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GPDWin is a lightweight theme for use on the portable GPDWin computer. Since the portable has limited storage, the theme only uses clear logos and game screenshots. Along with being lightweight, an customizer application is included that lets the end user change nearly all of the theme related colors (text colors, highlight colors, star rating colors, etc.) comfortably from a GUI without having to edit any code.

Even though the theme itself is pretty basic, I put a lot of love into the ability to customize it easily and visually. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it :)

 

A couple of notes:

  • The customizer app, GPDWinCustomizer.exe, is in the root theme folder and needs to be run from there, don't move it.
  • The whole theme was designed around 1280x720 because of its target platform, but it does look good at 1920x1080. Anything other than those weren't tested so I can say, but it does rely on 16:9 AR.
  • Display scaling above 100% was tested minimally, hopefully I caught everything but please let me know if you spot any weirdness above 100%
  • The controller images on the banners I made are from the OpenEmu GitHub. I won't be making any more...head there, grab the images, and get creative.
  • The star rating in this one is pure XAML, not images. This was done so the colors would be changeable by the end user. It's a new way of doing it (with a gradient, some math, and tons of code) but the end result is identical to image swapping.
  • On the Text List views, the opacity of the overlay is tied to the setting in the BigBox menu. Adjust it as needed for readability.
  • Scrolling text was not implemented to help with performance

And finally, some images:

The theme:

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This is indeed a very fine slim theme and I’ll definitely have to take a closer look at the customizer app as it sounds very interesting. You are always good for a nice surprise by bringing such innovations into Big Box theming.Thanks for being a part of this community :)

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Hey Grila, nice theme. By far, this is the most performant BigBox theme on the GPDWin- even beating out EmulationStation. My problem is that the customizer lacks a "white" color for the banner. If I want to put in my own custom color, where would I go to do that? Thanks in advance.

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I keep getting an error with the SlimDX.dll even after unlocking it. Could not load the file or assembly. Windows Defender is disabled so it should not be blocking it. I tested other themes that also use the SlimDX plugin and they have the same issue as well. 

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1 hour ago, keltoigael said:

@Grila I fixed the issue that myself and @DOS76 was having with the SlimDX.dll not loading the assembly for Windows 10. You will be required to download Microsoft Visual Studio C++ 2010 x86 and x64 for it to be able to run.

Sorry for the lack of attention guys, I'm super busy atm and haven't had much time to get on the forums. Glad you figured out your issue @keltoigael

1 hour ago, DOS76 said:

installing that package for just x86 (32bit machine) didn't fix it on my side.

That explains your issue @DOS76, the SlimDX libraries are split into two different versions...x86 and x64. I used the x64 library.

 

Now...for the really embarrassing part...the SlimDX library isn't even used in this theme. I had it there early on as I was developing it but it's not needed in the final version so I will update the theme as soon as I can to remove the dependency and resolve this issue. Sorry guys, an oversight on my part :(

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11 minutes ago, Grila said:

Sorry for the lack of attention guys, I'm super busy atm and haven't had much time to get on the forums. Glad you figured out your issue @keltoigael

That explains your issue @DOS76, the SlimDX libraries are split into two different versions...x86 and x64. I used the x64 library.

 

Now...for the really embarrassing part...the SlimDX library isn't even used in this theme. I had it there early on as I was developing it but it's not needed in the final version so I will update the theme as soon as I can to remove the dependency and resolve this issue. Sorry guys, an oversight on my part :(

Np, thanks.

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