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01.04.2011

Talisman Desktop 3.3 (build 3300)

New in Talisman Desktop 3.3 build 3300
==========================

- Updated Talisman Tray to fix some problems under Windows Vista/7.
- Added Sound icon in Talisman Tray.
- Added Power icon in Talisman Tray.
- Added dragging files on List objects function in "Top forms".
- New "Gradient" option for Talisman menus.
- New "Scroll by Mouse Wheel" option for List objects.
- New commands "tobject <form>.<object>.moveup=line" and "tobject <form>.<object>.movedown=line" in a List object to scroll Lists.
- Updated "Themes submenu".
- New faster procedure in "sendcommandto" function (transfer Talisman commands between different Talisman windows).
- Fixed bug in autostart procedure for shell-mode of Windows Vista/7 (multistart of some applications).
- Fixed bug in "Automatic control of screen resolution" procedure.
- Fixed some bugs in the List object.
- Other changes and corrections.

 

28.5.2010

Talisman Desktop 3.21 (build 3210)

New in Talisman Desktop 3.21 build 3210
==========================

- Fixed a problem with "User Account Control" in Windows7/Vista (error message at start).
- Added new option for HTML object "Show/Hide scrollbars".
- Fixed some small bugs.

 

17.5.2010

Talisman Desktop 3.2 (build 3200)

New in Talisman Desktop 3.2
==========================

- Support of Vista/Windows7 icons 256x256 pixels size.

- New "Custom icon size" option.

- New "Common Lists" option for List object. Common Lists allow to use the same user defined lists in all Talisman themes where this option is supported. You do not need to customize each new theme manually for your own applications.

- New "Hot Zone" object. Hot Zone is an active area on the screen that can react on "Mouse cursor enter" and "Mouse cursor leave" events.

- New "stopscript"command. May be used with Hot Zone objects to make delays before starting scripts.

- New "Show hint" option for List object.

- New "Show/hide border" option for HTML object.

- New "Hide Popup Menu" option for HTML object.

- New "Hide Window after pressing any button" option for TopForm objects.

- New "Window opacity" option for TopForms.

- New "Wrap text" option for Button object.

- New textual functions (may be used in Text object, text labels and hints of Button and List objects):
gettext(recbinsize) - get Recycle Bin size.
gettext(recbinfiles) - get number files in Recycle Bin.
gettext(drivesize c:\) - get drive size.
gettext(drivefreesize c:\) - get free drive size.
<br> - break string.

- Fixed bug in Form object "hide by click outside" procedure.

- Fixed bug in "control panel" procedures for List and Menu objects.

- Updated "tasklist" procedures for List object.

- Fixed bug in "Create New Form" procedure (zero values in width/height fields)

- Fixed bug in "Create New List" procedure (zero values in width/height fields of default button)

- Other changes and bug fixes.

 

14.12.2009

Talisman Desktop 3.1 (build 3100)

New in Talisman Desktop 3.1
==========================

- Windows 7 support.

- Removed a limitation for top forms. Now you can create any number of independent windows.

- New command "showwindow <formname> <parameter>" to open any form as an independent window. Parameter=0/1 (normal window/top window)

- New command "sendcommandto <formname> <command string>" to send a Talisman command string into any opened topform.

- New command "closewindow <formname>" to close any opened topform.

- New command "moveform" to move any opened topform.

- New wallpaper effects for Windows wallpapers: flip, stretch, mirror functions.

- New "scrolling" effects for Talisman forms.

- Fixed problem in LVolume plugin for Windows Vista and Windows 7.

- Fixed mistake in startup desktop effect. Now Talisman does not show white screen while executed effect for a main desktop.

- Fixed mistake in "New Button" procedure (lost text properties).

- Added function "Enable/Disable WIN-hotkeys" in shellmode of Talisman.

- New themes were added in the installation: Windows Wallpaper Changer, Cuckoo Clock, 6 screens.

- Other changes and bug fixes.

17.12.2008

Talisman Desktop 3.0 (build 3006)

New in Talisman Desktop 3.0 (build 3006)
===============================

 - Updated Button object. Added alpha-blended PNG support for all phases of a button; vertical text labels.

- New button file format - TBTN instead the old BTN3 format. TBTN stores 3 alpha-blended PNG pictures and all button settings in one file.

- Updated Calendar object. Added support of alpha-blended PNG backgrounds; new "Horizontal Line" and "Vertical Line" styles of calendar; vertical text labels.

- Updated AClock object. Added support of alpha-blended PNG arrows; separated centers for each arrow; top picture (alpha-blended PNG).

- New "Add/Edit Item" dialog for List object.

- New "Theme Manager 3.0", including: Theme Manager, Theme Installer, Theme Builder, Shape Builder, Object Collector.

- New options for desktop wallpapers: Fit by Width (Arange to Top/Center/Bottom) and Fit by Height (Arrange to Left/Center/Right). These options help to set standard (4:3) wallpapers to wide screens without distortions.

- New "Button Click delay" option in Program Settings window of Object Editor to set up any delay in msec. This option was added to avoid unexpected double clicks or long pressings on touchscreen displays.

- New "Preview Panel Color" option in Program Settings window of Object Editor to change background color of preview windows in Object Editor. 

- New "tobject <form>.<button>.redraw", "tobject <form>.<button>.picture=<filename>", "tobject <form>.<button>.icon=<filename>", "tobject <form>.<button>.text=<your text>" commands for fast redrawing of Button objects.

- New screenwidth.tscr and screenheight.tscr script commands.

- Added "Copy Form" command in Ctrl+Right click menu. Now you can copy forms from one theme to another.

- Added new command "updateregistry". This command rewrite all standard Talisman registry settings including default Hotkeys and file associations.

- Added new installation option for corporate clients. Using new settings file (runonce.txt) placed in Talisman folder it is possible to copy Talisman and automatically register it on any new computer without slow setup procedure. (See detailed information in the Talisman Help file: Registration and Installation>Corporate Installation).

- Added new function "getvalue" for "setvalue" and "tobject" commands. This function allows to copy any value from one object to other. 
For example, set the same icon as on Buton1 to Button2:
setvalue desktop0.button2.icon=getvalue desktop0.button1.icon
or
tobject desktop0.button2.icon=getvalue desktop0.button1.icon

- Added new command "tobject <form>.<button>.command=browsefile [type:<filetype>]" to change a Button command string from "Browse file" dialog.
Where <filetype> may be any file extension or * to browse all files.
For example to setup the command (EXE file) for Button1. Create a Button2 with command: 
tobject desktop0.button1.command=browsefile [type:exe]
See "Media Center" theme as example (Press Ctrl+Alt+Z to show Form2).

- Updated Drawpic command. Added rotation angle parameter for PNG pictures.

- Fixed bug in List object "show Winamp playlist" option.

- Fixed bug in Callendar object "Next/Previous year" command.

- Other changes and bug fixes.

 

25.06.2008

Talisman Desktop 3.0 Beta 2 (build 3003)

New in Talisman Desktop 3.0 Beta 2 (build 3003)
===============================

- Added "Buttons" page in "Theme Manager".

- Added localization functions to "Theme Manager" and "Add Item" programs.

- Added "Copy Form" command in Ctrl+Right click menu. Now you can copy forms from one theme to another.

- Added new command "updateregistry". This command rewrite all standard Talisman registry settings including default Hotkeys and file associations.

- Added new installation option for corporate clients. Using new settings file (runonce.txt) placed in Talisman folder it is possible to copy Talisman and automatically register it on any new computer without slow setup procedure. (See detailed information in the Talisman Help file: Registration and Installation>Corporate Installation).

- Added new function "getvalue" for "setvalue" and "tobject" commands. This function allows to copy any value from one object to other. 
For example, set the same icon as on Buton1 to Button2:
setvalue desktop0.button2.icon=getvalue desktop0.button1.icon
or
tobject desktop0.button2.icon=getvalue desktop0.button1.icon

- Added new command 
"tobject <form>.<button>.command=browsefile [type:<filetype>]" to change a Button command string from "Browse file" dialog.
Where <filetype> may be any file extension or * to browse all files.
For example to setup the command (EXE file) for Button1. Create a Button2 with command: 
tobject desktop0.button1.command=browsefile [type:exe]

See "Media Center" theme as example (Press Ctrl+Alt+Z to show Form2).

- Fixed bug in "Add/Edit Item" dialog (not updated Icon field).

- Other changes and bug fixes.

 

18.03.2008

Talisman Desktop 3.0 Beta 1 (build 3002)

New in Talisman Desktop 3.0 Beta 1 (build 3002)
===============================

- Updated Button object. Added alpha-blended PNG support for all phases of a button; added vertical text labels.

- New button file format - TBTN instead the old BTN3 format. TBTN stores 3 alpha-blended PNG pictures and all button settings in one file.

- Updated Calendar object. Added support of alpha-blended PNG backgrounds; new "Horizontal Line" and "Vertical Line" styles of calendar; vertical text labels.

- Updated AClock object. Added support of alpha-blended PNG arrows; separated centers for each arrow; top picture (alpha-blended PNG).

