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AmigaOS 4.0 - About OS4 - Preferences

GUI Preferences Editor
The GUI Preferences editor enables you to change vitually anything to do with the appearance of the Workbench screen, comprising Colors, Borders, Gadgets, Menus, Styles, Options and Controls, each one with its own editing window accessed from the left-hand menu bar.

Borders - Geometry

Screen titlebar height increment adds height to the screen titlebar. The default is '10', which results in a space of 6 pixels above the text and 4 pixels below the text, but this can be changed using the '-' and '+' gadgets. The minimum value is '3' (2 above and 1 below) and the maximum is '16' (9 above and 7 below).

Window titlebar height increment adds height to all window titlebars. The default is '10', which results in a space of 6 pixels above the text and 4 pixels below the text, but this can be changed using the '-' and '+' gadgets. The minimum value is '3' (2 above and 1 below) and the maximum is '16' (9 above and 7 below).

Screen titlebar gadget size sets the width of the titlebar gadgets in the screen titlebar. The default is 'Square', but other selectable values are 'Wide', 'Narrow' or 'Specify' which allows you to set the width using the '-' and '+' gadgets. The minimum value is '12' pixels and the maximum is '64' pixels.

Window titlebar gadget size sets the width of the titlebar gadgets in all window titlebars. The default is 'Square', but other selectable values are 'Wide', 'Narrow' or 'Specify' which allows you to set the width using the '-' and '+' gadgets. The minimum value is '12' pixels and the maximum is '64' pixels.

Window title position sets where the text will be displayed within all window titlebars. The default is 'Left side', but other selectable values are 'Center in dragbar', and 'Center in titlebar'.

Window borders width
The borders on the Left and Right of all windows can be set using these options. The default for each is 5 pixels, but this can be changed using the '-' and '+' gadgets. The minimum is 1 pixel and the maximum is 10 pixels.

Window sizing gadget
The Width and Height of the sizing gadget on all windows can be set using these options. The default for each is 22 pixels, but this can be changed using the '-' and '+' gadgets. The minimum is 10 pixels and the maximum is 32 pixels.

Window borders height
The borders on the Top and Bottom of all windows can be set using these options. The default for each is 5 pixels, but this can be changed using the '-' and '+' gadgets. The minimum is 1 pixel and the maximum is 10 pixels.

Window arrow gadgets
The Width and Height of the arrow gadgets on all windows can be set using these options. The default for each is 16 pixels, but this can be changed using the '-' and '+' gadgets. The minimum is 10 pixels and the maximum is 32 pixels.

Preferred sizing gadget placement sets where the sizing gadget will be displayed for all windows. The default is 'Bottom border', but other selectable values are 'Right border', and 'Both borders'.

When you make changes you can choose to 'Save' them permanently, just 'Use' them temporarily until the system is rebooted, or you can 'Cancel' and lose all changes.

Borders - Appearance

Properties
Gadget frame style, Gadget geometry, and Gadget symbol style together set the gadget display characteristics for all windows, with the defaults highlighted in yellow. At this time Gadget symbol style has only one option.
Gadget symbol style
Standard
Gadget frame style
Standard Classic Borderless Simple Filled Button
Gadget geometry Auto
Standard
Classic
Borderless
Small
Clustered

The Window outline look, and the following ...frame options together set the frame display characteristics for all windows, with the defaults highlighted in yellow.

Window outline look Window titlebar frame Window border frame Window outline flat frame Window inner flat frame Result
3D Simple Simple n/a n/a
3D Double Simple n/a n/a
3D Simple Double n/a n/a
3D Double Double n/a n/a
XEN Simple Simple Simple Simple
XEN Simple Simple Double Simple
XEN Simple Simple Simple Double
XEN Simple Simple Double Double
XEN Double Simple Simple Simple
XEN Double Simple Double Simple
XEN Double Simple Simple Double
XEN Double Simple Double Double
XEN Simple Double Simple Simple
XEN Simple Double Double Simple
XEN Simple Double Simple Double
XEN Simple Double Double Double
XEN Double Double Simple Simple
XEN Double Double Double Simple
XEN Double Double Simple Double
XEN Double Double Double Double
Flat n/a n/a Simple Simple
Flat n/a n/a Double Simple
Flat n/a n/a Simple Double
Flat n/a n/a Double Double

Textures
Screen titlebar, Active window titlebar, Inactive window titlebar, Active window border, and Inactive window border can either be the color set for the respective User interface pens defined by the Colors window, or you can specify an image to be loaded instead by clicking on the File Requester gadget. In addition you can also specify gradients to be used by clicking on the Gradient button, which opens a new window. The format of the window will depend on the Gradient Type selected.

Gradient type - None
If None is selected for Gradient type, the window will show as follows:

The option is commonly used when a image is specified and no gradient is required, hence all options are either not shown or are ghosted out.

Gradient type - Simple
If Simple is selected for Gradient type, the window will show as follows:

Start contrast and End contrast define the gradient range. 0 indicates no color, while higher values show as a brighter shade of white in the gradient box.

When ticked, Impose on background will impose the gradient over the specified background, be it a solid color or an image, and shows you the result in the gradient window.

Don't scale aspect ratio ???

The Rotate option changes the orientation of the gradient, for example:

Gradient type - Color
If Color is selected for Gradient type, the window will show as follows:

Start color and End color define the color gradient range, using a combination of Red, Green and Blue sliders. 0 indicates no color, while higher values show as a brighter shade of the respective color in the gradient box.

When ticked, Impose on background will impose the gradient over the specified background, be it a solid color or an image, and shows you the result in the gradient window.

Don't scale aspect ratio ???

The Rotate option changes the orientation of the gradient, for example:

Gradient type - Shade
If 'Shade' is selected for Gradient type, the window will show as follows:

Start contrast and End contrast define the gradient range. For Start contrast, 0 indicates no color, while higher values show as a darker shade of black. For End contrast, 0 indicates no color, while higher values show as a brighter shade of white.

Impose on background will appear ghosted as this option is automatically on regardless.

Don't scale aspect ratio ???

The Rotate option changes the orientation of the gradient, for example:

Action Buttons
When you make changes you can choose to 'Save' them permanently, just 'Use' them temporarily until the system is rebooted, or you can 'Cancel' and lose all changes.


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Disclaimer: Amiga Auckland have prepared the above information for the use of its members based on our experiences and as such is subject to revision at any time. Amiga Auckland cannot guarantee any of the information and cannot be held accountable for any issues that may result from using it.


Copyright 2006 Amiga Auckland Inc. All rights reserved.
Revised: February 9, 2006.