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jmoger
2005-02-18, 09:34 PM
I just posted a new skin based on MediaPortal's Blue Two skin.

http://www.bladerhq.com/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Plugin/SkinBlueMCE2

Props to MediaPortal for providing really nice images to work with.

jeffcora
2005-02-25, 05:33 PM
Hi,

Does this skin support the MusicPanel plugin? It does appear to looking at the preview pictures and the fact there is a MusicPanel.xml file, however as soon as I add the UltraID3Lib.dll and MusicPanel.dll to the relevant directories and restart gbpvr, I get a "Error: Object reference not set to an instance of an object". Any ideas?

Thanks, Rob

dottore
2005-02-25, 05:57 PM
it is not up - to - date for the new musicPanel. and it doesn't support the new myVideos-features. you must wait for a new version or change the *.xml-files yourself (just take the files from the default blue skin and change them).

jeffcora
2005-02-25, 06:47 PM
Thanks for the info. The Blue skin panel directory didn't have a musicpanel.xml file so I modified the one supplied with the panel plugin to get it to work in the end.

Cheers,

reefboy
2005-02-28, 05:24 PM
jmoger,
Thanks for putting this together. I have switched to this skin as I think it looks fantastic. A few quick questions... I have added a "Music" grouping which I placed Jukebox, My Music, Netradio, etc. Is there a way and how would I assign a task.png to that folder so the dude with the headphones shows up when that folder is selected? I noticed since the "music" grouping isn't an actual plugin things are different. If it isn't possible to do this now would it be difficult to implement?

Being a big fan of GBPVR, do you think a GBPVR logo will ever be added? My vote would be to add some cool GBPVR logo within the skin.

aitanit
2005-02-28, 06:17 PM
jmoger,

I love this skin, it looks great. I have one problem though, MY Videos does not appear on the menu when using this skin. Am I doing something wrong?

Thank you.

jmoger
2005-03-02, 12:28 AM
Hi all,
Sorry that I haven't been following the forums recently. I have finally gotten MythTV running with my PVR-350 and now I'm a MythTV user. GBPVR is a fine piece of software, but my DVR project goals included running the DVR on a fully open source software stack.

So, as it stands I will no longer maintain the BlueMCE or BlueMCE2 skins. Now in a community such as this that should not be a problem - anyone can take over maintenance - they are just XML text files, afterall.

aitanit:
I'm not sure why My Videos would not appear in your main menu - it should. Perhaps Reven introduced a new requirement for the My Videos skin.xml file which is not reflected in the existing version of BlueMCE2. I'm not sure. You could look at the gbpvr log file to get a more detailed stack trace.

jmoger
2005-03-02, 12:33 AM
Reefboy:
Did Sub implement submenus? I guess I don't understand how you "grouped" the plugins together. In any event, as far as I know the task images must be named task.png and must be located inside a folder named for a plugin. I'm not aware of any way to assign a task image to anything other than a plugin.

Lucas_24
2005-03-02, 01:51 AM
not possible right now to assign a task image to a sub folder. I asked sub a couple of weeks ago

reefboy
2005-03-02, 02:21 AM
jmoger,
yes. Sub has implemented submenus back in the release from early December. Thanks for putting BlueMCE2 together. Sorry to hear about you leaving, have fun with MythTV!


Well I guess the ability to have a task image assigned to a sub folder will have to be added to the wishlist. Maybe the image could be placed in the root gbpvr directory with the same name as the grouping / sub folder name.

jtokach
2005-03-04, 01:22 AM
Has anyone taken the responsibility for maintaining these skins now that the developer has moved on?

daphatty
2005-03-04, 02:05 AM
I would have to say no.

jtokach
2005-03-04, 02:23 AM
I'm sure there is someone more qualified than I am to do this, but in the mean time, can someone point me in the direction of where can I read up on it?

dottore
2005-03-04, 07:34 AM
well, since i use the bluemce2-skin i could take it over. i was just waiting for a "final" release of myVideos and i am very busy with learning for uni at the moment, so if you could just wait a few days....

my bluemce2-version will have support for the my-series and working panels. more plugins may be supported, if they are more skinnable in the future.

reven
2005-03-04, 10:29 AM
Quote[/b] ]i was just waiting for a "final" release of myVideos and i am very busy with learning for uni at the moment, so if you could just wait a few days....

there will never ever ever be a final release of my videos, well its kinda final now, but will always be maintained, updated, improved, just the way i do things.

dottore
2005-03-04, 10:34 AM
i know, therefore i wrote "final" -> you made huge skin-changes in the last version, which means, that the myVideos-skin-file has to be totally updatet. it was a good idea to introduce composite-images for the buttons. will myPrograms and myMusic be changed the same way?

reven
2005-03-04, 10:49 AM
Quote[/b] ]will myPrograms and myMusic be changed the same way?
yeah when i next update my music/pics/programs ill update them the same way, but i wont just update them for the sake of this, if i add a feature ill do it aswell (also add the ability to on/off the menu buttons and their order etc). just slowly update as i go along.

dottore
2005-03-10, 09:21 AM
ok, guys, i had some spare time and modified the bluemce2-skin to fit the new myVideos-plugin. you can download it right here: bluemce2.zip (http://www.bladerhq.com/pmwiki/uploads/Plugin/bluemce2.zip).

i also changed the myprograms-task-image and changed the music-panel, it works again. that's all, other plugins will be coming when i have more time and when they are much more skinable. a few minutes ago i noticed an ugly screen when adding movie-information and displaying them. i will fix this in the next days.

by the way, i would like to change the description and files on the wiki concerning this skin, but i don't know how to get access. can someone help me?

in skinning the myVideos-plugin i found an error: i added a pin to a directory. everything was working. then, i deleted the virtual root and added another one. everything was working. then i wanted to add a pin to a directory and got a "unknown error" - error after setting the pin (i was typing the master pin, then the pin and then the plugin exited). i looked at the logfiles and noticed an error with the database connection. so i opened the myDatabase.mdb, deleted the old pin from the directory, which wasn't in the virtual root any more and everything was fine again.

probably there is a problem, when the plugin trys to identify the directories/files which have a pin in the database but don't exist in the virtual root...

KingArgyle
2005-03-10, 03:46 PM
Email bladder to get a user id and password for the Wiki. His email can be found in the Documentation forum.

BenTO
2005-03-10, 07:56 PM
Just a note of thanks to dottore for taking this on. *

This is the skin I use and like very much. *It gives GBPVR a cool look to it even if it is copied it from MP. *My only wish is that xrecord could be skinned to it.

Ben

pauly666
2005-03-11, 06:48 AM
dottore, thanks for taking this on...

The musicpanel works like a charm, but MyVideos still isn't showing up for me in mainmenu... I tried it on the PC and on my MVP.

Suggestions?

pauly

dottore
2005-03-11, 09:08 AM
could you post your logfiles? maybe i forgot something. which version of myvideos do you use? i've send an email to blader to get access to the wiki.

i'll take a look at xrecord, maybe i can skin this one too.

reven
2005-03-11, 11:21 AM
you'll have to wait for the next version of xrecord before you can skin it, im working with jorm to make it skinnable (well i just complain to him, and he fixes it).

pauly666
2005-03-12, 03:29 AM
dottore, not sure which log file you are asking me to post... (name?).

dottore
2005-03-13, 08:21 AM
since there is a new version of my-videos i will modify the skin to work with myvideos 3.0. just wait a few days. concerning the log-files: i need every *.log-file in your gbpvr-directory. i've sent you a message.

pauly666
2005-03-15, 05:51 AM
hey dottore

Don't know what it was, by MyVideos 3.0 works for me!! Woohoo!

Thanks for your hard work.

pauly

dottore
2005-03-15, 08:13 AM
:-) ? strange!!!!! have to test it... i didn't do anything to make it work with myvideos 3 so i think, the skin won't work with the new actors-feature...

i'll take a look.

xtoph
2005-03-15, 08:36 AM
Well, I just gave it a try but didn't succeed.

dottore
2005-03-15, 09:56 AM
i updated the wiki, the plugin now should work with myVideos 3.0. could you please try it? somehow i cannot make the text scroll....

xtoph
2005-03-15, 11:03 AM
It still doesn't work for me. Have you hard-coded somewhere the path to GB-PVR? I have a non-standard drive (G:) but standard path.

dottore
2005-03-15, 11:22 AM
it's just a skin-file without any hard-coded drives. i use it with two different computers. could you post the log-file and describe your error? does gbpvr start? what errors do you get, when you try to launch the myvideos-plugin? is the myvideos-button showing up in the main menu?

those informations would be helpful. thanks for testing!

xtoph
2005-03-15, 01:00 PM
Please find the error log below. The button "My Videos" simply doesn't show up. As far as I read the log, you have missed to provide the following XML elements:

/settings/SpecialElements/SpecialElement/ActorInfoButtons
/settings/CompositeImages/CompositeImage/NoActorImageFound




15.03.2005 13:47:21.515 VERBOSE [2] MyVideosTask created
15.03.2005 13:47:21.687 VERBOSE [2] first update not needed
15.03.2005 13:47:21.734 VERBOSE [2] second update not needed
15.03.2005 13:47:22.421 ERROR [2] Unable to find node: /settings/SpecialElements/SpecialElement[@name="ActorInfoButtons"]
15.03.2005 13:47:22.421 ERROR [2] Unable to find named image: /settings/CompositeImages/CompositeImage[@name="NoActorImageFound"]
15.03.2005 13:47:22.437 ERROR [2] Error initializing menu plugin: G:\Program Files\devnz\gbpvr\\plugins\MyVideosPlugin.dll
15.03.2005 13:47:22.437 ERROR [2] Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation.
15.03.2005 13:47:22.468 ERROR [2] at System.RuntimeType.CreateInstanceImpl(Boolean publicOnly)
at System.Activator.CreateInstance(Type type, Boolean nonPublic)
at a1..ctor(Boolean serviceMode)
15.03.2005 13:47:22.468 ERROR [2] Inner exception: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
at GBPVR.Public.SkinHelper.getNamedImageNonCached(Str ing name, Hashtable parameters)
at GBPVR.Public.SkinHelper.getNamedImage(String name, Hashtable parameters)
at GBPVR.Public.SkinHelper.getNamedImage(String name)
at MyVideosPlugin.ActorInfoScreen..ctor(XmlDocument settings, SkinHelper skinHelper, String skinDirectory)
at MyVideosPlugin.MyVideosTask..ctor()
15.03.2005 13:47:22.468 ERROR [2] at GBPVR.Public.SkinHelper.getNamedImageNonCached(Str ing name, Hashtable parameters)
at GBPVR.Public.SkinHelper.getNamedImage(String name, Hashtable parameters)
at GBPVR.Public.SkinHelper.getNamedImage(String name)
at MyVideosPlugin.ActorInfoScreen..ctor(XmlDocument settings, SkinHelper skinHelper, String skinDirectory)
at MyVideosPlugin.MyVideosTask..ctor()
15.03.2005 13:47:22.468 VERBOSE [2] MyVideosEvent created

xtoph
2005-03-15, 01:07 PM
Yes, it seems to be those elements. I just did a copy/paste from the media experience skin and now the Button shows up in BlueMCE2.

dottore
2005-03-15, 01:22 PM
sorry, the uploaded file wasn't up-to-date. try this one: bluemce2-0912.zip (http://www.bladerhq.com/pmwiki/uploads/Plugin/bluemce2-0912.zip)

xtoph
2005-03-15, 01:33 PM
Yes, it now works in general. Thanks a lot.

