Active Desktop,
Gadgets & LaunchPad:
  Custom Interfaces for the
     Internal Audience
              Grayson Gordon
     ...
Objectives
Provide students a common interface
Provide faculty and staff ease-of-access
Promote various information source...
Active Desktop




  LaunchPad




Gadgets/Widgets
Active Desktop
Active Desktop
HTML-based desktop background
Common links for students
Campus landmarks
Common Links




             Campus Landmarks

The Campus Desktop
Active Desktop Setup
Create HTML page
Store page in network share
Set page as background in desktop properties
Copy profil...
Active Desktop Usage
Current initiatives can be linked
Current announcements emphasized
Links to new items
On most open ac...
The Campus Desktop
LaunchPad
LaunchPad
administrative system interface
links to training areas
links to reporting functions
links to administrative sys...
LaunchPad
LaunchPad Setup
HTML page
baseline (client/server) access to
administrative and training systems
web-based access to admin...
LaunchPad Usage
  Baseline - behind-the-scenes - Staff
  Web-based - self-service - Faculty/Advisors and
  Students
  Repo...
Staff Client/Server Access


  Faculty/Advisor and
  Student Access


LaunchPad
Gadgets/Widgets
Gadgets/Widgets
Active Desktop not supported (Vista/Mac)
Provides similar access
Distribution obstacles
Maintenance issues
Grizzly   LaunchPad
Gadget Creation!
Directions: Microsoft© website
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/topics/vista/gadgets-pt1.msp...
Manifest File
Manifest File
HTML
Grizzly   LaunchPad
Widget Creation
Open gadget HTML in Safari
Copy to dashboard
Highlight
Note: Dashboard must be running in
Developer mode t...
Widget Creation in Safari
Grizzly   LaunchPad
Questions?
 Comments.
Suggestions!
         Grayson Gordon
         Campus Web/Database Specialist
         Information Te...
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Active Desktop Gadgets And Launch Pad

  1. 1. Active Desktop, Gadgets & LaunchPad: Custom Interfaces for the Internal Audience Grayson Gordon Campus Web/Database Specialist Missouri State University-West Plains
  2. 2. Objectives Provide students a common interface Provide faculty and staff ease-of-access Promote various information sources Promote campus identity
  3. 3. Active Desktop LaunchPad Gadgets/Widgets
  4. 4. Active Desktop
  5. 5. Active Desktop HTML-based desktop background Common links for students Campus landmarks
  6. 6. Common Links Campus Landmarks The Campus Desktop
  7. 7. Active Desktop Setup Create HTML page Store page in network share Set page as background in desktop properties Copy profile to Default User
  8. 8. Active Desktop Usage Current initiatives can be linked Current announcements emphasized Links to new items On most open access systems (classrooms, labs, etc.)
  9. 9. The Campus Desktop
  10. 10. LaunchPad
  11. 11. LaunchPad administrative system interface links to training areas links to reporting functions links to administrative system help related sites
  12. 12. LaunchPad
  13. 13. LaunchPad Setup HTML page baseline (client/server) access to administrative and training systems web-based access to administrative and training systems other links (local and external)
  14. 14. LaunchPad Usage Baseline - behind-the-scenes - Staff Web-based - self-service - Faculty/Advisors and Students Reporting - privilege-based - Faculty and Staff Help/related functions - Faculty and Staff Most staff have copied shortcut to desktop
  15. 15. Staff Client/Server Access Faculty/Advisor and Student Access LaunchPad
  16. 16. Gadgets/Widgets
  17. 17. Gadgets/Widgets Active Desktop not supported (Vista/Mac) Provides similar access Distribution obstacles Maintenance issues
  18. 18. Grizzly LaunchPad
  19. 19. Gadget Creation! Directions: Microsoft© website http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/topics/vista/gadgets-pt1.mspx Note: Not the site I used originally, but seems more thorough. Manifest (XML) file HTML file Rename folder with .gadget extension Install gadget
  20. 20. Manifest File
  21. 21. Manifest File
  22. 22. HTML
  23. 23. Grizzly LaunchPad
  24. 24. Widget Creation Open gadget HTML in Safari Copy to dashboard Highlight Note: Dashboard must be running in Developer mode to place widget from the dashboard onto the desktop
  25. 25. Widget Creation in Safari
  26. 26. Grizzly LaunchPad
  27. 27. Questions? Comments. Suggestions! Grayson Gordon Campus Web/Database Specialist Information Technology Services Missouri State University-West Plains GraysonGordon@MissouriState.edu http://www.wp.missouristate.edu

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