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Two New Themes For Windows7 Media Center

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by wolvers, 15 Apr 2010.

  1. wolvers

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    I thought I would post up some screenies of the 7MC themes created by myself and a friend on another forum (apologies for the images being a little large).

    The first one is called Streaming Autumn and was basically a modified version of the second one to match the colours in my cinema room.

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    Link here, you'll need the excellent Media Center Studio to enable it

    Media Center Studio

    Streaming Autumn.mct

    And the original, more colourful version, Streaming Light.

    http://cid-2356ad5e7d6af11a.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Public/Streaming%20Light%207MC%20Theme/Streaming%20Light%20v1.02.mct
     
  2. Sp00n

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    I have that Mr Scruff album :D
     
  3. wolvers

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    I think everyone win7 owner does! :p
     
  4. Django x2

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    i removed it
     
  5. Django x2

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    Cool, are the poster sizes set to HD res? Natively, Win7 theme posters are crappy resolutions
     
  6. nikebee

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    Looks very nice mate :)
     
  7. wolvers

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    Do you mean movie posters? I use Media Browser so I don't know how the stock Win7 ones look.

    The backdrops are 1920x1080. We tried to make as many of the other images a ratio of that relative to how much of the screen they take up. I'm more than open to any feedback on all aspects so please fire away. It's very difficult to double check every permutation as there are literally hundreds of images.
     
  8. LizardKing

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    Ubuntu inspired?
     
  9. wolvers

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    Thanks :)
     
  10. Django x2

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    Yeah, so the original MCE splash screen wave thing (that sits behind the default icons). It's not HD res its something silly like 500 x 300 upscaled

    See my post here from Feb 2009

    http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showpost.php?p=13515314&postcount=368
     
  11. wolvers

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    Did you do a full theme or just change the main background image? It's a nice background image that, and having it the same as Media Browser makes it feel like less of an add on.

    If you use the latest MB and media center studio, you can change the icons in the start menu to the media browser folder links too. Like that, no one would ever notice that MB is an add on.
     
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  12. Django x2

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    How do you mean mate, sorry, I'm not following (about the icons).

    I just knocked up a backdrop, not a theme. Back then, Feb 2009, themes were not that easy to achieve.
     
  13. dante6491

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    Is there any chance you have the original theme available? As much as I like the orange one, I prefer the standard one.

    Edit: Nvm I found the restore button :o
     
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  14. alex24

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    Is there a preview of the original (non orange) theme anywhere?
     
  15. bledd

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    Hi,

    Can you give instructions on how to make themes? I'll knock up a few this weekend
     
  16. wolvers

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    Here's some screenies for you.

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  17. wolvers

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    Just open one of these themes in Media Center Studio and select the option to show the non standard images so you can see the ones we've changed/created. All you have to do is start a new theme and then drop the images in. There's a lot though so you'll do well to 'knock up a few themes in a weekend'!!

    Post them up when you're done, I'm always keen to try out a new theme. :)
     
  18. wolvers

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    Nope. Mrs Wolvers inspired! :D

    Apparently, non of the other themes matched our colour scheme! :rolleyes:
     
  19. alex24

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    I really like that, think I'll use it. Might try and sort out the channel logos too.
     
  20. tommybhoy

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    thanks for the info mate.