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  • Android-ish Theme Request

    I like some of the features of android. The icon style for menu (home screen) and the way you can pan to additional panels of icons. I know, iOS does this as well. But I also like the direct selection bar. So you can have, say

    < 1 2 3 4 5 >

    so you can move left/right one screen at a time, or jump directly to the panel you want.

    Should support a common background/wallpaper (live or not). The image shows an orange wallpaper (done just to make the upload cleaner).

    For those not familiar with Android, I have attached a screenshot of mine. Notice the numbered dots above the app icons. Selecting one of these will go to the desired panel. There are no arrows to move left/right (you have to swipe). For OM I would rather see a left and right arrow to avoid issues with gestures. M

    Of course, I would like at least media player and radio to have a similar look. Instead of a list for station presets, I would like to see buttons that look/work similar to the menu.

    I would like the volume control to work similar to the proposed one in the Highway skin, using buttons for up/down (+/-) as well as the slider that pops up.

    Whew. That's enough for the first post

    John

    UPDATE: Detlion1643 has been putting in quite a bit of effort for this theme. Recently he has added:
    • Having screen specific music paths/lists (optional multiple paths as well, just not yet implemented)
    • Notification bar/list for other plugin dev's to use
    • Custom music rating system

    A couple screen-shots of his work can be found at this post.
    Last edited by jmullan99; 02-06-2012, 07:34 PM. Reason: Updates
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  • #2
    I would like media player to show a larger album art, select tabs to jump to (artist/album/track) by letter: A-D E-H I-L (you get the idea).

    Video skin again fitting the theme, but no real special requests there.

    For the status icons, even that being similar to the Android would be nice. As long as they are better "eye candy" than the defaults provided (sorry guys).

    Okay, I think that's enough for this evening.

    Cheers,
    John
    Last edited by jmullan99; 09-22-2011, 06:59 PM. Reason: i[fsyr
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    • #3
      Here is what I did in about an hour. The black box on the the left is for Now Playing info it is suppose to look like a Media Player Widget.

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      • #4
        Now that looks like it can go where I'd like to see it go!
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        • #5
          can you give me an idea of what screens we will need?

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          • #6
            Well the basics are
            - main menu screen
            - media player screen (music, video)
            - radio

            There are other plugins like weather, contacts, email. Plus more if you get that adventurous.

            These are a good place to start. Fire up Open Mobile (if you havent already) and play so you can see the features usually included. But as mentioned previously in the other thread, don't be afraid to dream. If the specific function isn't available it can be developed. We don't want to hold back anyone's creativity.
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            • #7
              what size images do I need to go with? I'm using 1024 x 600 right now. That is what my computer runs at.

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              • #8
                Here are a few screens for a android look I'm going for.

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                • #9
                  I believe the available canvas size is 1000 x 600. If I'm wrong somebody else will chime in.
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                  • #10
                    I like where this is going. Can you specifiy which screen is for what?
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                    • #11
                      I changed some of the icons and little bit and just updated the post above. The top one would be your home screen and it would have all you icons that are not on the bottom bar. The second is the Music Player screen. Left is controls and whats playing now and right is where you select you song.

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                      • #12
                        Good stuff! I like it. Not sure how the Now Playing / Control on the menu screen would work. Maybe smaller. Just enough to see the track name and if you touch it you will get back to the media screen. Just thinking about how the display of plugin/applet icons will be affected. And in keeping with the Android thing, some little dots near the top or bottom of the menu screen to show which page of items you are on.

                        I like the layout of the media screen also. I would probably make the right/left sides only 1/2 the screen and show album art on the right. Use top bar to scroll track title, artist, album. Use the left for controls and media library navigation. A couple buttons "Track", "Artist", "Album", "Shuffle" in the control window will product the desired list on the right, if idle it would revert back to Now Playing with the album art.

                        While a list of media is in the right window, there could also be some alphabet tabs to jump to the appropriate part of the list.

                        These are just my ideas. You are, of course, not obligated to implement these

                        John
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                        • #13
                          andrew, are those just draw-ups of screens, or are you programming it as well at this point?

                          Looks really slick, I like it!!!
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                          • #14
                            Well from what I hear you have to know C# to do Open Mobile themes. So right now just draw ups. If someone is willing to do the programming I will do what ever art is needed. If no one can do the programming I will just do the theme for another Frontend and then share the art back here aswell. Are there plans for a theme maker simular to other front ends?

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                            • #15
                              You're right, for now you need to program it in C#. I'm not sure how to 'start' a skin, but it looks like I should be able make the corresponding skin folder, and just fill it with the art and needed compiled dll's. I might not have a lot of time but I can put in a couple hours a week to code it if you would like?

                              EDIT: Well, my assumption about it finding a new skin folder is wrong. First, we gotta modify the skin switcher plugin in the default skin. Easy enough, we'll just switch to the new skin instead of highway. Later we can add a list of the skins to choose from, but let's get the new skin working at least. Then we'll make a ui.dll and main menu dll (main menu houses the buttons to get to the other screens/plugins). The ui contains information/images/etc...

                              So, let's say the first thing we should do is switch the skin and get a couple of your new images loaded up, after that it should be relatively easy to place stuff.
                              Last edited by detlion1643; 10-27-2011, 09:45 AM.
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