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Instructions for the Panzer CPU Gauge XWidget PDF Print
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Here are the instructions for the Panzer CPU and RAM Gauge XWidgets. Each acts and performs in the same manner, only difference is what each is measuring. The CPU and RAM widgets can be assigned the function of your choice. The widgets are provided as a Xwidget that runs on your desktop behind all your applications so it does not interfere with your day to day computer functionality.

panzer-cpu-256.pngThe widgets works with Windows XP SP3, they have been tested on Vista Home, Windows 7 32/64 bit and Windows 8/10 - it should work on all these with no problems whatsoever.  You will of course need to download and install the Xwidget engine first - which you can get here:

Download Xwidgets here

The widget functionality is self-explanatory, tinker with it and you will soon get to grips with it, you can't do any harm. Think of it as a bit of WWII eye-candy.

Double-clicking on the Clock will cause a personalised Windows application to fire up. The first time you run it there will be no assigned function and so it will state as such and then pop up the preferences so that you can enter the command of your choice. The widget takes command line-style commands for windows. You can find the widget here and here .

 

 

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The widget can be resized - Hover the mouse cursor over the widget and rotate your mousewheel up or down. The widget will resize dynamically.

Stopwatch functions. The top button is the start button. Pressing it will switch the watch from the normal dual clock face to stopwatch mode (shown above). 

The first press starts a timing run.

The second press of the top button pauses the timing run but the timing run is continuing in the background.

Press the bottom button to continue the run, you'll see the hands catch up to where they should have been.

Press the top button once more to zero the hands.

 

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 INSTALLATION

1. Install Xwidget runtime engine FIRST.

2. Download the widget

3. When downloaded it should prompt you to ask what you should do with this widget. Tell the o/s to open it with Xwidgets.

Right Click Menu

xwidget-uboat-prefs1.jpgYou can right click on the widget at any time to show the preferences that control the operation of the widget. It will show a pop up menu that allows access to some extra functions. For example, you can access online help from this link as well as visit other links to allow satisfied users to kindly donate...

The Widget Preferences link shows the preferences screen allowing you to select show more configuration options. Some of the configuration changes that can be made can be made. 

The other links are generally self-explanatory, they will open pages on my website where you can obtain new versions of the widget, obtain assistance or help from the developer &c.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferences

This is the configuration preference screen where you control sundry items. You may determine which command will be run on a double-click. You can customise the command by replacing it with your own. You can select the widget size and enable/disable sound control. 

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The default Windows preference screen allows you to change the opacity and order of the the widget.

Some example commands for windows: 

This command would fire up Mozilla's thunderbird email application:

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe

This command would open a new outlook mail message:

outlook.exe /c ipm.note

Open a new outlook mail message and populate sender and subject:

outlook.exe /c ipm.note /m someone@microsoft.
com&subject=test%20subject
&body=test

(all on one line)

Personally, I always have the following command assigned to this clock:

timedate.cpl

This fires up the windows clock utility allowing you to set or change the system time.

To fire up a web-page in your default browser, the widget command(s) would be:

start http://lightquick.co.uk/steampunk-widgets.html?Itemid=264  (windows)

open http://lightquick.co.uk/steampunk-widgets.html?Itemid=264  (mac)

xdg-open http://lightquick.co.uk/steampunk-widgets.html?Itemid=264 
(mac) -oOo-

 

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