I 100% understand what you are saying but I beleive you are over complicating what would satisfy the many people asking for the feature.
Some of us are simply asking for 1 feature to enable us to make the Home menu easier for our families and friends to use. I'd even be happy with a separate XML file that would not get overwritten when we updated XBMC or skins.... so I would not have to re-mod the native XMLs.
There is no need to enable every possible option for custom Home menu buttons, just a few...
View type - File/Library
That is all. If this was built into the core code of XBMC (as it should be), then the problem would be solved.
The main issue is that the skins are amazing, no doubt, but they don't lend themselves to being easy for guests/kids/wives/etc to use due to the limited items on the menu and/or the need to use submenus (navigate the tree) which are not intuitive to find for non-XBMCers.
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2009-12-22 17:33 Post: #11
I'm not an expert but I play one at work.
Joined: Sep 2008
2009-12-22 18:50 Post: #12
I agree about the ease of use issue. I know my family, for one, would have trouble dealing with the Videos section the way it's currently implemented to remember the last place instead of going to root file view. Fortunately in my case I have both Movies and TV Shows so I can take advantage of the trick, but I understand others who only have one of them.
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2009-12-23 02:01 Post: #13
I'm not sure adding buttons is a solution. I tried recently to mod a skin and I can't imagine what skinning horror would this unleash.
I'm hoping for merging files and library view, or possibility for custom genres and categories. This would eventually eliminate files view with providing enough flexibility for customizations.
Here are some ideas: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=64168
and results so far: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?p=4...post463926
This may also make skinners work a little bit easier.