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  1. Simple Detailed Startup

    Hello all, here is my first contribution to this community. I have enjoyed so many countless hours of fun as a result of Launchbox and everyone here and I have always wanted to give back so here you go. I made this originally after being inspired by @Palada. He made a Beautiful startup theme to go with my new favorite BigBox theme by @viking, called Colorful. At first I just wanted to add more platforms but you know how it goes. I went a little crazy. Anyway I hope you all like and enjoy this theme.
    Versions:
    Simple-Detailed-Startup-MY PLATFORM LOGOS-1.0.4.zip - This one Uses Platform Logos from a folder in this theme that were made by ME. Simple-Detailed-Startup-YOUR PLATFORM LOGOS-1.0.4.zip - This one uses Platform Logos that were set up by YOU in Launchbox. I am using assets from both @Palada and @viking  and of course all over this community. Please give credit to both for making this possible. Once i got going though I ended up with very little that I did not make on my own. I am not sure of the proper way to give credit, but if anyone has an issue with anything I have posted, let me know and I will take it down immediately.
    Colorful Theme by @viking (please consider patreon to help him with this amazing theme) Minimal Colorful Start by @Palada This was designed for a 1080p big screen TV. That is where my set up is and all my kids play on it. I tried this on my laptop and it all looked good but if you have any issues with layout or other please let me know. I will do my best to fix it.
    What Is It?
    OK, this is a startup and shutdown theme that is unique for every platform. It includes a controller silhouette, game art game details on startup plus it has an animated GIF loading icon as well as a GIF closing icon. Every platform has its logo displayed. I had to make all of these so that they would fit. This means that some may be missing, but there is currently 75 platform logos and I plan to add more as time goes on. The controller silhouettes are also all custom and may be missing a few but it has 75 currently as well. (some are the same for multiple platforms) It also has a favorite icon in the bottom right corner that will be red if your game is Favorited. How to use it:
    This is my first upload, but you should be able to unzip it to your Launchbox Startup Themes Directory and Then select it from within BigBox. Please make sure that all of the *.xaml files in the root of this addon match EXACTLY to your platform names or they will not work. FIXED If you have any requests or problems please drop me a comment, I will do my best to stay on top of it.
    I hope I am not forgetting anything, Please enjoy and thank you all for the many years of fun. Keep on Gaming!
     
    PS: I have also made a Pause Theme to match and complete the whole setup. (this is a remake of PausePie by @faeran)

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  2. Big Fade Start

    Big Fade Start is a compliment to the Big Fade pause theme previously released. The startup theme shows game metadata contained in a gradient transparent list box. A fanart background that is faded away at the bottom to allow clear view of a platform specific startup video and gameplay screen shot. The platform specific video is used to play a platform's boot video (SNK NeoGeo, Xbox, and Playstation systems for example). In the absence of a system having an original boot video, or the user not having one in place; the theme will play a default video.
    Only a portion of platform boot videos are provided in the theme as well as a default video. Additional boot videos will added later or can be added by user.
    Important notes about videos:
    1. A user can add or change videos for any platform. Simply place a video file in the theme's \Videos folder and name it exactly as the platform is named in your specific setup.
    2. The default video can be replaced by adding your own and naming the file "_Default.mp4"
    3. In emulators that may take longer to load than the duration of the video in place the theme will continue to loop the video until the emulator fully loads and take control. YOu can see this occur in the demo video with Sammy Atomiswave. 
    4. IMPORTANT: There is a minor issue with audio from videos playing in a Startup theme and it is something determined by our Launchbox developer that cannot be fixed at this time. Audio from the video will bleed into the start of emulation until the emulator officially takes over. It does not occur with all emulators and It is only about 1-2 seconds if it does occur. For any emulator this affects perform the steps below:
    To fix audio bleed issue:
    1. In Launchbox go to >Tools>Manage Emulators.
    2. Select the emulator the audio bleed is affecting and edit it.
    3. In the "Startup Screen" tab change the "Startup Load Delay" to 1 second. Click "OK" and close.
    Image Priorities:
    Recommend in your Launchbox Image Priorities for Background moving clear logos further down the list of not using at all. This theme will resize and crop clear logos since the theme was designed for fanart primarily.
    Installation (Requires Launchbox 9.8 or higher)
    Theme was tested and works on a 4:3 screen as well.
    I claim no credit to any artwork or videos provided in the theme. All credit goes to the original content creator. 

