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  • Black Ice- Coming soon

    Here's the first go around of a skin i'm designing. Its a flash hybrid skin (only certain elements are flash leaving other elements customizable). The skin has cues from my two favorite all-time skins freedom and mc2.0 and will include the following features/effects:

    - User-defined main menu buttons. Up to 30 buttons can be defined on the main menu.
    - User-defined colors for all buttons (similar to freedom)
    - Frost effects applied to buttons on release state
    - Main page album art display Or user-selectable "desktop image"
    - User-selectable icons on main menu buttons.
    - Whatever else i think up along the way



    Note that i'm not done with the font selection (suggestions?), and not too thrilled about the bottom button bar. And of the course the bottom bar. buttons arent completed because i havent done the flash overlays yet. But hey not too bad for someone that sucks at photoshop and is just a beginner with flash
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  • #2
    I really applaude peoples efforts at creating skins and you all have more skills in your typing fingers than I have in my entire body but... there is a great danger in everyone creating skins that all look 'similar' and we really need designs that will really explore the boundaries of the frontend skin. I think they call it 'expanding the envelope' - trying things that are new and unique rather than a me2.

    If you are playing with flash then hy not try dynamic flyins and flyouts for the buttons - perhaps a revolving cylinder of menu items that fly to the right and expand when touched

    Just my probably worthless 2c but it's just a thought

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    • #3
      while i agree with you... i must say the number one MUST have ina skin for me is a layout that looks like its made to be in a car. flyins and outs for buttons would be neat effects but i cant think of a situation in which i'd wanna use that while driving down the road. Nor do i want a skin with a whole bunch of colorful Do-dahs showing off graphics over performance and function. I want a skin that can do what i want it to do in the quickest and simplest way possible... not a skin in which i have to go button hunting or where i have to wait for something to happen before i can get what i want.
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      • #4
        You are probably correct and I told you my idea probably sucked LOL I was just trying to get the creative juices flowing on new ways to do the same stuff. The layout of buttons has been around since Frodo (RIP) and I'd love to see someone try something different, especially with the number of people working on flash. For that style of layout I think Johns Blue Devil would be hard to beat and probably the definitive style (which we all modify and change to suit our own specific needs anyway) but there must be new and exciting ways to control the UI using Flash and with the power of the average CarPC today we certainly have the horsepower to handle it.

        As you say it has to be easy, intuitive and of minimal distraction whilst driving and that's a tough one.

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        • #5
          Looks good

          Maybe get rid of all those “My”
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          • #6
            thats might be MY faulty tbh.. lol

            looking good m8 :-)

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            • #7
              lol i actually like the MY's but each of those buttons will be completely configurable.
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              • #8
                looks good. I want to start my own flash skin, but my swishmax trial ran out of time and I don't have much money at the moment to pay for a copy.
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                • #9
                  nice skin man keep it upp.. love the song too.. one blood!! G-G-G-G-uNOT!

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