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  • CarShell : touch-screen friendly shell and password application

    This software is a little project that I have been working on to make navigating my carputer easier. It is designed to run on startup and replace explorer as the system shell. Currently it does run as a shell and also decreases boot time somewhat (see further down the thread). It can also run on top of explorer and load out of the startup menu and run as a normal application in windows. Either mode provides the same functionality,

    There are three tabs on the main ‘desktop’ and the content of each tab is completely dynamic. There is also a ‘MiniShell’ that has 5 buttons, 4 of which can be set to run any app that is setup on CarShell (the 5th returns you to the main desktop). The MiniShell has an adjustable opacity settings so you can make it transparent and it will remember where it was last positioned and re-appear there on the next load of the software.

    The software has an optional touch-screen friendly password application that will require the user to enter a code before continuing, the software works while the software is running as shell or over explorer, but it is slightly more secure when it is run when CarShell is set as the system shell. CarShell also can load one software on startup (frontend or whatever).

    THIS SOFTWARE IS BETA AND IS STILL BEING TESTED!!!!!!!!!

    If you would like to try it please understand that it is still a work in progress. All feedback and ideas are welcome.

    CURRENT PROBLEMS :
    For some reason the MSI installer insists on creating a desktop and startup icon regardless of which ones are checked on the form. I have set conditions for the folders and have no idea why it is happening (if someone knows please share ) for right now if you don’t want a CarShell desktop icon or do not want carshell to be loaded on windows startup simply remove the icon from the desktop or the shortcut from the startup folder after installation.

    Currently carshell must be installed in c:\program files\carshell\ and your windows installation must be in c:\windows\ If your computer is not using these folders carshell will not work. I should be fixing this very soon.

    Please use the ‘use carshell as system shell’ setting if you feel comfortable doing so. While the software is working as a shell and it is relatively simple to get explorer back as a shell if something does go wrong, the possibility for serious complications do exist.

    Think that is about it, hope the software is helpful.

    Thanks to DrWeside for helping inspire the idea and to Frodo for his shutdown DLL

    INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Remove any previous versions in add/remove programs, it is also a good idea to delete the program files\carshell directory (you can hold onto the setup.xml file so you dont have to redo your settings, just save it somewhare else then copy it back into the application folder)

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    3. Run setup.exe

    4 . IMPORTAINT! after installation is complete go to the c:\program files\carshell directory and run the file 'reg.bat'

    Now you are ready to go!
    My Install

    Software:
    CFiG v1
    iGuidance Plugin for CF

    CarShell
    Working shell for a CarPC

    StopWatch
    StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

  • #2
    Screenshots definately help promote a peice of software
    PowerVoice v1 | NaviVoice Source
    GammaControl v2.4
    SKINbedder v3

    1995 Lexus SC300

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    • #3
      Ok think its all under control now











      My Install

      Software:
      CFiG v1
      iGuidance Plugin for CF

      CarShell
      Working shell for a CarPC

      StopWatch
      StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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      • #4
        Can't see pics
        PowerVoice v1 | NaviVoice Source
        GammaControl v2.4
        SKINbedder v3

        1995 Lexus SC300

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        • #5
          Me either.

          In FF or IE

          Peace,

          Rafster
          Post # 3000

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          • #6
            ok all fixed now, sorry for the mixup
            My Install

            Software:
            CFiG v1
            iGuidance Plugin for CF

            CarShell
            Working shell for a CarPC

            StopWatch
            StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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            • #7
              Looks great so far .

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              • #8
                Thanks

                I just put up an update, Frodo's shutdown dll is now working, so standby and hibernation are working correctly (thanks again frodo)

                EDIT: here is a new screenshot, will update the first post later. I also made the buttons along the bottem bigger, and changed the icons.
                Attached Files
                My Install

                Software:
                CFiG v1
                iGuidance Plugin for CF

                CarShell
                Working shell for a CarPC

                StopWatch
                StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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                • #9
                  wow... this really takes away from the windows feeling!

                  great work!

                  Anything you can do to improve startup times? and I suppose you can disable password and have it launch a frontend immediately right?
                  Roy

                  2005 Range Rover 4.4
                  Any ideas for putting a PC in this? :)

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                  • #10
                    thanks RoyN, thats what i was going for i was getting tired of tring to navigate the start menu and i have a 10.4, can image it on a 7"

                    I am going to work on the start times when booting as the shell, It seems anything other then explorer causes lag, so i am going to spend more time on it.

                    I updated the 1st post, I forgot to mention that frodo's dll will need to be registered on the computer, I put a batch file in the install to handle it, just follow the directions above
                    My Install

                    Software:
                    CFiG v1
                    iGuidance Plugin for CF

                    CarShell
                    Working shell for a CarPC

                    StopWatch
                    StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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                    • #11
                      you know what Alti? This is the beginning of the comertializxation of Carpc's. If you think of it, any car manufacturer could costumize a shell, and have it exactly how they want it. and boom off you go. You have the skills man. Invest in this field. Believe me if you get this going... so i'd really like to see this in ction. you gonna have this in your car by next sunday?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BoyNextDoor
                        you know what Alti? This is the beginning of the comertializxation of Carpc's. If you think of it, any car manufacturer could costumize a shell, and have it exactly how they want it. and boom off you go. You have the skills man. Invest in this field. Believe me if you get this going... so i'd really like to see this in ction. you gonna have this in your car by next sunday?
                        thanks, most of the front ends here function quite well as a shell and a more functional for a car, I wanted to make windows easier to use for us geeks who still want to be able to use our capc as a computer.

                        And you dont have to wait for the meet, go ahead and try it out
                        My Install

                        Software:
                        CFiG v1
                        iGuidance Plugin for CF

                        CarShell
                        Working shell for a CarPC

                        StopWatch
                        StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by alti
                          I am going to work on the start times when booting as the shell, It seems anything other then explorer causes lag, so i am going to spend more time on it.
                          I vaguely remember seeing on an alternate shell forum how this problem
                          was noticed and solved, but I can't quite remember. I will search
                          [H]4 Life
                          My next generation Front End is right on schedule.
                          It will be done sometime in the next generation.
                          I'm a lesbian too.
                          I am for hire!

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                          • #14
                            Keep up the good work Alti

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                            • #15
                              Great idea

                              I really like this idea, you could add features to this "shell" that some front ends don't have. For example, brightness control.
                              Progress [I will seriously never be done!]
                              Via EPIA MII
                              512MB RAM
                              OEM GPS (embedded)
                              nLite WinXP pro on
                              1GB Extreme III CF card
                              Carnetix 1260 startup/ DC-DC regulator
                              Software: Still, re-Writing my existing front end in .Net

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