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CDisplayEx Portable Edition 0.1a

I know just enough about this stuff to be dangerous.

I know both Patrick and Ryan have offered help so I thought I would set up a separate forum topic for CDisplayEx.

What: "CDisplayEx is a Comic reader based on CDisplay. It use the popular 7-zip plugins to read many archives types like cbr cbz cbt rar zip tar 7z lzh arj cab tar.gz tar.bz2. It supports jpeg png gif and bmp images."
Where: CDisplayEx
Size: Just over 1Mb.
Registry: None.

If you copy all of the files into a single folder, delete the two uninstall files, then it actually works very well portably. It uses a single xml file for the settings.

I am lost when it comes to launchers and installers. I would love to learn. I might even give the Portable Application Template a try.

Patrick and/or Ryan you are welcome to give this a go.

Patrick, Ryan has already made a nsi for this.

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Here are the files we have so far:
7ziped CDisplayEx with xml settings set Also changed the exe to NeoRame's
NeoRame's Icon with shadow Preview Icon Package
NeoRame's Splash
Ryan's nsi script

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For everyone's benefit,

I've uploaded it to my server. Kevin, all you need to do is add the splash and icon to compile. Also, make sure you add documentation and the app should be stored under App\cdisplayex\
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Splash

Thanks Ryan I forgot to do that.

Here is a start on the splash. CDisplayEx Splash png I have a better idea for the splash. Gimmee a few to work it out.

Icon CDisplayEx Icon

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Alternative splash

Here.

Which do you like better?

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That one's cool.

But I think it would only look good as a PNG.

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Different format?

Does it have to be a different format?

I agree with you on the png vs jpg. I guess jpg cannot handle transparent backgrounds.

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Well yea...

I think the NSIS Plugin can only handle jpeg. (I think) But I think Ryan said there might be a way to set your own colour for transparency in the splashes. It would look cool if it was a PNG.

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i have created one for you.

here is my version of an Splashscreen and Logo. hope you like it Wink

Splashscreen

Logo

Logo without shadow

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Sold!!!

I love it!

Can you do jpgs?

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only the splash or logo and

only the splash or logo and splash???

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here are your

here are your jpg´s:

Splash

logo
logo without shadow

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Thanks you beat..

..me to it. Can you do the logo with shadow as a ico. I have converted it but I cannot upload it until I get home. Darn proxy at work.

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no prob. wich size you want?

no prob. wich size you want? when you want, i can create a multisize icon (16x16 up to 128x128 in 265 colors, truetype ect.).

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Not sure.

Not sure. I think multisize might work best. Does the PAM care? I don't think it does. It would look best for those who use different setups on their file folders.

Thanks a bunch for doing this. I am only a wanna-be-dev and certainly no artist.
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when you set it as program

when you set it as program icon the multisize is ok, but for good measure i put a 16x16, 24x24 and 32x32 version on it Wink

wait a few minute.

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may i recommend including a

may i recommend including a 48x48 in the multisize as well? most newer apps that i have seen will include 48px and leave out the 24px
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here a list of the size wich

here a list of the size wich included in the multisize:

4 bit (16 colors), 8bit (256 colors), 32 Bit (Truecolor)

16x16
24x24
32x32
48x48
64x64
72x72
96x96
128x128

and in the vista version (i think in the size 256x256 for the big icons, but i cant test it) is this the same plus:

32bit, 8bit, 4bit,
all png compresded

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here are your icons. i put a

here are your icons. i put a multisize icon wich is vista compatible, in this package too.

Logo ICO´s

greetz
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*UPDATE*

the multisize icons now inluding the 16x16 and 24x24 Version

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Added.

Thanks.

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NeoRame, Those look amazing.

NeoRame,

Those look amazing. Is there any chance I could see the PSD for the Logo? I'm trying to better learn Photoshop's tools and how to do crystalization techniques.
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no prob i uplad it, would

no prob i uplad it, would you see the logo or splash psd? or both?

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here your psd´s: Crystall

here your psd´s:

Crystall style PSD

when you more learn about the crystalstyle, you can look here:

www.crystalxp.net

search for tutorials:

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NeoRame,

just wanted to say you're awesome, and everyone absolutely loves your work around here.

