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Splash Screen

Glue42 Enterprise has a built-in splash screen, but also supports showing a custom splash screen. The splash screen can be loaded from a local file or from a remote location.

To replace the splash screen HTML file, go to %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\assets\splash and add your own custom file. You can also use the existing splash files and modify the directly.

Use the "splash" top-level key in the system.json file of Glue42 Enterprise to specify the splash screen location, bounds and other options. Provide a full path to a local or a remote file:

{
    "splash": {
        "disabled": false,
        "url": "file://%GDDIR%/assets/custom/splash.html",
        "width": 350,
        "height": 233,
        "blockStartup": true
    }
}

You can also use the %GDDIR% environment variable, which points to the Glue42 Enterprise installation folder.

The "disabled" property is set to false by default. Use the "blockStartup" property (set to false by default) to specify whether Glue42 Enterprise should wait for the splash screen to load before proceeding with the startup.

Splash

For the splash screen setup to work, you must handle the following events:

// `updateStatus` event
ipcRenderer.on("updateStatus", (event, arg) => {
    console.log(`updating status to ${arg.text}`);
    var status = document.getElementById("status");
    status.innerHTML = arg.text + "...";
});

// `setVersion` event
ipcRenderer.on("setVersion", (event, arg) => {
    var status = document.getElementById("version");
    status.innerHTML = arg.text;
});

// `setEdition` event
ipcRenderer.on("setEdition", (event, arg) => {
    var edition = document.getElementById("version");
    edition.innerHTML += ` (${arg.text})`;
});

// `setEnvRegion` event
ipcRenderer.on("setEnvRegion", (event, arg) => {
    var edition = document.getElementById("version");
    edition.innerHTML += ` -${arg.text}`;
});

Available since Glue42 Enterprise 3.15

The Glue42 frameless window type allows you to customize the splash screen of Glue42 Enterprise with transparent areas or use irregular shapes for it.

Loaders

Glue42 Enterprise comes with built-in loaders that can be replaced with custom ones.

The loader for Glue42 Windows can be set in the themes.json configuration file of Glue42 Enterprise located in %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\config.

The loader for Layouts and Workspaces is an HTML file located in %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\assets\loader which you can replace with your own custom one or edit it directly.

Windows

Use the "loadingAnimation" property of each respective theme in the themes.json file and specify a path to your custom XAML file. The path can be either absolute or relative to the %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\config folder:

// Custom loading animation for the "Dark" theme.
[
    {
        "name": "dark",
        "properties": {
            "loadingAnimation": "../custom/spinner.xaml",
        }
    }
]

Use the "loadingText", "loadingTextFont", "loadingTextFontSize" and "loadingTextColor" properties to add custom text to the Glue42 Window loader:

[
    {
        "name": "dark",
        "properties": {
            "loadingAnimation": "../custom/spinner.xaml",
            "loadingText": "My custom loader text.",
            "loadingTextFont": "Calibri",
            "loadingTextFontSize": 20,
            "loadingTextColor": "#eeeeee"
        }
    }
]

Loading animation

If you need a loader without the Glue42 logo, you can use this sample neutral loader.

Layouts & Workspaces

To replace the Layouts and Workspaces loader HTML file, go to %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\assets\loader and add your own custom file.

Product Name

You can specify a custom product name that matches your internal deployment branding. It will be displayed in the:

  • Glue42 Tray Icon

To change the product name displayed on hover over the Glue42 tray icon and in the tray icon menu, modify the "build" top-level key in the system.json configuration file of Glue42 Enterprise located in %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\config:

{
    "build": "My Custom Build"
}

Tray

  • Glue42 Executable Description

Since this information is compiled into the executable file at build time, the recommended approach is to send the name and description strings to the Glue42 team and they will be modified according to your requirements. Otherwise, use a tool for updating Windows executable resources.

Note that this description is displayed in the Windows Task Manager by default.

  • Installer UI

The product name displayed in the installer can be changed only through the extensibility features of the installer app. For more details, see the Installer section.

  • Splash Screen and Toolbars

To change the product name in the splash screen or the toolbar apps, you must modify the respective apps. For more details on how to customize the splash screen and the Glue42 Toolbars, see the Splash Screen and Toolbar sections.

