What'sthe "Blue devil" thing all about anyway?
2005 VW Passat FSI 2.0
The "Blue Devil" was my first skin, and was the first inception of what the DFX skin is today, released Waayyyy back in THIS THREAD in 2006..
It featured hard coded fonts, hard coded colors, hard coded background, hard coded images (All text was in the graphics files) and pretty much uncustomizable in any way.
It was for this reason, I was conversing with Guino about adding a way to make the skins transparent somehow. I was telling him it would make it so much easier to change a background image or color, and not have to release skins in multiple colors. Skins at the time were being released in different colors, in entirely different downloads. When someone would release a skin at this time, the posts would start almost immediately with comments like "I LOVE the skin, when are you going to have a red version available?" Usually on the first page of each new released skin thread, you could find requests for up to 10 different colors LOL
We talked back and forth about it for some time, and Guino was not too interested in the concept of a "Transparent skin". Eventually, he started looking into it, and he said this could probably be done. While he was working on implementing it, I was busy working on a skin that could take advantage of transparency. Everything had to be rethought about how to do the skin, so it had transparent area's, and the buttons were "solid" enough to be seen, but the background image or color would also show through.
While this is a great improvement for the overall look of a skin, it was difficult at the same time! If you look at the .png images for the DFX skin you will notice they are done almost entirely in shades of gray and black. If you added say a light blue to a button, when it was put on top of a red background it looked just terrible. So the advantage of transparency comes with sacrifices in how detailed and blended controls and buttons can be.
Well, Guino preformed some of his magic, and released an updated version of RR that would then work with transparent images. It was done using the GDI libraries. (Of which when the transparency was done, he realized things such as iLists could then be added in using the same graphics libraries) Now that RR supported transparencies, I released the very first transparent skin for RR. DFX 2.0. It maintained the hard coded graphics and buttons in many places. These hard coded buttons and icons were not replaced with dynamic buttons, labels & icons until DFX 4.0 was released. DFX3.0 was skipped entirely, as DFX4 was so new, and with so many new features and such, that it jumped directly to the DFX4.0 which is this thread.
It has been a long 4 years! Keeping up with new features of RR, Requests, Supporting new plugins as they became available, and adding in new features as Internet became more popular in the car and such.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIGITALFX
(I could not wait)
2005 VW Passat FSI 2.0
i think im going to put windows xp on my carpc tonight and run a microphone over to the dash.
and work out how to hook up that serial switch... i think i might have to actually add a serial port first.
Dfx 2 was my first skin. Amazing how far its come but yet if u take a glance it still follows the same general layout. O though maybe bluezx became blue devil by accident somewhere along the way
It is not such long time ago that I started to use DFX4 and that came about because I was upgrading my computer and wanted to change my old skin (way old skin ca 2006(BAV2)) and it was waaayyyyy to much trouble to do so I started to look around and I noticed that DFX was one of the biggest and for a good reason.
The options, the look and ease of use has just sometimes almost got me spechless.
So now I cant wait for the new editon, DFX5
Many thanks JohnWPB and also many thanks to all others that has taken part in this saga (350 pages and over 5200 replies)
2005 VW Passat FSI 2.0
How do I always manage to have my name referenced to something odd... but in this case, it's just funny as I had no communication to/fro John way back then. I did at one time try his skin as it was popular back then too, just to see what it was all about and durring that said time, decided that I really didn't like it. So with that, here I am now as a CO-Author of the very same skin.... I wouldn't change anything though, I enjoy all the complexity of the skin and the challenges of trying to add in these new features that every version pushes to the next limits.