    Big__Fade_Start_Demo.mp4

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  3. Minimal-Colorful

    This startup theme is a modified version of keltogael's minimal, I wanted a theme to go along with the new modern looking Colorful by viking which is already my main theme.
    The theme is really simple, rather than show the game loaded, it uses the platform as "splash screen", same as minimal, but instead of the logos of each platform i found more pleasing to show the controller. Icons used are from the Noun Project. The .psd file is included so you can add your own platforms (save your .png on platforms folder, copy and edit the .xml to match the .png name and platform name) and translate the "loading" text. I'll update it if I add more platforms.
    [important] There's NO game shutdown screen, if you use this theme, you should disable shutdown screens.

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  4. Neon Deluxe Arcade (Inside) - Startup Theme

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    An alternative to the "Street" startup theme. 
    Neon Deluxe Arcade is a series of themes, if you like you can download these to accompany the complete theme:
    Neon Deluxe Arcade - Big Box Theme
    Neon Deluxe Arcade - Launchbox Theme
    Neon Deluxe Arcade - Startup Theme (Street)
    Neon Deluxe Arcade - Startup Theme (Inside)
    Mr. RetroLust's Realistic Retroarch Bezels (Same style > Dimmed lit retro gaming)
     
    This Startup theme does not use fanart backgrounds but one static image in 4K quality.
    1. The left side has been bound to "Box3DImagePath" or what you've set in this image category's priority list.
    2. The right side has been bound to "Cart3DImagePath" or what you've set in this image category's priority list.
    3. On the left side covering the 3DBox is bound to "CartFrontImagePath" or what you've set in this image category's priority list.
    4. Game logo in Top Center 
    Unpack the folder in: LAUNCHBOX\StartupThemes, go to startup settings and choose the title of this theme.
    If you like the startup theme to last longer on your screen, simply delay it to 5 seconds in the launchbox and/or bigbox settings.

    Enjoy! 🤘

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  5. Neon Deluxe Arcade (Street) - Startup Theme

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    Neon Deluxe Arcade is a series of themes, if you like you can download these to accompany the complete theme:
    Neon Deluxe Arcade - Big Box Theme
    Neon Deluxe Arcade - Launchbox Theme
    Neon Deluxe Arcade - Startup Theme (Street)
    Neon Deluxe Arcade - Startup Theme (Inside)
    Mr. RetroLust's Realistic Retroarch Bezels (Same style > Dimmed lit retro gaming)
     
    This Startup theme does not use fanart backgrounds but one static image in 4K quality.
    1. The left side has been bound to "Box3DImagePath" or what you've set in this image category's priority list.
    2. The right side has been bound to "Cart3DImagePath" or what you've set in this image category's priority list.
    3. On the left side covering the 3DBox is bound to "CartFrontImagePath" or what you've set in this image category's priority list.
    4. Game logo in Top Center 
    Unpack the folder in: LAUNCHBOX\StartupThemes, go to startup settings and choose the title of this theme.
    If you like the startup theme to last longer on your screen, simply delay it to 5 seconds in the launchbox and/or bigbox settings.

    Enjoy! 🤘

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  6. Multi Images Startup Theme

    This is a Startup/Shutdown theme for Launchbox 9.3 and above.
    Four images are displayed in this theme, top row left to right, 3D Box, Clear Logo and Screenshot. The bottom right of the window will show Cart - Front for cart based systems or a rotating Disc - Front for CD/DVD based systems. If you have a CD/DVD based system that is not included in the theme you can copy/paste one of the existing ones from the startup theme folder and rename it to match your system name.
    To install simply right click the zip and choose "extract all" once extracted copy to Launchbox/StartupThemes. 
     
     

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  7. Just Simple - Fanart with Logo

    Just a simple startup theme that uses the clear logo and fanart of the launching game with a sleek loading bar and a play count in the bottom right. The shutdown screen is just the fanart slightly darkened with a stylized "Fin..." in the corner.

