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Instructions for the Steampunk Rotating Earth Widget PDF Print
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Welcome to the help page for the steampunk globe.  This yahoo widget provides a simple rotating globe that can rotate at two speeds. The animation comes from thirty six medium resolution images, played one after the other, frame by frame giving a simulation of the rotating earth. The globe could be made to rotate more slowly but it would require a lot more than just thirty-six images for a smooth yet slow animation. If you happen to have multiple high resolution PNG images of the earth with transparent backgrounds please feel free to provide!

globe-on-desktop.jpgThe image on the left is the rotating globe widget that is 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 is in itself being modified to have the globe functionality by default - it'll take time but watch this space for news.

The globe widget is simple in operation. It can be resized and it can also be assigned a function of your choice. Given a command line utility or program to run, it will initiate the chosen command when double-clicked upon. To move the widget around the desktop click and drag the outer ring that surrounds the globe.

To the left of the globe is the resizing ring which has seven numbered sizing buttons. Click on each to set the widget globe 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 control the rotation speed giving two speeds, fast or slow. The globe can be stopped from spinning by simply clicking upon the globe face. Note that when running in fast spin mode the spinning globe animation takes approximately 10% of available cpu on a dual core 2.2 ghz system.

This widget works with Windows XP SP3, they have 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.

Double-clicking on the widget will cause a personalised Windows/Mac application to fire up. The fclick to download the steampunk orrery widget irst 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. 

INSTALLATION

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.

click to download the steampunk orrery widgetHere 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

penny-red-menu.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.

 

 

 

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Preferences

This is the configuration preference screen. When you right click on the widget you may select the widget preferences. You may determine which command will be run on a double-click. You can customise the command by replacing it with your own. If you leave the top box blank no command will be run.

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The example widget command field is merely an example command. If you copy it to the field above then the widget would run photoshop (if it is installed on your machine). The Widget tooltip field allows you to alter the pop up that shows when your mouse hovers over the widget.

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  On this tab you can select the widget size and enable/disable sound control as well as globe rotation speed.

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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).

 

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This product was last tested in the Softpedia Labs on 8th of January 2014 by Marina Dan

Softpedia guarantees that Steampunk Rotating Earth Widget 1.0.0 is 100% Clean, which means it does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors.

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