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    I am looking at multiple carpc setups, and some RR examples/skins, and there's always way too many buttons.

    if you use a garmin GPS, you have two choices when starting.. map or goto, nothing else except one for options and mute IIRC.

    If there a front end that has been designed on functionality and not "coolness".

    When I start the vehicle, I'd like the music to start, as with a normal radio. The only two buttons should be "Navigate" and "Media" or something very clean. Not with 8-10 function buttons... Any of the frontends available like that?

    When you drive, you want very big buttons and very intuitive interface. Not 10px x 10px scroll buttons that are fine when doing a demo but awful when it's shaking and you only want to glance at the screen half a second.

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    Any of the front-ends can be skinned to suit your preference.
    Make it as simple or as cluttered as you like.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      I agree with you. I wanted a really simple one as well. Try out FreeICE. Its pretty simple and works very smooth. Search for it. For some reason it can be hard to find.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by theBeachBoy View Post
        I am looking at multiple carpc setups, and some RR examples/skins, and there's always way too many buttons.

        if you use a garmin GPS, you have two choices when starting.. map or goto, nothing else except one for options and mute IIRC.

        If there a front end that has been designed on functionality and not "coolness".

        When I start the vehicle, I'd like the music to start, as with a normal radio. The only two buttons should be "Navigate" and "Media" or something very clean. Not with 8-10 function buttons... Any of the frontends available like that?

        When you drive, you want very big buttons and very intuitive interface. Not 10px x 10px scroll buttons that are fine when doing a demo but awful when it's shaking and you only want to glance at the screen half a second.
        I am currently helping develop the interface for openMobile(see my signature line)
        and I like your idea/desire for a minimal interface. I will be working on a skin like that for openMobile, and I will let you know when it will be available.
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        - Original OpenMobile Interface Designer

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        • #5
          The videos available of CF3 show a vastly superior UI in my mind.. large buttons small logo.. the best way to go
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          • #6
            Originally posted by theBeachBoy View Post
            I am looking at multiple carpc setups, and some RR examples/skins, and there's always way too many buttons.

            if you use a garmin GPS, you have two choices when starting.. map or goto, nothing else except one for options and mute IIRC.

            If there a front end that has been designed on functionality and not "coolness".

            When I start the vehicle, I'd like the music to start, as with a normal radio. The only two buttons should be "Navigate" and "Media" or something very clean. Not with 8-10 function buttons... Any of the frontends available like that?

            When you drive, you want very big buttons and very intuitive interface. Not 10px x 10px scroll buttons that are fine when doing a demo but awful when it's shaking and you only want to glance at the screen half a second.
            I agree 100% Very good point. My unreleased skin starts off playing only audio. The only thing on the screen is album info, pause/play controls, and a menu button that then takes you to a stripped down screen with the rest of the functions and nothing else. Cool has its place, but there has to be a functional balance.
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            • #7
              Take a look at Thunderstick's Garmin New Age skin. It integrates Garmin Mobile PC and emulates the look and feel for the other functions in RR.
              Originally posted by ghettocruzer
              I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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              • #8
                I have begun working on a minimal theme for OpenMobile, it is my Green Theme

                Your input is welcome
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                - Original OpenMobile Interface Designer

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                • #9
                  I'm just doing finishing touches to my minimal theme for RR at the moment.

                  its pretty basic, but it does all i want to be doing while driving.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by theBeachBoy View Post
                    I am looking at multiple carpc setups, and some RR examples/skins, and there's always way too many buttons.

                    if you use a garmin GPS, you have two choices when starting.. map or goto, nothing else except one for options and mute IIRC.

                    If there a front end that has been designed on functionality and not "coolness".

                    When I start the vehicle, I'd like the music to start, as with a normal radio. The only two buttons should be "Navigate" and "Media" or something very clean. Not with 8-10 function buttons... Any of the frontends available like that?

                    When you drive, you want very big buttons and very intuitive interface. Not 10px x 10px scroll buttons that are fine when doing a demo but awful when it's shaking and you only want to glance at the screen half a second.
                    Although I agree with your general point, I disagree with your distate for buttons.

                    IMHO, More buttons = Less menus. Less Menus, less time spent looking for a function. I'd rather have the Infiniti or OEM dash, with lots of buttons, than a BMW one, with i_drive and submenus galore.

                    The thing is, buttons have to be big. A front end should be all big buttons, nothing else.

                    Media is not enough. I want playlist buttons, like an OEM CD player, lots of big buttons for playlists! Video playlists, audio playlists, add to playlist, this kind of thing is essentinal to me, since my whole huge mp3 collection is in the car.

                    Now logos, pictures, strange colors, small dime sized buttons, they got to go.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RipplingHurst View Post
                      Although I agree with your general point, I disagree with your distate for buttons.

                      IMHO, More buttons = Less menus. Less Menus, less time spent looking for a function. I'd rather have the Infiniti or OEM dash, with lots of buttons, than a BMW one, with i_drive and submenus galore.

                      The thing is, buttons have to be big. A front end should be all big buttons, nothing else.

                      Media is not enough. I want playlist buttons, like an OEM CD player, lots of big buttons for playlists! Video playlists, audio playlists, add to playlist, this kind of thing is essentinal to me, since my whole huge mp3 collection is in the car.

                      Now logos, pictures, strange colors, small dime sized buttons, they got to go.
                      Hence the reason why there are many different skins...everyone has different needs!

                      As far as what the op was asking for....OpenMobile, RevFE and nGhost3 all share similar ideas here....the interface should be designed for a 7" screen with big easy to read buttons.

                      There should be a minimum number of clicks to perform any function and it should all be possible without having to take your eyes off the road.

                      Again, though any of the front ends should be capable of this - you just need to find a skin that suites your needs.
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