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    Yet another frontend

    Since I need a frontend pretty soon I decided to start another project and see where it all ends. Yes I know, there are a lot of half finished frontends out there and this will just be another one (hopefully not).

    The application is done in Cocoa/Objective-C and the graphics part should be fully skinnable. It will support Applescript and Unix shell commands for whatever is needed.

    Some examples of the skins file:
    Code:
    <skinproperties version="0.1">
    	<menu name="main" width="800" height="600" file="Background.gif">
    		<button name="music" file="MainMenuMusic.gif" fileHilite="MainMenuMusicHilite.gif" positionX="13" positionY="358" width="370" height="124" action="menuchoice" actionExtra="music"/>
    ...
    		<text name="Current_Song_info" font="Alpine 7558M" fontSize="30" content="" color="red" shadowOffsetX="0.0" shadowOffsetY="0.0" shadowBlur="0.0" colorHilite="red" shadowOffsetXHilite="0.0" shadowOffsetYHilite="0.0" shadowBlurHilite="0.0" shadowColor="black" positionX="200" positionY="555" width="575" height="35" action="value" actionExtra="mp3SongInformation" scrolling="YES"/>
    ...
    		<text name="Airport" font="Alpine 7558M" fontSize="30" content="" color="red" shadowOffsetX="0.0" shadowOffsetY="0.0" shadowBlur="0.0" colorHilite="red" shadowOffsetXHilite="0.0" shadowOffsetYHilite="0.0" shadowBlurHilite="0.0" shadowColor="black" positionX="250" positionY="350" width="100" height="35" action="Unix" actionExtra="/usr/bin/myAirport" scrolling="NO"/>
    The images are shrunken 50% which means that they lack some detail. Edit: Unfortunately I could not find any spare ftp-space and could therefor not display the images in the message.

    Main menu - IkarosMenu.gif

    Music menu - IkarosMusic.gif
    The Mp3-player is built-in and uses the iTunes music Library. Since Applescript is supported it could use iTunes to play the music instead.
    Choosing songs/playlists are not yet implemented.

    Movie menu - IkarosMovies.gif
    The movieplayer is built-in. Since Applescript is supported it could use the Quicktime player to play the movies instead.
    Choosing movies are not yet implemented.

    Information menu - IkarosInfo.gif
    Some quick examples to use Unix shells to get information.

    Radio will (hopefully) be done via Applescript to the Griffin AM/FM tuner.
    GPS is not yet decided but it looks a little brighter with some new information.
    Pictures will display the images in the Images/Pictures folder.

    I'm a hack at Photoshop but I'm learning almost everyday. I found it hard to find icons to describe the various menues, that's why they look somewhat jagged.

    Any thoughts and ideas would be appreciated!

    Please excuse my english, but I'm Swedish...
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    Terrific! It's nice to see lots of Mac front end work going on. Good job.

    I'd suggest that the red be changed to give a higher contrast as it might be hard to see in the sunlight. Maybe a yellow or orange like BMW?
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    looks cool! any chance you will release a beta for us to download and play with?

    Thanks
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    Yes, an early beta release could be posted almost any day. I'm about to install the Mac mini in the car so I have another computer to test it on which is clean compared to the laptop. There are always some issues that pop up :-)

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    Sounds great, hopefully my mac mini gets installed this weekend.
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