However, the skin does not seem to support the full functionality of the plugin. I just did a short test with the actors and it complained about not finding the background image. Nothing severe for me personally, though.

dottore
2005-03-15, 02:08 PM
i don't know how to "activate" or use the actor-functionality so i couldn't test this. how can i try the actor thing? i would really like to make a skin which works without complaining....

it would be very nice if you could help.

reven
2005-03-15, 07:07 PM
you need to download movie information using imdb, when you lookup a movie it downloads the cast info, and for every actor who isnt in the database it will then download their information and add it to the database, then you just click on the "actors" button to show the list of actors in the database, click on one of them and it will then show their bio, gallery and their movies (there are 3 background composite images only looked up here, and another composite image for actors without headshots).

dottore
2005-03-16, 07:55 AM
thanks, i will take a look at this tomorrow. shouldn't be too hard to find the error :-)

dottore
2005-03-17, 09:14 AM
new release: bluemce2-092.zip (http://www.bladerhq.com/pmwiki/uploads/Plugin/bluemce2-092.zip)

it now works with the actual gbpvr-release. in myvideos 3.0 the actors work now. i hope everything is fine with the skin now, if not, let me know!

xtoph
2005-03-17, 12:00 PM
Quick test and works :-) Thanks a lot, I really like the skin.

DavidJames
2005-03-17, 03:56 PM
Can someone tell me how to install this? I only use MVP and am running the latest version of GBPVR

The instructions seem simple enough:

1 Download it: Attach:bluemce2-092.zip
2 Put it in the devnz\gbpvr\skins directory

I did that, of course I assumed #2 meant unzip into the skins directory. I did that and the bluemce2 folder was in the skins directory. I switched to that skin in config and as usually happens with me, is MVP never connects and GBPVR starts consuming huge amounts of CPU and memory.

I also notice inside the bluemce2 folder is another bluemce2.zip file, should I have done something with that. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

dottore
2005-03-18, 05:11 AM
could you please post your log-files? the gbpvr.exe.log should be enough. it isn't your fault. just ignore the included zip-file, i forgot to take that out.

i don't have a mvp but i hope, i can help you out.

DavidJames
2005-03-18, 03:57 PM
Quote[/b] (dottore @ Mar. 18 2005,00:11)]could you please post your log-files? the gbpvr.exe.log should be enough. it isn't your fault. just ignore the included zip-file, i forgot to take that out.

i don't have a mvp but i hope, i can help you out.
Here is the relevent piece I believe. It keeps looping through with the same error until I kill it.

8/2005 8:47:27 AM.732 VERBOSE [2] getValue: /settings/ActiveSkin : BlueMCE2
3/18/2005 8:47:27 AM.841 VERBOSE [2] MyPicturesTask created
3/18/2005 8:47:28 AM.654 VERBOSE [2] MyVideosTask created
3/18/2005 8:47:28 AM.919 VERBOSE [2] first update not needed
3/18/2005 8:47:28 AM.982 VERBOSE [2] second update not needed
3/18/2005 8:47:30 AM.341 ERROR [2] Unable to find node: /settings/CompositeImages/CompositeImage[@name="ActorInfoBioBackground"]/DrawImage[@filename="@Poster"]
3/18/2005 8:47:30 AM.341 ERROR [2] Unable to find node: /settings/CompositeImages/CompositeImage[@name="ActorInfoGalleryBackground"]/DrawImage[@filename="@Poster"]
3/18/2005 8:47:30 AM.341 ERROR [2] Unable to find node: /settings/CompositeImages/CompositeImage[@name="ActorInfoMoviesBackground"]/DrawImage[@filename="@Poster"]
3/18/2005 8:47:30 AM.341 VERBOSE [2] Skindirectory = .\skin\BlueMCE2\OnScreenKeyboard
3/18/2005 8:47:31 AM.326 VERBOSE [2] SourceConfigurationContainer.LoadAll()
3/18/2005 8:47:31 AM.404 VERBOSE [2] MyPicturesTask created
3/18/2005 8:47:31 AM.779 VERBOSE [2] MyVideosTask created
3/18/2005 8:47:31 AM.810 VERBOSE [2] first update not needed
3/18/2005 8:47:31 AM.826 VERBOSE [2] second update not needed
3/18/2005 8:47:32 AM.857 ERROR [2] Unable to find node: /settings/CompositeImages/CompositeImage[@name="ActorInfoBioBackground"]/DrawImage[@filename="@Poster"]
3/18/2005 8:47:32 AM.857 ERROR [2] Unable to find node: /settings/CompositeImages/CompositeImage[@name="ActorInfoGalleryBackground"]/DrawImage[@filename="@Poster"]
3/18/2005 8:47:32 AM.857 ERROR [2] Unable to find node: /settings/CompositeImages/CompositeImage[@name="ActorInfoMoviesBackground"]/DrawImage[@filename="@Poster"]
3/18/2005 8:47:32 AM.857 VERBOSE [2] Skindirectory = .\skin\BlueMCE2\OnScreenKeyboard
3/1

dottore
2005-03-18, 05:52 PM
strange, seems like gbpvr can't find the skin-images....it has to do with myvideos. could you try to deactivate the myvideos-plugin in the config-app? just for testing...

DavidJames
2005-03-18, 08:02 PM
Quote[/b] (dottore @ Mar. 18 2005,12:52)]strange, seems like gbpvr can't find the skin-images....it has to do with myvideos. could you try to deactivate the myvideos-plugin in the config-app? just for testing...
Interesting - my-video's wasn't even enabled in plug-in's. my-pictures was so I disabled that as well. Exact same error messages.

reven
2005-03-19, 01:42 AM
gbpvr tries to load everthing single dll in the plugin directory, even if they arent enabled, once they are loaded, it then decides which plugins to enable. thats why you're getting the error message, even thou its disabled.

DavidJames
2005-03-19, 06:28 AM
Quote[/b] (reven @ Mar. 18 2005,20:42)]gbpvr tries to load everthing single dll in the plugin directory, even if they arent enabled, once they are loaded, it then decides which plugins to enable. thats why you're getting the error message, even thou its disabled.
Thanks for the tip. I removed a bunch of plug-ins and the skin worked. I guess this skin isn't working with the latest version of gbpvr/mvp/live tv combination either.

Thanks again everyone for the help.

dottore
2005-03-19, 04:53 PM
what must i do to make it work with mvp?

in the next days i will post a version, working with the new myxxx-plugins.

piotre
2005-03-25, 05:43 PM
i just installed the newest version. i do love that skin but it crashes with xRecord. @dottore: you said you would add support for xRecord 2.0 soon? also for the new rssreader? than all my favorite plugins would work with your skin and I woul be a happy camper...

dottore
2005-03-27, 02:21 AM
i hope, i find some time next week, so those plugins should work with the skin. in the meantime you could copy the xrecord, *plugin*...... folders from the Blue-skin to the bluemce2-skin-folder.

simon
2005-03-30, 09:53 PM
This is a great skin, but the zip is missing a file. Whenever I start Live TV, I get an error saying that skin.xml is missing from the OSD directory, so Live TV won't start.

I have to use the standard blue skin to watch TV, which isn't as nice :(

I've copied over the skin.xml file from the blue skin directory, but then my OSD doesn't work at all, and GBPVR stops responding to remote commands...

Simon

j3flight
2005-03-31, 06:48 PM
Seconded...
LiveTV no worky.

Michael
2005-03-31, 07:37 PM
Glad it's not just me then. I thought I was doing something wrong as only just started to play with gb-pvr.

j3flight
2005-04-01, 05:49 AM
If you want to keep using the BlueMCE2 skin just copy the OSD folder from the Blue skin over the one inside BlueMCE2.

Voila.... No errors.

Jason

dottore
2005-04-01, 06:34 AM
oh, sorry, i forgot the folder in the last release.... will be fixed soon!

jeffcora
2005-04-06, 07:38 PM
Hi there,

Does this skin (2-093) officially support the My Music plugin yet? Since upgrading to the latest version of GBPVR + My Music + 2-093, text and images are missing when displaying items i.e. directory symbols, file names, file icons etc., as shown in the attached image. I don't get any errors on screen, although the maybe some logged in some files somewhere. The same happens on the MVP as well. Any ideas how I can fix this?

Cheers, Rob

dottore
2005-04-06, 08:10 PM
the skin doesn't support the latest myMusic-changes. will do that this evening....

dottore
2005-04-06, 08:59 PM
updated. myMusic works again. FastFind and xRecord too, but i'm not happy with it....maybe you have to copy over from the Blue-skin.

any suggestions would be appreciated :-)

download it at the wiki.

jeffcora
2005-04-07, 05:15 PM
Hi,

Thanks for the fast response, just tried it out and it works a treat. Thanks!

Rob

dottore
2005-04-18, 01:00 PM
new version online (at the wiki):

- fixed a problem with the musicpanel
- added support to the new weather-plugin
- changed live-tv-epg-skin

QuintZ
2005-04-18, 01:55 PM
Ah, great! I'm using this skin with great pleasure

jtokach
2005-05-24, 03:21 AM
MyMusic and MyPicture has @tags all over the place. I have the most recent versions of the Myplugins and this skin. You still on this dottore?

