I will have to give this some thought. I think it's a good idea. I can probably whip something up next week that would be able to make things a little easier. My first thought is that I will make a separate EXE that can be used to render a specified XML file without having to load all of the DriveLine services (OBD, GPS, etc). This should make it faster and easier to test changes to individual files. And it will have a refresh button so you can make changes to the XML and hit Refresh to see the changes. I'm excited to see what new changes you're working on.
As for me, I've been sort of MIA for the last week. Between xmas shopping and a new girlfriend, I've been a bit tied up. Not to worry though. Next week at work is a complete blow-off, so I will be working on DriveLine more.
I broke down and bought Corel Draw X6, and spent the weekend learning how to make my own buttons and icons. I already am familiar with using Corel Draw 9, 11, and X4 to draw vectors for laser cutting, and raster engraving, but using it to make things like "Wet Look" buttons is new.
I am still playing with the blue look, (because it matches the stock interior lighting in my car) but will get into different colors too, because it's actually kind of fun working on my own "Skin".
So Jesse modified the code to make it much faster to see changes, and yesterday I got to really use the "F7" feature. What I have is 2 screens on my main PC, and Driveline will open on both. I minimize one, and open the screen file I am working on, make my code changes then save, and hit the F7 key, then Driveline restarts and I can see the changes very quickly.
When I am done with my "Button Blues" skin, I'll post screenshots, and will offer it up for those interested to try it.
Excellent rray! I can't wait to see your work. SNO
im glad it's all working out. cant wait to see your skin.
im on vacation in florida at the moment. long drive from michigan.
I have been working on it every night since Sunday. At first I was completely drawing up my own buttons, but started adding pictures and some of the original icons on top of buttons because it's super hard to come up with totally original icons. I still have a few more to make and then find them in the screens where used to verify consistancy.
It's really a fun project though, as learning new stuff always is.