22895Re: [NTB] Keeping Clipbars in separate libraries
- Oct 1, 2012At 10/1/2012 01:50 PM, Joy wrote:
>Thanks very much for the explanation but I'm still unclear. (For thoseI agree, The single click access of custom clips on clipbars is what makes
>trying to follow, I think there are some typos when mentioning .clb, .ctb,
>I do understand clipcode for an entire library is in .clb and clipbars are
>in .ctb All are in Libraries folder along with my user supplied .bmps
>So far, so good. Now, am I understanding you to be saying the tip is
>suggesting creating clipbar-A with the clips from clipcode library-A,
>clipbar-B with the clips from clipcode library-B and so on?
>If so, I don't see how that helps anything. The best part of clipbars is
>putting clips from different libraries on the same clipbar.
>Perhaps I was reading too much into that particular tip. If I completely
>missed something you meant, sorry - let me know.
NTB worthwhile. Without both NTB is just another editor.
As you surmise, clipcode libraries (*.clb) and clipbars (*.ctb) are
completely independent. It is simply a matter of work style and personal
preference how you organize them. I kept all my clips in one file until
they got too numerous for easy maintenance. Then I broke them out by
function groups into separate files but still only use one clipbar. Some
users like to use multiple clipbars that include both common and unique
clips and then switch between them for various task profiles. I am avoiding
that as it means an increase in the complexity and potential for
maintenance errors. I would like to see NTB support multiple user clipbars.
For example, one clipbar slot for common/universal clips and another slot
for task specific clips.
To see how the clipbar is structured, right click on it and chose "Edit
Clipbar". It is basically a comma delimited, plain text CSV file. The first
field is the clipcode file name, the second the clip name within the
referenced clipcode file and the third the name of the icon to display on
the clipbar. Blank lines in the clipbar file appear as blank separators
between icons 1/3 of an icon wide.
Although by default, clipcode libraries, cliptab files and user icons are
stored in the active libraries folder, they can actually be placed anywhere
by including the path with the entry name. Both full paths and relative
paths are supported. For example, in the clipbar file,
".\Icons\CustomIcon.bmp" references the CustomIcon.bmp file in the \Icons\
folder under the default \libraries\ folder. (However, it does look like
the relative path calculation for the clipcode lib has a bug. Instead of
referencing the folder under the default \libraries\ folder, ".\AltFldr\",
NTB looks for the folder under the exe file libraries folder. A full path
When you right click on a button in the clipbar and choose "Button
Properties" you are presented with a dialog window which allows you to
select an icon for the referenced clip. The "Toolbar icons" tab displays
the icons which built into NTB and stored in the Bitmap section of the NTB
exe file. The "Custom Icons" tabs displays all the bmp icons in a virtual
folder which is created by combining the current active library folder and
the library folder under the exe file folder. Only bmp icons in these
folders are displayed. Windows format icons (*.ico) may be used but have
to be set by editing the clipbar file. Likewise for icons in non-default
This is probably TMI but once I get started the words just keep on coming.
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