Virtual Online Aquarium

Copyright 2004 Arun Narayanan

Get Closer to Nature!

A virtual aquarium online, one that can be set as the background for your desktop using the active desktop option. It features life-like movement of fishes, plants and other sea creatures. The simulation of the water and the moving fishes in the aquarium has been achieved using pure javascript. The page has been tested only in Internet Explorer 5+.

View the Virtual Online Aquarium Full Screen
If you have employed a pop-up blocker, you may have to disable it or CTRL-click.
 
View the Virtual Online Aquarium in Normal Browser Window
This will open a new browser instance.
 
Download Virtual Online Aquarium Files. (zip & tar < 30 KB)
You may freely download and distribute this code as long as the copyright info is retained. Please consider providing a link to this site. No compulsion :)
 
Enter any bug reports here.
Please note that I am supporting only Internet Explorer 5+ as of now.
 

Steps to set up an aquarium on your desktop

The information given below applies to Internet Explorer 5+ users only if the Windows Desktop Update component is installed. This component is installed with Windows 98 or can be installed with Internet Explorer 4.

How to Enable and Disable the Active Desktop

To enable the Active Desktop, right-click an empty area on the desktop, point to Active Desktop, and then click View As Web Page (a check mark appears). To disable the Active Desktop, click View As Web Page to clear the check mark.

How to Add an Active Desktop Item to the Desktop

An Active Desktop item is simply a Web page. It can contain active content that can change, such as a stock ticker or a weather map. To add an Active Desktop item, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Display.
  2. Click the Web tab, and then click New.
  3. If you want to use an Active Desktop item from the Desktop Component Gallery on Microsoft's Web site, click Yes. If you want to use a Web site as an Active Desktop item, click No, and then either type the Web address for the Web site you want to use i.e. http://voa.sourceforge.net/voa.html, or click Browse to search your hard disk.

How to Make a Web Page the Desktop Wallpaper

To make a Web page the desktop wallpaper, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Display.
  2. On the Background tab, click Browse.
  3. In the Browse dialog box, click HTML Document.
  4. Search for the voa.html file on your hard disk, and then click Open.
  5. Click OK.

NOTE: You can also right-click any graphic in a Web page, and then click Set As Wallpaper to make that graphic the desktop wallpaper.

How to Delete an Active Desktop Item from the Desktop

To delete an Active Desktop item, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Display.
  2. Click the Web tab.
  3. Click appropriate Web site, and then click Delete.
  4. Click Yes to confirm deletion.
  5. Click OK.

This project is a sourceforge project. Visit the Project Page.

SourceForge.net Logo