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    RockCar Front End v0.0.154 - Skin Editor Updates

    Download:
    The setup files for the Front End and Skin Builder are attached to this thread.

    Updates:
    • You can now drag buttons/surfaces around in the skin editor.
    • Skin editor bug fixes.
    • Some small changes to the front end, but this is stable now and has been running in my car for many months.


    Features:
    • Uses WMP 10+ for the media library and album art. Both audio and video.
    • Install takes about 20 seconds.
    • Multi-language capable interface.
    • Skinable interface with themes.
    • Skin Builder is included to make your own skins.
    • Plugable interface so it is possible to create extended features.
    • External controls plugin interface that allows external controllers (joysticks, etc.)
    • Flexible core engine that can be leveraged in plugins.
    • Built in C#


    Requirements:
    • Windows XP or Vista 32bit
    • Windows Media Player 10+ (RockCar uses your WMP library)
    • .NET 2.0 Runtime (free from Microsoft)


    Plugins Included:
    • Head - Main control surface.
    • Media Selector - Selects media from the WMP library.
    • IE Browser - Internet Explorer web browser.
    • MapPoint - MapPoint interface with simple GPS tracking. (currently disabled)


    Translations
    English, German, Spanish, French, Russian and Japanese Translations Available
    I used Babel Fish for the translations, so I apologize if any translations are incorrect. PM me if you would like to help out with translations.

    Change the translation to the language you want by editing the GlobalOptions.xml file and changing the "Culture" to:

    en English
    de German
    es Spanish
    fr French
    ja Japanese
    ru Russian

    Modify a Skin
    To modify a skin start by duplicating one of the existing skins. BigRead and Canvas are good skins to start with.
    Experiment with the themes and layouts to see what you can do. Make sure to save your changes.
    Click test on the layout tab to see the results.

    Create a Skin
    I would suggest modifying an existing skin to get a good feel for how the skins are organized.
    If you woul like to try from scratch here is a short 'how to':

    1. Click 'New' on the skins tab.
    2. Name your skin and click update.
    3. Click the 'Themes' tab.
    4. Click the + to add a new theme.
    5. Rename the theme and click update.
    6. Add and name an image for the background.
    7. Add a surface theme for a button.
    8. On the Layouts tab create a new layout called "RockCarHead"
    9. Add an exit button using the surface theme just added.
    10. Click 'Test Skin'
    11. Experiment with adding buttons to your skin.

    Layout Switching
    Layout Switching - Each feature (player/GPS/etc) of the front end has a layout that determines where the controls are placed. Switching
    layouts allows the skin designer to create multiple layouts for each feature. This helps in creating skins with minimal controls on the
    main screen that link to sub-screens with controls specific to the function. The subscreens can be multiple levels deep.

    The skin builder now allows to create skins to do this:
    1. Create a new layout from the Layouts tab.
    2. Create a button on the main parent that switches to the new layout, make it's funtion 'LayoutSwitch' and set the argument to the name of the layout.

    Graphic Artists and Skin Builders Needed:
    I need some better looking skins. I'm good with Photoshop, but I need someone with vision to create some something really cool.

    Developers:
    RockCar has an easy to use plugin framework. I'm looking for developers who would like to develop features for RockCar. GPS with iGuidance would be awsome, but I've not had time to learn the code to accomplish this.














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    Downloading now for a look...

    Looks promising...
    '94 Mazda T3500 Bus, Lilliput 7", Mouse GPS, 1GHz TC1100 Tablet PC, Inverter, HUGE Spare battery, Smart Charger, Road Runner, FreeDrive.

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