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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 If you do, you'll replace up-to-date components with outdated ones, and foobar won't start, saying some components have been damaged.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 If you do, you'll replace up-to-date components with outdated ones, and foobar won't start, saying some components have been damaged.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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Lux by ~Markkoenig ( Featured by fediaFedia )
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vertus-design Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Very nicely done, thumbs up ! :)
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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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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Markkoenig Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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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