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# WHAT IS COLORFUL MEDIA SET ?
COLORFUL is a complete and coherent high quality graphic set, around a unique design. Made with love in France. I hope you like it ! 😘
Here are planned development axes:
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  • COLORFUL Theme : The main hub, a unique interface for BigBox.
  • COLORFUL Platform Video : Complete 4K video set, with a unique design.
  • COLORFUL Source : To involve the community in the platform video creation. (new)
  • COLORFUL BigBox Startup Video : (soon)
  • COLORFUL Startup Theme : (soon)
  • COLORFUL Pause Theme : (soon)

 

# HERE IS COLORFUL THEME FOR BIGBOX:
On this page we are talking about COLORFUL Theme for BigBox:
Design for work with my platform video set, COLORFUL THEME is thought to be used on the big screen (TV) in gaming console mode.
Modern, elegant and animated are the key words of this interface.

 

# I NEED YOUR HELP : PATREON ?
Same problem as with my video set !
Creating  videos & theme takes a loooooot of time. And I have to deal with a full-time CGI artist job and 2 young kids.
So I opened a Patreon page that could allow me to dedicate days on my work time to continue creating video.
I'm not trying to get rich, but like everyone else, I cant spend 1 day/week working for free! I hope you understand.
If the project interests you: Here is my Patreon page.

 

 

# IN DETAIL ?
The main features :

  • 16:9 only. (Works on other ratio, but with black bands)
  • Full 4K asset. (Any resolution must work, 4K assets)
  • Totally responsive. No resolution deformation on text size or placement.
  • Because of the white/black background, some ClearLogo comes with the theme.
  • Gamepad connection indicator & battery level.

 

# RECOMMENDATION ?
Any design choice gives limitations. Here are some recommendations for this theme :

  • LaunchBox/BigBox v.10.0 (and up)
  • VLC highly recommended.
  • Design for work with COLORFUL platform video set. (but you can use any video you what)
  • Beware of full white/black ClearLogo. They will be invisible on Light/Dark views!
  • I didnt test this theme on a lowend configuration. There may be slowdown. (Curious to have your feedback on this subject!)

 

# COOL, HOW TO DOWNLOAD ?
2 ways

  1.  In Windows : Right here, with the download button. Extract the "Colorful" folder and place it in your "LaunchBox/Themes" directory.   (dont rename it!)
  2.  In BigBox : Option > Theme manager > Found "COLORFUL - Light" or "COLORFUL - Dark"

 

# SPECIAL THANKS !

  • @Jason Carr for his hard work on LaunchBox/BigBox! Thx man!
  • To all Patreon guys! A GIANT THANKS to all of you!!! 😍
  • The whote community for yout support!

# CREDITS !

 

 

# BY FILE, EVERY CUSTOM VIEW SUMMARY  (Here in LIGHT. Same principle/animation for DARK)

  • PlatformWheel1FiltersView.xaml PlatformWheel1FiltersView_xaml.thumb.gif.0dcc13a33d3208a072e8e7d0dbcf5b80.gif
  • PlatformWheel2FiltersView.xaml PlatformWheel3FiltersView_xaml.thumb.gif.a15f8eeb6b5a938b6da0353c658be659.gif
  • WheelGamesView.xaml WheelGamesView_xaml.thumb.gif.d4271f18ad67f3084e1911c000d9fa44.gif
  • Wheel2GamesView.xaml :Wheel2GamesView_xaml.thumb.gif.4592e405397f84bbe231ab4c3ce57cb5.gif
  • TextGamesView :Colorful_4_TextGamesView.thumb.gif.0bef712f302c7519ec89f0a3ee5333a8.gif

 


What's New in Version 1.0   See changelog

Released

Version 1.0 - Released October 16, 2020

 - New Feature: (both) In game views, FrontBox now fade out after 4sec, to clear the view on video.
 - Improvement: (both) In all GamesView, replace the "Platform Name" by "Game Genre". Thx to RedSnake !
 - Improvement: (both) Speed optimization on GamesViews, identical to platform.
 - Improvement: (both) New ClearLogo set, depending on the Clear or Dark version. (Please clean your cache)
 - Improvement: (both) Massive PNG size optimization.
 - Fixed: (dark) "PlatformWheel2FiltersView" now displays the dark arrows.
 - Fixed: (both) "Wheel2GamesView" fix "5-Player Simultaneous" display.

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Hoooraaayyy, dark theme - how awesome is that!?!

Thanks for the update, there is no better big box theme out there, period!