- New "Add/Edit Item" dialog for List object.

- New "Theme Manager 3.0", including: Theme Manager, Theme Installer, Theme Builder, Shape Builder, Object Collector.

- New options for desktop wallpapers: Fit by Width (Arange to Top/Center/Bottom) and Fit by Height (Arrange to Left/Center/Right). These options help to set standard (4:3) wallpapers to wide screens without distortions.

- New "Button Click delay" option in Program Settings window of Object Editor to set up any delay in msec. This option was added to avoid unexpected double clicks or long pressings on touchscreen displays.

- New "Preview Panel Color" option in Program Settings window of Object Editor to change background color of preview windows in Object Editor. 

- New "tobject <form>.<button>.redraw", "tobject <form>.<button>.picture=<filename>", "tobject <form>.<button>.icon=<filename>", "tobject <form>.<button>.text=<your text>" commands for fast redrawing of Button objects.

- New screenwidth.tscr and screenheight.tscr script commands.

- Updated Drawpic command. Added rotation angle parameter for PNG pictures.

- Fixed bug in List object "show Winamp playlist" option.

- Fixed bug in Callendar object "Next/Previous year" command.

- Other changes and bug fixes.

12.03.2007

Talisman Desktop 2.99 Release (build 2990)

 

New in Talisman Desktop 2.99
==========================

- Windows Vista support.

- New "Theme Manager 3.0 beta", including: Theme Manager, Theme Installer, Theme Builder, Shape Builder, Object Collector.

- New TSHAPE 3.0 format for alpha-blended Shape objects.

- New "Resize" function for Shape objects. Now you can resize an unlocked Shape object by dragging its bottom-right (8x8 pixels) conner.

- New internal commands: restart, poweroff, hibernate. Use these commands to directly restart/shutdown or hibernate computer without Windows dialog.

- Antialiased arrows in AClock object.

- "Create new object" dialog window for dragging file procedure.

- Added new presets for "Default Button" in form settings.

- Added new icons for drives (Hard, Floppy, CD/DVD, Net, RAM).

- Fixed bug in commenu.mnu for inputbox object.

- Fixed bug in "load default menu" command of TOE.

- Fixed bug in "move cached form" procedure.

- Fixed bug in Button object "Redraw" command.

- Other changes and bug fixes.

Next version will be Talisman 3.0.

10.04.2006

Talisman Desktop 2.98 Release (build 2980)

New in Talisman Desktop 2.98
==========================

- Updated "wallpaper=windows" option for OnTop forms. If you set "wallpaper" parameter of such form in "windows" - the topform will be drawn over all opened windows using all transparency and alpha-blending effects. Note: this function doesn't use the "alpha-blend" procedures of Windows2000/XP. The function works in Windows9x systems too. But the function doesn't redraw the screen when you move any window under your "transparented topform". You can use only "autohided" or "closed-by-click-outside" forms with "wallpaper=windows" parameter.

- Fixed the "Hide only with parent form" bug of HTML and Flash objects in forms with "Caching" parameter.

- Corrected "moveform" and "sizeform" commands for forms with "Caching" parameter.

- Added PNG support in "Draw" and "Drawex" commands.

- Added new command "Drawicon <x> <y> <iconsize> <iconnum> <form> <align> <filename>" . Where <iconsize> - size of icon (16,24,32,48,64,72,96,128); <iconnum> - number of icon in ICL,DLL,EXE files (use 0 for usual ICO files). The Drawicon function draws icons from ICO, ICL, DLL, EXE files.

- Added new command "Drawpic <x> <y> <width> <height> <form> <align> <filename>". The Drawipic function draws any pictures from BMP, JPG, PNG files.
If <width> and <height> parameters =0 - the picture will be drawn in its original size. If <width> and <height> parameters are not zero - the picture will be scaled.

- Added new command "Drawrect <x> <y> <width> <height> <color> <form> <align>". The Drawrect function draws rectangle and fills it using the current <color>. 
<Color> parameter may be defined as decimal or hex RGB value. For example: 0 or $000000 is Black color; 16777215 or $FFFFFF is White color.

- Added new command "Drawtext <x> <y> <width> <height> <form> <align> <text>". The Drawtext function draws text in the specified rectangle using the current Font. Font attributes must be defined by another command: SetDesktopFont.

- Added new command SetDesktopFont <size> <style> <color> <font name>". Where <style> is 0 - normal;1 - bold;2 - italic;3 - bold-italic. The SetDesktopFont function sets a current Font for Drawtext command.

- Fixed the "PNG picture alligned to right/bottom" bug.

- Added new command "tobject alteros3d.command=<alteros command>". This function send any command string in Alteros3D program. See the list of Alteros3D commands in Alteros help file.

- Other changes and bug fixes.

 

28.03.2006

Talisman Desktop 2.97 Release (build 2970)


New in Talisman Desktop 2.97
==========================

- Alpha-blended PNG support for Picture, Shape, Form, Desktop, Analog Clock objects.

- Added "custom size" option for Picture objects. Now any Picture object can be scaled. 

- Updated Object Editor (TOE):
- rearranged controls for a Button object. Now X,Y position boxes are hidden by default.
- Added "Copy/Paste" commands in the popup menu of the objects tree.
- Added "New" submenu in the popup menu of the objects tree.
- Predefined "Google/Yahoo/MSN search" commands were added in the InputBox Commands menu. 

- Added "tobject <form>.<button>.redraw" function for Button objects. It works without theme refreshing. Note: this function redraws a button directly on the previous image. Therefore you should use it only for rectangular objects without transparent areas.

- Added "tobject <form>.<picture>.redraw" function for Picture objects. It works without theme refreshing. Note: this function redraws a picture directly on the previous image. Therefore you should use it only for rectangular objects without transparent areas.

- Added "tobject <form>.<picture>.picture=<filename>" command for Picture objects. It works without theme refreshing. Note: this function redraws a picture directly on the previous image. Therefore you should use it only for rectangular objects without transparent areas.

- Added "tobject windows.workarea.refresh" function. Changing of Windows workarea size doesn't require full refreshing of a theme now.

- Added a custom command line for the List object (like for the InputBox object). If you enter any Talisman command line in this box with [value] variable - the word [value] will be replaced by selected List item text in the executable command.

- Fixed the "Save First Item Position" bug in List objects of top forms.

- Other changes and bug fixes.

 

 

8.12.2005

Talisman Desktop 2.95 Release (build 2950)

New in Talisman Desktop 2.95
==========================

- Added "autorun" command, that automatically creates or removes Talisman shortcut in Windows StartUp folder.

- Added "historymenu" command for InputBox objects. 

- Added "gettext(<param>)" function for all text labels.

- Updated "tobject <form>.<button>.command=..." function for Button objects. Now it works without theme refreshing.

- Added "sendcommand ..." command for Top forms. This command can send any command string from Top form to the main Talisman window.

- Fixed the "decimal point" bug in calculator.

- Fixed the "%-symbol" bug in "sendkeys" command and "http://..." commands.

- New default theme.

- Other changes and bug fixes.

 

5.07.2005

Talisman Desktop 2.9 Release (build 2900)

New in Talisman Desktop 2.9
==========================

- New "Theme Manager". "Theme Manager" allows to display your Talisman Themes collections, open, delete, rename, copy, move any theme or groups of themes. 
"Theme Installer" will install your downloaded themes "by one click" using drag-and-drop procedures. 
"Theme Creator" will help you to create your own themes. 

- New automatic theme installation function: to install a new theme just drag a downloaded zip-file with Talisman theme to Talisman Desktop.

- Start talisman.exe with parameters. Now you can open Talisman with any theme from Windows command string. For example: 
"c:\Program Files\Talisman\talisman.exe" "c:\Program Files\Talisman\themes\Wallpaper Changer\desktop0.ini"

- New templates for "Theme Creator" with additional options: different Color Styles, Wallpaper changing and other.

- New commands for Calendar object: 
tobject <form>.<calendar object>.month=previous - show previous month;
tobject <form>.<calendar object>.month=next - show next month;
tobject <form>.<calendar object>.year=previous - show previous year;
tobject <form>.<calendar object>.year=next - show next year;

- New "Calculator" option for InputBox object. You can create simple calculator from InputBox with keyboard input or calculator from InputBox and Button objects to work with mouse. 
New command that must be assigned to such "calculator" buttons is:
tobject <form>.<inputbox object>.add=N
where N is numbers 0...9 or symbols "." , "," , "/" , "*" , "+" , "-" , "=" , 
or special symbols:
"!" - 1/x operation, 
"#" - +/- operation, 
"|" - Back Space,
"@" - clear.

See example of Calculator in the "Default" theme.


- New scrolling function for List object. 

tobject <form>.<list object>.moveup=N
tobject <form>.<list object>.movedown=N

where N is any number.

tobject <form>.<list object>.moveup=page
tobject <form>.<list object>.movedown=page

These 2 commands will scroll your list by page.
See examples of these commands in "Default" theme.

- New "winamp" option for the List object. You can use "winamp.m3u" (default playlist of Winamp) or any other *.M3U file as the List path. Talisman will display such playlist an send the commands to Winamp player when you select any song.

