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  • pseudo-collapsible navigation menu

    Neat pseudo-collapsible navigation menu in V8:

    http://screencast.com/t/PKwTL7EgQbm

    I was trying to achieve the behavior in Outlook's Navigation Pane. It flickers a bit when changing menus.
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    Re: pseudo-collapsible navigation menu

    Originally posted by Steve Wood View Post
    Neat pseudo-collapsible navigation menu in V8:

    http://screencast.com/t/PKwTL7EgQbm

    I was trying to achieve the behavior in Outlook's Navigation Pane. It flickers a bit when changing menus.
    Thanks for this Steve, and it reminded me to revisit Jing too :)

    Ken

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    • #3
      Re: pseudo-collapsible navigation menu

      Originally posted by Steve Wood View Post
      Neat pseudo-collapsible navigation menu in V8:

      http://screencast.com/t/PKwTL7EgQbm

      I was trying to achieve the behavior in Outlook's Navigation Pane. It flickers a bit when changing menus.
      You're showing us, but not telling us how you did it.
      Peter
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      • #4
        Re: pseudo-collapsible navigation menu

        i'll second that peter because my form flicks big time. it doesnt look good to me.

        steve, tell us how...

        thanks
        Francis

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        • #5
          Re: pseudo-collapsible navigation menu

          The menu is a normal docked toolbar. The options to open another menu are just simple xbasic that closes the current menu and opens the new one, like this:

          ui_modeless_dlg_close("NavMain")
          a5_toolbar_open("NavReports",.t.)

          Where NavReports is just another docked toolbar. Trick is you have to ensure each menu is exactly the same width or the rest of the page will shift right-left.

          As I said, this method still causes some screen flicker during the transition. Selwyn offered some advice on using Conditional areas to remove all flicker. But that takes building the toolbar outside of the custom tool Alpha has for building toolbars and puts you in to creating an xdialog. So, not sure where I will head.
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          • #6
            Re: pseudo-collapsible navigation menu

            Steve,

            I watched it a few times and did NOT see any flicker...but as you stated, any variation in size is noticeable and I do see small differences between your toolbar sizes---maybe that is what you are referring to as a "flicker"?

            (nice BTW!)


            Edit--maybe on the last toolbar shown--the yellow one--it seems to load itself to the right of the other toolbars (about 2 inches over) and then go to where it is supposed to (just a faint image).
            Mike
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            • #7
              Re: pseudo-collapsible navigation menu

              steve,

              i have two toolbars and they have the same width and yet, the form shifts to the right during transition to another. can you post an example?

              BTW, how to change the color of the button while mouse pointer on top?

              thanks

              oh, is it possible to overlap a toolbar? i mean one toolbar on top of the other..
              Last edited by fddizon; 01-19-2008, 09:45 PM.
              Francis

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              • #8
                Re: pseudo-collapsible navigation menu

                That shift to the right is the flicker I am talking about. I'm on a very fast computer*, so I suspect it would be more noticable for others. The color is just because I selected a color on the 2nd tab of the toolbar builder. I could not find any way to overlap toolbars, even if the first was hidden. They always docked to the left of any existing toolbar, even if hidden. I found it hard to control toolbar width. None of the xdialog commands seemed to be accurate, I had to place text on all pages that dictated the width (that's the only reason each menu has "Close All Windows" on each toolbar; it sets the maximum width.

                *Brand new, just out of the box. Since I am the proud father, here are the stats: Dell Precision 2.4 GHz Core II Duo, 4GB Memory, Mirrored 160's and 2 - 21" digital flat screen monitors.
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                • #9
                  Re: pseudo-collapsible navigation menu

                  Steve,

                  Very nice work.

                  I thought you might also be interested in another way to create a collapsible navigation menu as described in my posting "Open form executes for OnPush event for button, but errors on DblClick for tree".

                  It has some work to go, but brings some big league type functionality to an Alpha Five application.

                  Bob
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                  • #10
                    Re: pseudo-collapsible navigation menu

                    Originally posted by rmcgaffic View Post
                    ... in my posting "Open form executes for OnPush event for button, but errors on DblClick for tree".
                    http://msgboard.alphasoftware.com/al...Click+for+tree
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