[Windows][Any]Skins best suited for Home Theater PC

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osirisjem Offline
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Question  [Windows][Any]Skins best suited for Home Theater PC
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I am using XBMC for Windows as part of a Home Theater PC.
I really like the native skin .. it looks nice and navigation is intuitive.
However, The Fonts are too small and in the view I will be using most "View: Thumbnail", the font is grey not white (making it harder to read from afar).

Essentially I want a small image and big writing so I can navigate easily, without gettting a 90 inch TV !

Any suggestions on skins suited for a Home Theater PC with a remote from the couch ? I couldn't see any good threads on this via searching.
All help appreciated. Thanks.

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osirisjem Wrote:I am using XBMC for Windows as part of a Home Theater PC.
I really like the native skin .. it looks nice and navigation is intuitive.
However, The Fonts are too small and in the view I will be using most "View: Thumbnail", the font is grey not white (making it harder to read from afar).

Essentially I want a small image and big writing so I can navigate easily, without gettting a 90 inch TV !

Any suggestions on skins suited for a Home Theater PC with a remote from the couch ? I couldn't see any good threads on this via searching.
All help appreciated. Thanks.

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You could allways try editing the font.xml in the 720p folder and increase the font sizes by +5 on on most sizes, not sure if the colours are controlled from the font.xml in Pm3HD or not. I use Both Hitchers Aeon Mod and `Blacks another night theme mod as there complete packages though you do need to download the fonts seperatly. I have no problem reading the text on my 32" lcd from 12 feet away. There are quite a few other good skins on the forum worth checking out i am sure there will be something to suit your needs. Mediastream / Mediastrem redux / transparency a pm3 mod by ronnie / minimedia all are excellent skinsSmile

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osirisjem Wrote:I really like the native skin .. it looks nice and navigation is intuitive.
However, The Fonts are too small and in the view I will be using most "View: Thumbnail", the font is grey not white (making it harder to read from afar).

the fontcolor can be easily modified as well.
check PM3.HD/colors/default.xml and change
<color name="grey2">88FFFFFF</color>
to
<color name="grey2">FFFFFFFF</color>

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Great Tips.
Thanks.

Default font.xml (located in C:\Program Files\XBMC\skin\PM3.HD\720p )
Code:
<fonts>
    <fontset id="Default" unicode="true">
         <font>
            <name>font10</name>
            <filename>LiberationSans-Regular.ttf</filename>
            <size>15</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font11</name>
            <filename>LiberationSans-Regular.ttf</filename>
            <size>19</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font12</name>
            <filename>LiberationSans-Regular.ttf</filename>
            <size>20</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font12b</name>
            <filename>LiberationSans-Regular.ttf</filename>
            <size>20</size>
            <aspect>.9</aspect>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font13</name>
            <filename>LiberationSans-Regular.ttf</filename>
            <size>23</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font18</name>
            <filename>humanist_521_condensed_bt.ttf</filename>
            <size>32</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font18b</name>
            <filename>humanist_521_bt.ttf</filename>
            <size>32</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font20</name>
            <filename>LiberationSans-Regular.ttf</filename>
            <size>25</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font22</name>
            <filename>LiberationSans-Regular.ttf</filename>
            <size>28</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font25</name>
            <filename>LiberationSans-Regular.ttf</filename>
            <size>35</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font35b</name>
            <filename>LiberationSans-Regular.ttf</filename>
            <size>80</size>
            <aspect>.8</aspect>
        </font>
    </fontset>
    <fontset id="Arial" unicode="true">
         <font>
            <name>font10</name>
            <filename>arial.ttf</filename>
            <size>15</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font11</name>
            <filename>arial.ttf</filename>
            <size>19</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font12</name>
            <filename>arial.ttf</filename>
            <size>20</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font12b</name>
            <filename>arial.ttf</filename>
            <size>20</size>
            <aspect>.9</aspect>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font13</name>
            <filename>arial.ttf</filename>
            <size>23</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font18</name>
            <filename>arial.ttf</filename>
            <size>28</size>
            <aspect>.8</aspect>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font18b</name>
            <filename>arial.ttf</filename>
            <size>28</size>
            <aspect>.8</aspect>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font20</name>
            <filename>arial.ttf</filename>
            <size>25</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font22</name>
            <filename>arial.ttf</filename>
            <size>28</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font25</name>
            <filename>arial.ttf</filename>
            <size>35</size>
        </font>
         <font>
            <name>font35b</name>
            <filename>arial.ttf</filename>
            <size>80</size>
            <aspect>.8</aspect>
        </font>
    </fontset>
</fonts>

I just increased them all by 5 points and the font was a nicer size on my media browsing. thanks.
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C:\Program Files\XBMC\skin\PM3.HD\colors\default.xml
Code:
<colors>
    <color name="white">FFFFFFFF</color>
    <color name="grey">66FFFFFF</color>
    <color name="grey2">88FFFFFF</color>
    <color name="grey3">33FFFFFF</color>
    <color name="black">FF000000</color>
    <color name="green">ffe2ff43</color>
    <color name="dialogheader">DDced8da</color>
</colors>

All the different views use the color white, except the one I want white.
Anyone know how to tweak the font color on that specific view ?
(This post was last modified: 2009-08-02 22:49 by osirisjem.)
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Post: #6
you'll have to edit ViewsFileMode.xml
look up the VideoThumbnailView section in that file
On line and 1049 and 1112 change
<textcolor>grey2</textcolor>
to
<textcolor>white</textcolor>

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osirisjem Offline
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Post: #7
ronie Wrote:you'll have to edit ViewsFileMode.xml
look up the VideoThumbnailView section in that file
On line and 1049 and 1112 change
<textcolor>grey2</textcolor>
to
<textcolor>white</textcolor>

Thanks !

I also noticed you had to do this same procedure for the Pictures.
I looked up ThumbnailView (vs. VideoThumbnailView) and found the two entries as well.

My numbers were a little off from yours. But your line numbers helped alot. Thanks.

Here were the VideoThumbnailView edits.
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