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#1 MrMajst3r

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:52 PM

I am looking for nice UnleashX skins. Links and images in pinned topic are dead...
A have skins installed by AID, but most of them aren't interesting.


#2 Heimdall

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:12 PM

LMGTFY

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:19 PM

QUOTE(Heimdall @ Apr 30 2012, 05:12 PM) View Post



lol silky smooth

#4 fallenangle

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:20 PM

Nice post ^ but if you go to that most obvious source now because of their site problem last year everything, and I mean everything XBMC, UnleashX, EvoX skins and who knows what else, they're just lumped in together. If you don't know what you're looking for you can't find out, there is no preview now. You could spend days downloading stuff hoping to find what you're looking for.

UnleashX and XBMC skins are found elsewhere in large sets helpfully uploaded by other users but try finding Avalaunch skins now anywhere. I posted about this in the appropriate forum here a month ago to no avail.

I have the added problem that still being on dial-up lucky dip downloading is pretty much wasted time and those large sets are way too big for me to download. I'm sure that must apply to others worldwide too.

TBH many of the UnleashX skins posted on that site weren't worth the effort. There were a hell of a lot of poorly or half finished skins and very few that took my fancy. Most were simply a striking main menu background picture with often a poorly chosen text layout/colour choice on top. You can do better yourself just skin editing on the Xbox. But there were exceptions.





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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:35 PM

True, but as well as the www.xbox-skins.net link there are other links for packs of UnleashX skins.

You could also try using The Wayback Machine with www.xbox-skins.net......

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:27 PM

oooh its magic smile.gif

http://web.archive.o...hp?dlcategory=5

but unfortunatly not all pages are there..

you can google this.
142 UnleashX Skins
and
69 UnleashX Skins

No idea what they are. But they are unleashx skins.

Edited by shambles1980, 30 April 2012 - 09:31 PM.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:27 PM

Yes, but what you can do is use the Wayback Machine to see which skins are for which dash, and see the descriptions of the skins and their filenames, then use the current version of www.xbox-skins.net to find the file with that name and download it. smile.gif

You might need to look at a few versions of the archived pages at the Wayback Machine to find what you need, but it's better than nothing.....

Edited by Heimdall, 30 April 2012 - 11:28 PM.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:30 PM

QUOTE(fallenangle @ Apr 30 2012, 05:20 PM) View Post

TBH many of the UnleashX skins posted on that site weren't worth the effort. There were a hell of a lot of poorly or half finished skins and very few that took my fancy. Most were simply a striking main menu background picture with often a poorly chosen text layout/colour choice on top. You can do better yourself just skin editing on the Xbox. But there were exceptions.


I definitely agree with you. xbox-skins.net was down for a while without the ability to download anything... at least now the files are still there, but of course they are really all over the place.

I have the names of a few really good skins that you can start with. These are attempts to recreate the look of the M$ Dashboard. They look good in my opinion, and I use one of them.

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(not sure which of these 4 links is newer/better, I'm guessing final is better, but anything is possible)
http://www.xbox-skin...hloni_Final.zip
http://www.xbox-skin...MsDash_Blue.zip
http://www.xbox-skin..._Athloni_v2.zip
http://www.xbox-skin...hloni_Final.zip

(5 of the same, not sure if they are duplicates or different)
http://www.xbox-skin...sDash_Green.zip
http://www.xbox-skin...sDash_Green.zip
http://www.xbox-skin..._Athloni_v2.zip
http://www.xbox-skin...oni_Kyro_v4.zip
http://www.xbox-skin...een_Athloni.zip
(not sure if this is next one is for UnleashX)
http://www.xbox-skin...lackbolt_v5.zip

(two, not sure if they are the same)
http://www.xbox-skin..._MsDash_Red.zip
http://www.xbox-skin...Red_Athloni.zip

I had another one from that site (Before it was hacked or whatever) which was a more recently created bios where you could save your avatar image from your Xbox Live Gamertag profile page on xboxlive.com (it's in png format), along with your avatar image, and it would mimic the look of Xbox 360. You could replace the background with anything you wanted. The only one I remember was a gears of war themed one, so you can search for that, but I'm pretty sure the page had seperate download links for the dashboard sounds, ect (maybe they were in the description?). archive.org might help. I think I still have it with all the template files so I'll see if I can upload it.

