It’s some time since I’ve released a new QL program, so I’m very pleased to announce the release of my Q-Bar taskbar and start menu system for SMSQ/E or QDOS with pointer environment version 2 or later.
Q-Bar features an auto-hide taskbar, which displays a list of running jobs and lets you pick or remove those jobs. The taskbar can be set to appear on any of the four edges of your screen, and may be set to auto-hide, i.e. only appear when the pointer is near that edge of the screen (auto-hide can be turned off if you prefer, in which case it works like a normal QL program).
The Start menu is a bit like the Quicklaunch menu in my Launchpad system. Just click on the little red, white and black icon (it looks like the QL monitor screen) to make the Start menu appear. This menu can have sub-menus, so you can create groups of programs, e.g. Games, Databases, BASIC programs…
No more tedious typing EXEC commands and filenames to start your favourite QL programs – just add them to the launcher menu and click on them to start them every time you want to use them.
You can manually run programs too, by typing in their filenames or using the file menu system to locate them if you feel you don’t use them often enough to warrant adding them to the menus. The launcher includes a Locate screen too (click on the magnifying glass icon) so that if you are not sure where you stored the program on a drive, or can’t remember the full filename, you can type in a partial filename and let Q-Bar search for it for you.
Q-Bar can work with other program launcher systems such as my Launchpad or Q-Dock programs. Q-Bar is a freeware program, which is available to download from http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/frontend/index.html