#1 Updated Graphics (Logo, Splash.html, icon file)

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2005-01-29
2003-11-21
Tor Nichols
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Hi Tom and folks.

In the jar archive the Splash.html file was causing
multivalent to load the homepage after the page
specified in a commandline argument because of the
meta-refresh tag.

I updated the splash.html and put a little work into
making it an html based logo for you. It's is somewhat
basic, but I think it looks nice.

Would you consider using this splash.html file instead
please? (or some variation)

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  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2003-11-21
    • priority: 5 --> 2
     
  • Tom Phelps

    Tom Phelps - 2003-11-24
    • status: open --> open-fixed
     
  • Tom Phelps

    Tom Phelps - 2003-11-24

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    But I like "A Platform for New Ideas"!

    When I tried to reproduce the home page-after-command line URI,
    the home page loaded before the command line. This was
    happening due to code in Multivalent.jar, not to the META tag in
    Splash.html, which is commented out. I've added code that does
    not load the home page if a valid URI is given on the command
    line, which will be in the next snapshot next month.

     
  • Tom Phelps

    Tom Phelps - 2003-11-24
    • status: open-fixed --> closed-fixed
     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2003-12-03

    new splash.html that I've been using for a while

     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2003-12-03

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    ya I agree... that is a good slogan. I didn't mean to leave
    that out. I've been using this Splash.html for a week and
    a half now.

    Also I'll try and upload the logo file I have been using.
    I'd be happy to refine it for you if you like it at all.

     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2003-12-03
    • priority: 2 --> 1
    • status: closed-fixed --> open-later
     
  • Tom Phelps

    Tom Phelps - 2003-12-04

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    Those are fancy looking, but I could never put my name on the
    splash page -- people would know who to blame for all the bugs!

    How's your skill at drawing icons? I'm hoping that an imaginative
    artist will send in a cool icon, as happened with TkMan.

     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2003-12-07

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    as it just so happens I made an icon for Multivalent because
    at once point I had to make an .exe loader (.exe file that
    launches the .jar.... it's more of a wrapper than anything else)

    But here's the icon.

    As far as the logo..you can take your name off it if you
    like...or the link.. I just wanted to be sure to give credit
    where credit is due... The browser is absolutely awesome
    especially considering that there is nothing else available
    out there even half as good.

     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2003-12-07
    • summary: Updated Splash Screen (fixed an odd bug too) --> Updated Graphics (Logo, Splash.html, icon file)
     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2003-12-07

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    Is it possible to make a jar file display a specific icon?
    (do you need that png file converted to gif or anything?)
    Would you like a better icon than that?

     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2003-12-07

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    here, I like this one better. (updated m32px.png)

     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2003-12-07

    The letter "M". Brought to you, in part, by Sesame Street.

     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2003-12-07

    T smaller letter "M" Brought to you in part, by Sesame Street.

     
  • Tom Phelps

    Tom Phelps - 2003-12-09

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    > Is it possible to make a jar file display a specific icon?

    I don't think so. I'm hoping that a few people knowledgeable in
    particular OS will pick up Multivalent JARs and make into an .exe
    or whatever with icon and menubar and whatever other OS-
    specific touches are needed.

     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2003-12-09

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    Here's a .exe loader for the jar file... It still requires
    the .jar file and I believe java must still be installed.
    The biggest benefit of it is the icon, and being able to
    create a shortcut to a .exe file which inherits the icon.

    I tried to compile a complete .exe native code for Win32 but
    the program crashed when trying to compile multivalent. I
    couldn't figure it out. I'll try again another time and let
    you know if I can make a complete java independent executable.

     
  • Tom Phelps

    Tom Phelps - 2004-02-03

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    We like the current splash page. We're in the market for a cool
    icon though.

     
  • Tom Phelps

    Tom Phelps - 2004-02-03
    • status: open-later --> closed-works-for-me
     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2004-04-16

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    How do you like those m16px and m32px png files for icons?
    Do you need actual .ico files? I can generate them if
    need be.

