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1  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 27, 2011, 07:57:37 AM
Please do let me know what you find. I'm not giving up on the issue, I'm just at a bit of a lose as to how to define it. Where is the Spring theme you're using from? Is it a 3rd party item? I never really got into the skinning craze back when so I'm not really "up" on what all of the MS themes are available.
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What I usually do in testing is drag either an explorer window or a command window down behind the taskbar for quick extra contrast when needed.
I'm afraid I added to the confusion a bit. I *am* using a skinning program "WindowBlinds7" from Stardock (love it), but when the problem persisted with it disabled/unloaded, I dismissed it as a factor.

With WB7 unloaded and is using the default "Aero" theme, I encountered the problem/solution you described earlier with "black/dark" text displaying as "transparent" and light/white text appearing opaque. The "White" box around the clock only shows when a skin is being used, drawing the clock on top of the skinned graphic.

There is no setting in WB7 to control "text" transparency, though you can change the transparency of the toolbar, windows and menus (I fiddled with them all). So I'm not sure how it is affecting text transparency, but am fairly certain now that it is. Not sure why a forced "repaint" also seems to fix the problem (temporarily, until the next reboot.)

I'll try a few more things and let you know what I find.
2  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 26, 2011, 11:50:14 PM
if I cannot find a way of rely-ably reproducing the issue with the software ... Then the issue, most likely, does not exist within the software.
Yes, I fear you're right. It does seem to be connected to the way Win7 handles Theme colors. I'll just have to experiment some more.

If there was a way to *add* a background box/color to the area behind the T-clock text (I believe a much older version of T-Clock could do this), that might "fix" the problem.
3  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 26, 2011, 08:17:28 PM
Changing "Desktop" color seems to disable text transparency (regardless of color selected).

See screenshot below from my "Personalization" settings dialog.

Themes that have "transparent" text lack a black bar in the "preview" icon. Themes with opaque text show a black bar on the "window" graphic. The icon/theme on the left would give me transparent text. The right one: opaque.
4  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Color test on: May 26, 2011, 01:10:46 PM
The only difference between these two samples is the text color.

The background image is a boat on the beach.
5  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 26, 2011, 01:02:04 PM
Okay, that makes a bit more sense. Now try setting the font color to the silver gray that's in the middle of the color menu. It should come out looking white when applied.

Also with that font, try setting Quality to ClearType(XP). I had to do that here at the office to get Calibri to look right.
Setting the text color to "gray" makes it even harder to see. Setting it to "silver" makes it invisible. Definitely the wrong direction. The text itself is "transparent" (tinted based on color).

Changing the color does not help. Changing the "Quality" (anti-aliasing), as I noted previously, likewise has no affect.
6  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Transparent text with T-Clock 2010 on: May 26, 2011, 12:14:03 PM
Here are my screenshots:
7  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 26, 2011, 12:10:03 PM
Can you post a screen shot of the Clock Text (tab) settings you're currently using in the shot above?
I grabbed two screenshots (only the screen-corner to reduce filesize) showing the difference in appearance with the default Aero theme and using the "Classic" (ie: "no") theme.

(It appears I can not attach a file to a "Reply". I'll try adding the samples to a "New" post.)
8  Other Software / Developer's Corner / T-Clock 2010-Turn off Transparent text? on: May 26, 2011, 10:11:59 AM
My clock text is transparent and I can't find any setting in T-Cock to disable it.

If my background is dark or a solid color, the clock text is readable. But if it is light/white, only the anti-aliasing can be seen (in color), with the clock text barely visible and pretty much unreadable.

I have tried different fonts and different anti-aliasing settings, all with no improvement.

I'm using Win7_x64. Taskbar transparency is "0" (tried other values).

I've found that the problem goes away if the Theme is set to "Classic" mode, but anything else gives me transparent text.

Can anyone help?

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