the centuries, they’ve also had pet names like pdsh, g_pszTarget and m_rgfe lovingly bestowed upon them, to further confound the novice explorer. Prying the secrets from their withered claws required many attempts and a host of different tactics.

Release notes 0.2.1

By Erik Jälevik on 06 March 2019

This update involves a fundamental structural reorganisation of how the folder panes are put together. This was necessary in order to handle the viewing of large folders better.

This might seem like quite a disappointing minor update for such a long development period but in actual fact, it involved a huge amount of work to jig things around (or refactor them as it’s called in the land of software).

Release notes 0.1.0

By Erik Jälevik on 20 February 2019

The first update of the beta phase is here.

If you have already installed a previous version, you should get alerted a short while after starting Fileside that a new version is available and that it will be installed the next time you quit.

Therefore, for the time being, you will need to first restart Fileside to receive the update, and then restart again to apply it.

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Fileside, meet world

By Erik Jälevik on 16 February 2019

On 7 February 2018, I made the decision to start working on a brand new application in my spare time. On 16 February 2019, said application is ready to come out of hibernation to face the world.

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