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When I created my Switch Theme, the BoxesGamesView was the perfect choice for the navigation since it was a near identical match to how the actual Switch GUI works. Unfortunately, there is no such view for platforms or playlists in BigBox, so I had to hack my way around it using the normal wheel. The results were ok, but deep down my OCD has always been disturbed by it and it got broke quite easily by DPI and resolution changes.

Now that we have the plugin system, I decided to make a "BoxesGamesView" that can be used for the platforms/playlists. I even took it a step further, modifying the ItemTemplate to include additional details and adding the ability to zoom the selected item. The default, or non-existent, image can be set by the end user to fit their needs. The styling (font/colors/spacing/etc.) is pulled directly from the already existing BoxListBoxStyle and BoxListBoxItemStyle files in your theme directory.

 

This thing is in its infancy right now and I still have a lot to do. Here are some of the things on my shortlist:

  • Adding support for game views to have a coherent visual representation when navigating from platforms/playlists => games
  • Adding the "Jump To" index currently found in the default BigBox game views (the alphabet menu that shows when pressing left/right)
  • Add properties for customizing what text is shown, the selected zoom feature, any other things that may pop into my head
  • Add the ListBox Scroll Center logic from my previous plugin
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Have you seen the attract-mode theme in the works that is kind of like this? May be some good inspiration. Let me see if I can find it.

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2 minutes ago, echofive said:

Have you seen the attract-mode theme in the works that is kind of like this? May be some good inspiration. Let me see if I can find it.

Yes I have actually and it looks awesome. Too bad it seems abandoned at the moment. 

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Actually I see Oomek is back working on it. 

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Just now, Grila said:

Yes I have actually and it looks awesome. Too bad it seems abandoned at the moment. 

how's it coming along ? can't wait till you release this ! 

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1 minute ago, Grila said:

Yes I have actually and it looks awesome. Too bad it seems abandoned at the moment. 

Yeah it did look awesome. Almost tried out attract mode for a second. He did post an update a week or so ago with some changes.  I need to spend the time and figure out the .xml stuff because there is some really cool things we can do in this (as you've demonstrated).

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3 minutes ago, Cookz718 said:

how's it coming along ? can't wait till you release this ! 

It's coming along. Got the game view added now I'm just exposing some user-settable properties for customization. 

Unfortunately I leave for vacation again tomorrow and won't be back until the 25th.

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9 hours ago, Grila said:

It's coming along. Got the game view added now I'm just exposing some user-settable properties for customization. 

Unfortunately I leave for vacation again tomorrow and won't be back until the 25th.

hahaha damn, well enjoy your vacation ! hopefully when you come back you can release it ! dying to add it to the current theme im using (which is your Switch Theme)

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Got some internet access for a moment so here's an update:

IMG_20180617_082015.thumb.jpg.2634832d6faa94c5d8659115b0deb2c5.jpgLake Louise, Alberta, Canada is my current location. Enjoy the view 😊

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3 hours ago, Grila said:

Got some internet access for a moment so here's an update:

IMG_20180617_082015.thumb.jpg.2634832d6faa94c5d8659115b0deb2c5.jpgLake Louise, Alberta, Canada is my current location. Enjoy the view 😊

This image alone just calmed down my anxiety

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