Thanks!!!

dottore
2005-05-24, 09:19 AM
yes i am, but i'm a poor student and have to earn some money, so there is not much time left ;-) i'll post a new version in the next days, supporting the new release and some more plugins... just be patient...

jtokach
2005-05-24, 04:27 PM
Hey man, we've all been there! No rush on it, I just wasn't sure if I was the only one seeing this issue.

I'm looking forward to the next release!

Thanks again!

Jim

dottore
2005-05-27, 11:15 AM
@jtokach: your error cannot be fixed. you have to use the newest version of the mymusic-plugin, this should work. i am working on a skin-update and couldn't reproduce your errors. those "@name"s you see come frome the new skin-behaviour of the my-series.

@all others: i will post an updated version of this skin in the next few hours. it will support the updated weather-plugin, myvideos v4.0 and the new features of the last release (recordings-screen, osd and so on). xrecord will be integrated, too, but i don't know, if the position of the menu-buttons is correct, since i get an ICOMPARER-error, when trying to run xrecord:

27.05.2005 12:12:12.811 ERROR [2] Error: msg=0x202 (WM_LBUTTONUP) hwnd=0xd0510 wparam=0x0 lparam=0x1590230 result=0x0 : Der angegebene IComparer hat eine Ausnahme verursacht. : at System.SorterObjectArray.QuickSort(Int32 left, Int32 right)
at System.Array.Sort(Array keys, Array items, Int32 index, Int32 length, IComparer comparer)
at System.Collections.ArrayList.Sort(Int32 index, Int32 count, IComparer comparer)
at System.Collections.ArrayList.Sort()
at RecordingViewerPlugin.ReadyRecordingsBox.alwaysIni tialize(IList showList, Boolean bSortTime, Hashtable map, ShowListingBox self)
at RecordingViewerPlugin.ReadyRecordingsBox.initializ e()
at RecordingViewerPlugin.RecordingTask.initializeData base()
at RecordingViewerPlugin.RecordingTask.render(Boolean& requiresMoreRendering)
at cj.a(Boolean& A_0)
at q.h(Object A_0, EventArgs A_1)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnClick(EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.ScrollableControl.WndProc(Mes sage& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.ContainerControl.WndProc(Mess age& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Form.WndProc(Message& m)
at q.a(Message& A_0)
27.05.2005 12:12:12.811 ERROR [2] Inner exception: Der Objektverweis wurde nicht auf eine Objektinstanz festgelegt. : at RecordingViewerPlugin.Show.CompareTo(Object obj)
at System.Collections.Comparer.Compare(Object a, Object b)
at System.SorterObjectArray.QuickSort(Int32 left, Int32 right)

for the next few weeks i will concentrate on integrating more plugins. video-archiver and guide2j are on my todo-list. if you want more plugins to be supported by this skin, just let me know!

dottore
2005-05-27, 04:02 PM
ok, here we are, you can download the new version from the wiki. let me know, if you encounter some problems.

one issue i've found a few minutes ago: the green bubble in myVideos is at the wrong position.

enjoy!

dottore
2005-05-27, 04:09 PM
another issue(s): browsing the mini-guide i saw, that the position of the channel-icon is wrong. will fix that in the next couple of days. same problem when recording: the red dot has a wrong position.

try it and give feedback, i will fix the minor issues in the next days.

jtokach
2005-06-05, 06:22 PM
Dottore,

Great work man! Just a few color comments for consideration:

The skinned OSD looks ok on my computer, but on the MVP, the color of the timeline bar doesn't contrast enough against the roundedrectangle container and the info panel on the bottom should probably be a few shades darker for better contrast against the show playing in the background.

The orange lettering in the menu system is also too light and doesn't contrast well against the blue bars or the green bars when an item is highlighted. Orange is absolutely the right color, but perhaps the shade needs to be darker or the font needs more weight.

To really nit-pick ;) , the TV guide has great contrast, but the slate-blue doesn't have good fung-shei with the primary blue used throughout the theme. I've tried different colors here and haven't any luck finding a nice color either...

Any changes you could make on the first two contrast issues would really be appreciated. Thanks again.

dottore
2005-06-05, 07:38 PM
thank you for the feedback, the osd has to be overdone, i'm working on it. the progress-bar doesn't contrast well, i thouhgt of a white bar... or maybe yellow.

i'll try a bit!

jtokach
2005-06-05, 07:56 PM
thank you for the feedback, the osd has to be overdone, i'm working on it. the progress-bar doesn't contrast well, i thouhgt of a white bar... or maybe yellow.

i'll try a bit!
Yeah, I think the orange or the green from the existing palette would good too!

Danka
2005-07-26, 04:24 PM
I have been using the BlueMCE2 skin along with GBPVR for a few weeks now. I recently have been using the Theater plugin, and decided to have a go at making a nice skin for this plugin.

I spent 6 hours or so (hehe) recreating the 6 kb skin.xml file, taking ideas from various other skins.

I seem to have the look i want, and it works fine using remote control, and arrow keys. One problem tho...

I have been stumped with aligning mouseovers area to the selection images, they are out of wack a wee bit...

I am posting here to see if i can get some help from someone, i can either attach the skin.xml or send to a helpful person, not sure how to go about this. Any suggetions would be great. :)

I have attached 3 screenshots in a zip file below

Danka
2005-07-26, 06:41 PM
yup, looks much nicer :)

thx for your help tipster...

my wife seems to think theater should be spelled theatre... (she's got the dictionary out... )

sub
2005-07-26, 06:48 PM
my wife seems to think theater should be spelled theatre... (she's got the dictionary out... )
lol - can you guess the plugin was written by the US guys? I think in the states it's usually 'Theater' for a building, and 'Theatre' for art form. The UK typcially uses Theatre for both.

dottore
2005-08-01, 01:44 PM
danka, could you replace the solid blue with #2168bc? this would fit the skin better....and then, send me your files, so i can include them into the skin and upload it to the wiki.

thanks for the hard work!

jasjol
2005-08-01, 02:51 PM
my wife seems to think theater should be spelled theatre... (she's got the dictionary out... )

It is possible to change how the name of a plugin is presented in GBPVR - you enter info in the language.XML fil - so you can show Theatre on the screen instead of Theater.

Since I am Swedish I use this for alot of names and it also works well with characters such as - some examples below

<translate originalText="TV Guide" translatedText="Tv tabl"/>
<translate originalText="Weather" translatedText="Vder"/>
<translate originalText="Theater" translatedText="Theatre"/>

It works inside the plugins to - but not always though

Danka
2005-08-01, 03:22 PM
thanks for the tip jasjol, i was lookin at your screenshots in swedish, cool :)

thanks dottore, i'll make the colour change, and put together a zip for you today. :)

mattman
2005-08-02, 02:00 PM
As I was used to the Blue MCE Skin when using Mediaportal I use it right away from the start with GBPVR...

but no support for newsfeed-plugin - so I sat down and had a first try at the skin... it's kinda very blueish - any idea how to change that?

Danka
2005-08-02, 03:57 PM
you can always fuss with these colour codes (http://webmonkey.wired.com/webmonkey/reference/color_codes/) in the skin.xml to get it looking the way you want, if thats what you are hoping to accomplish. :)

mattman
2005-08-02, 04:12 PM
Thanks for the link - that would help me... one thing I just realized - when u popup a description in the tv guide all gets a bit darker - do you know how to do that? I didn't find anything in the skin file... think that would help to make it look better ;-)

Danka
2005-08-02, 04:36 PM
im fairly new at this editng stuff for skin.xml for plugins.

Here is what i think i know... Most colours are editable, but i have learned also, some of the skins can only be changed so much, as the plugin code itself does have some say in how things appear, and location on the screen.

But in general, most of the time, colours in popups can changed maually, and also its possibe to have background images appear underneath the text.

Im learning more each day, hehe

good luck mattman :)

dottore
2005-08-03, 10:59 AM
new version on the wiki: now including theater plugin (thanks to danka).

dottore
2005-08-03, 11:44 AM
@mattman: i don't know, if the newsreader can be skinned enough, but you could try to get rid of the rectangles and highlight the actual feed or news like highlighted list-elements in myvideos or like buttons. if possible.

thanks for the work!

Danka
2005-08-03, 02:19 PM
new version on the wiki:

cool :)

mattman: here's a sample of what i'm playin around with for newsreader plugin... to show you how images can be placed in the skin.xml, a popup for example... it's not quite finished yet tho :)

mattman
2005-08-03, 03:36 PM
So I don't have to work on my own, but can wait until u finish yours ;-)
Could u send me the *.xml file? So that I could compare and have a look on what is possible with skinning...

Danka
2005-08-03, 04:34 PM
sure thing, have alook at the attached zip file.

compare the .xml with another newsfeed skin side by side, see how images can replace rectangular boxes and so on...

note: do not try and load this into your skin, as it won't run until i supply the images for it. Still got some work to be done yet.

so, here you go. :)

dottore
2005-08-04, 08:30 AM
looks nice! keep up the good work :-)

are there any other plugins you would skin or are you working on them? maybe it would be nice to have the newsfeed on the main-menu as a panel...

Danka
2005-08-04, 01:41 PM
thanks dottore,

I've got the newsfeed plugin almost complete, i was going to drop you a line later on today, for a peek and your thoughts on it.

I would be happy to try and skin another plugin when time permits. I was thinking of trying My Pictures maybe... since i use that one alot. I am open for suggestions.

I was thinking about the panels too, newsfeed and possibly a weather panel displaying a simple weather icon with the current temperature on the main menu page...

have a good day :)

LilY0da
2005-08-04, 02:32 PM
possibly a weather panel displaying a simple weather icon with the current temperature on the main menu page...
A current weather, or temperature, or forecast out of the weather plugin and onto the main menu page would be really cool!

Jeff
2005-08-04, 03:57 PM
The weather plug-in can already send data forecast informaiton for the current daya and next day to the panel included with the video archive plug-in. Evn if you do not use the video archive plug-in, you can use the panel to see informaion on weather, upcoming recordings, active recordings, and now playing music. If you use the video archive plug-in you will also receive low disk space wrnings on the panel.

