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Stealthy Suite Preview (It's here!)

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alexandeu
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Stealthy Suite Preview (It's here!)

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Hey all, alexandeu here, or as people on DA know me as, Ekojain.
And I'm here with my newest project!

The "Stealthy" Suite!
^
That is the DeviantArt link to the preview of my newest "Utilities Suite".

(Now I know there are scary text blocks below here. I know that. It's okay.
Take a deep breath. AND READ THAT SHTUFF! Trust me, I wrote it for a reason,
and if you read it, everything will make sense. I promise.)


So a quick iteration of what the suite is about:
Most of us who use computers/laptops don't go about our day "staring at our desktops" the whole time.
We like to do all sorts of cool stuff with our computer,
type up word documents for work, research for homework, dick around on the internet,
entertain ourselves, watch pirated movies, all that fun stuff.
So you really only have a tiny amount of time actually looking at the cool rainmeter stuff you've got set up.
But. I wanted do all that, and still stay connected to rainmeter!

So that's what got me working on this suite!
All of the skins are docked to either sides of the screen, and hide when your cursor leaves so
it is completely unobtrusive to anything else you have open.
You can type up little reminders on the notes;
open applications; change songs; turn up or down the system volume;
and all sorts of really cool and useful stuff.


I've made it a general rule for my suite that
"Right-click" is open, and "Left-click" is close.
I've set it that way because I don't want users herp-derping, randomly, accidentally
opening the skins and then rage to themselves about having to close the skin now,
and just how annoying that is.

SO, that rule generally applies to all of the skins, except for the music player.
it's kind of special (I did name the whole suite after it), there's nothing to open anyways.
Well, other than the separate progress bar skin anyways, but shh.


Also, Most of the skins have a counterpart variable,
meaning a variant for the other side of the screen, for more customizing funtazzle-shizz;
As well as a settings window for each one of them.
In the settings window, you can fool around with the colours, fonts, and other cool stuff,
so you could tailor the skin to an appearance that suits YOU.
(Meaning if you ever have any of my skins in a screenshot,
be sure to send a link my way so I get to see what you've tinkered with! :D )



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One of the really cool things here I'd like to mention is the "Appli" skin:
Unlike most other app launchers where you have to set a file path and all that,
I've made use of the "FileView Plugin"!
Now what I mean by that is, I have a folder in the @Resources folder,
named "Applications" (which you can access easily through the skin itself),
in that folder, are shortcuts to applications/programs.
All you need to do is go to the "Program Files" in windows,
click on the program you use more often, make a shortcut,
and then throw that shortcut in the "Applications" folder,
refresh the Appli skin, and then voila!
Easy setup, it's there!
Right-click an app, and you're there. You got what you want.
Happy? Thought so.

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The skins are all done, the only thing that needs finishing now are the
"Settings window" skins for each of the actual skins.

So stay tuned!

I'll make a video on using the suite once it's all finished,
and figured out how to use a screen recording program.
Fingers crossed I don't screw up making the video.

The whole suite should be done in a few weeks,
and then you guys can dick around on the internet while changing songs all you want,
in style.


Tell me what you think! or what you'd like to see!

Alex, sign out!
Last edited by alexandeu on September 18th, 2013, 9:59 pm, edited 12 times in total.
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Chuck
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Re: Stealthy Suite Preview

Post by Chuck »

Suuuuuuiiiite

That was supposed to be a pun. Suite, sweet? Aaah..
Regardless!
Beautiful design and more my style than those all-over-the-place desktops. Really nice work with this one.
Love the automatically generated app list.
Though, to show them it's really a click? If there's so little showing, I know my personal preference'd lean on the mouseover side, and hide on mouseleave, though that's left to personal taste I guess.

Amazing job, alex :)
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Chuck wrote:Suuuuuuiiiite

That was supposed to be a pun. Suite, sweet? Aaah..
Regardless!
Beautiful design and more my style than those all-over-the-place desktops. Really nice work with this one.
Love the automatically generated app list.
Though, to show them it's really a click? If there's so little showing, I know my personal preference'd lean on the mouseover side, and hide on mouseleave, though that's left to personal taste I guess.

Amazing job, alex :)
Haha! I'm gonna use that in the video if you don't mind! :P

Well, I'll take that into consideration, if that were to work,
the tab and the panel for the "list" skins would have to connect,
which shouldn't be all too hard to re-do, but I'll see.

Thanks for the input mate!
Really appreciate it! :D
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Chuck wrote: Though, to show them it's really a click? If there's so little showing, I know my personal preference'd lean on the mouseover side, and hide on mouseleave, though that's left to personal taste I guess.
I actually went back reviewing this very carefully, the principles and reasons of my suite,
and I'm glad to say I'm standing by what I've set it to.
Let me explain:
Yeah there is only a little bit showing, I get that.
Setting it to mouseover if my skins were to just sit tight on the desktop then that would be fine, but the thing is you're most likely going to be using my skins with your browser or whatever in fullscreen. So you see that scrollbar thing at the right side?
I don't know about a lot of people, but my mouse wheel screws up sometimes,
and I like to manually use the scroll bar.
So if I set it to mouseover, then that would mean lots of stress trying to avoid
opening the skin on the right side. (And I LIKE the right side...)

So yeah, it basically comes down to considering the amount of productivity/actions we do in a full screen window.
I don't want people raging. Although that would be kind of funny.

(Also, god I REALLY need to change that preview pic. It is SINFULLY UGLY)

Alex,
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I'M BACK!

So yeah, I updated the preview picture, cut-down on the first step of the project, and will release the "basic" grade of the suite in 2-3 days.

I had a lot of ideas, but the more I added on, the more cluttered it became, so now I'm going to take it slow and have a progression of cleaning and organizing each skin, which I'll save for future releases of the suite.
But for now, I present you the 4 main skins: Stealthy(musicplayer), Notes, Appli, and Sound.

I've also decided that the settings windows I will leave to future releases. (except for the musicplayer)
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Looking good :)
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