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PEB 
A "Screen Blanker" that Runs a Program
Posted on 5-May-2006 5:23:48
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Does any one know of a simple "screen blanker" type of program which, instead of actually blanking, can be set to run a program when there has been no user imputs for a set amount of time?

Thanks,

___ Paul ___

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PEB 
Re: A "Screen Blanker" that Runs a Program
Posted on 5-May-2006 16:35:35
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If there is nothing like this currently available, maybe some willing programer with time on his hands could throw something like this together without too much effort.
(please)

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Re: A "Screen Blanker" that Runs a Program
Posted on 5-May-2006 16:58:00
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@PEB

Perhaps something for the nice official blanker of AOS 4 upd 4?

Also, since you can write modules for it (blankers wich are small programs) could you make a module that launch a program or something like that?

Since it supports settings you could choose the blanker "program launcher" and in settings you could choose what program to launch.

Sounds like a good solution to me

May I ask what you got in mind? What program to launch etc...

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Hans 
Re: A "Screen Blanker" that Runs a Program
Posted on 5-May-2006 17:04:53
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@hotrod

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May I ask what you got in mind? What program to launch etc...


I don't know what he's thinking of, but I would probably launch a Hollywood script. That way I could create my own customised screen-savers with very little effort.

Unfortunately I don't think that the screenblanker files are included in the current public OS4 SDK.

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Re: A "Screen Blanker" that Runs a Program
Posted on 5-May-2006 17:22:11
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@Hans

Yep, I personally would like to be able to launch a Hollywood script/executable file; but another cool option would be to launch some of the "demos" that can be downloaded from OS4Depot (like sdl_demoeffects.lha).

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Hans 
Re: A "Screen Blanker" that Runs a Program
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@PEB

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@Hans

Yep, I personally would like to be able to launch a Hollywood script/executable file; but another cool option would be to launch some of the "demos" that can be downloaded from OS4Depot (like sdl_demoeffects.lha).


Yeah, the demos are another option. Actually, it would be nice if a screen-blanker extension/plugin existed for Hollywood. That way the preview window in screenblanker prefs would show would work with the script too. Writing a screenblanker module that calls a script wouldn't be hard at all. RainbowBlanker on OS4depot includes source-code. The only thing missing is the include files. Maybe the author of RainbowBlanker could do this as he's got all the necessary files.

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Re: A "Screen Blanker" that Runs a Program
Posted on 9-Jun-2006 20:49:28
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@Thread

The release of subspace on OS4Depot has gotten me thinking about this topic again. It would be neat to be able to launch something like this as a screenblanker.

Any bored coders out there looking for a project?

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yak 
Re: A "Screen Blanker" that Runs a Program
Posted on 9-Jun-2006 21:22:51
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@PEB

What about closing? Normal blankers disappear when you move your mouse or press a key. Some other program or demo probably won't do that.

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Posted on 9-Jun-2006 21:29:27
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@yak

On a move of the mouse the program could send an Esc or Ctrl-C break to the executed program.

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D-Dan 
Re: A "Screen Blanker" that Runs a Program
Posted on 9-Jun-2006 22:06:46
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Y'know - I wrote a program a long time ago which did exactly everything in this thread. Bad news is I lost the sources (and don't even run the real Amiga anymore). If I could remember what it was called I'd find it - but I can't even remember that.

It's out there on the net somewhere - if it comes to me I'll post.

Thinking about it - not much use as a reply, really :o(

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Re: A "Screen Blanker" that Runs a Program
Posted on 9-Jun-2006 23:02:15
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@Hans

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Unfortunately I don't think that the screenblanker files are included in the current public OS4 SDK.


Nah, but I think there is a screen blanker module available on OS4Depot which comes with source code. I checked into it once, but didn't do anything with it. The easies way is to call a SystemTagList() on activate, that's it I guess.

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Re: A "Screen Blanker" that Runs a Program
Posted on 10-Jun-2006 15:56:37
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@Jorge

Would you like to volunteer for the job?

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Hans 
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Posted on 10-Jun-2006 18:30:51
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@Jorge

The demo comes with source code but relies on ScrerenBlankerEngine header files. I don't think those are present in the archive.

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