Alert Window Styles

Satellite Restriction Tracker has a custom Alert Window for notifications regarding excessive bandwidth usage and connection failures. You can choose a custom style for these alerts, or make your own alert window with relative ease. A default set is provided here for integration into various Operating Systems.

How to Install:

  1. Download the Style you want and save it to your Desktop or Downloads folder (or somewhere you can easily find it).
  2. Open Satellite Restriction Tracker and click on Configuration. Then click on the Preferences tab.
  3. Click the Set Alert Style button under Usage Alert. Note that the "Display Alert window" checkbox must be checked for this button to be enabled.
  4. Click and drag the TGZ file you downloaded in Step 1 into the Select Alert Window Style dialog. When the mouse is over the list of styles (starting with Default), release the file.
  5. The new style will be selected automatically and a preview of it will be displayed next to the list. Just hit the Save button to select your new Alert Window style.
Windows XP
Preview of the Windows XP Alert.
The Windows XP Luna interface is for users that like the legacy bubbly look of Luna. The alert is small and blends in with Windows XP perfectly.
Windows 7
Preview of the Windows 7 Alert.
Windows 7's Aero interface in Blue tint, complete with glowing Close button. The Aero border is a solid blue, and the alert is small but effective. Perfect for Microsoft's best.
Windows 8
Preview of the Windows 8 Alert.
The Windows 8 Metro interface in Green, based on Windows 8 notifications to seamlessly integrate with Microsoft's latest Operating System. This notification is extremely large and annoying, just like Metro!
Windows 8.1
Preview of the Windows 8.1 Alert.
The same as Windows 8 but with a small SRT icon in white in the bottom right corner.
Windows 10
Preview of the Windows 10 Alert.
A new alert style for Windows 10 using the simple gray background with a black SRT icon on the left side and a hidden close button that only appears when you put your mouse in the top right corner.
Preview of the OS X Alert.
A Mac OS style alert box using the Brushed Metal header. A single close button in the OS X standard sits on the left, making the notification a seamless part of your Mac.
Preview of the KDE Alert.
The KDE 4 style alert using the tray tooltip background and an Oxygen-interface Close button. A sure fit on Kubuntu, although it looks equally nice on other systems.
Preview of the Unity Alert.
GNOME Unity style notification bar, similar in size and appearance to the Windows 8 alert, but with the left-handed orientation of OS X. This alert is sure to get your attention, and fits right in to Ubuntu.

Alert Style Format:

If you would like to create your own Alert Style, all you need is Notepad, Paint, and a tgz-compatible Zip program, such as 7-Zip. Each Style consists of three files.

  1. ALERT.PNG: Background image. A standard PNG used as a background image. This also defines the size of the Alert Window.
  2. CLOSE.PNG: Close image. A PNG with three Close images placed horizontally. Each third must be exactly the same size, meaning the width must be a multiple of three. The order of the Close images must be Normal, Hover, Active.
  3. LOC:       Location descriptor. A text file with no extension. This file describes the locations and colors to be used by the Alert Window. There are seven lines, and each line must follow a specific format:
    1. #XXXXXX:    Transparency Key. A color format in standard Hexadecimal notation describes the color to use as a "Transparency Key" for the ALERT.PNG and CLOSE.PNG files.
    2. x, y, w, h: Title Location. A series of four numbers which provides the location and size of the Title text in pixels. This should be a wide rectangle across the top, around 16 pixels in height.
    3. #XXXXXX:    Title Color. A color format in standard Hexadecimal notation describes the color to use for the Title text.
    4. x, y, w, h: Content Location. A series of four numbers which provides the location and size of the Content text in pixels. This should fill the bulk of the Alert.
    5. #XXXXXX:    Content Color. A color format in standard Hexadecimal notation describes the color to use for the Content text.
    6. #XXXXXX:    Content Hover Color. A color format in standard Hexadecimal notation describes the color to use for the Content text when the user hovers over it.
    7. x, y:       Close Location. A pair of numbers which provides the top left corner of the Close button.

Once you have these three files, join them into a single Tarball and then use standard gzip compression to make a usable TGZ Archive (either .tar.gz or .tgz extension is accepted). It's recommended that the colors be tested using the Alert Style Selection dialog in Satellite Restriction Tracker's Configuration to ensure clean visibility before using or sharing an Alert Style. Simply drag your newly created TGZ file to the Satellite Restriction Tracker Alert Window Style Selection list and the Alert Style will be added to your collection. Note that names are determined by the TGZ file name, so it's important to use a descriptive and unique file name.
Remember, if you're confused, you can always open up one of these TGZ files and see exactly how they're supposed to look. If you would like to share your Alert Window Style with other Satellite Restriction Tracker users, please send it to me. If I like it too, I'll add it to this page!

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