Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

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Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby billberet on Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:00 pm

hey hey,
i've always been working on customizing my screens.

now i have this as my primary background on the secondary component out tv, simple windows background image i made.
so by default this image shows on the plasma while i am thumbing thru the touchscreens looking for a movie to play.
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part 2 for this is to play a small video clip before the actual movie.
sort of like a trailer before the main movie. I'll make a small video of the image above, have the sun come up from behind the earth, white out the screen, then have text show up saying

ENJOY THE SHOW (then the movie will play)
i want to customize my Home theater to seem like a REAL theater.

at least this will be temporary until they release the HAL sound theme, then i'll have the big red eye.
(drool)
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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby Cabinetguy on Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:01 am

Another Sci-Fi fan! Yahhh!
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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby Grooby on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:01 pm

It's a dream one day to be able to find time to actually get round and set up my xlobby but at the moment i'm having too much fun skinning finishing off HAL (Xlobby 9000, very close now) and messing around with other ideas...the amount of skins i have started and then ditched...well :shock:

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Oh and i'm that pissed at trying to get smooth blu-ray without stutter every 2 secs its taken the shine off things so to speak.

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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby billberet on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:03 pm

so are you finished with that HAL theme yet
i just have to have it !!!!!!!
there is the EYE, i was talking about,


WHAT R U DOING DAVE????
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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby Grooby on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:05 pm

It's finished, just waiting on animations to be done... :D
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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby billberet on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:06 pm

did you get your sounds online
like this link
http://www.palantir.net/2001/sounds.html
lots of hal sounds

what r u referring too when you say, animations?
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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby Grooby on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:26 pm

Yes, used that site...the good thing is if u want to go to town with HAL sounds its easy to add to the skin by the end user.

Animations...Steven/Wes are sorting that out, blinking lights and what not...i will then integrate them into the skin, send it to Wes to test out and then baring any tweaks it will get released to V3 users.
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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby billberet on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:32 pm

ahhh, animated gifs.
yea i was wondering, like when i do flash programming, i have animations of objects floating in the background to give it a 'moving' effect. bars and boxes, and stars, etc.
i wasn't sure how xlobby did animations. but if they are animated gifs and such i get it.

so when a wav files plays, you can have the eye GLOW, then dim again when the wav file was finished.
so it looks like HAL is actually speaking.
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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby lpg on Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:12 am

Grooby wrote:Oh and i'm that pissed at trying to get smooth blu-ray without stutter every 2 secs its taken the shine off things so to speak.

Andy


I have been running Blu-Ray and HDDVD at 1920x1080 for over a year now without stutter. You could take this to a new thread and maybe we could help you out. Will need more details about your setup. Larry
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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby wesblack on Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:04 am

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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby m_ski on Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:30 pm

Wes,

that is fantastic news that these technologies will in introduced but please tell us more...
How will the integration take place? what features will be available via plugins? etc...
I now have so many ideas in my head with this snippet of information - you have me on the edge of my seat.
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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby billberet on Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:43 pm

Looks very nice,
Programming in these languages has a high learning curve, but once mastered, you can do anything.

I look forward to seeing this in the future releases!!!
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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby lar282 on Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:35 pm

wesblack wrote:xLObby V3 platform can use Microsofts WPF and Silverlight technologies. There is some really cool tools to create very visualy animated interfaces. As we move further into future releases of V3 some of these type of features will become available.

What is WPF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Presentation_Foundation

Some Videos and resources of WPF in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQMxsef5TgE&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTfM5pmUrnU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYh_D_XSwtw&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wcq7kfL_14&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FibtMlZK ... re=related

http://blogs.msdn.com/mharsh/archive/2007/01/05/asp-net-ajax-and-wpf-e-together.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/llobo/archive/2006/10/12/Cool-WPF-app-_2D00_-Picture-board.aspx




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Wes is this implemented in V3 now or is to come?
Also the rotating pictures you mentioned before, is that implemeted? Can't find how?


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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby wesblack on Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:06 am

In the default skin folder add a new folder Backgrounds2 and add background jpg images with resolutions of 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768. Restart xLobby when restarted xLobby will load images from the Backgrounds2 folder randomly until the images are completed or if you number them like background1, background2, etc they will load in order. It is still experimental. We want to add a few basic commands like adjusting time in between images, the ability start and stop images as well as reset to a default image. Eventually more advanced features that can fade or blend images, etc.

To stop the roatating image feature rename or delete the folder.


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Re: Tell all: how do YOU customize YOUR xlobby?

Postby lar282 on Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:57 pm

cool. We need to add a event like -"Start rotate" and "Stop rotate" then one can start using it.
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