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MinimalX started as a variant of Grila's MinimalHD. It was first released in 2016 as Minimal-AO, and after incorporating a slew of plugins I rebranded it as of version 5.0 MinimalX. Due to its reliance on certain plugin features, MinimalX requires LB version 9.10+. I wanted to emphasize a simple setup and design elements that gracefully degrade if you are missing metadata for some games, etc. Its views have a consistent layout which I think makes navigation very easy. I settled on displaying all videos at 4:3 because I think that's better than displaying all at 16:9, and I think they look nice that way. MinimalX is skinnable; for instructions how to customize MinimalX and turn some features off/on (for example if you want to see metadata in the sidebar as in the final two screenshots), read the PDF document bundled with the download. Some of the features:

  • System Info: Just because I wanted to figure out how to display that stuff.
  • Metadata Banners: Such as category, platform, genre, play mode, star rating etc.
  • Icon-augmented Text List: For quickly navigating based on a platform or game metadata.
  • Dynamic List Header: Helps you keep track of where you are when navigating through BigBox.
  • AO Video Engine: It will by default play the current category, platform, or game video. If a platform (or playlist or filter) video is not found, it will loop through a random selection of that platform's games with crossfading action. If no platform or game videos are found, it will fall back to looping through a set of pertinent images. For game views, if a game video is not found, it will play a slideshow of the game's title screen, options, gameplay, etc, while the game music (if available) plays. The video engine supports VLC and WMP as configured in BigBox, though it works better with WMP in my opinion, and for this reason it forces WMP by default; this is configurable -- see the PDF manual bundled with this download.

NOTE: Unblocking the ZIP file will also unblock the DLL (e.g., Ao.Bigbox.Themer.dll) contained therein, giving your computer permission to run this DLL. This is an issue with all plugins you might download from this forum. It's a Windows security feature. You basically have to vouch for a file before Windows will use it. I liken it to how a MS office document you download from an email runs in Protected Mode until you unblock it for printing, editing, etc. Below is the error you'll see if you don't unblock the file, as well as a screenshot of the solution.

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And here is a shameless plug for my other themes:

  • Refaktor - clean text-based view to suit 16:9 or 4:3 displays
  • Nostalgia - displays videos within viking's clean platform images
  • FluxCRT - displays videos within a mock CRT including curvature effect
  • Epoch09 - post-apocalyptic flavored theme (still a work in progress)

 

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42 minutes ago, Jason Carr said:

Hi @eatkinola; this is looking amazing. Gonna feature it in the email this week. :)

Thanks that means a lot. I'm updating it in a day or so with some new features.

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Awesome! Email is out. Honestly, this theme is one of my personal top 3 favorites now, so I really appreciate the work you're doing here. :)

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2 hours ago, ALIE said:

Is the latest version here or the other post?  ☺️

You can get to it here or the other Minimal-AO post, they both point to the download page.

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Just an idea, a background by system is possible ? A background Nes, Genesis ect...

Thanks

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Hi I Have a problem whit this plugin because crash big box
my version is 8.3 and theme nostalgia and minimalx not work the last version
Why This is error?

you have a solution for this problem?
my system is windows 7 64 bit

But The version Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_3 work but the icon system region is not present for icon metadata

Thanks for you patience and sorry for my english!

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1 hour ago, Vitamina1984 said:

Hi I Have a problem whit this plugin because crash big box
my version is 8.3 and theme nostalgia and minimalx not work the last version
Why This is error?

you have a solution for this problem?
my system is windows 7 64 bit

But The version Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_3 work but the icon system region is not present for icon metadata

Thanks for the bug report. Can you please try my Refaktor theme? It uses a newer version of the plugin, so that might help narrow down the problem. Please let me know if it works.

 

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Thank you for you answer but now i test the theme reaktor with new plugin and not work!

screenshot error and big box closed

Why this problem?

plugin Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_3 but another version v3_4 and v3_5 and v3_6 crash big box i don't know this is  strange!

 

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Ok now i resolve the problem for the problem crash big box and for the problem 1815827738_gamedetails.thumb.png.fb880ae341666e1be5c4760922c7030c.pngmetadata icon!

the last problem and the double writing for mark completed game is a plugin ToggleCompleted.dll but I have not the faintest idea how to remove it

any solution? @eatkinola

 

Thanks!

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36 minutes ago, Vitamina1984 said:

Ok now i resolve the problem for the problem crash big box and for the problem

Great! What did you do to resolve it?

37 minutes ago, Vitamina1984 said:

the last problem and the double writing for mark completed game is a plugin ToggleCompleted.dll but I have not the faintest idea how to remove it

That's not a plugin I wrote, but look for ToggleCompleted in LaunchBox\Plugins, as well as in any LaunchBox\[themename]\Plugins directories. I'm not sure how that plugin works, but perhaps if you have more than one copy of it it'll create two copies of that menu item?

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for resolve the problem i played with old file systemview.xml and the new systemview.xml

but the problem is the lesft menu! doh!

