1. ckj's Avatar
    Today Screen Backgrounds

    A lot of users have asked me how to change the fact that with a touchscreen WM phone, when you connect to REDFLY, the existing Today Screen background just tiles a few times across the larger screen. There's a workaround built into the OS. You can read the instructions and download a few background images here...

    http://www.celiocorp.com/content/?page=TodayScreens

    The workaround lets you change the tiling like this...



    to a full 800x480 image that automatically changes when you connect the phone to REDFLY looking something like this...



    Have some images to use? Share them here. Sizing, file format info in that link above.
    Last edited by ckj; 08-09-2008 at 07:31 PM.
    08-08-2008 02:13 AM
  2. ckj's Avatar
    You can use the Alt-Tab key combination on REDFLY's keyboard to quickly switch between open apps similar to Alt-Tab in Windows.
    08-09-2008 07:16 PM
  3. sixftunda's Avatar
    I found out I could charge my 4g ipod with the Redfly by USB. It also recognizes it as remote storage. Very nice for travelling so I dont have to pack the wall plug.

    James
    08-10-2008 04:26 PM
  4. EdFrmBrighthand's Avatar
    Not that amazing a trick, but I'll point out that USB hubs work well. I've had my smartphone hooked up to one USB port on the Redfly, and a hub on the other, allowing me to use a mouse and two thumbdrives simultaneously.

    I've even copied files from one thumbdrive to another this way, but it's slo-o-o-o-w.

    While I'm on the topic, I've successfully used a couple of USB card readers with the Redfly, too.
    -
    08-13-2008 11:26 AM
  5. MrMediaGuy's Avatar
    While most third-party Windows Mobile apps these days are designed with the thoughtful "Exit" menu option, most of those pesky Microsoft apps still cling to the original WinCE strategem that users shoudn't ever have to close an app -- the OS should manage all that for you. Which no doubt explains why an entire cottage industry grew up around task switchers and app closers (Magic Button, HTC Task Manager, HandySwitcher, etc.).

    Most users also know that the CTRL-Q keystroke combo will quit most apps, especially the ones that Microsoft thoughtfully omitted the Exit option from, but most of us don't use CTRL-Q because there's no Control key on the phone's hardware keyboard -- and it's a pain to flip out the soft keyboard just to try to type CTRL-Q (especially if your stylus isn't already in your hand).

    But now thanks to Redfly, CTRL-Q rules! Pop open PIE to Google a phone number; when you're done, hit CTRL-Q, and it's closed! Finished with Windows Media Player? CTRL-Q zaps it shut. Not every app will close this way, but it sure is better than holding down the "X" button for 2-3 seconds like you have to with the "magic" button apps.
    08-13-2008 07:34 PM
  6. kodiakdjd's Avatar
    If one copies the background (.jpg) to thewindows directory, how does RedFly know what filename to use?

    All the enhanced (stretched) downloadable screens have differ names.
    10-14-2008 06:53 AM
  7. Bujin#IM's Avatar
    I think that you have to name the file "stwater_800_480".
    10-14-2008 11:51 AM
  8. anon159272's Avatar
    A quick tip on the background jpg tip: it doesn't work with all themes. Someone created a really nice theme for the Treo 800w called "Simply Blue", and the stwater_800_480.jpg doesn't work with that theme. As soon as I switched to the default WM theme and put the same stwater... jpg in the /windows directory, it worked immediately.
    10-14-2008 12:45 PM
  9. kodiakdjd's Avatar
    Thanks. That worked. I guess i read the instructions page too quickly and missed the renaming part.
    10-15-2008 07:11 AM
  10. kodiakdjd's Avatar
    Has anyone found or created any new wallpapers other than the ones on the celio site?
    10-15-2008 07:12 AM
  11. ckj's Avatar
    I've noticed that some (not all) of the 800w and Treo Pro themes are using images based around .png files instead of .jpg. The way to find out is to activate a theme using the Today Screen settings then using File Explorer go in the /Windows directory. Find a file called stwater and/or tdwater. Click on the file(s) to open and then press the right softkey and choose properties that will tell you if its a png or a jpg.

    Im not an expert on themes (working on it), but from what Ive read a theme can call the tdwater image to be the default background image and stwater to be the image behind the Start menu when it pops down over the Today Screen. Since usually the two images are the same, I believe theres a reg setting somewhere that forces the phone to use the same image for both anyway. Thats why you only usually only have to add one new image for this hack to work and show a larger screen background when you switch.