One quick question: Two platforms - NES and SNES - do not match the colors of the platform video on the right side meaning that the colors of the "Press A"-box and the edges around other small boxes plus the release year are still green as in the original. It's weird cause in the "PlatformWheel1FiltersView.xaml " video shown by viking himself above it seems to work and it also matches within all the other platforms which looks really nice btw.

So any idea what could have gone wrong? Thanks in advance...

Matt

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😃It's because you use custom platform names that I hadn't anticipated.

Extract and paste this file: Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a.dll.config.zip
Here : LaunchBox\Themes\Colorful - Dark\Plugins\Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a\AssemblyConfig\ ...   (or Light theme)

I just added your 2 custom name to the platform possibility.
I leave them, they will be directly present in the next update.

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YOU ARE THE MAN!! That was lightning fast!

Thank you very much, hope you are doing well.

Greetings from Germany 🙂

Matt

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I was sure hoping the fading box cover was gonna make it in this release from your to-do list. Maybe next release....😭. Thanks @viking for the awesome changes

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5 hours ago, williambroad said:

Hoooraaayyy, dark theme - how awesome is that!?!

Thanks for the update, there is no better big box theme out there, period!

One quick question: Two platforms - NES and SNES - do not match the colors of the platform video on the right side meaning that the colors of the "Press A"-box and the edges around other small boxes plus the release year are still green as in the original. It's weird cause in the "PlatformWheel1FiltersView.xaml " video shown by viking himself above it seems to work and it also matches within all the other platforms which looks really nice btw.

So any idea what could have gone wrong? Thanks in advance...

Matt

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I have the same problem with Windows, here is a pic

 

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Hey,

Quick question about game view! Is there a way in the xaml for the game wheel to show the 3d box art instead of the flat?
 

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On 5/20/2020 at 12:12 AM, kidshoalin said:

I have the same problem with Windows, here is a pic

 

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Strange. Have you a custom platform name ? In LaunchBox platform option. I take a look asap.

7 hours ago, qyuburt said:

Hey,

Quick question about game view! Is there a way in the xaml for the game wheel to show the 3d box art instead of the flat?
 

 Change BoxFront to 3D BoxFront.
It's pretty easy to change. Since I don't use this option, it may be integrated in BigBox option (?) Otherwise, you can simply change the code.
 For example, if you use Wheel2GamesView.xaml.
With a text editor, open it and go line 1146 and change       Source="{Binding ActiveGame.FrontImagePath}"      by     Source="{Binding Path=ActiveGame.Box3DImagePath}"
And voila !

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30 minutes ago, viking said:

Strange. Have you a custom platform name ? In LaunchBox platform option. I take a look asap.

 Change BoxFront to 3D BoxFront.
It's pretty easy to change. Since I don't use this option, it may be integrated in BigBox option (?) Otherwise, you can simply change the code.
 For example, if you use Wheel2GamesView.xaml.
With a text editor, open it and go line 1146 and change       Source="{Binding ActiveGame.FrontImagePath}"      by     Source="{Binding Path=ActiveGame.Box3DImagePath}"
And voila !

I have Windows under platform Category

then Steam and Mugen as Platforms

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Any chance this might be available for different aspect ratios in the future, like 5:4? Or even vertical support 9:16 for a rotating setup, which is probably my next build. :)

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On 5/21/2020 at 10:54 PM, kidshoalin said:

I have Windows under platform Category

then Steam and Mugen as Platforms

Hmm. There may be a conflict between the Windows "Category" and the Windows "Platform". @eatkinola What do you think ?
You can do some tests:
Open this file with a test editor :
  
\LaunchBox\Themes\Colorful - xxx\Plugins\Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a\AssemblyConfig\ Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a.dll.config
Respect the form well. Change only "Value", not "Key".
Line 57, You will find the Windows Platform. But you need a category. Can you try adding a new line in the category section? Tell me if it works.

On 5/22/2020 at 5:50 AM, Pixelpiper said:

Any chance this might be available for different aspect ratios in the future, like 5:4? Or even vertical support 9:16 for a rotating setup, which is probably my next build. :)

At the end, probably. I too have a little Bartop 4:3.
But it will be more than an adaptation. My whole concept is based on the image ratio. In 4:3, I will need a new layout.

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Any chance to add 5-Player Simultaneous for the player field as Columns 3 on mega drive has a 5 player simultaneous mode?

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5 hours ago, viking said:

At the end, probably. I too have a little Bartop 4:3.
But it will be more than an adaptation. My whole concept is based on the image ratio. In 4:3, I will need a new layout.

