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Lux by Markkoenig Lux by Markkoenig
Minimalistic skin for foobar2000 v.1.2.9+ and Windows 7! (UI_Hacks not working on W8?)



:) Thanks a LOT for the DailyDev! I'm really pleased you guys like this skin. :) 10,000 views! Yeah!

First-of-all , I give thanks and credit to slowboyfast for his Placebo Monolithic v3, to Br3tt for his CoverFlow v.1.4, to thanhdat1710 for his WSH Library search v1 and to MacStew for his rating WSH panel mod.

To install
Unzip everything to a portable installation folder, overwrite everything and run. To install the skin on foobar 1.3, just DON'T OVERWRITE ANY STOCK COMPONENT OR .CFG FILE. If you do, you'll replace up-to-date components with outdated ones, and foobar won't start, saying some components have been damaged.

To install in a normally installed foobar
  1. Use a fresh installation to avoid compatibility issues.
  2. Once the skin is installed, remember to untick the "Safe Mode" for WSH : Prefs/Tools/WSH.
  3. Paste "skins", "components" and "configuration" folders into the foobar2000 directory and overwrite everything. To install the skin on foobar 1.3, just DON'T OVERWRITE ANY STOCK COMPONENT OR .CFG FILE. If you do, you'll replace up-to-date components with outdated ones, and foobar won't start, saying some components have been damaged.
  4. Go to [USER]AppDataRoaming and create a "foobar2000" folder, then copy "skins" and "configuration" into OR launch foobar, it will create the AppData folder, and then copy the folders, to make sure the configuration files won't be overwritten.
  5. Install Shpeck and the fonts.
  6. Then start.


Then
Pretty much everything is written on the picture.
  1. The use of UI_Hacks causes some mess with GDI text rendering. Over a light background, text strings in the Explorer and CoverFlow tabs will appear non-antialiased, whereas they will appear antialiased over dark background. I eluded the problem on the Lyrics and Bio tabs by deactivating the antialiasing, but it would be great if someone had an efficient trick.
  2. If you want to extend the aero blur effect to the entire window (that was my first purpose), go to Prefs/Main Window and select "sheet of glass" instead of "glass frame".
  3. To move the window, maintain the mouse scroll button down. You can change it in Prefs/Main Window.
  4. If you resize your foobar window, you may want to allow more or less space to the Now Playing string : go to Prefs/ColumnsUI/Layout/[first Panel Stack Splitter]/[COMMANDS]/Configure/Script and it's somewhere in the last lines. Default value is 25.
  5. Click anywhere on the Now Playling string to activate the playing track in the ELplaylist.
  6. The weblinks panel is modified from marc20003's one on a skin called "Gas" (I couldn't find it a week later) ; I left the Spotify search command, but as I don't have Spotify, I couldn't check on it. A feedback would be very appreciated.
  7. Don't forget to install the included fonts.
  8. In order to use Shpeck, you'll have to install Winamp (only the .exe is needed, you can delete all the other files) and paste the "Plugins" folder included in this archive in the Winamp directory. If the visualization is not automatically started, go to Prefs/Visualizations/Shpeck, point the .exe, select the Classic Spectrum Analyzer in the list and hit "Start".
  9. If you'd like to modify the buttons, the (messy) .psd files are here. The default color values are pure white, alpha 20%/80% ; black 30-30-30, alpha 20%/80%.


droot1986 suggested a background for the score board (screenshot) ; to do so, put your image into the images folder and add an $imageabs function in Prefs/ColumnsUI/[first Panel Stack Splitter]/Configure/COMMANDS/Configure/Script.

Minor bugs
  1. The first time you'll start foobar, the rating panel will crash. I don't have any clue why, it never happened with the installation in which I built the skin. Don't worry, start playing a track, reload the script (right click/Configure/Ok) and it will work as a charm.
  2. The weblinks probably won't show up at first start either, but again play a track and they'll appear. I must have missed something somewhere, sorry for that. Might not happen on a normal installation.


N.B. : this skin lies on the UI_Hacks component, which is frequently flagged as trojan or virus (cf. its name).

One of the wallpapers is here and I lost the other one.
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Given 2013-09-17
Lux by ~Markkoenig ( Featured by fediaFedia )
:iconvertus-design:
vertus-design Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Very nicely done, thumbs up ! :)
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:iconmarkkoenig:
Markkoenig Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Hehe, thanks!
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:iconthegodofbigthings:
Hi. First of all, this is amazing, clean theme. Simple, slick and well designed. Congratulations on that.

