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QtFLW@Work
12-02-2004, 17:55:41
Seriously. I'm putting together a kiosk presentation system, and I need to be able to hide the mouse pointer from the screen. So far, I've been manually moving it over to the edge of the screen, but once it goes live and out into the public, I can't be doing that every time the darn thing reboots.

Anyone know of a utility or tweak that makes the pointer invisible after, say, 5 minutes of non-use?

Nav
12-02-2004, 18:01:02
uh use a system that allows you to hide the mouse in the first place? Director for example. :D

(sorry for being so unhelpful!)

zmama
12-02-2004, 18:04:51
is this what you want?
http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/windowstips/story/0,24330,3327991,00.html

LoD
12-02-2004, 21:01:35
I thought this would be a thread about geek sex euphemisms...

QtFLW@Work
12-02-2004, 22:45:48
zmama, that's exactly what I'm using right now.

Nav, what's Director, and how would it help? Sounds Macromedia-y. *google* Ha! I was right. No, I don't need anything quite that fancy or involved.



It's a web-based information delivery system that spits out details about available jobs. It's supposed to go out into the community at some stage to allow people access to job info that normally wouldn't have it in any normal scenario. So, it goes in huge steel-encased kiosk systems placed in areas where there'll be a lot of foot traffic.

Now, while the kiosk mode in IE is perfectly adequate for displaying the pages, I still get the damn mouse pointer smack in the middle of the page, and it doesn't go away. The system needs to have an automated boot, so that if the power fails and the UPS gets drained, or someone deliberately unplugs the thing, it can boot itself back up to the desktop (it's running Win2k, so this bit is trivial).

Right now it consists of two pages, an "outer" page with a scrolling marquee (this is less than good HTML, I know, but it fits the specs for the system that I was given) and an iframe linking a second page which refreshes every 30 seconds and pages through a list of records, then pges through a separate list of records. Total: 2 .ASP pages. Rather elegant solution, if I do say so myself :)

Next step is to make each individual kiosk it's own local web server that gets fed data at strategic times during the day.

But it needs to get rid of the mouse pointer!

zmama
12-02-2004, 23:34:43
I guess I'm being thick here...why do do need to hide the mouse pointer? Don't the users need to mouse? Or is it just on the marquee page you want it disappeared for esthetic reasons?

QtFLW@Work
13-02-2004, 00:13:29
Nope, since it's a kiosk system, it's just information display. There's no interaction (yet, unless I can find some software that drives our antiquated touch screen system) though even if there were I wouldn't want the mouse pointer to get in the way.

I'd post a link, but it's sadly Intranet only.

zmama
13-02-2004, 00:32:15
Well then if there is no interaction then just unplug the mouse.

QtFLW@Work
13-02-2004, 00:52:40
The pointer remains, and last time I did that it threw up an error message preventing the machine from booting right.

chagarra
13-02-2004, 08:33:29
Why not just make a transparent mouse, and use it as the default.

Resource Consumer
13-02-2004, 11:09:59
Why not buy a cat {sorry! I'll get my coat}

LoD
13-02-2004, 11:25:27
Originally posted by chagarra
Why not just make a transparent mouse, and use it as the default.

chaggara is right. A transparen mouse pointer could help...

QtFLW@Work
13-02-2004, 17:05:07
Until I need to boot the machine and do some maintenance work on it :) :)

Google doesn't have much in the way of info. on mouse pointer editing, or utilities that hide the pointer. I don't think IE has a switch to hide the pointer for kiosk mode (I've checked out the list of switches it has). Maybe there's a Javascript command that does it...

Sir Penguin
13-02-2004, 20:38:23
It's quite trivial to navigate to the mouse configuration window using the keyboard.

SP

QtFLW@Work
13-02-2004, 21:58:11
I know that, I'm just lazy.

Sir Penguin
13-02-2004, 22:13:10
So, you're just sore that chagarra thought of it before you did?

SP

QtFLW@Work
13-02-2004, 23:59:59
Nope, I'd already thought of it.

chagarra
14-02-2004, 02:26:31
Virtually all the editing you need is in control panel... Mouse.

sheez.....That deserves a rolleye.

The Mad Monk
22-02-2004, 13:05:18
Ok...is the dead center the same color on both screens?

Reduce the pointer to a few pixels of that color.

The Mad Monk
22-02-2004, 13:05:57
Oh, and...

:rolleyes:

The Mad Monk
26-03-2004, 09:36:03
How goes the no-mouse hunt?

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
27-03-2004, 03:29:12
Eh. Gave up for now. Had more important things to do. So I just move the pointer to the edge of the screen so it isn't visible :) :)

BUT! I did move the TV running the kiosk system out into our lobby last week, and now it's displaying all our job orders for the day.

Interesting point: other staff are responsible for updating the job orders in the system. Last Friday (the day we put the TV in the lobby unannounced) there were exactly ten, which has pretty much been the case for the past few months. Today, there were 120! I guess some of them are finally realising that if status of what they're supposed to be doing is out in public, then they really need to start doing their work :D This is totally worth the effort required to get the thing running! Heh :)

Darkstar
28-03-2004, 05:26:46
Giving something visibility is a great way to get work on it done. Strange how that works out...

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
28-03-2004, 05:57:53
Yeah :D As we speak, for my next project, I'm writing reports to show how many clients staff have, and making it available to supervisors and managers :D That should get a few more of them to pull their fingers out!

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
28-03-2004, 05:59:03
Well, not really as we speak, 'cos it's late on a Saturday. But my subconscious is working on it.

Darkstar
28-03-2004, 08:07:29
LOL!

Well, I know what you mean. And it's a better use for the subconscious then what it will get up to on it's own. ;)

JM^3
01-04-2004, 21:26:24
I thought that this would be a sex thread

JOn Miller

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
02-04-2004, 05:46:53
Mouse pointer is the new salami.