Skins

There are a lot of comments related design, look and feel, window size and so on. Yes, this is important. Via proper design one can express his mood and his view on the reality. :)

The problem is that I’m not a designer – not even near to it. :)

So, designers! I’m inviting you!

In the latest version you can find a folder “Skins” inside the application folder.

A skin is just an xml file called “skin.rsn” inside skin folder and images around it. Very simple. Structure of XML is also very simple, you can play with it. One note is – the color code is like this “A,R,G,B”, where A is alpha (means transparency), R,G,B is a color.

And you can press F5 when you change the XML, so it will apply the changed skin. A skin can be choosen in options on page “Advanced”.

You can edit this XML file with this free tool: Free Microsoft XML Editor.

I know few people will like to create profesionally looking skins just for free. So, if you want to create very nice looking skins and want to sell it here please let me know I will think how we can do that.

Let’s start to create nice and beautiful skins! 😉

Click here to see Full List of Skins.

If you want your skins to be published, please send me a mail with following information:

1. Skin Name – short name of the skin

2. Description – a discription for your skin, preferably 2-5 sentences.

3. URL to small image for skin preview (size 150×100)

4. URL to full size preview image

5. URL where to download the skin file (should be ZIP archived file only)  

You can use http://tinypic.com/ to store images and http://www.box.net/ to store your skin archive for downloading.

If you wand to sell your skins, then you need to do following steps:

1. Create seller account here: http://www.plimus.com/

2. Create the product for selling (the skin) and tell me the name of this product.

Send me following info:

3. Skin Name – short name of the skin

4. Description – a discription for your skin, preferably 2-5 sentences.

5. URL to small image for skin preview (size 150?100)

6. URL to full size preview image

7. ZIP file with the skin for testing.

152 thoughts on “Skins

  1. The new skinning engine seems to be coming along nicely now. Great work!

  2. My first skin for the newest version. Looks like disco, disco! Enjoy it!

    Very nice work!!
    You can draw minimize button as well. Just call it Minimize.png, Minimize-hot.png and Minimize-pressed.png

  3. Updated purple skin with own minimize button.

    There is new item available in the skin – called “SongTitle” just for title of the song. You can use it on the skin.

    Also you can use “Expand” button to quickly switch to skin2.rsn. This button can be used to switch from compacted version to expanded version, for example to hide or show the station list.

  4. damn, that?s fast. 5 minutes before i got version 44, now 45 s available.

    working tomorrow on the feature “expand” at the purple skin. hope there are no changes planned to make the existing skins useless. 😉

  5. @LeLeon yes your skin is really nice :) I thin it could be more nice with little lighter station list background, light purp like spectrum bars for example 😉

  6. LeLeon : working tomorrow on the feature “expand” at the purple skin. hope there are no changes planned to make the existing skins useless. ;)

    I’ll try to keep backward compatibility! 😉

  7. As I see, blinking red dot on spectrum panel are little changed (lower blur). Could you make that red dot parametrized to skin like size, blinking frequency and blur level?

  8. vekanoid : As I see, blinking red dot on spectrum panel are little changed (lower blur). Could you make that red dot parametrized to skin like size, blinking frequency and blur level?

    Sorry, why do need that? Let’s keep it in a standard way…

  9. Cause blinking dynamic and look of it can fit in different skin atmosphere :) That’s not need for functionality, that’s just open new artistic approach… For example in some digital futuristic skins, blink could be with higher frequency and smaller dot, on some naturalistic skins dot can be lazy blured etc. That was just idea, no matter if you don’t have time for that 😉

  10. Think so too.

    Better to bring features like a customizable list. (I really don?t need to know the spoken language, when i hear the genre of music i prefer 😉 )

  11. Hmmm really no matter for that dot… I see big “TODO” list on Mantis, so better focus on that todo list :) Here I just give ideas… not so importand.

  12. vekanoid :Cause blinking dynamic and look of it can fit in different skin atmosphere :)

    I see…. I think you are correct… Will add that into TODO list…

  13. LeLeon :
    Leon-purple
    made for v 1.8.846
    with mini skin 200?80
    Preview: http://i40.tinypic.com/14tsgp4.jpg
    Download: http://www.box.net/shared/jrpguycy2c

    Love it!!! Minimalized Leon=Purple skin takes up hardly any screen real estate. Fantastic!

    Is there a way you could make it easier to replace just the neat graphic of the female disk jockey? Love the pic but would like it to be able to make my own separate graphic that I could use to reflect by my own personalized graphic or at least to have a choice of graphics.

    I know I can edit in in a graphic editing program but I would like to see other templates for those of us who listen oldies or audio books. Perjhaps this could be an element of the new skin system – a placeable resizeable place just for the graphic.

    BTW Admin – the speed of your updates and fixes is amazing as is Radio? Sure!

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