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, 29 Jul 2010
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A battery status monitor for the windows mobile taskbar

This time I will show how I did a battery monitor that shows on the taskbar. The C source code uses the drawing functions DrawRect and Polygon to draw a battery symbol onto the taskbar. The drawing is updated every second by a background thread, that queries the battery status using GetSystemPowerStatusEx2. The thread then sends the battery flag reading using SendMessage with WM_USER.

Why did I write an app that already exists? If you look at your windows mobile taskbar, you will find, that the battery or the clock disappear from the taskbar. They will not be visible in all programs, depending on the space left on the taskbar. If you need to have a battery monitor that is shown all the time, this one may be for you. It will just show all the time on top of the taskbar.

The code

The drawings are done from arrays of POINT or RECT structures. So it is easy to change the drawings:

POINT pointsBatt[]={
    {22, 3},
    {4, 3},
    {4, 8},
    {2, 8},
    {2, 16},
    {4, 16},
    {4, 21},
    {22, 21},
    {22, 19},
    {6, 19},
    {6, 5},
    {22, 5}
};

//4 different bars inside batt
RECT rectBatt2[] = {
    { 7, 7, 10, 17},
    {11, 7, 14, 17},
    {15, 7, 18, 17},
    {19, 7, 22, 17}
};
// a flash sign build as polygon
POINT pointsFlash[] = {
    {13, 2},
    { 9,12},
    {14,10},
    {13,21},
    {17, 8},
    {12,10},
    {13, 2}
};

The drawings were first created on paper and then I entered the coordinates in these arrays (do you know an app, that will allow to draw on screen and then shows/saves an array of points? Let me know).

Depending on the return code send from the background thread, only parts of the drawing are done on the screen to reflect the actual status:

        case WM_UPDATESIGNAL: //background thread message, signal is in wParam
            iSignal = (int)wParam;
            DEBUGMSG(1, (L"Received WM_UPDATESIGNAL: %i\n", iSignal));
            //force a wm_paint message
            RECT rtUpdate;
            GetClientRect(g_hWnd, &rtUpdate);
            InvalidateRect(g_hWnd, &rtUpdate, true);
            break;
        case WM_PAINT:

            RECT rt;
            hdc = BeginPaint(hWnd, &ps);
                GetClientRect(hWnd, &rt); //draw text

                //the batt polygon
                hPen = CreatePen(PS_SOLID, 0, colorBatt);
                SelectObject(hdc, hBrBatt);
                SelectObject(hdc, hPen);
                x = sizeof(pointsBatt)/sizeof(POINT);
                Polygon(hdc, pointsBatt, x);

                switch(iSignal){
                    case BATTERY_FLAG_HIGH:
                        //draw all bars
                        // the right bar
                        FillRect(hdc, &rectBatt2[0], hbrGreen);
                        // the mid bar
                        FillRect(hdc, &rectBatt2[1], hbrGreen);
                        // the left bars
                        FillRect(hdc, &rectBatt2[2], hbrGreen);
                        FillRect(hdc, &rectBatt2[3], hbrGreen);
                        break;
                    case BATTERY_FLAG_LOW:
                        //draw two bar
                        // the right bar
                        FillRect(hdc, &rectBatt2[0], hbrYellow);
                        // the mid yellow bar
                        FillRect(hdc, &rectBatt2[1], hbrYellow);
                        break;
                    case BATTERY_FLAG_CRITICAL:
                        //draw one bar
                        // the right red bar
                        FillRect(hdc, &rectBatt2[0], hbrRed);
                        break;
                    case BATTERY_FLAG_CHARGING:
                        //draw flash sign
                        //the flash symbol
                        hPen = CreatePen(PS_SOLID, 0, colorYellow);
                        SelectObject(hdc, hbrYellow);
                        SelectObject(hdc, hPen);
                        x = sizeof(pointsFlash)/sizeof(POINT);
                        Polygon(hdc, pointsFlash, x);
                        break;
                    case BATTERY_FLAG_NO_BATTERY:
                        //draw no bar
                    case BATTERY_FLAG_UNKNOWN:
                        //draw no bar
                    default:
                        //draw no bar
                        //the batt polygon
                        hPen = CreatePen(PS_SOLID, 0, colorUnknown);
                        SelectObject(hdc, hbrUnknown);
                        SelectObject(hdc, hPen);
                        x = sizeof(pointsBatt)/sizeof(POINT);
                        Polygon(hdc, pointsBatt, x);
                        break;
                };
            EndPaint(hWnd, &ps);
            return 0;

