Skin: Blue Tab
UPDATE - 8th March 2008
Ok I have a small update, mainly with the Audio browsing and playing.
Bluetab version 1.1 Clicky....
First I have a new clock on the menu tab, thanks to wrx-carpc.co.uk.
I have added a new cover browser similar to coverflow but not flash based. Great news for anyone not running a high spec pc as it looks and works very similar to coverflow but uses next to none resources. Coverflow is also in the new edition but you will need to redirect the covers button to get to it - see readme.txt
Thanks Sal for putting together a great plugin - LINK
I have also added a playlist screen and changed the format of the browser screen a little.
Enjoy the changes.
Well I have been hiding in this forum for about 12 months now and I guess I should contribute something back.
I have been away from home for work for a few weeks and decided I may as well give this skinning thing a go. This is my first attempt at any kind of skinning and I am definitly not a programmer so this is all a little foreign to me but I am quite happy with the results.
I basically wanted a simple elegant skin with easy access to all audio butons all the time and a basic tab layout for the main features. My car pc is a fairly basic setup and consequently I haven't included a lot of the content that other skins have but if you like the design and want to modify it to your own needs, then I am more than happy for you to do so, just please report back here and let me know what your up to.
Link to Skin Files - Clicky
(sorry about the file size, Moahdib has a lot of backgrounds in his coverflow plugin.)
Anyhoo, I will let the screenshots speak for the rest of it.
As you can see the audio controls are all situated on the right hand side and are always there. There are 6 main tabs for Nav, Menu, Apps, Radio, Music and Video. It's all fairly logical really. I will make a few notes that may not be so logical.
- The video tab launches directly to the player. If you then press the video tab again it will open the browser.
- The music tab opens up with cover art and 3 options for browser, cover art and mixer. If you click the cover art, it will bring the cover art to the full height of the window. This screen has two hidden buttons either side of the track info window at the bottom. To the left of this window turns the visualisations on and off. To the right of this window changes to the next visualisation.
- For coverflow setup and comments, refer to Moahdibs Thread - Click
- For the cpu temp lable on the menu tab to work you will need to install SpeedFan and have it running.
Umm thats all I can think of for now, if you like the look of it, try it out and let me know how you get on. Any comments good or bad are appreciated. Oh and if the image quality looks a little poor it's because the work laptop only has MS Paint to play with. If I get motivated I may redo the images with something a little more appropriate.
Oh and thanks to all who have made roadrunner so easy to work with, Guino etc, plus Moahdid for the coverflow plugin and JohnWPB cos a used a couple of flash gadgets from his DigitalFX skin. Hope thats OK:confused:
hey.. great job dude... i was getting bored cuz no one was releasing any new skins.. ^^ I'll give a try today and let you know how it goes...
Looks good - I take it the car has the steering wheel is on the "wrong" side. (judging by the static controls being on the right) :lol:
Will try it. Thanks for sharing.
The guy is from Spain the the steering wheel will be on the left , so yeah it's on the wrong side.;)
Wow this is pretty impressive. Kind of mediaplayer looking though, but nice.
Thanks for the comments fellas. Yeah there is a very good reason why it looks a lot like windows media player............. MS paint was my only available drawing tool on the work laptop. Meh I actually like the look of Win Media Player.
And yes I am in Spain but my car is most definitly right hand drive. I am Australian, working in Spain and I bought this car in England. Driving in Spain definitly has it's challenges but the wheel on the right had side is the easy part.
Ok I knew I should have played a little more before posting the skin. I have made a small change.
Now when you hit the album art in the music screen, the visualization starts automatically and there is also next visualization and previous visualization buttons to cycle through your visualizations. Dang I just typed visualization 4 times, no make that 5.....
The visualizations :dance: 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. Now they can only work in that window. It all works well so if you want to download the changes, I have updated the link in the first post.
Here is a screen grab of the slightly changed vis screen.
So do I. Maybe in a future release the control buttons (music and video too) can be moved to the left side.
Originally Posted by gold28
I may end up redoing all the image files with some decent software and get them looking a lot sharper (Paint sucks). If I do then I will consider doing a left hand drive version and have two available. It would involve changing all the skin files too so quite a big job to change it.
Ideally I would prefer the audio controls along the bottom but with the widescreen format of my Liliput, it just doesn't fit nicely.
Updated slightly, see first post