Version

To change the product version, modify the version.json file of Glue42 Enterprise located in %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueInstaller. This file contains the names and the respective versions of all Glue42 Artefacts:

{
    "product": "GlueDesktop",
    "version": "3.14.0.27-custom-version"
}

Icons

The built-in Glue42 Enterprise icons are replaceable. You can change:

For details on how to change the icons of the automatically created shortcuts when using the Glue42 Enterprise installer app for deployment, see the Installer > Shortcuts section. For details on how to change the installer screen icons, see the Installer > Installer UI section.

Glue42 Enterprise

To change the default icon displayed when Glue42 Enterprise is pinned to the taskbar, go to %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\assets\images and replace the glue.ico file with your own custom icon, keeping the name glue.ico.

Tray

To change the icon displayed in the system tray, go to %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\assets\images, add you custom icon and name it tray.ico. If a tray.ico file isn't available, the logo.ico file will be used as a default.

App Default

The logo.ico file located in %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\assets\images is used as a default taskbar icon for Glue42 enabled apps. To change it, replace the logo.ico file with your own custom icon, keeping the name logo.ico.

Note that the Floating Toolbar app also uses this icon by default as its taskbar icon.

Window Groups

To change the taskbar icon for Glue42 Window groups, go to %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\assets\images and replace the groups.ico file with your own custom icon, keeping the name groups.ico.

Alternatively, change the icon from the themes.json configuration file of Glue42 Enterprise located in %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\config. The Glue42 Window groups theme properties are located under the "groups" key for each respective theme. Use the "icon" property and specify the name of your custom icon:

// Custom group icon for the "Dark" theme.
{
    "name": "dark",
    "properties": {
        "groups": {
            "icon": "custom-group-icon.ico"
        }
    }
}

Note that the specified group icon file must be an ICO file and must be placed in the %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\assets\images folder.

Tab Groups

To change the default icon for tab groups, go to the themes.json configuration file of Glue42 Enterprise located in %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\config. The Glue42 Window groups theme properties are located under the "groups" key for each respective theme. Use the "tabGroupIcon" property and specify the name of your custom icon:

// Custom tab group icon for the "Dark" theme.
{
    "name": "dark",
    "properties": {
        "groups": {
            "tabGroupIcon": "tab-groups.ico"
        }
    }
}

Note that the specified tab group icon file must be an ICO file and must be placed in the %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\assets\images folder.

Workspaces

The taskbar icon for the Workspaces App can be set from the workspaces.json file located in %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\config\apps. Specify an absolute or a relative path to your custom icon:

{
    "title": "Workspaces UI",
    "type": "workspaces",
    "name": "workspaces-demo",
    "icon": "../../resources/icons/workspaces.ico",
    "details": {}
}

The Glue42 icon in the Workspaces App can be changed from the app itself. For more details on how to customize the Workspaces UI or build an entirely new custom Workspaces App, see the Extending Workspaces section.

Executable File

The icon for the Glue42 Enterprise executable file (tick42-glue-desktop.exe) is compiled into the app at build time and can't be changed without invalidating its Authenticode signature. For this reason, the recommended approach is to send your custom icon to the Glue42 team to include it in your customized build step. If that isn't possible, you can replace the icon using a tool for updating Windows executable resources. Keep in mind that if you update the executable file, you'll need to Authenticode sign it yourself, otherwise it won't have a valid signature, which might trigger warnings from Windows or antivirus software.

Notifications

The default apps for handling Glue42 Notifications are the Glue42 Notification Panel and the notification toasts. They can be customized visually or altogether replaced with your own custom apps. It is also possible to filter notifications, enable or disable notification toasts and specify their size and duration through configuration. For more details on how to configure, customize or replace the default notification apps, see the Notifications section.

Themes

Use the themes.json configuration file of Glue42 Enterprise located in %LocalAppData%\Tick42\GlueDesktop\config to customize the look and feel of Glue42 Windows. For details and examples on how to customize Glue42 Windows, window and tab groups, see the Developers > Configuration > Themes section.

Workspaces are entirely customizable too. For more details on how to customize the Workspaces UI or build an entirely new custom Workspaces App, see the Extending Workspaces section.