I'm looking to change the color of inactive labels (such as biography, coverflow, lyrics, etc). I want the unselected items to be a darker shade of grey (they are currently white). I tried changing the colors in Prefs/Display/Columns UI/Colors and Fonts but can't figure out which one to change. Any help?

Also, I'd like to get rid of the web links at the bottom. How can I do that?
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Well, thank you very much  :)

It's quite late here, so I'll give you a more complete answer tomorrow night. Until then, I advise you to take a look at my tutorial and my DA mates' slowboyfast and FlipOut69, you'll find the tricks to modify simple values like text colors, etc. What you want to change for a dark tone is in the ELPlaylist's script (most of the desing is done within the scripts, not the dialog box options). To get rid of the weblinks, if I remember well you just need to delete the WSH panel that displays them (in ColumnsUI's layout). As for the labels, that's the one flaw of this skin, the transparency process works through alpha transparency (Preferences/Main Window), which means you can't get colors, any opacity levels. I really should work on an update for this skin, as it's still one of my favourites and it needs improvement, but as far as I can tell, the only way to enhance the transparency features would be to modify foobar's code itself, and that is beyond my reach...
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chloegracemoretz99 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i cant install this hayzz can u help me
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Follow the instructions. If you have a portable foobar installation, just don't overwrite any file (I had included the stock components but they're outdated now). On the first startup, choose Columns UI in dialog box ; when you'll have added tracks, if the rating panel had crashed, right click on it, click Apply and it's done.
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chloegracemoretz99 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i downloaded the latest version not portable sorry it is ryt? ha??
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:iconmarkkoenig:
Markkoenig Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
It's right as long as you follow the instructions. As underlined in the instructions, when you copy-paste the files from the archive to your foobar directory, just don't overwrite anything. Or I can send you a pre-skinned portable foobar package, ready-to-run.
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chloegracemoretz99 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thanks i will wait!
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Here you go : www.mediafire.com/download/dj8… ; don't forget to install the fonts. The Plugins folder concerns the Winamp visualization, which is totally optionnal.
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chloegracemoretz99 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i dont like winamp but thanks hehehe can i add u in facebook
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:iconnullio0:
nullio0 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Hi, I tried installing your skin but when I started foobar, I got an error saying "Internal error - one or more of the installed components have been damaged". :(
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:iconmarkkoenig:
Markkoenig Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
That must be a compatibility error. You have to overwrite the components you already have. That's why I recommed installing it on a fresh new installation. I just saw that f2k 1.3 final hed been released, but if you install 1.3 and then install the skin and save the .fcl file, there shouldn't be any problem (worked with 1.3 beta 5).
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nullio0 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
I tried using a fresh uninstall as well (uninstalled everything then reinstalled), but it still gives me that error. Also, where or how do I save the fcl file? Thanks.
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
To save the .fcl file, Prefs/Columns UI/Main. Which version of foobar do you use?
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:iconnullio0:
nullio0 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
sorry, i meant fresh install
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nullio0 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
So I tried troubleshooting and replaced the components one by one and found out that my foobar wouldn't launch after I replaced the foo_input_std.dll. I then proceeded to replacing everything else and got This when I opened up foobar.
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Well I don't know much about that component, I checked my own foobar, i'm using version 1.0... And I just installed my skin to a fresh foobar v1.3 final, there is no problem at all :/ 
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
I'm sooo sorry, my mistake! I thought we were talking about my last one, Nightshift! It works perfectly with 1.3, you just need to install everything EXCEPT ANY STOCK v1.3 component and .cfg file (in folder 'configuration'). If you do so, you will replace up-to-date components with outdated ones, obviously. I'm sorry I have kept you waiting for such a simple solution, my apologies.

Btw, the rating panel will still crashed at the first start, just right click/configure/Apply without touching anything, done.
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:iconnullio0:
nullio0 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Thanks for the reply, I seem to have gotten most of the skin to work. But the bottom bar where the web searches are still isn't working. :(
See picture
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usernamey Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
I had the same problem too. It seems that this isnt compatible with 1.3 :c

Im using this with v1.2.9 from oldapps.com and its working perfectly :)

This is a great skin!
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Eckhart90 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Hi, thank you for the beautiful skin!
I only have a problem: my frame isn't as "white" as yours...

screenshot

As you can see it's difficult to read text in the upper panel.
How can I change the frame color/opacity?

