Windows notifications

Tom Glod tom at
Thu Feb 7 19:21:20 EST 2019

doesn't the livecode updater display a normal windows notification? how do
they do it?...... i have a similar challange right this is very
interesting.  my only workaround so far is to open a stack with what i need
and snap it to the bottom right and make it look like it came from the
taskbar or dock.  i suppose it works. bur i would appreciate a more native

On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 5:33 PM Bob Sneidar via use-livecode <
use-livecode at> wrote:

> Create a standalone with socket communications and send commands to it to
> show, hide and anything else you need the stack to do. The real trick is to
> build it so that it doesn't show up in the taskbar, else people will close
> it. When your app opens, launch the executable with the stack hidden. Then
> pass calls via socket to your stack as I mentioned. I did this once and it
> worked quite well, except that I didn't know then how to prevent an app
> from appearing in the task bar or the MacOS Dock.
> Bob S
> > On Feb 7, 2019, at 12:32 , Andrew Bell via use-livecode <
> use-livecode at> wrote:
> >
> > I am trying to modify a Windows stack to alert the user when a
> particular event happens while the app is in the background or minimized.
> Something like mergNotify, but for Windows, would be ideal.
> >
> > My first thought was to change the taskbar icon, like Outlook does when
> I have a new email or Skype does to display my status. The forum and
> dictionary proved "set the icon to (some ID)" doesn't work on Windows[1],
> but I could use the still-undocumented "set the statusIcon to (some ID)"
> property[2] to change the system tray icon.
> >
> > This sort of worked as I was able to make a little repeat loop that
> changed the statusIcon[3] from one image to another and then back again to
> create an attention grabbing area at the bottom of the screen. My problem
> with this is that after the first time that alert is acknowledged, via
> statusIconDoubleClick in this case, any subsequent statusIcon changes are
> only displayed in the "Show hidden icons" of the system tray which in
> essence buries it from the users view (until the stack is relaunched). I
> confirmed this behavior with the Sons of Thunder product STSTray[4] which
> seems to suffer from the same problem.
> >
> > Can anyone suggest a LiveCode native way to alert a Windows user? The
> closest I could find is to use "do as VBScript" with an AppActivate
> command[5], but was hoping for something using LC script directly (although
> this forced me to learn some VBScript and use the "do as alternateLanguage"
> command[6] which were both foreign to me).
> >
> > put "Set objShell = CreateObject(" & QUOTE & "Wscript.Shell" & QUOTE &
> ")" into tScript
> > put RETURN & "objShell.AppActivate" && QUOTE & "taskbar_icon_demo" &
> QUOTE after tScript
> > do tScript as "VBScript"
> >
> >
> > --Andrew Bell
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