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    John, thank you
    As every one here, i am trying to do my best. First of all, let me try to finish with what I NEED ) because that is the main reason i have started. I dont want to sell my job or something, i will release fiull layered full editable PSD files when i am done.
    Then, if more screens are needed, you can be sure i will make them all.
    Of course, i will need help as i have no clue how to "access" or "code" those suplementary screens.

    For example, i will use TV for sure, (PCMCIA card) so i will definitelly do at least one more screen, as ALPINE skin have for example. But, please bare with me. I am just a graphic artist, and i have had no idea what RoadRunner is, 2 days ago...

    ANY of your suggestion will be helpfull for me, and i will pay attention to all of them.

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    Great skin!

    sorry if that came across as demanding or something, it was just meant as a suggestion.

    As for tips, the best one I can offer is to use an existing skin, and duplicate the buttons on your skin in any place, layout and design, then move the buttons around on an existing skin. This is what I had to do with the skin I just created (My first as well, and I was in the same boat as you just 2 months ago). This is kinda cheating, but it is a great way to learn. At the time, when I designed my XM skin, I did not have an XM unit, and just copied button codes from another skin that did have an XM screen.

    Take for example the weather page, none of the weather indicators, labels ect are in the skincommands.txt file. I just copied the BMV2 weather skin to my skin folder, and created the layout and style I wanted for my skin in Photoshop. I then changed the images refrenced in the BMV2 skin to use my images, and moved the button areas around in the skin editor to where the buttons were on my images. Then later down the road, I added dynamic buttons you can press and hold to have up to 5 cities in the weather screen, added radar & satellite images, added animated radar and satellite maps using the webplugin ect. But the starting point of the learning process started with the basic BMV2 weather skin and just continued on from there.
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    Great tips !
    Thank you. i am done with audio_player and audio_browser. I will post new screenshots soon.



    later edit:
    I will find a way for switching to a second screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWPB View Post
    I really like the look, as I mentioned, but before you get TOO far along, I would seriously concider having a button to switch to a 2nd and possibly even 3rd "main menu" screen.

    You have covered the main bases, but there are a lot of other things people will undoubtedly want if it is left with just the 6 buttons.

    Examples are:
    Weather
    Phone
    Satellite Radio
    Launch/Utilities
    Ric CD
    TV
    Picture Viewer

    ect ect....

    Certainly there are most people that do not use all of these, but even one or two from the above list not being supported will sure to flood you with requests
    i agree.. or you can do like i've done to modify the freedom skin and use pop up menus. These are done in flash but they can be done non-flash as well
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    update

    Just updated. I have discovered that i can keep all the images on the first post by saving them on my server anytime i do some modiffs
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    Sonicxtacy02: thanks

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    great work man,keep this up!.i did the same idea like sonicxtacy02 did,using the drop menu's,thats how i handle the gps extras in my night skin.

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    Very nice.... would love to try it out...once its done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugurg View Post
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    what means GE... ?
    i am new here and i have discovered RoadRunner and this forum one day ago...
    It is Road Runner Google Earth. Wow, for a guy who just discovered this forum one day ago, you are doing some expert skinning! Amazing!
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    Thank you, Morris.
    Do you know where i can find the latest version of Google Earth for RoadRunner...?

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    check in the rr plugins subforum you'll see the thread there
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