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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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On 7/20/2020 at 10:19 AM, viking said:

@Chro Strange that this problem persists.
The display of colors in the theme is not generated by videos, but by a plugin developed by @eatkinola.

In :  "LaunchBox\Themes\Colorful - Light\Plugins\Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a\AssemblyConfig "   have you this two files :
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Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a.dll.config
- Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a-Colors.dll.config

In :  "LaunchBox\Themes\Colorful - Light\Plugins "   Are all the plugins unlocked?
(right clic on eatch plugin, clic "unlocked")

Or a PC reboot ??

How do i unlock them there is nothing when clicking right on them.

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2 minutes ago, Chro said:

How do i unlock them there is nothing when clicking right on them.

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If there is no option to do so then they already are. If you are on the latest beta it could be you are running into plugin issues.

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3 minutes ago, Chro said:

How do i unlock them there is nothing when clicking right on them.

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Also you need to go into properties first, not just right click the file.

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@vikingJe viens de faire l'essai  je n'en prend conscience que maintenant mais l'époque j'utilisais tes thèmes pour mes pulsions créatrice lol et ben mine de rien ça match carrément  avec ton custom !

 

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On 7/20/2020 at 10:19 AM, viking said:

@Chro Strange that this problem persists.
The display of colors in the theme is not generated by videos, but by a plugin developed by @eatkinola.

In :  "LaunchBox\Themes\Colorful - Light\Plugins\Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a\AssemblyConfig "   have you this two files :
-
Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a.dll.config
- Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a-Colors.dll.config

In :  "LaunchBox\Themes\Colorful - Light\Plugins "   Are all the plugins unlocked?
(right clic on eatch plugin, clic "unlocked")

Or a PC reboot ??

i allready tried everything possible in my mind.

i tried going back to big box 11.1, i downloaded your theme and reinstalled it. i checked the Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a and i got all the plugins. They seem to be unlocked because the unlock button is not visible in preferences.

I tried your old colorful version that one that got the dark and the light theme in it and tried the dark standalone aswell.

I cant really tell the reason that it stopped working.

It worked at first...

 

not sure if related to the plugins but if i go into the game wheel the colors are changed to the specific platform its just the platform wheel that doesnt seem to work properly.

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On 5/23/2020 at 6:43 PM, viking said:

@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!

looks also pretty good on a 32:9 ultrawide (5120x1440) - blink on A Button is async, but i can live with it ;)

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I can't remember when I started having this issue but I figured it would go away with a future update. Since I'm now on LB 10.7 and Colorful 1.0 I thought I would share since it's still happening.

Videos seem to lag for a half second during the initial animation startup. It definitely didn't do this when I first installed the theme, and I don't think it's my computer since I'm running it from an NVME M.2 and I have a GTX 1070 with 5820k CPU as well. Also using VLC. It doesn't do it when using Windows Media Player, but the animation is super fast instead and I prefer the slower wiping effect.

Anyway, I'm sure it's just some setting I have wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

If this matters my monitor is 1440p @144hrz

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Unfortunately, I think this is not a bug, but a XAML limitation. (the code language)
The microsoft doc indicates that having large pixel movement can cause slowdowns. And for my theme, it is ALL the screen pixels that it must recalculate during the animation.
My concept is clearly not resource-efficient... 😬

Aggravating factor: 1440p. You have more pixels to calculate than a 1080p.
I have the same resolution, but in 60hz. No lag at home. Maybe the effect is erased by my lower frame rate.
I imagine you don't have lag on GamesView, which doesn't have such big animation?

There isn't much I can do. I have ideas for future View with less video animation. Maybe they will work better for you!

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On 10/29/2020 at 8:48 AM, viking said:

Unfortunately, I think this is not a bug, but a XAML limitation. (the code language)
The microsoft doc indicates that having large pixel movement can cause slowdowns. And for my theme, it is ALL the screen pixels that it must recalculate during the animation.
My concept is clearly not resource-efficient... 😬

Aggravating factor: 1440p. You have more pixels to calculate than a 1080p.
I have the same resolution, but in 60hz. No lag at home. Maybe the effect is erased by my lower frame rate.
I imagine you don't have lag on GamesView, which doesn't have such big animation?

There isn't much I can do. I have ideas for future View with less video animation. Maybe they will work better for you!

Thank you for the reply! and thank you so much for the theme! I don't mind that it skips I just thought I'd share in case it was causing other issues. I'm excited for the future view. Thanks again!

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I like the cleanliness of this theme. I prefer the  list of games so I can scroll through more easily when there are hundreds (or even thousands) of games in a platform.

