This is a work in progress, it was written while flying from UK to
Australia, and hasn't really been checked since. It should be reasonably
accurate for Icbar v188.8.131.52 Beta3
What does Icbar do?
Understanding Icbar 'Settings'
What does Icbar do?
Icbar replaces the standard taskbar provided by Pocket PC2000 or later.
To do this Icbar defines a number icons which you may use to provide both standard PPC taskbar functions:
and new functions:
Most of the icons of Icbar can be configured to execute on tap and tap'nhold one of the following functions (detailed further down):
Icbar will also allow you to customise the taskbar look with either BMP images you create yourself or download from the internet.
Most WISbar skins (collection of BMPs) will work with Icbar, however, there is one main difference, the volume icon image (as at Icbar v184.108.40.206 & WISbar Pelmar v1.1). Icbar uses a single BMP image for Volume On and Volume Off, while WISbar uses two BMP images, one for each. If you find a WISbar skin which doesn't provide a combined image for Icbar, it is a simple process of joining the two images horizontally for Icbar to make full use of them. You might also want to email the skin artist to offer your skin updates and ask for Icbar skin support in their future skins.
Understanding Icbar Setup.
The About tab
The about tab simply displays the Icbar version number, the authors, and their relative websites... and of course the colourful Icbar icon!
The Hide tab
Sometimes you may have an application that you are constantly running in the background and never want to close. Including the applications title text in the Hide tab list will remove the applications icon from both the 'Running Tasks' bar and the Icbar Menu.
To add an application:
Enter the applications titlebar name in the edit field and tap the '+' button.
To remove an application:
Select the application name from the list and tap the '-' button.
The Order tab
The order tab contains a list of icons that will appear on the right side of the bar. To change the order in which the icons appear in the bar, select an icon name and move it up or down with the arrows provided to the right of the list.
The Logo icon will not appear in this list as it is always the first icon on the left of the bar.
The Display Tab
The Display tab is a collection of many display pages. Each page can be access by either selecting it from the page selecter drop-down list at the top of the Display tab, or by stepping through each page with the next and previous buttons at the lower left of the Display tab.
The Display Page Layout
Each page contains a number of checkboxes and edit fields. Some fields are only functional when the associated checkboxes have been checked.
A page can be split into 3 sections, however, not all sections will appear on every page.
The first section contains:
The second section contains the skinning options:
The third section contains options for selecting an executable action for both tap and tap'nhold:
The Display Pages
Custom Button 1
Custom Button 2
Running Task Icons
Small Date and Time
The Built-in Execute Functions
Calls the standard Calendar function
Calls the standard Clock control panel
Calls the standard Frontlight or Backlight control panel
Calls the Icbar menu, giving you access to the list of running tasks.
Calls the standard Memory control panel.
This option is intended for use with the Memory/Battery icon, but can actually be used with any icon that makes sense to you. The standard memory control panel is called when you tap on the left half of the icon, while the standard power control panel is called when you tap on the right half.
Most useful when used with an icon that displays vertical meters.
Similar to the previous left/right option, but intended for use with an icon that displays horizontal meters.
Mute Toggle (Volume On/Off)
Switches the volume on or off with one tap.
Next Appointment (PPC2002)
Calls the PPC2002 next appointment bubble dialog.
Calls the current network connection icon function from the standard taskbar if a network connection exists, otherwise,
Calls the current notification icon function from the standard taskbar if one exists, otherwise, nothing.
Note: Any icon assigned this execute option will always be displayed. It will not disappear/reappear as the standard icons do.
At least not yet...
Calls the standard Power control panel.
Calls the standard Start Menu
Brings the Today screen to the foreground.
Calls the Icbar volume control.
Calls the PPC2002 volume bubble dialog.