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Changes to Xplode

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I have been messing around with Xplode for quite awhile now and I have come up with this.

I have added the following:

You can use images as the background for the header, footer, menu, center area.

Added extra areas in the css style sheet.

You can now add Title/Headers in the list and they will collapse now with more items. It only allows one level.

Warning 56k Users (Large Images)

Picture1

Picture2

Picture3

You will get a better idea if you try Example Download

I am new to XML. JavaScript and only know some HTML so give me a break about my coding :P

Hope you enjoy.

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Good to see someone sharing what they've done.

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Thanks Wraith for posting atleast you did :)

Ya if more people shared their changes then it would be better for Xplode Community and will help the others that are not as good.

So no one was even interested or could not be bothered to post :(

Thought I add something else in here as well instead of making a new topic. I am at the moment making a editor for Xplode that will make the xml file for you all you do is fill in the information in the application and then it will output the xml for you. I am mostly focusing this app on the select-install side of Xplode but will most likely be compatible with the others as well.

I have just started making it so it will be a while till its done and I do have course work to do on top of that.

Wraith, Thanks for Xplode and keep up the good work looking forward to the next update :)

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Genzo,

Thanks for the post, it is nice to see someone elses way of writing out there xml. I will hopefully post mine here soon after i get it working correctly :)

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@genzo

I don't know dick about html or style sheets, but thanks to your modified files and Google I have edited my selected install also. Thanks to Wraith as well for this excellent proggie which brought me from the dark ages of RunOnceEx

xplode1

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@S0mE0nesMiNd1

If you mean my image, nothing special really. I use PaintShop Pro, the original image was 2109x3000, when I resized it to 540 height with Pixel, Bicubic or Bilinear there was always some jaggedness around the edges, weighted average removed the jagged edges but there still seemed to be a little bluring.

Eventually I did what I have done in the past, used the mouse wheel to zoom out in PSP and take a screen shot about the size I wanted, then resized with weighted average to increase by 10 or 15 pixels. I then used the dropper tool to get the background colour and created an new image of 600x540, the size of genzo's original image (which works out the right size when I set xplode to 800x600) any more and when its run on my machine the cpu usage is 70%+ pent 3.06ghz, then pasted the Angelina image into the new one, thats it.

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Looks there's still hope for mankind, right Wraith? :P

Nicely done genzo...after i saw your example, sudently motivation came back to me.

Maybe Monday i'll post my...no work till then .

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As promised here's a link with some pics showing my Xplode changes.... i know that suck a bit...but i dont have any patience (sp?) to work with graphs so i didnt took a lot a time with them...

Screenshots

Here's the guidelines.

All menus have time limit so i can put a cd in it...and if i want to be default, just let it roll, having the choice to change a bit or all of the process.

Pic 1 - Runs from a cd from the winnt.sif in GuiRunOnce, mapping a share from our server (This point is not implemented yet, but i have tested, and i dont foresee any problem)

Pic 2 - Starts a menu choice from the server giving the user all the options (this way i can add/remove methods as much as i want without burning new cds and without having to test for days)

Pic 3 - Wihu menu selection

Pic 4 - Wihu on the works

Pic 5 - Xplode menu selection

Pic 6 - Xplode on the works

Hope this can help someone and if you have any doubt post here ;)

I hope all users who use Xplode share their knowledge/methods/shots so the developer see that there are people who really know how's things work and can improve it.

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Thanks IceBlackIce for sharing your ideas.

I like your design and the idea to have a menu to select XPlode etc.

This has given me the idea that I could make a menu that you run XPlode with a different config file for each OS.

This will make the files a lot cleaner when handling them yet give a great interface for the different OS that I use.

At first I was going to store the config file for each OS on a different floppy disks, this way I can save using floppy disks.

NOTE

I have disabled the downloads and images because a member PM about that I was sharing XPlode when the main download area was taken down. I totaly forgot and dont want to go against Wraith wishes so I have taken them down.

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I have no problem with people who want to share their configurations, I just object to redistributing the executables.

