Simplex for minimalists
Out of a little frustration I started 2 months ago to brew my own variant of Simplex. The design premise was to keep it minimalistic. I.e. to display only what is really needed in order to get to your media. I.e if you are into colourful backgrounds, animations etc, and some of the most recent additions in features, this skin is not for you. I am also not into TV series. It is really only optimised for what I am using. And that is a 10-foot interface to my music collection and occasionally watching movie.
I named it Simplex pure. I will not be surprised if some will find that hilarious. It is also only a tweak of what was already there. I.e I used ideas and code from inbox, wunderwally and Jason Mehring. If I had known how tedious skinning is, I should never have started. Hence, my greatest respect for those who do original work.
As I borrowed heavily, I feel I should share what I got. You can find the code here, together with screen shots to check out before you download.
There are three obnoxious problems I have not been able to overcome. And that is the other motivation for this posting. May be someone can help me with a hint. As a matter of fact these problem were part of what got me started in the first place.
- I use a Mac as PHT. When l am playing music, I am not able to use the Apple remote control to change the volume. I works fine when playing videos. Every skin I looked at suffers from this problem including the Plex default skin. Hence, I suspect the culprit is PHT itself.
- I can not make the item "Channels" in the main menu bar work properly. I can not find that in any other skin either.
- The recently used queue for channels does work only sometimes. Apart from the official skin any other one seems to have problems here too.
All over all, I would like to design the home window to resemble much closer the one from the XBMC Quartz skin. I.e. instead of individual libraries, I would prefer to link to music, movies and TV stuff collected under only one menu item in each case. However, I do not see how to do that in Plex.
I will certainly fix little glitches in the future, and try to keep the code working with new releases of PHT. But do not expect me to add new features. However, if I learn how to iron out the three problems I highlighted, I will happily work on that and update the zip-file on the web.