ORIGINAL THREAD (OLD): About the X-Factor Skin

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  1. cul8er
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    Hi,
    X-Factor is new skin made for MediaPortal. X-Factor is based/built upon the great skin files from StreamedMP. The concept of the skin is to make all options in MediaPortal available as easy as possible and if possible do so in an attractive way. I have tried to keep balance between the use of fanart and usability. As a user of this skin you can customize the main meny and also what images you want to use for different views in the skin.

    The idea behind the main meny is to have a menu that fits the area of one screen so you can get a good overview of all available options. Moving to a menu or sub menu changes the backdrop image. The skin have a built in menu editor so that you can edit the menu items (basichome) from within MP Configuration.

    The skin skin is developed for 1280x720 resolution but thanks to the MediaPortal? software it skales beautifully up to 1920x1080 (I run the skin in 1920x1080 on my 40" LCD at home).

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    Important About this skin
    This skin is developed and tested towards the following MP releases:
    * MP 1.0.2
    * Moving Pictures 0.7.3
    * TVSeries 2.2
    Please use the above versions along with this skin. I will not answer to any issues reported if you use older versions of these softwares.

    *************** SHORT VIDEO OF X-FACTOR IN ACTION *************


    **************** CURRENTLY SUPPORTED PLUGINS ****************
    * Alarm
    * Arcsoft Player
    * BasicHome
    * DRipper
    * DVD
    * Emulators
    * Extensions
    * For The Record
    * Global Search
    * Last FM
    * Lyrics
    * MediaSlayer
    * Moving Pictures
    * MPNZB
    * Multishortcut
    * Music
    * My Films
    * My Youtube
    * News
    * OnlineVideos
    * Pictures
    * Plugins
    * Programs
    * ProgramsAlt
    * Radio
    * Radio Guide
    * Radio Time
    * RSS Ticker
    * Setup Wizard
    * Settings
    * Shoutcast Directory
    * Showtimes
    * Suduko
    * SVTPlay
    * System Info (MP Dashboard)
    * Tetris
    * Trailers
    * TV
    * TV Series
    * Video
    * Video Editor
    * Weather
    * Wikipedia
    * Worldmap
    * Youtube.fm

    ************************ INSTALLATION (MPE1 FILE) ************************
    1: Deleted the XFactor folder in your cache folder "C:\ProgramData\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\Cache" or similar.

    2: Run the MPI package (xfactor_r225.MPE1). This will automatically install fonts, the menu editor plugin and the skin. If you get a question what program to use to run the MPE1 file when you doubleclick on it you should select the MPInstaller (usually in folder "C:\Program Files\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\MPInstaller.exe").

    3. If this is the first time you install the xfactor skin you probably need to install the font package as well. Extract this file into your "Windows/fonts" directory (http://x-factor.googlecode.com/files/fonts.rar).

    4. Enable the InfoService plugin in MP Configuration to make RSS feed and weather to work.

    5. Open MP configuration and set xfactor as your skin if this is not allready so.

    6. In MP configuration make sure "Start with basichome.." option is selected. This is the only supported home menu.

    7. In MP configuration make sure that MP-RSSTicker is disabled (as the skin now uses the plugin you installed above, see item 4).

    8. (Optional) In MP configuration goto plugins and choose xfactor to customize you main menu. This is also how you can get your modified basichome back to what it looked before upgrading, in this case just open the plugin and then press generate new basichome button and you get the layout you had before.

    9. (Optional) The installation zip file only contains a small number of images. To add images and get a higher experience from the skin add your own immages to the "Animation\xx" subfolders. For example add TVSeries backdrops to the tvseries subfolder.

    ************************ INSTALLATION (ZIP FILE)************************
    1: Deleted the XFactor folder in your cache folder "C:\ProgramData\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\Cache" or similar.



    2: Extract the xfactor_r225.rar to your MediaPortal? base directory (for example: C:\Program Files\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal).

    3. If this is the first time you install the xfactor skin you probably need to install the font package as well. Extract this file into your "Windows/fonts" directory (http://x-factor.googlecode.com/files/fonts.rar).

    4. Enable the InfoService plugin in MP Configuration to make RSS feed and weather to work.

    5. Open MP configuration and set xfactor as your skin if this is not allready so.

    6. In MP configuration make sure "Start with basichome.." option is selected. This is the only supported home menu.

    7. In MP configuration make sure that MP-RSSTicker is disabled (as the skin now uses the plugin you installed above, see item 4).

    8. (Optional) In MP configuration goto plugins and choose xfactor to customize you main menu. This is also how you can get your modified basichome back to what it looked before upgrading, in this case just open the plugin and then press generate new basichome button and you get the layout you had before.

    9. (Optional) The installation zip file only contains a small number of images. To add images and get a higher experience from the skin add your own immages to the "Animation\xx" subfolders. For example add TVSeries backdrops to the tvseries subfolder.

