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Piano Launchpad: FAQ

Q1: Do I need Piano Launchpad?
A1: You need it if
  • If your Desktop is full of objects. Move 10-20 objects to Piano Launchpad. enable auto-hide feature, so your desktop is free again.
  • If non-computer people are using the computer, the Launchpad helps them launch needed programs
  • Icons on Piano Launchpad are larger and better than on eCenter

 
Q2: How to load Piano Launchpad automatically on system startup?
A2: Drop Piano Launchpad to Startup folder
 
Q3: Which objects and programs to collect at Launchpad?
A3: Examples:
  • Put Firefox, Thunderbird to Launchpad to start the day with good news
  • FileCommander and other file shells, i.e. utils which are started several times per day.
  • OpenOffice, Lotus SmartSuite folders
  • Personal Cards Manager address book
  • Calculator for millionaire - you need it immediately
  • We recommend move all multimedia applications to Central Remote Control menu. But you can collect the multimedia applications in a folder on Launchpad.

 
Q4: How to update Piano Launchpad?
A4: Our goal is save your data. So, follow simple instructions, read the messages which the scripts print:
  • Backup Piano launchpad using BACKUP.CMD, find x:\PianoPad.sav
  • Remove Piano Launchpad using INSTALL.CMD -> U
  • Restart WPS or Reboot
  • Install new version of Piano Launchpad using INSTALL.CMD -> I
  • Restore the configuration of Piano Launchpad using RESTORE.CMD

 
Q5: How to create the 2-nd Launchpad?
A5: Use CREATE.CMD script from Piano Launchpad package.
 
Q6: What is the role of eCenter if using Piano Launchpad?
A6: Place eCenter in the top, so eCS (startup) button and menu is easy to use. Which objects move to eCenter?
  • Put indicators to eCenter: Tasks list, indicator of battery, temperature, etc.
  • Put to eCenter Launchpad CMD-scripts (you start a script, it executes a task, exits)

 
Q7: How to stick Piano Launchpad to all ePager virtual desktops?
A7: ePager properties -> Sticky windows -> Add Piano Launchpad
 
Q8: Where the Launchpad stores data about objects?
A8: The information about objects is stored in ini files
 
Q9: Why no animations on Launchpad?
A9: The animations do not increase productivity of eComStation users. The goal of the project:
  • Return the Launchpad to the Desktop as addition to the eCenter
  • bring large icons to the Desktop

 
Q10: I want move BIGICONS icons to other location.
A10: Change SET BIGICONSPATH=
 
Q11: How to remove objects from the Launchpad?
A11: There are 2 different objects: shredder and trashcan
  • There is shredder on Piano Launchpad when you run it in the first time or find it in Desktop -> Programs -> Utilities -> Shredder object
  • To remove via Trashcan, open properties of Trashcan -> [x] remove immediately

 
Q12: I do not understand the need for Piano. It appears that eCenter offers the functionality of Piano, plus much more.
A12: Piano Launchpad is an addon to eCenter. Piano plays the role of main system launchpad, it is more advanced than eCenter small launchpads.
 

 


 

 
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