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#1 Aug 06 2010 at 11:03 AM Rating: Excellent
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For those feeling left out of the LCD App thread I created, now I have something for you Smiley: grin

I've created a sidebar gadget, and we've confirmed it to be working in both Windows Vista and 7, 32 and 64 bit editions. To install:

Download it from here: http://renkeidorkz.com/files/EorzeaClock.gadget

Also here: http://gallery.live.com/LiveItemDetail.aspx?li=bb24a096-a210-4ea7-a9cc-07cecc1f1383

You will see this screen:
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Make sure "Open With" is selected, and that Windows Desktop Gadgets is in the dropdown.

Click Ok. You will see this next:
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It looks scary, but it just says I'm an unknown publisher. You know me, and I'm a nice guy, so I think you're safe to download it Smiley: smile.
Click Install if you dare Smiley: sly You then should see this:
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Upon clicking on this, a flyout page will appear that will give you more information:
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The whole thing:
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Clicking on the wrench next to the close button will cause a settings menu to fly out, where you can change your background from the default to any of the starting cities. Try it out and see Smiley: grin

If not, right click on your desktop, and go to Gadgets (Vista users, IIRC, you need to have the sidebar running first, and if the gadget doesn't show up there, right click on the side bar and look for an option related to adding a gadget)
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The icon in the Add Gadget menu looks like this:
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Questions, concerns, or bug reports can be made here, I will subscribe to this thread. Also, after we have more info, I will update this gadget accordingly, similarly to what I will be doing for the LCD application in my other thread.

Thanks and enjoy!

Updated:

Majivo made a nice change that lets you set your race and gender as another part of the background.
10/6/2010 - Now shows the next Regional Leve reset time and countdown.
10/7/2010 - Now shows moon phase.
10/8/2010 - Shrunk main window, added flyout with moon phase, moon and hour elements, and moon polarity.

Edited, Oct 8th 2010 12:02pm by Wint

Edited, Oct 12th 2010 8:46pm by Wint Lock Thread: http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?game=268
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Updated my sig with links to both, in case you lose the threads Smiley: grin

Edited, Oct 7th 2010 9:41pm by Wint
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#3 Aug 06 2010 at 11:07 AM Rating: Good
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They say a watched pot never boils...but whatever!

I downloaded it. Thanks very much!
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What are your computer stats? Operating system, 32bit/64bit? Want to make sure it works for everyone.
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I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit) and it works fine. Thanks, again.

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Word. Thanks!

If anyone is using Vista and tries this, please let me know here if it's working for you.

One other thing I will say, Sidebar uses a bit of system resources to run. If you had no gadgets before, then sidebar wouldn't have been running. If you notice any performance issues after installing this (doubtful, but possible), you may want to quit using it. Sidebar uses about 50mb of RAM on my machine, but I have 5 gadgets running, 3 are intensive. This one shouldn't be much of a resource hog, it doesn't do much other than calculate dates.
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I have never used gadgets before now, but I don't notice any drop in my computer's performance using just this. =)
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Yeah, it shouldn't be bad, it's not like the 4 real time graphs I have running on my other gadgets.

The next version I hope to include a setting that lets you change the background to the different cities, like the G19 LCD app has.
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#9 Aug 06 2010 at 11:18 AM Rating: Good
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Wint wrote:
If anyone is using Vista and tries this, please let me know here if it's working for you.


I'll try it out on my crapbox laptop when I get home
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Sweet! Thanks Wint...I wasn't gonna buy a new keyboard for your other work of art...

Using Vista32...
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And it's working OK for you TwistedOwl?
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Wint wrote:
And it's working OK for you TwistedOwl?


Indeed, actually skipped the step with "open with"...just DL'd to desktop, doubleclicked, allowed the install and poof there it was in the sidebar...
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Yep that's the other way to do it. I believe Internet Explorer users will just be prompted with the "Unknown Publisher" page.
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#14 Aug 06 2010 at 11:29 AM Rating: Decent
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Works great (Vista 32bit)! Thanks man

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 1:30pm by Heksar
#15 Aug 06 2010 at 11:49 AM Rating: Excellent
Another job well done Wint. You can't have enough FFXIV countdown timers.
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dang wint... just sit around all day and make up things for FFXIV? lol =P
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Myzldas wrote:
dang wint... just sit around all day and make up things for FFXIV? lol =P


Didn't want non GXX keyboard owners to feel left out Smiley: smile
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I'll check it out when I get home from work. Keep up the good work Wint.
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Wint wrote:
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dang wint... just sit around all day and make up things for FFXIV? lol =P


Didn't want non GXX keyboard owners to feel left out Smiley: smile


but what about us who dont have either windows 7/vista or they keyboard? hmmm?

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I checked, unfortunately there is no way for gadgets to work on XP.

