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Integrated Desktop v0.2d for 89/92+/V200 AMS 2.07/2.08


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Title Integrated Desktop v0.2d for 89/92+/V200 AMS 2.07/2.08
Description [[[v0.2d - UPDATE : Support for Greg Dietsche's Super Start Flash App added ! ]]] Integrated Desktop is the first shell with icons display integrated to the OS. It allows to use the Desktop of the latest AMS versions as a launcher for ASM, PPG (compressed), TI-BASIC programs and of course Flash Apps. Integrated Desktop can also run an extern text viewer to view text files. With ID you can now organize as you wish your programs and your texts in the Desktop folders, and run or view them by clicking on their icons as if they were real Flash Apps ! ID installs also the same numerical shortcuts as in the APPS menu, to use them even in the Desktop, and support kbdprgms in the Desktop, even PPG and TEXT ones ! An Icon Editor is provided is this package to create your own icons and program descriptions to display on the Desktop. An on-calc editor has also been programmed and is available separately (just below in asm/misc directory).
Authors Christophe M-N (cmolon@gmail.com)
Olivier Armand (olivier.calc@gmail.com)
Category TI-89 Assembly Misc. Programs
File Size 109,818 bytes
File Date and Time Sun Jun 1 19:47:07 2003
Documentation Included? Yes
Source Code Included? Yes



Review by  Marty McNeal
Reviewed on 2004-12-22
Is “Integrated Desktop” just another space wasting file explorer? When I first started to download games for my TI-89, I could never figure out how to access all of them quickly. “PreOS” and other shells like it help to access files without typing them into the command line, but they only recognize some files. I still had to type in games like ''Command 2 Conquer". The file browsers that I saw, like "TICT Explorer," had tons of features that I didn't need, huge file sizes, and boring interfaces. I kept thinking, “Why doesn’t someone tap into the built-in apps desktop?” Then I found just that. “Integrated Desktop,” “I.D.” for short, has five glowing pros: file size, looks, customizability, glitch protection, and compatibility. It only has one con, a small built-in database.

“I.D.'s” file size is very tiny because it taps into the existing integrated desktop, hence the name. This program has one file for activation, one file to back up settings, and one database file of shortcuts. If your calculator never needs resetting (as if!), all three of these file can be deleted and the program still works.

“I.D.” looks a little like a computer desktop without a cursor. Each shortcut has a picture, a name, and a comment that appears at the top of the screen when it’s highlighted.

It allows the user to customize and name up to six categories. These are opened with keys [F3] through [F8], [F1] is the menu, and [F2] lists all available shortcuts. It’s like having six completely different desktops. Personally, I use one for tools, one for games, and one for spare shortcuts that I rarely use. A separate database editor is available for either PC or directly on the calculator. It makes and changes shortcuts. This is a useful feature if you have programs that aren't on the default database or if you just don't like the pictures and names that it uses. It's easy to draw new icons with a paint program; the guidelines are in the "readme."

The glitch protection that comes in “I.D.” will not protect anything on the calculator, but it is still very useful. It involves a built in shortcut called "Refresh Desktop." This program does two things when it is run. First, it does what it says. It refreshes the desktop, allowing any newly downloaded programs to be detected by the desktop and possibly cleaning the screen if a game screws it up. Secondly, it saves the category settings to the previously mentioned settings file. This means that they don't have to be painstakingly renamed and sorted after a crash and/or RAM reset.

“I.D.” is compatible with “PreOS” and “Super Start,” a program that allows .ppg compressed programs to run without separate .asm files. This means that any program can work from the integrated desktop. Some nostub programs that run with “Super Start,” however, work on the command line, but not in “I.D.” when a shell isn’t installed. I don’t know why; I am not a programmer. The trick I use is to install “PreOS” without the larger file “STDLIB.” This fixes the problem, uses very little memory, and adds a little crash protection. Version .69 is best because later versions don’t work without “STDLIB.” Beyond that, anything should work.

My only, and minimal, complaint is the lack of program shortcuts that come with the default icons file. I highly recommend that people submit their homemade “idicons” files to this site. It could even turn into an interesting icon art competition.

I hope that this review helps people to discover “Integrated Desktop” and clears up a little confusion caused by Olivier Armand’s English. I am extremely happy with “Integrated Desktop” and look forward to Olivier’s next work.

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Archive Contents
Name Size
ID/src/h220xtsr/h220xtsr.a   1652
ID/src/h220xtsr/h220xtsr.h   3089
ID/src/h220xtsr/h220xtsr.asm   17041
ID/src/h220xtsr/h220xtsr.tpr   329
ID/src/h220xtsr/h220xtsr.txt   15979
ID/src/build.bat   1040
ID/src/build.pif   967
ID/src/functions.h   1386
ID/src/install.c   17650
ID/src/install_sub.h   4646
ID/src/tsr.h   52830
ID/src/TIFSimport.h   1953
ID/src/RD_icon.h   1521
ID/src/macros.h   1830
ID/src/structures.h   3026
ID/src/id.tpr   616
ID/LisezMoi.txt   18865
ID/ReadMe.txt   16429
ID/id.9xz   7045
ID/id.89z   7045
ID/IDEditor/IDEditor.Exe   44032
ID/IDEditor/LisezMoi.txt   6117
ID/IDEditor/readme.txt   5144
ID/IDEditor/SRC/IDEditor.ico   2494
ID/IDEditor/SRC/Integrated Desktop Prj.Vbp   742
ID/IDEditor/SRC/Integrated Desktop Prj.vbw   38
ID/IDEditor/SRC/Wizard.Frm   44581
ID/IDEditor/SRC/Wizard.frx   2510
ID/IDEditor/ttbin2oth.exe   5120
ID/IDEditor/Missing Dlls.txt   480
ID/Data Base Example/idicons_example.89y   4215
ID/Data Base Example/dicons_example.9xy   4215
ID/Data Base Example/Programs List.txt   3839
ID/Data Base Example/Liste des Programmes.txt   4230

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