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    Constant Bitrate lominono's Avatar
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    Does anyone know where i can start to learn the skinning process(coding)???

    i have finished the photoshop part of skinning now i just need to learn how to code. what is the best why of learning how to code?

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    i don't know if exist a guide... in my case i'm learning by reading the ini file into the skin directory.

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    It is quite easy.

    Best thing would be to download one of the existing skins or take a look at the standard skin.

    If you have Frodo installed, you will see a directory 'Skins' in the Frodo folder.
    For each skin available there is a folder.

    If you open the folder, you'll see a bunch of .ini files and a folder 'PICS'.
    In the 'PICS' folder, again there are subfolders. These folder contain the images. For each screen you have an UP-image - for when no buttons are pressed - and a DOWN image - with all buttons pressed. You could see it as a rollover.

    To come back at the .ini files: in these you set a marker where the buttons are placed. It is kinda like putting hyperlinks on images: you mark a certain area of the pic, so that when you click on that area an action is being executed.

    My advise, just play a little with all the settings in the .ini files. You'll figure it out quickly.
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    how do i know the locations of the different buttons n stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lominono
    how do i know the locations of the different buttons n stuff?

    By coordenates in X and Y.

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    no i know that but how do i know exactly which x co-or and which y co-or to put a button at? am i just gonna have to trial-n-error it or is there a easier way?

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    okay i was playing around with the menu and noticed something(i think). the status bar at the top(displays time/date). it seems to take up some pixs at the top and then resizes the picture of the menu. is this true? and if how many pixs is the status bar taking up?

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    Do a search for Frodoskinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khumpty
    Do a search for Frodoskinner.
    Thanks khupty. thatll make alot of things alot easier.

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    okay i have problem

    related to this:
    okay i was playing around with the menu and noticed something(i think). the status bar at the top(displays time/date). it seems to take up some pixs at the top and then resizes the picture of the menu. is this true? and if how many pixs is the status bar taking up?


    okay the status bar at the top is causing some problems. okay i want to eliminate the status bar altogether, i dont know how to do this. I tried to move the time and date to a different location but that didnt work, it just stayed the same even though i moved it in the code.

    wait okay i was just gonna post the code but then i noticed something. okay i changed the "FSSTATUS" in the menu.ini, is this right? i then looked in the skin.ini and notice the "rail", and "FSSTATUS" in there, i do change the menu.ini or the skin.ini?

    oh and once i eliminate the status bar from the skin will the background pic of the menu go back to 800x430(with the status bar the background has seemed to resize to fit in the status bar)?

    just for reference I am using the code from the Brightlife skin. Should i just use a skin without that bar at the top?

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