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Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes

 

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The beloved theme which has had an 80 page run with Kodi Isengard (v15) returns in Kodi Jarvis (v16) as Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes. As @@im85288 and @@badaas move on to Eunique (which so happens to use From Ashes' Audio Suite so check it out!) long term support custodianship of what I personally like to believe is one of the best themes currently out for Kodi has fallen to me. Although updates won't be as frequent as they once were, the point of From Ashes is to ensure that it continues to work in Jarvis and beyond.

 

Released Christmas Eve, Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes features all the enhancements made to the Kodi experience by its predecessor while introducing new enhancements such as the Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Audio Suite to ensure that you have an engaging multimedia entertainment experience.

 

Current Version: 3.4.70 (December 13, 2016) / 4.9.92-alpha9 (January 08, 2017)

 

Official Sites
 
Lifecycle Policy
 
To help ensure and maintain the Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes experience, NortheBridge has imposed a lifecycle policy. Each major release of Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes undergoes several phases during the active life of the Kodi addon: Preview Availability (PA), General Availability (GA), Long Term Support (LTS), and End of Life (EoL). The lifecycle policy for Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes is available at https://northebridge.com/systems/oss/kodi/fromashes/lifecycle as well as displayed below:
  • Arctic Zephyr: Exploded - Kodi 15 Isengard - Initial Release: April 2015 - Status: End of Life (November 2015)
  • Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes - Kodi 16 Jarvis - Initital Release: December 2015 - Status: LAST CALL UPDATE (November 2016)
  • Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes (Danvers) - Kodi 17 Krypton - Initial Release: August 2016 - Status: Preview Availability (August 2016)
  • Arctic Zephyr: For Another Age - TBD/Future Successor
Requirements (Kodi 17 Krypton)
Optional Suggested Addons (Kodi 17 Krypton)
Kodi 16 (Jarvis)
Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes support for Kodi Jarvis (Kodi 16) is coming to an end and is now in "End of Life" Status. As of November 2, 2016, it is no longer supported and will not receive future updates. However, we understand that not all devices are Kodi Krypton ready yet. The installation is a little different on Jarvis than it is on Krypton. Rather than installing from a Repo, you'll need to download the zip file from the "How to Get It (Release Channels)" section below and you'll need:
Description
 
Conceived in April 2015 as "Arctic Zephyr: Exploded," by @@im85288 and @@badaas before later being curated and published by NortheBridge as "Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes," authored by @Guardian Hope - From Ashes is the second generation and successor of the "Arctic Zephyr: Exploded" skin for Kodi and introduced support for Kodi Jarvis while retaining its predecessor's capabilities and design. Now that the From Ashes Project is moving into its second year, the third generation of the skin - "Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Danvers" is now co-authored by @Guardian Hope and minus0 and introduces new features and design aesthetics for a modern skin intended for Kodi Krypton. It continues to be published by NortheBridge and is based on the original Arctic Zephyr created by Jurialmonkey although many have posed the notion that Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes is in its own right, a skin by itself due to how far it has diverged from the original.
 
History
 
This From Ashes project has existed on the Emby forums since 2015 and was brought to the Kodi forums with the release of the "Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Audio Suite," into the official Kodi Repo the latter available for use with any skin or skin modification provided the appropriate credits are given. Officially, the "Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Audio Suite" is used in Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes and Eunique but will work with any skin.
 
Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes supports everything its predecessor did except it has moved well beyond in both design and scope. The idea is to stay true to AZ:E (http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=223715 / http://emby.media/community/index.php?/topic/19594-arctic-zephyr-exploded/page-1) while advancing forward with a theme favored by a lot among the Emby community.

 

How to Get It (Release Channels)

 

Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes can be obtained from a variety of official sources. Please, only download Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes from the sources outlined below to ensure you have the authentic skin:

GitHub also contains the source code for "Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes."

 

Installing

 
For Kodi Krypton (v17) or later - Enable "Addons from Third-Party Sources" and Install the NortheBridge by Design Repository. Once installed, simply browse to "Install from Repository," Select "NortheBridge by Design," Select "Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Danvers," and Select "Install." It may take two minutes to install depending on the specifications of your hardware and internet connection. Kodi will ask you to switch to "Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Danvers" when it's ready.
 
For Kodi Jarvis (v16) - Install the Dormer Zip File (AZ:FA 3.2.40) or you may get it from the Emby Beta Repository by installing the Emby Beta Repository and then browsing to "Install from Repository," Select "Emby Beta Repository," Select "Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes," and Select "Install." It may take two minutes to install depending on the specifications of your hardware and internet connection. Kodi will ask you to switch to "Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes" when it's ready.
 