- Added "sorting" option in the List object. Now it can arrange items vertically and horizontal.

- "Save first item position" option in the List object. This option will help to restore position in the big lists after refreshing or reloading.

- Fixed bug in the List object (unchecked "Show Icons" option for Button works now).

- Fixed bug in the Menu object (unchecked "Show Icons" option works now).

- Other changes and bug fixes.

 

 

30.11.2004

Talisman Desktop 2.81 Release (build 2810)

New in Talisman Desktop 2.81
==================

- Added "HTML Kiosk" theme.
- Updated "Media Center" theme.
- Fixed small bugs.

 

 

4.10.2004

Talisman Desktop 2.8 Release (build 2807)

New in Talisman Desktop 2.8
==================



- Added "World Map" theme.
- Added "Media Center" theme.
- Added "Desktop Calendar" theme.
- Added "Screen Clock" theme.
- Removed "Windows XP" theme.

- Added "dayscript " command. Syntax: dayscript [hh][mm] , where [hh] - hour, [mm] - minute.
Examples of using: dayscript 1200 - execute system clock script for 12:00 time;
dayscript hh00 - execute system clock script for current hour, 00 minute.
dayscript 01mm - execute system clock script for 01 hour, current minute.
System clock scripts are located in the dayscripts.txt file in theme folders.
Examples of system clock scripts see in "World Map" theme.

- Added "yearscript " command. Syntax: "yearscript [mm][dd] , where [mm] - month number, [dd] - day number.
Examples of using: dayscript 1231 - execute script for 31 December;
dayscript mm01 - execute script for first day of current month.
dayscript 01dd - execute script for current day of January.
Year scripts are located in the yearscripts.txt file in theme folders. Structure of yearscripts.txt file is the same as dayscripts.txt.

- Changed procedure of new button/shape/text/inputbox objects creating. Now they will be created from New menu immediately, without screen refreshing.

- Added "keydown" and "keyup" commands for keyboard control. The same commands are associated with Up/Right Arrow keys and Down/Left Arrow keys on keyboard.
You can use this commands with HotKeys or Remote Control Units to work with Talisman without mouse and touchscreens. This option will be useful for HomeTheater PCs and other computers without pointer devices. 
Note: keyup/keydown commands are still in the beta-stage. They work only with "button" and "list" objects. Therefore the themes that use these commands must be maximum simple and don't use complex scripts or forms.

- Added HotKeys (editable in Object Editors>System>Hotkeys):

Alt+Up - "keyup" command. This HotKey may be used for keyboard control if the Talisman window hasn't focus.
Alt+Down - "keydown" command. This HotKey may be used for keyboard control if the Talisman window hasn't focus.
Ctrl+Alt+Z - start "default.tscr" script from the current theme folder. This HotKey may be used in themes specially designed for keyboard control. 
For example you are creating a theme with OnTop form "form1" and want to call this form on any computer by standard keys combination. 
In this case default.tscr must have one string:
"showtopform form1". This command will be executed by Ctrl+Alt+Z on all computers with Talisman 2.8 and your theme.

- Added some new commands in Lvolume plugin: 

sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1024 0 0 - hide Volume Control;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1024 0 1 - show Volume Control;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1024 0 2 - hide Title;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1024 0 3 - show Title;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1024 0 4 - hide Song Position;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1024 0 5 - show Song Position;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 3790 0 1 - reload all setting;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1025 1 N - set Volume level in N percents (0..100);
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1025 2 N - increase/decrease Volume level on N percents (-100 .. 0 .. 100);
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1025 3 N - set Positionl in N percents (0..100);
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1025 4 N - increase/decrease Position on N percents (-100 .. 0 .. 100).

- Added some new commands in LVDM plugin: 

sendmessage tform1 lvdm 1024 0 1 - switch in first virtual desktop;
sendmessage tform1 lvdm 1024 0 2 - switch in second virtual desktop;
sendmessage tform1 lvdm 1024 0 3 - switch in third virtual desktop;
sendmessage tform1 lvdm 1024 0 4 - switch in 4th virtual desktop.
- Added third color setting in Taskbar for pressed state.

- Added standard Position/Align controls for Taskbar and Tray. (Tray uses it in limited version. It will grow outside its zone in the next lines) 
All taskbar items that not go in taskbar area will be displayed as menu.

- Added Resize direction options for Taskbar/Tray: 
Resize to Left(Down)
Resize to Right (Up)
Resize from Center

- Added separate "Show Hint" and "Show Text" checkboxes for Taskbar/Tray.

- Added dragging files on taskbar option. (Limited: not all apps accept files dragged directly on taskbar).

- Added new commands for Talisman Taskbar/Tray/Clock: 
tobject taskbar.visible=1/0 - show/hide Talisman Taskbar
tobject tray.visible=1/0 - show/hide Talisman Tray
tobject clock.visible=1/0 - show/hide Talisman Clock

- Added "Close Form" command string for forms. (Analogue of "Autostart" script).

- Added sorting of Control menu items.

- Added List menu in OnTop forms.

- Added using ontop forms as Main Menu. Just enter "showtopform <your form>" command in the Main Menu command box. You can use also any Talisman command instead right click Main Menu.

- New plugin sendcommand.exe. Use "sendcommand.exe" to send any Talisman command string from your own applications or Flash movies into Talisman. Syntax:
sendcommand.exe <command string>
Note: sendcommand.exe must be placed in your application/Flash folder to be available from your application/Flash movie.

- Updated Lvolume plugin. Added Title indicator and Track Position controls for Winamp mediaplayer.

- Updated LDrive plugin. Added drive menu, displaying of removable and network drives, horizontal orientation option for drive panels.

- Updated LZoom plugin. Added RGB indicator and other options.

- New options for Inputbox object: using a text entered in InputBox as a parameter for compound commands; replacing symbols in the entered string. These new features allow to create for example Google Search box and other similar functions.

- Added Connect menu (connectmenu <parameters>), Connect submenu (submenu connections) and Connections parameter for the List object.

- Added Drives menu (drivesmenu <parameters>), Drives submenu (submenu drives).

- Added Recent Files menu (recentfilesmenu <parameters>), Recent Files submenu (submenu recentfiles) and Recent Files parameter for the List object. Added [type:] parameter for Recent Files functions.

- Added Recent Folders menu (recentfoldersmenu <parameters>), Recent Folders submenu (submenu recentfolders) and Recent Folders parameter for the List object. (These functions work only on WindowsXP computers.)

- New effects for wallpapers: Flip Horizontal, Flip Vertical, Mirror Left, Mirror Right, Mirror Top, Mirror Bottom.

- New effects for the Picture object: Flip Horizontal, Flip Vertical, Mirror Left, Mirror Right, Mirror Top, Mirror Bottom.

- Added "Tasklist" parameter for the List object.

- Added "Themes" parameter for the List object.

- Added "themesmenu" command.

- Added "newmenu" command.

- Talisman tray icon, Connection icon and Language icon are optional and may be hidden.

- Added popup menu for drives in the List object.

- Added new options for Calendar object: displaying events and texts in the associated Text Block. Events texts are stored in the new ../talisman/events/ subdirectory.

- Added "TimeZone" option for the Sytem Clock object.

- Added scripts function for the Sytem Clock object. Sytem Clock can execute user-defined scripts under a time-table. This new option allows to create reminders and other time-depended functions in Talisman.

- Fixed "Minimization" bug in Talisman Taskbar for some applications.

- Fixed Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) trayicon bug: only one icon will be displayed in tray after pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del.

- Fixed "not-removable menus" bug in tray.

- Fixed bug of Analog Clock objects in OnTop forms.

- Fixed bug of "tobject mediaplayer" command used from OnTop forms.

- Fixed special symbols (& , ' " and etc) bug in filenames.

- Fixed "transparent" bug in OnTop forms.

- Fixed "scaled from mouse position" bug in OnTop forms.

- Fixed "shift" bug in Calendar object.

- Fixed bug in recent programs list (some started programs were not added in the recent list).

- Other changes and bug fixes.

 

24.09.2004

Talisman Desktop 2.8 Beta  (build 2805)

New in build 2805
============================

- Added "World Map" theme;
- Added "Media Center" theme;
- Added "Desktop Calendar" theme;
- Removed "Windows XP" theme;
- Added "dayscript " command. Syntax: dayscript [hh][mm] , where [hh] - hour, [mm] - minute.
Examples of using: dayscript 1200 - execute system clock script for 12:00 time;
dayscript hh00 - execute system clock script for current hour, 00 minute.
dayscript 01mm - execute system clock script for 01 hour, current minute.
System clock scripts are located in the dayscripts.txt file in theme folders.
Examples of system clock scripts see in "World Map" theme.
- Added "yearscript " command. Syntax: "yearscript [mm][dd] , where [mm] - month number, [dd] - day number.
Examples of using: dayscript 1231 - execute script for 31 December;
dayscript mm01 - execute script for first day of current month.
dayscript 01dd - execute script for current day of January.
Year scripts are located in the yearscripts.txt file in theme folders. Structure of yearscripts.txt file is the same as dayscripts.txt.
- Changed procedure of new button/shape/text/inputbox objects creating. Now they will be created from New menu immediately, without screen refreshing.
- Fixed bugs.

