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Hello Jon? Anybody hear from Jon Leger?

Are these posts being responded to any longer? It's been quite a while since I've seen Jon post here.


When I add certain protected terms and hit "Replace Favorites" I occasionally get multiple useless brackets. Here's my article:

 I like scrapbooking.
 I think scrapbook paper is nice.

Here are my protected terms:

 scrapbook paper

When I hit "Replace My Favorites" or "Replace Everyone's Favorites" I get the following repeated brackets in the spun article:

 I like {{scrapbook}}ing.
 I think {{{{scrapbook}} paper}} is nice.

P.S. Here are my settings:

"Replace Favorites inside spin-formatted text" is checked
"Enable Visual brace matching" is checked
Everything else is unchecked

The Best Spinner 2 / The main problem with TheBestSpinner
« on: March 03, 2010, 03:02:35 PM »
Here's what I see is the main problem keeping TheBestSpinner from truly being the best it can be.

We all want to have better automatic spinning without having a lot of cleanup work. The best way to do that is to have the program replace phrases rather than single words. In general, the longer the phrase that gets replaced, the more accurately the resulting spin will read.

Essentially, the more single word phrases that get replaced, the more cleanup we have to do. The more longer phrases that get replaced, the less cleanup we have to do.

TheBestSpinner should seek to replace the longest phrases first, followed by the shorter phrases, followed lastly by single words. However, it doesn't do this. Here's an example article:

 Go all the way.

Now, it is interesting to note that synonyms exist for the following words/phrases:

 all the
 the way
 all the way

If I press the "Identify Synonyms" button, the program actually underlines the phrase "all the way" -- which is great. It has found the longest possible phrase to replace. But when I do a "Replace Everyone's Favorites," the program spins the article like this

 Go {all the|all of the|every one of the|each of the|the many} way.

The only potentially readable result would be "Go all of the way." Out of the four offered synonyms, 3 are useless, and must be cleaned up. It has ignored the longer phrase "all the way" in favor of the shorter phrase "all the"

Now, this is only an example, but TheBestSpinner is doing this across the board for many phrases. Even though the program is aware of longer phrases that can be replaced, it chooses to replace shorter phrases or single words instead, leading to more nonsensical results, and therefore more cleanup work. Having the program always spin the absolute longest phrases FIRST would improve the accuracy and readability of spun content dramatically.

Jon, any thoughts on this?

The Best Spinner 2 / Feature request - quickly tab through spins
« on: February 22, 2010, 02:54:44 PM »
As a final check of a spun article, it would be nice to have an option where pressing tab (or some other button) jumps only from one spun phrase to the next.

We can just double-check/click/unclick synonyms as necessary, and then the article is ready to go.

The Best Spinner 2 / Bug - random incorrect capitalizations of synonyms
« on: February 22, 2010, 11:05:23 AM »
TheBestSpinner is randomly incorrectly capitalizing synonyms for no reason. Example article:

 That one cake was so good I was jumping for joy.


 That {One|1|Single} cake was so {Good|Great|Excellent} I was {Jumping|Leaping} for joy.

The problem does seem to be intermittent. This is extremely aggravating to cleanup if it happens multiple times in an article, as I have to go back and edit each individual first letter of all the many individual words affected.

About 3 to 5 lines from the bottom of the screen, the synonym box opens downwards and only shows between one to three synonyms. It makes it frustrating to choose a synonym because we can't see many choices.

On the second-to-last and last line from the bottom, the synonym box finally opens upward.

When the cursor reaches about five or six lines from the bottom of the screen, can you have the synonym box open upward instead of downward?

I spun my article, and then I realized I want to make each sentence optional. So I selected the "Sentence Selection Mode" and then tried to tab sentence-by-sentence so I could quickly add a "(blank)" to each sentence.

But while in "Sentence Selection Mode," when I press tab, it jumps to every bracketed phrase, and every phrase in between brackets, but not the entire sentence. Here's my article. It has 3 sentences:

{For all you {scrawny|skinny} guys out there|Listen up skinny guys}, here are some {effective|efficient|excellent} workouts to {build|pack on|add} muscle really {fast|quickly}. This {Internet site|website|web page} shows some {physical|workout} {routines|exercises} to put you on the {pathway|roadway|road|path} to {augmenting|gaining|developing} muscle {strength|power} without killing yourself in the {weight room|gym}!! If you are a {90 pound weakling|geeky nerd}, you {need|have} to {check it out|take a look}.

When I press tab, I expect these pieces of text to be highlighted:

<tab1>: {For all you {scrawny|skinny} guys out there|Listen up skinny guys}, here are some {effective|efficient|excellent} workouts to {build|pack on|add} muscle really {fast|quickly}.

<tab2>: This {Internet site|website|web page} shows some {physical|workout} {routines|exercises} to put you on the {pathway|roadway|road|path} to {augmenting|gaining|developing} muscle {strength|power} without killing yourself in the {weight room|gym}!!

<tab3>: If you are a {90 pound weakling|geeky nerd}, you {need|have} to {check it out|take a look}.

Instead, this is what gets highlighted:

<tab1>: {For all you {scrawny|skinny} guys out there|Listen up skinny guys}

<tab2>: , here are some

<tab3>: {effective|efficient|excellent}

<tab4>: workouts to

The funny thing is, the yellow "Unspun Sentence" area at the bottom of the screen seems to detect the entire sentence just fine, no matter where I am in the sentence or what I have selected.

