Vista Sidebar
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Vista Sidebar

Updated Apr 01, 2007 by kennkh

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Comment #1 Thursday, December 21, 2006 1:53 PM
could do with an rss & a less obtrusive set of system monitors, otherwise good work

vistasidebar.exe ... seems to be for the left side of the screen if you click the + for fadeing the skin ... make it for the right?

the 'docked' weather widget .. seems not to display the correct background for weather conditions ? or is it meant to be like that ? just one background for all ?
Comment #2 Thursday, December 21, 2006 3:16 PM
Hi there and I repeat the comments of vampireUK. Also, anyway to add widgets, say like the mouse position and rgb, a system uptime, and more shortcuts for individual programs that would be programmable by the user??? Think the wx prob might be the script; but, dunno for sure and I'm not a skinner, sooooooo
Comment #3 Thursday, December 21, 2006 4:21 PM
I'm not sure how to do RSS or create user set shortcuts, but I'll look around and see if there are any examples. Same for the mouse position/RGB suggestion. I'd be obliged if anyone could give me some tips on how to do these things.

Personally, I prefer my docks on the left side of my screen, but it shouldn't be too hard to make a right sided dock. I'll include that in a future update.

As for the docked weather, the background should be changing with the weather conditions. There are sunny, rainy, snowy, cloudy, thunderstorm and partly cloudy backgrounds if I remember correctly. I just loaded up the widget myself and it seems to be working correctly, so I'm not really sure what to fix. If anyone knows what could be wrong, please let me know.

I don't use this sidebar myself so it hasn't been rigorously tested. Personally I find the Vista sidebar a little intrusive . However, thanks for you suggestions, and I'll take them into account when I continue to work on this thing.
Comment #4 Thursday, December 21, 2006 4:22 PM
Edit: Double post
Comment #5 Thursday, December 21, 2006 8:45 PM
Your right, kennkh the weather is working ok .. displaying other conditions fine now.

The picture display 'widget' seems to display only one picture . hpw about making it select a folder & go through that ?

When you double click on the weather widget - how about using the same images instead of another widget ? keep it consistent

The 'My Computer' shortcut opens 'My Documents'

Long place names are trailing over the edges of the weather widget when its 'docked'

good work othewise. I hate the vista sidebar but a dx sidebar is much better - yours is coming along just fine.
Comment #6 Thursday, December 21, 2006 8:49 PM
errm forgot to add this :

to see what I mean on an improvement to the expanded weather widget when you click on it , look at (Live Weather II) using a more rectangular widget with the original weather graphics of the sidebar would look good.
Comment #7 Thursday, December 21, 2006 9:49 PM
VampireUK, yeah all those things are on my to do list, I was just hoping no one would notice.

No idea how to do a slideshow in the picture display, but I'll add one if I figure out how.

I was planning to make the expanded weather look more like the "official" Vista expanded weather gadget, but just didn't have the time to make the pictures and format the object. I'll make one for my next update (which might be in a while at this point).

The My Computer shortcut actually opens the Windows Explorer, which I find is easier to navigate than the "My Computer" folder, so I'll probably just leave that as it is. I doubt many people use those shortcuts anyway. In my personal version, I replace them with shortcuts to some of my personal shortcuts. If I could find a way to allow the user to set their own shortcuts, I would, but I don't know how.

I know about the overflow of the place names. I can't really think of any way to fix it, since does not abbreviate country names in their weather data. Maybe in the update I'll separate the city and country into two lines, although I get some funky alignment errors the last time I tried that.

Thanks again for the comments, I'll work on the sidebar the next time I get a chance to do so.
Comment #8 Sunday, January 7, 2007 3:18 PM
outstanding ! great work kennkh

if you have time someday, could you do the weather, clock & RSS widgets as stand alone widgets too ?

Comment #9 Monday, January 8, 2007 12:34 AM
Sure, I'll submit weather and clock stand alone widgets.

I'm planning to do a minor tweak to the weather object first by using the ISO 3166 country abbreviations which should hopefully fix some of the overflow issues. I'll probably spend an hour on that tonight (there are a lot of countries).