    Installation:
    Extract the zip file into the Launchbox/StartupThemes folder.
    Under the options menu in Launchbox & Bigbox, select Just Simple as the startup theme.
    Optional - You can also install "Roboto-Light" inside the font folder of the theme to match the text style in the screenshots.

    Included is an alternative version that will be used for the Arcade Platform without the loading bar since these games don't get decompressed. You can also copy and rename the "Arcade.xaml" file to any platform name or "Default.xaml" if you don't want the loading bar for other or all systems.

    Also check out my Platform Fanart images that can be used if there is no specific fanart for the game that is launching (as seen in the last two screenshots above).
     

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  8. GridBlocked Startup Theme

    Decided to mess around some more looking at code and learning more. So I set out to look at adding gif, linking metadata, and linking images to metadata since I do not use the details screen in BigBox. So here is what I put in another little theme. Once again, I am not a coder so if anyone peaks at the xml file and sees some fixes or a better way please let me know. I am all ears. Or if you have ideas on how to make the theme look nicer fire away.
    Icons used in the theme came from BigBox themes by @CriticalCid and @Mr. Retrolust so big thanks to them. (Slightly modified from their original versions.) 
    I claim no credit to any artwork displayed or included in the theme.
    IMPORTANT: Launchbox 9.3 or higher required for Startup Themes. 
    Version 1.0
    Theme will show fanart background blurred 20%, Metadata text contained in a view box, and 3 metadata logos (Favorite, Your Personal Star Rating, and ESRB), along with large 3D Box and Cart/Disc.
    Startup theme view for non CD based games will show the cartridge image slide in from the right.
    Startup theme for CD based games will show the CS slide in from the right and spin.
    Shutdown view will show the fanart background blurred with blinking "Game Over" text.
    Installation: 
    Download the GridBlocked.zip and unzip it into the Launchbox/StartupThemes folder.
    Install the supplied fonts. (Working on figuring out how to have it so the fonts do not need to be loaded. So once I can do that I will update the theme)
    In Launchbox go to Tools>Options>Game Startup and choose the appropriate named theme. 
    In Launchbox make sure for Cart Front Image Priorities you have "Disc" checked and listed as top item.
    If you need to add other disc based systems to the startup theme simply copy any cd based xml file in the theme's folder and paste into the same folder then rename the file exactly as your platform name appears in Launchbox. 
     

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  9. minimal

    minimal
    I wanted a simple and clean look to the startup theme, more of a splash screen rather than a loading screen. Included are all the files to make your own logos for platforms. I have commented out the now loading text seen in the screen shots but this can easily be edited back in with notepad++, look for the <!-- --> lines inside of the name.xaml files. Feel free to modify how you wish. Comes with Red, Purple and Black logo options.

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  10. Framed Header (Unified Backgrounds)

    Second stab at a theme. This one will use a static background image for each platform when a game is launched. So it does not use fan art from each game. The images are those supplied in the BigBox Unified and Unified Redux themes. So I claim no credit to any images. I only copied them over from those themes. Credit to @Jason Carr and @CriticalCid for those themes.
    I claim no credit to any artwork displayed or included in the theme. If you know the creator please mention so I may credit. 
    IMPORTANT: Launchbox 9.2 or higher required for Startup Themes. 
    Version 1.0.0
    Startup Theme: has a header style framed banner that will display "Now Loading..." (text color does change by platform. I used common brand colors or as close to), the game's clear logo, and the platform's clear logo. 
    Main field will display 3D Box, Screenshot, and Cart or Spinning Disc (for CD based games) are in the main view. IMPORTANT: Make sure you set your image priorities in Launchbox for these categories. Also set backup images in case you are missing image types for a game. 
    Shutdown Theme: uses a static image in its current default state with the words "Thank you for playing..." displayed. You can use any static image you want. However, please note the text in the default one is scaled to a size to fit in the background image's marquee. There is an alternate Shutdown xml file that will be pretty generic. The Shutdown text in that one is in the middle of the screen and would be better for those preferring their own image. There are read me files in the folders with simple steps to change the shutdown. 
    If you prefer use the game specific backgrounds and games images in the shutdowns I will be uploading a version of this theme that will use the game fanart backgrounds. 
    Installation: 
    1. Download the Framed Platform_Static Background v1.0.0.zip file and unzip it into the Launchbox\StartupThemes\ folder.
    2. Install the supplied font. 
    3. In Launchbox go to Tools>Options>Game Startup and choose the appropriate named theme. 
    I will be adding more platform xml files in an update after the holiday. There is probably about 100 in there now. 
     

