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#1 boomboom

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 07:27 AM

OK, I've just finished my first skin, and I've just realized how much time and energy these things take.

I've looked at a lot of skins in preparation for this, but it'd be cool if everyone could give me some feedback on it.

There aren't any graphics from Tivo in the skin, they're all original, all animations and renderings were done by me.

You can see the preview video here (download the video to your hard drive before playing it - I got an error when I tried to open it directly from the link...)

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Edited by boomboom, 12 February 2004 - 03:13 AM.


#2 theultimatechuff

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 10:12 AM

Looks great, all very professional. beerchug.gif

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 10:35 AM

Wow! Excellent work man! Excellent indeed....

Maybe some different color schemes for the different tastes?

#4 SupaDawg

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 11:08 AM

one of the best i've seen yet

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 11:54 AM

WOW!
I would have to say that is the best skin Iíve have ever seen .You are a god among all skinners all hale Boomboom. Keep up the hard and damn good work man.


#6 mkjones

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 12:34 PM

THAT is a nice skin smile.gif

its exactly the kind of thing I tried to work on a while ago but got stuck becuase my fonts looked horrible on the TV, I guess you have proved it can work!

Thanks for the inspiration..

#7 Yuyu

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 01:15 PM

The only bad thing, and yes this is th only bad thing since that skin is veryawsome, is that that skin will get cut off around the edges a bit and you won't be able to see the whole thing on some tv's... Try to force yourself to setup a margin around the edges for skins until we get the screen resizer ability (sometime down the road)... Otherwise, dude sweet work man..

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 02:05 PM

That's cool man. Good work.

EDIT-----------
I just tried it out. Absolutely amazing, but the edges do get cut off on my tv as YuYu said might happen. But still, probably my favorite skin beerchug.gif

Edited by neverwill, 10 February 2004 - 03:34 PM.


#9 Mr. Blonde

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 02:57 PM

Wow that is awesome. Guess I need to install MXM and try that puppy out.....

#10 BenJeremy

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 03:07 PM

Wow. I was impressed before the preview video.... but after seeing the video, I must say, awesome skin.



Yuyu: It looks as though he does have margins, judging by the video.

#11 boomboom

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 03:11 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments! The animated xbox character was so fun, I think I might come out with preview videos using the character for things like "Games" and "Applications"...

Actually I cropped the screenshot that I posted to make it look like what will be seen on the TV. The actual layout does have a margin (learned through trial and error on that one). Below is the actual layout:

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Let me know if elements are still cropped off on anyone's televisions (I've tried it on two different size TV's here and it fits)...

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 03:13 PM

OK just tried it out on 3 seperate TV's 2 it gets cutoff on, on my Big Screen NP shows up completely...

boomboom we could definitely use a talented individual as yourself around here more often, keep it up. Your originality and obvious skills combined are awsome, hope you get payed at least a few $$$ an hour for your skills at your day job...

#13 boomboom

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 03:24 PM

Thanks Ben Jeremy! Besides a 3D animator, I'm also a developer, and I love the way you have made MXM extensible. While I was working on the skin, I had your source code open and I was checking the source code to see if there were ways I could get around some limitations (like spacing between menu items). I ended up using a blank font for that one.

I do request one update though! When you select a menu item, the skin puts the title of the menu up top next to the animated character (at the root menu, it displays your xbox's nickname).

Anyways, if the title is really long (i.e. "Video Game Emulators") it gets cut off by the preview video. So I used your WordWrap feature. The only problem is, WordWrap ignores <justify y="center" />. If you could make it respect the justify while it's word wrapping, then the title would wrap to two lines. I deliberately left enough space up top so it could accomodate two lines of text.

Other than that, it's been a pleasure working with your software. After looking through your source code, I honestly don't know where you get the time, you've put an enormous amount of work into MXM.

I've donated $30 to your tip jar and hope everyone who likes MXM does the same!

Yuyu, which elements are cropped and by how much? I'll try to relay it out.

#14 KAC

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 03:45 PM

all I can say is..... B--U--T---FULL!

Nice job man.....a color pack would be awesome.

#15 SKllZ

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 03:54 PM

lol I thought it was B-E-A-U-TIFUL




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