UNDOCUMENTED FEATURES on WP 2.0.1 WINDOWS

John Becker (jrb6@cornell.edu)
Tue, 28 May 1996 20:55:41 -0400 (EDT)


Here are a few apparently undocumented features of the White Pine Windows
version 2.0.1 that I stumbled across. I don't recall seeing these in the
manual, and they're not in the cuseeme.wri file that contains last-minute
updates. So I assume they were just added as a nice bell & whistle that
didn't get into the docs.

Click on any video window with your RIGHT mouse button. A popup menu appears
with the following choices:

Keep in Front -- Keep this remote video window on top.
Useful. You can have the Talk Window open large,
and have the remote video window sit on top of
the upper right, unused portion, for example.

If two windows have "Keep in Front" active, and
they overlap, the one that got it first stays,
the other goes away.

Toolbar -- Adds or removes the Toolbar from the bottom of that
remote video window. Clicking on the Status Button
sometimes forces an update and the image is visible
sooner.

Statusbar -- Adds or removes the Statusbar from the bottom of that
remote video window.

Freeze Video -- This halts the video update being sent from this
user. Useful for keeping a decent image -- or, in
some cases, an indecent image.

Get Info... -- This pops up a small dialog box center screen, which
reveals the same info as the normal Info button on
the Statusbar. However, if you've got the statusbar
OFF, it's useful, particularly for checking the
codec the user is sending. If they're sending color
on a non-WP reflector, you might as well kill that
window since you'll never receive an image.
For the local video, this option is Properties...

All of these controls affect the single remote video window on which you've
click, but the overall settings are stored globally in the cuseeme.ini file as:

[VideoWindows]
ShowToolbar=No
ShowStatusBar=No

and not with each particular window:

[Video Position]
Window0=815,60
Window1=647,60
Window2=483,60
Window3=318,60
Window4=812,204
Window5=649,204
Window6=475,204
Window7=317,204
Window8=316,204
Window9=311,348

Note that if the VideoWindows setting is "Yes" for *any* video window, it
gets saved as "Yes" for all of them. However, during a session, each video
window -- local or remote -- is independently configured.

Besides the added convenience, there are two advantages of these controls.
First, you can make better use of the limited screen real estate. Without
the bars, you can easily have all eight windows open without overlap, plus
have a generously large TalkWindow there, too. Secondly, it also seems that
removing the Statusbar and Toolbar reduces overhead and gets you updates
more often. This, however, is an impression, and not based on any definitive
testing. Nevertheless, we know that the Participants window adds to
overhead, so it's probably true of the Statusbar and ToolBar as well.

I haven't checked these features out on my Mac version yet, but I suspect
they're there, too.