I first searched a way to have a free floating window on top of all others before I realized, that I can use the window handle of the taskbar as the parent window handle of my window.

When you tap and release the stylus on the battery window, you will get a popup menu and there you can exit the application or open the options dialog. The current option dialog only controls the horizontal position of the battery window on the taskbar. Maybe you like to extend the options and enable the user to change colors etc.

The position itself is saved/loaded from the registry. If the rekistry key is missing, it will be created automatically:

void saveReg(DWORD dwVal){
    HKEY hKeyRes;
    DWORD dwDispo=0;
    LONG lRes=0;

    //ensure the regKey exists
    lRes = RegCreateKeyEx(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, szRegKey, 0, NULL, REG_OPTION_NON_VOLATILE, 0,
                         NULL, &hKeyRes, &dwDispo);
    //RegOpenKeyEx(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, szRegKey, 0,0, &hKey);
    if( lRes == ERROR_SUCCESS ){
        //save the value
        DWORD dwType = REG_DWORD;
        lRes = RegSetValueEx(hKeyRes, L"position", 0, dwType, (byte*)&dwVal, sizeof(DWORD));
        if(lRes != ERROR_SUCCESS)
            DEBUGMSG(1, (L"RegSetValueEx failed: lRes=0x%0x\n", lRes));
        RegCloseKey(hKeyRes);
    }
    else{
        DEBUGMSG(1, (L"RegCreateKeyEx failed: lRes=0x%0x\n", lRes));
    }
}

DWORD readReg(){
    DWORD dwVal=80;
    HKEY hKey;
    DWORD dwDispo=0;
    LONG lRes=0;

    //ensure the regKey exists
    lRes = RegOpenKeyEx(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, szRegKey, 0,0, &hKey);
    if( lRes == ERROR_SUCCESS ){
        //load the value
        DWORD dwType = REG_DWORD;
        DWORD dwSize = sizeof(DWORD);
        lRes = RegQueryValueEx (hKey, L"position", 0, &dwType, (byte*) &dwVal, &dwSize);
        if(lRes != ERROR_SUCCESS)
            DEBUGMSG(1, (L"RegGetValueEx failed: lRes=0x%0x\n", lRes));
        RegCloseKey(hKey);
        return dwVal;
    }
    else{
        DEBUGMSG(1, (L"RegOpenKeyEx failed: lRes=0x%0x\n", lRes));
        return 80;
    }
}

The code is written in Embedded Visual C 4, but you can use it in VS2005/2008 too.

DOWNLOAD:TaskbarAddon2 - A simple battery monitor for the windows mobile taskbar (Hits: 0, size: 15.04 kB)

If you only like to use the app, here is the ArmV4i executable (WM5/6 compatible)

DOWNLOAD:TaskbarAddon2 executable - A battery status monitor for the windows mobile 5/6 taskbar (Hits: 0, size: 3.9 kB)

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QuestionWhere's the Project? Pinmemberjp2code18-Aug-11 8:11 
AnswerRe: Where's the Project? Pinmemberhjgode21-Aug-11 5:26 
GeneralRe: Where's the Project? Pinmemberjp2code22-Aug-11 3:55 
GeneralMy vote of 3 Pinmemberpengxinglove2-Aug-10 23:56 
Generalgreat job Pinmemberpengxinglove2-Aug-10 23:55 
GeneralRe: great job Pinmemberhjgode3-Aug-10 7:41 

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