Jeff

Danka
2005-08-04, 05:52 PM
ahh, so thats what VAPanel stands for... lol... gonna have to check it out this afternoon.

thanks for the info Jeff, you just made my day. :)

venger
2005-08-05, 06:17 PM
Hi there :)

i just downloaded the latest BlueMCE2 skin.. wow.. the current version is looking good ! .. and i am saying this after comparing with the MP version. Clear thick fonts .. and it works quite well even with overscan :)

well done to the author (dottore?) !

keep up the good work.. btw, some feedback:
- the latest screen shots for news reader shows a dialog box with frames that are very similar to MP - those are NICE .. hope they get incorporate into the next version...

thanks again..

dottore
2005-08-05, 08:16 PM
i wasn't the author, i'm just the maintainer, the original author is jmoger, who went to mythtv. the tribute goes to him ;-)

the dialog boxes are a good idea, i think we can put them in some of the next versions.

thanks for the input, very pleased to here that :-)

dottore
2005-08-07, 05:59 PM
ok, there is a new version of the skin including the newsreader-plugin, thanks to danka.

download and enjoy!

reefboy
2005-08-10, 06:06 AM
Continue to love this skin and use it soley... Thanks to every one who keeps it current and looking so nice.

Is any one working on updating the weather skin to use with the latest weather release? The new weather plugin is great! Love the new features and added detail.

Why would anyone use any other program other than GBPVR?

drugstore_cowboy
2005-08-11, 01:09 AM
Ahhh reefboy.. you so read my mind.. I think you're following me?? lol

High fives and solid Aces to Dottore for maintaining this skin and also to those who have also contributed :) it is appreciated !!

dottore
2005-08-11, 08:45 AM
i've uploaded a new version of the skin now supporting the updated weather plugin. as ever available at the new wiki...

enjoy!

reefboy
2005-08-11, 07:17 PM
Awesome! Looks great!
Thanks again.

drugstore_cowboy
2005-08-11, 11:56 PM
i've uploaded a new version of the skin now supporting the updated weather plugin. as ever available at the new wiki...

enjoy!

Oh this must be my lucky day... I will try that as soon as I get home:)

Dottore can you list on the wiki or in a text file for this skin All the plugins that this skin supports? I ask since I had to tweak certain font sizes, image locations etc to coincide with my current setup/resolution and I am unable to just drop the skin.xml files into my directories without first making comparisons/changes. This makes things difficult to update and maintain on my HTPC but I guess it's all about making things look cool :)

dottore
2005-08-12, 08:36 AM
it is listed on the wiki: http://gbpvr.com/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Skin/BlueMCE2

just look at the "Plugin compatibility" section. the basic plugins, that come with gbpvr (recordings, video library and so on) are not listed. should i add these too?

Danka
2005-08-12, 08:33 PM
for those upgrading to the latest version of gbpvr [v0.03.9]

the BlueMCE2 skin requires two new directories to be copied over from the updated Blue skin directory.

Then you will find that BlueMCE2 will load again :)

../gbpvr/skin/Blue/net radio2/
../gbpvr/skin/Blue/ScreenSaver/

copy both those folders over along with their contents and you are good to go again, as far as i can see here. Further updates will likely follow from dottore on the wiki to fine tune the skin.

good luck :)

dottore
2005-08-13, 11:15 AM
update: the skin now works with the latest gbpvr-version. the screensaver has to be redone, the new net-radio-plugin works fine though (thanks to Danka).

download it on the wiki and enjoy!

kevin_c
2005-08-15, 01:31 PM
Hey,

Just a small suggestion for this skin.

You should change the LiveTV font to Arial. It's Tahoma at present, and renders terribly on my screen, badly aliased. Arial, is nicely aliased and condierably more readable.

I think the mini-TV guide also has it too.

I've changed the XML file for my setup, but I'd suggest changing it by default too!

It's a great skin - and really makes GBPVR look professional!

dottore
2005-08-15, 06:54 PM
yes, you're right, it should be arial, as throughout the entire skin. i will change this...

reefboy
2005-08-15, 07:10 PM
not sure if this intentional or not or if it has to do with available real estate with the BlueMCE 2 skin but I noticed the yellow and blue icons on the bottom of the screen along with their text disappeared from the weather skin after updating.
Can this be added back?

Thanks again for the great skinning!

LilY0da
2005-08-15, 11:09 PM
Is it normal that the video archive panel doesn't show up on the main page? I do have the list of pending recordings at the bottom, but I think that's part of the skin, and not the VAPanel...

LilY0da
2005-08-15, 11:14 PM
You should change the LiveTV font to Arial. It's Tahoma at present, and renders terribly on my screen, badly aliased. Arial, is nicely aliased and condierably more readable.
In my case, the LiveTV font looks OK.
However, the fonts on the menu look horrible, and I've linked that to using the "clearType" method for smoothing edges of screen fonts. (Display settings -> Appearance -> Effects)
Here's a pic of what it looks like (http://kragone.free.fr/GBPVRscreenie.jpg)
So it might be the same problem for you, showing up in another area of the program...

Danka
2005-08-15, 11:56 PM
If you goto the main menu folder and edit the skin.xml, you will have to uncomment the VAPanel line under <Special Elements> for it to show up on the main screen :)

I had it on for a while, but was getting out of memory messages, not sure if thats been fixed or not...


Is it normal that the video archive panel doesn't show up on the main page? I do have the list of pending recordings at the bottom, but I think that's part of the skin, and not the VAPanel...

Jeff
2005-08-16, 12:08 AM
I have used VA Panel for some time and haven't recieved any out of memory errors, so I think it is fixed. Also, if you install the new version of the panel (which I just posted on the wiki last night) you can now use the VA panel as the screen saver, so it will display useful informaiton like the time and wather while you are in screen saver mode. I plan to make a general annoucement about this later tonight, so this is kind of a sneak preview.

Jeff

picachux
2005-08-16, 12:13 AM
Getting an error using todays release and BlueMCE2 when trying the FM Radio button. Error is "Object reference not set to an instance of an object."


Log:

LilY0da
2005-08-16, 12:19 AM
If you goto the main menu folder and edit the skin.xml, you will have to uncomment the VAPanel line under <Special Elements> for it to show up on the main screen :)

I had it on for a while, but was getting out of memory messages, not sure if thats been fixed or not...

Doesn't work :-( (that's with the latest VideoArchive from the wiki)


See the end of this message for details on invoking
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

************** Exception Text **************
System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
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at q.r()
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GBPVR
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GBPVRPublic
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MusicVAPanelWidget
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MyMusicPlugin
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recordPlugin
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FastFindPlugin
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Video Archiver
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WeatherPlugin
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************** JIT Debugging **************
To enable just in time (JIT) debugging, the config file for this
application or machine (machine.config) must have the
jitDebugging value set in the system.windows.forms section.
The application must also be compiled with debugging
enabled.

For example:

<configuration>
<system.windows.forms jitDebugging="true" />
</configuration>

When JIT debugging is enabled, any unhandled exception
will be sent to the JIT debugger registered on the machine
rather than being handled by this dialog.

Danka
2005-08-16, 01:46 AM
im not sure how to read that stuff, lol... sorry :(

i did have it working here, by editing the BlueMCE2 main menu skin.xml, after installing VA a week or so ago. It would display weather, and recordings

maybe someone else can shed some light on this :P

[edit]...sorry i missed a post or two, thanks again Jeff...

reven
2005-08-16, 02:39 AM
Also, if you install the new version of the panel (which I just posted on the wiki last night) you can now use the VA panel as the screen saver, so it will display useful informaiton like the time and wather while you are in screen saver mode.
that is handy :)

dottore
2005-08-16, 07:51 AM
i wanted to fix the tahoma <-> arial problem but first i want to ask you bluemce2-users, which font would be the better one...

then i will implement the va-panel in the skin. to have it working you'll have to uncomment it in the main skin.xml-file. maybe i will use it as a screensaver...

so just wait a bit and in the meantime, tell me about your favourite fonts ;-)

dottore
2005-08-16, 01:50 PM
i've updated the skin, you can download it here: http://www.sitecomposer.de/BlueMCE2.zip

use it for testing only! i have added the video-archiver-panel to the main-menu. if you don't want to use it, you have to comment it out. i have also changed the font for the live-guide and the timeline-colors.

the fm-radio should work too....

anyone who wants to try it out, download it and post some feedback please, so we can upload it to the wiki..

daphatty
2005-08-16, 07:43 PM
First thing I noticed is the Recording Soon text on the main screen is broken. All I see is "@priorityrecording" in red letters at the bottom left side of the screen. This isn't a problem in the wiki version I installed yesterday.

More to follow.

daphatty
2005-08-16, 07:52 PM
In the Recordings Menu, if you access the reoccurring sub menu and edit any one of the recordings listed, the selection overlay overlaps the Update and Cancel buttons. Also, the spacing between the show names and the submenu title overlap. (See screen shot below.)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/daphatty/recordings.jpg

dottore
2005-08-16, 08:46 PM
i told you i activated the va-panel for testing. maybe the error in your first post comes frome that. the recording-menu will be fixed soon....

try to comment the va-panel-line and uncomment the recording-panel... i will have a closer look at this.

thank you for the reply!

daphatty
2005-08-16, 09:18 PM
Is that what you meant? LOL! I thought the VA panel referred to changes with the skinning of the Video Archive plugin! Who do I have to torture to get the VA plugin skinned so it looks all nice and pretty like the rest of the MCE interface?

picachux
2005-08-16, 09:35 PM
Thanks dottore, that fixed my FM Radio issue. Much Appreciated! :D

dottore
2005-08-16, 09:40 PM
no, it is just the va-panel, nothing to do (well nearly nothing...) with the video-archiver. if you are skinning the video-archiver or have started doing it you can send me your files and we (me and others) will include it in the next release...

pleased to hear, that fm is working again...

picachux
2005-08-17, 12:34 AM
New problem, when browsing the mini-guide it doesnt show any descriptions for the shows.

jtokach
2005-08-17, 03:44 AM
I fixed the mini browser last night before this latest release in the board. Give me a minute...

jtokach
2005-08-17, 05:46 AM
This fixes the miniguide. I deviated slightly from the skin theme as it was impossible to tell whether the basic info was active or the minibrowser. Anyway, it's not that drastic, but it is different.

I also needed to move text="@title" from loc="30,375" to loc="30,370" so the titles were better centered better vertically.