    Windows Mobile has a built-in feature that loads the default stwater or tdwater image at the phones normal resolution. However, if the resolution is changed, the OS will look in the /Windows directory for a different image whose name exactly matches a naming parameter. In the case of the REDFLY, our driver tells the phones OS it has an 800x480 display. The OS then goes and looks for a file named stwater_800_480 (regardless of its actual size, just the name) the loads it as the background image.

    Sorry for the long post, but bottom line, Ive found that usually you can get any theme to work, but you need to do some trial and error with 2 things. 1) Try saving the file as a .png if a .jpg doesnt work (you must use an image editing program and do a save as you cant just change the file extension); and 2) most themes use the file name stwater_800_480 but some use the tdwater_800_480 so try both.

    Im going to try and update our background image download page (linked to in the top post of this thread) with all of this info soon and also offer both png and jpg files, but for now, if anyone cant get a jpg to work and you dont have access to an image editing program, let me know and Ill re-save the file in the format you need then send it to you directly.

    I think the real work around here is just to make some actual REDFLY themes (.tsk files). I bought a theme editing program last week and am starting to learn how to do it. In theory, you should be able to build a theme with all of the necessary images (both standard phone resolution and 800x480) so we just have to install a theme once and not hassle with copying certain named files into the/Windows directory.
    Last edited by ckj; 10-16-2008 at 12:35 AM.
    10-15-2008 11:23 PM
  12. Ebag333's Avatar
    I think the real work around here is just to make some actual REDFLY themes (.tsk files). I bought a theme editing program last week and am starting to learn how to do it. In theory, you should be able to build a theme with all of the necessary images (both standard phone resolution and 800x480) so we just have to install a theme once and not hassle with copying certain named files into the/Windows directory.
    The *REALLY* tricky part with that is to make your theme look good in all resolutions.

    240x240
    320x240
    240x320
    320x320 <- Most important one here :D
    ......
    800x400

    And then on top of that you have the different DPI's to deal with too.

    In other words, if you want the words "Redfly" to appear on your background, you cannot place them in the bottom right corner of the background image at 800x400. Unless of course you only want them to show when the Redfly is in use....hmmm.....
    10-15-2008 11:59 PM
  13. saescott's Avatar
    Hi
    I use logmein.com pretty often. It was annoying having to scroll around so much to see things on various corners of my office's 1280x1024 screen. Also, if the pointer approched the ends of the screen while working on anything, it scrolled the screen even when you didn't want it to.
    I found that using logmein's "Change Resolution" feature solved this problem in a big way for this Redfly user. You can't key in a specific size, but you can pick from the list that it already has. I found that by setting it to 1088x612 and then using the "scale to fit" setting gives you a full screen PC experience that uses almost all of the Redfly's screensize. This way you can work freely without having those scrolling issues.
    ... and the really nice thing about it is that when you log out, the original screen resolution on your desktop automatically returns to the way it was before you logged in!
    Steve
    Last edited by sjescott; 11-02-2008 at 10:24 AM.
    11-02-2008 10:12 AM
  14. btate0121's Avatar
    Here's my current spread!
    11-06-2008 01:18 PM
  15. btate0121's Avatar
    Also, simultaneously pressing the two mouse buttons on the trackpad turns the trackpad to "scroll mode" I guess. which is useful for large documents, lists, and webpages. doesn't work GREAT.. but it works.
    11-06-2008 01:27 PM
  16. jxmot's Avatar
    I think the real work around here is just to make some actual REDFLY themes (.tsk files). I bought a theme editing program last week and am starting to learn how to do it. In theory, you should be able to build a theme with all of the necessary images (both standard phone resolution and 800x480) so we just have to install a theme once and not hassle with copying certain named files into the/Windows directory.
    Colin, Have you had opportunity to build the 800x480 image into the theme? I've built a theme with some freeware, but it did not provide a means to place the 800x480 image into the theme.

    For all, I've attached a ttheme and 800x480 image that works on a Tilt. Enjoy!
    11-19-2008 09:26 AM
  17. badersk's Avatar
    Thanks I will give it a try
    11-19-2008 10:06 AM
  18. cotys's Avatar
    Thanks ckj,

    I got the backgrounds working, the Touch actually uses 3 GIF files.

    tdywater_800_480.gif - the background
    tdwater_800_480.gif - background for the Touchflow panels
    stwater_800_480.gif - menu background
    11-27-2008 10:57 AM
  19. ckj's Avatar
    Thanks Cotys for the info on the Touch, that will come in handy.
    Jxmot, I'm still working on the themes. I'm having a hard time finding a theme app that will allow you to insert any number of background sizes - but I haven't had a lot of time to search. If anyone hears of one, let me know. Now that with the latest Firmware update the REDFLY can display at 800x600 too, we'll need to include a "stwater_800_600" image in any theme also.
    12-17-2008 12:05 AM
  20. mhartler's Avatar
    I've noticed that some (not all) of the 800w and Treo Pro themes are using images based around .png files instead of .jpg. The way to find out is to activate a theme using the Today Screen settings then using File Explorer go in the /Windows directory. Find a file called stwater and/or tdwater. Click on the file(s) to open and then press the right softkey and choose properties that will tell you if its a png or a jpg.

