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Description:Configure the look of the Amiga GUI!
Developer:Massimo Tantignone
Short: Configure the look of the Amiga GUI!
Author: tanti@intercom.it (Massimo Tantignone)
Uploader: tanti intercom it (Massimo Tantignone)
Type: util/wb
Version: 1.5k
Requires: AmigaOS 3.0+
Architecture: m68k-amigaos

VisualPrefs 1.5k (20.10.2001) by Massimo Tantignone

*** This is a minor update for VisualPrefs 1.5 ***
*** See below for a list of the latest changes ***

VisualPrefs is a patch which allows you to customize with great freedom
many aspects of the look of the Amiga GUI.

If you do want to see for yourself what VisualPrefs is able to do, just
take a look at the preview image supplied with this archive.

Using a comfortable preferences editor, you can configure many details like:

· different light/dark colors for active or inactive windows edges
· the thickness of all four window borders (also with system gadgets)
· the height of window/screen titlebars regardless of the font height used
· the style of system gadgets
· the style of MUI/KingCON/ClassAct/DirOpus/Scalos titlebar gadgets
· the exact look of the BOOPSI and GadTools 3D frames
· the look of GadTools proportional gadgets
· the look of disabled GadTools button, cycle and string gadgets
· the position of window titles (centered in dragbar or in whole titlebar)
· the fill and text color of inactive window borders
· an optional "pop-up" behavior for GadTools cycle gadgets

... and also other interesting things. By the way, VisualPrefs contains all
the functionality (and more) of my previous patches Prop3D and CenterTitles.

You can configure individually the GUI of each different screen opened
by your applications, as well as define a global GUI look.

I know there are other programs doing some of this, but none of them has
all the features offered by VisualPrefs.

This program is shareware.

Note: This patch works even better when used together with the
"FullPalette" utility, which is also on Aminet, currently
as util/wb/FullPalette22.lha (but the number may change).

Changes from release 1.5j

· Fixed a bug which caused KingCON's arrow buttons to be placed incorrectly
when the sizing gadget was narrower than 18 pixels.

· Fixed a bug which caused GadTools proportional gadgets to ignore changes
to their knob's size, if a NULL window pointer was passed when setting
their attributes.

· Removed a Wipeout hit that happened when opening a MUI public screen
which had a screen close gadget.

· Removed a Wipeout hit that happened when deallocating bitmaps which
were loaded without a mask, if the RTG mode was enabled.

· The installation scripts does now offer GlowIcons in addition to the
previous icon styles (thanks to Gruber Kristóf for the nice icons).

Changes from release 1.5i

· By setting a bit in the "Special" environment variable you can now tell
VisualPrefs to delay the opening of datatypes.library until it is really
needed. This prevents the library from using the wrong language for
its strings, which happens when it is opened before IPrefs has had the
chance to activate the user's locale preferences.

· The "play" (right arrow) gadget in Frogger's window border no longer
disappears when the rearrangement code for arrow gadgets is enabled.

· Fixed a number of minor problems with the rearrangement code for
proportional gadgets in window borders.

· Now the rearrangement code for proportional gadgets also affects direct
subclasses of "propgclass".

· Now VisualPrefs always replaces any already existing "tbiclass" in the
system with its own version. This cures problems which could occur on
some systems where the disk-based version of the class is loaded at
boot before VisualPrefs in the Startup-sequence.

· A little aesthetic enhancement: now the inner symbols of the most common
right-side titlebar gadgets (depth, zoom, iconify) always have the exact
same height, when in Standard or XEN style.

· Vertical GadTools proportional gadgets do now get slightly wider knobs,
whenever they would end up being too thin for the user to handle easily.

· If arrow buttons of GadTools scrollers can't be made square due to lack
of space, they are now given the best possible size rather than just
falling back to the original size.

· Fixed a problem which caused the additional titlebar gadgets of the latest
ViNCEd releases to "disappear" whenever the window changed its title.

· Window titles in italic style no longer erase the left edge of the window
titlebar when there's no close gadget and the left window border is thinner
than the usual four pixels.

· Fixed an obscure bug in the GUI editor which could trash memory in some
(very) rare circumstances.

· Included the latest version of select.gadget.

Changes from release 1.5h

· Fixed a problem in the new OpenWindow() patch code that caused the
windows opened by certain (usually old) programs to lack some of
their requested attributes. Notably affected were ARQ and DirOpus 4.