Replace skin.xml in the OSD directory with this file. Rename to .xml of course.

dottore
2005-08-17, 08:37 AM
thank you for fixing this. your skin.xml will be included in the next wiki-release. other suggestions, thoughts, fixes? if not, i will upload the whole thing to the wiki...

GBPVRkid
2005-08-17, 10:48 AM
Hi,

The VA panel display on the home menu displays the text in a wierd font...cannot hardly read it...It appears that the outlines of the letters are black and inside is transparent..

Also, when I updated the latest xrecord, the icons for the movies and shows are strange...the first row of icons are ok...but the next row is at the bottom of the panel...too far apart...it was working fine before the update..I remember this happening once before..did search..could not find fix..if anyone can direct me..much appreciated

dottore
2005-08-17, 11:43 AM
updated: http://www.sitecomposer.de/BlueMCE2.zip

try this one, should fix the xrecord and va-panel-problem. i have included jtokachs osd-skin too.

GBPVRkid
2005-08-17, 12:07 PM
thanks for the quick response...

Va Panel display on home menu is fixed...xrecord icons are not...before they were too far apart...now bottom row overlaps a tad over the icons on top row, covering the video labels as well..so close ;)

dottore
2005-08-17, 12:10 PM
can i have a screenshot? this will work today, i'm sure ;-)

reefboy
2005-08-17, 03:39 PM
Thanks again for the great work of keeping this skin up to date.
Is it possible to get the blue and yellow icons back in the weather plug-in for the map and detail sections? I noticed they are present in the Blue skin but not in the BlueMCE2 skin. Is it a lack of real-estate or just a bug that they are missing?. Since I know the blue and yellow buttons do something it is okay for me although the wife will not know or others new to GBPVR.

cameluk
2005-08-17, 03:44 PM
This is what I see with the latest xrecord skin
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/barry.clark3/xrecord.jpg

dottore
2005-08-17, 03:44 PM
i'll take a look at it....oh, i see, what you mean, the buttons at the bottom of the map-screen...

along with the xrecord-changes i will implement those buttons, extra for your wife ;-)

edit: my post was too late, i refer to the former posts...thank you for the screenshot!

reefboy
2005-08-17, 03:53 PM
cameluk,
I have had the opposite problem. My icons have always been spaced apart so far that the bottom icons are more than 1/2 way off the bottom of the screen.
Just for reference for others in case they need to change it because of their specific setup. In the GBPVR/skins/bluemce2/xrecord change the skin.xml. I have to typically change the rowgap value from 250 to 125 or so.

daphatty
2005-08-17, 04:24 PM
Dottore - I'm not sure if I am doing something wrong but none of your fixes seem to be working for me. I deleted the old MCE2 folder and pasted the new version from post #127 and still have the same problems I posted a few pages back (va panel not working, overlapping overlay.) Am I missing something?

cameluk
2005-08-17, 05:42 PM
Reefboy, Thanks for that, I used to have the same fault, downloaded the lastest version and found the rowgap was set to 30, reset it to 125 and that seems to work for me

GBPVRkid
2005-08-17, 06:19 PM
Hi,

The VA panel display on the home menu displays the text in a wierd font...cannot hardly read it...It appears that the outlines of the letters are black and inside is transparent..

Also, when I updated the latest xrecord, the icons for the movies and shows are strange...the first row of icons are ok...but the next row is at the bottom of the panel...too far apart...it was working fine before the update..I remember this happening once before..did search..could not find fix..if anyone can direct me..much appreciated

Thanx for the fixes everyone...VA panel is working nicely..However when it was displaying the black letters, it was alternating with Next Recording..what looked cool(don't know if it was intentional)it would display the next schedule times with the appropriate video icon where the weather icon would normally be shown. Then it would alternate nicely with the weather display. With the fixed VA panel it only displays the weather (nicely done I must say)

Jeff
2005-08-17, 06:45 PM
If you look in this thread (http://forums.gbpvr.com/showthread.php?t=7512&page=3&pp=10) you will see a picture of the video archive panel config screen. There are three settings that effect how upcoming recordings are displayed. The "display pending recordings status" checkbox determines if they are displayed at all. By default they are, and yours is probably set to this since it was displaying them in the past. The next item is the "hours of leadtime" setting, which determines how far into the future the panel looks for things. By default it is set to 8 hours. So if you have nothing pending in the next 8 hours nothing will show up in the panel. You might want to increase this to 24 or 48 hours. The last parameter is "number to show", which by default is 1. This determines how many upcoming recordings to post. So, for example, if the time window is set to 24 hours and the number to post is set to 5, even if you have 10 recordings coming up in the next 24 hours only the 5 nearest will be posted to the panel. If you want to be safe and show them all, set the number of post to something big, like 20.

My guess is that if you adjust these parameters (or wait until things are being recorded within the next 8 hours) you will see upcoming recordings posted.

Jeff

jtokach
2005-08-17, 07:53 PM
I thought mine wasn't working. The lead time was likely the issue. I can't believe I didn't put 2 and 2 together...

On a somewhat related note though, the weather wasn't showing up in the VAPanel either... Not that I care, as I can just look out the window or flip to the weather plugin.

Jeff
2005-08-17, 08:09 PM
You can look in the VAPanel.log file in the jeff subdirectory to see what messages the panel is being sent.

Jeff

dottore
2005-08-17, 08:21 PM
those are things i cannot change. i skinned the panel, thats all...

daphatty, i am trying to fix everything, but i am running out of time. just wait one more day and the overlay will be fixed. the va-panel should work, as you can see from other users posts...

dottore
2005-08-18, 08:51 AM
new version: http://www.sitecomposer.de/BlueMCE2.zip

i have fixed the xrecord-problems and the annoying overlay in season-record-recording from the tv-guide (thats for you, daphatty ;-) hope, your wife enjoys :D)

just try it out and give feedback, then i can put it on the wiki again.

jtokach
2005-08-18, 03:27 PM
Jeff, I was able to get the weather to display from the VAPanel, but still no recordings. Something doesn't appear to be right [overall] in that the font the panel is using what looks to be 12-14pt arial dark blue. Same goes for the screen saver font. I didn't check the \Panels\VAPanel.xml, but it's stock from the latest BlueMCE2 release.

dottore
2005-08-18, 03:44 PM
the one in this forum or the version from the wiki? i changed the colour of the text in the panel to light blue and it looks good with wether-information. recordings work too...

please download the version from post numer 141 and try again...

dottore
2005-08-21, 05:00 PM
another update: http://www.sitecomposer.de/BlueMCE2.zip

now with video-archiver (danka), calculator and music albums (unskinnable....). please try it out, before we put it on the wiki...

GBPVRkid
2005-08-21, 07:08 PM
winzip saids that it is not a valid file....BlueMCE2 file lists as 2.08 megs..is that right?

daphatty
2005-08-21, 08:24 PM
Same problem here. I'm dying to see the new Video Archiver skin... :)

dottore
2005-08-21, 09:09 PM
sorry, had upload-problems...will be fixed soon...

dottore
2005-08-22, 08:40 AM
puh! don't know, what is going on with the internet, but i finally managed to upload the skin to the wiki. i had to split it in two files to have it working correctly. just download them both.

to activate the va-panel you have to uncomment the va-panel-line at the bottom of the skin.xml in the main-menu - folder and comment out the next-recording-panel.

other changes: video-archiver works now and calculator and music album are implemented, they just don't look like they should, but thats a plugin-problem.

the next plugins will be: music player and file xplorer.

Dubya
2005-08-22, 02:47 PM
Hey Dottero, any idea why the skin doesn't work with the MVP?

Dubya

dottore
2005-08-22, 03:40 PM
don't know, i don't have a mvp...maybe there is a panel or plugin not working with it. you should use the flat background on the mvp instead of the shaded one...

and take a look at the logfiles...are there any mvp users who can help?

nightwalker
2005-08-22, 04:25 PM
I've tried the BlueMCE2 and while it looks nice on the monitor, it's very washed out on the MVP screens, too much blue and it all runs together a bit, but it did work. The only plug i found that was a bit skweed was the my pictures but since they're working on a new version of that there wasn't much point to fixing it.

Jeff
2005-08-23, 08:13 AM
I tried to new version too. Now that I have a new TV that I can read without glasses (I guess the problem was more in my TV tan my eyes) I can play with skins with smaller text. I may some changes that are attached if you want to fold them into the main skin:
+ Added some missing composite images and rearranged the preview view in the video archive plug-in
+ skinned the weather plug-in's add weather codes dialog, rearranged the weather skin to work with long place names that can cause titles to be two lines long
+ took a first pass at skinning the music player plug-in

Note that I forgot to include the main skin.xml file in the attached zip file for the music player plug-in. You can simply copy the skin.xml file from the blue skin. All the skin.xml file does is define the button name; it has no graphical elements. In the next build of the music player I have made the plug-in use defaults if this file is missing.

Jeff

Droopy
2005-08-24, 11:02 AM
cannot dnload 2nd part from wiki

dottore
2005-08-24, 11:02 AM
droopy, it should work now.

finally.... i managed to upload this new version to the wiki. included is the music player (thanks to jeff) and a video-archiver-tweak and updated weather plugin (jeff, too...)

the next steps will be more plugins of course (please post your favourites) and reworked popup-screens.

dottore
2005-08-25, 10:47 AM
another minor update:

i changed the popups in tv-guide and recordings and "repaired" my videos. there were some changes in the osd.

try it!

tkgafs
2005-08-26, 10:10 PM
Attached is a replacement skin for the jukebox function of the music player plugin.

It is much the same as the issued one but re-positions the list so that all 10 items are on screen at the same time

I have also attached a screen shot of how it looks, sorry but I dont know how to get it to display inline, perhaps someone could explain.

thanks to dottore for the skin and Jeff for the music player plugin

to use simply copy the file to the musicplayer folder and remove the txt suffix from the filename, [you might want to copy the existing one first incase you decide you dont like this one]

Tkgafs

reefboy
2005-08-26, 11:43 PM
Looks nice tkgafs! I can't wait to install it!

Danka
2005-08-27, 06:59 PM
I have also attached a screen shot of how it looks, sorry but I dont know how to get it to display inline, perhaps someone could explain.
Tkgafs

If you have one attachment only, such as the jpg one, it will display inline. But with more than one attachment, they will show up as links :)

or.. use IMG tags with a url to load the image file from another server...

hope that helps.

