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Posted by Poromenos   Greece  (1,037 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #15 on Mon 15 Mar 2004 12:59 PM (UTC)
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You would have the option to turn it off, that shouldn't be a big problem...

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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (23,017 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #16 on Wed 01 Nov 2006 09:53 PM (UTC)
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New function added to version 3.83 to allow you to make the MUSHclient application transparent to the amount that you desire.

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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (23,017 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #17 on Wed 01 Nov 2006 10:08 PM (UTC)
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Here is an example of a semi-transparent window:


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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (23,017 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #18 on Wed 01 Nov 2006 11:55 PM (UTC)
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An interesting trick is to do this:


Transparency (GetSysColor (12), 255)


What this does is make the gray "frame background" colour transparent. Thus the MUSHclient worlds themselves are full intensity, but in the gaps between the worlds (and notepad windows) you can see the desktop underneath. I think someone was asking about that a while back.

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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (23,017 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #19 on Thu 02 Nov 2006 01:32 AM (UTC)
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To illustrate that point, here is an example of making the gray background transparent, so you can see the desktop through it, but the rest is full opacity:


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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (23,017 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #20 on Sat 01 Mar 2008 08:47 PM (UTC)
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A word of caution about using "keyed" transparency like in the above example.

I was playing around with another problem, when the "map" which appears in SMAUG FUSS seemed all broken up. It turned out the reason was that the map used gray | characters in it, and since I had made gray transparent, the desktop was showing through, making the map look really strange.

One fix is to go into the ANSI colour configuration, and change the "Bold black" colour (top one in the RH column) to be slighly different (eg. click on the "Darker" button once"), or simply edit that colour to make it a little different. That way the transparency no longer keys on the gray, and you don't get windows underneath showing through whenever there is gray text.

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Posted by KaVir   Germany  (117 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #21 on Mon 14 Sep 2009 09:39 AM (UTC)
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Sorry for the thread necromancy, but this is the closest match I can find for my question: Did the concept of customisable skins go any further?

The summary for suggestion #402 is "Transparent option wanted", and (from reading this thread) it seems that that part of the suggestion has been addressed.

But what I'm interested in is the idea of customisable opaque backgrounds, colours, icons, buttons, etc, so that skins can be designed around specific mud themes.
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (23,017 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #22 on Mon 14 Sep 2009 10:23 AM (UTC)
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More recently, miniwindows let you put images behind or in front of your main text. You can also shift the scrolling text portion inwards from the edges.

See this thread for some examples:

http://www.gammon.com.au/mushclient/mw_other.htm

Also take a look at this:

http://www.gammon.com.au/forum/?id=9580

Miniwindows let you implement buttons and icons, there are examples of icons which you click to do things, with cooldown clocks on them, here:

http://www.gammon.com.au/forum/?id=9359

- Nick Gammon

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Posted by KaVir   Germany  (117 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #23 on Mon 14 Sep 2009 11:07 AM (UTC)

Amended on Mon 14 Sep 2009 11:42 AM (UTC) by KaVir

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Very nice indeed. So I could effectively create a graphical border around the main display, using the same theme as my website - and also use the same button styles as I use on my website?

A large border would probably be undesirable as it would reduce the amount of space available for useful windows, but a small border could be used to help give the client the same look and feel as my website, which I think could prove more appealing to first-time mudders.

It strikes me that this is pretty much full skinning support, and you could reasonably add it to the list of features that MUSHclient offers.
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (23,017 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #24 on Mon 14 Sep 2009 10:12 PM (UTC)
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KaVir said:

Very nice indeed. So I could effectively create a graphical border around the main display, using the same theme as my website - and also use the same button styles as I use on my website?


Yes I don't see a problem with that.


KaVir said:

A large border would probably be undesirable as it would reduce the amount of space available for useful windows, but a small border could be used to help give the client the same look and feel as my website, which I think could prove more appealing to first-time mudders.


Well the size of the border is totally under your control. You may have a bigger one on the left, say, and put in status bars, buttons, minimap, etc. if you wanted to.

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