· Fixed a masking problem that caused window scrollbar borders to be
sometimes redrawn with the wrong colors when resizing the window.
This affected for example Cinema4D and Wordworth.

Changes from release 1.5g

· Tested with AmigaOS 3.9; everything seems to be working as before.

· Now GadTools button and cycle gadgets correctly show their labels in
bold, italic or underlined style when this is requested by their TextAttr.

· The frames of GadTools gadgets are now drawn also for gadgets that are
placed at negative coordinates and therefore partially off-screen. The
fix is actually in "frameiclass", so it could affect similar problems
with other kinds of gadgets.

· Left-aligned window titles can no longer get corrupted when running Birdie.

· Fixed a bug in the area fill code which could cause crashes in some rare
circumstances when the "RTG mode" was enabled.

· By setting a bit in the "Special" environment variable you can now tell
VisualPrefs to adjust the arrow gadgets in right and bottom window borders
of all programs, which is normally only possible for KingCON and some SAS/C
tools. This works for programs that use "sysiclass" for their arrow images;
other programs might or might not be affected by this feature.
Only use this if you need to fix certain old programs (like Wordworth) that
can't adapt their border gadgets by themselves.

Changes from release 1.5f

· New version of select.gadget included, which fixes some bugs and adds
a couple of nice new effects (see next two items).

· Now pop-up menus of cycle gadgets cast a realistic shadow (not dithered)
on hicolor and truecolor screens.

· Now pop-up menus of cycle gadgets can have a "transparent" background
on hicolor and truecolor screens. Note that this can slow down a menu
"zoom" effect considerably, since it's a heavy trick to perform. The
new option has been added to the "Partial/full width" cycle gadget in
the GadTools/Cycle sub-page, due to lack of room to add another gadget.

· The background of the "Template options" window of the GUI editor is now
properly filled with the Background pen color, rather than with color zero.

· The corners of rounded frames are now filled with the Background pen color
rather than with color zero.

· You can now select bold and/or italic style for window titles. The new
options have been added at the bottom of the general options listview
(below the preview area) in the GUI editor.

· New NOPREVIEW tool type for the GUI editor: using this will prevent the
preview from being displayed, thus speeding up operations a little. You
can also turn on/off the preview with a new item in the "Settings" menu.
This tool type is always read from the icon even when the GUI editor is
started from Shell, so you don't have to type it every time.

· Since 1000 seemed to be insufficient in most real-life cases, the default
value for the MinStackSize environment variable is now 2000.

· You no longer need to set the Inactive Fill pen to zero when using Birdie.

· Mentioned the TRAP patch for ReAction in the "Notes & hints" section.

· Mentioned the name change for the mailing list (from "vpml" to "vp-ml").

· Due to a race condition, in some circumstances the images for window
titlebar gadgets on the Workbench screen could end up having inconsistent
internal data, with possible consequences ranging from a wrong height to
unexpected crashes. Now fixed.

· Added a workaround for a masking problem with the V44 amigaguide.datatype:
now the navigation buttons should always display their text in the correct
color (rather than having it invisible or randomly-colored) no matter what
your choice for the Foreground pen is.

· The "improved" vector checkmark image showed up as a rectangular block
when used in very small checkbox gadgets under Picasso96. Now fixed.

Changes from release 1.5e

· Slightly enhanced the vector checkmark appearance.

· Now even flat cycle symbols (Standard, Future/Flat) appear 3D when the
cycle gadget is disabled and the "Text 3D disable" option is on.

· Added a workaround to avoid a possible display corruption problem at the
reopening of the Workbench screen when using DirOpus and CyberGraphX;
VisualPrefs wasn't causing this, but increased its chances to show up.
This should be now fixed in most cases; if you still experience it,
you can use the new "VisualPrefs/DOpusDelay" environment variable.

· Removed a deadlock which could happen when DirOpus reopened its windows
after a reopening of the Workbench screen.

Changes from release 1.5d

· The Workbench 3.5 gauge patch now works correctly with Birdie on hicolor
and truecolor screens.

· New version of select.gadget included, which fixes a deadlock problem
likely to happen when many cycle gadgets were rendered simultaneously
by different processes (and in some other rare circumstances).

· Now the arrow buttons of GadTools scrollers, even if forced to be square,
can never get shorter than 8 pixels. Previously this could happen on
screens with an odd pixel aspect ratio, such as 1:2 or 1:4.

