DXLab Launcher: Controlling Applications

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As shown in the annotated screen shot above, the DXLab Launcher's Main window provides three primary groups of controls:

The Main window also provides buttons that display the Launcher's Configuration window and provide access to its online documentation.

The Configuration window provides Start buttons that enable you to start individual non-DXLab applications.

The Configuration window's Reset button directs all running DXLab applications to arrange their windows on the primary monitor. This operation is useful if you have switched from a dual-monitor configuration to a single-monitor configuration and need to regain access to windows previously resident on the second monitor. 

If there are no application updates or database updates known to be available, the Launcher's Main window displays the name of the last Workspace activated in the space between the Config and Help buttons.

Application Status Indicators

Each application status indicator's color reveals the state of the DXLab application associated with the button below it:

Indicator Color Current State
black not installed
red not running
cyan starting
green running, not minimized
yellow running, minimized
white terminating

 

Individual Application Control Buttons

Each of these buttons controls one of the seven DXLab applications:

Caption DXLab Application
cmd Commander
dxk DXKeeper
dxv DXView
pf Pathfinder
pv PropView
sc SpotCollector
ww WinWarbler

When you click one of these buttons, the Launcher's action is determined by two factors:

 

Current Indicator Color Current State Action New State New Indicator Color
black not installed user clicks Individual Control Button not running red
red not running user clicks Individual Control Button starting cyan
cyan starting application loads and runs running, not minimized green
green running, not minimized user clicks Individual Control Button running, minimized yellow
green running, not minimized user Ctrl-clicks Individual Control Button terminating white
yellow running, minimized user clicks Individual Control Button running, not minimized green
yellow running, minimized user Ctrl-clicks Individual Control Button terminating white
white terminating application terminates not running red


Clicking an Individual Control Button offers to install a DXLab application that isn't yet installed, and starts an installed DXLab application that isn't running. If an application is running, clicking its Individual Control Button alternates between hiding all of its windows and restoring its Main window. Depressing the  Ctrl key while clicking a running application's Individual Control Button terminates that application.

If the Launcher's Main window is activated, allowing the mouse cursor to hover over an Individual Control Button will produce a popup message describing the action that would be taken if the button were to be clicked or Ctrl-clicked.

When a DXLab application starts, its windows are restored to their state (minimized or not) when the application was last terminated.

If DXKeeper is running and you minimize its windows by clicking its Individual Control Button, it remembers whether or not its Capture window was already minimized. If not, the DXKeeper will restore both its Main and Capture windows when you again click its Individual Control Button.

If DXView is running and you minimize its windows by clicking its Individual Control Button, it remembers whether or not its World Map window was already minimized. If not, the DXView will restore both its Main and World Map windows when you again click its Individual Control Button.

Clicking an application's Status Indicator is equivalent to clicking its Individual Control Button.

You can optionally specify the pathname of a log file to be opened by DXKeeper on startup.

 

Group Control Buttons

Button Function
Start
  • start all applications whose Enabled box is checked, and presents the Abort button
Abort
  • aborts the process of starting applications, and presents the Start button
Minimize
  • hide all windows of all running DXLab applications
Restore
  • restore the Main windows of all running DXLab applications
Terminate
  • if the CTRL key is not depressed while clicking this button, terminate all applications whose Enabled box is checked
  • if the CTRL key is depressed while clicking this button, terminate all applications whether or not their Enabled boxes are checked
  • note: non-DXLab applications are only terminated if their Main Window Caption is specified (whether or not CTRL is depressed while clicking this button)


If DXKeeper is running and you click the Minimize Button, it remembers whether or not its Capture window was already minimized. If not, the DXKeeper will restore both its Main and Capture windows when you click the
Restore Button.

If DXView is running and you click the Minimize Button, it remembers whether or not its World Map window was already minimized. If not, the DXView will restore both its Main and World Map windows when you click the Restore Button.

You can optionally specify the pathname of a log file to be opened by DXKeeper on startup.

 

Starting non-DXLab applications

The Configuration window's Apps Started Before DXLab Apps and Apps Started After DXLab Apps tabs  provide Start buttons that enable you to start individual non-DXLab applications.

 

Displaying the Launcher's Configuration window

To display the Configuration window, click the Main window's Config button.