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Re: [SD-User] SD colours on Windows 10

Subject: Re: [SD-User] SD colours on Windows 10
From: Paul O'Kane <>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:30:34 +0000
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On 15/11/2020 23:21, Martin Davies G0HDB wrote:
I've been a user of SD for many years and have got fully accustomed to its 
colour scheme in
which logged QSOs are shown in yellow on a green-ish (teal?) background, with 
colours as shown in the screenshot on the first page of the SD manual and also 
in the main
screen and the logging line of the screen as shown on the website.  However...

I've just replaced my previous Windows 7 'shack' PC with a new machine running 
10, and when I use the RESET command to restore the default colours I find that 
the colour
scheme is not particularly to my liking.  Furthermore, I don't seem to be able 
to select the
colours so that the appearance reverts to what I've become used to on the 
previous Windows
7 PC (and all its predecessors way back to Windows 98 or perhaps 95 and 
probably even
DOS!).  I'm using the same monitor with the new Windows 10 PC as I was with the 
Windows 7 machine so nothing has changed on that front.

I can't explain that - I've been using Windows 10, and its regular updates, since it first became available - the colours have not changed since the days of Windows 7.

Is there any way to select a different colour palette that will give me the 
old-style colour
scheme when running SD under Windows 10, or is the available colour palette 
governed by
the selected Windows 10 'theme'?

There may be, but SD uses the "Legacy Console" option in "Properties" (right-click on SD's Title Bar - at the top of the window), as described in "Getting Started" on Page 3 of the manual SD.PDF.  This guarantees a stable display.  The Legacy Console limits the colour choice to the usual 16 options.

In its infinite wisdom Microsoft appears to have got rid of
the ability to use the 'classic' Window appearance theme in Windows 10 - grrrr!

When Tablet Mode is disabled for Windows 10, the display should look just the same as it did in Windows 7.

An alternative suggestion for Paul to consider would be to allow the entry of 
hex numbers for
each of SD's nine or ten colour selection options (windows background, logged 
logging line etc etc), as is implemented in certain other amateur radio apps 
(eg. WSJT-X).
An example of a colour code in WSJT-X is #46ff5f, which is the colour I use to 
show my
callsign in a message.

Yes, most of that should be possible - for the 10 colour categories held at the foot of SD.INI.  I'll check if this is supported in PowerBASIC, but in any case it will be subject to no other serious issues arising from leaving Legacy Mode.

Is anyone else experiencing "odd" colours?

Paul EI5DI

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