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    Quote Originally Posted by kapone View Post
    Valid points. As I said, it was never for that as such. Some of the things CAN be customized though.

    As far as the "size" of those chevrons, I guess we could muck around in the resource bitmaps, but I haven't found a way to change their size. However, in a typical 800x480 screen, I think they are big enough, and if they are overlaying another button (something below them), the chevrons always take priority, so it's not too difficult to click them.

    Here's one customization, with a list of changed .pngs:

    http://www.xpmediacentre.com.au/comm...ange-look.html

    Very cool, great for a "night skin". It proves it's possible to re-skin WMC, though. With this, Media Center Studio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    Here's one customization, with a list of changed .pngs:

    http://www.xpmediacentre.com.au/comm...ange-look.html

    Very cool, great for a "night skin". It proves it's possible to re-skin WMC, though. With this, Media Center Studio.
    Yeah, but it's "clunky". You're mucking with embedded resources and any Windows update that touches those files will undo those changes. It'd have been SO much better, if it was "skinnable" with complete separation of skin from the framework.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapone View Post
    Yeah, but it's "clunky". You're mucking with embedded resources and any Windows update that touches those files will undo those changes. It'd have been SO much better, if it was "skinnable" with complete separation of skin from the framework.
    Hence the point of a Front-End

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    I looked AT the files, they're just image files. No xml, nothing. I doubt windows update will touch .png files?

    Anyway I tested Media Center with the "chevron" hack, I had to creat one entry at the registry (not only change the value), but then it worked. It's more than enough for browsing on the TS.

    The Music section is great, because you can see songs, album, artist, ALBUM ARTIST (great for when there's more than one artist in the album - you can use (various), or the main artist, and then each song can have it's own artist or course (no tag conflicts)), COMPOSER (great for classical music, remixes, covers), playlist, YEAR, and genre. Most of those functions (composer, album artist) you can't even find in the almighty RRMedia, not to mention the absurd CF3.0 (no playlist support).

    The way the search results are displayed is great. You can play all, play one album, play all albums, add to now playing, all very intuitive.

    However, the on screen keyboard is ridiculously small. I'll search for a hack to increase it enough to fill up the screen. I have a Dinovo mini keyboard with me in the car however, so that's passable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    Hence the point of a Front-End
    Oh, I don't disagree. But on the same token, I wish the usability, stability and smoothness of the front ends was as good.

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    A fellow member did customize MCE to use in his Porsche:



    Here is the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    A fellow member did customize MCE to use in his Porsche:



    Here is the thread.

    Wonderfull job

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    make life easy on yourself

    I would never say don't add plug-ins into MCE. But what I found might surprise you a little. MCE can be a pain to customize if you don't know what to look for. Adding plug-ins can put you six-feet under. I played and played with mpa plug-ins for MCE...my finial thought on the matter is...... Its not worth the headache for me. I feel like some of my m4a played well with MCE and some didn't. What I didn't know was there are different types of M4A (AAC, AACPlus, Apple Lossless). I used Easy CD-DA Extractor Pro to convert my m4a's to mp3's (320). I was sad to see some of the songs data was lost, but then I realize that the sound wasn't in a 100% controlled environment. I driving a convertible with the engine on the back of your neck. In the end the m4a format was a headache to force to work inside MCE I can't tell the difference with everything in my driving environment.

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    nice work BigSeven74 on the WMC looks tops!

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    a new killer plugin has come out, for those who want to rip blurays and dvd's inside media center with just one click of a button- http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/t/81697.aspx

    however, i guess most are running atom chips anyway... i cant imagine the weeks it would take to encode a bluray with them!

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