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Yeah i intend to implement that to Windows 2000 ... but as i am lazy as hell i am expecting the Rollup Update to save me from rearrange the the software list after :P

If i find some time i will get on the works with it sooner.

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@benners

oh my! i like what you've done with the icons in the second picture.

looks like there is a lot for me to learn..

would you mind sharing what you've done.. saves me some time re-inventing an old invention :rolleyes:

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@Glowy

Sure, as I have said in my previous post I don't know anything about style sheets or Javascript so what I do is alter things and see what changes. The attached style sheet is what I use for the effects, the green tick, red cross and blue pause were ones I had on my hard drive, I opened the icon with iconXP and saved the 24x24 32bpp one as a gif.

The check box I made in Paint Shop by creating a new image 24x24 with a white background and adding a bevel effect with Eyecandy filters and the clock is an animated gif I made from another icon, I removed the hand in Paint Shop so the face was blank, then used the line tool to created hands at different times, then using Ulead gif animator created the animated gif, for the gifs to run you will need to allow "Play animations in web pages" under the advanced tab in IE.

I have commented the style sheet for my benefit so the terminology may not be correct, let me know if you need any more info and I will try to help.

icons.zip

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Great thnx..

I don't know much about css and java either. I didn't come around in changing things in javascript and the style sheet. But after seeing what you and others did I'm off to try :)

I see you're quite handy with photoshop/paintshop.. another thing I can't seem to find the time for :S

The clock is animated? nice! can't wait to try it, and after that show it off :w00t:

I'm running XPlode at T-12, so I don't know if the animation will show. sure hope so. as the plugin used says: eyecandy!

thanks again for sharing your work :thumbup

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I'm running XPlode at T-12, so I don't know if the animation will show
I don't know about T12 all I run then is the default tweaks and they just fly through, it is animated before windows starts after the second reboot, but on my slow computer (Athlon XP2100) it does stop and start, maybe there is not enough juice. I have found that if I open Task Manager when xplode is running the animation plays smoothly, still trying to figure out the kinks
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Finally got around to test it.

The animation works at T-12!

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:thumbup result.

I'm toying with the idea of creating a bitmap for the selection menu so that instead of a colour there would be an image but I can't decide on which is the best, I would like the writing to have a glow around it but due to the different text lengths sometimes it just looks tacky :angry:

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This is my newest version of XPLODE.

Please post comments and ideas.

Pictures

About: This shows the about sections that can be found in the new menu that starts up.

Install1: This shows my install menu I am planning on changing it show that it shows icons like "benners" install.

OSMenu: This shows a list of different Operating Systems and will allow you to pick one.

Select: This shows the select menu not really much to see here.

Tree & Tree2: This shows the new tree menu that collapses when you click it.

INFO

When you pick one of the OS buttons it will load a different XPLODE XML file that has been set in the html code.

This part has been made using javascript and html.

You just click the button and it will run the new XML file, so you dont have to click install.

It does have a downside because of security a message comes up asking to allow the javascript to run click yes or it wont work.

The way that it runs a new XML file is by running "XPlode.exe /xml:win2000.xml" etc and then closing the current instance of XPlode.

This was the only way that I could get it to work without Wraith altering the XPlode code.

How it works

When it is first run the OS Menu will show, just click one of the OS buttons and it will then load a new xml file for that OS.

You can now select the items that you want to install using the new collapable menus.

Click install when ready and it will install the selected items.

This download only contains the needed files and not the exe file and other files you should have.

So just extract XPLODE to a new folder and then copy these files over the ones allready their.

PLEASE MAKE SURE ITS A NEW ONE THAT YOU EXTRACTED AND NOT SURE MAIN ONES.

View Pictures HERE

Download HERE

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Nice work.

Just been mucking around with Flash, set this up...

FlashSelection.png

Obviously adding animation and whatnot isn't terribly hard, maybe I'll clean the javascript up and attach it later.

Edited by Wraith
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Wraith thats nice

I thought about using flash but it would be something new that I would have to learn again :P

I have to say that I like that, I am not so sure using colours to show the status of each item. I seam to like using icons but suppose you could use both :)

Thanks for posting Wraith

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Thought I let everyone know that i have implemented a theme systems into xplode now and a menu system that allows you to select a operating system.

