[opensource-dev] Larger UI Question - Skinning Progress

Hitomi Tiponi hitomi.tiponi at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Sep 22 05:30:26 PDT 2010


Just some thoughts about Skinning - love the Furry bottombar btw Miss. :-)

Currently I skin for Viewer 2 - see 
http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Viewer_Skins/Starlight,  and also for the Viewer 
2-based TPV Kirstens Viewer (as do Ginger M and Niran).  I have carried out a 
number of xml changes and incorporated many made by other residents in 
StarLight.

First, a reality check - you can change only so much, even if you are good at 
deciphering and twisting the xml.  Remember that all of the functionality is 
carried out in the code which is in the world of TPV changes.  StarLight employs 
little UI changes (or big in the case of the profile panels) and the use of 
'functions/controls' provided to the interface, which are normally buried in the 
debug settings.

What you can do is give the interface a slightly different look and feel, but 
the more different you want it, other than new background files or colours, the 
harder it gets - but sometimes some clever colouring or textures can make a big 
difference to user impression.  You can also make all elements aero (i.e. 
see-through) if you want - with the exception of the menu bar, which even 
KirstenLee hasn't been able to sort out.  Recently I have changed a number of 
the xml files to make a version that can be used with both light (i.e. dark on 
light) and the normal (i.e. light on dark) skins by just changing the textures 
and colors.xml file, and expect to launch a first 'light' skin soon as this is a 
big demand.

An example of a pink light on dark skin I am working on is at 
https://wiki.secondlife.com/w/images/0/02/StarLight_Piggy_Pink.jpg - and don't 
worry, I am making more plain versions.
My own 'Nostalgia Blue' version incorporating a touch of Viewer 1 is at 
https://wiki.secondlife.com/w/images/3/3e/Nostalgia_Blue.png - out as an option 
in the next StarLight version.

If anyone has any questions about what can or can't be done (or at least my 
understanding FWIW) or wants help I am always willing to help, whether you want 
to use StarLight tweaks, add a skin over StarLight, or just colour the 
interface.



      
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