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Boss Mode

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benway
342 discussion posts
Or in some cases Wife Mode . It would be nice to have a predefined macro that you could assign to a titlebar button that would either blank your (in some cases racy) wallpaper or swap it with a predefined one with a single click. In some cases, I'll be sitting in my office and a client will come in and want a demo of something we're working on and I sort of have to cover up that swimsuit model (and in many cases some bizzar one that showed up from flickr.com) .
Aug 10, 2009  • #1
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
While I think this could be useful (and funny), I think it's out of the scope of what DisplayFusion is intended for.
Aug 10, 2009  • #2
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Kevin F.
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No way Jon... This would just be an extra keystroke or title bar button that when to a specific predefined wallpaper.

To me its a great idea, and should definitely be implemented in someway. how is this outside of DFs use?
Also @ benway, at current I just use ctrl flag R. Works jsut as well, till you hit a few bad ones in a row.

And I still want a keystroke to freeze the papers.
Aug 11, 2009  • #3
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
It does sound like a very easy function to perform, but there would be a lot of new UI elements to support it. I would need to add a new field to the custom HotKey window to support the browsing of files, to select a wallpaper image. What about scaling/cropping that image for multiple monitors? Maybe I would need to tie it into the Wallpaper window as well to manage it. Once a new wallpaper is set, DisplayFusion doesn't care what the old settings are, which wouldn't work in this case. I would need to have a way to store multiple wallpaper settings, one for the "real" one, one for the temporary one. Often, new features are much more work under the covers to make them appear "simple".
Aug 11, 2009  • #4
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benway
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It does sound like a very easy function to perform, but there would be a lot of new UI elements to support it. I would need to add a new field to the custom HotKey window to support the browsing of files, to select a wallpaper image. What about scaling/cropping that image for multiple monitors? Maybe I would need to tie it into the Wallpaper window as well to manage it. Once a new wallpaper is set, DisplayFusion doesn't care what the old settings are, which wouldn't work in this case. I would need to have a way to store multiple wallpaper settings, one for the "real" one, one for the temporary one. Often, new features are much more work under the covers to make them appear "simple". :)

I can see the extra trouble selecting a replacement would be, that's why I would also suggest just blacking it out as an option. :-) No UI, just a "kill" button (I would also code in there to freeze the wallpaper cycling)

This little addition would be very handy. You could hit it when you walk away from your desk without worrying what might come up while you're away :-P.
Aug 11, 2009  • #5
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Kevin F.
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Wow Jon, your right about that. Still is a nice feature to have implemented in some fashion. I still really really want a hotkey to freeze current wallpaper.... To me that would work just as well.

Jsut wanted to throw a link out to an old topic, Jon seems to have left it after marking it complete lol.. I still think this is doable just fine, and can help with other games that run windowed, and yes I know its totally irrelevant, was just on my mind.
http://www.binaryfortress.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1132.0
Aug 12, 2009  • #6
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taoyue
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That's called resolving the bug as "By Design."

If it's out of scope, then it really doesn't matter how doable it is; the product simply isn't headed in that direction. Jon is married and has kids. This isn't exactly a feature that he's going to use daily. :-)
Aug 17, 2009  • #7
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
I have thought about doing something like this, although not specific to only just games. Instead of each tab having an exclusions list (snapping, titlebar buttons... etc) I would have an "Compatibility" tab. On this tab you can add applications to the list and set compatibility settings for each one like:
- Don't add titlebar buttons
- Don't snap windows
- Treat as a game (which will force it unload hooks and pause wallpaper changes)

etc... However, this will have to wait until at least version 3.2 as it will require a big internal change to support. I'm not ignoring your suggestion, pyrobob, I just need to have a better way to manage all of these application lists. :)
Aug 17, 2009  • #8
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Kevin F.
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Cool, thanks Jon, Was just curious as to what your opinion was as your last response didn't indicate that you understood the idea. Thanks for clarifying!
Aug 19, 2009  • #9
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Sorry about that, I've been way behind in keeping up in the forums lately. Taking that week off really wreaked havoc with my backlog.
Aug 19, 2009  • #10
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