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DW Desktop

Updated Mar 29, 2005 by _Martin_


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_Martin_
Comment #21 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 7:59 AM
Mr Beesley,

Links as in Favorites? If so, the best way would be to popup an Open File dialog in the Favorites directory and then have that selection load in the browser. Is that OK?

It's not possible (unfortunately) to use a standard object which displays a menu of a folder as clicking an item on that menu launches the file in a browser rather than the desktop.

I can look at dynamically building a menu based on folder contents, I'm just not sure how practical that will be.
_Martin_
Comment #22 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 8:11 AM
Oh, and I like the Outlook sync idea. What would you like it to sync with? I was thinking a single note with the day's appointments on it. What about tasks etc. How would you like that to work? 1 note per task? What fields would you want on there?
Beesley
Comment #23 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 9:16 AM
Martin,
Pardon my ignorance but I'm not entirely sure I understand what you mean when you say to "popup an Open File dialog in the Favorites directory." However, any idea that you have would surely work. I guess what was running through my head was this: under the browse tab, if there could be something like the "quick links" in the Desktop tab, whereby we could list our favorite websites right there. That was what was running through my mind.
Regarding the Outlook sync idea, I was mainly thinking 1 note per task, and your idea of 1 note with the day's appointments is great! Regarding what fields, I would suggest time, date, and category for the appointments and just the task description & category for the notes that are used for tasks. How does that sound? . . . I have to say that this is the most innovative, fun, practical Desktop Theme that I have ever seen . . . very ingenious. Great job, Martin. <img src="http://images3.sta
Beesley
Comment #24 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 9:22 AM
Martin,
by the way, one quick question: What are the "previous" and "next" buttons for under the "Quick Links" section of the Desktop tab? . . . they are barely visible and don't seem to have any immediate purpose but I'm sure you know what they're for!
_Martin_
Comment #25 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 9:27 AM
Cool - I can sort that.

What I mean for the favorites is this: In a browser you typically have a drop down menu from which you pick the website you want. This isn't really feasible in DX as I can't intercept a menu choice and load it in the browser (well not easily anyway!).

What I was thinking is as follows ... When you run an application like word and select File ... Open you will get a dialog that opens from which you can select the file you want. I am proposing to do this for these favorites; opening the dialog in the user's favorites folder. Once you select a file here, it can then be loaded in the desktop browser.

I hope this is clearer ... if so, does it sound OK?
_Martin_
Comment #26 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 9:28 AM
The previous and next only come into effect if you have more links than will fit in that section, just like the news items.
_Martin_
Comment #27 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 12:02 PM
Bob Nunnick,

Sorry - missed your comment.

You can edit the Quick links - just click the button marked "Edit"

As for WB Skin, something like the WMP skin may look nice (http://www.wincustomize.com/ViewSkin.aspx?SID=1&SkinID=4962&LibID=1). I just tend to find skins I like and recolor them. That way you can guarantee that it will complement the desktop.
Beesley
Comment #28 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 12:18 PM
Martin,
Your idea sounds great! I think I understand now. One other question: is there any way to have the theme where it is not always behind whatever else is on the desktop? For example, as I am typing this comment here, I am using the browser in the browse tab. I currently have trillian up and running. Whenever my typing comes to where the trillian program is running, it becomes hidden because the trillian program is "on top" of this theme. I assume that you have the state set to "always on the bottom" or something in that vein. Is there any way to change it?
Luke Mallatt
Comment #29 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 12:57 PM
great desktop. one question though, can the browser be changed? i prefer firefox, is that possible?
_Martin_
Comment #30 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 1:46 PM
Mr B. - For the corp_gradient object, on the relation tab set the z-order to Normal, that should sort you out.

Luke - No, sorry, there is no Firefox control that I can use.
Beesley
Comment #31 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 2:20 PM
Martin,
Again, pardon my ignorance but where can I find the relation tab?
_Martin_
Comment #32 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 3:55 PM
Sorry - right click the blue area at the bottom of the Desktop tab and click Properties to edit the object first
jakehale
Comment #33 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 4:57 PM
I hate to sound like a doofus, ,But how do you load this? Is it a DesktopX theme???
_Martin_
Comment #34 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 5:14 PM
yes, it is. You should be able to load it as a regular desktop in DesktopX
jakehale
Comment #35 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 5:42 PM
well, when I go to load desktop,,,, it dont even show a file to load......guess i am used to the one file type of load...
Beesley
Comment #36 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 6:17 PM
jakehale, after you download the file, simply double-click on it (wherever you placed it when you downloaded it) and it will load automatically. From that point on, you should be able to find it in your list of DesktopX themes. As well, the other way to do it is to load it via Windows Explorer. E.g.: find the file through explorer and just double-click on it - C:\program files\stardock\objectdesktop\desktopx\themes\ ... and then whatever theme you want to load (taking for granted your destination path is the same as mine, but hopefully you get the idea).
_Martin_
Comment #37 Thursday, March 31, 2005 1:09 AM
OK, I think that most of the requests are in there. Only specifying note fonts to do, which I may get around to at some point.
ghv
Comment #38 Thursday, March 31, 2005 1:13 PM
Very cool theme
gef
Comment #39 Thursday, March 31, 2005 1:14 PM
jakehale and Beesley - This will depend on which version of DesktopX you have. Themes made for DesktopX3 are not compatible with DesktopX2.
Martin - Brilliant theme.
mrdickie
Comment #40 Thursday, March 31, 2005 3:00 PM
I cannot say any more about this theme, except I am going to copy it, change it to my favourite font, but the rest is simply brilliant. Give this Martin a knighthood now!

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