    Im not an expert on themes (working on it), but from what Ive read a theme can call the tdwater image to be the default background image and stwater to be the image behind the Start menu when it pops down over the Today Screen. Since usually the two images are the same, I believe theres a reg setting somewhere that forces the phone to use the same image for both anyway. Thats why you only usually only have to add one new image for this hack to work and show a larger screen background when you switch.

    Windows Mobile has a built-in feature that loads the default stwater or tdwater image at the phones normal resolution. However, if the resolution is changed, the OS will look in the /Windows directory for a different image whose name exactly matches a naming parameter. In the case of the REDFLY, our driver tells the phones OS it has an 800x480 display. The OS then goes and looks for a file named stwater_800_480 (regardless of its actual size, just the name) the loads it as the background image.

    Sorry for the long post, but bottom line, Ive found that usually you can get any theme to work, but you need to do some trial and error with 2 things. 1) Try saving the file as a .png if a .jpg doesnt work (you must use an image editing program and do a save as you cant just change the file extension); and 2) most themes use the file name stwater_800_480 but some use the tdwater_800_480 so try both.

    Im going to try and update our background image download page (linked to in the top post of this thread) with all of this info soon and also offer both png and jpg files, but for now, if anyone cant get a jpg to work and you dont have access to an image editing program, let me know and Ill re-save the file in the format you need then send it to you directly.

    I think the real work around here is just to make some actual REDFLY themes (.tsk files). I bought a theme editing program last week and am starting to learn how to do it. In theory, you should be able to build a theme with all of the necessary images (both standard phone resolution and 800x480) so we just have to install a theme once and not hassle with copying certain named files into the/Windows directory.
    Thanks Colin...this was great info!

    For my Sprint Treo 700wx the files are:

    Start Menu background: stwater_800_480.GIF
    Background: tdywater_800_480.GIF

    Works like a charm!

    Marc
    12-24-2008 09:07 AM
  21. mholmes7's Avatar
    Thanks ckj,

    I got the backgrounds working, the Touch actually uses 3 GIF files.

    tdywater_800_480.gif - the background
    tdwater_800_480.gif - background for the Touchflow panels
    stwater_800_480.gif - menu background
    The Samsung i760 (Verizon, WM 6.1) uses the first and last of these -- tdwater_800_480.gif is not needed since there is no Touchflow or equivalent. Both tdywater_800_480.gif and stwater_800_480.gif need to be changed. (It occurs to me that mixing and matching might be interesting.)

    My phone is currently set to the red, default Verizon screen. I have not tried other themes to see the hack works with those as well.

    I know that for many of you this hack is now 'old hat'; but for someone like me who has had his REDFLY for less than two weeks, it's great. Many thanks to all who worked on this.:)
    03-19-2009 10:40 AM
  22. anon159272's Avatar
    When I was called for jury duty awhile back I learned I could use a PC in the waiting room. But the brilliant Redfly screen was viewable from such a wide angle that the whole room would be able to read the screen.

    I know, I voided my warranty when I did this. I had a spare privacy screen from an old laptop lying around, so I removed the front bezel from the Redfly, cut the privacy screen to fit, and re-installed it. It works beautifully. Yes, I made it semi-permanent and non-removable; I don't share the Redfly viewing experience so it's not a problem for me.

    I've thought about trying to add some miniature white LEDs to illuminate the keyboard area in dark surroundings. The newer lowest backlight setting helps a lot in a dark room, but some supplemental light would be great and I don't like plugging in random USB gooseneck lights that are too bright anyway. An illuminated keyboard would be great, but it flies in the face of keeping the Redfly a low-cost device. :)

    I would love a retractable USB cable built into the back, too, but I'm sure there isn't room for that in the case, and there's the issue of what "tips" to offer (I've used the RF with both the 800w which uses MicroUSB and the Touch Pro, which uses MiniUSB).
    05-27-2009 11:46 AM
  23. misfortune121's Avatar
    nice .. thanks for the info
    03-18-2011 06:05 PM
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