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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #125 on: 18:48, 09 March 12 »
...look forward to the LowerRom-Board.

Me too :) Already ordered two of them :-D ... IMHO: Up to now the expanson of the year 2012 :-)))

@TFM/FS: Does FutureOS has somekind of "system.ini" where I have the chance to configurate booting procedure or start a special application after booting?

Well, actually not. My reaseon was to be protected agains a potention virus (sound silly todoy, eh?). So no, you have to read a directory and to start a program at least. But in the next version there will be enhanced expansion ROM support and I could add such a feature there. But to be honest I like to complete two games before I continue intensively with the OS.
 
Would it be possible to take over the character set of the special WinCPC OS-ROM?

Yes, take your character set of choice and implement it in the lower ROM at address &3800. I also can do that for you. Just send me your standard lower ROM and your character set. Would be my pleasure.
 
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How to install FutureOS on a MegeFlash?
« Reply #126 on: 23:48, 21 March 12 »
This little video shows how to install FutureOS on a MegaFlash:

Install FutureOS (for CPC Plus) on an MegaFlash expansion card
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #127 on: 20:52, 22 March 12 »
still the old skin as I can see...

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #128 on: 23:46, 22 March 12 »
still the old skin as I can see...

Yeah, I have to do the conversions of your wonderful GFX to CPC format. Lack time at the moment, job keeps me badly busy. But times will get better :-)
 
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #129 on: 02:13, 23 March 12 »
don't you just have to "copy-paste" the graphics datas to the place were the ancients are ?

well I guess assembly language is a bit more difficult and triky than just that. :D

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #130 on: 03:32, 23 March 12 »
Hehe! Looking forward to the weekend  :)
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #131 on: 18:08, 23 March 12 »
don't you just have to "copy-paste" the graphics datas to the place were the ancients are ?

Well, I just can decide...! Can you just tell me a set of you personal favorite icons? Then I will update the French version in very, very short time (day I'm talking about, hehe).
 
You created so much icons, such a huge amazing work. I just can't decide which ones to use first...
 
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #132 on: 15:05, 24 March 12 »
Maybe it would be a good idea to have a theme manager for futureOS that makes easy testing different icons and such.


Just and idea...  ;D

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #133 on: 01:34, 25 March 12 »
Maybe it would be a good idea to have a theme manager for futureOS that makes easy testing different icons and such.


Just and idea...  ;D

That's already in the pipeline. I plan to do an app. that allows handle sets of icons and to change everyone individual.
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #134 on: 02:11, 25 March 12 »
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Maybe it would be a good idea to have a theme manager for futureOS that makes easy testing different icons and such.
Yeah I already suggested that a good Desktop manager would be sweet...

but this may be trickier than it seems and need one additionnal 16K ROM used by the OS...

Strangely enough, TFM almost "hardwired" the desktop/theme/icons frame into the code in order to optimise the whole stuff...
While technically a clever move for a 8bit computer OS (each byte counts...), this is not a clever move for a trivial GUI with some user friendly customisation aims.

As a result, even if you have no real time clock, you have it on screen... and it is big and not well placed too but this is only my opinion... (I like to add insult to injury lol)


And...you know, those mushrooms won't reproduce by themselves... they eed a TFM to watch and record in order to produce fine Americano-German micro-organism Porn.
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Come on... Herr Doktor Stephan... you will find time one day, I hope. :)

I did perhaps more variants then needed, because i was hoping that each icons would need many state changes...
Like selected, unselected, non used and so on.
 

but to me all of them seem usable, perhaps some of you may give some opinion ?

There per exemple...
the drives (a:, b:, etc...) are sorted by 3 sort (Floppy, HDD and RAM disks...) and with 3 states each.

not supported/unavaillable (no physical one, or not installed) (darker), supported/availlable (the drawing is vrighter), and selected (all is brighter).

or any other way (selected would have the upper part of the icon going darlker actually...)
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #135 on: 21:46, 26 March 12 »
An overwhelming amount of GFX! Hardly know where to start...!!!
 