I cant give a link to the file yet becasue my hosting is down and waiting for it to be put back again but in the mean time you have to wait :)

I have not tested it much so exspect some issues.

Come on people share your ideas and code with others.

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The time has come, got my storage space back and ready for a update.

Note

I will now be using the lastest version of XPlode and will not be checking to see if its compatable with the other versions. Sorry

These was made with the last free version.

Updates

Theme System Added

Menu Selection System Added

Install List Headers Added

Tree View Install List Added

Testing

I have not tested any of these much so expect bugs.

How to use the Theme System

In the XML file you should find in my examples new tags ("<Theme></Theme>" and "<Menu></Menu>"). The theme

system only uses the "<Theme></Theme>" tag, this tag tells XPlode what theme to use when it loads.

In the directory "\section\Themes" folder you will find folders these are the theme folders that you can use with

the "<Theme></Theme>" tag to change the theme to whats in the folder.

In your XML file put between the "<Theme></Theme>" the name of the folder (the theme) that you want to use in the

middle of the tags like this "<theme>DRAGON</theme>", this will now load the theme "DRAGON".

You will need to specify the theme because I have not added any error handling at all.

Menu System

To use the menu system you will need to have the menu files in the theme folder and the main menu file needs to be

called "menu-frameset.html". Now to enable the menu you will need to use a new tag "<menu></menu>" that will tell

XPlode to use this new menu before the main part. All you have to do is put "<menu>true</menu>" makes sure this

is in the first XPlode xml file that is loaded.

ScreenShots

About.jpg

This just shows off the about info with information about the creator of XPlode.

OSMenu.jpg

This is a menu that you use to select the OS system that you have installed this will then use a different

XML file in XPlode that is right for that OS. It will also have a different theme to it because I have added

a new theme system into the code.

TreeInstallList.jpg

This will allow you to add headings into the list without it trying to install them.

Win2000.jpg

This shows off the XML and theme that windows 2000 uses.

Win2003.jpg

This uses the old style (Original Look) for the theme.

WinXP.jpg

This will have a different background because it uses a different theme to the others.

(Gallery HERE)

DOWNLOAD HERE

XPlode Editor

I would like to know what you people would like in a XPlode Editor like feature, functions etc

Please give as much detail as you can :)

I am not going to promiss anything but I am working on multiple projects at the moment that will benefit the

XPlode community. You might get some hints to what in my gallery HINT HINT :)

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Hehe you beat me to it genzo :P

I was thinking in implementing a theme based xplode as well but you were faster.

My method is based in an autoit script ,2 batch files and 2 text files.

Just to give an idea...the names are just an example :P

run.bat calls the autoit script and then xplode

copy.bat copy the content of the folder of the theme to be applied.

IE the theme to be run is 5...copy.bat copies the content of a folder called 5 to xplode folder.

theme.exe its the compiled autoit script that checks 2 text files to know what theme is going to be loaded. And then call the copy.bat to apply the theme.

total.txt holds the number of themes that are stored

last.txt holds the number of the last theme to be used, so theme.exe can call the next theme.if last equals total then starts from the first one

its a bit confusing and perhaps not the best idea...but if works...and each time i run xplode is a different theme without having to manually mess with the file everytime.

Its really a shame that almost no one is getting their hands dirty with this, maybe the 3 weeks limit pulled someone off....oh well...

If anyone wants some details or have some questions...plz PM me.

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Thanks IceBlackIce for posting

I see how you have done it, sneaky way of doing it without coding it in javascript etc :) but if it does the job then it does not matter how its done.

I thought about putting a random theme mode in but have not got around to it, same as adding a default theme if its not set in the xml file.

Its a shame that many people dont post their thoughts/ideas so that it helps other people.

I take it no one wants a XPlode editor as no one posted any ideas for it?

You can post other ideas here that you would like to see in XPlode, this way it give Wraith a idea what most people would like to see and it will give people like me ideas.

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