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Designing New Skins for ASC (Part 1)


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** UpDate April 1, 2009 **

XSkin-Pro Ver 3.0.1+ **NEW 3.0.1+ EXE Installer**

 

No more frustrating Zip file installs!

 

* New Picture Menu *

 

New skins may need to be downloaded, all skins at ClickTask.com have menu pics now!

 

NEW - Picture Menu - All Languages Support - Skin Installer - Automatic UpDates - All Operating Systems & More!

 

XSkin has a new Home ClickTask.com

All Support will remain here with its BEST supporters... IObit.com!!!

 

 

http://forums.iobit.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=642&stc=1&d=1235368333

 

 

*** XSkin can be ran from the "Utilities" screen in ASC under "Tuneup". ***

 

 

HotKeys

Ctrl+Alt+s = Create a StartUp ShortCut ; remove with "Startup Manager" in ASC

Ctrl+Alt+u = Check for Updates ; opens XSkin design page in your default browser

Ctrl+Alt+i = File/Ver Info

 

The program was designed to be placed inside the ASC folder ( there is no

installer ). it will also work in the portable ASC folder ( Flash Drive ). It will look for the

portable exe file first. It may be ran before, during or after ASC is ran. If ran

before, it will launch ASC.

 

It runs silently until the "User Interface Option page" is loaded. It then sends

the listed skins into the ComBoBox, makes a small about GUI that fades-out and

then XSkin exits.

 

The Skins are designed to be placed inside the ASC folder under Skin. Just copy

the complete folder, not the individual files inside, and paste it under the skin folder in

ASC.

 

... You can Help by Designing Skins too!

 

Enjoy!

 

Valuater

 

 

 

This Skin is included in the XSkin Launcher for ASC. If you do it right, It should look like this...

 

http://www.clicktask.com/images/asc_valuater.jpg

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions...

 

More clear installation instructions by enoskype

Hi w.Hatton,

 

Did you download Launch_XSkin_ASC.zip file from post #1 of this thread?

 

Extract the zip file so that exe file sould be in the main folder of AS 3, and the other skin color sub folder should be in Skin folder in ASC 3 main folder.

 

You have to exit and restart ASC 3 for changes to come to effect.

Click the created extra (X) icon under "Tune Up" tab, in "Utilities" of ASC 3, click "Options", click "User Iterface", than the options of skins would be there in the dropdown menu of "Theme".

Choose your preferred one and click "Apply" button.

 

That's it.

 

Cheers.

 

 

Create your own BackGround ( Skin ) by Valuater

 

 

Could an option to add your own background pic be done?

 

It is already available Matt!

 

What I am asking is for you to share it with all of us...

 

#1

Create a "folder" under the ASC Skin folder ( like XSkin does ) with the "White" or "Black" theme name fist, again, the folder must use "Black" or "White" as the first name ( Like XSkin has "Black-Blue" and "White-Dubai" )

XSkin must be ran again for your skin ( Folder Name )to show up under "Options: User Interface".

 

#2

Create your new background, buttons, etc and adjust the colors in the ini file ( the Layout.ini file is located inside the color folder name ) The "Bg_main.png' pic has to be 780 x 500 and the "Bg_Content.png" has to be 393 x 420. ....This is the hardest part.. make it "Look Good"!!!

 

#3

Create a picture file of what the Skin looks like. NOTE - please use Alt+PrintScreen keys for the Picture! You may need to UpLoad the picture to an alternate WebSite ( ex.. ImageShack.com ) and this will give you a "Link" to the Picture.

(This will be posted later)

 

#3

Create a "zip" file using the new color "folder name". This is the Standard way to shrink the size of the file and the most "acceptable" to most Forums. ** ONLY ** place the files you changed in the zip file, I will replace the other files ***

otherwise the file is too big to upload here

 

#4

UpLoad the zip "color folder" here in the "Designing New Skins for ASC" sticky thread...

 

 

Be sure to place the Picture here in the Forums for all to see!

 

.... and that's it .... simple right!

 

Enjoy!!

Valuater

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Changing Laguages by enoskype

 

Originally Posted by solbjerg View Post

Hi enoskype

I noticed that it functioned as you described in the setting English language, but that I had to refresh it if I used the Danish language.

Futhermore I had to do that again after a restart of the program??

And Again ---- after restarting program????

Cheers

solbjerg

 

 

Yes, solbjerg, same here. I have not explained the use of the Hot key for program running silently.

Hot Key:

Ctrl+Alt+s = Create a StartUp ShortCut

 

should keep it as started and running silently until the User Interface page opened.

 

In short, if you want to change to a different skin after restart of ASC 3 (and you don't restart OS in the mean time), you have to run the "XSkin by Valuater" add-on again and applying the English language and choosing the different skin and then turn back to a different language.

 

Cheers

 

 

Changing Active X adjustments by enoskype

 

Hi luckyvic,

 

It is same as when you open IObit web Homepage.

 

Change your Active X adjustments.

 

Go to:

IE=>Tools=>Internet Options=>Security=>click Internet=>click "Default Level" button=>Apply=>OK=>close IE

 

This should stop that window appearing. Or, you can click OK and ignore it.

 

The reason is that, instead of news web page of IObit, main Homepage is connected, where there is Active X content.

It is not harmful at all.

 

Cheers.

 

... The solution found to prevent the pesky error popping up is this: IE/TOOLS/INTERNET OPTIONS/SECURITY/CUSTOM LEVEL...Then I went through the entire menu that mentioned "ActiveX Controls" and either gave "enable" or "prompt" status. Clicked APPLY at the end. Immediately executed ASC and received NO ERROR! Just FYI for all.

