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    seconded... in fact it would be perfect if all the 5 large buttons are swapped with the side buttons..

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    No please don't. Thats the whole point of aligning the most used buttons along the left side - Accessability from every screen. Take a look at the bfm screens or centrafuse; the ergonomics are the primary objective, i.e., nomatter where you are certain functions are always in exactly the same place. Unlike the brushed metal that was mentioned in another thread that hasdifferent sized return buttons in three or four different places with different name (YUK!). My opinion is this skin is heading in the right direction.

    I have absolutely no skinning skills and probably should start, but just keeping up with the changes as Road Runner evolves keeps me busy on my three carPuters. I used to work in aircraft cockpit design with a "ergonomics fanatic" and some of his precepts have stayed with me. One thing you don't want at .9 Mach with missiles in the air is to have to remember where on the screen is the countermeasures button. Look at windows menus - File, Edit, View, etc, etc, etc always in the same place always with the same basic menu items.

    I would love to design a skin that has 12 square buttons along the left border: music, XM, FM, TV, Video, DVD, GPS, Web, Phone, Apps, & Menu/return. Another column half the size of the first would be for volume, movement, and aplication specific buttons. The rest of the screen real estate would be available to the sub menus and applications.

    I am using all 10" screens and I could care less about 80% of my GPS screen being used to show me 50% more of the left and right of my intended route and little or nothing ahead of me. My music player plugin displays the album art and song lyrics while the song is playing (karaoke style) and the more room I can give it the bigger I can make the fonts. My XM is no different the more room I have from top to bottom the more channels I can see.

    Ultimately CDRSkull's flash skin would be great for my idea with the submenus extending from the first set of buttons which could then be reduced to Audio, Video, Comm, Apps, menu. And from Holistic's flash skin with the clock - take that top button (put the road runner logo on it) and make it extend from the left instead of the center. Those menu items would always be available regardless of the focus, but leave maximum screen space for running applications. The size of the buttons is of little consequence once you memorize their location and the never change!!!!!!!!

    Just my two cents (been couped up in the house all day) with two broken computers.

    Hey Leckan keep up the good work, looks great.

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    oh, i guess i didnt realize that the left buttons would be accessible in every screen... nevermind then
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    update brushed

    i working on my brushed skin to day a done the music player / brower.
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    I think the back button should be bottom left and big for the same reasoning as Gizmo described. The appearance buttoncould go to make way for it, in my opinion. On the main screen the back button could possibly become the exit.
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    i should take a look on that to night when i get some time. thanks for the comments
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    the player controls on the audio player definately needs to be bigger like vortex's skin. Its too hard to use those buttons in a car while driving... waddya think?
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    I find it to be too busy. While I'm driving I would prefer to have fewer options on the mainpage. Maybe keep those items you would use while driving on the mainpage and keep everything else on a subpage.

    For instance people probably wouldn't access the Web while driving so instead keep a few main buttons on the mainpage.

    Stock GUI's for automobiles don't have so many choices on the mainscreen because it would be tedious to find the selection you want but looking through clutter on the screen (imho).

    Maybe this will kick in some more ideas.

    My wife is a graphic designer by trade and an expert at photoshop. User Interfaces is one of the things she loves designing. I've already tasked her to help me get what I I'm looking for . I'll be working with the Brushed Aluminum skin though because that matches my interior trim.

    I've never done any skinning so this may take a little while

    Question to everyone; Is it possible to create subscreens in RR by creating a custom screen not already created by default? I'll as well but like I said I haven't done any skinning yet so maybe someone knows off the top of their head.

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    Good work but I have 2 obs:

    1) Pay attention with too small buttons

    2) Why do you use pressed-look buttons?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckster
    I find it to be too busy. While I'm driving I would prefer to have fewer options on the mainpage. Maybe keep those items you would use while driving on the mainpage and keep everything else on a subpage.

    For instance people probably wouldn't access the Web while driving so instead keep a few main buttons on the mainpage.
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    O.K. I am by no stretch of the imagination a skinner, but here are some concepts I think would work with CDRSkull's flash style skin. Each button on the left promotes the subbutton over the current skin. The Road runner button pops up the configs.

    Volume controls stay fixed in all skins. Exit button becomes return on all skins other than main menu.

    Hey CDRSkull can you do this??
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