    I've updated the logo file that shows up when you run
    multivalent.exe and I've updated multivalent.exe (just
    needs to be in the same directory as multivalent.jar)

     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2004-04-16
    • status: closed-works-for-me --> open-works-for-me
     
  • Tom Phelps

    Tom Phelps - 2004-04-17

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    Hi Tor,
    I like the big 'M' icon -- but it kind of looks a little too much like
    Mozilla's, don't you think? How's your artistic picture drawing
    talent? I thought that the icon that Rei Shinozuka drew for TkMan
    (http://tkman.sourceforge.net/) is among the best I've ever seen.

    The splash page is pretty cool too, but the only problem is that
    putting my name so prominently would tell everyone who to
    blame for bugs and I'd be tough for me to update for each version.

     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2004-04-18

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    I have Mozilla installed. The icon is a Godzila like shape.
    The icons on the Mozilla website are M's of a completely
    different style and coloration... There's looks pretty cool.

    I don't think the fancy M looks like Mozilla's. You should
    be safe, if you like it. If you'd like me to come up with
    a different logo, lemme know what you'd like to see.

    I updated the logo to remove your name and version. You can
    super-impose the version number in your favorite font. I'm
    95% sure java will let you superimpose a text "Shape" object
    over the image object pretty easily, while the image is
    being displayed. (not required, just recommended.)

    After I get re-familiarized with Blender (open source 3d
    modeler / image creator) I'll look into adding some pizzaz
    to the logo. Since "Multivalent" reminds me of high school
    chemistry's valent bonds... I figured I could do a 3-d model
    of a valent based molicule.

     
  • Tom Phelps

    Tom Phelps - 2004-04-19

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    I'm generally shying away from a splash page with text, because
    it would be difficult for me to update for a new version or other
    changes. I don't have the same fonts, for one thing. I mean, for
    every new version, I'd have to bug you to update it -- and what if
    you're on vacation? Do I delay a release for a week?

    > chemistry's valent bonds... I figured I could do a 3-d model
    > of a valent based molicule.

    This could be pretty cool. I had an idea where the letter 'i' in
    "Multivalent" had a ring around it making it look like an electron
    orbit in an atom. Some animation that flew the electron in the
    orbit could be cool too, so long as this doesn't slow startup.

     
  • Tor Nichols

    Tor Nichols - 2004-04-19

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    Please reconsider text on the graphic: Superimpose text
    programatically using JAVA. The last graphic I loaded is
    without version number. I can take the link off the graphic
    also. You would super-impose the version and link
    progamatically. (Transparent text fields is one
    idea...however I'm sure there is multiple ways to do it.)

    You load the graphic, and then position some text or a shape
    object over the graphic. If you need help finding out how
    to do this, I can track it down. I could probably write
    the method if you need it. This way you update the version
    and the URL in the code and it automatically shows up on top
    of the graphic as it's loading. (I'd think that the version
    and URL would just be a global constant stuck somewhere
    convenient where you have to make a change for a build
    anyway.)

    I like the idea about the moving electron. Mutlvalent loads
    so fast on my 1Ghz laptop that I'd hardly have time to see
    the splash page. I'm fairly certain I was using Verdana or
    Arial for the link/version. Those ought to be easy to
    duplicate on *nix especially with Java.

    For animation and eye appeal I think it would be better if
    the oval was around the entire word "Multivalent" and the
    electron started at the dot of the i and moved around the
    entire word at least twice. It would have to show a flashy
    trail (a glow) for where it was and a glowing dot for where
    it is. Not really hard to do, just time consuming. It'll
    be a while before I do that.

     
  • Tom Phelps

    Tom Phelps - 2004-04-20

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    If the image for splash page is completely constructed from fancy
    fonts, it would be easier just to draw it with text fonts like it is
    now. It would save a little space and time, and one wouldn't have
    to synchronize positions and font family.

    > It would have to show a flashy
    > trail (a glow) for where it was and a glowing dot for where it is.

    I know it would be more work to make an animation but it would
    be really cool, and worth the work on my part to write code to
    play the animation.

    Do you have any ideas for an icon?

     
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