Install from GitHub Source (for advanced users) - Simply download from GitHub and rename the folder inside the zip to either "skin.arctic.zephyr.fromashes" for Kodi 16 Jarvis (Dormer - 3.2.40) or "skin.arctic.zephyr.fromashes.danvers for Kodi 17 Krypton (Danvers - 5.x). You may apply this same method to install a development branch which is usually signified by its version number suffixed with "-dev" such as "5.0.00-dev." Please note that using a development branch is intended for advanced users who know how to install the released version as development branches share the same version number as their released counterparts.
 
Pre-Release Software Notice (Krypton - "Danvers Preview")
 
ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES (DANVERS PREVIEW) IS EARLY STAGE PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE COMMUNITY FOR TESTING. ALTHOUGH IT IS LIKELY MOST, IF NOT ALL, FEATURES OF ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES WORK ON KODI 17 KRYPTON, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT CERTAIN FUNCTIONALITY MAY BE LIMITED OR MAY NOT WORK AT ALL. YOUR USE OF PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE IS DONE SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.

 

Known Issues

 

As with any software, Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes is not immune to glitches, bugs, and other limitations which may crop up from time to time. Some issues have been inherited from Arctic Zephyr: Exploded while others have been introduced through the ongoing development of Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes. The following is a list of all known validated issues:

  • To be Updated
The Best Audio Experience
 
To get the best experience, Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes will try to change Kodi's default Confluence sounds over to the From Ashes Audio Suite. If it doesn't do that, simply go to "Look and Feel," click "GUI Sounds," and enable the Audio Suite by clicking on it and selecting "Use." It's compatible with any theme working for Jarvis or later and integrated with Eunique as well (another great theme I strongly recommend you check out!).

 

Special Thanks

 

I would like to give a special thanks to @@im85288 especially for helping (and continuing to help me) ease into the Kodi theme development process. I'd like to also thank @@im85288 and @@badaas for making such a great theme! This theme is the reason I stuck with Kodi after Windows Media Center was removed from Windows 10 Pro. I also believe a special thanks to @@marcelveldt is in order who was the one that created the skin helper which this and virtually every other theme here relies upon.

 

Continued Development

 

As I had mentioned earlier, development will continue on Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes although the pace may be quite slow at times. One of the best ways I have found to speed up seeing things that you want to see is that if you know how to develop Kodi addons and themes, simply hop on over to GitHub and contribute. It is a community theme now after all and a contributors page will be in the next release!

 

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Arctic Zephyr for Emby Changelog

Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Danvers "Beta 6 Preview Christmas Day Update" - Released December, 25, 2016
Danvers: 4.9.92-beta6 (4.9.92-beta6_danvers)

ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES ANNIVERSARY EDITION (CODENAMED "DANVERS") IS PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE DESIGNED FOR A PRE-RELEASE VERSION OF KODI. THERE IS NO GUARNTEE THAT ALL FEATURES WILL WORK. PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANY ISSUES YOU RUN INTO. THIS SKIN IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE NORTHEBRIDGE BY DESIGN(R) REPOSITORY, EMBY BETA REPOSITORY, GITHUB, OR VIA DIRECT ZIP FILE DOWNLOAD ONLY.

AGPLv3 License Scheme(changed from LGPLv3)
Addon Framework Update to Danvers 4.9.92
Texture Package Update to Danvers 4.9.92
Resolved Issue: Missing Fonts
Added new InfoWall View - Episodes
Changed InfoWall to left/right plot block
Fixed DialogContextMenu not displaying correctly
Added Kodi Privacy Policy to SystemInfo Window
Upgraded SmartPlaylist Editor to Kodi17 requirements
Fixed Hubs in "override.xml"
Removed Hubs Category in SkinSettings ( no longer needed )
Fixed Home Widgets plot text not scrolling.
Added Animated FanArt to "FlipMusicInfo" Visualization
Added Gradient Background ( lower portion ) to "FlipMusicInfo" Visualization
Minor Changes

Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Danvers "Beta 5 Preview Update" - Released November 13, 2016
Danvers: 4.9.91-beta5 (4.9.91-beta5_danvers)

ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES ANNIVERSARY EDITION (CODENAMED "DANVERS") IS PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE DESIGNED FOR A PRE-RELEASE VERSION OF KODI. THERE IS NO GUARNTEE THAT ALL FEATURES WILL WORK. PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANY ISSUES YOU RUN INTO. THIS SKIN IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE NORTHEBRIDGE BY DESIGN(R) REPOSITORY, EMBY BETA REPOSITORY, GITHUB, OR VIA DIRECT ZIP FILE DOWNLOAD ONLY.

