I need a name! (and other stuff, too)

Got any ideas?

Sunday, October 26, 2008 by ilsabav92 | Discussion: Sneak Previews

Well I've started work on a new dock.  I've still got some work to do on it, but I'd thought I'd let evertone see my progress so far.  Right now I have two problems:

  • I can't think of a name for it.
  • The perspective seems a little off to me, but I'm not sure how.

Anyways here are some pix:

 

Normal:

 

Light:

 

Dark:

 

White:

 

The red icon is just for sample purposes.  The longer colored "lights" are the seperators.  The smaller ones are running indicators.  I'm not sure if I like the seperators on the white dock, they seem to blury.

Anyways, Crits & Comments more than welcome needed!    I'll post more pix as I progress.

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messiah1
Reply #21 Friday, October 31, 2008 11:53 AM

BTW: How easy is it to make the weather docklet backgrounds? I figured I 'd try to make those too.

 

Extremely easy.  Just find the Backdrop.png file in the docklets folder and use that size as your dimensions.  Make them and then replace that file in the docklets folder (backup the original).  As soon as you replace it, it will show when you mouse over the weather docklet.

ilsabav92
Reply #22 Saturday, November 1, 2008 12:14 PM

EVEN MORE UPDATES:

 

I started on the top/side docks.  Here's my progress so far:

 

Normal:

 

Light:

 

Dark:

 

White

 

 I'll start work on the weather docklets next.

(And maybe even some icons!)  <-- 

TheD2JBug
Reply #23 Saturday, November 1, 2008 12:20 PM

My idea for a name 'Ebony and Ivory'

 

RyGuy12
Reply #24 Saturday, November 1, 2008 6:59 PM

I like the new updates, but the perspective could be a little better on all but the white variation.  If they were as wide as they were in your second revision, but faded to the same width at the top, the perspective would be more accurate.  Looks great!

ilsabav92
Reply #25 Saturday, November 1, 2008 7:04 PM

RyGuy12
I like the new updates, but the perspective could be a little better on all but the white variation.  If they were as wide as they were in your second revision, but faded to the same width at the top, the perspective would be more accurate.  Looks great!

 

The perspective on the black and white docks is exactly the same.  All I did was took the colored version, desaturated it, and darkened it.  So if I was to change the dark ones I would want to change the white one as well. Unless there is a major problem with the newest version I probably won't change them.

 

BTW - Any coments on the newest update?

ilsabav92
Reply #26 Saturday, November 1, 2008 7:08 PM

sydneysiders
'Raindocks'..........keep falling on my head....    

 

ilsabav92
Reply #27 Saturday, November 1, 2008 7:46 PM

EDIT: UPDATES, AGAIN!

 

Here's the weather background:

Normal:

 

Light:

 

Dark:

 

White

Tested it out and it works fine on my computer.

 

Now with all four types and easy to look at backgrounds just for vStyler!

vStyler
Reply #28 Saturday, November 1, 2008 7:59 PM

Call em.. Inversion as in what would happen if you inversed black > White.

btw, that pink is killin me, medium grey might be a better backdrop, but thats just me.

Hard to be objective when ur eyes are burning.

ImStein
Reply #29 Saturday, November 1, 2008 8:41 PM

Topsides are looking good!!!!! I really like the seperators on them. Maybe thin out the ones on the first  versions as well, or will that mess up the perpective view??? Anyway, keep up the good work!

ilsabav92
Reply #30 Tuesday, November 11, 2008 5:52 PM

Well I haven't updated in a while becouse I have run into a bit of a problem.  I can get the icons to line up right.  They are stuck at the top of the screen and I can't figure out how to move them.  There are two ways that I can think of to fix this.  One is to resize all my icons (which I really don't want to have to do).  The other is to move the dock away from the edge of the screen so that the line up right.  Unfortunatly, this throws off my running indecators.  Anybody have a different idea/way that will work?

Here's some pix:

 

Dock with the running indecator spot hidden (this is probably what I'll go with if I can't get anything else to work):

 

Dock with the running indecator spot showing.  Notice how the running indecators are thrown off.

 

Hopefully someone can help me with this.

 

ImStein, your the winner!

Mirsguy
Reply #31 Tuesday, November 11, 2008 6:54 PM

1. Add a blank .png file to the folder where your dock images are kept called "titleblank.png"..

2. Add the following line of code to your .ini file:

[Tile]
Image  = tileblank.png
ResizeIconByPercent     = 80
OffsetIconByPercentX    = 75
OffsetIconByPercentY    = 50

 

Of course, these values can be adjusted to suit your needs!

messiah1
Reply #32 Tuesday, November 11, 2008 8:54 PM

Add a blank .png file to the folder where your dock images are kept called "titleblank.png"..

