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Software News   Software News : MorphOS: A Pachyderm for the Screen Titlebar
   posted by tokai on 23-Oct-2009 22:50:53 (3401 reads)
There are all kinds of things a user can squeeze into screen titlebars on MorphOS: monitors, clocks, lamps, gauges, flags and even bugs. But something was missing until today: elephants!

binaryriot proudly presents: Elephant.sbar, a visual guide into MorphOS' layer configuration.


Elephant.sbar shows if Enhanced Layers are activated for the current screen or if just just the old traditional legacy layer system is in use. And what could be better for this purpose than a little brother of the (in)famous MorphOS desktop toy and Enhanced Layer demonstration tool "Elephant"?

Elephant.sbar can be downloaded from tokai's homepage:
http://tokai.binaryriot.org/public
    

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Re: MorphOS: A Pachyderm for the Screen Titlebar
Posted on 24-Oct-2009 10:09:50
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Really nice idea...


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Re: MorphOS: A Pachyderm for the Screen Titlebar
Posted on 24-Oct-2009 16:16:08
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Screenshot so we that dont run mos can see :) I like elephants. What about bananas and pancakes ?

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It's a little grey elephant that turns black (or white) if the "Enhanced Layers" stop working.

It's cute! Shame I don't know what "Enhanced Layers" exactly are! How they differ from 3d layers etc and all that.

Hang on a sec...

TA-DA!!

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Re: MorphOS: A Pachyderm for the Screen Titlebar
Posted on 24-Oct-2009 18:57:33
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Enhanced layers/ display is the same as 3D layers (if you check the Elephant.sbar.guide in the archive, it's explained there ). jacaDcaps shuffles the names around for each MorphOS release; I'm confused too, sometimes.

Here's another screenshot by roschmyr:


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Re: MorphOS: A Pachyderm for the Screen Titlebar
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I get 3d layers confused with Double/Triple Buffered screen and that "Blance CPU Usage between refreshing and other processes" bit.

How do you turn off 3D layers on MorphOS these days? I found it saved a bit of memory on the Efika.

Wait, just found it, turn off enhanced display in 'screens'. I see a white elephant on the workbe... Ambient Screen now!

One last thing, I find the grey for on, white/black for off a little indstinct, could we have a
Pink elephant for an off choice?


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Re: MorphOS: A Pachyderm for the Screen Titlebar
Posted on 24-Oct-2009 19:59:23
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Some suggessions :

- Add a bubble help when the mouse pointer is over the elephant that says "This screen support enhanced display" or "this screen doesn't support enhanced display".

- Double-clic on the elephant open prefs/screen

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Its cool that you make more use of the title screenbar. It saves workbench/ambient space. I like that :) I like the way macOS do it too. Would be nice if os4 would have more stuff there too.

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There's been an update in case anyone missed it:-

http://tokai.binaryriot.org/public/

now adds some of the features suggested above.


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