Addon Framework Update to Danvers 4.9.91
Texture Package Update to Danvers 4.9.91
Updated "About From Ashes" Information Screen
Changelog Corrections
Danvers Notification Update
Added feature FlipMusicInfo
Added Library View "InfoWall 2"
Added Library View "Panel"
Added Library View "Gallery"
Added Music Library Views - "Wall Square," "Big Icons," and "Panel" to Music Library Views
Added Colour Section "Indicators" in Skin Settings.
Ability to Change Watched,UnWatched, Playing, and Resume Colour Indicators.
Indicator Was Added to all Library Views
Changed Library Navigation to Include Videos, Music, Pictures, Programs, and Addons.
SideBlade Is Now Main navigation. Views Are Selected Next to SideBlade with the Corresponding Thumb View.
Fullscreen Effect
Missing View Thumbs Plus New View Thumbs Were Added
Added Plot Overlay Button to SideBlade With Ability to Enable/Disable
Changed CuLyrics Display Window so Player Controls and Song Lyrics Display On Top of Music Visualization.
Music Visualization - FlipMusicInfo Has the Option to Show Spinning DiscArt, and Border Box around Info
Bitrate Was Added to the Info
NOTICE: To Use Feature Flip MusicInfo, CuLyrics Has to be Set to Manual.\
Added the Ability to use Advance Launcher In Some Library Views
Added FileManager Icon Box to Settings Page
Changed Focus Highlight Colour to Match Text Banner
Fixed Icon thumb scaling in DialogAddonInfo
Fixed Icon scaling in some views

Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Danvers "Alpha 9 Preview Update" - Released September 24, 2016
Danvers: 4.9.90-alpha9 (4.2.90-alpha9_danvers)

ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES ANNIVERSARY EDITION (CODENAMED "DANVERS") IS PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE DESIGNED FOR A PRE-RELEASE VERSION OF KODI. THERE IS NO GUARNTEE THAT ALL FEATURES WILL WORK. PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANY ISSUES YOU RUN INTO. THIS SKIN IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE NORTHEBRIDGE BY DESIGN(R) REPOSITORY, EMBY BETA REPOSITORY, GITHUB, OR VIA DIRECT ZIP FILE DOWNLOAD ONLY.

Emby Comptability Improvements
General Stability Enhancements for Beta Release
Danvers Alpha 9 Textures Package
Resolved Issues With Fonts
Music Hub Implemented (Based on AZ:Braz)
Music OSD Controls Now Available on Submenus
Added some of "Braz's visualizations for Music." (Selectable in Settings)
Changed How "script.cu-lrclyrics" Visualization Displays. (NOTICE: Must be installed to function. AZ:FA WILL REQUIRE THIS ADDON IN BETA 1)
Updated all Playlist and Playlist Editors
Changed the Graphic Equalizer in the Notification Area
Made Equalizer Smaller to fit AZ:FA Design
Changed the "playring.png" Texture to Now Reflect "ColourHighlight" Selection
Added in "Playlist" Folder Braz's "albumwall.xsp" That is Selectable in Settings as a Background Visualization.
More Design Fixes and Additions
Added "Icons" view in "AddonBrowser"
Made "Hubs" Now Fit Design Scheme.
Made "script.skinshortcuts" More In Line with Design Scheme
Changed Main and Sub Headings in Settings to Smaller font and now Centered.
Fixed Hub Widget Border not Working for Color Selection
Updated Dialogs to Alpha 9


Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Danvers "Alpha 8 Cumulative Preview Update" - Released September 9, 2016
Danvers: 4.9.90-alpha8 (4.2.90-alpha8_danvers)

