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The Computing screen allows you to use external applications, like Mozilla or MythTV Setup. There are two datagrids on the screen, one with installed programs and one with web bookmarks.
For OnScreen Orbiters
Clicking one of the cells of the datagrids will bring you to a new screen, called "Application Desktop" screen. If you click on a web bookmark, firefox will start and it will positionated to fill the whole screen, except "Home" and "Stop" buttons, situated on the bottom of the screen. In this screen, Firefox will receive both keyboard and mouse events and orbiter will ignore keyboard events. If you'll click on home button, the application will remain opened and you'll be able to go back to Computing screen and press "Desktop". Below "Desktop" button a label will indicate the name of the external application opened. To close the external application, you can press "Exit" button. If no external application is running, the label, "Desktop" and "Exit" buttons will be hidden.
For non-OSD Orbiters
Clicking on the cell from the datagrid will bring you to a "application desktop remote" screen, from where you will be able to control the external application running on the OSD Orbiter from the same room. Pressing "stop" button will close the external application.
Note: if xine or other player is also running, while playing with Computing features, xine window shouldn't be visible. Also, if an external application is running and you are going to media and you will play a movie, only xine should be visible and Orbiter.
To encapsulate the logic for Computing screen, a screen handler is being used, overriden in ScreenHandler the method SCREEN_Computing.
- we are registering callbacks for cbObjectSelected and cbDataGridSelected events.
- then will we decide if this orbiter is a OSD orbiter (in which case we know the status of any external application that might be started) or not (in which case will use 'Get Active Application' and get the info from the right OSD Orbiter);
- if there is an external application running, we'll show "Desktop" and "Exit" buttons and the associated label; if not, these objects will be hidden.
Computing_ObjectSelected callback method
If the user presses "Exit" button, orbiter will send a "kill application" command to App_Server and it goes to main menu. Also, any information related to an exteral application running is being reseted.
If the user presses "Remote" button, the controlled Orbiter is sent to "Application Desktop" screen and an "Activate Window" with the window class of the external application as parameter is sent to controlled Orbiter. Orbiter already has all the information about external application.
Computing_DatagridSelected callback method
Once a cell is clicked in Computing screen, this callback method is being called. The cell has embedded in its value variable a comma delimited list will parameters about the application to run (window class, decription, etc.). Then, a "Spawn Application" command is sent to App_Server and the controlled Orbiter will notified with a "Active Window" command about to external application being started.
Activate Window command
This command is implemented in its overriden version for OrbiterLinux. In here, a small module called "Windows List Manager" is being notified about the application to activate. When Orbiter goes to "Application Desktop" screen, RenderDesktop is called and OrbiterLinux will know that it's time to find the external application's window and to activate it / set its position.