I’ve just written a tool that lets you bypass the default Windows Live Messenger prompt when you press you LifeCam’s button on top.
It can be a little annoy, but the good news is that now you can open or focus any application you want with the click of that button.
As you can see from the image above, I’ve made a simple browse option so you can easily find the file you want. When you open this tool it will automatically display the path to the program that is currently set to open.
If you later decide that you want to just use the default application (the one set before you change anything) then it’s only a couple of clicks away!
Currently the implementation used could be error prone. I have written the application to “assume” that the default application should be installed to “C:\Program Files\Microsoft LifeCam\icepick.exe” for 32-bit computers and to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft LifeCam\icepick.exe” for 64-bit computers.
If problems are experienced with this then please let me know. It may be better to scan for the application rather than to assume it’s in that location, but typically it should always be in that location.
Thanks for checking out this little tool! I hope you find it helpful. If you’re curious about the source code just fire off an email! It’s currently written in Visual Basic 2008, but could easily be ported to another language especially since I overly document code so others know what I’m doing. 😉
Download – 163kb
I finally got around to uploading the source code to my Power Hour program. I hadn’t looked at it in about a year and just recently have been getting comments and emails about it.
It looks like I may need to start it back up and see if I can finish it since I stopped shortly after getting most fo the features working last year.
It would also be nice to go in a clean up the code and stabilize it a little more with some error checking and such. If anyone is interested in fixing and patching the errors with me feel free. My contact information can be found on the “About” page (linked to above).
I also took some time recently to convert the code from the original Visual Basic 2005 format to the newer Visual Basic 2008 format just to keep up with the times. If you don’t have Visual Basic 2008, you can download it for free and get a free registration code from Microsoft. I use the Express Editions and they offer everything I would need.
The Visual Basic 2005 code is available for v0.4, so if you already have that then you can just start contributing code from that and I can quickly convert and make it fit into the Visual Basic 2008 code.
I’m working towards Power Hour v0.5 and I plan on publishing it after the application becomes very stable and all currently pending “tickets” are resolved. If you want your name added to the credits just send in some form of a patch or fix and I’ll add your credits to the program!
Until then just enjoy the program and show your friends. 😉