Cumulative Update to Alpha 7 Preview Update to Fix Critical Kodi Crash Issue
Updated the User Experience to the Danvers Font Family ("Segoe," a modern version of the fonts from AZ:E)
Unused Fonts Moved to "_AZEChunk" for removal at AZ:FA Danvers Release (this has caused a slight increase in size)
Dialog Windows Have Been Updated with Significant Changes
A Toggle Switch is now Available for the Keyboard at Skin Settings > Extras (Option to Turn On/Off Autocompletion)
Addon Browser Info Now Displays Screenshots of an Addon if Available
Toggle Buttons Have Been Added to the Addon Browser Window for News/Info
The Color Selector Has Been Widened to Provide More Options On-Screen at Once
Scrollbar for the Color Selector Has Been Moved from the Left to the Right
The Addon Browser Now Supports "Big List" and "Thumbnail" View Types
Header Design On All Dialogs Changed Removing the Outline Box In Favor of the Color Fill Box
Settings Has Been Redesigned and Now Have Selectable Icons
Settings Categories Have Text Headings for Better Grouping as well as Seperators
System Info Window Large Icons Reverted In Favor of Large Text Boxes
New Settings Textures Have Been Added to the "/extra/icons2" path
Additions to "strings.po" for New Labels
Version Branch Change from 4.2.20 to 4.9.90.

Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Danvers "Alpha 7 Preview Update" - Released September 7, 2016
Danvers: 4.9.90-alpha7 (4.2.90-alpha7_danvers)

ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES ANNIVERSARY EDITION (CODENAMED "DANVERS") IS PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE DESIGNED FOR A PRE-RELEASE VERSION OF KODI.
THERE IS NO GUARNTEE THAT ALL FEATURES WILL WORK. PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANY ISSUES YOU RUN INTO. THIS SKIN IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE
NORTHEBRIDGE BY DESIGN(R) REPOSITORY, EMBY BETA REPOSITORY, GITHUB, OR VIA DIRECT ZIP FILE DOWNLOAD ONLY.

This Release Was Suspended from Distribution due to Critical Issues. See the "Alpha 8 Cumulative Preview Update" for more information.

[B]Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Danvers "Alpha 6 Preview Update" - Released August 27, 2016[/B]
Danvers: 4.2.20-alpha6 (4.2.20-alpha6_danvers)

ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES ANNIVERSARY EDITION (CODENAMED "DANVERS") IS PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE DESIGNED FOR A PRE-RELEASE VERSION OF KODI.
THERE IS NO GUARNTEE THAT ALL FEATURES WILL WORK. PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANY ISSUES YOU RUN INTO. THIS SKIN IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE
NORTHEBRIDGE BY DESIGN(R) REPOSITORY, EMBY BETA REPOSITORY, GITHUB, OR VIA DIRECT ZIP FILE DOWNLOAD ONLY.

Updated the From Ashes Preview Startup Message
Updated the Power Menu Selections to Include "From Ashes Support" and "Danvers Preview" options
Resolved Color Selection Issues from the Alpha 4 Preview Update
General Fixes to Dialogs
General Fixes to Dialog Functionality
Restored Ability to Select Between Various View Types
Added the Autocompletion Keyboard as a Required Addon
General Updates and Fixes
Updated Textures

THIS RELEASE HAS UNDERGONE GENERAL STABILITY TESTING FOR THE ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES DANVERS PREVIEW (BETA) PHASE. THE ALPHA 7 RELEASE WILL BE
THE FINAL ALPHA FOR THE DANVERS PREVIEW. THIS VERSION WAS TESTED AGAINST THE LAST KODI KRYPTON ALPHA AND MAY CONTAIN BUGS IN KODI KRYPTON BETA.
EMBY INTEGRATED FUNCTIONALITY WILL BE RESTORED DURING THE KODI KRYPTON BETA AS EMBY IS UPDATED TO FULLY SUPPORT KODI KRYPTON.


Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Danvers "Alpha 4 Preview Update" - Released August 21, 2016
Danvers: 4.2.20-alpha4 (4.2.20-alpha4_danvers)

THIS IS A CUMULATIVE UPDATE TO ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES DANVERS PREVIEW (ALPHA 3). Cumaltive Updates contain all the fixes from the release
it directly supersedes plus any required fixes to address critical issues from the directly superseded release.

ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES ANNIVERSARY EDITION (CODENAMED "DANVERS") IS PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE DESIGNED FOR A PRE-RELEASE VERSION OF KODI.
THERE IS NO GUARNTEE THAT ALL FEATURES WILL WORK. PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANY ISSUES YOU RUN INTO. THIS SKIN IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE
NORTHEBRIDGE BY DESIGN(R) REPOSITORY, EMBY BETA REPOSITORY, GITHUB, OR VIA DIRECT ZIP FILE DOWNLOAD ONLY.

