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    Mobius - Custom Frontend

    See end of thread for more up to date information, screenshots and downloads

    Im just creating a thread so i can post updates of the software im writing for my project.

    See my worklog thread for more information for the moment..

    So far its been under development for just about 8 days.

    Lets see how this progresses.

    Oh, and yes im releasing sourcecode, to help out all you people who want to create their own frontend and dont know how to start..

    Some Info:

    Development Language: C#
    Media Library: FMod
    Display Library: SDL

    Questions/Comments/Flames here.

    *Edit*
    Project is now being maintained over at sourceforge..

    http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/mobiluspc/

    If you wish to jump straight to the download of the most current release (useful only to developers and curious advanced users) go here:

    http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...roup_id=147846

    Current Feature List
    • XML Configuration
    • XML Defined skinning;
      • Complex Polygon structured buttons.. buttons that wrap other buttons etc
      • Generic Flexible Command Processing structure & Syntax.. Set datasources for Listboxes, perform any operation with any available data on the screen.
      • Change the behaviour of the entire application just my tweaking the Skin XML file. Massive flexibility & power.
      • On-the-fly Skin changing.. no restart required.
    • Auxillary screen interfaces, dockable, skinnabe, any size
    • more to come...
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    Mobilus - My Frontend, 55% done
    V0.7.1 Now Released

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    An Austrailian frontend - hmm will we have to use screen rotate to be able to see it the right way up?

    hehe sorry.

    Good luck with it. Can't wait to see how it works out. Make it nice and quick!

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    Aha, yes!

    A front-end written in C# is bound to be faster than all those in vb... if written properly at least

    I would like to see it soon!

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    damn commodore lol

    Good luck
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    I'm very interested, I'm getting into C# and I am very interested in the source... It will be a long time until I'm able to do anything as constructive as making a frontend with it, but I'll at least be interested in seeing how things are done for something like this... and maybe with a few months of work I can make some sort of stupid, simple plugin for it (that would undoubtedly take you 20 minutes to write)
    But don't take it from me! here's a quote from a real, live newbie:
    Quote Originally Posted by Viscouse
    I am learning buttloads just by searching on this forum. I've learned 2 big things so far: 1-it's been done before, and 2-if it hasn't, there is a way to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Monkey
    An Austrailian frontend - hmm will we have to use screen rotate to be able to see it the right way up?
    Hey SM, You don't have to rotate the screen, don't you? Cuz UK and Aust are both driving on the "wrong" side of the road. Only for us who drive on the right side have problem with the screen.

    Anyway, good luck.
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    he meant cause they are in the lower hemisphere, i think...

    Anyway - this is cool, keep us posted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatrixPC
    Hey SM, You don't have to rotate the screen, don't you? Cuz UK and Aust are both driving on the "wrong" side of the road. Only for us who drive on the right side have problem with the screen.

    Anyway, good luck.
    What he ^^^ (HolySdr) said! duh!

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    You guys need to get out a bit more !

    Made some more progress, skins picking up via XML definitions (XML Object Serialization).
    When i've got it to the point that its completely configurable via XML, i'll release a snapshot for people to have a look at. It may answer alot of questions for some people, and it may pose alot more questions for others.
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    V0.7.1 Now Released

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    Just a quick update...

    Ive been working more on the interface and basic skinning, as well as some environment interaction.

    Since im using Phidgets to monitor Temperature, Light levels and voltages, i wrote an environment class which exposes event handlers for the rest of the system to tie in to when a specific type of even occurs (temp, voltage or light change).

    Also the Inputs will be rigged up the same way ( not done yet )

    The interface skin blends from day to night depending on the light level being reported by the environment class.

    Im making it as modular as possible to provide maximum flexibility. Event driven model, right down to what the buttons do, how media is managed etc.

    Still in early stages, im just doing the stuff i'll need to have it working in the car in 2 weeks time.

    I also just implemented the second Point-In-Polygon algorithm.. last one was winding direction specific..

    It is also going to have 2 more hardware control interfaces (Steering wheel controls & Stereo Facia Controls), so there will be classes and events built in to accept different forms of input which will manipulate existing classes. easy.

    Attached is a zip with the current status. It contains C# sourcecode, Win32 binary and one sample skin (2 pages).

    Hardly does anything from the user-perspective, so dont bother downloading if you want to install and use straight away :P

    Also, you'll see more of the functionality if you have a phidget interface kit with a temp sensor plugged in.

    One more thing... the skin is something i whipped up.. as you can see, im definately a coder.. no artistic talent whatsoever :P

    Post your feedback/comments/questions here.

    *edit* Doh! 200kb attachment size.. the zip is 1.6mb.. i'll have to find somewhere to stick it... *back soon*
    Heres a Screenshot of the main screen whilst i upload the zip
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    VY Commodore S Pack HotHouse Green

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    Progress: 60%
    Hardware Bought, Install Time.


    My Worklog

    Mobilus - My Frontend, 55% done
    V0.7.1 Now Released

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