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    Well, you can store data at the end and a paint program will just ignore it. It should probably be in a RIFF chunk but it works. It saves to the BMP when you make even the slightest change like text positions and then hit OK on the config dialog. The only problem with that is if you load it into a paint program and save, it's all gone, like Bravellir says. So if you load a bmp with info, then load one without info, you get the first one's settings (or whaever whas saved in the registry last time you ran it), then go to config and change something, it saves all that to the bmp. That could be good or really bad. I'd suggest making a backup bmp before editing in a paint program just in case you have a few different skins and you load a totally different one. That way you can load the good one, then load the newly edited one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curiosity


    Well, you can store data at the end and a paint program will just ignore it. It should probably be in a RIFF chunk but it works. It saves to the BMP when you make even the slightest change like text positions and then hit OK on the config dialog. The only problem with that is if you load it into a paint program and save, it's all gone, like Bravellir says. So if you load a bmp with info, then load one without info, you get the first one's settings (or whaever whas saved in the registry last time you ran it), then go to config and change something, it saves all that to the bmp. That could be good or really bad. I'd suggest making a backup bmp before editing in a paint program just in case you have a few different skins and you load a totally different one. That way you can load the good one, then load the newly edited one.
    See "steganography"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steganography

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curiosity
    Compass gets its first skin. woot!
    Not to take anything away from the great skin Bravellir designed but I guess its time to reveal something you and I worked out a while back. I use Zots RR skin for my day skin and with the help of xport I now have 4 separate NMEA feeds running simultaneously. One of them being embedding the original compass into the Zots main page directly over Zots Navigation button graphic. With compass embedded it looks like part of the JPG until you make a turn and realize the NSEW ring rotates (the Oooh AaaH factor is worth it believe me) and its much cooler than an alpha or numeric heading label:


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    As you can see from my notes I'm really into subtle indicators.
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    I just downloaded xport3, and am a little unclear about some things.

    You no longer need any compass program, correct?

    And there are no skins now right, that is only if you intend to use compass and xport2, correct?

    And there are no more settings for it, just the input and output ports?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GizmoQ
    Not to take anything away from the great skin Bravellir designed but I guess its time to reveal something you and I worked out a while back. I use Zots RR skin for my day skin and with the help of xport I now have 4 separate NMEA feeds running simultaneously. One of them being embedding the original compass into the Zots main page directly over Zots Navigation button graphic. With compass embedded it looks like part of the JPG until you make a turn and realize the NSEW ring rotates (the Oooh AaaH factor is worth it believe me) and its much cooler than an alpha or numeric heading label:


    zotsmenu.jpg



    As you can see from my notes I'm really into subtle indicators.
    Nice! It would be cool if you could white that spot out and make the little red needle rotate like it's a part of the compass that's on there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiltjim
    I just downloaded xport3, and am a little unclear about some things.

    You no longer need any compass program, correct?

    And there are no skins now right, that is only if you intend to use compass and xport2, correct?

    And there are no more settings for it, just the input and output ports?
    Right. No need for the compass. XPort3 is all integrated. You just set the input to your GPS and outputs to some unused port, and enable it. There's no more XPort2, so compass is just a seperate app and you set it's COM port to one of the XPort3 outputs like anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curiosity
    Nice! It would be cool if you could white that spot out and make the little red needle rotate like it's a part of the compass that's on there.
    Did that, too, but I'm spoiled with up for direction traveled - and spinning needle wasn't nearly as noticeable.
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    I'm trying to use the new skin for compass. Whenever I load it, everything is out of alignment.

    How do I install it and get everything aligned where it's supposed to be?

    Any help is appreciated, TIA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoonShiner
    I'm trying to use the new skin for compass. Whenever I load it, everything is out of alignment.

    How do I install it and get everything aligned where it's supposed to be?

    Any help is appreciated, TIA.

    Okay, nevermind again...I figured it out.

    I'm posting the following as an FYI, in case someone else has the same problem:

    I was trying to use the A_P-miles.bmp (which doesn't appear to have any data stored in it). So, I just loaded the A_P-km.bmp which had everything aligned perfectly. Once the data was written to the registry, I opened A_P-miles.bmp in paint and saved it as A_P-miles2.bmp (to make sure there was no data in the bmp). After that I set it as the background in compass and everything was lined up....

    Nice skin, for a nice app...

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