Fiery Posted April 4, 2011 Share Posted April 4, 2011 After several rewriting of this very complex module we've named SensorPanel, it has finally reached the stage that we can show it to the general public Please find the first SensorPanel beta in the following new beta release of AIDA64 Extreme Edition: http://www.aida64.com/downloads/aida64extremebuild1455u8nmy1wgcbzip [[[ link has been updated to the latest beta ]]] After upgrading to this new version, make sure to restart Windows to finalize the upgrade. You can enable the new feature in AIDA64 / main menu / File / Preferences / Hardware Monitoring / SensorPanel. You can set the update frequency for the SensorPanel in AIDA64 / main menu / File / Preferences / Hardware Monitoring / Update Frequency. --- A couple of limitations and important things to know about this first SensorPanel beta: 1) Most of the settings are moved out of the usual place (the central AIDA64 Preferences), so you can control most properties of the SensorPanel items straight from the SensorPanel itself. Just use the right-click context menu to modify, remove or move an item, or to close the SensorPanel. We'll add more options into the right-click menu soon. 2) You can only put BMP and PNG format images on the SensorPanel right now. We'll add JPEG support later on. In case you want to add a full background image to the SensorPanel, make sure to use BMP format, since it is the most efficient way to handle large images. 3) Currently there's only one bar style, a solid (classic) one. In case you've seen a bar design that you think would look cool in AIDA64, make sure to post a screen shot here in this topic. We'd like to extend the range of bar styles to allow fancier SensorPanel design, and also to make it easier to tell various sensor item bars apart from each other. 4) We'll implement sensor graphs in the near future too, probably before the summer. In case you have an idea about a visual sensor item representation that is not a simple label, not a bar, and not a graph, then post your idea in this topic, and we'll discuss it. 5) Currently there's no way to re-order the items to allow better overlaying and to allow placing an image behind a sensor item easier. Currently you need to add the images first, and then the sensor items, to make sure the sensor items are shown in front of the image(s). We'll add a "SensorPanel Manager" feature soon, to let you have a quick overview on all the items placed on the panel, and to re-order the items. BTW, it's possible to re-order items right now, if you close AIDA64, and edit AIDA64.INI file in a text editor. Not a very user-friendly way, but please keep in mind that this whole SensorPanel feature is only in the first beta stage right now 6) We have a lot of plans to make it easier to handle the panel items, and to generally make the SensorPanel user-friendly. For example: - Lock the size of the panel, so the user cannot accidently resize it. - Lock the position of the panel, so the user cannot accidently move it. - Temporarily hide one or more items on the panel, and also to unhide them. - Flashing the sensor item when the sensor value reaches the "Limit3" point. 7) Even though AIDA64 doesn't warn you about this, but it's important to understand that when you enable a bar, and you select its Place as "Embedded", then you need to set the bar's Indent property to a non-zero value to let the label text fit there. If you leave the "Indent" at zero, the label will be hidden under the bar. 8) FYI, even though the SensorPanel feature was developed as a replacement for both the OSD Panel and Sidebar Gadget feature, it will not effectively replace them. So if you prefer the easier layout of the old features, you can still use them. You can even use them together, if you want. If you have more ideas about how to make the SensorPanel feature more convenient, let us know here in this topic. Thanks, Fiery 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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