Samsung AtivBook 8 Touchpad Reverse Scroll Setting

I was having an annoying problem with my Samsung AtivBook8’s touchpad.  The touch pad’s control panel applet was not saving the “two finger scroll – reverse” setting.

AtivBook8ScrollReverse

Unchecking the reverse option did appear to work initially – the page scroll direction does indeed go back to normal – however on restarting the machine the setting always reverted back to being enabled.

This was driving me mad!  Fortunately it can be fixed:

1) Uncheck the “reverse” option for two finger scrolling in the control panel applet.  Close the applet.

2)  Using RegEdit change the following changes to the registry:

HKCU\Software\Elantech\GroupOption\SmartPad\SC_Reverse_Enable = 0
HMCU\Software\Elantech\SmartPad\SC_Reverse_Enable = 0

Making these changes turns off reverse scrolling for good.  At least it worked for me.

WP7 SDK Vector Icons

The Windows Phone 7 SDK beta includes a set of the basic core icons. They live in the

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v7.0\Icons

Or 

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v7.0\Icons (x64)

They also provide a vector based version of most of then in the \vector folder, which is super useful if you are going to go about creating your own variants. The problem is they are provided in Adobe Illustrator’s .ai format. The good news is that if you have a copy of Expression Blend you can import them straight in.

If you don’t have Expression Blend you could use the open source Inkscape. I have used it before, it’s a bit clunky but it gets the job done.

When creating custom Application Bar icons remember that you do not need to create the white circle around the icon.  That will be added by the application bar itself.  The Design Templates for Windows Phone 7 includes some guidance on Application Bar button design. 

WP7 Application Bar Icon Template

Here is a vector graphics version this image (as a Expression Design .design file) which you use as a starting point to create your own icons.