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Comm Manager for Athena (Version 0.5 Dec 03, 2008)

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By vidmabal, Member on 27th June 2008, 12:53 PM
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Offering my Comm Manager for HTC Athena

Update to ver 0.2 available at post #14

Update to ver 0.3 available at post #38

Update to ver 0.4 available at post #53

Update to ver 0.5 available at post #70

Highlights:
- Free
- Small (97KB including default skin)
- Quick (based on callbacks, not on Sleep() )
- Portable (uses only doccumented WM features)
- Finger-touchable
- Fully configurable (including keys, key actions and skin)
- Works evenly in all RealVGA resolutions
- VueFlo screen rotation aware
- Supports GRPS connections and 3G mode management
- Self installing/removing

Installing:
- Extract VCommManager.exe from .zip file and put anywhere in your PPC
- Run it
- Tap and hold for at least .5 secs on airplane - you will be redirected into configuration page
- Go into "About" page, and select needed options.
- Press "Save And Exit"

Removing:
- Go into configuration, the About
- Select "Cleanup and exit"
- Press "Save And Exit" (removes all shorthuts and registry customizations)
- Delete VCommManager.exe itself.

Moving .exe to another folder:
- From Settings/About select only items beginning with "Delete" or "Detach"
- "Save And Exit"
- Tap anywhere on screen to close window
- Move program to another location
- Go back to Settings/About to change custumizations

Working:
- Click any of images to perform task
- Tap and hold for at least half second to enter configuration dialog for selected option. Tapping on Airplane - enters VCommManager config. Other actions may be defined there.
- Click outside bounding rectangle to close program

Making your own skin:
Pictures are placed into .bmp file in one line. First active, then inactive ...
Transparent color is RGB(255, 0, 255)
Height of picture is defined by bitmap height
Width of picture is BitmapWidth / 12
If BitmapHeight < 16 - it is considered invalid.
If BitmapWidth < 16*12 - it is considered invalid.
If BitmapWidth is not multiple of 12 - it is considered invalid.
If external bitmap is invalid - internal is used.

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27th June 2008, 01:28 PM |#2  
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Looks good. Can you make a cab file also? Never like having to use PC to install.
27th June 2008, 01:33 PM |#3  
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Originally Posted by eaglesteve

Looks good. Can you make a cab file also? Never like having to use PC to install.

It's not installable from PC.
Attached file is PPC-ARM executable.
You need simply to copy it into PPC and run.
27th June 2008, 01:49 PM |#4  
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I see.... That's good. Thank. Will try out and give you feedback soon. Cheers.

edit:

Tried this. Absolutely the best comm manager I've seen. Love the short and long touch concept.

What are some examples of how we can use the user button?

Thank you for this very good tool.

This should be the comm manager of choice for ROM cooks.
27th June 2008, 02:23 PM |#5  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by eaglesteve

Tried this. Absolutely the best comm manager I've seen. Love the short and long touch concept.

What are some examples of how we can use the user button?

... simply don't use it

Seriously:
All buttons, exept "Airplane" has same behavior:
1. You can run hard-configured tasks
2. Additionaly you can run applications of your choice. Remember: only when application terminates you are getting back to VCommManager.
3. If "Perform ... tasks" is not selected - you have to specify application for status check. Return value is 0 == inactive state, !0 == active state.
4. Remember to use fully specified apps (no .lnk, etc)

For instance to take screenshot I have changed in Config/Data:
1. Unmarked "Perform configured tasks"
2. Added "\Windows\magic ss.exe" (with quotes) in "Run on Activate"

User button is treated similary, exept that it has no "predefined" and has "demo" picture - you must use external bitmap to create some look.
28th June 2008, 01:04 AM |#6  
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Nice! Its a handy little tool.
28th June 2008, 11:32 AM |#7  
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Thank you for your kind contribution, it is working very well in 128dpi.
28th June 2008, 12:03 PM |#8  
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Excellent! I like being able to turn off GPRS when required - my previous solution involved creating a "Null" connection and setting it to be the active one!

It took me a while to figure out how to get skins to work, though - I was assuming a relative path, and it needed absolute. Perhaps a browse button on the Skin text box might be a good idea?

Here's a skin I threw together from resources grabbed out of PK2 Kaiser Comm VGA:
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28th June 2008, 06:27 PM |#9  
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Thanks very much for this app. Solved my problems in Real VGA Comm Manager.

Everyone, just rename the file VCommManager to CommManager and use Total Commander to replace the original Comm Manager in the ROM then soft reset. So that all icons pertaining to Comm Manager now defaults to the renamed VCommManger.

Excellent Application. Thanks.

Basically all you have to do is

1....Obtain the VCommManager.exe file from the link above.
2....Rename VCommManager to CommManager.
3....Use Total Commander or any powerful file manager to replace the ROM Comm Manager with the newly renamed CommManager (formerly VCommManager), by sending the file to the Windows folder.
4....SOFT RESET

Now all icons pertaining to the built in Comm Manager points to VCommManager. Solved all problems in VGA mode. Very nice application. Thank you again for sharing.
30th June 2008, 02:18 PM |#10  
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thanks much 8)
30th June 2008, 07:46 PM |#11  
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Post Multilanguage
If you like this application and want to participate to make it multilanguage...

I'm attaching Exel document of all needed to translate strings.
Those are only in my dialogs and menu's...
Control panel dialog language depends on your system.

I will recompile as soon as:
1. At least 3 languages are added
2. After last addon there are 48 hours spent

If you are adding some language - please send back modified file here (or alternitavely to my PM).
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