Work in Progress - [BETA Release] metroTV

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ZexisStryfe Offline
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Hello everyone!

metroTV BETA is here!

After multiple requests to post more information regarding this skin I decided it was time to make a post about it. This skin began as a simple mod of tree_jammer's wonderful Lightbox skin (hence the little nods to Lightbox in the logo) and quickly blossomed into something much bigger. Although I have kept the home screen largely the same as Tree_jammer's skin, I have since decided to take this mod and incorporate what I consider some of the best views and mods from some of my favorite skins, integrating it in with the well defined Windows 8 "Metro" style. I am actually using the Microsoft's own Metro App styleguide in designing the views and screen arrangements for this skin.

metroTV 0.5b Changelog:

General
- XBMC 13 GOTHAM is now the minimum required for using metroTV
- The entire skin has been optimized for better performance
- Trakt.TV support is now official
- Skin is now completely LOCALIZED- Let the translations commence!
- Skin now uses icons for most buttons
- Skin will be added to the Development Repository
- "Themes" have been totally recoded as "Colors"
- The skin is now "Feature Locked" until after the 1.0 release
- Skin has moved to GitHub!

Appearance Changes
- Added two new colors- Green and Indigo
- All windows are now skinned
- The font has been changed (for the last time!) to Roboto to prep for official repository
- Gradient tiles and keybacks have been removed
- Redesigned the login screen
- All codec images have been replaced
- The Album, Add-on, Song, Video and Trakt.TV Info dialogs have been totally redesigned
- The Personalize settings menu has been restructured
- Intelligence has been built into the Personalize setting menu so options disable if the necessary script isn't present

Home Screen Changes
- Added a scrollbar for the category list (and can be disabled in Personalize)
- Custom tiles can now be created for Video Add-ons, Music Add-ons, Program Add-ons, Picture Add-ons, Video Playlists, Music Playlists and Favorites
- Trending Movies and In Cinemas panels are now available for movies
- Trending Shows panel is now avavilable for TV shows
- Hub screens can now be accessed by clicking on the category titles (Movies, TV Shows, Music and Music Videos)
- The "More Views" tile has been deprecated now that Hub screens exist.

View Changes
- The List view has been redesigned (again!)
- A new Thumbnails view is available for Movies, TV Shows, and Seasons
- A new Thumbnails view is available for Artists, Albums, Files, and Add-ons
- Trakt.TV is now fully skinned
- Next Aired episode notification has been unified across all views
- Scrolling sort screen has been implemented (and can be disabled in Personalize)

New Windows
- Added a First Launch window
- Added a Startup screen
- Added a Tile creator window

Scripting
- Trakt.TV script is now integrated and skinned (and can be disabled in Personalize)
- Extended Info script has been fully integrated
- Random and Last Items script has been fully integrated

To Do List:
- Beta Testing!
- Further code optimization
- A few more surprises!

Thanks to:
- Hitcher for Foundation which was used as a base
- 'Black for all his help with my coding woes
- Tree_jammer for Lightbox and the inspiration
- Ronie for the Fanart view and inspiration
- Sranshaft for his help with the new TV Guide and Hub windows
- Icons8.com and MetroStudio for much of the iconography
- The Community- Without you this skin wouldn't exist!

Script Dependencies
- Global Search
- Skin Widgets
- Rom Collection Browser

Optional Scripts
- Next Aired
- Favourites
- Extended Info
- Random and Last Items
- Trakt.TV
- Advanced Launcher

Download Link
metroTV Alpha version 0.5b

Project Site
Please report all bugs to the project site so that they can be addressed properly!

metroTV Project Site

Screenshots:


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(This post was last modified: 2014-08-09 16:56 by ZexisStryfe.)
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Check out my new skin- metroTV (XBMC Thread) (Project Site)

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nice. keep it up.
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nice one.

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Fantastic, looking forward to it Big Grin

And totally subjective ofcourse, but are the posters/art borders as thick when running 1080p? They stand out so much Tongue
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(2012-08-25 07:57)username145 Wrote:  Fantastic, looking forward to it Big Grin

And totally subjective ofcourse, but are the posters/art borders as thick when running 1080p? They stand out so much Tongue

It is funny you should mention that. I was looking at them the other day and thinking about reducing the borders across the board and the size of the poster art on the Fanart list view. I will also be changing the 50 list view a bit.

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Updated some screenshots above (wish they weren't so blurry, I will have to work on that).

Also, something else I have been working on-

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TV Guide Screen

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Video Info Overlay

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You are making me soooooo happy with that TVGuide screen shot. (Hope it will evolve somewhere into PVR support)
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Looking good Smile
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Chris! Offline
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Post: #11
Looks awesome


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baruchin Offline
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Congrats! Great looking skin
Is there support for video addons?
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Yup. Any particular add-on you would like me to test?

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I love the first movie list with the titles on the right hand side. Keep it up, can't wait to test it out!


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Not a video addon, but Advanced Laucher support would be amazing (for games particularly!)

Loving the look so far
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