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Posted 14 May 2005 - 03:16 AM
I thought about using flash but it would be something new that I would have to learn again
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
Posted 06 June 2005 - 04:45 AM
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.
Posted 11 June 2005 - 03:28 AM
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.
Theme System Added
Menu Selection System Added
Install List Headers Added
Tree View Install List Added
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.
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.
This just shows off the about info with information about the creator of XPlode.
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.
This will allow you to add headings into the list without it trying to install them.
This shows off the XML and theme that windows 2000 uses.
This uses the old style (Original Look) for the theme.
This will have a different background because it uses a different theme to the others.
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
Posted 16 June 2005 - 09:12 AM
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
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.
Posted 16 June 2005 - 11:09 AM
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.
Posted 17 June 2005 - 08:45 AM
First - As seen in the picture, on some of the items, the box doesnt cover up everything and including the text until it is actually selected (Clicked on).
Second - The highlighting color is nearly the same as the text, is there anyway I can change the color of the highlight? (I searched one of the JS files and found how to change the TEXT color, but not the highlight.
This post has been edited by S0mE0nesMiNd1: 17 June 2005 - 08:47 AM
Posted 17 June 2005 - 01:52 PM
I did not think of this till now. The only way to fix this would be to make the box bigger or split the box up in parts so that it would stretch to whats in its contents.
The reason that the box goes to the right size when you click it is that its not using a image it then uses normal table but with colours and borders.
To change the colour of the interface you will need to find the right code in the css(cascading style sheet) "not sure if I spelt that right but anyway you will find this in each of the theme folders.
It had taken me ages to find the ones that i have altered already.
Sorry but iIcant get into to much detail in helping you at the moment I hope someone else can. I only have 1 week left till I finish college and need all my course work done which is not the case I have assignments not finished. If your questions are not answered when I have some spare time then I will be glad to help.
Hope I have been some help
Posted 17 June 2005 - 02:47 PM
I thought I made stuff pretty clear, but that's to me, so it may not be clear to anyone else... which might be right, seeing as I'm so cryptic
If you do feel like redoing the whole layout from scratch, and want to get it included with XPlode, msg me on MSN/ICQ - if you're going to help me with a layout, I'll be more likely to add more capabilities if you think they're needed in order to get the display working. New window.external.XXXXX() functions and whatnot.
I'm only going to be able to offer this opportunity today and tomorrow - I have a few days before I need to get ready for my exams, so you're going to have to make up your mind in the near future
Posted 18 June 2005 - 03:33 AM
I might give it a try once my course is finished, I should have plenty of time when looking for a job
Wraith thanks for a great tool.
How about a window.external.shell("#XPLODE#\xplode.exe /xml win2000.xml") function that would run the XPlode.exe with a new xml file. This would get rid of the scripting message in the theme/menu system I made
This post has been edited by genzo: 18 June 2005 - 03:36 AM