***************** I am not actively supporting this software at the moment, It can be downloaded form http://www.mobile-effects.com for now until I redo the software and my website. *********************
See the next two posts for screenshots and instructions on use, this post has a summery and intallation instructions.
What is CarShell?
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 either replace explorer as the system shell, or run on top of explorer as would any other app. Running as the system shell it decreases boot time somewhat (results vary on hardware), when running on top of explorer it loads out of the system startup folder. Running CarShell in either mode provides the same functionality.
CarShell changes the way you work with applications and folders, the goal being to make these tasks easier in the automotive environment. Tabs represent folders and can store applications and files just as would windows folders. You can create shortcuts, copy files, move files and delete files. If you delete a ‘button’ in CarShell you are deleting the actual file or shortcut stored on your hard disk.
CarShell is still in the very early stages of development. It is functional as is, but I have lots more planned for it. Please share any ideas that could improve its usability.
What has changed since the first v1 beta version?
All of the tabs (except the system tab) are now directly linked to real system folders and folders that are created especially for CarShell. You no longer have to create all of the buttons in the setup. On the system folders such as desktop and startup the buttons generated will reflect your actual desktop and startup folders. The front and App tabs will start out empty but you can copy, move and create shortcuts within CarShell itself.
Because of the above you can now install software or download files with CarShell set as your shell.
You can also have unlimited programs lauched from startup. (origional version only allowed for one) In fact you do not need to change anything to have carshell run the programs you already had setup in the startup folder, they automatically show up on the startup tab. You can add any others right within CarShell.
Right Click functionality within CarShell has been added in the form of a ‘click and hold’ simply touch and hold for 1 second or more on a button or blank area of a tab and a context right click menu will appear.
You must have the .net framework version 1.1 installed (almost all the applications on this forum also require it, so chances are very good that you already have it installed.)
1. Remove any previous versions in add/remove programs, you also must also delete the program files\carshell directory if you are installing v2 of carshell after having v1 installed.
2. Download http://www.mobile-effects.com
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!