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Community Theme Creator for BigBox 1.0.3.7

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The Community Theme Creator for BigBox is still in development and should be treated as an Alpha build, however it has enough features in place that would allow you to start building your own Themes.

(Please see Pyramids by @Rincewind)

 

As I have no documentation at this point, please visit my YouTube Channel as I demonstrate some of the various features.

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCALHDoR8oQifl6sbIrdrW6w

 

Installation

1. Download .zip file

2. Unblock (right click on the .zip file, select properties and click on Unblock)

3. Unzip where ever you like

4. Go to the unzipped folder and go to folder ".Install these fonts first to allow the demo theme to load correctly in the editor"

5. Install the 2 fonts (these are only needed for the included Theme)

6. Click on the "COMMUNITY Theme Creator for BigBox.exe"

7. Fill out the setup properties (userid / name and location of the BigBox.exe )

 

8. Enjoy!

 

FYI.  If you wish to design a Theme in either 4:3 or 16:9 or any other aspect ratio then simply change your windows desktop settings to the desired resolution and open the editor.

 


What's New in Version 1.0.3.7   See changelog

Released

'11/03/19 - Current (1.0.3.6)
'============================
Created   New Video Control that plays the video in a loop
Limited   The functionality (what you can or cannot do) while Theme is publishing   
Added     Launchbox, Discord and Patreon contact information to application settings
Added     Angle, SkewX and SkewY properties to User Source (Rincewind)
Added     New UI Element "Game Marquee" (Rincewind)
Fixed     Allowed property values for SkewX and SkewY
Changed   Background (Video) to use new Video Control with Audio muted (for use in both Editor and BigBox)
Changed   Visual style for everything
Fixed     Color Dialog Selection, view now refreshed when color has changed.
Fixed     Fallback filename property, was being displayed when it shouldnt.
Added     Notes UI Element (Emulga/G22/FreemanQC)
Added     User Defined Video (Emulga/G22/FreemanQC)
Changed   FileName property to list only the applicable file types for the selected UI ELement,  .gif, .png, .mp4
Changed   User Source/Style Source Properties, easier to add new and delete existing source.
Changed   Video UI Elements to control Aspect ratio via radio buttons instead of dropdown
Fixed     Vertical and Horizontal Alignment Properties, no longer displayed when Element is set to full screen
Fixed     UI Element "Media" - was hardcoded to Stretch="Uniform" (cemfundog)

 

 

'12/25/19 - 12/27/19(1.0.3.7)
'======================

Fixed Context Menu Icons to be a fixed size 16x16 for windows 7 users (gvl)

Fixed blank main window issue due to only 1 platform defined to launchbox (Gaelion)

 

 

 

 

** UNBLOCK the ZIP file before you UNZIP **  (right click on the downloaded zip and selection properties, then click on unblock)

If you have a Theme or Themes you are currently working on, simply drag the content of the Theme Preferences folder from your current build into this new build.

You can also drag the settings.txt from your current build into the COMMUNITY Theme Creator for BigBox folder so you dont have to go through the setup

COMMUNITY Theme Creator for BigBox 1.0.3.7.zip

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Yes! Yes! Yes we can !!! :) Thx for you work !

I waited with great impatience

@y2guruEdit : However, I have a little problem at startup,(a Application exception) it tells me that the format of the input string is incorrect. I filled all the boxes, erased some, changed big box (so hard disk). I do not see too much where it can come. I restarted by erasing the settings but at each problem the theme appears back white, but the window (the log I guess) prevents me from doing anything; thank you in advance for the answer!

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On 9/30/2019 at 9:28 PM, PaDeMoNiuM said:

Yes! Yes! Yes we can !!! :) Thx for you work !

I waited with great impatience

@y2guruEdit : However, I have a little problem at startup,(a Application exception) it tells me that the format of the input string is incorrect. I filled all the boxes, erased some, changed big box (so hard disk). I do not see too much where it can come. I restarted by erasing the settings but at each problem the theme appears back white, but the window (the log I guess) prevents me from doing anything; thank you in advance for the answer!

