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Retroplex

se.bastianse.bastian Plex EmployeePosts: 488Members, Plex Employee, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Plex Employee
Let's talk about it again, here.
Welcome back!


This is a new thread for the Laïka-flavored Retroplex.

I won't go into boring details about how or why all this wait, but instead wish to thank you all for your patience and nothing but positive posts during the waiting. It really made it all feel more fun and important to get the updated version done. So: Thank You! :)

Also; Happy Birthday to Retroplex! One year already, exactly today! :)

Now, as this will be the new "official" post for Retroplex, i'll do a new and complete presentation of it here-under. The rest will follow as it always has; please discuss about it here, be it about your love or hate for it, making suggestions or wishing features.

Short intro: the intended update to *just* integrate the latest amazing Laïka features and make it work correctly turned into something much more as time went by, and thus this is today a major update and evolution for Retroplex. All the better, right!? It is more sober, more focused, and yet a little more playful. A little more grown up i guess. Some colors have changed, the sepia overload has been toned down, the filtering grains are sharper, animations have been reworked for a smoother and more discreet effect, code has been optimized, views have been tweaked, and much, much more.

Those that know and love the Retroplex slideshow will be thrilled to know that over 500 new photos have been added into it, bringing the total amount of slides to about 850! That's a lifetime's supply of amazing photos of all the beautiful starlets of the history of cinema. Retroplex loves all classic cinema, and so now the photos span from the silent movie era -with beauties like Louise Brooks or Clara Bow- to the late 60's Bardot era. All photos, as usual, have been hand picked and lovingly cropped for the best possible presentation and your enjoyment.

As i've grown to consider this slideshow so integral and a distinctive feature of Retroplex that it's an attraction on its own right, it is now on by default when the skin is installed for the first time. If you wish to turn it off (but why would you!?), the options for the home screen slideshows have now been deported into the Settings with other home options.

Other new stuff includes following the official/mother ship direction and ditching the weather (gasp!) and favorites (gulp!). Also, some simplification in options has been attempted, a new "Go To Home" button is in all left side menus, all old "Now Playing" visualizers have been ditched in favor of a unique and wonderful new Pin Up slideshow with a classic record player animation. And again, much much more to discover…

As a counterpoint, a lot of other stuff is still to be perfected (as it always is), but that's the fun part of it! Right??

Thanks go to scotty for the everlastingly awesome startup sound, gedoode for the media flags, and radar for beta-testing and sanity checks. Thanks guys :)


So let's get to the proper presentation with pretty pictures!


The Home screen:

1_home.jpg

"On Deck" and "Recently Added":

2_ondeck.jpg

The familiar left side menu, accessible in every screen:

3_left_menu.jpg

List view:

4_list.jpg

Slide view:

5_slides.jpg

Posters big view:

6_posters_big.jpg

Posters small view:

7_posters_small.jpg

TV Show Banner view:

8_banners_single.jpg

TV Show Multi Banner view:

9_banners_multi.jpg

Second part in the post below.
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Comments

  • se.bastianse.bastian Plex Employee Posts: 488Members, Plex Employee, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Plex Employee
    edited March 2012
    TV Episodes Big List view:

    10_list_big.jpg

    Full Info screen:

    11_full_info.jpg

    Photos view:

    12_photos.jpg

    The wonderful new "Now Playing" screen:

    13_now_playing.jpg

    "Now Playing" home screen version with Retroplex slideshow:

    14_now_playing_home.jpg

    Video OSD/controller:

    15_osd.jpg

    Video OSD/controller menus:

    16_osd_menu.jpg

    And of course Natalie is still there to help you whenever you need her:

    17_help.jpg

    So there!


    Retroplex is available via the most excellent Preen, so please use it to install and update the skin.


    The post below this one will be the one to follow, as all the updates will be noted there. New updates will get posted in the thread, but as its size will grow if you just wish to check the latest changes, the post below is the quick and easy way to do just that.

    As always, please leave comments, love notes, hate mail, bug reports, fabulous cocktail recipes and whatever else in this thread, or open a new one in this Retroplex section if you feel it necessary. But remember; be correct :)

    Thanks everybody!

