Unlike many other alternative shells Aston has an excellent Desktop.
You can use it to place buttons/icons or graphical elements (more about it
in the corresponding section of the help file).
All Desktop objects can be divided into three large groups:
Some plug-ins are created to be used on Desktop only (i.e. Disks
plug-in) while others "live" in Tray, Taskbar or Toolbars. Here
we won't touch upon skinning plug-ins as you can find this information in
the corresponding section... Let's talk about
two other graphical elements, which can be seen on Aston Desktop.
The simpliest button has three states:
Each state is represented by a single bitmap.
You can make buttons of any form and almost of any size; you can also make
freeform buttons using "magic pink" color or 32 bit PNGs; buttons
can have label text below them.
Generally Aston does not differ buttons from icons so it
doesn't really matter what your icon/button looks like or what shape it
has: there're lots of variations. Just keep it in mind while working
on your Theme.
Note: make sure controls (interactive elements) are
always different from the background/decorative elements. You can achieve
this by making controls react on mouseover, by making them different in
3 state icons look definitely better than ordinary objects on Windows
Desktop, most of which just have 1 or 2 states. Still, lack of
intermediate frames will not allow you to create complex animation. In
order to do this just use ANK objects instead of 3 state pictures.
Aston Themes might also contain additional graphical elements, not
requering user interaction. These might be various kinds of backgrounds or
decorative shapes, not rendered onto the wallpaper but left separated for
better resolution compatibility. In order to create such objects, just set
their object type as "Theme Element
(obsolete)" or "Empty".
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