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  11. Neon Deluxe Startup Theme

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    A startup theme to accompany the Futurestate Neon Deluxe theme
    I haven't touched the shutdown theme file as I don't use shutdowns. 
    1. This theme does not use the backgrounds like usually but one static image stylized to a neon lit brick wall (in 4K quality btw).
    2. The left side has been bound to "Box3DImagePath" or what you've set in this image category's priority list
    3. The right side has been bound to "Cart3DImagePath" or what you've set in this image category's priority list, I've set it to this for use in the above bigbox theme as well:

    4. In the center below it's been bound to "CartFrontImagePath" or what you've set in this image category's priority list.
    Unpack the folder in: LAUNCHBOX\StartupThemes, go to startup settings and choose the title of this theme. If you like to stare longer to the startup screen, simply delay it to 5 seconds in the launchbox and/or bigbox settings.
    Thanks @Retro808 for the inspiration of your startup theme

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  12. Big Logo - Startup Theme

    A simple startup and shutdown screen theme revolved around clear logos and fanart artwork, with a big progress bar on the bottom.
    (You need LaunchBox version 9.2 beta or newer for this theme to work).

    How to install and setup:

    - Download the zip file of the theme and extract it to LaunchBox's root folder.
    - Open LaunchBox, go to Tools -->  Options, Click on the Game Startup tab on the left, then change the Startup Theme to Big Logo.

    Any feedback is much appreciated. Enjoy!

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  13. Center Logo Startup Theme

    So took a stab at editing the default theme to tinker a little to learn and see what I can accomplish. It was pretty fun attempting and the trial and error kept my up late a couple nights. Here is what I came up with. Remember I am not a coder so if anyone peaks at the xml file and sees some fixes or a better way please let me know. I am all ears. 
    Thanks @neil9000 for the inspiration as it was your 3D version I modified. Thanks to the other theme developers as it was your codes in your themes I looked over to see how things work. Thanks @Jason Carr for giving me something to tinker with on a daily basis. 
    I claim no credit to any artwork displayed or included in the theme. Any images included were taken from Google and if you know the creator please mention so I may credit. 
    IMPORTANT: Launchbox 9.2 Beta 1 or higher required for Startup Themes. 
    Version 1.0
    Startup theme moves the clear logo to the center with the "Now Loading..." offset to the left. 3D Box, Screenshot, and Cart or Spinning Disc (for CD based games) are in the main view. 
    Shutdown theme uses a static image in its current default state with the words "Thank you for playing..." displayed. You can use any static image you want. Simply choose your image and place it in the Launchbox/StartupThemes/Center Logo/Background folder and name the file Default.jpg 
    You can edit the shutdown text and color by editing the Default Shutdown.xml and looking for the following section:
    <TextBlock Text="Thank You For Playing..." Foreground="Aqua" HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center" FontSize="80" FontStyle="Italic" FontWeight="Bold" Typography.Capitals="AllSmallCaps" /> If you prefer use the game specific background and games images in the shutdown simply open the Alternate XAML folder then copy the Game Specific.xml and paste it into the root folder renaming it Default Shutdown.xml. In the Alternate XAML folder is the Game Specific.xaml and the Static Image.xml to keep as backups. 
    Installation: 
    Download the Center Logo.zip and unzip it into the Launchbox/StartupThemes folder. In Launchbox go to Tools>Options>Game Startup and choose the appropriate named theme. 
    If you need to add other disc based systems to the startup theme simply copy any cd based xml file in the theme's folder and paste into the same folder then rename the file exactly as your platform name appears in Launchbox. 
     

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