Resolved Settings Window Not Displaying

Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Danvers "Alpha 3 Preview Update" - Released August 21, 2016
Danvers: 4.2.20-alpha3 (4.2.20-alpha3_danvers)

ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES ANNIVERSARY EDITION (CODENAMED "DANVERS") IS PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE DESIGNED FOR A PRE-RELEASE VERSION OF KODI.
THERE IS NO GUARNTEE THAT ALL FEATURES WILL WORK. PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANY ISSUES YOU RUN INTO. THIS SKIN IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE
NORTHEBRIDGE BY DESIGN(R) REPOSITORY, EMBY BETA REPOSITORY, GITHUB, OR VIA DIRECT ZIP FILE DOWNLOAD ONLY.

Updated the From Ashes Danvers Preview Startup Message
Resolved Issue with Settings Icons not Displaying
General Fixes to the Addon Browser
General Fixes to the File Browser

Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Danvers "Alpha 2 Preview Update" - Released August 3, 2016
Danvers: 4.2.20-alpha2 (4.2.20-alpha2_danvers)

ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES ANNIVERSARY EDITION (CODENAMED "DANVERS") IS PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE DESIGNED FOR A PRE-RELEASE VERSION OF KODI.
THERE IS NO GUARNTEE THAT ALL FEATURES WILL WORK. PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANY ISSUES YOU RUN INTO. THIS SKIN IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE
NORTHEBRIDGE BY DESIGN(R) REPOSITORY, EMBY BETA REPOSITORY, GITHUB, OR VIA DIRECT ZIP FILE DOWNLOAD ONLY.

Fixed Krypton Runtime Issues
Updated Skin Textures With New Krypton Textures
Reverted Redefined Contexts for Includes Contexts
Fixed Startup Splash to Use Kodi's Addon Version Call Rather than "4.0.20"
Fixed the "Danvers Preview" Prompt to Only Display On Kodi Startup
Updated "About From Ashes" to label @[member="minus0"] as "Co-Author" and updated Plugin Information calls

Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes Danvers "Summer 2016 Update" - Released August 1, 2016
Danvers: 4.2.20-alpha1 (4.2.20-alpha1_danvers)

ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES ANNIVERSARY EDITION (CODENAMED "DANVERS") IS PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE DESIGNED FOR A PRE-RELEASE VERSION OF KODI.
THERE IS NO GUARNTEE THAT ALL FEATURES WILL WORK. PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANY ISSUES YOU RUN INTO. THIS SKIN IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE
NORTHEBRIDGE BY DESIGN(R) REPOSITORY, EMBY BETA REPOSITORY, GITHUB, OR VIA DIRECT ZIP FILE DOWNLOAD ONLY.

"About From Ashes" has been updated with new credits which were missing in the "Spring 2016 Update"
Info Banner Code Has Been Completely Commented Out
Rotten Tomatoes Has Been Added to the Video Information Screen
Fixes to Broken Code Lines During 3rd Gen Color Enhancement Implementation
Adds all Krypton Dialogs
New Textures Have Been Added
Unused Textures Have Been Removed
4th Generation Color Enhancer Has Been Added
Ability to change Dialog Menu Background
Ability to change Dialog Menu Text
Ability to change Dialog Disabled Text
Ability to change Dialog Buttons Highlight
Ability to change Hubs Menu Highlight
Ability to change Hubs Text Color Highlight
Ability to change Hubs Widget Highlight Border
Ability to change Hubs Widget Sublabel
Ability to change Side Blade Menu Highlight Color
Implemented new Busy Spinner into all applicable windows
Fixed File Browser not displaying Folder and File Icons properly
Changed "script.toolbox" to "script.skinhelper" for Backup and Restore in Skin Settings.
Added new Color Themes Category in Skin Settings, With Ability to Create and Manage Custom Themes
Added Ability to Select Day/Night Themes

Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes "Summer 2016 Update Rollup Patch Level 1 (PL1)" - Released July 17, 2016
Dormer: 3.2.21 (3.2.20_dormer) / Danvers: No Danvers Variant

Resolved Color Selection Issues for 4th Generation Color Enhancer
Resolve Home Screen Fanart Slideshow Issues Introduced in 3.2.20
Code for Rebase of Danvers Branch (4.0.20-alpha1)


Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes "Summer 2016 Update" - Released June 18, 2016
Dormer: 3.2.20 (3.2.20_dormer) / Danvers: 4.0.20-alpha1 (4.0.20_danvers)

ARCTIC ZEPHYR: FROM ASHES ANNIVERSARY EDITION (DANVERS) IS IN EARLY PREVIEW AND FUNCTIONALITY IS NOT A GUARANTEE. FEEDBACK ON THE DANVERS RELEASES WILL ALLOW FOR A BETTER TRANSITION FROM JARVIS (KODI 16) TO KRYPTON (KODI 17).