#9 fallenangle

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:52 PM

Very helpful posts everyone.

That Blue.Athloni.FINAL skin was the one that older SID used and its installer dash too. I've seen several versions of it, probably edited ones. A good basic dash.

I've just looked through my small collection of UnleashX skins some of which I may have got from the site in question. Might help to identify them:-

Atlas_Blue - don't like it much, the text positioning is particuarly messed up.

marrbelized_V2 - very good monochrome skin but with one text positioning issue. Font choice a bit basic but both matters easily to change.

Pudd_Metal - another good monochrome skin but Game Save Manager is displayed poorly due to transparency matters. That may be improved with editing but haven't tried it yet.

FlighTs XBoxpro - good, well finished skin, a bit 1980s in its neon/sci-fi graphical design theme but some real effort went into it.

Shattered Cube Blue - decent design if odd choice of main image. Certain elements could be better positioned.

TrueMSdash 2 Green - I used this as the basis for my main UnleashX edited skin. Basically the default blue skin in Xbox green but with
more thoughful text positioning and background/text colour selection.

VM VIEW2 - one of those 'striking' main image skins. The orange alien, cat's eyes theme soon annoys and the image isn't that high resolution either ie. looks a bit soft. Still, apart from that and the odd 1970s style UnleashX graphic, an above average design.

Neither are perfect but marrebelized_V2 and Pudd_Metal are the two standout skins I've found, The graphics look very clean and professional in both cases. When you get that mix of colour from the icon/preview window and the metal monochome theme the whole concept really works.






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Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:49 AM

Thank you very much for links and info.

Athloni Blue is nice, but there are no info about console, I tried another versions, but there are owful fonts...

MS Dash is perfect for me, I would use THC Lite, but I need FTP and I want games folder on the first screen...

But by accident, I found very nice skin! It's a default skin of UnleashX smile.gif It's blue, clear, lots of info, almost ideal for me (might be more impresive).

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 01:56 PM

With skin editing you can quite easily change the fonts, colours, positioning and have all the text info options on any skin that you're ever likely to want. It's usually a matter of writing an the appropriate command line of text in the skin.xml. Sometimes it's even simpler just changing a 'False' to 'True' or merely deleting an asterisk to enable a disabled feature.

I'm not sure if it is possible to alter the main or sub menu order (never tried it myself). The "ItemPos" (item position) command line in all the skins I've looked at do not specify the actual item ie. Launch, Games, Applications etc so it is likely fixed. But it is possible to have all the main menu options display at once on the start screen in a straight up and down list or curved list rather than the five option rotating menu as it is on the Default Blue skin.

There are a whole load of what are called valid UnleashX tags ie. commands you can add to a skin.xml to enable extra text displays or functions eg. "VideoMode" will show whether the console is set to NTSC or PAL. Unfortunately there's no definitive list although Heimdall did find me an old thread which listed around forty.

If you're interested I can probably find that link for you.





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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:39 PM

Here. smile.gif

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:24 PM

Thank you; helpful as always. smile.gif

Whilst we're here one thing in regard to UnleashX skins: some have video/game preview windows. I understand how to get this to work but what I've never found the answer to is this: is is possible to add such a preview window to a skin that doesn't have one already?

Is there some simple command line you can add to the skin to enable a specified area to become a preview window or is it a feature that had to be designated during the original skin build?

If that is the case is it possible to build a new UnleashX skin or manipulate an existing skin to alter the positioning/size of the preview window? Are the tools/information about how to do it still available and, if so, where?

#14 Heimdall

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:01 AM

A skin is just an xml file. You need to find a skin that has the video preview capability, and look for the lines that play the preview. It will look something like:

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<Image Top="173" Left="56" Width="193" Height="201" Source="GameIcon" />
        <Image Source="GamePreview" />


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Posted 04 May 2012 - 02:25 AM

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I must have just been looking at some of those half finished skin.xmls I mentioned earlier because the two I checked do have the <ImageSource="GamePreview"/> line but not the image positioning part. That's what made me think it might be some pre-determined fixed feature.

Excellent, that now gives me a good excuse for messing about with some UnleashX skin editing again.




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