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Welcome to the help page for the steampunk moon widget.  This yahoo widget provides a simple moon globe that can display the moon through its phases. The date is set through rotating the date ring on the Steampunk Orrery yahoo-widgets-logo.pngtimekeeper widget (found here) or by simply going into the widget's preferences and manually selecting a date. The moon widget MkIII was specifically designed to work with the Orrery timekeeper widget but it can exist by itself on your desktop.

moon-on-desktop.jpgThe image on the left is the moon widget sittget the orrery hereing on top of the steampunk orrery widget which you can also get here or by clicking the mini image on the right.

The orrery widget talks to the moon widget giving it commands to display the correct moon phase, to appear/disappear &c.

The moon widget is simple in operation. To the left of the globe is the resizing ring which has seven numbered sizing buttons. Click on each to set the widget moon to a predetermined size. The resizing ring will disappear if you click upon the resizing bar but can be returned by clicking on the top knob above the globe.

Two buttons at the base of the globe, one calls the widget preferences and the other causes a pop up plaque to appear giving further detail on the moon phase currently under display. Hovering the mouse cursor over the moon causes text to appear giving summary information on the current moon phase.  

Double-clicking on the enlarged moon will cause an information box to pop-up that displays more detailed information on the moon phase that is currently being displayed. As you drag the orrery date ring the moon phase information displayed will update automatically. moon-widget-popup.jpg

If the moon is being displayed without the orrery then the date can be entered by right clicking on the moon and selecting preferences. You will find there an option to set the date.

The 24hr ring that surrounds the moon can be used to set the exact time of the moon phase. Click on any time and the phase will change to match the real moon at that point in time.

Note that the moon does not rotate on its axis as far as we on the earth are concerned it shows the same face. The moon sometimes appears to be tilted on its axis and the shadow will extend to cover its surface to some extent.

Finally, a small red tap is provided to close the moon widget, note it merely makes the moon invisible and a click on the moon image in the timekeeper will restore it back again to visibility.

Note that when the moon's shadow is moving around the moon and the moon is periodically rotating the animation takes approximately 10% of available cpu on a dual core 2.2 ghz system.

This widget works with Windows XP SP3, it has also been tested on Vista Home, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Windows 8 and Mac OS/X and it should work on all these with no problems whatsoever.  You will of course need to download and install the Yahoo widget engine first - which you can get here:

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and the Mac version here: http://desktopwidgets.zenfs.com/4.5.2x10a50/yahoo_widgets_4.5.2.dmg

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 Christmas Bauble eye-candy with a useful function.

Click here to download the widget

INSTALLATION

PLEASE do NOT install the beta version of this widget unless you have installed the new orrery timekeeper widget!

1. Install Yahoo widget 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 Yahoo widgets.

Here is the download link for the widget. Click on the mini image here and you'll be taken directly to the download page.

 

OPERATION

It is a very easy widget to use. It starts immediately. Click on the globe image and the earth will stop rotating. There are seven buttons marked 1 - 7 that control the size of the widget. The two buttons at the base control the spin rate of the globe.

Right Click Menu

moonphase-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.

From here you can enter a new date to show the moon phase for.

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.

You can vote for the widget on rocketdock, donate to keep development or simply send us a beer! Satisfied users kindly donate.

Reloading the widget in case it gets its knickers in a twist is easy enough, you can hide the widget but you'll need to bring it back again using the widget dock.

The optional and essential additional widgets are obtainable through the links to the site where you can download these extra widgets. You will find the orrery widget essential for operating the moon widget in all its glory.

 

 

 

 

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Preferences

This is the configuration preference screen. When you right click on the widget you may select the widget preferences.

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Here you can enable or disable sound, hide the size bar if you prefer the widget without it. Certain language translations come enabled with the widget by default. Some may be incomplete in this beta version of the widget. Set your own latitude and longitude if you wish, this will be over-ridden by any setting in the orrery widget which also has a preference setting  for latitude and longitude. The two widgets will talk to each other and pass this information. The option to display your relative position or geocentric is a matter of taste. 

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On this tab you can select the widget size and  correct the moon image according to your location north or south of the equator. The shadow density can be removed altogether or made partially opaque as you require. The hover over moon information is controlled here as are the time formats.

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The fonts screen is self explanatory, text is only present on the pop up plaque and on the moon. Select the fonts of your choice.

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The default Windows preference screen allows you to change the opacity and order of the the widget.Don't click the ignore mouse check box - ever! (This is part of the Yahoo widget engine defaults, I can't change it). 

For good operation with the Steampunk Orrery widget please keep the window level to 'normal'.

Credits:

The original code to calculate the phases of the moon uses tabular information was created by Mark Crossley. The moon images have been enhanced and the graphic interface steampunked by myself. This help page is also mine. The Steampunk Moon Phase Widget could not have been created without the help of Mark Crossley's original code.

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