Sunrise Background
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Sunrise Background

Updated Jul 24, 2005 by rabidrobot


rabidrobot
Comment #1 Monday, July 25, 2005 12:06 AM
If you're wondering why it doesn't look like the screenshot on your setup, it's because I used special pngs for the letters (S-U-N-R-I-S-E), which are half-height. Maybe you can find some minimalistic icons with lots of transparent area if you actually want to use this as your background.

So, what the heck is going on? Well, I'm not sure, to tell the truth. I just started goofing around, saw some strange behavior and exploited it. Let's look at the background.ini file:

[Info]
Name = Sunrise
ColorMe = 0

[Tile]
Image = sunrise_tile.png
TopHeight = 74
BottomHeight = 54
TileCenter = 0
TileVCenter = 1

[Background]
Image = sunrise_bg.png
OutsideBorderRight = 28
OutsideBorderLeft = 28


[Author]
rabidrobot

The sunrise_tile.png is 128x128 pixels. The first 54 (not coincidentally the base icon size for the dock) pixels counting up are drawn because BottomHeight = 54. The top 74 pixels (the remainder of the image) are drawn only when the image is magnified. But, there are different ways the dock could have drawn them. In this case it draws them starting at the top of the image, drawing more as the image grows larger because TopHeight = 74, which results in the illusion of the orb rising. If instead TopHeight = 0 and Bottom Height = 128, the image continues to be drawn from the bottom up as it is magnified; a completely different visual effect.

The TileCenter and TileVCenter values are actually the ones I was playing with when I first noticed oddness. In this case the TileVCenter value doesn't make a discernable difference, but the TileCenter value will cause neighboring images to be truncated horizontally if it is changed to = 1.

The [Background] section is there only to draw caps on the ends of the dock, and also shows through when the tiled images separate a bit during magnification.

I think even more interesting effects should be possible. I hope folks will explore this a bit. Try orienting this background on the sides and top of your screen! Try changing the base icon size or maximum magnification! Wow! Potential.


EDIT: Arrgh, the dreaded two-and-a-half stars. That will drastically reduce the number of people who see this. Oh well, I guess it is a fair rating for all that this is.
seldomseen
Comment #2 Thursday, December 1, 2005 8:20 PM
hmmm...o.k., I'll try it...

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