However; I would like a little more information on this screen if possible without cluttering it.

Since this is a playlist of my favourite games it has many different platforms.

Would it be possible to have an option to either:

-Add a system logo

OR

-Add scrolling or static information showing some basic information such as:

Platform / #Players /  Playmode

I guess some of that can be added to the area in Green where you show the Genre? Perhaps this can be made to scroll?

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Hi, hoping someone can offer assistance. For my PlatformWheel2FiltersView, it's not changing the background colour to match the corresponding video. See below for example of Atari. Every console has this issue. Everything else works fine. Note: I have tried both updating via the bigbox theme manager and via downloading from here (definitely unblocked zip file). I"m running on the latest version of Launchbox and v1.0 of Colorful - LIght (both dark and light exhibit the same behaviour. Finally (and potentially most important) - i'm running my launchbox set up from a NAS. Though strange that everything else works in the theme except the changing of the background colour. Thanks, this is my favourite theme.

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On 11/1/2020 at 10:02 AM, turbofeet said:

I like the cleanliness of this theme. I prefer the  list of games so I can scroll through more easily when there are hundreds (or even thousands) of games in a platform.

However; I would like a little more information on this screen if possible without cluttering it.

Since this is a playlist of my favourite games it has many different platforms.

Would it be possible to have an option to either:

-Add a system logo

OR

-Add scrolling or static information showing some basic information such as:

Platform / #Players /  Playmode

I guess some of that can be added to the area in Green where you show the Genre? Perhaps this can be made to scroll?

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The problem is that this view is split into 2 views. The one you present here and the view after game selection, just before "play".
So I have to make a design choice : Only few people use this simple textListView for select a game, but everyone ends up on the selected game screen.
So I built my design on this objective: The view of the selected game.

But your ideas are good. I write them down and think about how to integrate them.
On the other hand, the "empty" space at the top is not lost. It is reserved for the very long game title, because it develops from the top. 😃

10 minutes ago, matris said:

Hi, hoping someone can offer assistance. For my PlatformWheel2FiltersView, it's not changing the background colour to match the corresponding video. See below for example of Atari. Every console has this issue. Everything else works fine. Note: I have tried both updating via the bigbox theme manager and via downloading from here (definitely unblocked zip file). I"m running on the latest version of Launchbox and v1.0 of Colorful - LIght (both dark and light exhibit the same behaviour. Finally (and potentially most important) - i'm running my launchbox set up from a NAS. Though strange that everything else works in the theme except the changing of the background colour. Thanks, this is my favourite theme.

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The paltform depending colors are integrated into my theme by a @eatkinola plugin. It doesn't seem to work here.
Please check:

  1. Right clic on :  "LaunchBox\Themes\Colorful - Light\Plugins\ Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a.dll"  and clic Propriety. Is there an "unblock" check mark? If so, unlock it.
  2. Are you using Grilla's "Tracker" plugin?   If so, try to stop it.
  3. If nothing works, it's probably a problem with network usage. But no idea why or how!
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21 hours ago, viking said:

The paltform depending colors are integrated into my theme by a @eatkinola plugin. It doesn't seem to work here.
Please check:

  1. Right clic on :  "LaunchBox\Themes\Colorful - Light\Plugins\ Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_9_7a.dll"  and clic Propriety. Is there an "unblock" check mark? If so, unlock it.
  2. Are you using Grilla's "Tracker" plugin?   If so, try to stop it.
  3. If nothing works, it's probably a problem with network usage. But no idea why or how!

Thanks for the reply!
1. Yeah I had definitely checked that, also checked again, does not say blocked or anything. 
2. Interesting, I actually AM using that plugin - so this got me excited. I deleted it completely, restarted/refreshed caches a few times, but still didn't work *sad face*.
3. RE the plug in. I had similar issues with the Bannerbox theme. It ended up being an issue with the way the plugin was forming path names when assembling them internally.  Could it be  similar thing here @eatkinola?

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Hello guys, this theme is amazing.

For every game detail, is it possible to use a screenshot instead of a video as a background?

(video are so heavy and I can't find as many as screenshots...)

Thanks!

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How would I go about changing the colors for custom playlists/platforms?

I created playlists which display as platforms for arcade based on major publishers, named for example Konami Arcade, Capcom Arcade, Midway  Arcade, etc..

The problem is they all have grey on the left where its supposed to match the video, and green for the highlight color.

 

EDIT:

Also I notice a crt scanline overlay in the theme resources but I don't see it used anywhere. Is there a way to enable this for the gameplay videos?

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