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How can I control keyboard transparency externally?

My-T-Soft for Windows

The Transparency option dates back to features available in Windows 2000 and spans many versions of the software and versions of Windows. Here is a quick overview of the transparency settings:

For the 1.xx software, My-T-Soft uses MYTSOFT.INI settings. These can be manipulated via the SeeThru.exe tool (accessible to the user from the My-T-Soft Menu | Advanced | Transparency). Note that on some versions of Windows and User Account Control settings, a higher privileged MYTSOFT.exe may need to be run (Run as Administrator, or use MYTSOFT.requireAdministrator.exe (default privileges are asInvoker)). These settings can also be accessed via My-T-Soft Setup | Configuration | Special Options | Edit My-T-Soft Initialization File.

[Configuration]
...
Transparency=1
TransparencyLevel=175
...

Where Transparency is set to 1 for enabled, 0 for disabled, and TransparencyLevel ranges from 0-255 where 0 is completely transparent (invisible) and 255 is completely opaque (as if Transparency not enabled).

Here are additional notes for these intiialization file settings:

http://www.imgpresents.com/mytsoft/guide/html/mytsoftini.html#Transparency

In My-T-Soft 1.90 and 2.xx software, the SeeThru.exe updates the following registry key/values:

Registry file between ===== lines
=================================

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Innovation Management Group\Build-A-Board]
"Transparency"="1"
"TransparencyLevel"="111"

=================================

Seethru.exe is used by the 2.xx runtime software on Windows to enable Transparency and set transparency level. The 2.xx SeeThru.exe tool ONLY updates this registry setting. To obtain this executable (e.g. My-T-Soft Basic, refer to the BIN folder in Build-A-Board - use Windows Explorer and find file \Program Files\Build-A-Board\BIN\Seethru.exe)

NOTES:
If you have My-T-Soft 1.90 and use SeeThru.exe it updates both the INI and the registry, so either version (1.xx or 2.xx) that runs will reflect the same transparancy setting. If using custom layouts from Build-A-Board, only the registry setting needs to be manipulated.

As noted above, a higher privilege may be needed so the run-time SeeThru.exe has access to update registry settings. SeeThru.exe is in the \Program Files\MYTSOFT folder. For Build-A-Board, it is in the \Program Files\Build-A-Board\BIN folder.

My-T-Soft for Mac OS X

There is a SeeThru tool that operates similar to the Windows version available in the My-T-Soft folder

My-T-Soft for Android

The Transparency level is set via the My-T-Soft Settings via a slider - there is no enable/disable, this simply sets the level from completely transparent to completely opaque used to display the My-T-Soft layout (alpha level ranges 0-255)

This settings is part of the My-T-Soft_preferences.xml settings that can be exported/imported - it is an integer setting (number) that can range between 0-255. Note that very low numbers may result in an invisble keyboard, which may not be helpful, but can also create an interesting user interface.

Category: Integrating(Developing)Type: Question/Answer Product: My-T-SoftVersion: 1.7x 1.80 1.90 2.10 2.20 2.30

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