 

 

6.09.2004

Talisman Desktop 2.8 Beta  (build 2804)

New in build 2804
============================

- Added "keydown" and "keyup" commands for keyboard control. The same commands are associated with Up/Right Arrow keys and Down/Left Arrow keys on keyboard.
You can use this commands with HotKeys or Remote Control Units to work with Talisman without mouse and touchscreens. This option will be useful for HomeTheater PCs and other computers without pointer devices. 
Note: keyup/keydown commands are still in the beta-stage. They work only with "button" and "list" objects. Therefore the themes that use these commands must be maximum simple and don't use complex scripts or forms.


- Added HotKeys (editable in Object Editors>System>Hotkeys):

Alt+Up - "keyup" command. This HotKey may be used for keyboard control if the Talisman window hasn't focus.
Alt+Down - "keydown" command. This HotKey may be used for keyboard control if the Talisman window hasn't focus.
Ctrl+Alt+Z - start "default.tscr" script from the current theme folder. This HotKey may be used in themes specially designed for keyboard control. 
For example you are creating a theme with OnTop form "form1" and want to call this form on any computer by standard keys combination. 
In this case default.tscr must have one string:
"showtopform form1". This command will be executed by Ctrl+Alt+Z on all computers with Talisman 2.8 and your theme.


- Added some new commands in Lvolume plugin: 

sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1024 0 0 - hide Volume Control;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1024 0 1 - show Volume Control;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1024 0 2 - hide Title;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1024 0 3 - show Title;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1024 0 4 - hide Song Position;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1024 0 5 - show Song Position;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 3790 0 1 - reload all setting;
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1025 N 1 - set Volume level in N percents (0..100);
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1025 N 2 - increase/decrease Volume level on N percents (-100 .. 0 .. 100);
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1025 N 3 - set Positionl in N percents (0..100);
sendmessage TForm1 Lvolume 1025 N 4 - increase/decrease Position on N percents (-100 .. 0 .. 100).


- Added third color setting in Taskbar for pressed state.

- Added standard Position/Align controls for Taskbar and Tray. (Tray uses it in limited version. It will grow outside its zone in the next lines)  All taskbar items that not go in taskbar area will be displayed as menu.

- Added Resize direction options for Taskbar/Tray: 
Resize to Left(Down)
Resize to Right (Up)
Resize from Center

- Added separate "Show Hint" and "Show Text" checkboxes for Taskbar/Tray.

- Added dragging files on taskbar option. (Limited: not all apps accept files dragged directly on taskbar).

- Added new commands for Talisman Taskbar/Tray/Clock: 
tobject taskbar.visible=1/0 - show/hide Talisman Taskbar
tobject tray.visible=1/0 - show/hide Talisman Tray
tobject clock.visible=1/0 - show/hide Talisman Clock

- Fixed Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) trayicon bug: only one icon will be displayed in tray after pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del.

- Fixed "not-removable menus" bug in tray.

- Added "Close Form" command string for forms. (Analogue of "Autostart" script).

- Added sorting of Control menu items.

- Added List menu in OnTop forms.

- Fixed "transparent" bug in OnTop forms.

- Fixed "scaled from mouse position" bug in OnTop forms.

- Fixed "shift" bug in Calendar object.

- Fixed bug in recent programs list (some started programs were not added in the recent list).

- Fixed other small bugs.

 

31.07.2004

Talisman Desktop 2.8 Beta  (build 2803)

New in build 2802
============================
- Corrected startup procedure
- Fixed small bugs

 

26.07.2004

Talisman Desktop 2.8 Beta  (build 2802)

New in build 2802
============================
- Fixed "Insert disk in drive A" startup bug
- Fixed VB-applications minimizing bug 
- Fixed "tobject <form>.<list>.listpath=recentfiles" command bug
- Fixed [event] command for TextBlock in OnTop forms bug

 

16.07.2004

Talisman Desktop 2.8 Beta  (build 2801)

New in Talisman Desktop 2.8 Beta
============================

1. Using ontop forms as Main Menu. Just enter "showtopform <your form>" command in the Main Menu command box. You can use also any Talisman command instead right click Main Menu.

2. New options for Calendar object: displaying events and texts in the associated Text Block. Events texts are stored in the new ../talisman/events/ subdirectory.

3. Added "TimeZone" option for the Sytem Clock object.

4. Added scripts function for the Sytem Clock object. Sytem Clock can execute user-defined scripts under a time-table. This new option allows to create reminders and other time-depended functions in Talisman.

5. New plugin sendcommand.exe. Use "sendcommand.exe" to send any Talisman command string from your own applications or Flash movies into Talisman. Syntax:
sendcommand.exe <command string>
Note: sendcommand.exe must be placed in your application/Flash folder to be available from your application/Flash movie.

6. Updated Lvolume plugin. Added Title indicator and Track Position controls for Winamp mediaplayer.

7. Updated LDrive plugin. Added drive menu, displaying of removable and network drives, horizontal orientation option for drive panels.

8. Updated LZoom plugin. Added RGB indicator and other options.

9. New options for Inputbox object: using a text entered in the InputBox as a parameter for compound commands; replacing symbols in the entered string. These new features allow to create Google Search box and other similar functions.

10. Added Connect menu (connectmenu <parameters>), Connect submenu (submenu connections) and Connections parameter for the List object.

11. Added Drives menu (drivesmenu <parameters>), Drives submenu (submenu drives).

12. Added Recent Files menu (recentfilesmenu <parameters>), Recent Files submenu (submenu recentfiles) and Recent Files parameter for the List object. Added [type:*] parameter for Recent Files functions (allows to create menus or lists of recent files for selected apps).

13. Added Recent Folders menu (recentfoldersmenu <parameters>), Recent Folders submenu (submenu recentfolders) and Recent Folders parameter for the List object. (These functions work only on WindowsXP computers.)

14. New effects for wallpapers: Flip Horizontal, Flip Vertical, Mirror Left, Mirror Right, Mirror Top, Mirror Bottom.

15. New effects for the Picture object: Flip Horizontal, Flip Vertical, Mirror Left, Mirror Right, Mirror Top, Mirror Bottom.

16. Added "Tasklist" parameter for the List object.

17. Added "Themes" parameter for the List object.

18. Added "themesmenu" command.

19. Added "newmenu" command.

20. Talisman tray icon, Connection icon and Language icon are optional and may be hidden.

21. Added popup menu for drives in the List object.

22. Fixed "Minimization" bug in Talisman Taskbar for some applications.
23. Fixed bug of Analog Clock objects in OnTop forms.

24. Fixed bug of "tobject mediaplayer" command used from OnTop forms.

25. Fixed special symbols bug (& , ' " and etc) in filenames.

26. Other changes.

29.06.2004

LDrive 2.8, LVolume 2.8, LZoom 2.8
Talisman plugins from the coming release Talisman Desktop 2.8. Copy these plugins (exe files) in your talisman/plugins folder and use them with the current Talisman 2.71.

 

02.02.2004

Talisman Desktop 2.71  (build 2710)

New in Talisman Desktop 2.71
============================

1. Added "myvideo", "mymusic" commands to open appropriate folders.
2. Added "run_winamp", "run_psp", "run_coreldraw" commands to start Winamp (versions 1/2/5), PaintShop Pro 8, CorelDraw (all versions).
3. Added alteros.ico, winamp.ico and photoshop.ico in the shared icons folder.
4. Fixed different small bugs.

 

03.12.2003

Talisman Desktop 2.7 German version released!

 

03.11.2003

Talisman Desktop 2.7  (build 2707)

New in Talisman Desktop 2.7
============================

1. OnTop forms. Version 2.7 can show any form as a window. Forms can be showed as a Normal window or as a TopMost window. Use the commands "ShowTopForm <formname>" and "ShowTopMostForm <formname>". OnTop forms have some limitations: 
- right-click menu, dragging and other editing functions are disabled in such forms.
- the program can't show 2 different ontop forms simultaneously.

Note for users "Lmenu Beta" plugin: Lmenu is included in installation now. You don't need to copy it in your themes and add startplugin commands. Just use ShowTopForm and ShowTopMostForm commands instead. 

2. Support of 32bit ICL files. New icons32.icl library for the main menu of Talisman. You can edit such libraries and place them in your themes folders - the icons in the main menu will be changed automatically. 

3. Updated Talisman Object Editor (TOE). 

4. Support of dragging in the Talisman Object Editor (TOE).

5. New "Analog Clock" object. New *.TCLOCK file format for Analog Clock object. TCLOCK supports alpha-channel, bitmap digits, time zones. TCLOCK files can be dragged into the Talisman workspace and the program will create a new clock immediately. TCLOCK files can be created and edited directly in Talisman Object Editor.

6. New *.TSHAPE file format for shape object. TSHAPE is a scalable picture that can be used for filling of shapes, forms and desktops in Talisman instead BMP and JPEG tiling or stretching. TSHAPE files can be dragged into Talisman workspace and the Talisman will create a new shape immediately. TSHAPE files can be created and edited in a separate program "Talisman Shape Builder". Talisman Shape Builder is available for free downloading from Link.

