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This theme was designed to add as little overhead as possible, while giving a clean and simplistic view of the content. To do this I decided on not adding any images at all, and instead used XAML to build all the elements. When zipped, the entire theme comes out around 300KB. RetroFresh works with your own media and uses them as its centerpiece. Hope you guys enjoy.

 

Change Log

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RetroFresh 1.4

  • Added a Wheel Fade to both Platform View 1 and 2 (requested by @Porl Hendy)
  • Added Play Mode details to Game Wheel View 1, 2, and Game List views (requested by @denmiclaw)
  • Changed the way the Platform Logo appears in all Game Views, allowing it to appear in all custom searches/playlists
  • Horizontal Game Wheel View: Keyboard now works correctly in alphabatized navigation menu (requested by @Phoenix415)
  • You should now be able to see black game logos on dark backgrounds (requested by @GreenGriffon)
  • Optimized all game views: Content won't appear until the game is active

RetroFresh 1.3

  • New Vertical Wheel Platform View added, matching the look of the the horizontal wheel of platform view 1

RetroFresh 1.2

Big News: I was adding too many game views that they wouldn't all fit into one theme. Therefore, I decided that there will now be 2 different variants of RetroFresh to accommodate all the game views. When you click on the Download link, it will now display the 2 themes, and you can pick and choose which one you want to use.

RetroFresh: This is the main RetroFresh theme.
RetroFresh Detailed: This is the RetroFresh variant theme that includes more details on all of the views.

Both themes will be updated with the newest changes going forward, so just pick the one you like the best and have fun.

  • Created an alternate version of RetroFresh (called RetroFresh Detailed), which adds game descriptions to each game view
  • New Platform theme added - It is a vertical platform wheel view with a large video and platform description (this view utilizes your platform fanart) 
  • The selected game on the game wheels now glows
  • The Game Wheels are now Unified: The Horizontal Game Wheel now has the same look as the Vertical Game Wheel
  • Experimental: Added a 4th game view to the main RetroFresh theme designed to be used with 4:3 Game Theme videos, this may be tweaked/altered in future versions

RetroFresh 1.1

  • Added new game view - Horizontal Game Wheel with Details
  • Changed menu & game list font to Segoe UI Light
  • Fixed pixel gap issue on the Platforms View

 

 

 

Installation Instructions

  1. Extract 'RetroFresh 1.4.zip' or 'RetroFresh Detailed 1.4.zip' into the LaunchBox/Themes folder.
  2. Go into the RetroFresh/Fonts folder and install the 'SF Atarian System.ttf' font
  3. Open Big Box, go to Options/Views, select the RetroFresh theme.

 

Video Demonstration

 

The views I made are as follows:

RetroFresh

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Platform Wheel View 1
This platform view was designed to get out of the way of the full screen platform videos made by all the wonderful people contributing to LaunchBox. The platform videos are the focus here, as the wheel's transparent background let's the video shine through.

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*NEW in v1.3* - Platform Wheel View 2
This is a vertical version of Platform Wheel View 1. It was designed to get out of the way of the full screen platform videos made by all the wonderful people contributing to LaunchBox. The platform videos are the focus here, as the wheel's transparent background let's the video shine through.

RetroFresh.PlatformList3.Example1.jpgRetroFresh.PlatformList3.Example2.jpg

Platform Wheel View 3
This view's focus is on the platform theme videos, along with displaying their descriptions. It's all tied together with background platform images.

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Game Wheel View 1
This game view let's the box art and game video take center stage, while the blurred background image allows for the transparent UI elements to take on its color property.

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Game Wheel View 2
This game view is the same as the first, except the wheel is on the right.

RetroFresh.GameList.WheelRight1.2.jpg

Game Wheel View 3
This view keeps the same focus as with the Vertical views, while also providing space for more game details.

RetroFresh.GameList.HorizontalWheel1.jpg

*NEW in v1.2* - Game Wheel View 4 - Experimental
This experimental view is designed specifically for game theme videos. It's a bare bones view with the main focus on the game video.

RetroFresh.Sleek.GameList4.GamThemes4.jpg

Game List View
This game view substitutes the wheel for a text list. This view will help on lower end systems, while the essence of theme remains intact.RetroFresh.GameList.TextList-update.jpg

 

RetroFresh Detailed

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Platform Wheel View 1
This platform view was designed to get out of the way of the full screen platform videos made by all the wonderful people contributing to LaunchBox. The platform videos are the focus here, as the wheel's transparent background let's the video shine through.