· The "tbiclass" API now supports a new attribute allowing to create a
TBFRAMEIMAGE object best suited to contain actual imagery rather than
just text. If specified, the object will have also an inner frame (if
the current frame style has one). See the "VP-Developer.doc" file for
more details.

Changes from release 1.5c

· Now VisualPrefs affects the shine/shadow colors of the new Workbench 3.5
level gauge.

· Reworked the algorithm adjusting scrollbars in window borders; now it
should produce better and more consistent results.

· By setting a bit in the "Special" environment variable you can now prevent
VisualPrefs from enlarging the window close gadget (which is normally done
in order to make it as wide as those at the right side of the titlebar).

· GadTools arrow gadgets weren't fully rendered (for safety reasons) if their
width or height was smaller than 9 pixels; now the limit is 8 pixels.

· The value of the "Special" environment variable can now be specified also
in hexadecimal format (by adding a leading '0x').

· Added a workaround for a bitplane mask problem which caused cycle gadgets
to have their appearance corrupted during window refresh in the OS 3.5
"Information..." panel, if the cycle gadget pop-up patch was on.

· Fixed a bug which caused XEN arrows in window borders to be drawn in the
wrong colors on CyberGraphX hicolor and truecolor screens. This change
should also fix any known problems with XEN arrows in WinUAE, although
I couldn't test it.

· Added a workaround for a bug in CyberGraphX with caused MX (radio button)
frames to be drawn with black corners on hicolor and truecolor screens.

· To move the GUI editor window to a screen which is set as "Ignore", now
you have to double-click on the screen name in the screen selection
page; the "Ok" button in this case behaves now like the "Cancel" button.
This shold be more intuitive than the old system, since you normally
don't want to visit an ignored screen.

· If you set a screen to "Ignore", now the GUI editor considers it as visited
even if it actually wasn't yet, thus allowing you to save its settings.
This way you no longer have to visit a screen which isn't already in the
preferences file, if all you really want is just to ignore it.

· Multiple selection in the GUI editor was only working within the "Global"
menu. Now it works with all menus.

Changes from release 1.5b

· VisualPrefs can now change the look of the ReAction iconify gadget.

· Now the screen depth gadget on screens ignored by VisualPrefs works again
even with the "Bound hit box" option turned on.

· When using a custom bitmap for DirOpus "padlock" images, the "active
selected" image was used even for the "inactive selected" state. Now fixed.

· Fixed a problem which prevented custom bitmaps to work if the Picasso96 or
OS 3.5 picture.datatype was used on CyberGraphX systems. A nice side-effect
of this is that now VisualPrefs can always load bitmaps in V43 mode and
therefore display truecolor images as they are meant to be, if the screen
is deep enough.

· Now titlebar gadgets in the preview of the OS 3.5 Font preferences editor
are drawn with the correct height.

· Fixed a problem which caused garbage or black rectangles to appear in
window borders on deep screens if VisualPrefs' "Don't optimize..." option
was turned on, a "GadTools" or "Filled" frame style was used for system
gadgets, and PatchControl was started before VisualPrefs in the

· Fixed a bug which caused system gadget images to look trashed if the
"RTG mode" bit was set in the "Special" environment variable and Birdie
was used with VisualPrefs' "Don't optimize..." option turned on.

· Some menu items of the GUI editor could fail to correctly update the
contents of the "Bitmaps" text gadget in the "System" page. Now fixed.

· The "tbiclass" API now supports a new attribute allowing to ask an image
about its inner dimensions (useful for more accurate rendering of
additional imagery inside the image). See the "VP-Developer.doc" file for
more details.

· The version string of the VisualPrefs and GUI executables now reports the
specific CPU the program is optimized for (except for the 68000 version).

Changes from release 1.5a

· It seems that the new semaphore system, while working better for most
people, causes some problems on a few specific configurations.
So you can now choose whether to use it or not: by setting a bit in the
"Special" environment variable you tell VisualPrefs to keep handling
semaphores the old way.

Changes from release 1.5

· Now VisualPrefs consumes significantly less CHIP memory when using bitmaps.

· By setting a bit in the "Special" environment variable you can now prevent
VisualPrefs from adjusting the results of the IM_FRAMEBOX method of
"frameiclass" (usually done to better reflect the border thickness).

