Tag Archive: graphics


32xIconsThese are my tweaked or custom Datacad toolbar icons. I have moved primarily to 32x pixel toolbars now so most of these have been redone. I also have included PSD Photoshop files with layer support for those who might want to steal parts from one icon to another. The actual icons are much sharper than the animation, as the animation doesn’t support full alpha channel transparency. I haven’t updated everything I have yet and there are a few I am not happy with just yet so there will probably be another update at some time in the future, but for now this is it. Next on my waste time late at night list is a set of High DPI Datacad folder icons. 🙂 I know, I’m a nerd. Thanks to GIFMaker.me for the great online GIF maker. My old Ulead Gif Animator gave up the ghost finally.

Download Datacad Toolbar Icons – 2.7 mb

New 32x Icons - Datacad

New 32x Icons -SunShader

New 32x Icons -O2C

I am having my first go at getting my son’s iPad setup with LAMP Words For Life  (LWFL) setup. It’s exciting thinking about how this may open up better communication between all of us. I will be posting little bits of info as I come across them and hopefully it will help others who may be digging for the same info I am. I will be updating each post topic as I work thru things.

iPad Icon Size

One of the key factors I was concerned about before getting started was that I knew that this app was displaying a lot of images and that the images that came as part of the default vocabulary files are from an era where HD displays were not even dreamt of yet. The icons are low res, pixelated and often don’t look much like their real world counterparts. I knew I needed to make things as familiar as possible for my son as he is very much a creature of habit and accepts things that are familiar much easier than something he may have not had contact with yet. When picking out our device I knew that loading up detailed images of real world objects might be a issue, not so much because of hardware limitations since I figured the iPad could pump out the horsepower needed, but maybe the software might have some bottlenecks either for being fairly new or bringing legacy issues forward. We picked the iPad Air since it was the fastest unit at the time hoping it’s faster processor would help keep things snappy when switching between pages. LWFL imports images from the iPad’s camera roll. during the import process, it presents your with a crop tool but I didn’t know if the software was simply cropping the image on the fly, or was it actually creating a nice small icon adjusting the resolution and dimensions or what. I started a test vocabulary file to play with, and began replacing images. I used large +900px images and things seems to be running pretty good. I then removed some of the images from the Camera Roll, and the images stayed in the software so I knew it was at least storing the images within the program, which was good so didn’t have to worry about my son deleting images and breaking things. But I had only replace a few test images. Would the speed keep up as I loaded more and more images? I didn’t want to get weeks into setting up Daniel’s core custom vocabulary file only to be hit with a performance issue and have to start all over.  I posted a question over on PRC’s Facebook page [because any company worth it’s salt will respond to someone questioning the quality of their product in an open forum in front of millions of potential customers to keep up their company’s image up 😉 ] and with  PRC’s speedy response, I found out that the internal icon size is 5/8″ x 3/4″ (0.625″ x 0.75″) or a  1:1.2 ratio. “Cool!” I thought, “They are creating their own images and resizing them down so I should be good to go.” So I started to create my son’s custom vocab file. I edited my images on my PC & upload them to my website. Then on the iPad I would refresh the page in Safari, save the image to the Camera Roll and then import the image in LWFL. Using the 1:1.2 ratio though I was getting outlines showing up on the edges of the image. It seems a square image usually works better. I got about 50 images in when things . . started . . . to . . . . slow . . . . . . .down. I though “Ahhh crapo. They are cropping, but not resizing.” I exported a standard 84 full vocab file and my custom vocab file to iTunes and compared their sizes. About 20 MB’s difference. All of my custom jpeg images only added up to about 4MB total. So I am left to deduce that either the image processing on the iPad is creating some larger files or there is some sort of overhead or meta data going on inside.

(I have posted a question on Facebook about this and will update this when I have a answer.)

So after hitting this snag, I have gone thru and tested multiple formats, sizes and resolutions.  I am getting best results using 450X450 px and 600 PPI which results in an image about 30-40kb per image. I am going to go forward now using these sizes, adjust my existing images and go on from here. I know the iPad Air has a screen resolution of 264 PPI, but I compared 264, 528 and 600 (600 just to try a nice round number) and the 600 looked the sharpest. I tried 792 & 800 but didn’t any difference in clarity, so I stuck with 600 PPI.

LAMP Words For Life Key Colors

Color Chart

 

 

 

 

 

Getting transparent icons into the iPad app seems like it is going to require building the vocab file/icons using the PASS software and purchasing a license to the iShare account service to sync with. The PASS software is pretty rough (old & clunky like the Vantage Lite units), I am not quite ready to setup a iShare account. Will probably end up needing to sync my son’s personal and school device up using iShare with the teachers, but not ready to do that just yet. These colors match the standard app colors but unfortunately it seems the colors used when editing icons within the app have a gradient so they don’t quite blend in naturally, but these colors will get you pretty darn close. I am going to just color my standard icons and forget about trying to do transparency as I can probably get these color added as fast as trying to convert the vocab PVF files in and out of the PASS software.

