[REQUEST] LCARS (Star Trek) inspired skin for XBMC possible? Any volunteers? - Printable Version
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[REQUEST] LCARS (Star Trek) inspired skin for XBMC possible? Any volunteers? - denmiclaw - 2007-02-13 19:07
Is it possible to make an LCARS skin for XBMC? Or would that be considered an illegal skin, due to images?
I know I've seen one for Media X Menu.. and one for UnleashX, but I can't find if there's one for XBMC.
- Nuka1195 - 2007-02-13 21:10
I know someone who was working on that, but got busy and haven't talked to him in a while.
I don't want to get your hopes up, but I think it would be a cool skin.
Maybe if someone was good at graphics and supplied them, I could do an Apple Movie Trailers skinfor it. But a whole XBMC skin is beyond me.
LCARS Skin Development for XBMC, help is wanted! - NickyZero - 2008-04-24 13:35
Hello everyone, long time user of XBMC, new to posting on your forum.
Just letting people know that i have begun developing a LCARS skin for XBMC, as I noticed many requests, and people talking about an LCARS interface.
This however will be done in 2 stages;
Firstly a "draft" theme, modelled around PMIII (PM-LCARS(working title)) as I am fairly new to skinning
Secondly, A stand-alone skin, constructed entirely from scratch not using any of PMIII (LCARSMediaCentre(Working title))
I have been given permission from Sean P. Stephenson of lcarscom.net to use any resources I require from his site, and am hopefully going to have PM-LCARS at a usable state by the middle of may (with permission of PMIII's owner)
If you do not know what LCARS is, I suggest a visit to Sean's site www.lcarscom.net.
Now, I have a few questions for the experts here,
Firstly, can an item have 2 icons set instead of one? For instance a program view having default.tbn as well as the saveimage.xbx.
Secondly, can the autoexec.py be configured to run 2 items one after another rather than similtaniously? E.g. Startup video THEN m3u playlist?
I should have some pictures of my current progress soon.
- agathorn - 2008-04-24 13:50
It was inevitable.
- NickyZero - 2008-04-24 13:58
yeah, well like I said, I've browsing this forum for ages, and when I saw the LCARS threads i was really looking forward to it. But I suppose the best way to get a skin is to make it!
Oh, my other question, can you have skin specific splash screens? If so how?
- jaredharley - 2008-04-24 18:08
NickyZero Wrote:Oh, my other question, can you have skin specific splash screens? If so how?
Are you referring to the T3CH splash that shows up when you boot XBMC? If so, that's as simple as changing the splash.png file in \media
- timdog82001 - 2008-04-24 19:31
hahaha. i actually did a ton of work on an LCARS skin before i left for spain, but my hard drive died so i lost some of the work, but i still have most of the psd's and the skin itself on the hard drive of the xbox i think. for the intro video then audio thing, you can just use an onfocus activation in the startup xml to activate the video, and then have the music start after that. Really though, for the music, for it to be proper, you would need a sort of ambient or background music option added to xbmc because as soon as anybody listens to music it wouldn't come backon anymore.
- agathorn - 2008-04-24 19:39
I wish you the best of luck with this and will be watching it closely. With that said however, I want you to go into it with something in mind: Almost every LCARS skin of anything never works well. The reason being that LCARS was designed to be visually attractive, not functional. Any "real" LCARS type interface will have to stray from the LCARS design in order to be functional.
- NickyZero - 2008-04-24 21:18
agathorn Wrote:I wish you the best of luck with this and will be watching it closely. With that said however, I want you to go into it with something in mind: Almost every LCARS skin of anything never works well. The reason being that LCARS was designed to be visually attractive, not functional. Any "real" LCARS type interface will have to stray from the LCARS design in order to be functional.
I completely agree, most LCARS interfaces i've seen have been flash based, but, as far as I know, XBMC can't be "flash skinned" we'll have to make do,
- jochenz - 2008-04-24 22:02
I cant waite to see some screen shots. Sounds cool!