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Bubbles (third-party)

May 21, 2007 / deizel
May 21, 2007 / deizel
 

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Introductionπ

While not related to streber directly, the Bubbles program developed by 3D3R Software Studio provides handy means of accessing your installation of streber.

Using Internet Explorer as its rendering engine, it allows you to keep a running instance of your streber installation immediately accessible as an icon in the system tray in Windows.

Installationπ

  1. Download the program from http://www.3d3r.com/bubbles and install it.
  1. Create the required XML file mentioned below. Replace www.streber-pm.org with the URL of your local installation.

from C:\Program Files\Bubbles\Sites\streber.bblbox

<site>
	<title>streberPM</title>
	<url>http://www.streber-pm.org</url>
	<icon>streber.ico</icon>
	<page_handler>
		<url>www.streber-pm.org</url>
		<match>strstr</match>
		<code>
			javascript:
			// replace the browser's alert with a Bubbles Balloon
			window.alert = function(msg)
			{
				BB_balloon('streberPM\n', msg, 'void(0);', 0);
			}
			// create a nice menu
			bblsCreateMenu();
			function bblsCreateMenu()
			{
				if (BB_getSessionValue('menu') == '')
				{
					BB_setSessionValue('menu', 'created');
					bbls_menuId = BB_addMenuItem('Today',           'http://www.streber-pm.org/index.php?go=home', '');
					bbls_menuId = BB_addMenuItem('Your Tasks',      'http://www.streber-pm.org/index.php?go=homeTasks', '');
					bbls_menuId = BB_addMenuItem('Bookmarks',       'http://www.streber-pm.org/index.php?go=homeBookmarks', '');
					bbls_menuId = BB_addMenuItem('Efforts',         'http://www.streber-pm.org/index.php?go=homeEfforts', '');
					bbls_menuId = BB_addMenuItem('Overall History', 'http://www.streber-pm.org/index.php?go=homeAllChanges', '');
					bbls_menuId = BB_addMenuItem('-', '', '');
					bbls_menuId = BB_addMenuItem('Projects',        'http://www.streber-pm.org/index.php?go=projList', '');
					bbls_menuId = BB_addMenuItem('People',          'http://www.streber-pm.org/index.php?go=personList', '');
					bbls_menuId = BB_addMenuItem('Companies',       'http://www.streber-pm.org/index.php?go=companyList', '');
				}
			}
		</code>
	</page_handler>
</site>
  1. Save the favicon.ico locally.

from http://www.streber-pm.org/favicon.ico

C:\Program Files\Bubbles\Icons\streber.ico
  1. Open the Bubbles program and start the streber bubble. You can even set it to load on Windows startup!

Useπ

Once the bubble is loaded, you will notice the streberPM favicon in your system tray.
  • To show streber, click the icon once.
  • To hide streber, click the icon, press minimize, or press close.
  • To access common destinations within streber, right-click on the icon and choose from the list of shortcuts.

Futureπ

In the future, it would also be possible to configure the streber bubble to give instant desktop notifications, or handle files that are dragged & dropped onto it.

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