 

 

 

 

 

Known Bugs...

 

There are a few "known design bugs" we are aware of and trying to fix.

 

1.

When the skin is loaded, or the the user presses "Home" and the "Latest News" Tab,

the IE object defaults to IObit.com ( this can not be corrected by XSkin development )

 

2.

When the skin is loaded, or the the user presses "Home"

The IE Object appears to create a "child" GUI and off-sets the "Bg_Content.png" picture.

( this can not be corrected by XSkin development )

 

3.

The "Black" or "White" buttons for "Scan" and "Close" colors can not be controlled.

( this can not be corrected by XSkin development )

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for all your continued support enoskype!!!

 

Valuater

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Hi Valuater

How did you know how to change the layout.ini file?

I do not think that IObit has geared the program for adding home made skins. At least I doubt it.

You could try sending it to IObit and let them decide if they want to add it or not.

Allow us to view a screenshot of the opening screen please. :-)

Cheers

solbjerg

 

I was looking into designing new skins for the ASC GUI. I created a new skin called Gray in the ASC skin folder and it will not show in the user options of choices for skins.

 

Is there way to do this, or ????

 

Thanks

Valuater

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layout.ini was easy...

 

color chart...

 

http://www.endprod.com/colors/216safe.htm

 

I was thinking to use some of my XSkin styles located here...

 

http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/index.php?s=&showtopic=32494&view=findpost&p=233842

 

If you use the EzSkin.exe you can view all the skins and buttons.. no need to create the file unless you use Autoit

 

http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/index.php?autocom=downloads&showfile=45

 

You can press the Link in my sig to see all my work!

 

Valuater

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Ok Valuater

Your area of expertise!!

My preference would be the black for now, even though I bow to your expertise.

Cheers

solbjerg

 

layout.ini was easy...

 

color chart...

 

http://www.endprod.com/colors/216safe.htm

 

I was thinking to use some of my XSkin styles located here...

 

http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/index.php?s=&showtopic=32494&view=findpost&p=233842

 

If you use the EzSkin.exe you can view all the skins and buttons.. no need to create the file unless you use Autoit

 

http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/index.php?autocom=downloads&showfile=45

 

You can press the Link in my sig to see all my work!

 

Valuater

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Welcome Valuater!

 

I like that one, great work! Must look better with FREE!

 

Just for the sake of curiosity, I tried to embed a new color data stream to AWC.exe, but without a success.:-(

 

I wish IObit builds ASC 3 skinable in the future.

 

Cheers.

 

Thanks enoskype!!

 

... and yes, FREE! would look better ... lol

 

IObit doesn't even need to actually do much to make the GUI skinable just allow the skins, Black/White/Blue/etc in the skin folder to list in the drop-down combobox.

 

I could upload the skins (folders) here. In what ever format IObit would like.

 

Then, users could come here to the Forums and select skins in this thread and place it in the skin folder. (or use a zip/exe installer)

 

IObit does not need to do anything except allow the list of skins to be seen in the combobox.

 

It's just that easy!! and for my experience or back ground you can click the link in my signature as I am an MVP in Autoit and have a good clean history of helping others for years!.

 

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OK Valuater,

 

You must have done a tremendous job, I have already been to those web sites, downloaded autoit-v3-setup.exe, and EzSkin_1_2_3.zip. tried EzSkin also. Athough this is not my scope of area, I will give some time to that.

 

Now, I will show you a combobox with Blue added example in the attachment, please tell me if that is what you want from IObit.

 

Cheers.

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OK Valuater,

 

You must have done a tremendous job, I have already been to those web sites, downloaded autoit-v3-setup.exe, and EzSkin_1_2_3.zip. tried EzSkin also. Athough this is not my scope of area, I will give some time to that.

 

Now, I will show you a combobox with Blue added example in the attachment, please tell me if that is what you want from IObit.

 

Cheers.

 

Thank you enoskype, I have worked hard at Autoit!

 

That combobox is exactly what I meant! If they use a FileList() to read the skin folder for any skins, it should fill that combobox with all the skins available.

 

I really think this is a good idea for IObit, the Users and the Forums.

( of course Valuater would not show in any screen )

 

Again, Thank you enoskype, I am humbled.

 

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Hi,

 

You guys have the ability to innovate, just like me!:shock:

 

When I was a little child, I always painted my favorite toys.:razz:

 

Is the ASC your favorite one?

 

Well.... Maybe one of my favorite toys, I had been trying to create a system similar to ASC for years, and if you can't beat-em, then Join-em!!!

 

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Hi Valuater,

 

Another good one for my taste!!!

 

Why did you delete your below comment after post #6?

 

Originally posted by Valuater http://forums.iobit.com/images/buttons/viewpost.gif

OK... Where do we go from here?

 

It could have been a message to IObit.:idea: :razz:

 

Cheers.

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I have great news Pat!!!

 

Wouldn't it really be a PLUS to have these skins incorporated into the program for the end user to choose at his/her will? :-)

 

I have great news Pat!!!

 

Actually, it would make ASC a very large file to download with all the skins included. What would be much better is to allow the user to choose which skin(s) they like and download those only.

 

Well, That is now available!!! I have created a skin program to work along side of ASC so users can choose a skin and download it to use with ASC

 

See my Signature below!! Then, let me know what you think!!

 

Valuater

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