Here is a quick walkthrough of the software and functionality.
When run for the first time the app will force you to open in setup mode.
General Tab : All of the options here are pretty self-explanatory, but here are some detailed notes :
Password : Defines whether you want CarShell to require a password on start up the password is designed for touchscreens so the numbers must be pressed on the touchscreen (or clicked with a mouse)
Shell Chooser : Defines CarShell running mode if you check the box CarShell will replace explorer as the system shell. If it is unchecked explorer remains as normal. At any time you can switch between them by checking/unchecking this box. This change requires a reboot. Until you get CarShell configured to your liking you might find it easier to leave this unchecked.
Tabs : These checkboxes define whether or not the frontend and application tabs are shown on the desktop. Manipulating these boxes does not delete or move the underlining files, just defines whether these tabs are visible. If there are items on the tabs and you uncheck the box the items will still be there if you recheck the box. If the tab is not checked you will not be able to assign anything on that tab to the minishell (described later)
Startup Mode : Defines whether the app loads the full desktop or minishell on application load. This setting is the same for both shell modes.
Resolution : you can make CarShell any size you want so long as it is between 360x200 and 3000 x 2000. If you are running CarShell ontop of explorer, try setting your vertical resolution 30 or 40 pixels short to allow room for the windows taskbar. (ex. 800 x 450 instead of 800 x 480)
Font Size : you may set the font size that appears on the desktop tabs and the buttons between 6 and 24 pt.
Select what system applications you want on the system tab. This is the only tab that you can not add to within the application, only in setup.
MiniShell Tab: The mini shell is a small form that is designed to stay on top of applications running (as opposed to the full desktop that stays behind all other apps) It provides four buttons that you can configure to run any application that is setup within CarShell. The center gray area of the minishell returns the user to the full desktop.
To assign a minishell button a function do the following :
1. select the button that you want to assign the task
2. Select the tab in the function chooser that contains the task/folder/file you want to assign.
3. Click on the dropdown box to the right and select the task/folder/file you want (NOTE : the first time you run this there will be no option in the front tab and the app tab, this is because there is nothing yet on those tabs)
4. Click the submit button.
5. Then select a different minishell button and repeat.
Opacity : Defines how transparent the minishell appears. The lower the value the less of it you will be able to see. On LCD screens I don’t suggest going below 50-60, it gets had to see on some backgrounds.
That is all for the setup now for the application :