THE PROBLEM IS THIS STRING: <aoc:AutoscrollListBox Name="MenuItems" Style="{DynamicResource AOLbMain}" /> AND I REPLACE THE OLD STRING IN THE NEW STRING AND WORK!

but is very difficoult search this problem because a lot of file.xml!

see the different!

OLD FILE XML

            <!-- LEFT SIDEBAR: SYSMENU TITLE/LIST + TIME -->
            <Grid Grid.Column="1" Grid.Row="1" Panel.ZIndex="20">
                <Grid.RowDefinitions>
                    <RowDefinition Height="300*" />
                    <RowDefinition Height="60*"  />
                    <RowDefinition Height="1560*"/>
                    <RowDefinition Height="30*"  />
                    <RowDefinition Height="80*"  />
                    <RowDefinition Height="10*"  />
                </Grid.RowDefinitions>
                <Grid Grid.Row="0" Style="{StaticResource AOGridCachedCompo}">
                    <aop:BasicSelectorHeader Style="{StaticResource AOSelectorHeader_SYST}" />
                </Grid>
                <Grid Grid.Row="2">
                    <ListBox Name="MenuItems" Style="{DynamicResource ListBoxStyle}" />
                </Grid>
                <Grid Grid.Row="4" Style="{StaticResource AOGridCachedCompo}">
                    <Viewbox>
                        <aoc:DigitalClock Style="{StaticResource AOTbClock}" />
                    </Viewbox>
                </Grid>
            </Grid>

 

NEW FILE XML

            <!-- LEFT SIDEBAR: SYSMENU TITLE/LIST + TIME -->
            <Grid Grid.Column="1" Grid.Row="1" Panel.ZIndex="20">
                <Grid.RowDefinitions>
                    <RowDefinition Height="300*" />
                    <RowDefinition Height="60*"  />
                    <RowDefinition Height="1560*"/>
                    <RowDefinition Height="30*"  />
                    <RowDefinition Height="80*"  />
                    <RowDefinition Height="10*"  />
                </Grid.RowDefinitions>
                <Grid Grid.Row="0" Style="{StaticResource AOGridCachedCompo}">
                    <aop:BasicSelectorHeader Style="{StaticResource AOSelectorHeader_SYST}" />
                </Grid>
                <Grid Grid.Row="2">
                    <aoc:AutoscrollListBox Name="MenuItems" Style="{DynamicResource AOLbMain}" />
                </Grid>
                <Grid Grid.Row="4" Style="{StaticResource AOGridCachedCompo}">
                    <Viewbox>
                        <aoc:DigitalClock Style="{StaticResource AOTbClock}" />
                    </Viewbox>
                </Grid>
            </Grid>

 

for the plugin replace i work tomorrow and i find the problem! 😉

 

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1 minute ago, Vitamina1984 said:

THE PROBLEM IS THIS STRING: <aoc:AutoscrollListBox Name="MenuItems" Style="{DynamicResource AOLbMain}" /> AND I REPLACE THE OLD STRING IN THE NEW STRING AND WORK!

Gotcha. Yep, it's a problem with the AutoscrollListBox control. I'll work on a fix for this control, thanks again for pointing that out and I'm glad you found a workaround.

3 minutes ago, Vitamina1984 said:

for the plugin replace i work tomorrow and i find the problem! 😉

I'm sure you'll find a fix for that too. Great problem solving. Take it easy.

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HI @eatkinola one question..

in the Ao.Bigbox.Themer.v3_4.dll.config

<!-- PLATFORMS -->
        <add key="Platform.AMIGA" value="Amiga" />
        <add key="Platform.AMIGA_CD32" value="Amiga_CD32" />
        <add key="Platform.AMSTRAD_CPC" value="Amstrad_CPC" />
        <add key="Platform.AMSTRAD_GX4000" value="Amstrad_GX4000" />
        <add key="Platform.APPLE_II" value="Apple_II" />
        <add key="Platform.APPLE_II_GS" value="Apple_II_GS,Apple_IIGS" />
        <add key="Platform.APPLE_MACINTOSH" value="Apple_Macintosh" />
        <add key="Platform.ARCADE" value="Arcade,Arcade_Classics" />

 

is possibile add platform sega ringwide? example:

<!-- PLATFORMS -->
        <add key="Platform.SEGA_RINGWIDE" value="Sega_Ringwide" />

because i add this string but in big box don't show icon for this platform

or you have any solution for add icon for this platform

 

thanks you! and sorry for disturb!
 

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4 hours ago, Vitamina1984 said:

is possibile add platform sega ringwide? example:

<!-- PLATFORMS -->
        <add key="Platform.SEGA_RINGWIDE" value="Sega_Ringwide" />

because i add this string but in big box don't show icon for this platform

There is currently no platform icon for SEGA_RINGWIDE, though I could probably add it. Another solution is to allow you to add your own icons, e.g., place them in a certain folder an have the plugin read from that folder. It'd also allow you to override any icons bundled with the plugin. I'll put that on my short list of things to add to the plugin. Thanks for the feedback!

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