Custom Desktop Folders

Ray ray at linkit.com
Thu Apr 16 15:57:34 EDT 2015


Mike,

I've been wrestling with this again this morning and I'm unable to get 
the icon to display at all, let alone concern myself with paths.

I'm using revCopyFolder to create the folder I want by duplicating an 
existing folder with the .ico file in it.  RevCopyFolder duplicates the 
folder to another location and it includes the .ico file in the folder 
but it excludes the dektop.ini file.  I can create one from within 
Livecode but it doesn't work.  I can see why, too.  If I right-click it, 
choose Properties and go to the Details tab I can see that the 
Desktop.ini file I made in Livecode has Attributes of "A" while the one 
Windows 8.1 make (when I manually set a folder icon in the folder's 
properties window) has Attributes of "HSA".  Sounds like some sort of 
housing authority:)

I've tried using RevCopyFile to duplicate the Desktop.ini file with the 
proper attributes to my new folder but it also fails.  Evidently Windows 
8.1 blocks this, even though there's no other Desktop.ini file present yet.

So at this point I'm stuck unless I can find some way within Livecode to 
set the Attributes of the Desktop.ini file I create to "HSA".

Any ideas?

On 4/16/2015 9:41 AM, Mike Bonner wrote:
> heres that link. http://forums.livecode.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1745
>
> On Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 7:38 AM, Mike Bonner <bonnmike at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> It shouldn't matter where you store the icon. In fact, it'd be better if
>> you created a folder for your icons somewhere like the app support
>> directory or some such.  Then you can point to the icon file, and if you
>> move the folder around, it shouldn't matter.
>> Heres a link to a forum post that uses env variables to point to an icon
>> location.  It points to a folder stored in a folder on the desktop, but it
>> shouldn't matter where the folder is as long as you can point to it
>> explicitly. (or in the case of the forum post, point to it at a location
>> relative to the user)
>> If you were wanting to set things up where all users see thte icon, then
>> inside the folder, or some place not relative to the specific user is the
>> way to go.  Network shares would be complicated.  I wonder... if you have
>> the .ico file in the folder, and your desktop.ini references it this way:
>> .\myicon.ico
>> does it work?  It would be nice if you could start relative to the folder
>> ( . ) and go from there.
>>
>> Also, you can set the attributes of your icon file to system/hidden so it
>> doesn't show in the top level.  Of course people like me have settings so
>> that it will show anyway but.. /shrug
>>
>> On Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 10:09 AM, Ray <ray at linkit.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Scott thanks for your idea on this but I think I'll try something else in
>>> light of the possible licensing ramifications which, incidentally, I
>>> appreciate you pointing out.
>>>
>>> At this point I'm unable to get any icons, ico png or otherwise, to
>>> display by creating the .ini file myself.  I have noticed that when I set
>>> it up through the properties tabs the automatically generated .ini file
>>> looks a little different:
>>>     [ViewState]
>>>     Mode=
>>>     Vid=
>>>     FolderType=Pictures
>>>     Logo=C:\Users\RayAc\Desktop\Test\MyIcon.png
>>>
>>> Nonetheless, when I create this manually it doesn't work.  And I haven't
>>> even begun to look at the Mac side yet.
>>>
>>> But there's hope!  I've seem to have success setting up the folder
>>> manually, leaving the image file in the folder, treating the whole folder
>>> as a template of sorts and using revCopyFolder to duplicate it every time I
>>> need a new one.
>>>
>>> I'm going to try that as a work-around and see how it goes.
>>>
>>> Many thanks!
>>>
>>>
>>> On 4/15/2015 7:13 PM, Mike Bonner wrote:
>>>
>>>> Give it the full path.
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 12:50 PM, Mark Schonewille <
>>>> m.schonewille at economy-x-talk.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>   Hi Ray,
>>>>> I've found the link I got the example from (IIRC):
>>>>>
>>>>> https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/
>>>>> cc144102%28v=vs.85%29.aspx
>>>>>
>>>>> --
>>>>> Best regards,
>>>>>
>>>>> Mark Schonewille
>>>>>
>>>>> Economy-x-Talk Consulting and Software Engineering
>>>>> Homepage: http://economy-x-talk.com
>>>>> Twitter: http://twitter.com/xtalkprogrammer
>>>>> KvK: 50277553
>>>>>
>>>>> Installer Maker for LiveCode:
>>>>> http://qery.us/468
>>>>>
>>>>> Buy my new book "Programming LiveCode for the Real Beginner"
>>>>> http://qery.us/3fi
>>>>>
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>>>>>
>>>>> On 4/16/2015 02:01, Ray wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>   OK Mark - I've experimented a little doing this:
>>>>>> Made a text file named Desktop.ini
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Saved the following content in it:
>>>>>> [.ShellClassInfo]
>>>>>> IconFile=MyIcon.ico
>>>>>> IconIndex=0
>>>>>> InfoTip=Some sensible information.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Created a folder on the Windows desktop named Test
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Moved both the file and a .ico file named MyIcon into the folder
>>>>>>
>>>>>> This doesn't change the appearance of the folder, although it does
>>>>>> change the appearance of the text file.  It puts a little gear on it.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Am I missing something?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On 4/15/2015 1:43 PM, Mark Schonewille wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>   Ray,
>>>>>>> It is a text file. I gave you an example of the text. LiveCode can
>>>>>>> create such text files. The file should be saved inside the folder of
>>>>>>> which you want to change the icon.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> --
>>>>>>> Best regards,
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Mark Schonewille
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Economy-x-Talk Consulting and Software Engineering
>>>>>>> Homepage: http://economy-x-talk.com
>>>>>>> Twitter: http://twitter.com/xtalkprogrammer
>>>>>>> KvK: 50277553
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Installer Maker for LiveCode:
>>>>>>> http://qery.us/468
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Buy my new book "Programming LiveCode for the Real Beginner"
>>>>>>> http://qery.us/3fi
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> LiveCode on Facebook:
>>>>>>> https://www.facebook.com/groups/runrev/
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On 4/16/2015 01:37, Ray wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>   Mark  -  thanks for these tips but I'm afraid I'm not quite following
>>>>>>>> you.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Should the text file have any text in it?  Which folder should I
>>>>>>>> save it
>>>>>>>> in?  And finally, how do I set the settings you've outlined from
>>>>>>>> within
>>>>>>>> Livecode?  I guess these things are delving into an area of Livecode
>>>>>>>> I've never used.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Ray
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On 4/15/2015 12:56 PM, Mark Schonewille wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>   Hi Ray,
>>>>>>>>> Make a text file with Notepad. Save it in the folder as Desktop.ini.
>>>>>>>>> Use the following settings:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> [.ShellClassInfo]
>>>>>>>>> IconFile=Folder.ico
>>>>>>>>> IconIndex=0
>>>>>>>>> InfoTip=Some sensible information.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> --
>>>>>>>>> Best regards,
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Mark Schonewille
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Economy-x-Talk Consulting and Software Engineering
>>>>>>>>> Homepage: http://economy-x-talk.com
>>>>>>>>> Twitter: http://twitter.com/xtalkprogrammer
>>>>>>>>> KvK: 50277553
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Installer Maker for LiveCode:
>>>>>>>>> http://qery.us/468
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Buy my new book "Programming LiveCode for the Real Beginner"
>>>>>>>>> http://qery.us/3fi
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> LiveCode on Facebook:
>>>>>>>>> https://www.facebook.com/groups/runrev/
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> On 4/15/2015 23:30, Ray wrote:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>   Does anybody know of a way, from within Livecode, to create a
>>>>>>>>>> folder
>>>>>>>>>> and give it it's own custom display on the desktop?  I'd imagine
>>>>>>>>>> this
>>>>>>>>>> would be done with an .ico file.  I'd like to do this for both Mac
>>>>>>>>>> and Windows.
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> I've looked through the RunRev store and haven't found any
>>>>>>>>>> extensions
>>>>>>>>>> which do this.  Maybe through a command-line somebody has written?
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
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