VolControl 0.82 Beta
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5. Bugs & Issues
6. Misc notes
VolControl has two modes of operation: The default mode is to register three hotkey combinations with Windows which correspond to the volume up, volume down and
Volume Mute commands. The second mode will usurp the volume control keys on many media keyboards to the same effect. This allows the user to more granularly
control the volume settings.
An optional On-Screen volume meter can give a visual indication of the current volume level in either mode. The volume can also be set by clicking the tray icon
and using the popup meter.
VolControl does not require installation. Simply execute the VolControl.exe file to run it. Settings are kept in the volconsetts.dat file (only created if you
change from the defaults.)
Once running, VolControl will sit in the background (optionally displaying a system tray icon) waiting for the user to press the specified hotkey combinations
or media keys. It then alters the system's sound volume accordingly. You may use VolControl to change the volume either through the keyboard or by clicking the
VolControl tray icon and using the popup meter.
VolControl offers a range of settings. Sensible defaults have been chosen which should satisfy most users. The available settings as of version 0.80 are
i. "Raise/Lower Volume By x"
The number "x" is the percent by which the volume should be raised or lowered. The percentage is calculated as a fraction of the maximum
possible volume and can be adjusted by as minute a fraction as 0.1% through the GUI. To set a smaller or more precise stepping (e.g. 0.001%
or 11.65%) simply edit the volconsetts.dat file and change the "volumeStep=n" line (replacing "n" with any number larger than zero and smaller
than 100.) Let me know if you think that more minute controls should be available through the GUI.
ii. "Show Tray Icon"
By default, VolControl will add its icon to the system tray. If you don't want it there, uncheck this box. If you previously hid the icon and want
it back you can either delete the vonconsetts.dat file or edit the line which reads "showTray=0" to read "showTray=1". The tray icon is the only
way to access the settings GUI and also offers a popup volume meter when clicked.
iii. "Show Meter Bar"
By default, when you use the keyboard to change the volume, VolControl will show you a graphical meter displaying the current volume level.
The meter bar will show for 1 second plus the number of milliseconds allotted for it's entry/exit animation (400 milliseconds by default.)
Uncheck this box if you don't want to see the meter.
iv. "Assign Hotkeys" / "Use Media Keys"
This setting controls how you are able to invoke VolControl from the keyboard. Setting this to "Use Media Keys" will set the volume controls
to the volume buttons on your keyboard (if you have them.) If you don't have volume buttons, then select "Assign Hotkeys" to assign a keyboard
combination to the volume up, down, and mute functions. Keyboard combinations are composed of two keys: a "meta" key and an action key. The
meta key can be either the Windows key, the shift key, the control key, the alt key, or "none". Click the "Select" button next to each action to
select the action key. No two actions can share the same action key.
This section controls the appearance of the meter bar.
i. "Text Font"
Allows selection of the font to be used in rendering the percent overlay on the meter bar.
ii. "Meter Color"
Allows selection of the color of the meter itself.
Toggles gradiating the meter from the Meter Color to white.
iii. "Meter Border"
Allows selection of the color of the border of the meter.
iv. "Meter Background"
Allows selection of the background color of the meter.
v. "Text Color"
Allows selection of the font color to be used in rendering the percent overlay on the meter bar.
vi. "Change Meter Position"
Allows relocation of the meter bar.
This section allows you to change the animations for the meter bar's entry and exit as well as the speed of the animations (default is 200ms.)
i. The "Animation Speed" setting is in milliseconds (1/1000 of a second.) The default is 200ms or 1/5 of a second. The lower limit in the
GUI is 50ms, or 1/20 of a second; the upper limit is 2500ms or 2 and a half seconds.
To reset the default settings simply delete the volconsetts.dat file and restart the application.
Delete the VolControl.exe and volconsetts.dat files.
5. Bugs & Issues
VolControl will run on Windows Vista and Windows 7 in Compatibility Mode for Windows XP. However there are reports of VolControl randomly locking up in these
6. Misc Notes
This program was inspired by the excellent Sound Volume Hotkeys utility from softarium.com. It is my hope to create a more configurable utility after the
fashion of SVH.
This program utilizes the excellent functions provided by the Windows Functionality Suite by Aaron Ballman, et al. It also utilizes the very handy custom
scrollbar class created by Dave Addey.
VolControl is Konami Compliant.
Please send all queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the online form at http://www.boredomsoft.org/bugs to report bugs