This issue has been resolved and the update has been uploaded here.

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When in portrait mode the UI elements box is too skinny to click the add button.  Is there anyway to fix that like dragging the box or somewhere in the code to make it wider.

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14 hours ago, Mindlesscargo said:

When in portrait mode the UI elements box is too skinny to click the add button.  Is there anyway to fix that like dragging the box or somewhere in the code to make it wider.

Can you please share a screenshot with me, you can message me directly

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After I input all the requested informations I get a grey screen. Then windows offers me to close the program because it's not responding.

Things to know that may be the issue:

  • I've installed the fonts
  • I'm using 3 screens setup
  • One screen is ultrawide
  • I only have the Arcade system with some playlists

Thanks for helping me out 🙂

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5 hours ago, G22 said:

After I input all the requested informations I get a grey screen. Then windows offers me to close the program because it's not responding.

Things to know that may be the issue:

  • I've installed the fonts
  • I'm using 3 screens setup
  • One screen is ultrawide
  • I only have the Arcade system with some playlists

Thanks for helping me out 🙂

I'm glad you got it up and running and thanks for letting me see some of your work on the ultrawide monitor

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Love the app so far, but when I try to publish a theme I get the following error. I'm on the newest build 1.0.2.

   at COMMUNITY_Theme_Creator_for_BigBox.MODproperties.LoadUIElements(String sPrefData)
   at COMMUNITY_Theme_Creator_for_BigBox.Publish.CopyFontsToThemeFolder()
   at COMMUNITY_Theme_Creator_for_BigBox.Publish.MyTimer_Tick(Object sender, EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherTimer.FireTick(Object unused)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.InternalRealCall(Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.TryCatchWhen(Object source, Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs, Delegate catchHandler)
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherOperation.InvokeImpl()
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherOperation.InvokeInSecurityContext(Object state)
   at MS.Internal.CulturePreservingExecutionContext.CallbackWrapper(Object obj)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.RunInternal(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
   at MS.Internal.CulturePreservingExecutionContext.Run(CulturePreservingExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherOperation.Invoke()
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.ProcessQueue()
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.WndProcHook(IntPtr hwnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam, Boolean& handled)
   at MS.Win32.HwndWrapper.WndProc(IntPtr hwnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam, Boolean& handled)
   at MS.Win32.HwndSubclass.DispatcherCallbackOperation(Object o)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.InternalRealCall(Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.TryCatchWhen(Object source, Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs, Delegate catchHandler)
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.LegacyInvokeImpl(DispatcherPriority priority, TimeSpan timeout, Delegate method, Object args, Int32 numArgs)
   at MS.Win32.HwndSubclass.SubclassWndProc(IntPtr hwnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam)
   at MS.Win32.UnsafeNativeMethods.DispatchMessage(MSG& msg)
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.PushFrameImpl(DispatcherFrame frame)
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.PushFrame(DispatcherFrame frame)
   at System.Windows.Window.ShowHelper(Object booleanBox)
   at System.Windows.Window.Show()
   at System.Windows.Window.ShowDialog()
   at COMMUNITY_Theme_Creator_for_BigBox.MainWindow.CMmainmenu_Publish_Theme_Click(Object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.RoutedEventHandlerInfo.InvokeHandler(Object target, RoutedEventArgs routedEventArgs)
   at System.Windows.EventRoute.InvokeHandlersImpl(Object source, RoutedEventArgs args, Boolean reRaised)
   at System.Windows.UIElement.RaiseEventImpl(DependencyObject sender, RoutedEventArgs args)
   at System.Windows.UIElement.RaiseEvent(RoutedEventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Controls.MenuItem.InvokeClickAfterRender(Object arg)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.InternalRealCall(Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.TryCatchWhen(Object source, Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs, Delegate catchHandler)
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherOperation.InvokeImpl()
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherOperation.InvokeInSecurityContext(Object state)
   at MS.Internal.CulturePreservingExecutionContext.CallbackWrapper(Object obj)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.RunInternal(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
   at MS.Internal.CulturePreservingExecutionContext.Run(CulturePreservingExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherOperation.Invoke()
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.ProcessQueue()
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.WndProcHook(IntPtr hwnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam, Boolean& handled)
   at MS.Win32.HwndWrapper.WndProc(IntPtr hwnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam, Boolean& handled)
   at MS.Win32.HwndSubclass.DispatcherCallbackOperation(Object o)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.InternalRealCall(Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.TryCatchWhen(Object source, Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs, Delegate catchHandler)
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.LegacyInvokeImpl(DispatcherPriority priority, TimeSpan timeout, Delegate method, Object args, Int32 numArgs)
   at MS.Win32.HwndSubclass.SubclassWndProc(IntPtr hwnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam)
   at MS.Win32.UnsafeNativeMethods.DispatchMessage(MSG& msg)
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.PushFrameImpl(DispatcherFrame frame)
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.PushFrame(DispatcherFrame frame)
   at System.Windows.Application.RunDispatcher(Object ignore)
   at System.Windows.Application.RunInternal(Window window)
   at System.Windows.Application.Run(Window window)
   at COMMUNITY_Theme_Creator_for_BigBox.Application.Main()
Index was outside the bounds of the array.