7. New "Calendar" object. New *.TCAL file format for Calendar object. TCAL files can be dragged into Talisman workspace and the Talisman will create a new calendar immediately. TCAL files can be created and edited directly in Talisman Object Editor.

8. New "Shadow" property for Text objects.

9. New "Shadow" property for text label in Button objects.

10. Fixed bug of using "&" separator in menus.

11. Multiple *.TLST files for List objects. Now you can create any number of *.TLST files and switch them by "tobject <form>.<list object>.listpath=yourfile.TLST" commands.

12. New "drives" option for List object. List object with such path will show all drives except floppy drives.

13. New "control" option for List object. List object with such path will show all Control Panel items.

14. New "trbe.exe" plugin allows to use the standard Talisman installation for old Windows95 and WindowsNT4 systems without updates.

15. New commands "sizeform3" and "sizeform4" allow to resize forms to left and to top.

16. Added a minimal value of form resizing: 4 pixels.

17. New command to start/stop AnalogClock objects: "tobject clocks.<clock name>.enable=<1/0>"

18. New "DrawEx <x> <y> <align>" command allows drawing of any picture on desktop using X,Y coordinates and Align property.

19. New shared "Objects" folder with clocks/shapes/calendars files.

20. New theme: World Time Panel.

21. New original icons in shared ../talisman/icons/ folder. 

22. New "48x48 icon + text" preset for List objects.

23. Other changes.


16.04.2003

News of Talisman Desktop 2.6 Release (Build 2601) 

1. Desktop Panels. In difference from the previous versions of Talisman, version 2.6 allows to set up custom sizes for the main form (desktop) of Talisman. Now it is possible to create different desktop panels which will not occupy all workspace, but will work only on part of it. Now you don't have to change your interface completely. You can only add some Talisman functionality to your workspace. Use "Desktop Panel Options" button in TOE>desktop0 window to set up sizes of Desktop Panel.  

2. Menus. Talisman 2.6 offers multicolumn menus with icons of any sizes from 16x16 to 128x128 pixels. With these new options you can easily create, for example: a horizontal menus; menus without labels; square menus with big 32bit icons or other types of menus. Use "Properties>Menu>Add Command>Popup menu commands" submenu to insert formatting commands in Talisman menus.

3. Recent Programs List. Talisman 2.6 has its own procedure of building the recent programs list. Talisman counts all starts of all other programs and can show this arranged list by different ways: as an independent "Recent Programs" menu (recentmenu); as a submenu (submenu recentprograms); as an embedded part of any menu (insert the word recentprograms in the "Caption" field of menu and enter number of items in the "Command String" field of menu); as a "List" object on desktop.

4. Custom HotKeys. On numerous demands we have added the custom defined HotKeys option. It is possible to create/modify/delete any number of custom hotkeys and assign any Talisman commands or scripts to them.

Default installation of Talisman 2.6 contains following predefined hotkeys:
Alt+Z  - set up the next Windows wallpaper from current folder;
Alt+X  - set up the previous Windows wallpaper from current folder;
Alt+C  - change Windows wallpaper dialogue;
Alt+S  - start ShellSwitcher;

5. LDialer plugin for Windows2000/XP. LDialer plugin solves the problem of hidden dialup icon  in Windows2000/XP system tray in the shell mode of Talisman.

6. Timer object. New object can start any commands or scripts by timer. You can start/stop, change interval and command of timers. Timer object allows, for example, to create an autochaging wallpapers.

7. New commands for Timer objects:  
tobject timers.<timer name>.interval=<seconds> - change timer interval; 
tobject timers.<timer name>.enabled=<0 or 1> - stop or start timer; 
tobject timers.<timer name>.command=<command or script> - the command or script which will be executed by each timer event.

 

8. New commands to change Windows or Talisman wallpapers: next wallpaper, previous wallpaper, change wallpaper dialogue and other:

tobject windows.desktop.wallpaper.next - show next Windows wallpaper from the folder with current wallpaper. This command works only for Windows Desktop and it can work only if you have any wallpaper on desktop. Default HotKey: ALT+X.
tobject windows.desktop.wallpaper.prev - show previous Windows wallpaper from the folder with current wallpaper. This command works only for Windows Desktop and it can work only if you have any wallpaper on desktop. Default HotKey: ALT+Z.
tobject windows.desktop.wallpaper=<filename> - set file <filename> as Windows wallpaper.
changewallpaper windows - show the "Change Windows Wallpaper" dialogue. Default HotKey: ALT+C.
tobject windows.desktop.wallpaper.remove - remove Windows wallpaper.
tobject windows.desktop.style=<0/1/2> - Windows wallpaper style = centered wallpaper/tiled wallpaper/stretched wallpaper. 

tobject <formname>.wallpaper.next - show next wallpaper from the folder with current wallpaper.
tobject <formname>.wallpaper.prev - show previous wallpaper from the folder with current wallpaper.
tobject <formname>.wallpaper.style=<0/1/2> - wallpaper style = centered wallpaper/tiled wallpaper/stretched wallpaper.

 

9. Aranging icons by dragging in the "List from file" object.

10. Possibility to use the string "windows" instead wallpaper filename for Talisman forms or  desktops. Talisman will copy Windows wallpaper to its forms or desktops.

11. "Theme always on top" setting for themes.

12. "Disable dragging and Edit menu" option in TOE. This option allows to disable dragging files/objects in Talisman workspace and disable "Edit menu" (Ctrl+Right click)  for themes which must be used as protected interfaces.

13. New default themes: Big Icons Panel, Wallpaper Changer Panel, Menu Panel, Windows2004 Panel; and new templates: Protected Interface, Sidebar Panel, Draggable Desktop Panel.

14. Other changes.

 

23.12.2002

T 2.5 build 2508 - fixed problem with Win95/NT4 and with launching CorelDraw apps

Talisman Desktop 2.5 build 2508:

- fixed bug with starting Talisman Desktop 2.5 in Windows 95 and Windows NT4.
- fixed bug with launching of Corel Draw apps from Talisman Desktop.

 

3.12.2002

News of Talisman Desktop 2.5 Release (Build 2507) 

1. Support of 32bit Windows XP icons with 16, 24, 32, 48, 64, 72, 96, 128 sizes.
2. New List object with 17 presets (including XP icons presets).
3. Dragging files from external programs on the "Button" and "List" objects of Talisman.
4. Dragging files between "List" objects in the Talisman workspace.
5. Custom icons in the Talisman menu.
6. "Alignment" property for a "Text" object.
7. "Font color" setting for a pressed state of a "Button" object. 
8. Individual "Iconsize" settings for each state of a "Button" object. Allows to create "zoomers".
9. New "Mediaplayer" object and commands allow to control some popular audioplayers: Winamp 1/2/3, Windows Media Player 7/8/9, Apollo, QCD Player, CoolPlayer, Sonique.
10. New "Sendkeys" command allows to emulate pressing of hotkeys in any launched program. .
11. Added predefined commands for most frequently used programs in "Commands" menu of TOE.
12. New hotkeys for shell mode of Talisman:

WIN+T - show Main Menu of Talisman;
WIN+F - show Find File dialogue;
WIN+M - minimize all windows;
WIN+D - minimize all windows;
WIN+A - show About window of Talisman;
WIN+E - start Explorer; 
WIN+R - show RUN dialogue;
WIN+Break - show system properties;
WIN+F1 - open Talisman help; 
WIN+F3 - show Find File dialogue;
WIN+F5 - refresh Talisman desktop;
SHIFT+F10 - show popup menu for object in Talisman and in TOE objects tree.


25.11.2002: 

News of Talisman Desktop 2.5 beta 5 (Build 2505) 

1. Fixed bug "Canvas doesn't allow drawing" in Talisman tray with animated icons.
2. Updated "Default" theme.
3. Other changes.


22.11.2002: 

News of Talisman Desktop 2.5 beta 4 (Build 2504) 

1. New "Mediaplayer" object and commands allow to control some popular audioplayers: Winamp 1/2/3, Windows Media Player 7/8/9, Apollo, QCD Player, CoolPlayer, Sonique.
2. New "Sendkeys" command allows to emulate pressing of hotkeys in any launched program. .
3. Fixed "Mute" bug in Lvolume plugin under WindowsXP.
4. Fixed "negative drivespace" bug in Ldrive plugin under WindowsXP.
5. Fixed bug in Language Indicator under Windows 2000/XP.
6. Fixed bug of hidden "All users" startmenu items for users without Administrative rights under Windows 2000/XP.
7. Fixed bug of "emptyrecycle" command for Recycle Bin with additional items in its popup menu.
8. Fixed bug with incorrect hints of tray icons in Windows 2000/XP.
9. Added predefined commands for most frequently used programs in "Commands" menu of TOE.
10. Other changes.


