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    very cool skin..
    wondering if there a way u can switch the sides of controls??
    volume on the left hand side instead?

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    I have been thinking about that and I could have the images swap sides easily enough but I am not sure if I could manage to have a modular way of having the programming side of the buttons change without having 2 totally seperate skin files. I'll think some more on it and If I come up with any revelations, I'll post here.

    Anyone have any ideas? It would be nice to be able to call up a skin file and say put it in this location........
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    Quote Originally Posted by gold28 View Post
    I have been thinking about that and I could have the images swap sides easily enough but I am not sure if I could manage to have a modular way of having the programming side of the buttons change without having 2 totally seperate skin files. I'll think some more on it and If I come up with any revelations, I'll post here.

    Anyone have any ideas? It would be nice to be able to call up a skin file and say put it in this location........
    Easy (I think); you're probably over-thinking it. How about an "alternated_menu.skin" that has the code and calls graphics with the buttons on the left side..? You could put a button in the main menu to LOAD;alternate_menu.sin..?

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    I like ur skin. very clean.... runs very well.... Great job dude....

    We just need to beef this up a little by adding other stuffs... But, if ur main priority it to keep the skin simple nice and easy.. then this skin is perfect..

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    Wow! VERY nice looking skin! I love the navigation on the sides, that just changes the center of the screen when you choose something!

    I saw you mention:

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    The visualizations close automatically when you select one of the 6 tabs. I did this as they are quite cpu hungry and if your not watching them then you don't need it zapping your computer.
    Check out the FAQ HERE Number 6 is the one to look for. You can reduce the CPU load to around 6-10% easily when the visualizations are running
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    Thanks for the comments fellas, I appreciate them

    treetop777, Yeah, thats the easy bit, moving the rest of the screen across is the difficult bit. I was thinking last night about it and I am going to try having a modular audio menu like you mentioned but playing with the general.ini to shift the screen around, ie having a wider skin than the screen and shifting it left or right depending on which side you want the buttons on. I think it will work.........



    Brandensin, other stuff is a possibility but my computer setup is quite simple, so I possibly couldn't test anything like phone control, etc. Plus the aim was a nice simple interface. If I could maintain that goal I am happy to include extras. What do you need?

    John, thanks for the comment. I was using your skin before I started this and it is an awesome skin, your one of the gurus here. I just wanted something a little simpler and wanted to give skinning a try, plus I have a DIY compulsion........

    I had seen that post on speeding up roadrunner and it helped a lot. I have one of those via epia motherboards and it is supposedly 1.5GHz but is well down on an equivalent pentium or athalon chip. I guess you can't expect to produce a lot of power without consuming a lot......
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    Quote Originally Posted by gold28 View Post
    What do you need?
    For real? Let's see hm.... Everything Just kidding... But, really thank you..

    Hey, this isn't about what i want.. it's about what you are happy with now... Don't wanna cause you any more extra time and effort than you need to...

    Honestly, i think most of people take advantage of what you already have in placed in 90% of their time anyway..

    But, if you don't mind sharing the source, perhaps we can work together... If you do it all by urself, that would be the best thing for me.. ^^ but, i can't ask for that as it is too much of burden for one person... I probably would have a few months ago when i was a super duper noob... But, now i understand better.. the level of effort and commitment for this job...

    To make this more functional and attractive, probably adding movietimes, traffic camera, audio lyric(using miniLyric), weather would be good things to start with...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gold28 View Post
    Thanks for the comments fellas, I appreciate them

    treetop777, Yeah, thats the easy bit, moving the rest of the screen across is the difficult bit. I was thinking last night about it and I am going to try having a modular audio menu like you mentioned but playing with the general.ini to shift the screen around, ie having a wider skin than the screen and shifting it left or right depending on which side you want the buttons on. I think it will work..
    ..then perhaps i'm oversimplifying! Your controls are consistently in the same place on all screens so i had envision just editing the graphics by moving the controls to the left side but first, the rest of the screen would be shifted all the way to the right. I'm not sure why you would have a problem with general.ini

    If that's photoshop graphics, i'de be willing to give it a try.

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    My only comment would be to try and keep it within the same simple theme. At the moment for me it is nice and easy to use, I have easy access to audio controls all the time and the main functions which I use are all easily accessable.

    Having said that, the main menu screen would be a great place to have some weather icons/info. Lyrics can easily be incorporated in a similar way to the visualizations, actually I might look into this miniLyric.

    Then there is the Apps tab which could be expanded to cover movie listings and many other plugins. I don't have net access in the car so I never considered net based applications but I am also using it on my laptop so I could easily be convinced to add net based apps......

    Ultimately, this is my first attempt at any type of skinning so I am more than happy to accept any help, comments and guidance. If your using the skin and liking it then I consider it a complement that you want to improve it.

    If there is something you particularly want and you feel like doing it, then go for it and post it here for all the enjoy. I'll look into moving the audio controls this week. Hopefully it won't entail an entire rewrite of all the skin files....
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    Oh and all the graphics were done with MS Paint. I know it is quite evil for this type of thing but thats all I had on the work laptop.

    The hard part of moving the audio controls is that every skin file is full of x coordinates that I would rather not have to displace by +70. If general.ini will allow me to have images and buttons etc at -70<X<0 then it should be fairly easy. I haven't had time to check it yet though. Give me a couple of days and I'll let you know.
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