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    Embedded application and RR behaviorr

    I have a number of applications I embed using the normal RR techniques (either pre-starting them with RUN.... and then LOAD or completely in the LOAD command).

    All embed just as I expect and work fine.

    However, whenever I click an RR defined button (Bxx,....) whether is performs an action or has no action defined, the currently displayed embedded program blinks off and then back on.

    At first, I saw the behavior with C# apps I had written, but I then tested it with 3rd party apps like CoPilot, Kindle for PC, and a couple of others.

    Generally I wouldn't notice it but I happened to click a button with no function and it happened.

    I then tried a button which simply sets an indicator and issues a non-display altering command, and it also shows this behavior.

    Is this the behavior I should expect?

    BTW, I'm using Win 7 on an I-7 Core laptop and RR 11-1-2011 and it also shows this behavior in a Dual-Core Win 7 laptop.

    Regards,
    Jim
    Last edited by obrienj; 12-09-2011 at 01:05 PM.

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    Hi Jim,

    That behavior is expected - basically, when you click on RR (button, indicator or even empty space) windows sets RR into focus which causes the embedded application to go behind RR's screen.

    Now that you know the "issue", there are two ways to deal with it:
    1-You can clip off the application area ("A" definition) so that when you click on RR the area of the application is empty and will not cover it (preventing the app from flashing)

    OR

    2-You can set the application to run "on top" - this is a more complex and more advanced approach (but may be simpler if the application itself has such option) - RR itself has a command to set the application on top if you want to use it. I have not double checked but maybe mitch's advanced options provide that directly as well - definitely worth looking at those new options.

    I should have some time this week to see if I can do something about this once and for all,
    Guino.

    Quote Originally Posted by obrienj View Post
    I have a number of applications I embed using the normal RR techniques (either pre-starting them with RUN.... and then LOAD or completely in the LOAD command).

    All embed just as I expect and work fine.

    However, whenever I click an RR defined button (Bxx,....) whether is performs an action or has no action defined, the currently displayed embedded program blinks off and then back on.

    At first, I saw the behavior with C# apps I had written, but I then tested it with 3rd party apps like CoPilot, Kindle for PC, and a couple of others.

    Generally I wouldn't notice it but I happened to click a button with no function and it happened.

    I then tried a button which simply sets an indicator and issues a non-display altering command, and it also shows this behavior.

    Is this the behavior I should expect?

    BTW, I'm using Win 7 on an I-7 Core laptop and RR 11-1-2011 and it also shows this behavior in a Dual-Core Win 7 laptop.

    Regards,
    Jim
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    Guino,

    As always, thanks.

    Clipping the application area seems to have done the trick, at least on the app I tested with. I found that pre-loading the app prevents a great view of the desktop on the initial load of the app using the LOAD command.

    BTW, I have played with "on top" for the app (C## Windows Forms allow that specification) and it creates a whole different set of problems and, if fact, doesn't fix the original.

    I have sent you a PM on this and another subject.

    Regards,
    Jim
    Last edited by obrienj; 12-09-2011 at 04:30 PM.

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