Danka

daphatty
2005-09-03, 10:15 PM
I thought I'd share some screen shots of a handful of boo boos (for lack of a better word) that I found throughout the MCE2 interface. I've been using it extensively since the last release and I absolutely love it. These screen shots were taken from my HTPC which only has MS Paint installed so they are rather large (which is why I used links instead of directly pasting them into the post.)

1) This first screen shot illustrates the overlap of two buttons (Delete and Cancel) on the recordings screen.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/daphatty/InterfaceError1.jpg

2) The second screen shot illustrates the overlap of the clock and date panels on the main screen. I believe this is only a problem when a combination of days and months with long names are used.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/daphatty/InterfaceError2.jpg

3) The third screen shot is more of an aesthetics issue than anything else. If you look at the top of the picture, you'll notice that the Artist Name, Song Name, and Song Timer have no spacing whatsoever between them. I'm wondering if it would be better to shorten the song list area and move the CD Photo and Song Data below the song list. (Am I making sense?)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/daphatty/InterfaceError3.jpg

4) The fourth screen shot illustrates another aesthetic issue on the Search Guide screen. Specifically, there isn't an underlay (?) present as there usually is with most other unhighlited menu buttons/options.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/daphatty/InterfaceError4.jpg

5) The fifth screen shot illustrates yet another aesthetics issue, this time on the Weather Screen. If you view the Weather in Forecast view it's somewhat difficult to differentiate between each listed forecast especially on smaller TV's through the MVP. I'd like to suggest an underlay (?) be placed on the second and fourth forecast data similar to what is currently used for unhighlighted buttons.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/daphatty/InterfaceError5.jpg

There may be one or two other minor issues here and there but I can't seem to remember where they are (plus the wife is bugging me to use the front room TV... ) I'll post more if I remember them.

- DaPhatty

Jeff
2005-09-04, 03:32 AM
I have updated the weather skin to address point 5. At the same time I squeezed another day in so it now shows 5 days rather than 4.

Jeff

Danka
2005-09-04, 05:14 AM
1) This first screen shot illustrates the overlap of two buttons (Delete and Cancel) on the recordings screen.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/daphatty/InterfaceError1.jpg



i sent dottore the fix on that one, i had just fixed it this morning... for the wiki. i can upload it here, if u can't wait :)

unzip this one, to the archive folder

Danka
2005-09-04, 06:23 AM
2) The second screen shot illustrates the overlap of the clock and date panels on the main screen. I believe this is only a problem when a combination of days and months with long names are used.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/daphatty/InterfaceError2.jpg



ok, after doing some searching on this (http://forums.gbpvr.com/showthread.php?t=5348&page=2&pp=10&highlight=clock+panel) . I was able to duplicate it by setting my puters clock back a day. Here's the fix for the long date in the clock panel, i'll pass this along to dottore as well. The zip has the gbpvr folders structure for the BlueMCE2 skin directory

dottore
2005-09-04, 11:23 AM
i updated the skin on the wiki and added danka's changes. jeff, could you please post your weather-plugin-changes so i can add them to the wiki?

thank you for the work.

i also changed the popups. enjoy!

Danka
2005-09-04, 02:44 PM
4) The fourth screen shot illustrates another aesthetic issue on the Search Guide screen. Specifically, there isn't an underlay (?) present as there usually is with most other unhighlited menu buttons/options.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/daphatty/InterfaceError4.jpg


hmm, my search guide looks like this as default, i don't see a way to edit the underlays... i haven't had my coffee yet tho. :(

daphatty
2005-09-04, 04:39 PM
Wow! You guys are awesome! Way to collaborate on this!

Jeff
2005-09-05, 07:14 AM
Here are my changes to the weather plug-in.

Jeff

dottore
2005-09-05, 08:52 AM
new version on the wiki:

added jeffs and dankas changes
added some kind of alternating background to the forecast in the weather-plugin (for daphatty)
added new popups to the weather plugin and common dialogs.

enjoy!

daphatty
2005-09-05, 06:32 PM
Excellent work everyone! You guys are really doing a fine job with this skin. The new weather background is PERFECT!

I finally remembered something I wanted to point out while browsing through this latest version. Have any of you noticed that the placement of the Blue and Yellow buttons (My Videos, My Music) are reversed? The yellow button is on the left and the blue button is on the right. At least, they are when I compare them to my 45 button hauppauge remote. (I can't remember what the 34 button remote looks like.)

Jeff
2005-09-06, 07:00 AM
More updates for the video archive and music player plug-ins. These include some features for the next release, like up/down arrows for all lists to indicate when the list can be scrolled up or down to get to additional entries. I will post the updated release some time this week. These skins will work fine with the current release as well.

Jeff

dottore
2005-09-06, 07:26 AM
updated....

you bluemce2-users are ready for the next release of jeffs plugins ;-)

@daphatty: i don't really know what you mean....the buttons are placed, where they make sense, it does not depend on the placement on the remote.

Danka
2005-09-08, 01:50 AM
daphatty,

you might need this update for your long date format again, think maybe it got overwritten in the last update or two... I had just noticed it on my gbpvr today :)

i sent it along to dottore as well, for the wiki!

oops, it goes in the panels directory...under BlueMCE2 skin :)

daphatty
2005-09-08, 03:47 AM
Yep, just noticed that the problem came back. I applied your fix and all is well again. At least, with the date and time. Here's another boo boo I found when viewing the details of any given show on the TV Guide. I believe this to be a new bug because it wasn't there prior to the latest update.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/daphatty/ExitButtonError.jpg

daphatty
2005-09-08, 04:13 AM
Got another one. Two in fact.

Video Archive Videos Screen Error message. Minor text bug (comskip is misspelled.)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/daphatty/MCE2-VAcomkip.jpg

My Videos folder problem. For some reason it shows hidden files such as the Recycled folder even though I have Hidden Files and Folders disabled in Windows.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/daphatty/MyVideosHiddenFiles.jpg

dottore
2005-09-08, 07:56 AM
fixed. the clock works now and the title-overlap should be fixed. please try this, i am not shure if it works since my xmltv doesn't show subtitles.

daphatty, i don't think the text bug you found can be corrected in the skin. i think it is the plugin which must be updated. same for the myvideos showing hidden files. ask jeff and reven for support.

edit: i have not changed the version number or added a comment on this release, because i want you to try the title-thing...but be shure, downloading the file from the wiki means you have the new version ;-)

dottore
2005-09-13, 08:08 AM
ok, there is a new release. i have updated the osd according to gbpvr's new features. the search-guide is updated too. that's all...

go download it from the wiki and enjoy!

Danka
2005-09-13, 10:51 AM
thx dottore, doin a fine job :)

cubsfan
2005-09-21, 05:08 PM
I love this skin, it's very clean and neat so please keep up the good work on it you are doing a great job. I think some of the other skins like the XMEDIA skins are just overkill and end up looking "bloated" and gaudy at times so this skin is very refreshing.

LilY0da
2005-09-21, 05:27 PM
I like it too, but I find it hard on the eyes... white letters on a light blue background don't render too well on my TV.
Also, when in plugins like Video Archive, a lot of times, the lettering is in orange. It is totally unreadable on the TV. Aside from that, ya, it's a nice skin.

cubsfan
2005-09-21, 05:51 PM
Hmm I haven't experienced any of those problems.

bobsacamano
2005-09-21, 07:28 PM
Great looking skin!!!...Thanks to dottore and all the other contributors for the hard work putting it together and improving it for all !! :)

dottore
2005-09-22, 09:11 AM
@lily0da:

i don't use video archiver, so i don't know, where there might be orange letters. could you let me know why the text is orange in this specific portion of the skin? i will change it then...

thanks to all the other for the nice words ;-) we are just maintaining the skin, the original work was done by jmoger.

tkgafs
2005-09-22, 10:52 AM
I like it too, but I find it hard on the eyes... white letters on a light blue background don't render too well on my TV.
Also, when in plugins like Video Archive, a lot of times, the lettering is in orange. It is totally unreadable on the TV. Aside from that, ya, it's a nice skin.

Yes I find that as well, it is particularily noticeable on the weather plug-in which uses the colour "tomato" for the hi-temp this is completly unreadable on my tv using an mvp

I changed it to cyan which is used for the lo temp value

tkgafs

LilY0da
2005-09-22, 03:21 PM
@lily0da:
i don't use video archiver, so i don't know, where there might be orange letters.
When you enter the video archiver, you have a collumn on the left with the shows, and a row at the bottom with the episodes for the show selected on the left

Your cursor (green box, white lettering) can only be in one zone at a time, so it's either in the left collumn, or the bottom row. When you swicth from one zone to the other, the cursor moves, and the item in the other zone that is still selected, is displayed as orange, on a slightly different light blue box.

But anyway, dottore, globally, I just feel that white letters on a light blue background don't produce enough contrast. They just hurt my eyes after a while when you view GBPVR on the MVP, and it all tends to be one big blur. I really like the look and feel of the skin, just not the colors picked... Maybe I'll edit some files to make a DarkBlueMCE2 skin :D

dottore
2005-09-22, 03:29 PM
do that ;-)

the mvp is not capable of showing high-res pictures.....mvp-users should use other skins. i'll take a look at the orange part, but i don't think we will change the button-colours. anyway if you want to alter the images, do it! i will post your version to the wiki. remember: use a plain background.

venger
2005-09-23, 01:53 AM
Hi all :0)

I just tried the My Programs (v 2.0.0.4) with BlueMCE2 (v1.4.5)....

After I select the plugin, the moment gbpvr.exe starts up, the whole skin is flickering?.. disappearing menu items...

