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I'm in need of anyone willing to test this new version of the Colorful theme and report back any findings.

This version of Colorful - Light is a complete port into the COMMUNITY Theme Creator. It's about 95% complete. Once complete and tested, it will replace the versions on the forum and within Big Box.

One of the most notable things missing is the styling on the alpha-numeric index.

The theme has a different name and won't conflict with the current version of Colorful.

Colorful - Light Theme.zip

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Hey @faeran , could you tell us what you expect to find with these tests? I've been using Colorful Light theme for a few days and haven't found anything relevant.
Apparently it does the same as the official theme. The single most notable difference I've seen is the stretch 4x3 videos and
the transition effect when switching videos.


Light Theme:

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Official Dark Theme:

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On 8/10/2021 at 10:36 PM, faeran said:

I'm in need of anyone willing to test this new version of the Colorful theme and report back any findings.

This version of Colorful - Light is a complete port into the COMMUNITY Theme Creator. It's about 95% complete. Once complete and tested, it will replace the versions on the forum and within Big Box.

One of the most notable things missing is the styling on the alpha-numeric index.

The theme has a different name and won't conflict with the current version of Colorful.

Colorful - Light Theme.zip 14.6 MB · 18 downloads

Just tested it here, and it seems like it's running smoothly with no issues. Anything specific I should be looking for while using this particular version of the "Colorful" theme?

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Since this version is a complete rewrite, with a different codebase, I'm just looking for confirmation that nothing looks out of place.

Thanks for your reports.

@soqueroeu I'll have the video stretching fixed.

This version will eventually be replacing the current Colorful theme, as that one uses unoptimized code with a legacy plugin.

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2 hours ago, viking said:

Yes, in the theme folder/view/style ?

That directory doesn't exist with this version of the theme, so I created it and added the xml file from your version of the theme and it still doesn't work. I tried naming the directory "style" and "styles" but neither worked.

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Changing colors will be fairly easy once it's out, as you will be able to do it in the COMMUNITY Theme Creator.

In the meantime, if there's a color missing and if you know what it is, post it here and I'll add it.

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1 hour ago, faeran said:

Changing colors will be fairly easy once it's out, as you will be able to do it in the COMMUNITY Theme Creator.

In the meantime, if there's a color missing and if you know what it is, post it here and I'll add it.

I have an unorthodox LB setup, my platform categories are by manufacturers, so Nintendo, Sega, Sony, etc. instead of the usually Console, Handheld, etc. I created background videos in the style of the Colorful set for each manufacturer, but with black backgrounds instead of colors. So currently they come up black with a green bar on the left side, from the default green color. I’ll probably just have to wait for the Community Theme Creator files. It’s a shame it can’t use the styles xml, that was such a great solution. 

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Quick bug I've found that's probably pretty niche.

I have an aspect ratio of 32:9 and a resolution of 5120x1440. Many aspects of the theme don't work correctly at this aspect ratio. Setting the 'Force16X9AspectRatio' to true in the ThemeSettings.XML works fine. Not sure if this should be a default setting,

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13 hours ago, lockian said:

Quick bug I've found that's probably pretty niche.

I have an aspect ratio of 32:9 and a resolution of 5120x1440. Many aspects of the theme don't work correctly at this aspect ratio. Setting the 'Force16X9AspectRatio' to true in the ThemeSettings.XML works fine. Not sure if this should be a default setting,

Thanks for the heads up. A simple change in the COMMUNITY Theme Creator, should be forced to 16:9 for the next release.

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I was hoping you would assist viking or take over maintain it.

Waiting for dark theme test version!

Do you plan on implementing the mockups Viking has been working on for the past year after this release? I been anxiously awaiting the new view options.

 

Exited about this, hands down best looking theme for Big Box. Banner Box is good too ;) can't wait to see where you take Colorful next! 

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7 hours ago, sevenalive said:

I was hoping you would assist viking or take over maintain it.

Waiting for dark theme test version!

Do you plan on implementing the mockups Viking has been working on for the past year after this release? I been anxiously awaiting the new view options.

 

Exited about this, hands down best looking theme for Big Box. Banner Box is good too ;) can't wait to see where you take Colorful next! 

This is all planned. While we may take time to get there, we will eventually make it.

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Hi. Great work on the theme Faeran (and viking of course)

Launchbox version: 11.17
Setup: Access Launchbox directory over NAS (QNAP)
View: Below notes are in PlatformWheel2FiltersView 

Few (very minor) things from me. 

  • Sega Genesis background colour is not the same red as the colorful video colour
  • No Scummvm colour assigned (uses default green) but I assume this is because there is no colorful video for SCUMMVM - A shame. Feel like having a crack at it @faeran? 😄 I know there's been a few requests!
  • PSP icon default doesn't work with light/white background
  • Platform view - videos take slightly longer to load/slide in than the original theme. 
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Some platform logos need fixing: psp, gamegear, ps3, 3ds

The videos load/slide fine for me, it's faster. Even though I have a high end system (8700, 16gb, gtx 970), the old theme would stutter for a microsecond right on the center of the wipe transition to the video. Something not seen in the preview gifs or videos. This version of the theme is noticeably more performant and does not have this issue!

Transitions:

I set platform video & game video transitions to 'None'. The defaults like slide horizontal make the wipe effect a lot more jarring. For testing, I set all transitions to None and tested. I decided on Slide Vertical for the list transitions. The transition type seems to directly affect how the video wipe transition looks and how fast it goes, None or Door looks best the video transitions.

There's a black background behind the platform videos seen during the wipe transition, this should be the platform color, the platform color will make it seamless and less jarring when the video is moving into place.

The fonts are different, however I'm open to new fonts, check out Beyond Calibri: Finding Microsoft's next default font | Microsoft 365 Blog

This is fantastic. I'm sticking with this even though I prefer dark mode, I'll live with light mode for now. This version performs noticeably better.

There is a bug where if you transition back and forth repeatedly, it will have black screens. Restarting big box fixes it.

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@faeran,
I'm using Pulse theme alongside Colorful. I like the way the transition was implemented in Pulse. The biggest elements always load last. This allows faster browsing, no empty screen and give time for videos to load correctly. I think it would be nice to study this method and implement it in Colorful.

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