 
Well, you brought me to an idea: An optioni for changeing positions of Icons would be fine.
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #136 on: 22:06, 26 March 12 »
Well, you brought me to an idea: An option for changeing positions of Icons would be fine.
Yes, for example to put the DIR button next to Drive A !!

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #137 on: 22:37, 26 March 12 »
How about being able to hide Icons you don't need or use. Most people don't need Drives C and D for example, but the icons are alway there.

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #138 on: 23:22, 26 March 12 »
Yes, for example to put the DIR button next to Drive A !!

Yes, some like A, some like B, I would use I or J. So I will make that as open as possible.
 
However, since I do assume that people will NOT change their Icons or their position that often I will not make that part of the core OS. Instead I will make an application for doing all that stuff  :)  It's in the planning state right now.
 
 
How about being able to hide Icons you don't need or use. Most people don't need Drives C and D for example, but the icons are alway there.

Bryce.

Well, in cases of drives: Icons of not connected drives are shown streaked out, so it's obvious that the correspoinding drives are not connected. In case you do a "hot" connect of them just use the icons like usual, it will work.
 
It's hard to know for the OS which Icons (else) will be used or not, I still have problems to finish my mind-controlling routines. ??? However as always step by step  ;)
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #139 on: 19:41, 27 March 12 »
I think hiding these inactive ions is a nice idea - it would declutter the interface significantly...

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #140 on: 22:26, 27 March 12 »
Exactly, streaked out just means the OS didn't find them, but it still clutters the desktop. If they were gone completely and you could choose the icon order yourself it would make the interface much smoother to use.

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #141 on: 00:00, 28 March 12 »
Exactly, streaked out just means the OS didn't find them, but it still clutters the desktop. If they were gone completely and you could choose the icon order yourself it would make the interface much smoother to use.

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Well, you can't take them away completely, else hot plug n play wouldn't work. But you can make them invisible or just use something very small. That's all in your range of choices :-)
 
So I already have some good input / ideas for my new application "ControlIcons".
 
Thanks' to all for all your ideas :)
 
If you have any other ideas connected to icons, let me know. I will collect ideas & wishes for some weeks more, then I start coding :)
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #142 on: 21:41, 28 March 12 »
Yes, for example to put the DIR button next to Drive A !!

Well, everybody has a kind of "favorite style". It's hard to find one that fits for eveybody. Me f.e. have all stuff on B ;-)
 
Originally I thought it's a good idea to have fixed icons, so everybody can use the Desktop on every FutureOS-CPC in the same way. (If you start working on a stranger's PC then you have to search all icons first, and it suxx!). I still think its a good idea to have a kind of "common" way to start.
However, it seems to be also important to provide freedom to the user, to be able to alter and organize his / her Desktop in a personal way.
So I hope to be able to create the needed functionality soon.
 
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #143 on: 02:05, 29 March 12 »
And a double click in a Drive to DIR?

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #144 on: 12:30, 29 March 12 »
Yes, for example to put the DIR button next to Drive A !!

Or to Auto-DIR the driver you clicked.... (Every step begins with a DIR) :D

When you click Icon for Drive A for example and no task is running: DIR the drive, too
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #145 on: 14:24, 29 March 12 »
Yes !!

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #146 on: 20:05, 29 March 12 »
What's about the following:
 
An option, that allows to either handle it as up to now, or:
 
As soon as you put a disc in the drive the DIRectory will be read and accessible? You would like that?
 
 
(I can check if a drive has a disc or not without spinning the drive motor, so it would not bother the hardware).
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #147 on: 20:13, 29 March 12 »
Well you could test this option, too...
Perhaps its useful ;)
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #148 on: 20:35, 29 March 12 »
I thought more as an "instead of"  ;D
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #149 on: 20:52, 29 March 12 »
I thought more as an "instead of"  ;D

Sure as "instead of" but first this feature should be tested if it's suitable.
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