Is this known?.. maybe I have to move to the latest skin version?

cheers,

dottore
2005-09-23, 09:07 AM
try to update the skin. what do you mean by flickering? is that skin-related or does it happen with the standard-blue skin too? try disabling my programs and restart gbpvr. same effect?

gomjabar
2005-09-23, 09:22 AM
Just curious, can you enable the recording ticker that was on the main screen? Seems to have but removed when I updated this skin.

dottore
2005-09-23, 09:39 AM
it's still there, it's just deactivated because of the va-panel. open skin -> bluemce2 -> main menu -> skin.xml file and look at the following lines:



<SpecialElement name="Panel" panelName="Clock" visible="true" loc="50,100" size="270,60"/>
<!-- <SpecialElement name="Panel" panelName="NextRecording" visible="false" loc="30,350" size="490,70"/> -->
<SpecialElement name="Panel" panelName="MusicPanel" visible="true" transparency="1" loc="50,20" size="514,60"/>
<SpecialElement name="Panel" panelName="VAPanel" visible="true" transparency="1" loc="50,350" size="320,160"/>

change it to:



<SpecialElement name="Panel" panelName="Clock" visible="true" loc="50,100" size="270,60"/>
<SpecialElement name="Panel" panelName="NextRecording" visible="false" loc="30,350" size="490,70"/>
<SpecialElement name="Panel" panelName="MusicPanel" visible="true" transparency="1" loc="50,20" size="514,60"/>
<!-- <SpecialElement name="Panel" panelName="VAPanel" visible="true" transparency="1" loc="50,350" size="320,160"/>-->

you see, the <!-- and --> tags are comment-tags.

for all the others: there is a new version of the skin available at the wiki. i changed the orange to cyan in video-archiver (i hope, i found every appearance....) and there are updates for weather and news-feed-plugins by danka.

also i added support for xdvd. it doesn't look tooooooooo good, but it works ;-)

enjoy!

gomjabar
2005-09-23, 08:06 PM
Thx that did it :)

LilY0da
2005-09-24, 08:23 PM
do that ;-)


Behold ....... DarkBlueMCE2 :D :D :D

Seriously, I just recolored the background file, changed the font for the VAPanel, and it makes a huge difference. It's a LOT more readable on the MVP as well.

http://kragone.free.fr/DarkBlueMCE2-1.jpg
Other imgs:
http://kragone.free.fr/DarkBlueMCE2-2.jpg
http://kragone.free.fr/DarkBlueMCE2-3.jpg

And you did get rid of the orange in VideoArchive, so that's even better. I like how the cyan windows pop against the dark background.

BTW: why did you suggest a plain background file?

Jeff
2005-09-24, 09:23 PM
You can find a whole bunch of backgrounds for the bluemce skin at http://nolanparty.com/mediaportal.sourceforge.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4855&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=bluetwo&start=0&sid=cfbe88b5dcea2d92edc0f6dd88cf97c9

I have been using the "background dark blue.png" and I think it looks very nice. You need to convert the file format to jpg and save it as background.jpg.

Jeff

reefboy
2005-09-24, 09:44 PM
I must be used to it because I really like the colors the way they have been. I have never had a problem of readability. I am also not using an MVP.

LilY0da
2005-09-24, 10:11 PM
You can find a whole bunch of backgrounds for the bluemce skin at http://nolanparty.com/mediaportal.sourceforge.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4855&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=bluetwo&start=0&sid=cfbe88b5dcea2d92edc0f6dd88cf97c9

I have been using the "background dark blue.png" and I think it looks very nice. You need to convert the file format to jpg and save it as background.jpg.

Wow, seconded! I ditched my background to get the one you mentionned
However, I also had to copy it as bacjground.png, and ressources\background.png (like I had to do with my modified background file)

Danka
2005-09-25, 01:03 AM
hello,

this is an attempt at creating a dark blue look, for BlueMCE2. Here are two zip files, they include images redone from the originals. Just overwrite the files in your BlueMCE2 skin resources folder with them. If you want to restore them back to original state, just use the other zip file, to restore them back to normal, in case you don't like :)

This is not a entire skin, just a test replacement of a few key images for those wanting to play with a DarkBlueMCE2 possibility. I'll attach a screenshot after this post.

cheers :)

edit: I may have to spend some more time on the background images, they look good on my pc, but not as nice on TV.

Danka
2005-09-25, 01:05 AM
here's a screenie :)

dottore
2005-09-25, 02:52 PM
how about adding the backgrounds to the wiki? just send them to me (professore at tiscali.de), i'll add them to the wiki.

looks really good!

tkgafs
2005-09-25, 05:15 PM
Did you know there is a problem with the xrecord skin.xml file

the number of columns in the bluemce2 skin has been set to 3 but this stops some recordings from showing up, the fix seems to be to change it back to the original 4 columns

see this thread for more details http://forums.gbpvr.com/showthread.php?t=8940

there are few other oddities in this skin where boxes dont quite fit text etc, but are no real problem to using the plugin they just dont look as good as they might

thanks for devleoping the skin

Tkgafs

Danka
2005-09-25, 06:07 PM
how about adding the backgrounds to the wiki? just send them to me (professore at tiscali.de), i'll add them to the wiki.

looks really good!

hey dottore,

I wasn't totally pleased with the image resolutions of the backgrounds that i have, I've redone some of them... I had full intentions to send them to you for the wiki. Maybe start a possible DarkBlueMCE2 skin to accompany the original.

:)

dottore
2005-09-25, 06:15 PM
good idea.

@tkgafs: i have planned to make some smaller buttons for xrecord, so they don't overlay any text anymore.
do you have problems with xrecord with the current bluemce2-release concerning the recordings? if there is a fix for the problem, i would like to implement it in the official wiki-release. i haven't read over the whole thread, since i have few time, so i don't know, if there is a fix somewhere...

tkgafs
2005-09-25, 08:32 PM
dottore

the quick fix for the miising recordings in xrecord is to change the line

<Advanced active="true" rows="2" columns="3" box="true" startGap="100" rowGap="90"/>

to

<Advanced active="true" rows="2" columns="4" box="true" startGap="100" rowGap="90"/>

Tkgafs

humpty
2005-10-05, 03:51 AM
[QUOTE=LilY0da]Behold ....... DarkBlueMCE2 :D :D :D

Seriously, I just recolored the background file, changed the font for the VAPanel, and it makes a huge difference. It's a LOT more readable on the MVP as well.QUOTE]

Out of curiousity, if the work that you have been doing on this (which looks great) for your MVP viewing is good. Can you post it?

I really like the BlueMCE2 skin but I find it difficult on the eyes on my 26" CRT TV, the 44"LCD has no troubles. Props to dotter and the original creator as well.

Anything that will make the fonts a little bigger or bolder (just plain easier to read on the TV through the MVP) would be amazing!

Thx

Ambro
2005-10-05, 12:49 PM
The dark blue is great - one request - in the shutdown plugin skin thingy can you include the hibernate option as I think this update has been missed with the reversion of the shutdown command in that plugin.

Ordered a 24" widescreen LCD monitor for the ol' PVR - can't wait to see what this skin looks like on a descent screen ...:cool:

dottore
2005-10-05, 01:30 PM
there's a new release on the wiki. it contains the shutdown-plugin-buttons, the xrecord-column-fix and the darker backgrounds, danka provided.

enjoy!

LilY0da
2005-10-05, 03:18 PM
I used the file Jeff linked to (background dark blue.png at http://nolanparty.com/mediaportal.sourceforge.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4855&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=bluetwo&start=0&sid=cfbe88b5dcea2d92edc0f6dd88cf97c9)

You have to copy it and use it to overwrite:
skin\BlueMCE2\background.jpg
skin\BlueMCE2\background.png
skin\BlueMCE2\flat_background.png
skin\BlueMCE2\gradient_background.png
skin\BlueMCE2\ressources\background.png

I also adited a couple of lines for the VA Panel fonts, since they were too thin and became blurry on my TV. Here's the beginning of skin\BlueMCE2\panels\VAPanel.xml



<settings>
<!-- Text Style -->
<TextStyles>
<TextStyle name="BigText" color="White" typeFace="Arial" size="18" style="bold"/>
<TextStyle name="MediumText" color="#a2c9f1" typeFace="Arial" size="15" style="bold"/>
<TextStyle name="SmallText" color="#a2c9f1" typeFace="Arial" size="13" style="bold"/>
<TextStyle name="WarningText" color="White" typeFace="Arial" size="15" style="bold"/>
</TextStyles>

cubsfan
2005-10-06, 12:30 AM
Anyone had trouble with the video archive panel and this new version of the bluemce2 skin?

replaytv
2005-10-06, 12:38 AM
I have trouble loading GBPVR and MVP with the lastest Video Archive 2.11. I have to re-install and load the previous version of Video Archive 2.1.

cubsfan
2005-10-06, 01:17 AM
Anyone had trouble with the video archive panel and this new version of the bluemce2 skin?

<sarcasm>cubsfan try going into the BlueMCE2\main menu folder and edit the skin.xml file. Uncomment the lines about VA Panel</sarcasm>

dottore
2005-10-06, 09:23 AM
was this the solution?

maybe there's something new in video-archiver i've missed....
the va-panel xml-file will be fixed for the next update.

cubsfan
2005-10-06, 02:00 PM
was this the solution?

maybe there's something new in video-archiver i've missed....
the va-panel xml-file will be fixed for the next update.

Yes just commented out the line about the next recordings and uncommented the lines about the va-panel

dottore
2005-10-06, 02:11 PM
ok, but that's not the va-problem, the other users have. i uncommented va-panel, because i want the skin to work with a minimal installation...

so what's the problem with video archiver? can someone post a log-file?

thanx!

reefboy
2005-10-08, 04:53 PM
Having problems with Xrecord. The text at the bottom just keeps on building on top of itself until it is unreadable. Specifically the Items 1/9. The first number is absolutely unreadable after moving the foucs around for the different recorded programs.

Is this due to a change made to the bluemce2 skin or the new release of Xrecord?

dottore
2005-10-08, 06:44 PM
have to take a look at it....

humpty
2005-10-09, 03:22 AM
dottore,

the skin looks great. I was just wondering if you had any idea if you were going to be able to skin the xrecord (xguide, xsearch, etc) any time in the near future?

herbs
2005-10-24, 10:56 PM
Having problems with Xrecord. The text at the bottom just keeps on building on top of itself until it is unreadable. Specifically the Items 1/9. The first number is absolutely unreadable after moving the foucs around for the different recorded programs.

Is this due to a change made to the bluemce2 skin or the new release of Xrecord?