That's good to hear, I'll keep an eye out for it in the future.  One theme with automatic and responsive adjustment to different aspect ratios (like responsive layout on a web page) would be my ideal, but if that's not possible, I'll figure out some other way to swap themes when the display is rotated (for example).

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so I have a 3440x1440 screen which I believe is 21:9 , so your theme has black banding, view platform wheel 3  filters is my fav view, is there a way to make ur theme full screen? if not I have a suggestion. I ported your 4k video to Emulation station and colour matched a system video background and made a 32x32 blue square for megadrive, in theme xml file I then set it as a background as a tile so the blue fills the entire screen and laid  ur video over it. wondering if a simlair thing could be done with your theme for this view? I am new to launchbox so im not sure how the theme works.

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@Pixelpiper @Darklight It is not so simple to make responsive for BigBox. I mean design side. On the code side, it's simple.
You can simply test my theme by deactivating the lock 16:9
In theme folder, open   ThemeSettings.xml   with a simple text editor.
Find this line :
    
<Force16X9AspectRatio>true</Force16X9AspectRatio>
And change to :
    <Force16X9AspectRatio>false</Force16X9AspectRatio>

No guarantee!
But I will be curious about the result. Post screens!

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I don't know anything about the ins and outs of Big Box theming, but I know how to do responsive web layout.  :) Of course 20 years ago I was doing everything fixed with only resizable background image. 

I'll take a look at your theme on my 5:4 display as soon as I can, maybe later today, and then report back some results, hopefully some screen shots.  Thanks for the info!

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@viking so I started playing with your theme xml file and to fix the big play button outline I changed:

Stretch="UniformToFill" to Stretch="Fill"

and the result

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for that view it be nice if the gamelist view matched the platform background colour. atm the canvas is white, I did a very lazy example in paint so don't judge lol with white text it look very uniform, so the gamelist colour changes per system to match

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Hey Viking,

 

Loving the theme thus far. Just have a request if you could please add or show me how to add my own? It's in regards to when using the view as Platform Categories. Were you planning on adding new icons there? because the default i'm not a fan of. I have uploaded a picture. Thanks.

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1 hour ago, KD90 said:

Hey Viking,

 

Loving the theme thus far. Just have a request if you could please add or show me how to add my own? It's in regards to when using the view as Platform Categories. Were you planning on adding new icons there? because the default i'm not a fan of. I have uploaded a picture. Thanks.

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What about something like these:

I have most of the systems done, but still a work in progress

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You can download them here:

 

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First off, thank you! This theme is AMAZING! It's the reason I've settled on BigBox as my frontend. No other theme comes close.

I do have one question: Is it possible to make it so the platform/game doesn't auto-advance when navigating? I would prefer it to be a button click to select the platform or game I'm interested in playing. 

Overall a small thing, but something that would make this perfect in my eyes. 

Thanks again. 

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On 5/23/2020 at 3:36 AM, viking said:

Hmm. There may be a conflict between the Windows "Category" and the Windows "Platform". @eatkinola What do you think ?
You can do some tests:
Open this file with a test editor :
  
\LaunchBox\Themes\Colorful - xxx\Plugins\Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a\AssemblyConfig\ Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a.dll.config
Respect the form well. Change only "Value", not "Key".
Line 57, You will find the Windows Platform. But you need a category. Can you try adding a new line in the category section? Tell me if it works.

@viking @kidshoalin - Sounds like good troubleshooting advice, viking. Mapping the platforms to colors requires that Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a.dll.config file. There is no way to guess how a user would have setup and named their platforms and categories, hence the need for an editable configuration file.

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22 minutes ago, eatkinola said:

@viking @kidshoalin - Sounds like good troubleshooting advice, viking. Mapping the platforms to colors requires that Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a.dll.config file. There is no way to guess how a user would have setup and named their platforms and categories, hence the need for an editable configuration file.

@vikingI tried this but it did not work, here is a pic of the new line created, I might have done it wrong so please correct me if so :)

Thanks

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Love the theme, clean look and the 4K support, just not a fan of the game selection wheel disappearing.

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On 9/19/2019 at 8:34 PM, dojogrant said:

Nevermind, it was an image cache issue, and I found where to reset that!

Hey, where did you find that?  I'm having the same issue.

Specifically, the issue I'm having is that it is not displaying most of my playlist clear logos.  It displays one of them (Recently Played) but doesn't display the rest.  I've placed the images in both locations:

\LaunchBox\Themes\Colorful - Light\Images\Platforms\Clear Logo

and in their individual folders:

E.g.: \LaunchBox\Images\Playlists\Classics\Clear Logo

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