The "Summer 2016 Update" to Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes will conclude the "General Availability" status of the Dormer - Jarvis (Kodi 16) line of From Ashes. The Dormer (3.x) line will transition to Long Term Support (LTS) status and receive only bugfixes. As of this release, the "Danvers" line (4.x) will enter "Preview Availability." You may continue using the Dormer - Jarvis line until you are ready to update to Kodi 17 Krypton.

"About From Ashes" has been updated with new credits which were missing in the "Spring 2016 Update"
Info Banner Code Has Been Completely Commented Out for Dormer and Danver Releases
Rotten Tomatoes Has Been Added to the Video Information Screen
Fixes to Broken Code Lines During 3rd Gen Color Enhancement Implementation
Danvers ONLY: Adds "DialogConfirm.xml"
New Textures Have Been Added
Unused Textures Have Been Removed
4th Generation Color Enhancer Has Been Added
Ability to change Dialog Menu Background
Ability to change Dialog Menu Text
Ability to change Dialog Disabled Text
Ability to change Dialog Buttons Highlight
Ability to change Hubs Menu Highlight
Ability to change Hubs Text Color Highlight
Ability to change Hubs Widget Highlight Border
Ability to change Hubs Widget Sublabel
Ability to change Side Blade Menu Highlight Color
Implemented new Busy Spinner into all applicable windows
Fixed File Browser not displaying Folder and File Icons properly
Changed "script.toolbox" to "script.skinhelper" for Backup and Restore in Skin Settings.
Added new Color Themes Category in Skin Settings, With Ability to Create and Manage Custom Themes
Added Ability to Select Day/Night Themes

3.2.12 (3.2.12_bsrelease01) - "From Ashes Spring 2016 Update Rollup Patch Level 2 (PL2)"
JARVIS ONLY UPDATE
Fixed Refresh Button
Fixed False Debug Setting in "About From Ashes"

3.2.10 (3.2.11_bsrelease01) / 4.0.01 (4.0.01_bsrelease02) - "From Ashes Spring 2016 Update Rollup"
Experimental Krypton Support ("Danvers" Build Line - Bluestone 2 - 4.0.01)
Resolves Critical Issue with Textures
Resolves Additional Code Errors
Adds ".danvers" to namespace of Krypton Preview Release
Danvers Released Label is now "Anniversary Edition"
Disables Info Banner Function
Info Banner ("Plot Overlay") Partially Implemented (Feature Currently Not Functional)
NOTICE: Due to GUI Changes, Skin Required Space May Temporarily Increase or Use Temporary Textures
NOTICE: Due to Legacy Code Removal, Certain Functions May Not Operate Correctly
NOTICE: Rotten Tomatoes for Views Will Be Added In 3.2.11/4.0.01 (Feature Disabled Currently)
NOTICE: Due to Info Banner, You May Experience a "Black Glitch" at Video Playback Start

3.2.10 (3.2.10_bsrelease01) / 4.0.00 (4.0.00_bsrelease02) - "From Ashes Spring 2016 Update"
Experimental Krypton Support ("Danvers" Build Line - Bluestone 2 - 4.0.00)
Minor Improvements to the Skin's Code for Jarvis Support ("Dormer" Build Line - Bluestone 1 / "Danvers" Build Line - Bluestone 2")
Auto-completion Keyboard Support Added
Enhancements to Color Selector (courtesy of minus0)
Enhancement IMDB250 from Skin Helper Service
Adds Rotten Tomatoes Ratings to Video Info (Feature Disabled)
Additional Slipstream Updates from Arctic Zephyr: Exploded 2.0.12 Back-port
Slipstream Updates from Upstream Arctic Zephyr Base Skin (Jurialmonkey)
Removes Legacy Code "Script.Duration" References Completely
Removes Legacy Code "IMDB250" References Completely (Replaced)
GUI Change: English Language Now Defaults to American Flag (Except Subtitles)
GUI Change: Video Information Indicators Changed
Info Banner ("Plot Overlay") Partially Implemented (Feature Currently Not Functional)
NOTICE: Due to GUI Changes, Skin Required Space May Temporarily Increase
NOTICE: Due to Legacy Code Removal, Certain Functions May Not Operate Correctly
NOTICE: Rotten Tomatoes for Views Will Be Added In 3.2.11/4.0.01 (Feature Disabled Currently)