    ********* PICTURE OF BASICHOME ********
    [​IMG]

    ********* PICTURE OF BASICHOME - WEATHER FORECAST ********
    [​IMG]

    ********** PICTURE OF BASICHOME - TV SUB MENU SELECTED **********
    [​IMG]

    ******* PICTURE OF BASICHOME - SUDUKO SUB MENU SELECTED *******
    [​IMG]

    ***************** PICTURE OF MOVING PICTURES LIST ******************
    [​IMG]

    ***************** PICTURE OF MOVING PICTURES DETAILS ******************
    [​IMG]

    ***************** PICTURE OF MOVING PICTURES FILMSTRIP ******************
    [​IMG]

    ********* PICTURE OF MOVING PICTURES WITH MUSIC PLAYING ********
    [​IMG]

    ***************** PICTURE OF MOVING PICTURES BIG THUMBNAIL******************
    [​IMG]

    ***************** PICTURE OF MOVING PICTURES SMALL THUMBNAIL******************
    [​IMG]

    *********** PICTURE OF TV SERIES - SERIES - LIST VIEW ***********
    [​IMG]

    *********** PICTURE OF TV SERIES - SERIES - FILMSTRIP VIEW ***********
    [​IMG]

    *********** PICTURE OF TV SERIES - SERIES - WIDE BANNER VIEW ***********
    [​IMG]

    ********** PICTURE OF TV SERIES - EPISODES **********
    [​IMG]

    ********** PICTURE OF MUSIC - FILMSTRIP **********
    [​IMG]

    ********** PICTURE OF MUSIC - PLAYLIST **********
    [​IMG]

    ********** PICTURE OF MUSIC - NOW PLAYING **********
    [​IMG]

    ************** PICTURE OF LYRICS ****************
    [​IMG]

    ************** PICTURE OF LASTFM ***************
    [​IMG]

    ************** PICTURE OF PICTURE - BIG THUMBNAILS ***************
    [​IMG]

    ************** PICTURE OF PICTURE - FILMSTRIP ***************
    [​IMG]

    ************** PICTURE OF WEATHER ***************
    [​IMG]

    ****************** PICTURE OF SUDUKO ****************
    [​IMG]

    ****************** PICTURE OF VIDEO OSD ****************
    [​IMG]

    ****************** PICTURE OF VIDEO OSD ****************
    [​IMG]

    ****************** PICTURE OF TV GUIDE ****************
    [​IMG]

    ****************** PICTURE OF 4TR TV HOME ****************
    [​IMG]

    ****************** PICTURE OF RADIO TIME ****************
    [​IMG]

    ****************** PICTURE OF TRAILERS - TVGEMIST ****************
    [​IMG]

    ****************** PICTURE OF TRAILERS - DETAIL VIEW ****************
    [​IMG]

    ****************** PICTURE OF MEDIASLAYER ****************
    [​IMG]

    ******* PICTURE OF MENU EDITOR WITHIN MP CONFIGURATION *******
    [​IMG]


    **************** CREDITS ****************
    * The team behind the incredible software MediaPortal
    * The talented creators of the StreamedMP skin that I have used as base for this skin (and to mattsk88 for giving me permission to use it).
    * The creators of the MediaPortal Black & White skin for allowing me to use their very nice looking logos.
    * The maker of Aeon Stark (Djh) for the best skin ever in my opinion. I use the classification images from this skin.
    * Antony for providing initial help and ideas (creator of the MediaPortal Horizon skin)
    * Pilehave for sharing his concept around the menu editor.
    * All users of the X-Factor skin that have provided feedback
    * And finally a big thank you to all skinners out there that have created great skins that in some way have inspired me to this.


    Best Regards
    cul8er
     
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    Nice concept! ill keep following this....
     
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    VERY nice idea indeed.
    Keep up the good work and I will follow with great interest.
    You can never have enough good skins and there are a few that are coming along VERY nicely at the moment.

    Thanks for your efforts so far........

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    Yes, this has a nice look. Will there be some kind of menu editor for this as well?

    Emph
     
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    hey cul8er... really nice... same thinking as i had with a all included home menu :D looks good.
     
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    Yea I like this idea a lot too, youve added a few ideas i never thought of for Vision2 :) ill also be watching this skin, even tho i dont use MediaPortal lol :D
     
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    Hi,

    Thank you for all your feedback. Much appreciated. I have updated the first post with a new screenshot.

    I have not decided yet. Hopefully I will get around to this but time will tell.

    Best Regards
    cul8er
     
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    First post is updated with new images of TV Series plugin (serie, season, episode) ;)
     
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    This is looking better and better.

    I like the use of the origen ae case on the far right ;) very nice cases (if a little expensive)

    Regards

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    delicious... like the way the fan art is in focus, without taking away the importen parts of the info
     
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