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Purpose of the workshop
These workshops are the mainstays of the ITSBITS® Catapult Garage. Each workshop makes several features available to you:
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Start The Workshop
When you start a workshop for the first time, it will have nothing in it (unless you use a preconfigured workshop, of course). Hence, you will see a warning explaining that the workshop's configuration file can't be found, however, it will go on to tell you that if it's the first time you've run the workshop this is normal and you can just ignore the "problem." Click the "OK" button to move on. Next you'll see a blank screen--except for the workshop's small top menu. To begin configuration, click on the "Configuration" menu option within the workshop's small taop menu, to show its options like this:
Click on the option to turn "Config Shortcuts Mode On" and you'll see a small representation for all 144 buttons with each button labeled by number. Click on a button where you'd like to show a program-launch icon and text. This will present a "Setup New Tool" screen something like this:
The first textbox lets you drag and drop from most desktop shortcuts or from Windows® Explorer--just click on the string that shows the path to the file you want to use, hold the mouse button down, then drag it to this textbox. If you do this, and the file you're using is an executable (e.g., a .exe file), you can click the button to "Use This Below." If you do this, and the file you're using is a data file you want opened by another program read on first, then, (e.g., the path is for a .html file or a .pdf file), you can click the button to "Append This Below."
You can use the "Browse" button to specify the path to the executable file you want to use or, if you're sure you know the path, you can merely type it into the "Target Program / File" text box. You should know that you can a special abbreviation here, too:
- 144 "shortcut" buttons, each identified by icon or name, allow you to launch programs with a single click
- Up to 5 browsers can be shown in a single workshop frame. Each browser can be set to refresh at a regular interval. Each individual browser can be maximized.
- Up to 5 picture frames can be shown in a single workshop frame. Each frame can be setup to rotate through pictures in an images folder or to show a single picture.
- A background picture for the frame can be specified for display when the workshop is active
- You may have a maximum of 21 workshops inside the ITSBITS® Catapult Garage at any one time. (Each workshop uses memory resources in your computer, so you should use only the number of workshops you actually need.)
For an example of how this is used, look in your TechSupport module's Tools workshop (using configuration mode) at the option that lets you look at the "Caution" associated with the workshop.
Now, nNote that there are certain other options as follows:
- %%cfg%% will be expanded into your main configuration file's folder path. Hence you could make an entry something like this:
and rely on the operating system to use whatever program (default is Notepad) is associated with the .txt file extension.
- Use Internet Explorer® -- since Catapult already knows the path you've configured for IE, it can plug that in for you. You don't have to do anything here except click the appropriate check box.
- Use favorite browser -- since Catapult already knows the path you've configured for your favorite browser, it can plug that in for you. You don't have to do anything here except click the appropriate check box.
- Use Windows Explorer® -- if you want to have a button that will open a specific folder in the Windows® Explorer, you can use this check box. Type the folder path into the text box, then click the check box (so it has an x in it) and hit the tab key to move on. (As an example, you could type "TaskMgr.exe" into the text box, then click the check box, and move on. This would provide a configured button that would execute the system Task Manager program for you.)