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AeroBackgrounder for Vista,7
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Published: May 30, 2010
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AeroBackgrounder
AeroBackgrounder is a very simple application, designed to create a window with an aero interface to be used as a background for applications like Rain Meter, it is easy to use and can be used by skinners or by normal user

Author
Mohamed Kamal

Version
2.0

Virus Alert Issue: occurs because i use UPX compression, i won't use it in the next version, don't worry guys

Works On
Windows Vista 32/64 Bits
Windows Seven 32/64 Bits (Set Compatibility Mode to Vista)

Features
- Options can be modified from Tray Menu with "on the fly apply"
- Ability to make several backgrounds
- "OnBottom" Option which allows you to set the background under all windows
- "Edit Mode": to move,size or remove the background
- "ShadowEffect": control whether to show shadow frame around the background
- "HideIcon": control whether to show the tray icon(so that you can put it easily with your project)
- CanMouseClick: control whether the background is clickable or not
- hardly uses CPU usage and Memory

How to use
Create New Background
1 - Click on tray menu and click (Create New Background)
2 - Enter a name THAT WAS NOT USED BEFORE for the background and click enter

Modify Or Remove a Background
- Click on tray menu and click (Enable/Disable "EditMode")
To Modify: Move and size the background like a normal window as you like
To Remove: Click the close button
- when you are done, click (Enable/Disable "EditMode") again to exit the edit mode

Change Log
Added
- ability to make several backgrounds
- Tray Menu to modify through the tray icon
- "OnBottom", "EditMode", "ShadowEffect"and "CanMouseClick" option Options
- Memory cleaner

Credits :
LeZaar for the main idea: [link]
Nieswiety for: [link]
Allhopeislost for: [link]
JamesBrooks for: [link]
Petercui for : [link]

Source Code:[link]
Please, Link back if you used it in a project
Thank you all for your time :)
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Vovan29's avatar
Vovan29Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks!!

I tried to find a program like this for about 3 weeks
Morzha's avatar
Thank you so much!
cclloyd9785's avatar
When I run it it says Im not running vista....???
komalo's avatar
so sorry for very late in reply

run in comparability mode, i will fix this issue, it is just the detection of the os method, not a big thing
sunspot2's avatar
Is it possible to add an option to set it "on desktop"?
Like the "on bottom" option but in a way that it doesn't disappear when we hit the "show desktop" button.
komalo's avatar
so sorry for very late in reply

i will try to include it, but i don't think i will be able to prevent the windows from being minimized, but i will try anyway
kingsidorak's avatar
it dont pop up as virus for me... and the options wont pop up for me
komalo's avatar
so sorry for very late in reply

it's false alert due to UPX compression, you can set an exception in your AV, and if u have some suspicions, you can see the source code in the description
chiwou's avatar
chiwou Interface Designer
is it possible to hide the text in the backgrounds?
komalo's avatar
so sorry for very late in reply

there's no text in the backgrounds, even in "EditMode"
chiwou's avatar
chiwou Interface Designer
okay the text is gone, weird :D

but I've a another prob the minimal height is 36px, but I need a 23px height for a infobar I made
could you look into it?
komalo's avatar
well, i am on xp so i can't test it right now, but can u try to open the Config.ini in the program's folder and manually edit the width and height of your window, but don't switch to EditMode after you edit them
chiwou's avatar
chiwou Interface Designer
ohh okay, thanks works now :D

but I've still a 1 pixel border, here is a screenshot of what I mean [link]
purNess's avatar
Thanks for the great app!
I have been searching for a possibility to create an Aero style for very long and finally here it is :D

Unfortunately i am pretty new in the skinner community and do not know how to integrate this awesome aero app of your into the rainmeter style that i'm working on currently. I have seen it being used in the ipad clock skin ([link]) and tired to analyze what the skinner did and hoe he integrated the window of your app... no idea ~_~

could you tell me this secret :P
thank you!
komalo's avatar
well it is simple, you open the program, click on tray menu and click (Create New Background) and Enter a name to identify this aero style, then enable "EditMode" from the tray menu, you will be able to move and size the aero gui, at last disable the "EditMode" and check if u want to enable any of the other options, then ship it with your skin, and tell the users to add a shortcut to in "Start up" folder


and i am very sorry for the late in reply(school :()
purNess's avatar
don't worry about it. i appreciate your answer and it helps. :D

thank you
komalo's avatar
first of all, learn to read "Virus Alert Issue: occurs because i use UPX compression, i won't use it in the next version, don't worry guys" search google for UPX cause false alert, and don't insult others without knowing facts
awesomeo4000's avatar
This looks awesome with rainmeter
:) thanks
bassforte's avatar
Thank you so much for this!
komalo's avatar
you are welcome :)
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