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illustra (Not your usual illustro clone)

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Re: illustra (Not your usual illustro clone)

eclectic-tech » October 24th, 2018, 1:59 am

raiguard wrote:
October 24th, 2018, 1:37 am
Great job on these skins, they're really pretty and well designed! I could see these as replacements for illustro, if that's what you were trying to go for.

But there is one thing...

!Execute has been deprecated for eons! :o
Yikes! :o How did that get in there! Thanks for the proofread... I better check the rest of these files to see if !Execute or !Rainmeter crept back in somehow.

I like the simplicity poiru coded and thought it would make a good candidate to SCALE. My intention was not to replace illustro. I undertook this due to a query about using illustro, but not able scale them up for higher resolution displays.

Not my call or desire to replace that long time favorite illustro, just tried to create something similar for HD displays. There are some issues (Frosted Glass plugin lags on some systems) and a few techniques that may be more than a "first time users" should have to deal with. :x
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Re: illustra (Not your usual illustro clone)

eclectic-tech » October 24th, 2018, 2:50 pm

Updated RMSKIN to V 1.2018.10.24 in first post with some changes reported by members... Thanks! 8-)
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Re: illustra (Not your usual illustro clone)

jsmorley » October 24th, 2018, 2:58 pm

I would probably add a small "close skin" to the weather location skin. Maybe just an "X".

or...

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Re: illustra (Not your usual illustro clone)

eclectic-tech » October 24th, 2018, 3:06 pm

jsmorley wrote:
October 24th, 2018, 2:58 pm
I would probably add a small "close skin" to the weather location skin. Maybe just an "X".
I am considering that on the 'settings' skins (ones that you normally do not display).

I will probably do that, but in keeping with a learning experience, knowing you can right-click any skin to access the context menu and 'unload', is a lesson new users need to be aware of... (I think I remember seeing you post that :sly: )

Thanks for the continued feedback!
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Re: illustra (Not your usual illustro clone)

jsmorley » October 24th, 2018, 3:08 pm

Another thought, which I use in my weather skin, is to not bury those setting under "Custom skin actions" in the context menu. I would be tempted to make them front-and-center, with a menu item to get the user to the normal skin context menu.

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RightMouseUpAction=[!SkinCustomMenu]
ContextTitle=Location: [CityNameChild]
ContextAction=[]
ContextTitle2=Time: [ObservationTimeChild]
ContextAction2=[]
ContextTitle3=----
ContextAction3=[]
ContextTitle4=Change to Fahrenheit
ConTextAction4=[!WriteKeyValue Variables UnitOfMeasure "i" "#@#WXDataWeatherVars.inc"][!Refresh]
ContextTitle5=Change to Celsius
ConTextAction5=[!WriteKeyValue Variables UnitOfMeasure "m" "#@#WXDataWeatherVars.inc"][!Refresh]
ContextTitle6=Change Location Code
ContextAction6=[!ActivateConfig "JSMeter\WXDataWeather\WXDataLocation" "WXDataLocation.ini"]
ContextTitle7=Open @Includes folder
ContextAction7=["#@#"]
ContextTitle8=----
ContextAction8=[]
ContextTitle9=More actions ...
ContextAction9=[!SkinMenu]
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Re: illustra (Not your usual illustro clone)

jsmorley » October 24th, 2018, 3:09 pm

You could always add "Refresh skin" and "Unload skin" to those custom context items...
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Re: illustra (Not your usual illustro clone)

eclectic-tech » October 24th, 2018, 3:18 pm

jsmorley wrote:
October 24th, 2018, 3:09 pm
You could always add "Refresh skin" and "Unload skin" to those custom context items...
Yes, I have made the custom context menu the default and will add that technique to the Weather skin.

In looking at the Locator, it seems during my testing, I removed the scale feature :o
It's scary what can happen to your code when you use !WriteKeyValue and constantly change and test code :sly: :lol:

I will get an update posted a little later today with those suggestions and a scale-able Locator!
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Re: illustra (Not your usual illustro clone)

eclectic-tech » October 24th, 2018, 6:35 pm

Made a few tweaks to the skins (File in first post updated)

Show Custom skin menu on Weather skin when right-clicked
Added an 'X' to the Weather and Option skins to make it easy to close those skins
Corrected the Title vertical position in the TransformationMatrix to maintain relationship
Moved the scaling measure to the include file (simplified common code)
Reduced the default transparency of opaque and accent colors for better text display on busy background

Working on optional Zoom based on skin screen position; may never add that feature, but it would be cool! 8-)

Thanks for all the testing and comments :great:
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Re: illustra (Not your usual illustro clone)

kyriakos876 » October 24th, 2018, 8:00 pm

Excuse me sir,
I see bars in your 2 Disks.ini code
ExcuuuuuseMe.png
But I don't see them here unless I get so close to my screen that I can see the RGB written on each pixel...
Maybe use some different color for that? :great:

In a dark wallpaper it's kinda better
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Re: illustra (Not your usual illustro clone)

balala » October 24th, 2018, 8:34 pm

As usually, this is a nice suite, however I'd have two comments (if permitted):
  • Same as kyriakos876 above: I practically can't see the bars of the disks. Take into account to change the colors, please.
  • Although this isn't a big issue, however I have to say that in the 2 Disks.ini skin you've set the Sacale variable to Scale=2. In all other skins it is set to Scale=1. Due to this, the 2 Disks.ini loads bigger than the other skins. As I said, not a problem however it looks ugly when loaded. Maybe fix this into a next release (if there will be any).
  • The illustra\Locator\WXDataLocation.ini skin usually works well, however sometimes a small background resizing issue occurs. I tried to make a search of my own location, so I entered gheorgheni into the searching box and I got the appropriate two existing locations. The issue is with the background, which wasn't properly resized (see the attached image). I'm not sure if this happens all times when there are exactly two results (couldn't find another location which gives two), but for me this happened.
Otherwise congratulations, looking very good.
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