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    I'm making a flash skinning tutorial, and I want to have a section about how to make your skin great. So, what do you think makes a great skin great? So far, I have customizability, originality, and ease of use. I want to hear what the rest of you think.
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    • #3
      For me its consistency,

      I modeled my skin so I don't have to look at the screen to operate it. The buttons are always static in the menus.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by blk02si View Post
        For me its consistency,

        I modeled my skin so I don't have to look at the screen to operate it. The buttons are always static in the menus.
        +1

        also visually appealing. Im not the only one who has to look at it, so it should impress my passengers as well.
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        • #5
          consistency is one of the biggest aspects for me as well. changing button layouts or positions can really throw you off when you're only halfway paying attention to an 800x480 screen!

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          • #6
            for me, performance and functionality.

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            • #7
              ease of use and layout ... the controls must be easy to see / operate and should be layed out consistantly.
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              • #8
                Consistency here too. If your buttons are constantly changing positionit makes it very hard to navigate the menus.
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                • #9
                  ability of teleportation...

                  and eye candy
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                  • #10
                    +1 for consistency

                    and OEM-ness, i like somethiing that doesnt look like some punk drew it up. it looks like it belongs there from the factory.

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                    • #11
                      anything that you find in Johns DFX2.x and 3.0beta are what make the best skin...Study that skin.

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                      • #12
                        not necessarily ... and I mean no disrespect to John or his very good skin - but if that was the benchmark why are there so many other skins out there ?

                        Just because a skin has almost every conceivable addin and function does not make it the best skin, lot's of users only want music, GPS and perhaps video - all those other parts rarely if ever get used ...

                        but that's just my opinion !
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Valheru View Post
                          not necessarily ... and I mean no disrespect to John or his very good skin - but if that was the benchmark why are there so many other skins out there ?

                          Just because a skin has almost every conceivable addin and function does not make it the best skin, lot's of users only want music, GPS and perhaps video - all those other parts rarely if ever get used ...

                          but that's just my opinion !
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                          • #14
                            Excellent point. I couldn't agree anymore. However, I do wish other skins benchmark john's GPS layout for iguidance... ^^ Not necessary for looks, all buttons are single click driven. I am lazy, plus i am driving ^^

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                            • #15
                              Also touch on minimizing cpu usage. There is a feature in swish max that can tell you how much cpu power certain effects use. This can come in very hand to make the transitions from skin to skin faster. For me this is a key feature.
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