· By setting a bit in the "Special" environment variable you can now prevent
VisualPrefs from using any CHIP memory at all, if you're using CyberGraphX
and have the PLANES2FAST variable set to "1". If Picasso96 supports a
similar feature, this should work with it too, although it wasn't tested.

· Now VisualPrefs supports the usage of the { GTSC_Arrows, 0 } tag item
in the creation of GadTools scroller gadgets, although it's actually
an undocumented feature of GadTools and therefore shouldn't be used.

· Reworked the internal semaphore handling in order to avoid some rare
(but possible) deadlocks at boot time and/or at the re-opening of the
Workbench screen.

· The wrong pens were being used to draw the frame of selected screen depth
gadgets in "Simple" or "Filled" style. Now fixed.

· Now the GUI editor refuses to load anything which isn't an IFF preferences

· Included new select.gadget which fixes a bug that caused it to ignore
the NG_HIGHLABEL flag when rendering non-centered gadget labels.

Changes from release 1.4

· Added support of external bitmap images for system gadgets!
You can also redefine the symbols of checkbox and cycle gadgets.
See the new section to learn how to use this feature, as well as the
"Sample.ilbm" picture and the sample bitmap set found in this archive.

· Now the button frame style and inner symbol style for system gadgets have
become independent from one another, and can thus be chosen separately.
A number of new frame styles have been added, which can be used with any
of the usual symbol styles (Standard, XEN, Future, Flat).

· Added a new pen (Inactive Glyph) for selection of the color of system
gadget symbols in inactive window borders.

· Added an option to use the Fill Shine and Fill Shadow pens for the edges
of selected frames (when "Alternate look..." is off).

· Now selected XEN frames are filled with the Foreground pen (rather than
the Background pen) if the "Don't fill selected frames" option is not set.

· Now the "Intuition is attempting to reset the Workbench screen..."
requester issued by VisualPrefs should always disappear automatically
when all the non-Workbench windows have been closed, just like the
original IPrefs requester does.

· Now the GUI editor tries to open a cloned screen even if the requested one
is already open, if the already-existing screen is too small.

· Added a new environment variable "VisualPrefs/CopyGTText": set it to "1" to
tell VisualPrefs to copy the label text of GadTools button gadgets, rather
than simply referencing the original string. This may come useful if you
use some programs which incorrectly reuse the same string pointer when they
create a list of GadTools gadgets.

· Now GadTools string gadgets can have a special look when in disabled state.

· Now VisualPrefs can (optionally) change the system standard DrawInfo pens
on all screens, rather than only on the Workbench screen. This works also
for the template.
Also, when doing so, a checkbox in the "Color locking" page allows you to
choose whether to have all system standard pens always automatically locked
(like Intuition normally would do) or to selectively lock them yourself by
hand (like you usually do with custom pens).

· The pop-up patch for cycle gadgets can now optionally draw the menu
panel directly on the screen's bitmap, rather than opening a window.
This enhances the "smoothness" of pop-up menu operations.

· Pop-up menus of cycle gadgets can now have a nice zoom-like effect
when opening and closing, with a configurable duration.

· New SCREENBARFONT tool type for the GUI editor, allowing to use the current
screen's font for screen and window titlebars drawn in the preview area,
even if using a different font for the rest of the editor. This way you can
see the titlebar gadgets exactly in the size they would have on the current
screen, rather than the size they would have on a screen using the editor's

· When saving the template, the GUI editor now displays a proper requester
with a number of gadgets allowing to choose all template options at once,
rather than having to go through a series of simple EasyRequesters.

· A new "Allocate new color" option for the template, which allows for more
precise color selection than "Find best match", creating the color if a
suitable one doesn't already exist (it doesn't lock the pen, however).

· A new "Lock pens" option for the template, allowing to lock all the
GUI pens on screens which the template is applied to (only if the template
uses the saved values for pen assignment, as otherwise it isn't necessary).

· A new "Bitplane threshold" setting for the template, to determine a
minimum number of bitplanes under which the pens are given simple default
values regardless of what method was selected for pen assignment. This is
especially useful with pen color remapping, which is usually ok with deep
screens but gives poor results on screens with few colors.

· A new "Allow nameless screens" option for the template, which tells
VisualPrefs to apply the template even to screens having no title.

