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If you have Photoshop, manual perspective correction is very easy.

1) Turn on the grid (Ctrl+') - you can customize the grid in Photoshop's preferences.
2) Make a rectangular selection around the object to correct.
3) Switch to free-transform mode (Ctrl+T).
4) Hold down Ctrl and start dragging the corner transform handles.
5) When happy with the result, press Enter.

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... make a keyboard map and let you define different sounds for each key...
Map the keyboard to a selectable MIDI instrument and turn the keyboard into a drum machine (or any other instrument you choose).

That's something I'd like to see!

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Unfinished Requests / Re: IDEA: Spring-loaded folders!
« on: June 19, 2005, 09:24 PM »
one more reason to ditch explorer for a 3rd party replacement.
Are we talking regular windows here, or the Windows Explorer?
The tree-view pane in Windows Explorer is spring-loaded (i.e. it automatically expands when you hold something over it).

I've also read that Microsoft cross-licensed Apple's spring-loaded folders patent back in 2002 - could it be true?

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Unfinished Requests / Re: IDEA: Spring-loaded folders!
« on: June 18, 2005, 06:41 PM »
I believe this feature is (was?) available as part of Stardock's ObjectDesktop: SpringFolders

Not avaiable as a standalone, and not free  :(

I've also read Apple owns a patent on specific implementations of the spring-loaded folder.

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just trying to think of a reason to use Gamma Panel...   :o
Individual RGB settings make it great for handling different color temperatures.

Personally, I use it to correct the color accuracy of my LCD screen using the contrast sliders.
I have a few settings that range from daylight use through to night use (with 50% brightness + 0.5 contrast for use with the lights out).

Maybe hotkeys to cycle frowards and backwards through the presets would work well.

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You guys have made my day! Thanks  :)

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I'm not sure I understand what you are trying to do - it sounds like you're trying to access your server the wrong way.

127.0.0.1 is the location of your server relative to the server itself.
To access it from another computer you need the external IP address of the server.

Also, as far as I know, accessing the external IP address from the server itself does not work.
You could probably edit your hosts file to direct requests from the server going to the external IP to go to the localhost IP instead.

If you could describe in more detail what you are trying to do, it would be a great help.

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have you tried emailing the author
I'd like to, but the homepage leads to an "Access Forbidden" error page.
The email link on this page has no address

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Sorry - I should re-phrase that.

GammaPanel needs 1 hotkey defined per setting. 5 settings = 5 hotkeys. 10 gradual settings = ...wel you get the idea  :)

Wouldn't it be better to have just 2 hotkeys for incremental +10% and -10% settings?
Maybe even have an option to set how many % to increase/decrease by as well.

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Virtually all laptops have this - why not desktop PCs?

I'm currently using GammaPanel (http://www.majorgeek...om/download2796.html) but it doesn't support hotkey controls.
Maybe something with a gamma control or just brightness & contrast would be nice.

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This is evil and I'll probably never ever have a reason to use it.

With all that said, there's only one thing left to say... COOL!  :up:

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Thanks Edvard.
I've used litestep before (back in the good ol' win98 days)., so I'll definitely give this a shot!

I also recently found a shell called iceSphere: http://www.shellfron...rg/shells/icesphere/.
It has a module called iceDesk.exe that can run on its own... no icons tho - I was thinking that icons could be handled using a widget program like AveDesk or Konfabulator.

Thanks to everyone for all the advice.

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Another program (discontinued) does a similar thing.
Puts a semi-transparent image above everything. Windows behind the image can still be active.

http://vazagi.homepage.dk/DP.html

If only the active window could be brought to the front...

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At its simplest -

Most shell replacements replace the desktop & the windows interface (taskbar/start menu/etc).
I'm looking for a shell that loads up and has *just a desktop* - nothing else.
This "desktop" would replace the standard windows "desktop+taskbar+start menu" combination.

It would look like the taskbar was hidden, except the taskbar was never loaded to start with.

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Had a look at the shells page just now - couldn't find what I was after.
To clarify:

- There are many programs that add to/replace the taskbar/start menu.
- I'd like a shell that emulates the desktop *only*, with the normal expected desktop behaviour.
- Windows would load this "desktop" as a shell, then you could load ObjectBar directly on top of it.

If anyone knows of something that is already available, I'm all ears :)

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Unfinished Requests / IDEA: Windows shell that's just a desktop
« on: April 30, 2005, 06:16 AM »
Something super-lightweight that mimics the behaviour of the Windows desktop.
- Icons
- Wallpaper

Once loaded as a shell, other programs could be run on top of it.
Would make a good base for people who use programs like Objectbar, or Docks.

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