RetroFresh.PlatformList.Example1.jpgRetroFresh.PlatformList.Example2.jpg

*NEW in v1.3* - Platform Wheel View 2
This is a vertical version of Platform Wheel View 1. It was designed to get out of the way of the full screen platform videos made by all the wonderful people contributing to LaunchBox. The platform videos are the focus here, as the wheel's transparent background let's the video shine through.

RetroFresh.PlatformList3.Example1.jpg

Platform Wheel View 3
This view's focus is on the platform theme videos, along with displaying their descriptions. It's all tied together with background platform images.

RetroFresh.PlatformList2.Example1.jpgRetroFresh.PlatformList2.Example3.jpgGame Wheel View 1
This game view let's the box art, game video, and game information take center stage, while the blurred background image allows for the transparent UI elements to take on its color property.

RetroFresh.Detailed.GameList.WheelLeft.jpg

Game Wheel View 2
This game view is the same as the first, except the wheel is on the right.

RetroFresh.Detailed.GameList.WheelRight.jpg

Game Wheel View 3
This view keeps the same focus as with the Vertical views, while also providing space for more game details.

RetroFresh.GameList.HorizontalWheel1.jpg

Game List View
This game view substitutes the wheel for a text list. This view will help on lower end systems, while the essence of theme remains intact.

RetroFresh.Detailed.GameList.TextList1.jpg

 

RetroFresh - Glass

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This Theme is the same as RetroFresh, but it has a frosted glass translucent background instead of a blur effect.

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RetroFresh - Glass Detailed

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This Theme is the same as RetroFresh Detailed, but it has a frosted glass translucent background instead of a blur effect.

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If anyone finds any issues, please let me know.

 


What's New in Version 1.5.1   See changelog

Released

Updates on April 27, 2020

  • Updated RetroFresh COMMUNITY Theme Creator Edition to version 1.1 - Made a minor change in Games Wheel 4 view, adjusting the height/width of certain elements.
  • Included the RetroFresh - COMMUNITY Project Files - This can be used to load into the COMMUNITY Theme Creator so you can create your own version of RetroFresh.
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  • Thanks 6
  • Unusual Gem 2

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I love the theme, thanks! 

I was wondering the platform video's used in the demo look so cool! (nes and genesis in particular). Can someone tell me where to find those gems because I can't seem to find them?

 

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12 hours ago, jeemig said:

I love the theme, thanks! 

I was wondering the platform video's used in the demo look so cool! (nes and genesis in particular). Can someone tell me where to find those gems because I can't seem to find them?

 

Those are James Baker's platform videos, they are available to download from within Launchbox if you have the premium version. Just go to tools/download platform/playlist videos, they are the ones called Big Box Cinematix.

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I love the new frosted glass look. I do have a weird issue where instead of box art showing on the games view, it shows the clear logo in it's place. This only happens sometimes, and I can't find any reason. Does anyone know what's going on and how to fix it? Two clear logos on the screen is not as cool looking as one clear logo on the games wheel and then the box art next to it.

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52 minutes ago, Holy2tack said:

I love the new frosted glass look. I do have a weird issue where instead of box art showing on the games view, it shows the clear logo in it's place. This only happens sometimes, and I can't find any reason. Does anyone know what's going on and how to fix it? Two clear logos on the screen is not as cool looking as one clear logo on the games wheel and then the box art next to it.

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Sounds like you need to set a different Image Type in LaunchBox for GameCube games. Make sure the image type is set to what you would like to see in BigBox.

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My only problem is some background fan art doesn't stretch to the full screen in platform view. Any idea how to make it stretch? Cheers. Awesome theme by the way.

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2 hours ago, sc0tt88 said:

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My only problem is some background fan art doesn't stretch to the full screen in platform view. Any idea how to make it stretch? Cheers. Awesome theme by the way.

Hey @sc0tt88. Thanks for the comment.

 tried to recreate the issue on my computer, but couldn't, so I'll try to figure something out and send you a PM shortly.

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Hi!!

I'm using text view on all my systems and have a little problem.

