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Virtual display

If from the Main Menu you have selected the "Virtual display" option, then you will see a small window like above on the screen. This is showing you an approximate copy of the current screen you LCD/VFD is showing. The reason it is only approximate and not an exact copy is because of the custom characters etc. that the display can show which are not in the windows fonts (I may try and get an edited copy of the font at some future stage). The screen can be setup in different colours, and with transparency (Only available in 2000/xp) as well if wanted from the configuration screen. It's position and status (visible or not) are automatically remembered when you start/exit LCDC, so if it is on the screen when LCDC is closed it will be there when you restart. As the Virtual display has no proper window bar at the top, you can move the window by clicking and holding anywhere in the main text area or in the blank area of the grey bar at the top of the display. The screen has similar properties to the excellent WinAmp in that it will lock to screen edges wtc. The grey bar at the top has several small buttons on as follows :-

  • [X] : Closes the window, this is the equivelent of turning of the virtual display from the main menu.
  • [<-] : Go back to previous screen (envokes the display action "Dsp->Skip back 1 screen")
  • [->] : Go to next screen (envokes the display action "Dsp->Skip forward 1 screen")
  • [||] : Pauses or resumes the display (Envokes the action "Dsp->Pause dislay on/off") If paused this option will be become white with a black square around it as per the picture above.
  • [^] : Changes the Virtual display to be "On Top" or as a normal window. While this window is on top the transparency option is void.
  • [Cam] : Takes a screen shot and saves the gif file into the lcdc folder
  • [o] : Turns on and off transparency (not availble on every OS)
  • [A] through [E] : Selecting one of these is the equivelent of pressing a keypad key attached to your display which can envoke any in built action or action from the plugins loaded. These can be configured in the configuration screen to report back different values, e.g. can report back as "J" so that a virtual key and physical keypad key can perform the same action.

Note : You can also double click the display to hide/show the top header section.