Windows launcher

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There is a Microsoft Windows launcher for FreeMind, written in C.



This launcher provides the following.

Feature Description
Icon Has an icon.
Dropping a file When a file is dragged and dropped over the launcher, it is passed to Java application as a parameter.
Argument passing When the launcher is run from a DOS console and given multiple arguments, all are passed to the Java application.
Changing to directory The launcher has to reside in a directory relative to the application directory. However, it can be run from any other directory. Therefore, if you assign the launcher to a file type, the application is run correctly with the file passed as an argument.


This launcher for Microsoft Windows was compiled using Dev-C++.

To download Dev-C++, go to project page at SourceForge.

To get Dev-C++ working on Windows Vista, follow this forum thread. The thread instructs you to install MinGW separately, and to set the directories in the settings of Dev-C++ to the ones of MinGW.

To recompile it, open the project with Dev-C++, and compile the project.

The underlying compiler of Dev-C++ was MinGW.


File Description Project file, to be opened in Dev-C++
Freemind.c The source code Written by Dev-C++. Contains compiler settings.
FreeMind.ico Application icon file, with light bulb.
FreeMind-document.ico Document icon file, with light bulb.
FreeMind-butterfly.ico Icon file, with butterfly icon, instead of light bulb icon. There is no document icon for butterfly.
Icon1.rc Plain text, resource file, describing the location of icons. Contains:
#include <windows.h>

//100 ICON "FreeMind-butterfly.ico"
100 ICON "FreeMind.ico"
101 ICON "FreeMind-document.ico"
Icon1.o Object file compiled from Icon1.rc and FreeMind.ico (or FreeMind-buttefly.ico)
Freemind.o Object file compiled from Freemind.c
Freemind.exe Executable built from Freemind.o and Icon1.o
strip-FreeMind-executable.bat A batch file for reducing the size of the resulting Freemind.exe, to be executed after the Freemind.exe has been created.

Not all of these files are present in CVS; some are only present in the patches.


Patch Note
Windows launcher Features butterfly icon. An updated launcher features more; see the patch.


Things to watch

  1. FreeMind.ico must be a real icon, not an icon created by changing the extension of a file from bmp to ico.


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