Greetings all -
Hope I'm posting this in somewhat the right place... I've been using
OD for ages, but been away for a couple years and I'm still getting my
bearings again with a new computer and new OS, so forgive me if I'm in the totally wrong spot, and please point me to where I should be. (Is there still a
newsgroup for nitty-gritty questions?) I'm posting here as DesktopX
seems the most likely program to do what I need, but if I'm wrong or
there's a better choice, let me know.
Anyhow, I'm looking for or trying to make a "quote switcher" widget or
object. That is... a thing that displays a random quote on bootup (or
could change every 12 hours or something, but I don't want them
changing really often). I will use this with a wallpaper switcher so
that when I boot I will get a random wallpaper and a random quote. I
don't imagine this would work a whole lot differently than a wall
switcher or slide show /photo switcher, but I'm not certain. I suck at
script stuff, so taking those apart and looking at them hasn't helped
me so far.
Quotes - The quotations I want to use are selected by me, not from a
quote of the day website or something. I'd like them to have different
colors, fonts, and effects, so it's probably best if I just make them
up ahead of time rather than requiring the object to try to change all
that stuff. I want them to be frameless and on a transparent
background so the quote can sit on any wallpaper. My best idea at the
moment is to make a bunch of .gifs or .pngs of various quotes and tell
the switcher thingy to just go thru that directory.
Interface - The launcher/options thingy should be either tiny or
invisible. I'd like to be able to set everything up and then just have
it run on bootup and/or stay in the background.
As I said, this seems very similar to a photo frame or slideshow- I
just can't figure out how to translate it to work with transparency and
such. All the switchers I've toyed with olny look at .jpgs and .bmps, so I don't know if this is doable.
Here's a small example picture to show what I'm talking about in case I wasn't clear.Example
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks - RR