3.2.04 (3.2.04_bsrelease01) - "From Ashes late-March 2016 Update"
Implemented About From Ashes
Minor Changes for Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes 3.2.05 (the 'WAF' Improvement release)

3.2.03 (3.2.03_bsrelease01) - "From Ashes Bluestone 3.2.03"
Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes "mid-March 2016 Update"
Restores Requirement for "script.skin.info.service" as required for current legacy code
Enhances Color Selector on all platforms (Contributor: minus0 [Kodi Forums, Page 5])
Restores Color Selector on all platforms (Contributor: minus0 [Kodi Forums, Page 5])
Essential Changes for Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes 3.2.04 release

3.2.02 (3.2.02_bsrelease01) - "From Ashes Bluestone 3.2.02"
Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes "Hotfix 3.2.02"
Resolves Installation Issue in Public Kodi Jarvis Release
Removes "script.duration" legacy code
Info Screen Length Now Handled By Skin Helper Service

3.2.01 (3.2.01_bsrelease01) - "From Ashes Bluestone 3.2.01"
"It Will Never Be the Enterprise Without a .01 Release"
SkinSettings.xml space fixed (Contributor: papadcha [Emby Forums, Page 4])
Enhanced Skin Settings (Contributor: minus0 [Kodi Forums, Page 1])

3.2.00 (3.2.00_bsrelease01) - "From Ashes Bluestone 3.2.0"
Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes "February Update"
Enhanced Font Experience for "Vertical" View (Contributor: papadcha [Emby Forums, Page 4])
Enhanced and Fixed Color Selector (Contributor: minus0 [Kodi Forums, Page 1])
Enhanced and Resolved View Selection Beyond Home Screen Depth for Video Library
Added "Custom_Bluestone.xml" to 16x9 for Contributor Page (Known Issue: Page Not Available)

3.1.01 (3.1.01_bsrelease01) - "From Ashes Bluestone Release 01 Hotfix #1"
Fixed error in addon.xml

3.1.00 (3.1.00_bsrelease01) - "From Ashes Bluestone Release 01"
Theme base brought up to 2.0.4 of Arctic Zephyr: Exploded (just before Eunique modifications started being made)
Additional Enhancements from the upstream up to 2.0.12 will be slipstreamed in, in future AZ:FA releases
Resolution to Actor/Actress Listing
Resolution for Inability to Select a "View" (i.e. Netflix View, Detailed View, etc.)
Interface Enhancements
"Power" Dialogue Now Contains "About From Ashes" (Known Issue: Bluestone Information Doesn't Appear Wheen Selected)
Usability Enhancements
Process to Remove Unused Textures Has Begun (Helps people with slow connections or low space)
Additional Optimizations

3.0.01 - "From Ashes January Hotfix 1"
Resolves Kodi Installation Issues

3.0.00 - "From Ashes"
Initial Release of "From Ashes" - "December Update"
Built on Arctic Zephyr 1.98 for Emby for Kodi by badaas & im85288
Jarvis Compatibility
Adds the From Ashes "Audio Suite"
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Well done buddy, topic is now pinned. I'll be keeping an eye to see where you take this and of course am always there for any questions you have.

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Congrats for the release. I have lots of requests on the line but let us enjoy the new year first :)

Noticed one bug. Artist photos scrolls to the last actor/actress in item detail views therefore only one listed until I manually scroll all the way back to left:

 

http://imgur.com/a/JOi83

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What is the size of this skin, its dependencies, and all the image cache that gets stored?  I ask, because I have a device, AFTV, that has minimal storage capacity (~4.8GB), and while I really liked the A:Z Exploded skin, it seemd that I was constantly filling up ALL capacity on my device and having to blow up my Kodi install and start over to free up space.

 

Thanks

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This looks really smooth but 1 thing I miss in this release and that is the emby view instead of horizontal or vertical view.

 

Hope you can/will put this back in a feature release

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This looks really smooth but 1 thing I miss in this release and that is the emby view instead of horizontal or vertical view.

Hope you can/will put this back in a feature release

I asked GuardianHope to remove that feature as it was a) Incomplete and B) destined for Eunique.

 

As such the Emby view will not be coming back I'm afraid.

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Well done buddy, topic is now pinned. I'll be keeping an eye to see where you take this and of course am always there for any questions you have.