I will be working on a Silverlight web page that should also handle all of this functionality, but not sure when I'll find time for that Smiley: smile
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Wint wrote:
I checked, unfortunately there is no way for gadgets to work on XP.

I will be working on a Silverlight web page that should also handle all of this functionality, but not sure when I'll find time for that Smiley: smile


who said anything about xp?! ROCK ON WINDOWS '95!!
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Myzldas wrote:
Wint wrote:
I checked, unfortunately there is no way for gadgets to work on XP.

I will be working on a Silverlight web page that should also handle all of this functionality, but not sure when I'll find time for that Smiley: smile


who said anything about xp?! ROCK ON WINDOWS '95!!


I can't help you Smiley: laugh
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i still feel left out
waiting for an iphone APP (free) for this :D
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i still feel left out
waiting for an iphone APP (free) for this :D



there ya go wint.... a new project for ya!
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Myzldas wrote:
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i still feel left out
waiting for an iphone APP (free) for this :D



there ya go wint.... a new project for ya!


Its on the list. My Apple Developer license expired, so even if I write one I need to cough up $100 before I can submit it.
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Works for me...Vista 64-bit.
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Works fine here, but I'm on Windows 7 64bit so not a huge shock there. Seeing as your so open to suggestions...any chance of a droid app? :P
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$100 for a developer license for Apple? O.o... How long do they last?
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knowing how cheap apple is.... a year... maybe less lol
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Thanks for the Gadget, Wint. Now I just need to add 6 months to the countdown for my PS3 release, and we're all set. :)
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Wint wrote:
It looks scary, but it just says I'm an unknown publisher. You know me, and I'm a nice guy, so I think you're safe to download it.


It's a trap!

The countdown is actually a countdown to when he takes over your computers, not to when FFXIV releases!
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knowing how cheap apple is.... a year... maybe less lol


Yep, one year. I didn't realize my year was up or I would have put a little more effort into it.
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works great on my pc
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Works fine here, but I'm on Windows 7 64bit so not a huge shock there. Seeing as your so open to suggestions...any chance of a droid app? :P


khorbin, who also posts here, and who also helped me with the logic for the game time calculations, has already written one. I believe its called Eorzea Clock, and you can see it here: http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-zpym-eorzeaclock-jiqtF.aspx
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Updated with new download page. Easier to keep my apps updated this way.
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khorbin, who also posts here, and who also helped me with the logic for the game time calculations, has already written one. I believe its called Eorzea Clock, and you can see it here: http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-zpym-eorzeaclock-jiqtF.aspx


Awesome, thanks for the link.
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Working on a version for the Mac Dashboard, should be fairly straightforward if I could just find a few bits of documentation I'm missing.
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would I be a greedy elitest B*s*a*d if I wondered if we could get rainmeter support? :D
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Hmmm, I've never done anything with rainmeter, I'll look into it Smiley: smile
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My gadget was approved for the Windows Live Gallery! Smiley: yippee

http://gallery.live.com/LiveItemDetail.aspx?li=bb24a096-a210-4ea7-a9cc-07cecc1f1383

If you like, head over there and rate it if you like it, thanks! Smiley: grin
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Gadget updated, you can grab it from my download page linked in the OP.

Make sure you uninstall the old one. Go to your gadgets menu, right click on the Cactuar and choose "Uninstall". Make sure the gadget is closed. Then install this new one.

Highlights:

I've added the ability to change the background. If you click on the wrench here:
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A settings menu will flyout:
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From there you can pick your city, or set it back to the default. Picking cities will make the background change:

Gridania:
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Enjoy!
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Awesome work, just replaced the old with the new, looks good...
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Hahaha, my new roommates are like "Whoah! We want one, where did you get that?!"

Love it, even though it feels like a long way off, I can look at my desktop and know that it's coming :) Thank you!
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Feel free to go rate it on the windows live site, I don't think you even need an account Smiley: smile
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You need a windows live account to rate it, at least it asked me to sign in when I tried to rate it.
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Oh bummer, well thanks for trying!

I'm not terribly happy with the Windows Live Marketplace right now, I can't even update my profile, and their forums are screwed. I think their transition to the new version of Windows Live broke some things. That being said, look what made it to the first page Smiley: grin

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Thanks for all of the support everyone, this community rocks, and is why I'm here every day Smiley: thumbsup
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Yours & khorbin's apps are the first few links that come up when googling 'eorzea clock'...so that's pretty cool...
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That is awesome Smiley: grin
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#49 Aug 08 2010 at 8:35 AM Rating: Good
Great work! I gave you five stars.
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Thanks! They finallygot the next version up on Windows live, so if you cant change your city background then download again. Alternatively, if you use my website download page, it will always be current.
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Another mod that's sweet as ****. thanks!!
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