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MinimalX started as a variant of Grila's MinimalHD. It was first released in 2016 as Minimal-AO, and after incorporating a slew of plugins I rebranded it as of version 5.0 MinimalX. Due to its reliance on certain plugin features, MinimalX requires LB version 9.4+. I wanted to emphasize a simple setup and design elements that gracefully degrade if you are missing metadata for some games, etc. Its views have a consistent layout which I think makes navigation very easy. I settled on displaying all videos at 4:3 because I think that's better than displaying all at 16:9, and I think they look nice that way. MinimalX is skinnable; for instructions how to customize MinimalX and turn some features off/on (for example if you want to see metadata in the sidebar as in the final two screenshots), read the PDF document bundled with the download. Some of the features:

  • System Info: Just because I wanted to figure out how to display that stuff.
  • Metadata Banners: Such as category, platform, genre, play mode, star rating etc.
  • Icon-augmented Text List: For quickly navigating based on a platform or game metadata.
  • Dynamic List Header: Helps you keep track of where you are when navigating through BigBox.
  • AO Video Engine: It will by default play the current category, platform, or game video. If a platform (or playlist or filter) video is not found, it will loop through a random selection of that platform's games with crossfading action. If no platform or game videos are found, it will fall back to looping through a set of pertinent images. For game views, if a game video is not found, it will play a slideshow of the game's title screen, options, gameplay, etc, while the game music (if available) plays. The video engine supports VLC and WMP as configured in BigBox, though it works better with WMP in my opinion.

NOTE: Unblocking the ZIP file will also unblock the DLL (e.g., Ao.Bigbox.Themer.dll) contained therein, giving your computer permission to run this DLL. This is an issue with all plugins you might download from this forum. It's a Windows security feature. You basically have to vouch for a file before Windows will use it. I liken it to how a MS office document you download from an email runs in Protected Mode until you unblock it for printing, editing, etc. Below is the error you'll see if you don't unblock the file, as well as a screenshot of the solution.

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And here is a shameless plug for my other themes:

  • Refaktor - clean text-based view to suit 16:9 or 4:3 displays
  • Nostalgia - displays videos within viking's clean platform images
  • FluxCRT - displays videos within a mock CRT including curvature effect
  • Epoch09 - post-apocalyptic flavored theme (still a work in progress)

What's New in Version 5.7   See changelog

Released

* FIXED: updgraded Ao.Bigbox.Themer to version 3.9.2
* FIXED: above themer engine upgrade supports LB 9.4+
* FIXED: defaulting media player to that set in BigBox
* ADDED: title of game current selected in thumbnail lists


Ao.Bigbox.Themer v3.9.2
* FIXED: multiple issues resolved to jive with updated LB/BB 9.4+
* FIXED: EmbeddedAssembler was not being thumped to handle updated BigBox refs
* FIXED: properly setting PlayerImpl for all components of VideoLooperFramed
* FIXED: support for VLC 3.x, leveraging Meta.Vlc within Unbroken assemblies
* FIXED: marquee scrolling speed for short strings was too slow
* FIXED: changed EmbeddedAssembler to log instead of throw errors
* FIXED: memory leak in AVLF related to timers for datetime update
* ADDED: marquee scrolling stop-point alignment left/right/center
* ADDED: banner/button items to support additional game play modes
* ADDED: speed tweak for notes in AVLF, range 0.2-5x
* ADDED: Portuguese translation for theme elements

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Nyny77

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Awesome ! very great work !

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keltoigael

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Improved on the original MinimalHD and grew into its own thing. @eatkinola doesnt get enough credit in his themes. Great work.

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donatello

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

I cannot believe how much customization is on this theme, simply amazing! Thanks for this theme guys!

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shannondeaton

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

With the added 'skinning' features, this is easily the best theme available on the platform.  Great work.

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sukhish

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Instant favorite... Best theme for me. Thank you so much... Cheers! 

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Thanos Reigns

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

My new daily driver

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imdavid555

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Love this theme. Its awesome :) 

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germangaraubuau

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

bueno a ver si lo puedo bajar 

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BLÜE

   1 of 2 members found this review helpful 1 / 2 members

Such a cool theme, love all the custom backgrounds to choose from...great work on this one, keep it up ;)

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Elmazz

  

veri gud

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