Thanks.

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Your turn...

...Patrick. Is this all you need to make it portable?

I am soooo sorry. I actually referred to you as Kevin earlier in this thread.

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Haha,

Not a problem, Kevin is clearly a cooler name anyways.

Did you want me to do it? Or was Ryan going to? Cause you said the settings are self-contained, and I think I checked too, but I forget now, it's on my desktop. Blum But I can either do it for you, or help you out with doing it yourself, all you need to compile are the splash and icon, yes.

Edit: Just read the post, so Ryan's done an NSI? Was he going to compile it?

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You lost me at compile.

I can setup the xml file for default. I have looked at it and I think I have found how to make it come up in windowed mode first. I will take the one I am using on my flash drive and modify it. I will upload it when I am finished.

I do not know how to separate the app and the data and get the app to look in the data folder for settings. Is that what the nsi is for?

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Yea.

The NSI takes care of putting the settings in "Data".

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Would you mind walking me through this?

-offers Patrick his hand. (In a manly way)

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Haha.

Sure, I'll take a look at what you have so far, if my replies are sparse, sorry, I'm just working on a simple civics assignment too, and I forget about the forums.

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I should be working

So don't apologize at all you have been very helpful.

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When...

I get a chance (hopefully tonight), do you want me to create a screencast of creating the directory layout for the PAF, and compiling, and showing you how the settings are moved to "Data" in the code?

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That would be awesome.

Thanks!!!!

I am not sure what to put where.

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No prob.

I'll try to do it later tonight.

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I apoligize

I was busy with homework yesterday, and I worked all day after school today, but homefully I can make you a general "paf creating" screencast tomorrow (today) afternoon/night.

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Thanks Patrick

You help is greatly appreciated whenever you get a chance.

I appreciated the note telling me you have not forgotten about it.

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!AHHH!

I just spent like over half and out making you a detailed screencast, and when I went to save it, it screwed up and didn't save! AHH! I will retry later. Smile

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Maybe just screen shots.

In a zip file with a script. Sound like the screen cap would take too long and be too big of a file for easy use.

Suggestion for future use: Maybe a youtube screen cap of how to do this. I just watched one on foola. It basically walked through install and features.

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Sorry...

I compiled the installer and all but I just didn't upload it yet. I'll try to upload it tonight. And yea, I'll try screenshots of when I get a chance and a screencast.

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Thx.

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Thank you very much. I'm

Thank you very much. I'm already a member at crystalxp. I tend to learn better by seeing the PSD than just by looking at an icon, because this gives a general idea as to how to create the effects.
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Added.

7zip with all the CDisplayEx files I have. Works portably from this folder.
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ResHacker used exe!

Here is cdisplayex.exe with the "new" logo.

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Thanks!

Also,
I added a new 7z file with all the core CDisplayEx file and replaced the exe with NeoRame's.

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Source

We may run into an issue with the source.

I can't seem to find it anywhere. I found an SVN repository on the sourceforge.net site. Is that possibly the source files?

EDIT:
I found the developers email. I asked about the source and any assistance he could provide. I would think that would be a basic requirement of sourceforge.

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Yep

Subversion would be for the source, and it counts as the source. That's what Steve does with Toucan.
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getting source code

1 - install TortoiseSVN: http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads
2 - create a folder named cdisplayex for example.
3 - right click on the folder and select "SVN Checkout"
4 - paste this url in the edit control
https://cdisplayex.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/cdisplayex/trunk
5 - click ok
6 - accept certificate ...

CDisplayEx is portable as is, excepted for CDispShell.dll, because it is a plugin for explorer (thumbs), so this file is not needed.

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Thanks!!

We are trying to set up the format so that the settings can be backed up with the Portable Application Menu. It needs to be in a certain format.

Thank you so much for your extremely prompt reply. I can email you with the final version or you can check here for updates.

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Here,

Here's everything compiled, sorry it took so long, I got busy with school and forgot to upload it. When I get a chance, I'll make a general creating the paf screencast or screenshot slideshow. (Forgot I had a product on my desktop from SF called Tango that does the screenshot thing). Smile

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Thanks.

I post it for beta testing later. Gotta get kids to bed.

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