_Martin_'s Articles In WinCustomize News
December 3, 2004 by _Martin_
A bit of fun for Christmas cheer! I want people to send me Christmas cards !!!!!

I'm conscious that we have a great international community here so I think it would be fun to see how many cards I can get and where they come from.

This isn't an ego trip, I don't want it to be a "send me a card if you like my widgets", if only because that sounds a bit wierd !!

I just think it would be cool so if you do too then the address is as below.

Martin Conroy
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October 8, 2004 by _Martin_
The proposed standards have been updated based on feedback and the proposal for Additional Object Information (AOI) storage has been outlined.

You can get the draft document here: DesktopX Standards

You can get a sample CUI file here: Sample CUI File

You can get a sample AOI file here: Sample AOI File

You can get a dxpack showing the basics of interaction here: Sample CUI access using DesktopX

Note that the samples assume that the dxCUI.xml file is in your DesktopX directory.
October 4, 2004 by _Martin_
As we all get more sophisticated in creating DesktopX widgets we are setting parameters. The issue with this is that, if these parameters are not organised in a consistent manner then where several objects need the same kind of information we will find ourselves having to configure these each time.

Before this becomes too much of a problem I propose that we create some standards that users can set and developers can access.

For example:
Name information (title, forename, surname, suffix, ...
September 30, 2004 by _Martin_
I have uploaded a new DesktopX weather object which is a good framework for new (and redone old) weather widgets.

All the data from weather.com is exposed in easy to use variables including a 10 day forecast. The script including all the functions is designed to be self contained and can therefore be updated in isolation without impacting other elements of your objects.

Full commenting available with the objects.
September 23, 2004 by _Martin_
Today I finally submitted what will hopefully be the next substantial release of The Natural Desktop for testing.

It's been a lot of fun so far and I expect there will be more to come so I created a small article on JoeUser briefly describing the process for those that are interested
August 13, 2004 by _Martin_
Well, a mixed bag of comments which is what I expected. Let’s go through the general issues before getting onto any specifics.

My initial feelings were one of dismay. Why did the first response just have to point to a bunch of Konfabulator widgets? Now don’t get me wrong, these widgets are great, but the fact is that there is nothing on that page that doesn’t already exist on numerous forms in the DesktopX libraries. OK, so the to-do list isn’t quite the same, but we have DX NoteIt which perf...
August 10, 2004 by _Martin_
Recently there has been a marked upturn in the number of people I have noticed getting involved in DesktopX and providing feedback. This is possibly because recently there have been same excellent objects made, and widgets are making things even easier.

Numerous comments come in saying how useful these things are and how great the ideas are, but some of us are running short of ideas! Now Tiggz seems to have the monopoly on combining great ideas with awesome graphics but I'm sure he like ...
May 18, 2004 by _Martin_
DesktopX is an amazing tool. For $20 you get software that can do pretty much anything on your desktop. DesktopX is NOT just eye candy, it can be an awesome productivity tool. The problem is that it's just not as popular as it should be.

The main issue is the lack of really useful objects. There is some real creative talent out there and a few developers really push the boundary, but personally I get a little depressed when every other object uploaded is a clock, calendar or weather obje...
March 6, 2004 by _Martin_
Two new DesktopX Interviews are available that discuss the creation of 'dials' and 'faders'.

You can get to them via the DesktopX Resources page.
March 1, 2004 by _Martin_
Because DesktopX is capable of so many things, it is impossible to provide step by step instructions in the Guides how to achieve all you may want to achieve in DesktopX. The aim of these "Interviews" is to provide instructions on how to achieve certain things in a fun way, and introduce those that are maybe a little less familiar with developing using DesktopX to some of the techniques than can be used.
March 1, 2004 by _Martin_
A new object to introduce users to DesktopX is now available. Whilst obviously we recommend that you actually read the main documentation to maximise your enjoyment of DesktopX this will provide a few tips and tricks to get you started.
February 10, 2004 by _Martin_
I frequently get asked questions by International users regarding DesktopX often in their native language. Now, I'm OK with a few but it's obviously that it's not easy for those who's native language is not England to understand the manuals.

If anyone is willing to undertake a translation of the DesktopX manuals into other languages, a years Object Desktop subscription/extension is on offer.

If you are interested mail me directly (martin@stardock.com) rather than replying here and I'd...
December 12, 2003 by _Martin_
DesktopX Pro allows you to share the power of DesktopX with your friends and family.

DualZones is an example for those who need to work across two locations. It provides time and weather information for both locations.

Click a location to set it, and click the top right temperature to toggle Celsius and Fahrenheit.

The DesktopX version is available here ( http://www.wincustomize.com/skins.asp?library=3&SkinID=3153 ), and a stand alone EXE is available for those who want to share th...
November 24, 2003 by _Martin_
Your PCs cache is usually a good thing, but where DX objects using XML feeds are concerned it can be a pain.

The reason for this is that most users don't set their PC to check for a new page each time, but rather reload from the cache, especially if it's the same day.

Fortunately there is a solution!

The logical solution is that you ensure that the DX object checks for a new page every time. The best way to do this is to actually send the user to a different page every time.
October 15, 2004 by _Martin_
I'm about to get away for a week on vacation, but before I do I thought I'd leave some practical samples of the Common User Information file in the form of a calendar and weather objects.

If you need a sample CUI file it can be found here: http://www.desktopx.net/standards/dxCUI.xml

Once you have this, place it in your DesktopX directory and exit it to your details.

The samples are here:

The Base Weather Template has also received an update in the DX Objects L...