Well, nothing's ever completely done but WallX now runs smoothly and hasn't crashed on me yet. I've worked on importing files / exporting graphics, faster response to user action, and added some fail safe handling when writing files. Either Windows or some virus scanner was blocking my write access now and again. Also removed a bunch of smaller and larger bugs.
But... what has that to do with Touch Portal?
A stream deck... but why?
I've recently set up an old iPad Mini as an el-cheapo stream deck, and i like it. I can't speak about the real Elgato Stream Deck as I simply don't have one (feel free to send me one if you want my honest opinion on it 😁).
So, Touch Portal is the poor cousin to the real thing, and allows you to turn an old iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet, into a kind of stream deck / macro launcher. Even if you don't stream, such a little box might be useful in your day to day hobby or work. Just having all your daily apps immediately at hand at a simple touch is incredibly convenient. Combine that with a bunch of batch files and some nice command line tools, and life is good...
I started working on WallX before playing with Touch Portal, so in some ways WallX has a similar purpose as Touch Portal, or any other stream deck. It's also, besides a wallpaper manager, an app launcher. Obviously, it has to do less (no sending out keyboard shortcuts and things like that).
Now WallX started out as a wallpaper manager, and in some ways that is its main purpose. As it is written for Windows (in PureBasic for Windows) it sits 'closer' to the Windows system than Touch Portal, so some things are easier in WallX than Touch Portal. WallX does, for example, drag-and-drop.
- you might not have a spare device laying around (well, that's unlikely, but still)
- you might be a road warrior and don't want to connect to public Wifi networks to get the thing to work (that's a pretty serious risk these days, and the USB integration isn't perfect)
- any extra device means extra cables etc. to lug around
- you still need a wallpaper tool (and WallX still does that well)