A few Thoughts/Suggestions to the Skin perhaps..
#1
Hello Ronie,

1st of all, All the Best for the NewYear 2010 ! and thankyou for all the Work you have done to make this Skin
(imho) the Best i saw till now ! (after PM3.HD :-)

I would like to suppose/ask for few posible options:

1) Home Screen:
Is it posible to make the Menu look bigger and more "Impossed" with some graphical Background?, i think it if kind of "lost" in the Big almost empty screen , somethink like this perhaps : http://www.grsnet.net/xbmc/home_tweak.png
The pumping dots at the left and the bigger non symetrical Menue Background, look very stylish (imho).
Better than the Highlighted Bground....

2) Weather Home Screen:
to add in the Options the posibility to switch on/off the weekly forecast display(Mod) in the Home Weather Screen.

3) HomeWeather & Weather:
in the options, to add the posibility to change :
a) the Path of the Icons
b) the Path of the Contitional Backgrounds

4) In the Video Library / Fan Art View:
Depending on the Fan Art Background, the :
a) Movie List on the Right
b) Description on the Bottom
is not good readable.
Any chance to make the Video FanArt View more like the one in PM3.HD ??
http://www.grsnet.net/xbmc/screenshot003.png

5) Video Info Screen:
if the Plot is longer than a few lines, you have to switch between more pages to read it.
Can you add a Menue Item to open the Plot in a own Window to make it much more readable ?
http://www.grsnet.net/xbmc/screenshot007.png
In this example the Plot is 11 Pages....

6) in a few Menues the (settings/Backgrounds 4ex) the Transparent Blue Highlighted Backgrount is quite difficult to see..

7) i use the following animated Weather Icons (Smiley Weather), if you find them usable pls be my quest :
http://www.grsnet.net/xbmc/64x64_Animate...s_PNGs.zip


Thankyou again for the Great Skin,
Cheers,
Konstantin
XBMC, Intel P4 3.0GHz with HT, 2GB RAM, ATI 3450 HDMI GPU
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#2
1) if someone can make a mock-up of a better looking menu, i'll surely include it.
having a asymmetric background would be a bit tricky, due to the fact you can add and remove any number of items to the menu.

2) afraid i don't get what you're referring too.

3) one of the main goals of Transparency! is to provide an out-of-the-box experience.
all the goodies are included in the skin and preconfigured. so the paths are static in the skin.
it sure would be possible to add a custom path, but i would have to duplicate the code for every image and that's not something i'm looking for.
you can easily replace the included icons/backgrounds with your own, just move them to the appropriate folder in Transparency!/images.

4) FAQ #17

5) might be possible, i'll check if i can add something like that.

6) the focused highlight might be a bit subtle, but if i would make it more opaque the text becomes less readable (white text against light background).

7) thanx but 64x64 pix is a bit too small. ;-)
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#3
Hello Ronie,

thankyou for your reply !

About 1:
Is it posible to use the Menue Backgrounds from here ?:
http://sites.google.com/site/xbmcthemess...emes-pm3hd

For the adding of items on the Menue, PNG's with 1 to n Middle PNG backgrounds could be created (start,middle,end)
Like this: http://www.grsnet.net/xbmc/xbmcmenue/xbmc1.htm

and the Pumping Bullets from here ?:
http://sites.google.com/site/xbmcthemess...hics-pm3hd
Something Similar in the correct Color, what do you think ?


About 2:
I mean the following MOD:
http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/6926/pm3dweather.jpg


About 3:
Yes, the Default Paths would point to the Default icons & Backgrounts of the skin,
but by adding the posibility to change Paths you would change only 2 string variables, or ?
Just the Paths not the pic Names, or do i miss something ?


About 4:
Yes, but this would cover the Fanart BGround, what i mean is to reduce(Resize) the Bground pic,
so that it is not covered from the Menue and the Info, like in PM3.HD :
http://www.grsnet.net/xbmc/screenshot003.png

About 5:
Thanky that would be a great addition imho


About 6:
What if you make the focused highlight darker to have more contrast with the Text ?


About 7:
Yes 64x64 is small but can be resized, here a few screenshots:
http://www.grsnet.net/xbmc/smiley_scn_shots.zip

and last, thanky for your time :-)

Cheers,
Konstantin
XBMC, Intel P4 3.0GHz with HT, 2GB RAM, ATI 3450 HDMI GPU
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#4
1. Transparency! is based on PM3.HD, in fact it's just one big PM3.HD MOD. :-)
i did my best to give this skin it's own look, so going back to a PM3.HD style menu is not an option.

2. that one looks rather nice, i'm currently busy adding some new weather screens based on the weather.com plugin. so i might as well add some more info to the home weather info.
consider it done. ;-)

3. nope, i can't set the variable to the default path, so the path is hardcoded in the skin xml.
it would only be possible if i duplicated the code for all the weather icons/backgrounds and made them conditionally visible based on some skin setting.

4. lol, the reason i started with Transparency! is because i thought the fanart in PM3.HD should be shown fullscreen. resizing it is out of the question, sorry.

5. done. it will be available for episodes, artist biography and album reviews too.
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6. than it would blend in with the background and not be a highlight anymore.
making it more opaque and changing the highlight color would be an option though.

7. still thanx but no thanx. (way too blurry) ;-)
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#5
For 1. Would something like this work?
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#6
tupla_s Wrote:For 1. Would something like this work?
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not really, what would happen / how would it look if i add three more buttons to the menu?
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#7
ronie Wrote:not really, what would happen / how would it look if i add three more buttons to the menu?

Could the top and bottom sloping thingies be made into "dummy" buttons so they would move out of the way with the buttons as you add/remove them?
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#8
tupla_s Wrote:Could the top and bottom sloping thingies be made into "dummy" buttons so they would move out of the way with the buttons as you add/remove them?

it might be possible, but it would be rather complex and far from practical.
i.e. you need a lot of code to get it done (if possible at all).
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