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What's a "toast popup"?

By CharlieSpencer ·
We're screwing around with an instant messaging client called 'Spark'. One of the client's customization settings is to enable something called a "toast popup". What in the name of Sunbeam bread is this? The Spark help .PDF doesn't mention it at all. Googling the term results in many links to where the term in used but no definition. I suspect it's one of those phrases long-time instant messaging users take for granted.

Edited because my Left Shift key doesn't know the difference between '/' and '?'.

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I think if you read this it will give you an idea of what it means..

ToastForm class - An inherited Form class that uses the FormAnimator class to produce the same "toast" effect used by MSN Messenger and other apps, where the form slides up from the system tray and then slides back again after a period of time.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Uh, what?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to I think if you read this ...

Clear as mud. I don't use MSN Messenger and have no experience with IM. I'm not following you at all. Any chance you could post a screen shot?

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Like when

by cmiller5400 In reply to Uh, what?

Like when you unplug your network cable and a message pops up in the system tray stating that there is no connectivity. Instead of just showing up there, it "slides up" from the system tray. Kind of like Norton Antivirus does.

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Well it is the same as a little popup..

A little box that comes up from the system tray to ask "do you want this" or "New message" that i have that comes up from the system tray to notify me about a new message from Thunderbird.
That is all it is really, as the saying goes (as in a toaster) "toast popup". Another way of saying a popup "information box".

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Thanks guys

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Well it is the same as a ...

I've got all the visual bells and whistles turned off on my XP Pro; I don't think I've seen this effect. For me, popups just, well, pop up. I'd never heard the term and thought it was IM-specific. Thanks for clearing up the confusion.

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No problem..you learn something everyday in this field of work

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I think it may hail from WinAmp's TOASTER ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to What's a "toast popup"?

In WinAmp, for many many years now, there has been a plug-in called TOASTER.

Many WinAmp users seemingly prefer to use the psychedelic sound-to-music displays while listening to their playlists. As a result they lose any display that might tell them what they're actually listening to!

The TOASTER is a plug-in that is fully user-configurable in terms of size, shape, colour, implementation of how it comes into view. It can fade in from nowhere, positioned anywhere on the screen, it can slide in from any border edge, instantly appear anywhere, and it can contain any or all of the information contained in the meta-tag incorporated inside the MP3.

Its main function is to tell you important information in an unobtrusive way.


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