Section: Fvwm Modules (1)
Updated: 20 April 2012 (2.6.5)
- the fvwm animate module
Module FvwmAnimate [ModuleAlias]
FvwmAnimate can only be invoked by fvwm.
Command line invocation of the FvwmAnimate module will not work.
From within the .fvwm2rc file, FvwmAnimate is spawned as follows:
or from within an fvwm pop-up menu:
AddToMenu Module-Popup "Modules" Title
+ "Fvwm Animate Icons" Module FvwmAnimate ModuleAlias
module animates iconification and de-iconification
or on command.
There are currently 6 different animation effects.
must be invoked by the fvwm
When invoked with the OptionalName
argument, the ModuleAlias
is used to find configuration commands, configuration files,
and name the internally generated menus and forms instead of "FvwmAnimate".
During startup, FvwmAnimate defines menus and forms for configuring and
controlling FvwmAnimate. The default menu name is "MenuFvwmAnimate"
and the form name is "FormFvwmAnimate".
If the optional name is used, the menu would be "Menu<ModuleAlias>"
and the form would be "Form<ModuleAlias>".
Assuming you already had a builtin menu called "Module-Popup",
you could use FvwmAnimate by configuring it like this:
AddToFunc "StartFunction" "I" Module FvwmAnimate
AddToMenu "Module-Popup" "Control Animation" Popup MenuFvwmAnimate
Since the pop up menu "MenuFvwmAnimate" allows complete control of
module, you don't really have to know what any
of the configuration commands are. This section describes them anyway.
FvwmAnimate gets configuration info from fvwm's module configuration
In addition, FvwmAnimate reads the file $HOME/.FvwmAnimate,
and accepts commands from fvwm and its modules as it runs.
If ModuleAlias is used to start FvwmAnimate, the optional name
is used in all commands, messages, menus and forms generated by FvwmAnimate
in the configuration file name. Unlike other fvwm modules, there is
little reason to use the optional name.
- *FvwmAnimate: Color color
Tells FvwmAnimate what color to draw with.
The color is "XOR'ed" (exclusive ORed) onto the background.
Depending on the display type you are using, the effect this
causes will vary. Especially on 8-bit displays, it helps if the background
is a solid color. You have to experiment with this to see how it works.
The default color is not really a color and can be entered as "Black^White",
or more simply "None". This is the same as the default XOR mask used
by fvwm for move and resize frames.
Other colors can be specified using standard X color notation. Ie. color
names like "LightBlue", or RGB values like "#FFFFFF".
- *FvwmAnimate: Pixmap pixmap
Tells FvwmAnimate to use pixmap to draw with. This can be useful
if *FvwmAnimate: Color gives poor results.
- *FvwmAnimate: Delay msecs
Tells FvwmAnimate how many milliseconds to sleep
between frames of animation.
- *FvwmAnimate: Iterations iterations
Tells FvwmAnimate how many steps to break the animation into.
- *FvwmAnimate: Twist twist
Tells FvwmAnimate how many revolutions to twist the iconification frame.
- *FvwmAnimate: Width width
Tells FvwmAnimate how wide a line to draw with.
The default width of 0 (zero) is a fast line of Width 1.
- *FvwmAnimate: Effect mode
Tells FvwmAnimate which animation effect to use.
Currently the effects are:
None is normally set in the configuration file, in-case FvwmAnimate
is started automatically, but an individual user doesn't want it running.
- *FvwmAnimate: Stop
Tells FvwmAnimate to stop.
- *FvwmAnimate: Save
Tells FvwmAnimate to save the current configuration in a file
named ".FvwmAnimate" in the users home directory. This same file is
read automatically by FvwmAnimate during startup.
can be asked to produce an animation thru the "SendToModule"
command. The format of the command is:
SendToModule FvwmAnimate animate sx sy sw sh dx dy dw dh
The second word must match the name FvwmAnimate
is started with.
The 8 fields after
must be numbers. The first 4 are for the source
(or starting) location of the animation. The last 4 are for the
destination of the animation.
The 2 pairs of 4 numbers, represent rectangles.
The first 2 numbers are the x and y location of the upper
right corner. The next 2 numbers are the width and height.
One or more spaces can separate the fields in the command.
Modules can use the "SendToModule" command to animate "NoIcon" windows,
or you can think up your own ways to have all kinds of fun with this
Additional available commands are:
push, pop and reset.
These may be space separated.
causes a module to not temporarily produce any animations.
causes a module to produce an animation again.
stores the current playing state for a future and
removes all stored states and sets playing on.
Suppose, we don't want to wait for all 40 xterms to be animated:
SendToModule FvwmAnimate pause
All (XTerm) Iconify on
And if we don't want to damage the current playing state, then:
SendToModule FvwmAnimate push pause
All (XTerm) Iconify on
SendToModule FvwmAnimate pop
is based on the Animate
module from Afterstep 1.5pre6.
Porting to fvwm
and lots of other changes were done by
Below are the original author and acknowledgments.
Alfredo Kengi Kojima
These people have contributed to FvwmAnimate
- Kaj Groner <email@example.com>
Twisty iconification, configuration file parsing, man page.
- Frank Scheelen <firstname.lastname@example.org>