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#1 Loaded_Gun_Complex

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 12:57 AM

Does anyone know where to find a complete list of what needs to go into a skin to create one?

The goal behind this is to create my own obviously so if anyone can help in this aspect i would appreciate it.

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 02:01 AM

Here

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 02:38 AM

roormonger wanna help me out?

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 04:11 AM

I wanna help. What's your idea?

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 05:43 AM

The quickest and easiet way to do it is start with pm3 as your base and slowly replace all the images and xmls 1 by 1 until you got somthing completely different

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 06:06 AM

Yeah I guess unless you need some sly tricks like MC360 uses. Like how the blades switch or the exitfullscreen.xml with it's invisible button.


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I don't know, I guess I would have to hear it's concept. Oh and you will have to tell me your little secret. tongue.gif

#7 Loaded_Gun_Complex

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 06:25 AM

Well here is a beta logo for what i have in mind. If you are intrested in helping me with anything or want to know my idea please pm me because right now i just want to keep it low kee until i have a solid theme developed.

IPB Image

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 04:41 PM

Here are some examples;

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 05:33 PM

looks good so far. shame you are keeping it low key. it'd be nice to know the concept. smile.gif can't wait!

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 07:20 PM

vMC = Vista Media Center. I am going for as close a style i can get as vista offers. ANY help would be greatful. tongue.gif not it's not low key lol

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 11:08 PM

Nice but make sure you draw all your own images from scratch and don't just take the ones out of Vista or MS will come down on you hard like they did the vista Windowsblinds skin

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 03:48 AM

QUOTE(Jezz_X @ Oct 16 2006, 03:15 PM) View Post

Nice but make sure you draw all your own images from scratch and don't just take the ones out of Vista or MS will come down on you hard like they did the vista Windowsblinds skin



Thanx for the advice Jezz_X I am curious about the images. What if they are roalty free or whatever they call them?

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 04:35 AM

In my opinion, I believe if the images are "royalty free" and not property owned by M$ then it should be fine, as long as if the need arises you can provide proof of purchase (if they were) or a link. It would also be a good idea to get authorisation from the author.

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 06:43 AM

Thanx for the input mbay

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 09:29 AM

strictly speaking, even royalty free images would not suit your purpose... someone still owns the rights to royalty free images and if the rights holder disagrees with their usage you could find yourself in trouble. That said, its a bit like taping the simpsons from television. It may not be strictly legal but the feds are not gunna come round your house for it. If you really want to be beyond reproach - make the images yourself, use non pirated software to publish them and do not accept any money (yes, sadly, that includes donations). For this type of deal rights holders shouldnt really have any problem with it it as long as you ask in advance, breif them on your plan and credit all work not done by yourself.

But remember, ^that is being super anal/legal and this is just a hobby. wink.gif

good luck! any finished skin for xbmc is a good skin.




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