I get the same issue here too.

pBS
2005-10-25, 04:48 AM
try using the Bliss Royale background on the bluemce2 skin...
Very nice....:)
Also,i tweaked the guide to get 8 channels onscreen without font changes..
was wondering if there was a way to have time displayed on all screens?
[perhaps with a blinking : to keep the hauppage screensaver from coming on!]
[but with a slow refresh time tho, like every 30secs-minute or so]
maybe then the screensaver will work right on mvp :)
any thoughts?

dottore
2005-12-23, 08:04 AM
hello all,

you can download a new version of bluemce2 from the wiki. it now works without crashing gbpvr. you can have this visualisation-inset now, if you want to. just uncomment the line with the inset in the main-menu-skin.xml and set the taskimages to visible="false".

i want you to try this out and tell me about the plugin-problems, so i can make a list and do them one by one....

thanks!

drugstore_cowboy
2005-12-24, 07:07 AM
Thanks Dottore for all your hard work I was excited to try the new version of GBPVR but wanted to wait for your updated skin :) I tried the visuals and they look cool :) As a feature request, it would be nice to have the visuals showing in the corner of the music library as well?


you can have this visualisation-inset now, if you want to. just uncomment the line with the inset in the main-menu-skin.xml and set the taskimages to visible="false".


I tried to keep the task images AND the visuals on the main screen which works for the most part but the only way to "turn off" the visual screen and go back to the task images when not playing music is to go back into the music plugin and press stop (although I really like the option of having control of my music from the main screen) Is it possible to have the visual screen disappear when pressing stop from the main window?

Oh yeah one last thing which I should post in the Caller ID plugin thread. I have created a BlueMCE2 icon for the Caller ID plugin if anyone wants to use it.

Thanks again for a great skin

dottore
2006-01-03, 06:51 PM
there's a new version on the wiki with a few fixes to tv-guide and mypictures (thanks danka!)

Ambro
2006-01-04, 04:09 AM
there's a new version on the wiki with a few fixes to tv-guide and mypictures (thanks danka!)

It seems like the old version is still on the wiki - the new d/l hasn't fixed the tv guide - or is it just me .....


Now fixed! - good stuff, cheers.

johnvk
2006-01-10, 09:29 AM
Hi,

Both the recordings and video archive-skins lack the CompositeImage "DeleteConfirmationPopup".
When I delete a recording or video, GBPVR awaits the confirmation or cancel.

John

dottore
2006-01-10, 09:43 AM
strange, this popup should be there....i'll have a look.

dottore
2006-01-10, 10:18 AM
just uploading a new version, try with this one! i added the popup to the recordings-screen and to baseskin.xml for the archiver. i couldn't find the proper archiver-skin-file for the popup so i hope, the baseskin will do.

let me know, if it works!

dottore
2006-02-26, 02:36 PM
danka made some changes to main menu, tv-guide and recordings-screen. they are now "inset-enabled" ;-)

thanks to danka!

download it from the wiki.

lopazopy
2006-03-07, 10:54 PM
I don't know if this had already been done, but I made a slight change to recordings\skin.xml. This was not in my version that I downloaded from the wiki. I added the channel information from the Blue skin that comes with Gbpvr as shown in the picture.

3618

Here is the xml file.
3617

AustinTX
2006-03-08, 02:10 PM
dottore - the wiki shows the last update release was back in Januray, is there an update to BlueMCE2 for the latest version of GBPVR? Just curious as I really like the BlueMCE2 skin ...

dottore
2006-03-08, 03:23 PM
it works with the latest release. i somehow forgot to add version information. will do that when the wiki is up at normal speed ;-)

chud
2006-05-24, 03:27 AM
dottore, are we going to get an update on the BlueMCE2 skin for 9707? it is still my favourite skin...

MixMan
2006-05-24, 06:23 AM
Have you tried the BaseSkin with a MCE2blue ThemePack ?
Should be almost identical with the MCE2Blue skin.
Try it and tell me what you think and what adjustment you would like to see.

http://forums.gbpvr.com/showthread.php?t=16423

chud
2006-06-01, 09:56 PM
thanks, i installed it. the standard GBPVR modules appear the same (except the OSD, which looks unchanged), but Video Archive looks different (though i can't remember exactly how, should have taken a screenshot) and the latest MyMusic doesn't appear to work on my system. if this is not a common situation i will dig through the logs for the offending evidence.

MixMan
2006-06-01, 10:32 PM
I only use News and Weather plugins. I dont have the motivation to maintain all the different plugins. It is up to the plugin users to to keep them up to date.

dottore
2006-06-02, 11:47 AM
i didn't even manage to update olbia to the new release (which i have not installed yet) and i have absolute zero time left for bluemce2 and the cd-player-plugin.

i'm sorry... maybe the baseskin-skins and the bluemce2-skin could be merged into the baseskin for best plugin compatibility.

cameluk
2006-06-02, 12:33 PM
thanks, i installed it. the standard GBPVR modules appear the same (except the OSD, which looks unchanged), but Video Archive looks different (though i can't remember exactly how, should have taken a screenshot) and the latest MyMusic doesn't appear to work on my system. if this is not a common situation i will dig through the logs for the offending evidence.

The latest release candidate of MyMusic requires skin updates to be made, so it won't work with anything other than the default Blue skin at the moment

MixMan
2006-06-20, 08:26 PM
For all MCE2Blue fans......I updated the MCE2Blue ThemePack for BaseSkin.
Popups adjusted....to the original
Get the Theme on the Wiki.

MixMan
2006-06-21, 12:12 AM
A Horizontal theme for you ... BlueMen

psycik
2006-06-21, 12:37 AM
So it blueMCE2 skin "officially" unsupported now, and has been incorporated in baseSkin??

I'd like to know for future plugin development since I tend to develop for blueMCE (cos I use it).

MixMan
2006-06-21, 12:48 AM
From my point of view, I think it is good if plugins have a BlueMCE2 skin, since the ThemePacks are compatible with the BlueMCE2 plugins.
I just have to drop the skin in my plugins add-on. Also MCE2 users can use it then.
I guess I could do fixes to the original BlueMCE2 skin if there is a demand for it. Not to much work...I guess.

Jeff
2006-06-21, 09:50 AM
I use BlueMCE2 as the basis of my own skin at home, so I have a video archive plugin skin for it. If needed, I can post it.

Jeff

King Mob
2006-06-22, 04:21 AM
Please do!

Now if someone only has a BlueMCE2 skin for Xrecord I'd be all set...

MixMan
2006-06-25, 11:12 PM
Updated MCE2Blue ThemePack for BaseSkin....on the Wiki.
Changed the Search screeen.
I will soon update the BaseSkin.....so things looks better witht the popups and the folder icons.

MixMan
2006-07-09, 02:19 PM
I have posted an updated GBPVR 97.13 version of the BlueMCE2 skin, based on the BaseSkin XMLs.

http://gbpvr.com/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Skin/BlueMCE2

The ZIP contains all plugins that I have today.
Plugin developers, you can post your updated BlueMCE2 skins here and I will update the BlueMCE2 skin.

zaldwaik
2006-07-14, 10:12 PM
Thank you MixMan, I am two versions behind waiting for this skin update. I can plan my upgrade now.

Jeff
2006-07-25, 05:38 PM
Here are updates for all the plug-ins I support. Note that the video archive plug-in skin is for the next rev of the plug-in, which won't be posted until later this week.

Jeff

mbox
2006-09-08, 03:06 PM
Has anyone gotten the Volume and SportsScore plugins to work with BlueMCE2? If so, how did you do it?

I downloaded the BlueMCE2 skin from the wiki and installed it. I think it's very appealing and I just love the way it looks.

I installed the volume plugin but it does not show up.

I installed the SportsScore plugin but all the sports that I selected does not show up and I had to use the original skin, the one that came with the SportsScore plugin, to make it work.

Any suggestions?

Fatman_do
2006-09-08, 04:11 PM
Has anyone gotten the Volume and SportsScore plugins to work with BlueMCE2? If so, how did you do it?

I downloaded the BlueMCE2 skin from the wiki and installed it. I think it's very appealing and I just love the way it looks.

I installed the volume plugin but it does not show up.

I installed the SportsScore plugin but all the sports that I selected does not show up and I had to use the original skin, the one that came with the SportsScore plugin, to make it work.

Any suggestions?

Those plugins need to be skinned for MCE2 to work, and there is probably someone out there that has these skinned.

There are two alternatives that look very similar to the original MCE2 skin.

#1
If you wouldn't mind being a "tester", would you consider trying out the Community skin? (See link in signature)

It is somewhat a testbed for new ideas, and could be an adequate replacement for MCE2. It has skins for every plugin but the XRecord suite right now.

I am not suggesting it just because I helped create it, it is meant to look similar to MCE2 in its default form. The task images right now aren't the same, but that will be changing.

#2
The Advisor skin also has MCE2 themepacks, but I am not sure those two plugins are supported. You would have to try that out to see.

madcat
2006-09-08, 07:43 PM
I'm using MCE2 and love it. It gives me the clear and clean design I wanted (basically been using the default Blue most of the time).

I also changed it (as per a WAF request...) to not scroll the Main Menu as it was (so the selected item stayed in the middle). That was easy.

Only thing I like about Blue that I don't have here is that I can use the "i" button on the Hauppauge to get back from TV to main menu and still see the TV in the medium size frame. Any option to "configure" or tweak MCE2 to show TV in main menu?

Fatman_do
2006-09-08, 08:15 PM
Add this to the main menu

<SpecialElement name="Inset" loc="90,160" size="240,180" />

tweak size and location to suit.

madcat
2006-09-09, 09:53 PM
thanks a bunch.

simon
2006-11-20, 02:30 PM
Hi,

Running 98.13, I was originally running 96.12.
I want to use BlueMCE2 as this is the skin I had for 96.12. I've downloaded and installed BlueMCE2X but certain areas, such as Search Guide won't work as the skin directory is missing the _CoreImages directory.

Am I supposed to be copying files from elsewhere to complete the install? Its not that clear to me how skinning works any more.

Cheers,

Simon

Fatman_do
2006-11-20, 02:45 PM
Copying over the _CoreImages folder from blue will get rid of the errors, but will not look like BlueMCE2.

chud
2006-11-23, 02:13 AM
funny, i just discovered the same issue with BlueMCE2 and search. up until now i guess i had always been using the web interface for searches. the problem is that GBPVR is not recognizing the skin.xml file in the search directory (a version tag issue) so it is defaulting to the one found under "Blue". this has pointers to the "_coreimages" directory and it all falls apart.

i have hacked together a BlueMCE2 search skin that seems to work and looks the part. replace the one in the "search" directory under BlueMCE2 with this one (after removing the *.txt extension...)

m.