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Menu

Updated Jul 19, 2003 by Jiri Krivanek


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ButchertheLupo
Comment #1 Friday, April 18, 2003 10:48 AM
This is a great App. It is very customizable through the KKMenu.ini file. Great Work!!
Stockholm Syndrome
Comment #2 Friday, April 18, 2003 3:44 PM
this is great! thanks. had to move a DLL around (gdiplus.dll, had to put it in the system32 folder for some reason) and now it's working great. saves me a ton of room too.
Jiri Krivanek
Comment #3 Tuesday, April 22, 2003 6:27 AM
Gents,

sorry for the delay, I was on holliday for a couple of days.

I will soon post the update fixing some bugs you reported and improving the graphical performace on weaker PCs.

Please note that I am not going to implement any GUIs for editing the INI file. The reason is simple: I am pretty sure that Stardock will soon include the KkMenu functionality directly into the ObjectDock. More they will probably make it much more complex. Thus the further development is an awful waste of time.

The less IT users simply have to ask someone for a help or wait for Stardock to write the menus support.

Also to write the instructions would eat me much more time than to write the entire KkMenu application (please note that it is so simple that I spent no more than 5 hours with the development - excluding the graphics work as I was learning the Photoshop - you can see that my graphics is not prefect).

Thank you for all you loopback.

Kk.
Sven Lowry
Comment #4 Friday, April 25, 2003 11:18 AM
Ok, here's how I got it to work for custom menus:
extract all the files with pathnames to the object dock directory, then copy the kkmenu.exe, kkmenu.ini and the aqua png file to the actual objectdock directory (they should be in the objectdock\menu directory)
Open up the kkmenu.ini file, and delete everything after the first block of text, ie: everything after, and including the [MS office] line.
Enter the menu name in square brackets where [ms office] was - eg: [Programs] or [Games]
Then type the following for each item you want on the menu:
Program name = "I","icon you want to use.png","drive:\folder\program name.exe",""

For example:
[Games]
Solitaire = "I","cards.png","C:\windows\system32\sol.exe",""

then right click on the kkmenu.exe file, and goto create shortcut.
Drag the shortcut to where you want it on the OD, then right click on the new image it just made for you. Set the display name to Games, and in the arguements box type Games. set the icon you want and go OK
left clicking on the new icon should bring up a menu with Solitaire on

to add a different menu, just change Games to Programs or whatever you want to call the menu
HTH!
Argyle
Comment #5 Friday, April 25, 2003 12:26 PM
I have changed the ini file a little to make icons on the menu bigger. Is there any way to add space between each icon to make them fit in the menu without overlaping?
Sven Lowry
Comment #6 Friday, April 25, 2003 5:51 PM
Argyle - add the line:
Separator = "S"
between each item in the kkmenu.ini
Jiri Krivanek
Comment #7 Saturday, April 26, 2003 2:08 AM
Swen Lowry - wrong, the key names in the kkmenu.ini must be unique in the scope of a particular group. I.e.:

Wrong:

[Your Menu]
Excel = "I", ...
Separator = "S"
Word = "I", ...
Separator = "S"
...

Correct:

[Your Menu]
Excel = "I", ...
Separator 1 = "S"
Word = "I", ...
Separator 2 = "S"
...

More, the icons cannot exceed height of the menu item! I.e. adding separators will not help.
Jiri Krivanek
Comment #8 Saturday, April 26, 2003 2:12 AM
Have you already downloaded the kkmenu 1.10 (i.e. second update)

I like people reading this comments as it is much better than any manual/instructions/help I could ever create for my kkmenu.exe application
imtoomuch
Comment #9 Saturday, April 26, 2003 11:42 AM
This thing is awesome! I have the first version and it works like a charm. I'm downloading this new version now. Thanks for this menu!
RuZZay77
Comment #10 Sunday, April 27, 2003 2:51 PM
Simply incredible... just amazing. Excellent work. The only thing I'm wondering about is making more than one menu on the dock (one for ms office, one for adobe, etc.). How can this be done? Thanx!!
Jiri Krivanek
Comment #11 Monday, April 28, 2003 1:20 AM
To have multiple menus simply create a multiple sections in the kkmenu.ini file, like:

[My Games]
......

