Maximising iconbar spaceBy Chris Williams. Published: 14th Aug 2002, 23:23:10 | Permalink | Printable
Minidisc itAn obvious interface provided by RISC OS is the iconbar, that long window at the bottom of your desktop; you have devices and services on the left and applications on the right. Wouldn't it be nice to collect up the left hand side into a single icon, thus freeing up some iconbar space? In fact let's push the boat out and include desktop shortcuts, an application launcher and more. Then let's call this software bundle 'Minidisc' and distribute it for free on the net, with the iconbar.com empire hosting the official website. Sounds like a plan.
Too bad Jamie Temple beat us to it. We know it sounds like a music database or maybe some kind of media interface software but we can assure you it's not. Minidisc is billed as a desktop management tool with a strong emphasis on customisation. This week sees a public update to the software, bringing it to version 0.51.
"MiniDisc is about as customisable as you'll ever want", states author Jamie in his announcement. "Every feature can be enabled or disabled and changed to suit your personal requirements."
Full feature details can be found on the Minidisc website. Having followed Minidisc development from its early conception including when Minidisc first relied on the excellent Director utility, drobe.co.uk contacted Jamie regarding his recent news.
"MiniDisc has its origins very much in Nick Craig-Wood's Director program. I had written a dynamic menu that did (in my honest opinion) a better job of listing your machines harddiscs", Jamie explained to drobe. "Over time, it became clear that the audience for MiniDisc was limited, as quite a few users were put off due to the complexities of Director." Minidisc development was first encouraged by this usenet posting. Yes, we were surprised that something useful came out of usenet too.
Then dependence on Director was removed and the software was made easier to use with some of Director's better features being re-introduced. The rest, Jamie says, is history.
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