05.11.2002: 

News of Talisman Desktop 2.5 beta 3 (Build 2503) 

1. Fixed bug with hidden icons in the Talisman tray.
2. Other corrections.


13.10.2002: 

News of Talisman Desktop 2.5 beta 2 (Build 2502) 

1. New hotkeys for shell mode of Talisman:

WIN+T - show Main Menu of Talisman;
WIN+F - show Find File dialogue;
WIN+M - minimize all windows;
WIN+D - minimize all windows;
WIN+A - show About window of Talisman;
WIN+E - start Explorer; 
WIN+R - show RUN dialogue;
WIN+Break - show system properties;
WIN+F1 - open Talisman help; 
WIN+F3 - show Find File dialogue;
WIN+F5 - refresh Talisman desktop;

SHIFT+F10 - show popup menu for object in Talisman and in TOE objects tree.

2. Fixed bug with messages of plugins: "Talisman desktop not found..."
3. Fixed bug with hidden floppydrive icon in the List objects.
4. Fixed bug of startmenu when some icons were not displayed in Windows2000/XP.
5. Distance between zoomers in the List object was reduced.
6. Added "New" command in the popup menu of "List from file" object. 
7. Added new "72/128" preset for "List" objects.
8. Other corrections.


03.10.2002: 

Small FAQ for Talisman Desktop 2.5 beta 1 (Build 2500) 

Question: I just downloaded the beta 2.5 and now I always get a little window in the theme "Cruiser" Lvolume: Talisman desktop not found..

Answer:  This problem will be fixed in the release of course. Right now You can add a time delay (command pause <N sec/10>) in the Autostart script before strings "startplugin ..."
for example you have a script in the "Cruiser" theme:

showform form1
showform form3
startplugin lvolume
startplugin lzoom


change it in:

showform form1
showform form3
pause 5
startplugin lvolume
startplugin lzoom


Question:  I tried to change the 'zooming size' in the "Catalyst" theme to 96/128 size and the icons are disappeared

Answer:  Height of the "list_0" object in "Catalyst" theme doesn't allow to show icons bigger 96 pixels. If you want to see 96/128 zoomer  in this theme you should increase the height of "list_0" object to 129 pixels at least. If you want to see 128x128 icons without zooming you should increase the height of "list_0" object to 136 pixels (icons need a spaces between them).


News of Talisman Desktop 2.5 beta 1 (Build 2500)  29.09.2002:

1. Support of 32 bit Windows XP icons of  16, 24, 32, 48, 64, 72, 96, 128 pixel sizes.
2. New List object with 17 presets (including XP icons presets).
3. Dragging files from external programs on the "Button" and "List" objects of Talisman.
4. Dragging files between "List" objects in the Talisman workspace.
5. Custom icons in the Talisman menu.
6. "Alignment" property for a "Text" object.
7. "Font color" setting for a pressed state of a "Button" object. 
8. Individual "Iconsize" settings for each state of a "Button" object. Allows to create "zoomers".
9. Bug fixes


Corrected Ltaskbar module 11.09.2002:

The corrected Ltaskbar.exe module for Talisman Desktop 2.31 is available. In this version of "taskbar/tray/clock/startup" module was corrected the startup procedure for shell mode of Talisman.
No it will start all apps from the startup sections of register. It will fix some problems with hidden tray icons  in the shell mode of Talisman.

News of Talisman Desktop 2.31 (Build 2310)  15.07.2002:

1. New LVDM (Virtual Desktop Manager) plugin.
2. New LDrive (drive space indicator) plugin.
3. New "commandmenu <inputbox>" command allows to bind the menu of last used commands and the list of all available commands with any inputbox object (see default theme as example).
4. Improved procedure of drawing of menus and HTML objects.
5. Bug corrections.

News of Talisman Desktop 2.3  (Build 2304) 

1. Flash object.
2. Opacity property for pictures, shapes, buttons.
3. Transparency effect for forms.
4. Support of MIDI files in the "wavplay" command.
5. Corrected "Dialup" command for Windows 2000/XP.
6. " Hide only with parent form" property for HTML objects.
7. Displaying of file icons in custom menus.
8. Common "plugins" folder for all themes.
9. "Plugins property" pages in the Object Editor.
10. 2 plugins included in default installation: L-Volume and L-Zoom.
11. "Automatic control of screen resolution" function is optional now. You can enable or disable it in the Object Editor / "Program property" tab.
12. Bugs corrections.

 

News of Talisman Desktop 2.21 (Build 2210) 22.02.2002:

1. "Smoothing" procedure for stretched wallpapers.
2. Removed "blur" around smoothed text objects.
3. Corrected bug of moving some picture objects.
4. Corrected bug of positioning of analog clock object after changing of screen resolution. 
5. Corrected the error in a startup sequence in the shell mode of Talisman.
6. Corrected bug with an unexpected "menu" button object on the desktop.
7. Corrected bug with not displayed VisualBasic programs in the Talisman Taskbar.

 

News of Talisman 2.2 (Build 2202) 11.02.2002:

1. Corrected procedure of shell switching for Windows2000/XP.
2. Corrected bug in startmenu with  showing of "All Users" programs for  Windows2000/XP.

 

News of Talisman 2.2 (Build 2200) 06.02.2002:

1. Analog Clock object.
2. Password function for "Input Box" object. (Useful for protected interfaces)
3. Using of mnu-files from theme folders as a main menu. (Useful for protected interfaces)
4. Option 'no menu' for main menu. (Useful for protected interfaces)
4. Hints for buttons.
5. New Shell Switcher with corrected procedures for multiuser configuration of Windows2000/XP.
6. Fixed bug with autolaunching of hidden files in WindowsXP startup folder.
7. Removed a blinking of clock/taskbar/mainmenu after theme changing/refreshing.
8. Automatic control of the screen resolution.
9. Fixed an error in "htmlurl ..." command. Now it works without full path to file.
10. New layout of Object Editor.
11. "Align" propertie for "Text" and "InputBox" objects.
12. Other changes and corrections.

News of Talisman 2.1 (Build 2114) 21.12.2001:

1. Optimization for Windows XP (removed a blur around icons and textlabels, corrected a problem with scripts).
2. New internal commands and functions (see list of internal commands).
3. The Highlighted state of a Talisman taskbar is displayed now.
4. Enhanced procedures for displaying transparent buttons, shapes and forms.
5. The script divider was changed from ";" to "&" for compatibility with WindowsXP.
6. The vertical divider "|" was added in menus (see startmenu in XP theme as example).
7. New default themes.
8. Desktop Games of By-Art (www.by-art.com) were added.
9. Other changes and corrections.

 

19.08.2001:  Open "Developers Lab" page - plugins for Talisman, "Senmessage" examples and other information for developers.

 

News of Talisman 2.0 (Build 2012) 17.08.2001:

1. Corrected "start programm" and "open folder" procedures for menus and buttons. 

News of Talisman 2.0 Release (Build 2010)

1. New theme (London). 
2. Corrected "startplugin" and "closeplugin" commands.
3. Bug fixes.

 

News of Talisman 2.0 Beta4 (Build 2007)

1. Added "startplugin" and "closeplugin" commands. 
2. Corrected "sendmessage" command. Strings with spaces are supported. Added NIL parameter.
3. Bug fixes.

News of Talisman 2.0 Beta4 (Build 2006)

1. Added sendmessage command to send Windows Messages from Talisman.
2. Corrected foldermenutohtml command and inputbox functions for HTML objects. 
3. Added Korean language.
4. Added closeform <formname> and closeform2 <formname> commands.
5. Added submenu <folder> command.
6. Added Close Theme command string for themes.
7. Bug fixes.

News of Talisman2 Beta4 (Build 2005):

1.Added "indents" for Forms, Shapes and HTML objects.
2. Corrected "New" and "Copy/Paste" procedures.
3. New default theme.
4. Added Greek language.

 

News of Talisman2 Beta4:

1. Fixed startup bug of Beta2 and Beta3 with FFFFFF error message.
2. Corrected help file.
3. New templates.
4. New languages.
5. Bug fixes.

 

News of Talisman2 Beta3:

1. New help file (test version).
2. Bug fixes.

 

News of Talisman2 Beta2:

1. Added HTML objects.
2. Commands for HTML objects: htmlback, htmlforward, htmlstop, htmlrefresh, htmlurl, foldermenutohtml .
3. Corrected procedure of icon's drawing. T2B2 can display icons for drives and folders and icons without full path.
4. Fixed bug in LogOff procedure.
5. "Paste" command was added in Ctrl+Right menu.
6. Corrected "Locked" function for all objects.
7. Corrected procedure of button creation for files with LongFileName.
8. Added tray icon and tray menu.
9. Corrected startmenu and startup procedures for Windows NT/ Windows 2000.
10. Fixed TOE>Select Language bug for NT/2000 .
11. Added "Hand" cursor.
12. Other changes and bug fixes.

News of Talisman2 Beta1:

1. New theme format.
2. Program do not use BDE (Borland Database Engine).
3. New Multilanguage interface.
4. New types and properties of buttons. Using file icons.
5. New object: ThemeList.
6. New customizable menus with icons and graphics.
7. New TextBlocks, loaded from files.
8. New form effects.
9. New properties of "shape" object.
10. New settings of taskbar/tray/clock objects.
11. New function of AVI playing.
12. New events for buttons: OnEnter, OnLeave, OnRightClick.
13. New "createscreenshot" command and build-in information about theme's author.
14. Themeconverter to convert Talisman 1.xx themes in Talisman 2 themes.
15. Many other new functions and changes.