The Best Spinner 2 / Feature request - Option not to spin simple words
« on: February 20, 2010, 03:47:28 AM »
In the unending pursuit to create highly readable spun content, could you provide an option NOT to spin the most common English words when we do a Replace Favorites?

I'm talking about articles and prepositions such as:


Because these words are so common throughout any content found on the web, I don't think it will necessarily help uniqueness all that much, as Google expects these words to be found in any article. And spinning these words seems to negatively impact readability a lot.

I realize we could put these words into the Protected Terms tab, but that would be a bit of a hassle as they would muck up our keywords, and this would prevent any phrases incorporating these words from being replaced.

For example, if these words are found as part of a longer phrase, they should still be replaced! So when using this new feature, the sentence "It's on the table" should not have "on" replaced, but "I am on cloud nine" should still have "on cloud nine" replaced.

I hope this makes sense? Is it too complicated programming-wise?

P.S. Here are some of the most common words in the English language:

the, of, and, to, a, in, that, is, was, he, for, it, with, as, his, on, be, at, by, i, this, had, not, are, from, or, have, an, they, were, you, her, she, would, we, him, been, has, when, who, will, no, if, its, so, about, than, into, them, can, only, other, new, some, could, these, then, do, any, like, my, now, over, such, our, me, got

This occurs when I use "Replace Everyone's Favorites." Replacing numbers seems to capitalize the synonyms:

 I ate only 1 meal today. --> I ate only {1|One|A single|Just one} meal today.

Also, when a written number such as "one" is replaced, it tends to capitalize all resultings synonyms:

 I ate only one meal today. --> I ate only {One|1|A single|Just one} meal today.

The word count number in the toolbar seems to report a number that is way too low if there is a lot of nesting.

When there is a lot of nesting, the word count routinely reports anywhere between ten to 50 words, when there are obviously 300 to 500 words or more.

This happens with any article.

When we are looking at a spun version of our article in the "Spun Article" tab, can we have the word count display the actual number of words being used in that specific spun article?

In other words, the number will change every time the "New Spin" button is pressed, to accurately display the number of words used.

I think it will give us a better idea of how many actual words an average article will use, if we hit the "New Spin" button a few times and observe the number changing.

To further increase the precision of our spinning efforts, it would be nice to be able to select the length of the phrases that get spun when we choose "Replace Everyone's Favorites" or "Replace My Favorites."

I've noticed that most of the cleanup and errors occur because of nonsensical SINGLE-WORD replacements.

I think it would be beneficial if we could choose, for example, to spin only 2-word phrases or longer, or 3-word phrases or longer, etc. Then we could go back and do single-word replacements by hand.

This method would be geared more toward important articles that need to make perfect sense. It would produce more readable output and would still be fast without requiring a huge amount of cleanup of single-word synonyms.

When you press the "Copy Article to Clipboard" button in the taskbar, just copy the text but do not pop up the small window that says "Article Text Copied to Clipboard," as it requires a click to get rid of that I feel is unnecessary.

I copy and paste my articles a lot using this button, and it's aggravating to have to click OK each and every time.

Instead, perhaps put a little notification somewhere in the UI that acknowledges the copy operation, but does not force the user to click anything to continue afterward.

If you've ever used PowerArticleRewriter, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. That program writes a little red "Article Copied" in the bottom right hand side of the UI that doesn't interfere with the continued functioning of the program.

When exporting the article to a different format such as [spin]|[/spin], give the option to pop up a box with the desired text inside, which we can then simply copy and paste.

Sometimes I just want the differently-formatted text right away, without having to save it to a file, then having to go find that file, open the file, and then copy it from there.

The Best Spinner 2 / BUG - Unhandled Exception in Version 1.7
« on: February 09, 2010, 07:12:20 PM »
I just downloaded version 1.7 and I'm getting an unhandled exception error.

Pasting any article text into the text box and clicking on "Replace Everyone's Favorites" and hitting the Replace button causes the following exception. I tried it with all kinds of text and I get the same exception.

String cannot be of zero length.
Parameter name: oldValue.

See the end of this message for details on invoking
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

************** Exception Text **************
System.ArgumentException: String cannot be of zero length.
Parameter name: oldValue
   at System.String.Replace(String oldValue, String newValue)
   at TheBestSpinner.MainForm.ToolAllFavoritesClick(Object sender, EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.RaiseEvent(Object key, EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripButton.OnClick(EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.HandleClick(EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.HandleMouseUp(MouseEventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.FireEventInteractive(EventArgs e, ToolStripItemEventType met)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.FireEvent(EventArgs e, ToolStripItemEventType met)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStrip.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mea)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ScrollableControl.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStrip.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

************** Loaded Assemblies **************
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4200 (NetFxQFE.050727-4200)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework/v2.0.50727/mscorlib.dll
    Assembly Version: 1.0.3692.21685
    Win32 Version: 1.0.3692.21685
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Program%20Files/TheBestSpinner/TheBestSpinner.exe
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 8.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/Microsoft.VisualBasic/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Windows.Forms/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Drawing/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Runtime.Remoting/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Configuration/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Xml/

************** JIT Debugging **************
To enable just-in-time (JIT) debugging, the .config file for this
application or computer (machine.config) must have the
jitDebugging value set in the section.
The application must also be compiled with debugging

For example:

    < jitDebugging="true" />

When JIT debugging is enabled, any unhandled exception
will be sent to the JIT debugger registered on the computer
rather than be handled by this dialog box.

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