Universal Configuration Utility
Version 1.50 (04 Jun 2020)
ConfiX is a RISC OS utility that can be used by programmers to create
a simple, universal and highly configurable interface to an
application's settings. ConfiX is generally installed inside the
computers !Boot.Resources folder and can be called by multiple
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Most RISC OS programs have an option in the iconbar menu,
called Preferences, Configure or Choices.
When this option is selected, a window will
pop up, showing the current settings of the program and
allowing these to be changed. As the programming of such
windows involves a lot of time on the programmer's behalf,
it is often considered a burden when creating applications.
ConfiX is an attempt to solve this problem.
All a parent application has to do is call ConfiX,
which will then display the options in an attractive
set of windows.
To make best use of !ConfiX' facilities, the parent application
has to obey certain rules, of course.
The principle is simple. The main application should hold a
text file called '_Config' — that describes all functions in
a detailed manner — and a sprite file '_Tabs' that holds
the necessary icons.
!ConfiX will take these files and use them to create clear and
attractive windows, presenting the program's options.
Once changed, the results will be handed back to the parent
application in a text file called Config.
!ConfiX can be used by many programs at the same time and
has to be installed on your harddisc only once. The preferred
location is in the !Boot.Resources directory of the harddisc
so that it will be 'seen' when the computer is started.
We are encouraging programmers to make use of !ConfiX and
have therefore made it freely available from this website.
We hope that it will contribute to the already high standard
of RISC OS software available. The most recent version of
of !ConfiX can always be found on this page.
This image shows an example of a ConfiX window as used by
one of our programs. Please click the image to see a more
detailed version of it. At the top of the window, a number
of TABs are present. These TABs give access to the various
configuration windows presented by the program.
As this particular application needs a lot of configurations,
an extra row of TABs is inserted at the bottom of the window.
These extra TABs allow for sub-divisions and will help to
keep the overall window 'tidy', so that no scrolling is
necessary. Apart from the TAB-layout shown above, ConfiX
offers a range of layout options that can be selected by the
user. In addition, applications may force a certain layout
At the bottom of the window are the standard buttons for
'Cancel', 'Save', etc. This is also the default position
for the Help-line that provides additional information
about the choice currently under the mouse pointer.
Examples of programs that use !ConfiX
A small but useful application to show the internal origanisation
of the various USB devices connected to your computer.
Advanced USB keyboard and mouse drivers. Support for the extra keys
found on an Internet keyboard and the scroll wheel found one some
mice and keyboards.
A simulation of the WW-II coding device as featured
in a recent blockbuster movie. Entirely free.
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Last changed: Thursday, 04 June 2020 - 20:07 CET.