Phatch Droplet How-To:

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Introduction1

Phatch has two droplet modes.

  1. Running Phatch as a Droplet: You start the Phatch application and turn it into a Droplet (View > Droplet). This is good for experimenting if you want to change some parameters on the fly.
  2. Droplet Shortcuts: Once you have a final action list, which you don't need to change anymore, you can export the action list as a shortcut on your desktop or any other folder (File > Create Droplet From…)*. In this mode you won't be able to change parameters.

Running Phatch as a droplet

  1. Go to the (View > Droplet) menu
  2. Phatch will shrink from a full-sized windowed application to a floating image. This acts like a Droplet which stays on top of all other windows.
  3. You can move it around by clicking with the left mouse button and dragging it around.
  4. You can very easily get productive by dragging-and-dropping files or folders onto the Droplet to process them according to the Action List you have loaded currently in Phatch.

Droplet Shortcuts

This feature is currently only supported on Linux. It will be added to other platforms in the future.

Create Droplets From:

Action List Droplet:

  1. Go to the (File > Create Droplet From… > Action List…) menu
  2. You'll get a Dialog Box asking you to choose a folder to create the Droplet in.
  3. Name or Browse to the desired folder. (Click the Open button on Linux.2)
  4. Phatch will create a folder with the name you specified, with a Droplet bearing the name of the Action List you had loaded at the time. (If you browsed to an existing folder, you will find the Phatch Action List Droplet there).

Recent Action Lists Droplet:

  1. Go to the (File > Create Droplet From… > Recent…) menu
  2. You'll get a Dialog Box asking you to choose a folder to create the Droplet in.
  3. Name or Browse to the desired folder. (Click the Open button.3)
  4. Phatch will create a folder with the name you specified, with a Droplet bearing the name Phatch Recent. (If you browsed to an existing folder, you will find the Phatch Recent Droplet there).

Phatch Image Inspector Droplet:

  1. Go to the (File > Create Droplet From… > Image Inspector…) menu
  2. You'll get a Dialog Box asking you to choose a folder to create the Droplet in.
  3. Name or Browse to the desired folder.(Click the Open button.4)
  4. Phatch will create a folder with the name you specified, with a Droplet bearing the name Phatch Image Inspector. (If you browsed to an existing folder, you will find the Phatch Image Inspector Droplet there).

Exporting Commands to the Clipboard Mode:

Copy Action List as Command to Clipboard:

  1. Go to the (File > Create Droplet From… > Copy Actionlist as Command to Clipboard) menu
  2. You'll get an informational Dialog Box stating that the Droplet command for the current Action List was copied to the Clipboard, and that you can paste it as text into the properties of a new Launcher. Click the OK Button to dismiss the Dialog Box.
  3. Now go about creating the new Launcher, keeping Phatch open while doing so, or the Clipboard contents will be cleared before you paste the Command into your new Launcher.5
  4. After creating your Launcher, you can close Phatch and begin processing files and folders with the Launcher Icon instead of the main Phatch application.

Copy Recent as Command to Clipboard:

  1. Go to the (File > Create Droplet From… > Copy Recent as Command to Clipboard) menu
  2. You'll get an informational Dialog Box stating that the Droplet command for the current Action List was copied to the Clipboard, and that you can paste it as text into the properties of a new Launcher. Click the OK Button to dismiss the Dialog Box.
  3. Now go about creating the new Launcher, keeping Phatch open while doing so, or the Clipboard contents will be cleared before you paste the Command into your new Launcher.
  4. After creating your Launcher, you can close Phatch and begin processing files and folders with the Launcher Icon instead of the main Phatch application.

Copy Image Inspector as Command to Clipboard:

  1. Go to the (File > Create Droplet From… > Copy Image Inspector as Command to Clipboard) menu
  2. You'll get an informational Dialog Box stating that the Droplet command for the Image Inspector was copied to the Clipboard, and that you can paste it as text into the properties of a new Launcher. Click the OK Button to dismiss the Dialog Box.
  3. Now go about creating the new Launcher, keeping Phatch open while doing so, or the Clipboard contents will be cleared before you paste the Command into your new Launcher.
  4. After creating your Launcher, you can close Phatch and begin inspecting image files and folders with the Launcher Icon instead of the main Phatch application.

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