Hex Color – Color Name or Color Description
█ FFFFFF – White
█ FFBB92 – Very Light Orange
█ FF9966  –  Atomic Tangerine
█ CC5F00 – Strong Orange
█ FFDCB8 – Pale Orange
CF9F69 – Slightly Desaturated Orange
█ 9D7033 – Dark Moderate Orange
█ 6F4924 – Very Dark Orange
█ FFFFCC – Very Pale Yellow
█ FFFF98 – Very Light Yellow
█ FFFF66 – Unmellow Yellow
█ FFFF00 – Yellow, Electric yellow
█ CCFF99 – Very Light Green
█ 00FF66 – Pure Cyan – Lime Green
█ 009C00 – Dark Lime Green
█ 006600 –  Pakistan Green
█ CCFFFF – Very Pale Cyan
█ 8CFFFF – Very Light Cyan
█ 0CC0C0 – Strong Cyan
█ 088080 – Dark Cyan
█ CCE0FF – Very Pale Blue
█ 99CCFF – Very Light Blue
█ 5588FF – Light Blue
█ 0000FF – Blue
█ E0CCFF – Very Pale Violet
█ CC99FF – Very Light Violet
█ A767FF – Very Light Violet
█ 7F00FF – Pure Violet
█ FFC5EA – Very Pale Pink
█ FF8AD7 – Very Light Pink
█ FF0099 – Pure Pink
█ B00072 – Dark Pink
█ FFCCCC – Very Pale Red
█ FF7777 – Very Light Red
█ EE0000 – Pure Red
█ 993333 – Dark Moderate Red

 

Color Information Provided by ColorHexa

Here is my collection of fonts from around the net.

Download Fonts.zip

There are a few lines in the dcadwin.ini file that can be tweaked to allow you to use your own custom icons for some of Datacad’s standard toolbars and dialogs.

[KeyFile]
Use External Icons=True
This will make Datacad look for 32bit- Alpha channel PGN file in the Support Files\Toolbars\ folder for it’s icons first before using the ones stored within the main program.

[Layer Manager]
ReadBitmaps=True
This will make Datacad look into the Support Files\Toolbars\ folder for the following icons for use in the Layer Manager
The default listed are LayerOn.png, LayerOff.png, LayerActive.png, LayerErase.png, LayerLock.png, and LayerUnlock.png though some additional may be added over time.

[Standard Toolbar]
STD_NewFile=TRUE
STD_OpenFile=TRUE
STD_Save=TRUE
STD_Print=TRUE
STD_SpellCheck=TRUE
STD_ClipboardSelect=TRUE
STD_Cut=TRUE
STD_Copy=TRUE
STD_Paste=TRUE
STD_Undo=TRUE
STD_Redo=TRUE
STD_InsertXREF=TRUE
STD_InsertBMP=TRUE
STD_HyperLink=TRUE
STD_Order=TRUE
STD_Help=TRUE
If any of the above are set to FALSE, the corresponding icon will not appear on the Standard Toolbar.

A couple Datacad Start Logos I whipped up. Unzip the BMP files, rename one to DC_Logo_Splash.bmp and replace the same file in your Datacad diectory. Remember to backup your original file in case you want it again. I also included layered Photoshop PSD files in case you want to tweak em.

Download – Datacad Start Logos

Newegg.com – My favorite online retailer for Computer  Hardware. When my local shop can’t get it they are who I go to. Fast and great  prices. Great customer service.

Tweakguides.com – A collection of system & application tweaking guides. Lots of good stuff here.

Tech ARP  (Formally Adrian’s Rojak Pot) – Great comp. tech site. Have to check out their CPU, Video Card & other comparison charts.

Free BIOS Optimization Guide – Brought to you by TechARP a great guide covering almost every BIOS setting I’ve seen around with good descriptions and dismisses some of the myths and legends with facts.

Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows – Probably the best overall Windows site out there.

Old Version –  Find old versions of your favorite shareware. Because newer is not always  better.

Silent PC Review – Learn how to make your PC or HTPC as quite as possible. Remember no CAPS (shouting) allowed.

Startech – Startech has hard to find custom tech tools and equipment. From cables, switches & adaptors to testing and creation tools.

TinyUrl – Make super long url’s into small simple urls.

Jinx – Clothing for gamers & geeks.

Think Geek – Stuff for gamers & geeks.

Windows Sysinternal – Great system apps created by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell recently bought by Microsoft

Twit Netcast Network – Great group of tech netcast staring Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, John C. Dvorak and other tech bigleaguers.

MonoPrice.com – Cheap, High Quality Audio, Video, Tech cables & converters, and many hard to find specialty items.

Interfacelift – Fantastic desktop wallpapers.

http://www.videohelp.com – All around computer audio / video guides, apps and methods.

http://www.doom9.net – DVD backups & other encoding

Font Hit Font Tools

This is the best freeware font management program I have found. It works sooooo much better than the dozen or more I have tried. It’s even better that a lot of the commercial font management software I’ve used.

Extract icons from a single application or from all applications in a folder. Use mouse to drag and drop a file or a folder on this application and all icons will be automatically extracted to a icon folder. Simple yet powerful……

Batch Icon Extractor – 96 KB


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