In some systems the clear logo of the system that appears on the left (at top of the games list) not appearing. Some systems works fine but not in others. I have my systems clear logos for all my systems.

Attached a screenshot to see what logo I'm talking about

Thanks.

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I love the way this theme looks in the video but i am unable to get any art on wheel 1 like in the video. Can you help? It is just a black screen with the platform logos. I have attached a picture of what i am seeing. I have also tried refreshing the images after selecting the theme.

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14 minutes ago, FoulSpud said:

I love the way this theme looks in the video but i am unable to get any art on wheel 1 like in the video. Can you help? It is just a black screen with the platform logos. I have attached a picture of what i am seeing. I have also tried refreshing the images after selecting the theme.

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Those should be Platform videos in the background, if you have premium go to tools/download platform/playlist videos.

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Hi @faeran I've two questions:

1 - Could be possible implement list box scroll center plugin to the theme?

2 - Many times I have slowdowns when exploring the list of games. When you are navigating through the list, sometimes stop browsing for a few seconds (even if you are pushing the joystick up or down) and then start up again. I do not know if this is a problem of Launchbox / BigBox or the theme itself, but the truth is that it is quite annoying to be browsing the list of games and not running smoothly. Do you think it could be solved in some way?

 

Thanks in advance and as always great job with this theme, for me is the best with difference.

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11 minutes ago, Daliant said:

Hi @faeran I've two questions:

1 - Could be possible implement list box scroll center plugin to the theme?

2 - Many times I have slowdowns when exploring the list of games. When you are navigating through the list, sometimes stop browsing for a few seconds (even if you are pushing the joystick up or down) and then start up again. I do not know if this is a problem of Launchbox / BigBox or the theme itself, but the truth is that it is quite annoying to be browsing the list of games and not running smoothly. Do you think it could be solved in some way?

 

Thanks in advance and as always great job with this theme, for me is the best with difference.

Hi @Daliant. For performance, I would switch to the default theme and do a bunch of testing, see if it has the same problem.

This is one of the themes I'll be updating and adding to the new themes manager. I'll probably include the listbox scroll center plugin when I do.

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Hi @faeran.

Tryied Critical Zone V2 theme and it works perfect on my system. Now the game list is very smooth and there are no slowdowns.

Could be a problem with some new features (cache related) in BigBox not implemented yet on your theme?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Will this platform ever get an update?  It's great, and would be awesome to see it improved further with the newest version of BigBox.

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On 8/6/2019 at 1:38 PM, KCJ101 said:

Will this platform ever get an update?  It's great, and would be awesome to see it improved further with the newest version of BigBox.

There was a time when I was working on freshening up this theme, but didn't see much interest in it. I may revisit it at a later date.

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2 hours ago, faeran said:

There was a time when I was working on freshening up this theme, but didn't see much interest in it. I may revisit it at a later date.

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In my opinion, it's one of the cleanest themes on BigBox.  I love the focus on the box art.  Here's hoping you decide to update it, I'm sure you could make it even better! 

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7 hours ago, faeran said:

There was a time when I was working on freshening up this theme, but didn't see much interest in it. I may revisit it at a later date.

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In my opinion, this theme is clean, simple and great just as it is. I think it just needs to be polished up a little with some new fonts and maybe a few extras

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Hi @faeran, as I say before this is my favourite theme and is the one I use on my system.

Any possibilitie to add the list scroll center function and a clock to see the time?

I think with this 2 additions this could be the best theme ever created. Simple, clean and beautiful. Only need some little "functionality" to be the very, very BEST.

Thanks in advance.

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8 hours ago, ea4492 said:

You should try and remake this with the theme editor, this is a really nice theme.

Updates on April 27, 2020

  • Updated RetroFresh COMMUNITY Theme Creator Edition to version 1.1 - Made a minor change in Games Wheel 4 view, adjusting the height/width of certain elements.
  • Included the RetroFresh - COMMUNITY Project Files - This can be used to load into the COMMUNITY Theme Creator so you can create your own version of RetroFresh.

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When i use Game Wheel View 3, i am not getting all of the details of the game.  Specifically play mode so i can see if it is a two player game. I've tried a few versions of this to be sure and also completely reset big box including the config file.  Otherwise this is such a fantastic theme and i really love it!!  I also have the publisher listed twice, once above the game details and it is inside or behind the game title.

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