2. Add the following line of code to your .ini file:

[Tile]

Image = tileblank.png

ResizeIconByPercent = 80

OffsetIconByPercentX = 75

OffsetIconByPercentY = 50

you better make sure your blank png is named tileblank.png if your line in the code is calling for tileblank.png...

It seems to me that your running indicators are in the exact same spots on both views there.  It's the dock that has moved.  How big is the running indicator image pixel wise?

Let me see if I understand this.  The icons are too close to the top edge of the dock?  Put a OutsideBorderTop tag in there and set the number to 5.  Adjust from there.  That will get your icons away from the indicator.  But I think maybe your indicator is too far down into the dock.  The second shot of the dock looks good, the icons are setting nicely between the top and bottom.  The indicator is the problem.  Try an indicator with a smaller dimension.  I usually go with 20x20 when I use them.

The OffsetIconByPercentX line may work well for the top dock, but it also affects the sides and bottom and it may not work out right on those ones.  The best thing to do is the OutsideBorderTop tag because that can be set different for each docks position on the screen (Left would be OutsideBorderLeft etc.)

Not to shut Mirsguy down or anything as I use the tileblank code in all my zoomers, but mostly so I can resize the icons to fit into some of the more constraining docks.

ilsabav92
Reply #33 Tuesday, November 11, 2008 11:11 PM

Thanks for your responses guys.  I think I'll try Mirsguys idea.

messiah1
Put a OutsideBorderTop tag in there and set the number to 5.  Adjust from there.  That will get your icons away from the indicator.  But I think maybe your indicator is too far down into the dock.

This was what I was doing.  Instead of moving the icons down it moved the background up.   The second shot was taken with the OutsideBorderTop set to 20 and the dock moved down to compensate for the missing part of the dock that had been moved up.  Unfortunatly this moved the running indecators also.  Thanks for the suggestion though.

 

Edit:  My running indecator is 27 x 5 if anyone wants to know.

Mirsguy
Reply #34 Tuesday, November 11, 2008 11:26 PM

Not to shut Mirsguy down or anything as I use the tileblank code in all my zoomers, but mostly so I can resize the icons to fit into some of the more constraining docks.

Takes more than that to shut me down, monkeyman! (you're still my dock hero!)

 

Mirsguy
Reply #35 Tuesday, November 11, 2008 11:27 PM

Thanks for your responses guys. I think I'll try Mirsguys idea.

I wish you luck and I hope you are able to come to a conclusion!

messiah1
Reply #36 Wednesday, November 12, 2008 6:55 AM

This was what I was doing. Instead of moving the icons down it moved the background up.

Then you don't have automatic distance from edge checked.  That is what the outsidebordertop tag does, it makes the top a little bigger.  Resizing the icons with the tile code will work and moving them with the tile code (the offset tag) will work for the top dock ONLY.  when someone puts that dock on the bottom of the screen or the sides of the screen, it's going to be wonked.  Gauranteed.  Those lines of code work for the entire dock, no matter what side it's on and you can't change them individually.  On a dock like that, you want the icons to be centered in the dock.  Using that offset tag will push the icons down toward the bottom edge of the dock.  I may not know what I'm talking about though...

ilsabav92
Reply #37 Wednesday, November 12, 2008 10:51 PM

messiah1
I may not know what I'm talking about though...

 

Oh, I know that you know what your talking about.  It's just that for some reason its not working.  I double checked my settings just to be sure and the automatic distance from edge is checked.  Its just for some reason when I change the number for the outsidebordertop tag the dock background moves up, instead of the icons moving down.

ilsabav92
Reply #38 Wednesday, November 12, 2008 11:06 PM

Here is some images to show you guys whats happening.  When the outsidebordertop tag is set to 0 the dock displays normally, just the icons are out of place and are touching the top edge of the screen:

 

However, when I change the setting to 20 the dock moves up and the icons stay put:

 

Notice that in both images the automatic distance from edge is checked.  Hopefully this is all just user error...

Mirsguy
Reply #39 Thursday, November 13, 2008 12:07 AM

Just curious...

What is the image size on your dock graphic?

Can you show us the lines of code in your .ini file?

messiah1
Reply #40 Thursday, November 13, 2008 7:56 AM

Just curious...

What is the image size on your dock graphic?

Can you show us the lines of code in your .ini file?

What he said.  Not sure about Mirsguy, but for zoomers, if it's just simple graphics, I use 100x100 pixels.  Sometimes 150x150. 

Also, I always leave a 10 pixel border on my graphics, meaning each side of the graphic has 10 pixels of nothing.  This way, when it's set to auto distance from edge, there is 10 pixels of blank space between the edge of the screen and the dock.  Nothing hangs off the screen.

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