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> [Tool] MediaPlayer Skinner, for SE themes ver 4.6. and ver 4.7.
Lionet
post Nov 1 2008, 02:28 AM
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MediaPlayer Skinner

Description

This software is the extension of Sony Ericsson Themes Creator. It helps themers to make skins for Media Player. It creates XML lines discribed colors and images, used in the Media Gallery and Walkman player in Sony Ericsson phones ver. 4.6. and ver. 4.7.
Themer gets an usual interface, similar in SE TC, and he/she can inserts images and edits colors as he/she always doing in TC.
The one of features I like more than others is a possibility to export screens preview to a PNG image and/or copy it to clipboard to paste into another graphics editors :)
And I have to say big thanx for Atalantos :pray: for his psd layouts for media player skins. I've fully remade them, but it was a first incitement for creating the Skinner.


List of supported phones
(based on Developers guidelines: Themes, 31st edition, June 2008)
  • C-series: C702, C902
  • G-series: G502
  • K-series: K660, K850
  • W-series: W760, W890, W910, W760, W980
  • Z-series: Z750, Z770, Z780
  • and all new phones 240x320, supported themes ver 4.6. and 4.7.
Limitations
  • 240x320 screens only! No 176x220 phones supported (such as K630 and V640). I don't ever know how they looks...
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Current version and download

Current version: 1.00, 2008-Dec-02
You can download the Skinner here: [link].
Please note, that this is beta version. I don't sure that it will works as I planned :o So beta-testing is the one of aims why I've published this post now. I'm waiting for your suggestions and comments and bugs (if any). Please, don't be kind to the developer and test it into different impossible situations to improve this tool for the common advantage.


To-Do list
  • Altrernative color dialog with a feature to pick theme's colors
  • Theme's properties editor (author, email, etc.)
  • (still thinking) Sometimes the SE TC is stored one file to archive twice or thrice, but when the phone unpacks theme, it used only one copy of this file. I think to add to the Skinner the ability to delete repeated files from a theme, and reduce theme's size...
Sincerely Yours, Lio
:byebye:

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post Nov 1 2008, 02:47 AM
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Tutorial (How to use)
Written by Atalantos (IMG:style_emoticons/default/notworthy.gif)

I'm not going to explain how the xml code works or how to import the extra xml code lines into the original xml file from the theme (thm file). Because thanks to Lionet (IMG:style_emoticons/default/notworthy.gif) you don't have to worry about that anymore (IMG:style_emoticons/default/clap.gif)

Since the 1.00 ver. you can :
1. open directly a thm file with the Media Player Skinner (MPS)
2. import the images "Portrait" and "Landscape"
3. set the background, text and elements colors
4. export the previews for a presentation
5. save the thm file


and all that as easy as the standard SE Theme Creator (TC) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/10.gif)

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1. open directly a thm file with the MPS

"After you have finished with the TC you would have a thm file, this file we will need to add the skin"

Open the MPS and go to "File" and select "Load theme..." locate the thm file you want to add the skin and open it.

(IMG:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/Atalantos/MPS/MPS01.jpg)

*note: you may not see any differences and thats because of, your theme doesn't have any info for the MPS. You can only see the name of the opened thm file at the upper left instead of the "(untitled)" and thats the only way to know which thm file you are editing (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)

(IMG:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/Atalantos/MPS/MPS02.jpg)

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2. import the images "Portrait" and "Landscape"

Select the "Portrait" tab ("1" at the preview) and then the "Import" ("2" at the preview) to load the picture you want for the Portrait. The same goes for the Landscape but select the "Landscape" tab instead.

(IMG:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/Atalantos/MPS/MPS03.jpg)

*note: there is no need to import these pictures if you don't want to.

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3. set the background, text and elements colors

The procedure is the same as the TC so, to avoid a long tutorial and make it more easier I will explain only the tricky parts, for all other just place a color and you will understand were it takes place (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)

(IMG:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/Atalantos/MPS/MPS04.jpg)

(IMG:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/Atalantos/MPS/MPS07.jpg)

"1": the Media Player background color takes effect at the main background color and also at the search background color.
for ex. if I place a dark blue color the search will look like this

(IMG:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/Atalantos/MPS/MPS05.jpg)

"2": Media Line Default gallery isn't visible at the MPS previews and it's a very tricky one.