· Reworked some internals of the GUI editor in order to make it somewhat
quicker, especially when refreshing or resizing its window.

· Now the "Open..." menu item is no longer disabled on screens other than
the Workbench one, allowing you to load preset preferences files on any
screen. Furthermore, when loading a preset containing just one screen
definition, you can now choose to apply it to the screen you're editing
rather than to add it to the screen list or to replace the list with it
(however, note that applying doesn't affect pen assignment).

· By great demand (about three people, one of which didn't ask me directly)
VisualPrefs is now able to make the window sizing gadget thinner than the
standard 18 pixels, therefore narrowing also the right window border.
However, as Intuition does NOT really support such a thing, in order to
achieve this the right window border needs to be quickly redrawn by the
patch upon opening. Hopefully, on fast enough systems this won't be too
noticeable; if it is, just don't use this feature.

· A new menu item in GUI allows you to launch your preferred palette editor.
The default is SYS:Prefs/Palette, but you can override this by using the
new PALETTE tool type to indicate a different editor (like FullPalette).

· The GUI editor now reads some settings (currently SCREENBARFONT and PALETTE)
from its icon if you don't specify them on the command line when starting it
from the Shell.

· New "Lock all" and "Free all" gadgets added to the "Color locking" page
for your convenience.

· Slightly bettered the aspect of arrow symbols in window borders with the
"Borderless" system frame style.

· A recent version of FPPrefs (40.22) included for people who use FullPalette
and haven't yet downloaded the latest release from Aminet. Versions prior
to 40.20 don't work correctly with VisualPrefs 1.5.

· Now screen titlebars can have a different height than window titlebars!
If you have square titlebar gadgets, you can force the screen depth gadget
to keep the same width as the window depth gadget by setting a bit in the
"Special" environment variable.

· By setting a bit in the "Special" environment variable you can now have a
new global look with thicker 3D edges for XEN button frames.

· Now GadTools gadgets in XEN style use the Text pen (rather than the Fill
Text pen) for their label when they are in "selected" state. This preserves
the correct XEN look regardless of what color you choose for window titles.

· Two new environment variables, "SafetyLevel" and "MinStackSize", which
allow to choose how VisualPrefs must behave in low stack conditions within
its patches to system BOOPSI classes. If needed, VisualPrefs is now able to
temporarily switch to a larger stack when executing BOOPSI classes code.
Note well: this feature must be regarded as experimental!

· Now the preview area of the GUI editor should be displayed a bit faster
on hicolor and truecolor screens.

· Added information about the new VisualPrefs mailing list.

· Corrected an error in the GUI editor which prevented the cycle gadget used
to set the look of "pop-up" highlighted items from working properly.

· VisualPrefs could fail to free some memory at the closing of the Workbench
screen. Now fixed.

· Now VisualPrefs handles much better the palette of two-color screens.

· GadTools string gadgets could sometimes have incorrectly sized frames.
Now fixed.

· Setting the preferences to the "Four-color" mode on the Workbench screen,
then visiting another screen, doesn't cause anymore the loss of Workbench's
multicolor settings due to them being overwritten with the four-color ones.

· Edges of pop-up menu drop shadows have now the correct shape when the
"round edges" option is active.

· The dithering for normally disabled gadgets and for the background of
GadTools proportional gadgets was being rendered with an incorrect color
in the GUI editor's preview area. Now fixed.

· Fixed a bug in the screen depth gadget handling code which could cause
deadlocks in certain situations.

· Corrected some details of the preview display in the GUI editor.

· If a screen using the template couldn't be opened, VisualPrefs was
increasing the template usage counter anyway, and never decreasing
it afterwards. Now fixed.

· Added a workaround for a confict with NewIcons which caused window titles
to be written more than one time and slightly out of phase when NewIcons'
"Outline" option was selected.

· Added some stack-checking code in the "frameiclass" patch: now the custom
routines of VisualPrefs aren't executed if the stack is too low. This
prevents the input.device from crashing for a stack overflow when clicking
on some (fortunately very rare) stack-hungry GUIs.

· Now the screen titlebar's bright edge attempts to repair itself whenever
it's damaged by Directory Opus titlebar messages.

· Added a workaround for a bug in WordPerfect which caused the program's
requesters not to be displayed with VisualPrefs running.



Massimo Tantignone
Via Campagnoli, 4
28100 Novara (NO)

E-mail: tanti@intercom.it

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