 


 

Talisman 1.76

1. Corrected error of minimization procedure in shellmode.


Talisman 1.75

1. The "OnTop" setting for Talisman's taskbar,clock and tray was added. 
2." Moveform" command was added. Use this command to create a buttons to move form.
3. "Empty Recycle Bin" command was added.
4. "Closeform2 command" was added. Use this command to close form without screen refreshing.
5." Delete sound" buttons was added in TOE.
6. "Open theme" dialogue will appear if a startup theme was not found.
7. The bug in "Align" procedure for forms was corrected.
8. The error of dragging in HTML objects was corrected.
9. The error of taskbar/tray/clock position changing was corrected.
10. Talisman's icons was removed from Alt-Tab menu.
11. "Mouse pointer" propertie was added in TOE/Program settings.
12. The bug in TOE command "Paste clockimage from clipboard" was corrected.
13. The bug in folder menus with LNK files was corrected.
14. The bug of "Foldermenutohtml" command was corrected.


Talisman 1.7

1. New rendering procedure for forms. Now all visible forms are active (not only a top form like in old versions of Talisman). 

2. A new customizable taskbar is available. You can use Talisman's taskbar in both modes of Talisman (application mode and shell mode). Each element of taskbar has the following settings : 3 pictures (normal, highlighted and pressed); font with 2 colors (normal and highlighted); iconsize; icon offset. Taskbar can be oriented vertically or horizontally and can be docked to any side of the screen. 

With Talisman you can build any type of Task Manager available today: from MAC OS style taskmenu to Windows-style taskbars and NEXT-style task panels.

 2. A new customizable clock is available. You can adjust clock position, time format, font and background picture. You can use the Talisman's clock in both modes of Talisman (application mode and shell mode).

3. A new system tray is available in shell mode of Talisman. Each element of system tray has the following settings : 3 pictures (normal,highlighted and pressed); font with 2 colors (normal and highlighted); iconsize; icon offset. System tray can be oriented vertically or horizontally and can be docked to any side of the screen.

4. "Align" property for forms. You can align any form to left or to right, to top or to bottom. You can create the centered forms, "allwidth" and "allheight" forms.

5. Autostart command for forms. You can create an interface with more than one active form. Add the "Go to form ...." command in autostart string of your parent form to open a  secondary not-fullscreen forms.

6. "Closed only by command" type of forms. This type of form was added to create a multiform themes too.

7. Customizable main menu. Now you can add any command or submenu in the main menu. Also you can save and load any customized main menu in *.mnu file. 

Now you can create a national main menu for any language. Examples of German and Russian menus are available it Talisman's setup.

8. New internal commands:

settings taskbar
settings tray
settings program
settings theme
settings sound
settings clock
properties
toe
openthemefolder
editmode
workmode
setasdefault
sendtoback
bringtofront
copy
paste
delete
defaultmenu
submenu new
submenu help
submenu settings
submenu themes
submenu programs
submenu tasks
talismanfolder
foldermenutohtml <HTML-object name> <path>

drawframes <x> <y> <number frames> <delay in ms> <picture filename> - draws animated picture on the screen. X,Y - coordinates of the top-left corner of animation window. Delay - delay in milliseconds between frames. Number - number of frames in *.bmp file.
You can use a transparent color (Magenta) in your animation.

9. Sound properties panel in Talisman Object Editor.

10. "Align" property for HTML objects. 

11. Inputbox automatically opens the form with HTML-object, from any other forms. For example: try to create the analogue of MSN Explorer interface. Inputbox on the main screen will open the secondary form with your HTML object.

12. "Taskbar", "Clock", "System tray", "Program settings" pages are added in Talisman Object Editor. 

13. "Script" and "Custom menu" pages are added in Talisman Object Editor. You can create and edit scripts and menus directly in the Object Editor like all other objects.

14. The new submenu "Settings" is added. You can call a Taskbar, Tray and other settings from popup menu. 

15. The new option "Play sound" in the Program tab of the Object Editor allows you to enable/disable sounds for all themes.

16. The new option "Dragging in workmode" in the Program tab of the Object Editor allows you to enable/disable dragging of any object in workmode with pressed "Ctrl" button.

17. The new option "Drag and Drop files" in the Program tab of the Object Editor allows you to enable/disable drag&drop files from Explorer in Talisman in workmode of Talisman.

18. Border and Transparent options for shapes are added.

19. The new popup menu in the Object Editor's tree allows you to arrange, delete and rename any objects directly in the Object Editor.

Corrections:

1. Internat.exe now supported by Talisman System Tray.

2. The shell switching procedure of tss.exe (Talisman Shell Switcher) was corrected. Now the tss.exe can work with a "long file names" folders.

3. Error in inputbox object is corrected.

4. Error with capitalized letters for "write" command is corrected.

5. The workarea setting is changed. Now the "Right" and "Bottom" settings are the offsets in pixels from Right and bottom size of screen.

 


Talisman 1.6

1. Customizable Templates for a new themes is added.
2. "Go to form xxx" submenu is added in the edit-mode popup menu.
3. "Inputbox" object is added. This object may be usefull to build the interfaces with a command string and as the alternative for Run-dialog.
4. "Align" properties for shapes and pictures are added. 
5. "Allheight" and "Allwidth" properties for shapes are added.
6. Tiled wallpaper for shapes.
7. New commands:
enter <objectname> - run the command of any other object ;
changewallpaper <N form> - open "Open picture" dialog and change wallpaper of form;
changeformcolor <N form> - open "Select color" dialog and change color  of form.
8. "Save button" command in Talisman Object Editor. The buttons can be saved in two formats: BTN3 or BMP.
9. New theme submenu is added. You can create a simple theme, duplicate current theme or create a new theme from template.
10. New form submenu is added. You can create a simple form or duplicate current theme.
11. The  error of version 1.51 with doubling of form's background picture in the database is corrected.
12. "Delete form" command is corrected. Now this command remove form and all objects of this form.


Talisman 1.51

1. New commands: logoff, connect <Connection Name>, printers, fonts
2. Bugfixes.


Talisman 1.5

1. The Talisman Object Editor (TOE) is a separate program now : toe.exe. 
2. Clock font setting is added in TOE.
3. Script support is added. You can enter multiple commands in the button command string with ";" as a separator. Or you can create a *.tscr file - a text file with one command on each line.
4. Autostart command for a theme is added.
5. New commands:
pause <N> - N is a delay in seconds/10.
mydoc - show My Documents window.
refresh - refresh the active form.
wavplay <filename> - play a wav file.
write <form number> <object name> <field number> <value> - change any property of an object from the command string. Caution! This is a very dangerous command, therefore it can change any value in Talisman's database component without any limitations and protections. You must know the organization of database component, runic.db, to use this command.
draw <x> <y> <filename> - draw a picture (filename) on the form with the left corner of picture in x,y.
6. *.mnu files support is added. *.mnu file is a custom menu. For example menu from 3 lines:

[menu]
first=calc.exe;pause 10;wavplay start.wav
second=charmap.exe
third=script.tscr

7. "Background picture" property for forms is added. You can use a Centered, Tiled, Stretched images as a wallpapers for any form.
8. Talisman Shell Switcher program is added in distribution.

Other changes:
--------

1. Removed the "Picture from database" object. Now all pictures must be stored in separate files (bmp, jpg). However, Talisman 1.5 will still support old themes with pictures stored in the database, but the program can no longer create such objects.
2. Changed the WorkArea settings. Now all workarea coordinates are stored in the theme.ini file (in version 1.4 it was in the database). T1.5 does not support old workarea settings and you need to reenter your workarea setting in the Object Editor (TOE) or in the theme.ini.
3. Changed default color of syspad's clock. It is white.
4. Removed tiled background picture stored in database for forms. Now all forms backgrounds will be stored in separate files (bmp, jpg).
5. "Pack" button was removed from the Object Editor. Now a database is packed automatically.


Talisman 1.4

1. New settings for the syspad in shell mode, now you can show/hide any element in syspad (move button, start button, task button, clock).
2. Horizontal or vertical arrangement of all tray-icons.
3. "Always on top" option for syspad.
4. Show/hide settings for any command of the main menu. For example: you can hide the "Edit mode..." command to protect your theme from editing.
5. New file format for buttons. ".BTN3,2,1" is a BMP image with 3(2,1) phases of buttons (normal, highlight and pressed). These files must be used by theme-authors to simplify creation of stylish buttons by the users. BTN*
files must be placed in the theme folder or in ../talisman/buttons subfolder.
6. Added HTML objects. New commands for HTML-objects:

htmlback object_name
htmlforward object_name
htmlhome object_name
htmlrefresh object_name
htmlstop object_name
htmlurl object_name <URL>

7. "Open theme folder" command in the Theme submenu.

