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Active Desktop Tutorial

madmatt

Bow Down to the King
Political User
#1
Welcome to the official active desktop help thread.
Please keep all posts related in one way or another.
Questions will be answered by our team of experts.

The tutorial is located here.

Feel free to post screen shots of what you have come up in this thread (use the attach feature or link them to your own website).

Enjoy.

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As of September 13, 2003, all materials for the tutorial and NTFS.desktop have been moved from one server (innovations.*) to another (usm). If you come across any broken links, please send me an ISM and I will fix them. Thank you.
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G-Lizard86

Guest
#3
THANK YOU MATT! i'm on it right now...gonna make the changes 2morrow, and i'll post a screenshot when im done.....some really sweet stuff there man....
 

Perris Calderon

Moderator
Staff member
Political User
#4
Matt..this is a great effort, and a great service...congratulations on a terrific concept and job.

brewskies for the house...I'm buying;
 
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mupp

Guest
#6
For some odd reason, I'm reading all the steps, but I cant get a link to Winamp3 (Studio.exe) working....and matt, how did you get the expandable menus, backround, etc on there?
 
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G-Lizard86

Guest
#7
hey mupp, this is just a start.....the basic stuff you know..the rest will follow later i'm sure!
 

madmatt

Bow Down to the King
Political User
#8
Firstly, let me thank everyone so far *drinks his beer from dealer*

Secondly, mupp. I knew that question would come along sooner or later. My menus are DHTML and I have no plans (yet) to release the code; I have to stay on top some how. As for everything else, I used style sheets for font, links, etc.

Thirdly, functions that are not available via the tutorial (such as the menus, msnm, etc.) may be released some time in the future.

Lastly, my next project is an xp-erience desktop block that shows the news and forum posts. Then I have to finish up my website. After I may write version 3.

This is my game, I created it, I will always be on top. *evil laugh* =]
 
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mupp

Guest
#9
Yeah, I guess so - Can you apply regular html code to activedesktop.html, like <BODY BGCOLOR="bleh.jpg"> ?
 
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G-Lizard86

Guest
#10
im not to sure if you are always gonna be on top....i'm still a young guy i'm quite ambitious:p....i'm gonna use these tutorials of yours to learn about html and stuff.....and maybe one day in the far future i will surpass you in knowledge.....oh god help me i'm being too poetic...lol probably had too much beer or something....
 
#11
Very nice Matt! :) I have implemented your tutorial into my desktop. Here is where I sit as of now. I plan to add more as I go along. Click the image below for a full size version. *56k warning*

I have to figure out why my fonts get all screwy when I do a print screen. It does it every time. *shrug*





Thanks for a great tutorial Matt. :)
 
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G-Lizard86

Guest
#12
that's because you are probably using low quality jpeg....set the quality higher or use gif!
 

madmatt

Bow Down to the King
Political User
#14
very good start xsiv. I forgot to add a Google search into the tutorial. ah well, another day. I'm on break.

mupp, yes.
<BODY BACKGROUND="image.jpg">
 
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bruce_ers00

Guest
#16
madmatt: I am implementing your active desktop functions into my desktop... it's time for a change. :) I need to ask, I have attempted to modify links to launch files and folders and have been unsuccessful. Can you tell me, does the launch link work for executibles or any type of file (ie. to launch a .doc)? If not, can you explain how to do this?
 
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Syd[SU]

Guest
#17
Cool Tutorial loads of fun. I m trying to get the calender to work however it wont show up. I am getting a popup that says line 1 char 1 syntax error when i try to open the file on its own, what should i do to fix this?
 
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O_o

Guest
#19
I wouldn't say you'll stay on top Matt :) If you are really really interesting in doing some neat things like Matt does, take research HTML and DHTML. It's not all that complicated and is pretty simple once you start messing around with it. Overall, very nice tutorial Matt. I might put some DHTML in to use, but I've never really cared for it. I prefer simple links rather than menus :)
 

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