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(This is a bit sensible for the HB, really, but I'm all riled up and need to tell *someone*)
I was chatting to my boss earlier about one of our designs. We were huddled round my PC, and I had the thing up on the screen, big green blocks in glorious false technicolour. We were discussing adding some
bits to it, and waving our hands around quite a lot, and I thought "What I need is a transparent sheet over the monitor, so we can doodle on the screen."
And then I thought, "Hell, that's a software fix if ever I saw one", so I started looking for one.
But I can't find it. I don't believe it. All I'm thinking of here is a very simple program that acts exactly like an OHP transparency placed over the screen. You can doodle on it, and it's not connected to anything underneath - it just acts exactly like an overlay. You can deactivate it by minimizing the window (the windows bar can be visible, who cares about that). How hard can that be? Admittedly, I can see how featuritis could quickly sink a little app like that, but even so. Where the heck is it? Am I going to have to write it myself? (That's a bad idea, incidentally).
(??) I *think* this is the one I was reminded of.
[po, Dec 02 2005]
Browsing a little, I think this is what you're after
[DrCurry, Dec 02 2005]
Anything interesting, here?
[Ling, Dec 02 2005]
Tweakwindow makes any window semi transparent
free. we use it at work all the time. Paint or anything over anything else. [pashute, Apr 30 2006]
Believe it or not, someone had this idea all the way back in 1994. [yigal, May 31 2006]
How about this one?
[yigal, Jun 03 2006]
||Thanks [po], but none of them seem quite right. the Wallpaint sounded promising, but I want to be able to draw on top of everything, in a superimposed kind of way. Simply can't believe this doesn't exist!
||Maybe not exactly what you want, but you could fake this in Windows by doing alt-print screen in the window you're in and pasting the result into an image editing program that supports layers (gimp will work if you don't already have one).
||Nah, that would be a bit faffy. The idea is for a couple of people, hanging round a computer, to be able to scribble on the screen just using a mouse, without hurting anything. A little button on the taskbar you click on is about as technical as I think it should go.
||You could always just write on the screen itself with a dry erase marker...
||But I think you can get software like this. There is certainly post-it-type software out there that comes close.
||Yeah, we do what [DrCurry] said, dry erase marker on monitor -- works perfectly.
||Would it be too hard to get a couple of bits of tape, a real (gasp!) OHP transparency and stick it over your monitor?
||You should make it network/internet compatible.
||[+] I'm a graphic/media designer. This
would be golden for me to explain to
everyone my ideas in seconds without
having to "quickly mock something up", a
phrase I'm getting sick of.
||there was a computer lab in my middle
school that had a projector aimed at a
digital white board, when the whiteboard
markers were used, they drew over the
surface of the screen, didn't interact in any
way with the stuff below, and were good
||I hope you guys all know that this really has nothing to do with transparency, since computer screens are only one layer and a single image. It works by averaging the color numbers of each pixel that would be overlapping, of multiple programs by using software.