Art. Lebedev Optimus Mini Three
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 03-16-2008
Provided by: Art. Lebedev Studio
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Optimus Configurator

The first thing you need to do is download the Optimus Configurator (currently version 1.0.33 beta), which is 2.2 MB for Windows 2000, XP and Vista. Mac users will need version 0.72 beta which is only 1.9 MB.

Installation is a breeze and takes less than a minute. After that, plug in the Mini Three and you are ready to go.

The first screenshot above shows the general software layout. At the very top of the screen, we see six sets of Mini Three Icons. Each of these are different profiles and can be accessed by holding down the key detailed under each. So, instead of just having three programmable keys, you can essentially have up to 18.

On the left side of the Configurator are all of the available plug-ins. The Configurator comes installed with several different plug-ins that are ready to use. Alternately, you can add new plug-ins by clicking the link at the bottom. You can find new plug-ins over in the Art. Lebedev Forums. Optionally, if you are a programmer, they offer plug-in developer kits so you can create your own. To use a plug-in, simply grab it from the list on the left, then drag and drop it over one of the three Mini buttons on the right.

The general options menu allows you to change the orientation of the Mini Three, adjust brightness and OLED settings, change the idle layout time and adjust the OLED saver (turns off the illumination when the computer is not used).

Each of the plug-ins also has its own options menu. I will cover a few of these here, so you can get the general idea of how it works.

The first one above is the Informer, which is essentially a website hot key. Here, I have used the Seal of Approval and binded it to link to this site when the button is pressed. You could do this for all of your favorite websites (up to 18 using the profile switcher).

Next is the RSS Feed Reader. This plug-in grabs the latest RSS feed for whatever websites you specify. You can adjust what type of data is displayed (text only, images only, or a 50 / 50 mix) as well as adjust how often the feed should be updated.

Next up we have the Time and Weather plug-in. Here, you can select the Region and City that is nearest to you. Memphis, TN was the closest city near me (an hour away). Most of the major cities are listed, so you should be able to find something relatively close to you. You can also adjust time settings (analog or digital display, 12 or 24-hour clock display) as well as the temperature display (Celsius or Fahrenheit).

The AFOF (Application, File or Folder) allows you to launch any of these with the touch of a button. You can select from a list of programs installed on your system or browse for your own, should they not be in the list. You can also select what image is displayed as well as the text below the image.

As mentioned above, each plug-in has its own options menu, so you can fully customize each plug-in to your exact specification.

Continue ahead as we check out the Optimus Mini Three in action...

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