8. New file theme.ini in the theme folder.
9. windowstaskbar=0 [1] setting in the theme.ini to show [hide] Windows Taskbar in the non-shell mode of Talisman.
10. Clock font settings in theme.ini.
For example:
clockfontcolor=16711000
clockfontsize=8
clockfontname=arial

11. New internal command "controlmenu" to show popupmenu with all Control Panel elements.
12. New internal commands: mycomputer, network, dialup, recycle to open respective windows.
13. Grid submenu in Edit-mode menu.
14. Foldermenu opens the Talisman theme if you select the runic.db file.


Corrections:
------------

1. Blocked "Alt-F4" key combination in shell mode.
2. Removed Talisman icon from the Alt-Tab menu.
3. Corrected label's redrawing for buttons in highlighted and pressed states.
4. Other changes and corrections.

 


  Talisman 1.3

1. Added "Task list" submenu in the Working Mode popup menu.
2. Added "Applications" submenu in the Working Mode popup menu.
3. Added "Theme" submenu in the Working Mode popup menu.
4. New internal commands have been added to the program:
    startmenu - show startmenu;
    taskmenu - show taskmenu with 32x32 icons;
    foldermenu <path> - open any folder as popup menu;
Menu commands have the following additional parameters in the commandline:programs, documents, desktop, favorites, quicklaunch, strt, menubottom, menutop, menuleft, menuright.
For example, the command:

foldermenu d: menutop

will show the foldermenu of drive d: from top side of button.

5. Added "WorkArea" settings for main form. You can set up your screen workarea manually for each theme.
6. Added "Start" button in taskbar (only for shell mode of Talisman).
7. Changed the filenames for taskbar's skin, as follows:
t_caption has been replaced with t_move1 and t_move2
t_hover, t_normal and t_pressed have been replaced with t_task1 and t_task2
t_tray has been replaced with t_tray1 and t_tray2
t_clock has been replaced with t_clock1 and t_clock2
The first state is normal. The second is pressed.

8. New command "Picture pasted from clipboard" in Talisman's menu.
9. Rearranged popup menu.
10. Replaced "Object>Editor" command with "Properties" command in the Edit Mode popup

Corrections:

1. "Enter" and "Delete" keys are available in Object Editor's tree.
2. Trayarea in shell mode of Talisman was increased to 32 icons.
3. Corrected Autostart procedure in shell mode of Talisman.
4. Corrected "Access violation" error in Button Wizard.
5. Corrected error in "text block" object.
6. Corrected bug with "transparency" property for text blocks and shapes.
7. Other changes and corrections.

 


Talisman 1.2

1. Talisman's menu has been changed with new commands.
"Desktop", "Display properties", "Home", "Open...", "Show", "Run", "FindFile" and other commands are added.

New internal commands have been added to the program:
open - open a Talisman's theme from disk;
home - return to default Talisman theme;
showdesktop - minimize all applications and show Talisman's desktop;
desktop - open the Desktop folder;
documents - open the Documents folder;
programs - open the Programs folder;
run - Windows Run Dialogue;
findfile - Windows Find File Dialogue.

2. Changes when Talisman is used as Window's shell

Talisman may be used as Window's shell instead of explorer.exe. To use Talisman as the sheel, you need to change the string "shell=explorer.exe" to "shell=<Full path>/talisman.exe" in your system.ini file. If you work under Win98, you can do it in the msconfig.exe program (Start Menu>Run>msconfig.exe), or if your system is Win95, you can edit your system.ini file in notepad.exe.

The following functions have been added, but are only available when Talisman is the shell:

  • New skinable taskbar: taskbar contains the tray area, taskmenu button, clock and small button for moving the taskbar's panel. Taskbar uses the files: t_caption.bmp, t_hover.bmp, t_normal.bmp, t_pressed.bmp, t_tray.bmp, t_clock.bmp. These files must be placed in your default theme folder. You can change these graphics to your own as long as you use the same filenames. RGB color 255,0,255 (Magenta) is used as the transparent color of the taskbar. All these pictures are loaded once when Talisman is started and only when Talisman is the shell. If you change the bmp files, you must restart the computer to reload the files.

  • Startup functions: Talisman will launch all applications from your Windows/Startup folder and from the Run section of the System Registry.

3. Fullscreen mode for forms was added.

4. Other changes and corrections.

 


Talisman 1.1 (02.02.1999):

1. Fully rewrited Object Editor. Now you can forget about the types of
objects like "kt2" or "pe0". You operate only with 6 main objects:
button, textbutton, picture, shape, textblock, form.
2. "Pack theme" button was added in Object Editor
for compressing Talisman's theme after editing.
3. Added sound support for different events.
To add sound in your theme, place next files in your theme folder:
    start.wav - play when loading new theme;
    over.wav - play when mouse move over button;
    click.wav - play when you click on button;
    form.wav - play when showing new form (command: Go to form xxx);
    popup.wav - play when popup new form (command: Popup form xxx);
    menu.wav - play when popup menu;
4. "New theme" command in menu for creating new blank theme.
6. "Home" command to return to your default theme from any current theme.
7. Added hints for graphic buttons.
8. Corrected bug with the dragging objects in Edit mode.
9. Changed default transparent color (Magenta).
10. Other small changes and corrections.

 


Talisman 1.02 (21.11.1998):

1. Fixed bugs
2. "Always on back" mode added
3. Tray icon added
4. Minimize all applications command added
5. Finished help file. Author: Bill Hobson


Talisman 1.0 (07.11.1998):

1. New features.
2. Now it is a shareware program.


Talisman 0.53 (?.09.1998):

1. Menu item New->Form. Now you can create a new form by one click
2. In button wizard was added commands for showing forms, for moving forms and for closing forms.
3. Programm still in memory all history of opened forms. Now you can back not only in one previous form.
4. New internal commands: moved and close. You can use these commands for dragging forms in Talisman-window and for exit from current form.
5. New commands "Send to back" and "Bring to front" for objects.
6. First time version of help-file created by Bill Hobson


Talisman 0.52 (?.09.1998):

1. New object "Text button"
2. New wizard for creation of buttons.
3. New commands in menu.
4. Now program has two modes: "work" and "edit"
5. Corrected bugs with treeview in Editor
6. New color and font buttons in Editor
7. "Delete" buttons for graphic fields in Editor
8. Corrected procedure of dragging of the objects in edit-mode
9. Added command "Open theme..." in menu
10. Added third picture for "kt2" buttons, for reaction on mouse's click.
11. Added tiled background for forms
... and many other small changes and corrections


Talisman 0.5 (16.09.1998)

Project renamed in Talisman. Again after travel in Paris.


Bonjour 0.43 (?.02.1998)

1. Corrected bug in Editor (don't change the current database after command 'Set as startup base')
2. Corrected bug with transparent color for buttons with type 'kt2'.
3. New commands in menu.


Bonjour 0.42 (?.02.1998)

1. 'Set as startup base' command was added in menu. When you choose this command, your current base set as startup default base.
2. Fixed bug with picture dimensions after dragging.


Bonjour 0.41 (01.02.1998)

1. New objects added: te1, tb1, tt1.
There are text fields. Text stored in database in Memo field (tab Memo in Editor).
te1 - semitransparent text field, tb1 - solid text field, tt1 - transparent text field.
You can enter in edit-mode of text field by click on them.
kt0 - button with one picture and transparent color.
kt2 - button with two pictures from database and transparent color.
pt0,pt3 - pictures with transparent color.
pb5,pe5 - rectangle with solid or semitransparent color.
2. New menu with direct access to database without loading of Bonjour Editor.
Now you can change font, color, filename, type from menu.
3. Increased speed of loading of the program.
4. The opportunity of opening of the document in the associated program is added.
Now in a field Filename you can place not only exe-files, but also documents.
5. Added shell commands: "shutdown" (shutdown computer) and "restart" (restart computer).
You can write these commands in 'filename'-field of button.
6. Improved dragging of picture-objects in 'Edit mode'.


Bonjour 0.33 (03.12.1997)

Support of national versions of Windows95 was added. Eliminated many bugs.


Bonjour 0.32 (02.10.1997)

All labels and texts translated to English language. TablePack tool is made. This is separate program allows to compress Bonjour-base. Eliminated many bugs.


Bonjour 0.3 (03.08.1997)

I have received access in Internet. First version of Bonjour in Internet (only Russian).
Great thank to Kamil Karimov (karimov@etel.ru) for his help with uploading and creating of my first www-page!

 


Project Bonjour (1996-1997)

This program was born when I (Arkadiy Istomin) purchased a new "Pentium-120" in early 1996. Attached to the computer there was a mouse which was not capable of movement, other than by means of making sharp impacts on a table with it. The buttons of this little animal were almost impossible to press, because it's insides were a little warped, and as result getting the cursor over an icon and double clicking on it was very difficult.

I have made small program with larger pictures representing Norton Commander, MS Word, MS Excel and other necessary tools. I built it to start the programs with one mouse click. Of course, my mouse was replaced, but the program had turned out to be rather convenient and gradually has acquired various enhancements and improvements. First time I called my program the "Africa", but after my september'1996 travel in France, I have renamed the program in "Bonjour".

 

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