DesktopX is shaping up much better and I think we'll be able to have that
public build today (fingers crossed).
Today me and Paul Boyer (Mormegil)
worked on a bunch of little DesktopX objects. Actually, what happened is that he
made a really cool set of objects and then let me use his Corel Draw file (he
uses Corel Draw for his art needs -- not 3D Studio as many believe) and I went
forward and tweaked them to make individual objects.
The kinds of objects I wanted to start with were ones that display
information like CPU usage, drive info, clocks, network traffic, etc. So I
put that together and started uploading them over to the
Making objects in Corel Draw rather than Photoshop is an insight that Paul Boyer
gave me. Holy cow does it make life easier. DesktopX objects have so many
advantages over the various stand alone meter and monitoring apps. For one
thing, DesktopX objects support alpha blending. This means no jaggies around the
edge. And Corel Draw makes that really easy. When I export as a .PNG it auto
creates the alpha channel so that my objects never have jaggies.
Example of what Paul's project looked like
So things are coming together. They don't have IconX able to
support multiple monitors. Hopefully that will be in next week's build. But the
more egregious bugs have been addressed. I still have some crashing now and then
which needs to be addressed but it's getting better. Hopefully we'll finally get
this out next month!