Dealing with Weather Backdrops!

Easy Solution For Saving them all!

Saturday, August 16, 2008 by WebGizmos | Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

As many of you have seen I have started creating Weather backdrops with all of my recent docks and mostly everyone else has followed along with this.

Here is an easy solution for saving them and not losing any of your weather backdrops that you may start accumulating. Create a "Weather Backdrops" folder in your "My Documents" folder to store them in...and as you acquire them....just name them starting with backdrop1.png and continue on increasing your number of backdrops accordingly. Make sure that you start with the next number in line of your collection as you acquire more of them before moving them to the "Weather Backdrops folder" you created...since when they are created they are usually numbered according to the particular side docks they were created for.

Now...all you have to do if you want to change your Weather backdrop is this...copy and re-paste the backdrop you want to use to the same folder your collection is in....rename it to backdrop.png and move it to the Weather docklets folder in Objectdock and let it overwrite the one that is already in there. You can do this at any time without changing your side docks and you won't lose any backdrops...as long as you continue renumbering them in the Weather backdrops folder. 

Note: This works easily with XP....not so sure now with Vista!
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zakai1369
Reply #41 Monday, August 18, 2008 12:00 PM
Be nice if you could control these through the od config like other stuff. Be able to turn the days at the bottom on/off...text size on the backdrops etc...


I thought that exact thing yesterday when looking at your ss of the docks you're working on for vStylers new wb. The weather backdrops looked great but the text overlapping the sides kind of ruins it.
messiah1
Reply #42 Monday, August 18, 2008 12:26 PM
The weather backdrops looked great but the text overlapping the sides kind of ruins it.


Precisely.
messiah1
Reply #43 Monday, August 18, 2008 12:29 PM
The weather backdrops looked great but the text overlapping the sides kind of ruins it


Can't edit my previous...that backdrop being shown is the exact same size as the actual zoomer dock...It's actually the exact same image. I can tweak it a bit so it doesn't overhang to bad, this was just a quick shot to see if it would work with the same image or not. Plus, it tested my resize theory. That image is 200x200. with a 10 pixel buffer around all edges. Which is what I can tweak, I'll remove the 10 pixel buffer and just make the graphic fill up all 200x200. That should take off some of the overhang.
zakai1369
Reply #44 Monday, August 18, 2008 3:50 PM
Cool. And don't think I was putting them down. Just agreeing that it'd be nice not to be so limited as to what we can do with them. Here's hoping we'll be able to change it in the future through OD settings like you suggested.
WebGizmos
Reply #45 Wednesday, August 20, 2008 5:54 AM
Would be nice if us dock creators were able to go in somewhere and make the needed changes for some stuff....like margins on the weather backdrops and other stuff.
messiah1
Reply #46 Wednesday, August 20, 2008 5:57 AM
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Would be nice if us dock creators were able to go in somewhere and make the needed changes for some stuff....like margins on the weather backdrops and other stuff.


See reply #92...I'd like to be able to control this thing through a config also.
Some things I'd Like to see for ObjectDock

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