What's Changed from Version 2.0?
As you might expect, this being Version 3, there are several changes from Version 2 - otherwise, why bother? The first and perhaps most noticeable change is the new install routine.
You no longer need to install the toolbars manually, I now have an installer wizard to do it for you. To uninstall the toolbars now you simply need to go to Control Panel, Add\Remove Programs and you can uninstall them from there. As you've also no doubt noticed, these instructions are included in the install and no longer need to be downloaded separately.
|PopUp (completely rewritten since betas)|
I've also removed a few things, and altered others to make them easier to use:
|Changed Disappearing Comments comments into images|
|Changed "style" items on the Right Click Menu to include comment about what each item does|
|Combined Jsound & Vsound into Sound 4|
|Removed Looping options from Right Click Menu - now part of the sound scripts and marquee tags|
|Removed Start button - useless due to changes in the way multiple scripts are combined|
|Set Email button to default right alignment|
|Increased default Left and Right Margin settings on the Right Click Menu from 170 to 250|
|Renamed Mover button to Scroll to better reflect the way this script is known in the Stationery Newsgroup|
|Renamed old Scroll button to Fade because of the previous entry|
|Moved the Stationery Background Colour identifier (Basic button, Background Colour option on Right Click Menu) to the Style section so the colour is saved when someone uses the Save As Stationery option in Outlook Express|
|Moved the location of the Type button|
|Set Image button to default right alignment|
What's Changed from Version 1.0?
Those of you who downloaded and use the original version of my toolbars are probably wondering how I could possibly improve on them - well, I found a way. If I can find where I wrote down the list of changes I'll even be able to tell you about it...
Ah, there it is. First, you've no doubt noticed that these instructions have changed greatly. Gone is that huge unwieldy text file. Hopefully you will find this HTML version to be far more useful and user friendly. Not to mention that it finally has a Table of Contents, so you no longer have to search through everything to find the instructions on one particular script...
Next, I've added a bunch of new features:
|Font Embed script|
|Random Quote script|
|Dynamic Animation script - various
|Transition Filter script -
|Blend Filter Script|
|Table Background Embed script|
|Option for Right Border Stationery|
|Option for Right Margin|
|Option for Custom Position of background graphic|
|Option to set the Default Font to Italics|
I've also removed a few extraneous things and altered some others to make them easier:
|Removed a few nonessential looping options|
|Removed 2 extra blank lines inserted by Email button|
|Renamed Clock to Calend, the names of the two clock scripts were too similar|
|Renamed Clock 2 to Clock|
|Renamed Mail to Mailto|
|Made many modifications to Type to make it simple to use. Now includes support for background music and embedded fonts. Also includes onscreen instructions in Compose window to make typing your message easier.|
|Removed Structural tags (<HTML>, <Head>,
<Style>, and <Body>) from the following scripts:
By removing the structural tags from those scripts I have eliminated one of the things that bugged me the most about my toolbars. It is no longer necessary to insert various scripts in a certain order. The affected scripts can now be inserted where-ever and when-ever you wish. This allows for a far more flexible stationery design process and it makes combining multiple scripts into a single document much easier. It also greatly increases the usefulness of the Basic, HTML, Head, & Body buttons.
Finally, I discovered a neat trick, I've created a few comments that appear in the Outlook Express Compose window, but disappear when the message is sent. These disappearing comments are used to mark the location of items that are otherwise hard to spot (or invisible). They also serve to "protect" scripts from accidental deletion. I've added them to the following scripts:
|Sound Embed (both versions)|
|Table Background Embed|