AmigaOS 4.0 - About OS4 - Commands
AMIDOCK is a tool which maintains a menu bar at the bottom of the Workbench screen that can be used to execute other
programs from a selection of icons, either in the main Dock or in sub-Docks as specified by the AmiDock preferences.
If not used, the program will be found in SYS:Utilities/Commodities, while by default it will be found in SYS:WBStartup and therefore runs automatically at startup.
Double-clicking on the laddered button on the right-hand side of the menu bar will shrink the menu bar. Double-click on it again to re-display the menu bar.
Subsequent attempts to run AmiDock, or selecting Edit... from the button at the bottom right-hand corner, will open the AMIDOCK Preferences editor and display the following screen.
To shutdown AmiDock, select Quit from the menu bar.
The left-most panel shows all of the Docks currently defined. The default entry is always Maindock (main dock) as shown.
At the bottom of this panel is a requester which shows the name of the dock highlighted in the panel, and this can be used to change the name of the dock as necessary. Below this are two buttons, Add and Remove.
Add will create a new dock called 'New dock' and this will also appear in the requester discussed above. A new dock, as shown on the right, will also appear on the screen. Click on the requester and change the name to a suitable value and press Enter to effect the change. You can either click and drag the new dock using the drag bar (the portion above the popup button) to wherever you want it to appear on the screen - its location is saved automatically or set its location using the "Snap to" option from the Layout window.
Remove will remove the highlighted dock immediately, no questions asked, so take care. However. all is not lost if you select the Cancel button, although any other changes you have made will also be lost.
Autosave preferences: specifies ??. The default is ticked.
Respect titlebar: specifies ??. The default is ticked.
Flashing icons: specifies ??. The default is ticked.
File: specifies the file location of the object that you wish to define. You can either enter the object details directly into the requester or you can use the file gadget to open a requester and locate the required object. The default icon will be that associated with the specified object. In addition to specifying program files, AmiDock also provides a number of special objects which are discussed here.
Alt. icon: specifies an alternate icon to be used for the file specified above, rather than the default.
Name: is the name to appear for the selected file in the dock, and will default to the selected file name.
Hotkey: is an optional hotkey combination that can use to invoke the program rather than having to select it from the dock. If you are in doubt what to enter, simply click on the Learn button and the key combination you require. It will only permit valid key combinations to be used and if an unacceptable combination is attempted an error message will be displayed. The default is no hotkey.
As with categories, you can Add or Remove objects, use the up and down arrows to reposition the selected object within the list, or simply Sort the objects alphabetically.
Dock Type: specifies what you want to appear to identify objects in the highlighted dock. The options are:
Orientation: specifies the orientation of the dock and its drag bar. The options are:
Placement: specifies the priority of the dock in relation to other windows. The options are:
Snap to: specifies whereabouts on the screen the dock should be positioned. The options are:
Popup size: specifies the size of the popup button for the dock. The options are:
Icon names: specifies how the icon names should be displayed. The options are:
Icon alignment: specifies how the icons should be aligned. The options are:
Dock has drag bar: specifies whether or not the dock has a drag bar. The default is ticked.
Dock is borderless: specifies whether or not the dock has a border. The default is unticked.
These options enable you to specify the backgrounds for the Drag bar and Icon area.
Drag bar: specifies the type of background to be used for the Drag bar. The options are:
Icon area: specifies the type of background to be used for the Icon area. The options are:
Transparency: specifies the degree of transparency to be used for the 'Picture and transparency' and 'Transp. picture (color-keying) and transparency' options above. The default is 50% but this can altered by dragging the level higher or lower.
Font: specifies the font, size, style and color to be used for icon text. The default is Bitstream Vera Sans Oblique/13 in white.
Texts have drop-shadow: specifies whether or not the texts have a contrasting drop shadow. The default is ticked.
These options enable you to specify some additional properties for the highlighted dock.
Dock is minimizeable: specifies whether or not the Dock is minimizeable. The default is ticked.
Dock is hidden: specifies whether or not the Dock is hidden until it is requested. The default is unticked.
Dock hotkey: specifies whether a hotkey is to be assigned for the dock and if so what key combination should be used. If you are in doubt what to enter, simply click on the Learn button and the key combination you require. It will only permit valid key combinations to be used and if an unacceptable combination is attempted an error message will be displayed. The default is no hotkey.
Hotkey action: specifies whether or not the Dock is hidden until it is requested. The default is unticked.
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