"Default Gallery" meaning: each SE series has it's own default color, for ex. Walkman series have the orange and Cyber-shot series have the blue color...
on W series the default is the Music Gallery, the line and those flying bubbles on the right have orange color (the bubbles are not visible at the MPS preview) and the other Galleries have white color,
on C series the default is the Photo Gallery and uses the blue color


(IMG:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/Atalantos/MPS/MPS06.jpg)

By setting a color for the default gallery line it takes effect also at the color of the default flying bubbles. Unfortunately the bubbles can take only two colors, the default color and the white color.
So for ex. if you set any color beside white, then the line will have the chosen color and the bubbles will have the default color (orange for W series and blue for C series...), if you set a white color then both will be white (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)

"3": Flying bubbles color is for the none default galleries and you can set them with only two colors, the default and white color as I mentioned above.

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4. export the previews for a presentation

There are two ways for exporting your previews...

1. go to "File" "Export preview" and select the screen you want to export and save them individually.

(IMG:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/Atalantos/MPS/MPS08.jpg)

2. go to "View" "Preview all screens..."

(IMG:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/Atalantos/MPS/MPS09.jpg)

and it will popup the following window and all you have to do is to select your image format and hit "Save preview..."

(IMG:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/Atalantos/MPS/MPS10.jpg)

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5. save the thm file

to save the thm file go to "File" "Save theme" or "Save theme as..." if you want to name it differently and thats it, you've done it (IMG:style_emoticons/default/clap.gif)

(IMG:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/Atalantos/MPS/MPS11.jpg)

Happy Skinning (IMG:style_emoticons/default/byebye.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/grouphug.gif)

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post Nov 1 2008, 04:37 AM
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Wow, I didn't know it could be edited! Great work Lionet! Blogging it now, hopefully you'll get some more testers for this.
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This is (IMG:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/Atalantos/Emoticons/awesome.png) Lionet :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :pray: :pray: :pray:
I'm on it :mf_type:

QUOTE(adonisdemon @ Nov 1 2008, 02:37 PM)
Wow, I didn't know it could be edited!
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and that's because you haven't been at my thread for a looooong time :chair: :P :lol:
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post Nov 1 2008, 08:40 AM
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@adonis
thanks for blogging :)

@ata
I've sent PM for you, but answer will follows tomorrow :)
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QUOTE(adonisdemon @ Nov 1 2008, 02:37 PM)
Wow, I didn't know it could be edited!
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and that's because you haven't been at my thread for a looooong time :chair: :P :lol:

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Apologies :pray:
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QUOTE(Lionet @ Nov 1 2008, 06:40 PM)
@ata
I've sent PM for you, but answer will follows tomorrow :)
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Ok! I'm waiting ;)

QUOTE(adonisdemon @ Nov 1 2008, 09:42 PM)
Apologies :pray:
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:haha: No worries adonisdemon :good:
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:10: :10: :10: :10: :10: :10: :10: :10:

WWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOO . . . .. . .

This is the BEST THING IT HAPPENED from a quite long time ! ! !

:clap2: :clap2: :clap2: Congrats Lionet ! :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:



And Thank you :pray: :pray: :pray: in a name of ALL THE THEMERS WHO WILL USE IT !
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@zj - :pray: thankyou!

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version 0.02 beta is now available
  • all screens preview is added
  • some minor corrections at the search screen:
    - background's opacity is now 75%
    - multiletter search color is corrected

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version 0.03 beta 2008-11-11
  • some minor changes in layers rendering (transparency of player's state icons)
  • routine for restoring windows position's on the screen is remaded for more slide resizing


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Finally I've made the load_from_theme / save_to_theme features. And the main part as I planned the application has done.
I playing with it several days already, hunting for bugs and illogical behaviour... So it's your turn now :)

As always your opinion(s) and your comments are welcome.
The link for download is in the first post.

SY

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Current version: v. 1.00, 2008-Dec-02
  • THM files support is added (load, save, save as, create new)
  • Some minor corrections at the portrait screen preview:
    - The PNG mask for text's shadow is remaded
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To-do list:
  • Altrernative color dialog with a feature to pick theme's colors
  • Theme's properties editor (author, email, etc.)
  • (still thinking) Sometimes the SE TC is stored one file to archive twice or thrice, but when the phone unpacks theme, it used only one copy of this file. I think to add to the Skinner the ability to delete repeated files from a theme, and reduce theme's size...


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post Dec 2 2008, 03:56 AM
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Thats awesome Lionet :wow: :10: :clap2:

:...: the download link has the 0.03ver not the 1.00ver :unsure:
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Thanks for informing, Ata!
I've reuploaded zip. Try it now

I tested it on your themes mostly, they are open wonderful :)
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It works now :good:

I'll test it with my new theme for TMC :mf_type: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:


@ Admins
I think this should be pinned :good:
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Topic pinned. Thanks Atalantos for the head-up. Plus, I have included this MediaPlayer Skinner in Sony Ericsson Theme Creator download thread. :)
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@ AW :thumbs_up:
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