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  • My first Skin - Audi - MMIV3

    I drive an Audi A8 so need a skin where non touchscreen works for me.

    started this skin last weekend

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    got it working on menu, video , audio and nav

    then realised i need a 19:9 format, while starting again i had a change of heart and decided to go with the new look audi MMI

    heres what ive done so far

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  • #2
    Resembles the old MMI skin. Looks good.
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    • #3
      it's the skin that i am waiting ! Nice job

      ---------- Post added at 01:20 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:18 PM ----------

      We have an audi a4 b8 and the good idea would be rhe possibility to change the a8 picture by another audi picture

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      What interface in intput do you use.
      Do you have pictures of your installation ?


      • #4
        It really looks nice. New one is better.


        • #5
          when do you think to have a first release ?


          • #6
            Originally posted by pierrotm777 View Post
            it's the skin that i am waiting ! Nice job

            ---------- Post added at 01:20 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:18 PM ----------

            We have an audi a4 b8 and the good idea would be rhe possibility to change the a8 picture by another audi picture

            ---------- Post added at 01:22 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:20 PM ----------

            What interface in intput do you use.
            Do you have pictures of your installation ?

            At the moment im experimenting, testing is easy thanks to the A8's aux inputs, so at the moment its on a laptop. I plan on using either a UHid device or a bluetooth mouse mounted in a box, which will mimic the MMI controls and be located in the cup holder tray (rotary encoder and button, but im open to idea's). im not familiar with the layout of the A4 so dont know where or what you use for controls.

            My main aim originally was to produce a system that will give speed camera alerts,(which i now have working thanks to the fantastic GPSExec) but i want it to interupt the MMI and switch over to the computer (again GPSExec will help me do that but i will also have to fit another unit to the MMI which is 250 (Last thing on my list at the moment)

            Working so far are
            Google earth
            mappoint (Even thiugh i dont need it)
            Ndrive (basically its a screen that has forward cam (Infrared hopefully) plus KPH and indicators etc for wwhen im in france) all works except the camera is work in progress,

            Still to do
            Would love to get Blackberry Mail synched up but havent given it too much thought at the moment
            Would add phone skins if people like the skin, i already have audi BT (i also have TV and video, but this will be better and play MKVs)
            Second output with different video to the main for the rear headrest monitors

            I was building this for myself, so have left out features such as changing the menu pictures, and having configuration of menu buttons at the moment, though if people like the skin i could build these features in.

            When will it be released ? well so far its moving fast, ive got to a stage where i now need to make the big decision on controls before i do too much more. as it will effect how and where i place butons on the skin. plus to release with configurable buttons i guess a lot of time will be spent (never done it so dont know)

            anyone got suggestions for controls (absolutely no touchscreen available to me)?

            PC will eventually be mounted in the boot or under dash if I get the 250 unit
            if in the boot controls will have to be remote (bluetooth or wireless, if in the front i can use anything


            • #7

              Many input system without mouse exist .
              Search to the input thread

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              Several guys use that
              See how to use it here !


              • #8
                I will take a look at the input thread before i disasemble this bluetooth mouse

                been thinking about it this morning
                as it seems a PITA to make this version configurable (The menu Items text must fit in the boxes, which means changing the size of the boxes dependant on text lenght) No idea how that will work in RR as it is.

                so my thoughts are
                Make a menu template skin in flash, Button names, Icon etc which will be configured in an INI
                same template can be used for all additional menus and sub menus by simply copying and renaming, then adding additional info to INI. including defining the logo's etc (and of course adding a new .skin to RR and loading the flash app)
                in this way i need make only 1 menu, and updating versions and bug fixing is easy.

                Control for each screen configurable ie Rotary encoder for menu items - buttons for the items in each corner (same as MMI), On "Menu load" the buttons for that menu are loaded

                On load of each Menu - first item will be ON instead of all OFF

                plus no loop in controls so for a 6 item menu it will flow 1 - 6 and stop (As per MMI)

                Screens for devices etc will remain as normal riderunner skins unless there is a reason and posibility to use flash to enhance it

                or as its flash i could make the menu move to always have the selected item central rather than static circle and move around it, that way could have more than 6 in a menu (it would be cool but might not be good for touchscreen users though)


                • #9
                  Flash version

                  Ok, I have remade it in a flash version. as a trial to see if its controllable without touchscreen. seems ok so far

                  made a few changes as i now have more piccys on how the original MMI works,

                  All buttons, Icons, Car Image, menu item text etc are now configurable via a text file
                  when selected (As 1st menu is in pic) the item is illuminated, the box size automatically changes dependant on text lenght

                  Added bar at the bottom for indicators etc
                  Added Icons to menu items.
                  still work to do before im happy, i havent coded every menu item yet, and also have to add touchscreen support for those not using controls.
                  ie: in the config file Touchscreen=1 will change the way the menu works, the buttons will not glow until pressed, and an option of more buttons on a bar just above the indicator bar.

                  it will take a bit of time to get it right but once it is all other menus can be done by adding a copy of the swf and new config file

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                  • #10
                    I can't wait . The first release is for when please ????


                    • #11
                      should be a couple of weeks away


                      • #12
                        Audio Player

                        The Audio player will be normal RR until i make the flash version which will replace it in a few weeks or so after the release. It will be a full flash version. but will work Ipod style rather than the traditional file tree type
                        ie: ARTIST, ALBUM, GENRE type menu, then as it plays a song a box will appear over the track name with full track info as per AMI interface. file list will come from pre executed XML. also need to make an exe run from the settings menu to build the xml.


                        • #13
                          Do you have worked on this project ?


                          • #14
                            Yes done quite a bit, taking longer than i expected due to work commitments - The Menu system is all but finsihed (apart from the fact i need to add more touchscreen support) now just working on the plugin skins etc.

                            did a quick test in the car yesterday, looks really nice, but i can see a few changes that need to be made visually for the audi screen, text needs to be made slightly bigger on the corner buttons to make them clearer and fit in more

                            also i need a better bluetooth mouse with more range, the entire skin works from a 3 or 4 button mouse which i will convert to an mmi control set, just ordered some parts for this

                            soon as i get in to a good position and do a clean up i need someone to have a quick test

                            Pierrot , did you find a source for camera information for gpsexec1 that gives you heading information?


                            • #15
                              also, theres a lot of extra screens like settings and OSK to do that i hadnt thought of, heres my version of the OSK in flash - this or a version similar will be used for all data entry nav, weather etc. its not quite completed yet but getting there

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