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Non-Obvious Icons

"What? Where's it gone? Oh, there it is..."
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I've been searching for something like this, but nothing immediately similar has come up.

My desktop picture is of two dragons fighting. Now, I reckon it would be pretty easy to get rid of all the desktop icons and 'hide' them, so to speak, within the picture.
How I hide them would be by making them invisible to the human eye (but not to the computer. Sorry, just trying to assemble my already addled brain into something coherant), and when the mouse goes over them, a little icon would show when the cursor has passed over it.

To make this easier for my forgetful juvenile mind is that I put them in certain places on the computer, like the dragon's nose could be MS Word, and the tail could be where all my pictures are, etc.

I suppose that when you change the image you could have a sort of 'mapping' thing, where you pick new places for the hidden icons to go.

They could also be marked out by tiny, descreet black dots or something like that.

froglet, Jul 22 2005

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       I have something like this on my website - a couple of links (for HB stuff and family stuff) hidden in the decoration. Still a bit ambivalent about them - they're still new and I'm not srue how well they work. Really not sure how it would work on a desktop. I suspect I'd lose stuff.   

       I'm sure there must be excellent examples of this sort of thing on the web. Somewhere.   

       sp: "coherant" is presumably some new mix of 'coherent' and 'rant'. Which would work well, I think.
moomintroll, Jul 22 2005
  

       Tie this into the tactile-feedback mouse (Logitech do one) which vibrates as it passes over icons.
moomintroll, Jul 22 2005
  

       Sorry to disappoint [moomintroll], I meant 'coherent', except I've got exceptionally bad spelling when it comes to everyday words...   

       But still, 'coherant'... You'd do well to put it up somewhere, I reckon.
froglet, Jul 22 2005
  

       You could take moomintroll's web page and set it up as your "active desktop" and get your easter-egg links that way...   

       I like this idea, gives you a nice clean desktop that's still functional. [+]
junglefish, Jul 23 2005
  

       Use javascript to create onmouseover icons. They would be invisible normally, but would appear when the cursor is over them. Maybe have it highlight a section of the image.
Aq_Bi, Jul 23 2005
  

       Slightly veering off-topic, but related nevertheless: I once had a job as a test engineer at a factory that made process control equipment. Me and three other chaps would fix all the 'dead from birth' units that were made either wrong, or out of spec, and make them work properly again.   

       One of the units - a microprocessor-based temperature controller with a flexi-keypad front panel stuck to and surrounding an LED display, actually had a special 'hidden' button on a certain part of the logo. This button took it into a diagnostic mode, but was effectively hidden to the user, in that it didn't 'stick out' with a lump like the other buttons did, and didn't 'click' when pressed. It just seemed like an ordinary area of the front-panel plastic surface.   

       You just had to simply know where it was and know that you're pressing it, and it'd get you into the diagnostic mode, if you followed it with another specific few presses on the 'ordinary' buttons.
Ian Tindale, Jul 23 2005
  

       Baked, my me, a few years ago. Me and some work colleagues decided that for a laugh, it might be fun to create a windows desktop with no icons and simply a hilarious pornographic image as the background. Clicking on various areas of the image (I'm sure you can imagine) would open notepad, word etc. Done simply using 'Active Desktop' to show a web page as the background, which used html image maps to create the 'hot spots'. Then just select 'hide desktop icons' and bobs your uncle.
HowardMarks, Jul 24 2005
  

       sp: boobs
po, Jul 24 2005
  


 

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