 

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45 minutes ago, scooter1974 said:

Love the app so far, but when I try to publish a theme I get the following error. I'm on the newest build 1.0.2.


   at COMMUNITY_Theme_Creator_for_BigBox.MODproperties.LoadUIElements(String sPrefData)
   at COMMUNITY_Theme_Creator_for_BigBox.Publish.CopyFontsToThemeFolder()
   at COMMUNITY_Theme_Creator_for_BigBox.Publish.MyTimer_Tick(Object sender, EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherTimer.FireTick(Object unused)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.InternalRealCall(Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.TryCatchWhen(Object source, Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs, Delegate catchHandler)
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherOperation.InvokeImpl()
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherOperation.InvokeInSecurityContext(Object state)
   at MS.Internal.CulturePreservingExecutionContext.CallbackWrapper(Object obj)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.RunInternal(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
   at MS.Internal.CulturePreservingExecutionContext.Run(CulturePreservingExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherOperation.Invoke()
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.ProcessQueue()
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.WndProcHook(IntPtr hwnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam, Boolean& handled)
   at MS.Win32.HwndWrapper.WndProc(IntPtr hwnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam, Boolean& handled)
   at MS.Win32.HwndSubclass.DispatcherCallbackOperation(Object o)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.InternalRealCall(Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.TryCatchWhen(Object source, Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs, Delegate catchHandler)
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.LegacyInvokeImpl(DispatcherPriority priority, TimeSpan timeout, Delegate method, Object args, Int32 numArgs)
   at MS.Win32.HwndSubclass.SubclassWndProc(IntPtr hwnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam)
   at MS.Win32.UnsafeNativeMethods.DispatchMessage(MSG& msg)
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.PushFrameImpl(DispatcherFrame frame)
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.PushFrame(DispatcherFrame frame)
   at System.Windows.Window.ShowHelper(Object booleanBox)
   at System.Windows.Window.Show()
   at System.Windows.Window.ShowDialog()
   at COMMUNITY_Theme_Creator_for_BigBox.MainWindow.CMmainmenu_Publish_Theme_Click(Object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.RoutedEventHandlerInfo.InvokeHandler(Object target, RoutedEventArgs routedEventArgs)
   at System.Windows.EventRoute.InvokeHandlersImpl(Object source, RoutedEventArgs args, Boolean reRaised)
   at System.Windows.UIElement.RaiseEventImpl(DependencyObject sender, RoutedEventArgs args)
   at System.Windows.UIElement.RaiseEvent(RoutedEventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Controls.MenuItem.InvokeClickAfterRender(Object arg)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.InternalRealCall(Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.TryCatchWhen(Object source, Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs, Delegate catchHandler)
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherOperation.InvokeImpl()
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherOperation.InvokeInSecurityContext(Object state)
   at MS.Internal.CulturePreservingExecutionContext.CallbackWrapper(Object obj)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.RunInternal(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
   at MS.Internal.CulturePreservingExecutionContext.Run(CulturePreservingExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
   at System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherOperation.Invoke()
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.ProcessQueue()
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.WndProcHook(IntPtr hwnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam, Boolean& handled)
   at MS.Win32.HwndWrapper.WndProc(IntPtr hwnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam, Boolean& handled)
   at MS.Win32.HwndSubclass.DispatcherCallbackOperation(Object o)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.InternalRealCall(Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs)
   at System.Windows.Threading.ExceptionWrapper.TryCatchWhen(Object source, Delegate callback, Object args, Int32 numArgs, Delegate catchHandler)
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.LegacyInvokeImpl(DispatcherPriority priority, TimeSpan timeout, Delegate method, Object args, Int32 numArgs)
   at MS.Win32.HwndSubclass.SubclassWndProc(IntPtr hwnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam)
   at MS.Win32.UnsafeNativeMethods.DispatchMessage(MSG& msg)
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.PushFrameImpl(DispatcherFrame frame)
   at System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.PushFrame(DispatcherFrame frame)
   at System.Windows.Application.RunDispatcher(Object ignore)
   at System.Windows.Application.RunInternal(Window window)
   at System.Windows.Application.Run(Window window)
   at COMMUNITY_Theme_Creator_for_BigBox.Application.Main()
Index was outside the bounds of the array.

