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Community Theme Creator for BigBox 1.0.7.9

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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 1.0.7.9   See changelog

Released

Initial 1.0.7.9 had a bug, now fixed @21:06 CST

5/19/20 (1.0.7.9)

  • Fixed     Animation performance issue whilst selecting platforms/games when using published themes in BigBox (@Retro808, @JasonCarr)
  • Added     Remember the setting for "Render using database id" (@Mr.Retrolust)
  • Fixed     Custom Image Renderer - Platform categories/playlists were not rendering
  • Fixed     Automated Playlist video now display
  • Fixed     Animations for Playlists with 0 games, they were not triggered 
  • Added     GameDetailsNavigationInProgress animation trigger (@Faeran, @JasonCarr)
  • Added     Added spacing around the text in text list views (spacing scales based on users resolution)  @thimolor
  • Fixed     Notifications, not always moving in from the right
  • Added     3 additional Text List Styles
  • Fixed     Editor - Genre, Play Mode and Region. Text Format Property was not being displayed (@Faeran)
  • Fixed     Theme naming, "-" now allowed
  • Added     Skew properties to all wheels (@Faeran)
  • Fixed     Custom Image Viewer/Editor. No longer scaled, size is kept intact enabling templates to be shared.
  • Added     Aspect Ratio to Edit Theme Dialog (@Faeran)

Now includes 2 themes and custom images for you to play around with

1.0.7.9 Overview

 

Installation

** 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

 

Transferring your existing work to the new version. Simply open both the new and old versions, open the old "My Theme Projects" folder and move the content to the new "My Theme Projects" folder

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Custom Images

I have included 1 Platform and 1 Game Custom Image template for you to experiment with.

The video below will go into the creation, rendering and how to use them with your theme in greater detail.

 

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8 minutes ago, MarianS3 said:

Disculpe que le haga otra pregunta, estoy teniendo un pequeño problema relacionado con la opción ''Release Date'', en algunos juegos aparece la fecha de lanzamiento sin embargo en otros juegos no se muestra (a pesar de que la fecha de lanzamiento del juego está puesta en los metadatos de launchbox), esto ocurre tanto en el programa community theme creator como también en bigbox.

¿me puede enviar el nombre del juego y la plataforma y lo miraré cuando llegue a casa?

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41 minutes ago, y2guru said:

¿me puede enviar el nombre del juego y la plataforma y lo miraré cuando llegue a casa?

En realidad son muchos juegos de varias plataformas los que no muestran correctamente el año de lanzamiento (a pesar de tenerlos en sus metadatos), y muchos otros juegos si muestran su año de lanzamiento de manera normal, realmente no sé porqué se muestran en algunos y en otros no.

Por poner un ejemplo fácil el ''10-Yard Fight'' de NES no muestra su año de lanzamiento (este es sólo uno de varios).

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hey guru is  there a short cut to adjust skew of a item, for example im trying to overlay a tv screen with a video but its slanted and at a angle

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No shortcut, you just plug the skew values in and rotate the object until it’s how you want it

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45 minutes ago, y2guru said:

No shortcut, you just plug the skew values in and rotate the object until it’s how you want it

im so confused past few hours im trying to pinch the left hand side of a image to fit this screen. i done it in photoshop but cannot do in editor

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basically i need to push left hand side further into screen so video displays at a angle, possible a feature request if this cannot be done.

 

Thanks guru

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7 minutes ago, horse said:

basically i need to push left hand side further into screen so video displays at a angle, possible a feature request if this cannot be done.

 

Thanks guru

if it can be done in XAML it can be done in the theme creator, but like I said, there is no pinch feature in XAML, so the creator does not have pinch

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horse

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16 minutes ago, y2guru said:

if it can be done in XAML it can be done in the theme creator, but like I said, there is no pinch feature in XAML, so the creator does not have pinch

any suggestions to combat my issue? basically any depth of field layering text video pictures, closer to you gets larger further gets smaller

 

 

also text scroll speed to kick in faster

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31 minutes ago, horse said:

any suggestions to combat my issue? basically any depth of field layering text video pictures, closer to you gets larger further gets smaller

 

 

also text scroll speed to kick in faster

If u can put something simple together in photoshop to better describe what you’re trying to achieve would help

 

vertical or horizontal scroller?

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vertical scroller too much of a delay before it kicks in, also check your pms

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yeah, tricky one that is. its almost you need the video on a 3d mat and place a camera where you need it in order to get the desired result

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I get this everytime I try to run the program after the settings.txt has been created. I am using 1.0.7.2

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6 hours ago, Alucard205 said:

I get this everytime I try to run the program after the settings.txt has been created. I am using 1.0.7.2

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it looks like theres more information in the crash window, next time it pops up, place your cursor inside the whitespace and press Ctrl A and select copy, then paste the text and send to me, also zip up the following files and send to me directly.

 

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The updates didn't fix the issue with my theme yet (not working in french and perhaps other languages) but I was able to take a screenshot of the error in case you can use it, or shall I send you my theme would that be handy in tackling this? 

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5 minutes ago, Mr. RetroLust said:

The updates didn't fix the issue with my theme yet (not working in french and perhaps other languages) but I was able to take a screenshot of the error in case you can use it, or shall I send you my theme would that be handy in tackling this? 

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Unfortunately your theme will work for me, however I am building a debug theme that will hopefully provide insight into this language issue, some French users are experiencing completely blank screens)

once I get this debug theme ready, I’ll send to you 

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27 minutes ago, Mr. RetroLust said:

The updates didn't fix the issue with my theme yet (not working in french and perhaps other languages) but I was able to take a screenshot of the error in case you can use it, or shall I send you my theme would that be handy in tackling this? 

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Actually, please send me the published xaml view for horizontalwheel2gamesview.xaml

you can it directly to me, thanks

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11 minutes ago, y2guru said:

Actually, please send me the published xaml view for horizontalwheel2gamesview.xaml

you can it directly to me, thanksthanks

Thanks man! Ill send it to you later today when im behind the pc again

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@y2guru Here's the complete published theme (just in case), indeed if you set your language to french in launchbox and then launch the theme in big box you'll get a black screen but you'll here a video playing, as soon as you click/press a button it'll launch a game view and you'll get the above error message.

Neon Deluxe Arcade Final.zip

 

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That’s awesome! I’ve never played around with the language settings via launchbox so that will be truly helpful, plus debugging with your theme.  Thanks for the info and sharing the theme, much appreciated

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horse

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hey guru, user defined video not playing any ideas?

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15 minutes ago, horse said:

hey guru, user defined video not playing any ideas?

Need more information than that as it plays for me,  can you take a screenshot of the properties for the user define ui element

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