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Create an "Application Desktop Toolbar" with RCP? [message #489797] Mon, 05 October 2009 21:05 Go to next message
Steve Viens is currently offline Steve Viens
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I'm trying to write an application which will be anchored to the bottom of the Windows desktop ... basically behave like the Windows taskbar. The appplication window must be anchored to the bottom of the window (above the taskbar) and effectively reduce the size of Windows desktop that's available for other applications. When a user maximizes a different application window it should not end up behind or on top of my application window but up next to it.

Here's the MSFT Definition:
An application desktop toolbar(also called an appbar) is a window that is similar to the Microsoft Windows taskbar. It is anchored to an edge of the screen, and it typically contains buttons that give the user quick access to other applications and windows. The system prevents other applications from using the desktop area occupied by an appbar.

Anyone know if something like this is possible with RCP?

Steve
Re: Create an "Application Desktop Toolbar" with RCP? [message #489809 is a reply to message #489797] Tue, 06 October 2009 01:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Prakash G.R. is currently offline Prakash G.R.
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Steve Viens wrote:
> I'm trying to write an application which will be anchored to the bottom
> of the Windows desktop ... basically behave like the Windows taskbar.
> The appplication window must be anchored to the bottom of the window
> (above the taskbar) and effectively reduce the size of Windows desktop
> that's available for other applications. When a user maximizes a
> different application window it should not end up behind or on top of my
> application window but up next to it.
>
> Here's the MSFT Definition:
> An application desktop toolbar(also called an appbar) is a window that
> is similar to the Microsoft Windows taskbar. It is anchored to an edge
> of the screen, and it typically contains buttons that give the user
> quick access to other applications and windows. The system prevents
> other applications from using the desktop area occupied by an appbar.
> Anyone know if something like this is possible with RCP?
>
> Steve


I don't think SWT has such a widget, as its may not be portable across
all platforms. You may have to implement your own.

- Prakash

Platform UI Team, IBM
http://blog.eclipse-tips.com
Re: Create an "Application Desktop Toolbar" with RCP? [message #489933 is a reply to message #489809] Tue, 06 October 2009 10:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Steve Viens is currently offline Steve Viens
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Thanks Prakash, I suspected as much. Where would I being to learn how to implement something like this? What are the neccessary skills? I'm only interested in implementing in Windows (for now).

Steve
Re: Create an "Application Desktop Toolbar" with RCP? [message #489948 is a reply to message #489933] Tue, 06 October 2009 10:58 Go to previous message
Prakash G.R. is currently offline Prakash G.R.
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Steve Viens wrote:
> Thanks Prakash, I suspected as much. Where would I being to learn how
> to implement something like this? What are the neccessary skills? I'm
> only interested in implementing in Windows (for now).

http://www.eclipse.org/articles/Article-Writing%20Your%20Own %20Widget/Writing%20Your%20Own%20Widget.htm


- Prakash

Platform UI Team, IBM
http://blog.eclipse-tips.com
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