 

Thanks Scooter,  can you do me a favor.. can you please zip up the theme that's causing this publishing error so I can run it on my machine in debug

The theme is located within COMMUNITY Theme Creator for BigBox\Theme Preferences

 

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8 minutes ago, y2guru said:

Thanks Scooter,  can you do me a favor.. can you please zip up the theme that's causing this publishing error so I can run it on my machine in debug

The theme is located within COMMUNITY Theme Creator for BigBox\Theme Preferences

 

@y2guru Here you go, it's very much just me playing around so far, but hoping to make a full fledged theme out of it.

Playing around Theme.rar

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I am a little confused on what you sent, its looks like a consolidation of the Theme Design and the Published Theme as it contains files from both, the design folder content should look like this..

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I thought it looked a little different than the neon theme. Let me delete what I have and see what happens when I re-create it. I haven't added anything to the root folder, but it may just be me, doing something I shouldn't be.

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Just now, y2guru said:

Delete these files from the folder and it will publish no problem 🙂

 

image.thumb.png.f3bd02c52ee249a87f1b680924d43285.png

Will do! Appreciate your time and please excuse my noobiness :P

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22 hours ago, Retrofrogg said:

How can I tell which version of the app I have installed? I checked the settings but don't see it there. 

I’m currently working on 1.0.3 and from that version onward you will be able see the current version 

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Stellar work!

I'm having difficulties with nested platform categories, but that may not be a problem with your application in particular, but rather how theming works in BigBox? If I choose a platform category, I get the hourglass cursor, and it just loads infinitely.
An example is:
Genres (Platform Category)
-- Action (Platform Category)
---- Beat'em Up (Playlist)

Screen capture provided :)

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I’m assuming the infinite loading occurs in the editor, if so, yes ... I have basic filtering  logic in place, nested and playlist selections will result in a code loop,  it’s a known thing and on my to do list to fix

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Oh, okay! Yes, it happens in the editor. There are no themes that supports this kind of nesting as far as I know, which is why I was hoping that this editor could be an easy fix for mye particular use case. Anyway, thank you for creating such an easy-to-use program!

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Overview of changes made in the past 6 weeks plus changes in the upcoming build 1.0.3.

The video also covers a new feature added in the past week that should assist new Theme creators.

 

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Presets / Assists are a great addition, and the sneak peek to the Animation Editor element is even more fantastic. Can't wait for the that to be a usable feature... Great work as usual and thanks again for putting this together.

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