    Sebastian.
  • se.bastianse.bastian Plex Employee Posts: 488Members, Plex Employee, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Plex Employee
    edited October 2012
    UPDATES & NOTES

    07 October 2012:

    - Show only "In Progress" icon for the home lists

    12 September 2012:

    - Fixed the "Shutdown" and "Sleep" actions in the left side menu
    - Added an option to hide the pinups in the left side menu (sad, but hey, i can understand that it might be necessary)
    - Added an option to hide the "On Deck" and "Recently Added" list on home
    - The "Skin Settings" menu has been reorganized a little
    - Added "unwatched/in progress" indicators for "On Deck" and "Recently Added"
    - Activated the on-screen notifications
    - Animated the retroplex logo in "Now Playing" screen (it cycles with the turntable) to eliminate any eventual burn-in

    19 March 2012:

    - Fixed missing "unwatched" indicator for TV Shows in the "Small Thumbnails" view

    18 March 2012:

    - Integrated a dynamic (only shows when the player is active) "Now Playing Visualizer" left menu item for accessing it without keyboard from all screens
    - Fixed the letter "W" being truncated in the "Search" window left side visual keyboard
    - Download/Update now available through Preen (thanks Vicarious!)

    13 March 2012:

    - Temporary fix for the "disappearing home menu title when scrolling through it for the second time": the fix involves not having the transition animation for the selected title, but sometimes it might be better to see it every time rather than see it with a fancy animation every second time. More investigation follows...
    - Fixed the "Recently Added" list having a repeating title.
  • seahorsejlseahorsejl Posts: 181Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    I can't wait to install it! Just need my main plex box to not be in use :)
  • nifocnifoc Posts: 48Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    Thank you very much making Retroplex even more awesome :)
  • MrHydeMrHyde Posts: 50Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    Wow wow thanks very very much! My wife and I love this skin!
  • se.bastianse.bastian Plex Employee Posts: 488Members, Plex Employee, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Plex Employee
    Thanks guys, i hope you (and your better halves) enjoy it :)
  • jamerson9jamerson9 Posts: 772Members ✭✭
    Thanks very much for the updated skins, looks fabulous!
  • CRiMeCRiMe Posts: 261Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    Happy birthday, Retroplex! And thank you so much for the update, se.bastian.
  • marklightmarklight Posts: 982Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    Bravo!
  • jason.normandinjason.normandin Posts: 20Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    Beautiful work!!
  • plkplk Posts: 196Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    Gorgeous! So great to have it back!
  • Stefan2010Stefan2010 Posts: 82Members
    edited March 2012
    This skin is amazing. Glad it's back for Laika!! Looks even better than before.
    I LOVE the banner view for TV shows and the new OSD!

    Thanks Sebastian for the hard work you (obviously) put in here!

    One little thing though:
    When scrolling down the main menu every things fine for "the first round" and looks like this:
    IMG_0380.JPG

    But when you scroll down further and the items appear for the second time, the movie entry appears like this:

    IMG_0381.JPG

    This happens for all items. When scrolling even further down, so that e.g. Movies appears for the third time, everything works as it should!
  • SmithcraftSmithcraft Posts: 351Members ✭✭
    Cool! Retroplex and I have the same birthday. :)

    SC
  • shadowman10shadowman10 Posts: 3Members ✭✭
    Best skin ever, thanks.
  • se.bastianse.bastian Plex Employee Posts: 488Members, Plex Employee, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Plex Employee
    Thanks everybody for your kind words :)

    Stefan2010 wrote:

    But when you scroll down further and the items appear for the second time, the movie entry appears like this:

    IMG_0381.JPG

    This happens for all items. When scrolling even further down, so that e.g. Movies appears for the third time, everything works as it should!


    That's a strange issue. I'm unable to reproduce, but will investigate. Thanks for reporting!
  • losangeleslosangeles Posts: 112Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    Amazing job! Thank you!

    This problem happens to me as well. Not so important though. I'm sure you'll figure it out.
  • LundmarkLundmark Posts: 408Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    YAY, YOU MADE ME NOT HATE MONDAYS ANYMORE!
  • plkplk Posts: 196Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    The same thing happens for me, too. It doesn't happen every time I go up or down in the main menu, so I'm not sure what's causing it. Seems to occur more when going down the menu than going up.
  • parrotsparrots Posts: 3Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    I've also noticed the text disappearing issue. For me the pattern is every even pass through the list of home screen options (first works fine, second pass broken, third ok, fourth not, etc) there is no blue text.

    Is the, for lack of a better word, "ghosting" effect on purpose? When I loop through the home screen options the white text that animates up and down has a trail behind it, akin to older LCDs. Figured you might be going for an effect there, but if not it's another bug.

    Thanks for the release, I'll be throwing this on my HTPC tonight!
  • LundmarkLundmark Posts: 408Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    (I too have the menu bug. All highlighted menu items disappear on the main menu when I've gone through them all once.)
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