I'll probably not submit the RSS reader since its really just a very minor reskin of dan.wright's RSSRead Widget. Nevertheless, I'll go ahead and make a standalone widget of that and send you a copy of it via email.
Comment #10 Thursday, February 1, 2007 4:22 AM
Outstanding work. It looks like all the bugs are fixed up right.

I don't know if this is a tweak you'd be willing to take on or not. If the inside widgets could remember their settings and not open their windows when I start up the sidebar everything would be absolutely perfect (well that and the widgets remembering location on the sidebar when I shut down). As it is I have to close something like five or six windows every time I fire up the sidebar or power up my computer.

Thanks much!
Comment #11 Thursday, February 1, 2007 3:18 PM
SirBedwyr, I don't know about remembering the settings, but it'd be pretty simple to hide those windows on startup. If theres enough of a demand for that, I'll include it in a future update.

If you don't want to wait, you can add a couple of lines to the script yourself if you have the builder.

First, right click on the background bar, called "grad", and go to "edit script". Below line 13, add the following lines:

DesktopX.Object("Calendar").Visible = False
DesktopX.Object("clockchooserback").Visible = False
DesktopX.Object("weather_image").Visible = False
DesktopX.Object("RSSBackLg").Visible = False
DesktopX.Object("RSSsummback").Visible = False
DesktopX.Object("RSS_List").Visible = False

Go to the File menu and select save and apply.

Edit: I've tried this and there still seems to be one window open. I don't know what script is making it visible. If I find it I'll let you know.

Edit: I figured out what was wrong, I'll upload a new version in a couple of days.
Comment #12 Friday, February 9, 2007 7:59 PM
here u started something lookin good.
Comment #13 Monday, April 2, 2007 5:35 PM
how do i get my photo thingy back on my sidebar. i drug it over to far and now it gone and i cant click on it to drag it back. it went behind the sidebar line. lol geez im a dufas. please help
Comment #14 Monday, April 2, 2007 8:29 PM
RUGER, I've been playing around with the sidebar and your problem seems to be caused by a quirk with the picture framer object. Though it'll be easy to fix on my side, I can't find an easy fix on the client side. For now, to fix the problem, you'll have to reset the picture frame settings in your registry if you feel comfortable doing so. I posted step by step instructions in the comments of the object version of this sidebar, but here they are again:

1. Close DesktopX and the sidebar.
2. Open the start menu and select Run
3. Type regedit into the box that pops up and press enter.
4. In the Window that pops up, navigate to the
    My Computer->HKEY_CURRENT_USER->Software->Stardock->DesktopX->Widget folder.
5. In the Widget folder, there should be a folder called PicFramer. Delete this folder.
6. Start up the sidebar and the picture frame settings should now be reset.

Let me know if you have any problems. Thanks for letting me know about the bug. I should have it fixed in the next release.
Comment #15 Tuesday, April 3, 2007 4:41 PM
SWEET that fixed it!!!!! thanks kennkh
Comment #16 Thursday, April 12, 2007 8:10 PM
I got Rugers disease, maybe his fix will work as well for my Dell. Lemme try it n c what I can dooooooo.

Comment #17 Thursday, April 12, 2007 8:25 PM

Yeah Bro, that did the trick.
Ha !

Comment #18 Thursday, June 7, 2007 10:53 PM
Hello, i just downloaded it, a little late, but there seems to bee this wierd white box with "WC News" in it and it wont go away, its in the middle of my desktop and moves with the sidebar
Comment #19 Friday, June 8, 2007 4:42 AM
Chewy_Solo, that happens sometimes on startup. The box is part of the RSS reader. If you press the "expand" button on the reader and then press "hide" it should disappear. I'll try and fix it in a future release if I ever get around to working on this again. Thanks for letting me know about the bug.
Comment #20 Wednesday, August 8, 2007 9:44 PM
i changed my resolution to 1024*768 and now its all fuxed up... the top is in the mid of my screen instead of the top.

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