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Configure BigBox to show Playlists as text list

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I am looking to configure my BigBox to do a specific thing visually and having a bit of trouble figuring out how to do it.

I am using the Default theme and have it configured as follows:

options2.thumb.PNG.a4154c4761b50a81dbbaf95cc25eb5f3.PNGWhen I am at the main screen to view my platforms, this looks correct for how I would like it:

image.thumb.png.362c7e594d8617499688b4873f489cc3.pngWhen I select a platform that has playlists created, it goes straight to all games and does not show the playlists:

arcade1.thumb.PNG.4f442f0ad1ef1a2a172e21b8a568054e.PNGIf I change my view options to Platform Categories, I am able to get to my Playlists but this requires me to view the categories screen which I'd rather not use. So to get to Playlists in Arcade for instance I have to select Arcade:

1222941774_platformcategories2.thumb.PNG.bf690c75c9acb734829f96d3e099400a.PNGWhich brings me to an endless wheel with Arcade as in the screen below. I would have expected it would go straight to my playlists:

1370967099_arcadeendlesswheel.thumb.PNG.15f5e7d741364b5c0effea7fabc712e6.PNGChoosing this brings me to a wheel of Playlists, I would rather configure this screen be a text list:

627049127_playlistswheel.thumb.PNG.dc67e156c754578af8894e1851b5f133.PNGAnd then selecting a playlist brings me to a text list of the games in that playlist which looks fine.

arcade1.thumb.PNG.4f442f0ad1ef1a2a172e21b8a568054e.PNG

The only thing remotely close to getting to what I'd like to see is by changing my options to all 'Text list with details', and using Platform Categories as my default startup view:

options3.thumb.PNG.bca62280520148bc1119ed99294236f4.PNG

 But this looks like the following when using it. Shows my platform categories as a text list, with no videos or images:

2017489777_platformcategories3.thumb.PNG.177452e61c83411e299e440a01ec646d.PNGChoosing Arcade goes to another screen with Arcade:

1218586485_arcadecategoryagain.thumb.PNG.fc5847483e1e3611794ddebeda89ab57.PNGThen I get the playlists as a text list (but for some reason it still says Categories in bold text above it) still no videos:

playlists2.thumb.PNG.3b638fb7f6ea1002ee3dc27a6182f865.PNGAnd then selecting a playlist gets me to the standard games list view, as configured they are all text list with details.

arcade1.thumb.PNG.4f442f0ad1ef1a2a172e21b8a568054e.PNG

Just to illustrate, I was looking for a way to configure my BigBox to look like the following on launch:

Goes to platforms list with a wheel on launch with platform banners and random videos from each platform:

platforms.thumb.PNG.aa6b8a9f90e77d09904d55c8131eb158.PNGSelecting Arcade would get me to my playlists in a text list, but would rather see some videos here and have it say 'Playlists', but categories is fine too:

playlists2.thumb.PNG.582bd9d06ccbedf55bd15a9bf02a36ea.PNGThen selecting the playlist brings me to the text list with details / videos as normal.

arcade1.thumb.PNG.4f442f0ad1ef1a2a172e21b8a568054e.PNGHoping someone might have some input on this, thanks.

arcade category again.PNG

platform categories.PNG

Edited by zorkiii
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Also not sure why those last two images are showing in my post above, I tried removing them a few times without success. My post should end right after my last line of text. Thanks!

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Just checking back on this  - by chance any LB moderators or others who might be able to comment on the above? Appreciate any input.

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I'm not positive/clear on exactly what you want to do here, based on the above. However, you can structure the platform categories view however you want, from inside of LaunchBox. In the left sidebar, select platform categories. Then you can right-click on items in the list and select Edit. The Parents tab specifies where in the structure that item will appear, both in LaunchBox and in Big Box.

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1 hour ago, Jason Carr said:

I'm not positive/clear on exactly what you want to do here, based on the above. However, you can structure the platform categories view however you want, from inside of LaunchBox. In the left sidebar, select platform categories. Then you can right-click on items in the list and select Edit. The Parents tab specifies where in the structure that item will appear, both in LaunchBox and in Big Box.

Hi Jason, thanks, I will test out making some changes to platform categories inside of Launchbox to try to do what you are mentioning. 

I ought to have boiled my first post down a bit, so let me summarize this a bit shorter with images of what I'm trying to do:

What I'm trying to do is configure things to where when I launch BigBox it would bring me to my platforms in a wheel with banners / random videos like so (which currently works as I'd like when I have platforms selected on startup)

platforms.thumb.PNG.aa6b8a9f90e77d09904d55c8131eb158.PNG Then selecting Arcade would bring me to my Playlists, in a text list rather than a wheel (would be a nice touch to see video previews here but I'm not sure things are setup to display like that on a text playlist?)

playlists2.thumb.PNG.582bd9d06ccbedf55bd15a9bf02a36ea.PNGThen selecting a playlist would bring me to my games as a text list with video previews etc:

arcade1.thumb.PNG.4f442f0ad1ef1a2a172e21b8a568054e.PNGHowever I can't seem to find any way to configure that.... at least not the playlists part, or being able to preserve having a wheel for platforms.

With how LaunchBox / BigBox is currently structured, is it possible to view playlists right after selecting a platform when the Options > Views > Default Startup View is set to Platforms? Or is that only available through platform categories? 

My apologies if I'm missing some obvious things or things that may be obvious. I do see that the playlists are viewable under Platform Categories in Launchbox and not under Platforms. I think I'm not understanding what edits I would need to make in order to have Platform Categories basically become the platforms view, so I can view my playlists in BigBox (and not have to deal with an additional outer menu like Platform Categories). I do know I can get to a playlists view directly in BigBox in the menu, but it's not exactly what I'm looking for.

Not quite sure how to edit things to appear this way, but I appreciate any input.

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