We're currently working in a customer project, implementing some new requirements for MindPlan.
One requirement is already my favorite one: customizable welcome tab images.
The customer did not really like the default MindPlan welcome screen. Maybe the smart MindPlan user was a bit too relaxed:
The requirement was to have the welcome tab images configurable.
Well, and of course we tested our new feature...
So, after more than five years of MindPlan development, the product has actually become sexy. :-)
How you can customize your welcome screen
Well, first of all, you need to have a MindPlan 3.2 build version that is equal or greater than 201003172155. That means the download that is officially available today will not work. Now that's a good reason to update when it is available. :-)
After upgrading to the new 3.2 build, you can define a few Notes.ini variables to set your own tab layout.
Here is the format:
$wMPCustomHomeTab_ < nr > =
< ORIENTATION > , < STRETCHING > , < Z-INDEX > , < IMAGEURL >
For < ORIENTATION > you have the choice between CENTER, EAST, NORTH, NORTHEAST, NORTHWEST, SOUTH, SOUTHEAST, SOUTHWEST, WEST and TILE.
< STRETCHING > tells MindPlan how the image should be scaled: NO_STRETCH, STRETCH, STRETCH_KEEP_RATIO, STRETCH_X and STRETCH_Y.
The < Z-INDEX > is the paint order, which is starting with 0 and the < IMAGEURL > can either be a relative URL (e.g. to use our internal standard images) or an absolute one, both file:// and http:// protocol do work.
< nr > is an index starting with 1.
So here is an example that just displays the standard tab images:
The concept is more powerful/geeky than you might think, because we also added @formula support:
A calculated image line is ignored if the formula just returns "-".
So by using formulas, you can even calculate the images dynamically and have a surprise each time you start MindPlan. :-)
It's a bit difficult to test the tab image definitions right now. The easiest way to recreate the welcome tab is to go into "File/Preferences", deselect the "show welcome-tab" option, hit "Apply" and then select it again.