[opensource-dev] Larger UI Question - Skinning Progress
miss_c_27 at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 22 06:34:52 PDT 2010
I love your Nostalgia one, great job.
From: Hitomi Tiponi <hitomi.tiponi at yahoo.co.uk>
To: Opensource_dev <opensource-dev at lists.secondlife.com>
Sent: Wed, September 22, 2010 7:30:26 AM
Subject: [opensource-dev] Larger UI Question - Skinning Progress
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
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
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
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
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