[Powering]
......

etc.

As an argument of the object dock shortcut specify the double quoted name of the menu (which corresponds to the name of the section in the example above) you want to be popped (i.e. "My Games" or "Powering").

Have you already updated to the lates version - 1.10?

Do you know that you can create your own skin for the menu?

Have you read all the comments here before asking a question?
Jiri Krivanek
Comment #12 Tuesday, April 29, 2003 8:21 AM
To create your own skin follow these steps:

1. Imagine what the Skin.wmf tries to specify: The metrics of skin areas. Hopefully, the Skin.wmf file is a part of the distribution.
2. Create your own skin image. Please note that finally it must be a PNG file, say yourskin.png.
3. Edit the following item in the kkmenu.ini:
[Image]
File Name = "yourskin.png"
4. Edit the following item in the kkmenu.ini:
[Image]
Metrics: A-V = 64,16,32,15,64,0,64,80,112,128,56,32,16,56,8,72,128,160,192,208,272
The "Metrics: A-V" item contains 21 comma-separated number values. These values correspond to the letters A, B, C, D, ... V. The meaning of the values A-V should be specified by the Skin.wmf.
5. If you succeed, do not forget to publish your work here (I mean WinCustomize). The required content of a new skin:
- a skin image (i.e. yourskin.png),
- a skin metrics (i.e. the complete Metrics: A-V = ... line of your kkmenu.ini file).

Hope this helped.

Kk
Stu L Tissimus
Comment #13 Wednesday, April 30, 2003 6:40 AM
Dude, Russians always make the best programs!
Jiri Krivanek
Comment #14 Friday, May 02, 2003 1:35 AM
I am not Russian but Czech.

Kk.
daguilar
Comment #15 Tuesday, May 06, 2003 12:48 PM
or is it possible to load folders? cause i have a program that will open but wont start because it says it cant find the INI file but it works normal if its a link on my desktop, or quicklaunch, etc
Jason Brooks
Comment #16 Sunday, May 11, 2003 12:04 PM
This is a very useful app. Thanks a lot. Argyle mentioned that he'd made the icons bigger by editting the .ini file, is this possible?

How?

Thanks.

J
Jiri Krivanek
Comment #17 Monday, May 12, 2003 6:50 AM
To open folder try something like this:
Folder = "I","","explorer.exe","C:\Program Files"

To load the www page try something like this:
Google = "I","","C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE","www.google.com"

Unfortunately, windows links (shortcuts - .lnk) do not work.

To increase the icons size you should only decrease the size of the Y botder, i.e.:
Menu Item Border Width Y = 1
or you can achieve this by changing the skin.

Thank you for reading the comments instead of mailing directly to me,

Kk.
lalfonsob
Comment #18 Monday, May 12, 2003 8:56 AM
I have been playing with the menu and I have a question. How Can I change the icon size in the menu?

Jiri Krivanek :
You cannot change it directly as its size computed by the following
way:
- 2 * .

The menu item height is given by the skin metrics and the Y border
width can be changed in the ini file.
lalfonsob
Comment #19 Monday, May 12, 2003 8:59 AM
I want to change the color of the skin. I gets ugly.

Do I have to do a new one to fit my color needs?

If yes: The skin.wmf looks complicated to me. I will try and post results here.
Jiri Krivanek
Comment #20 Tuesday, May 13, 2003 1:09 AM
Sorry for that, the skin really is a bit complicated to figure out how it works. But once you know it it is realy simple. For the first time you can try to recolor the existing skin with the update layer of the Photoshop. Later you could figure out how the areas of the skin co-create the final image and to try to create completely new skin. Sorry for that I am not going to program the skin editor as it would be much more work than the kkmenu itself. Please do not forget to publish the results of your work here.
Kk.

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