P.S.: How can I add a search bar (like the one iTunes has).

Thank you for the help and sorry for my english!
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Thank you :) 
The frame color/transparency on this skin is not up to foobar, but to Windows. Mine was lighter because of my Visual Style (Glass Onion). If you want to make the upper panel more readable, you only can increase the text string's opacity. Also complex and detailed wallpapers (as I can see on your screeshot) make it more difficult to read. Last solution : draw a plain rectangle (or display an image) on the PSS where the string is coded, right beneath this string. This way you'll have a background to the upper panel, so you won't have to worry about it. 
As for the search bar, you can tweak the skin to make one (reduce the big panel's heigh and place it right under it, for example). Seek on our tutorials, you'll probably find what you need. Otherwise install the foo_quicksearch.dll component, then Ctrl+F should do just fine. 
I hope you got what you need :) tell me how it goes.
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rimsilva Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
My antivirus block foo_ui_hacks.dll. How can I overcome this?
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:iconmarkkoenig:
Markkoenig Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Make an exception for the file in your antivirus, or tell it not to scan your f2k folder.
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:iconrimsilva:
rimsilva Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Thks, this is a server antivirus I can't do that :(
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Then I don't know how you can sort this out... Sorry :/ Maybe you can try renaming it (cause the problem is most probably the name), but I don't think foobar will be able to find it then.
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rimsilva Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Thanks anyway.
First I need to get the zip file without the "..hack.dll" because the antivirus deleted all, then I need to solve the dll issue, but like you said probably foobar will not recognize it.
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Here's the file without the .dll.
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:iconrimsilva:
rimsilva Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Thanks!
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dantenopolis Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
wow cool skin !!Clap Clap Clap  i love it !!! La la la la La la la la La la la la thanks for sharing friend !!!!!:happybounce: Hug 
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
You're welcome mate, I'm glad you like it! :)
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haipham Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
this is awesome :happybounce: 
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:iconmarkkoenig:
Markkoenig Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Thank you very much :D
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:iconutria:
utria Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
good design.
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:iconmarkkoenig:
Markkoenig Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Thanks :)
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:iconutria:
utria Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You are welcome.
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FlipOut69 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I have few suggestions for this skin.

1. I realized the 'S' symbol for bitrate can't be seen for <128kbps and anything between 129 and 319kbps
Maybe you want to try this to replace your current code :

$ifgreater(0,$sub(%bitrate%,321),$puts(Symbol,∬),)
$ifgreater(%bitrate%,128,,$puts(Symbol,∫))
$ifgreater(321,%bitrate%,,$puts(Symbol,∭))

$font(OpenSymbol,12,)
$drawstring($get(Symbol),50,5,20,%el_height%,$get(text_color_alt),hcenter aa),)

2. Long album titles in elplaylist are splitted into 2 lines, here's the example i42.tinypic.com/28mps9d.jpg. I know that long titles is uncommon and it's 'fixed' when I resize the window.
But if you change the string height to fixed value (17 in my case) and make it a little bit lower, that'll fix it.

3. English Bio language : Prefs -> Tools -> Biography Server -> Last.fm -> Server Language -> English.

Oh and congrats on DD =D

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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
1. I had noticed this on time but forgot it some days later.
2. I just saw that yesterday!
3. Oh, good to know.

So, thanks a lot for all this, you're finishing up my work! :D Thanksthanksthanks
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FlipOut69 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome. glad I could help :)
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moonxyiptsz Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thank you so much!!! Finally have a new, awesome skin to use.
But I still don't get the pt.4, the window seems little bit too wide for me and I can't resize it.
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
The pt.4 is only about the score board, meaning that if you enlarge the window, you can allow more characters to be displayed (by default it's limited to 25 if I remember well). I'm not sure I get what you ask, the window is resizable as any window on Windows...
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burnsplayguitar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
wow. great foobar skin. 
a long time far from customization and I almost forget this player. 
Great piece
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Thank you very much :lol:
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burnsplayguitar Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:handshake:
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slowboyfast Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Artist
Gratz ond DD! :D
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Yeah, thanx :D
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thedarkerone Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Congrats on DD. :)
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Thanks mate ;)
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AnonymousGrafix Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   General Artist
Well done Marc
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