 

Thank you! I couldn't have done it without your help and guidance nor originally building the theme @@im85288. Hopefully as I learn more and more of Kodi theming intricacies, questions will become not as consistent but we all have to start somewhere and I jumped in the deep end first :P.

 

I know, that's why I asked if it would work. But guess not

 

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Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes will never be compatible with Kodi Isengard. It will only work with Jarvis forward. I would suggest upgrading to Alpha 4 as it's pretty stable.

 

Fantastic news......I cannot wait to see where this goes!!!!!!

 

Already have plans for the "January Update" which might have two updates since there won't be a February update as I'll be out of the country for half the month.

 

Congrats for the release. I have lots of requests on the line but let us enjoy the new year first :)

Noticed one bug. Artist photos scrolls to the last actor/actress in item detail views therefore only one listed until I manually scroll all the way back to left:

 

(Removed Image for Courtesy)

 

 

Indeed, 2015 is coming to a close and 2016 marks a new beginning.

 

I have however added the bug to the bug list to be fixed with the "January Update."

 

What is the size of this skin, its dependencies, and all the image cache that gets stored?  I ask, because I have a device, AFTV, that has minimal storage capacity (~4.8GB), and while I really liked the A:Z Exploded skin, it seemd that I was constantly filling up ALL capacity on my device and having to blow up my Kodi install and start over to free up space.

 

Thanks

 

At the moment, the theme itself is approximately 120MB in size (or 212MB if you download it from GitHub since the images are uncompressed),

 

Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes is based on Arctic Zephyr: Exploded as they literally share the same codebase although a lot has to be updated for Jarvis. This means that in all likelihood it will fill cache space. However, you can always delete Kodi's cache or configure Emby to only download specific pieces of metadata. 

 

Look forward to where this goes.

Kudos to all involved, this is my fav skin on Kodi since original version.

 

Have a good New Years!

 

Thank you! Lots ahead. Have a Happy New Year's!

 

This looks really smooth but 1 thing I miss in this release and that is the emby view instead of horizontal or vertical view.

 

Hope you can/will put this back in a feature release

 

Emby view will not be returning. As @@im85288 iterated, it was destined for Eunique and very incomplete in the Arctic Zephyr implementation. It also caused a lot of problems for the Arctic Zephyr theme due to its incomplete state.

 

This also allows two great themes with two differing approaches to exist: You have From Ashes which provides a more "classic" experience and Euqniue providing a new experience based off Emby's web interface. 

 

I'm hoping to add a lot in the new year with the January Update to resolve the installation issue and fix a lot of bugs (most you can't really see). I am also going to focus on slimming the skin down as its base moves up from 1.98 which was just a starting point.

 

Have a Happy New Year's everyone! :)

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Thanks for your answer and time you spend on this skin. I really miss the emby view but understand the difficulty to manage that.

 

To all of you a happy and healthy new year.

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Arctic Zephyr: From Ashes will never be compatible with Kodi Isengard. It will only work with Jarvis forward. I would suggest upgrading to Alpha 4 as it's pretty stable.

 

I wish I could. I'm running a Pivos DS

 

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I wish I could. I'm running a Pivos DS

 

Join the dark side, we have cookies.

 

I had to look up that device as I never heard of it. However, unfortunately, the purpose of From Ashes is to support Jarvis and not go backwards.

 

Speaking of which, as I will be away for most of February, the next major update to From Ashes will be released this month in the form of 3.1.00.

 

3.1.00 will feature updates to the core of the skin which should bring it up to where it was before Eunique was created (minus the Emby View which is a Eunique exclusive). This will resolve outstanding bugs such as being unable to change views, decrease the size of the skin a bit, and hopefully fix the problem for those having trouble with an automated install of the skin.

 

If it doesn't fix the install problem I will get in touch with @@marcelveldt whose the creator of the skin helper service as the issue appears to be that the skin is not registering correctly with the skin helper causing the installation to fail.

 

3.1.00 will drop next week (*knocks on wood*).

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If it doesn't fix the install problem I will get in touch with @@marcelveldt whose the creator of the skin helper service as the issue appears to be that the skin is not registering correctly with the skin helper causing the installation to fail.

 

What's the issue ?

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What's the issue ?

 

Hi @@marcelveldt - sorry for the super late reply; I'll send you a PM with what Kodi's debug log is saying about the skin helper service. 

 

As for those still asking about the views: yes, that should be fixed in the next update.

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Special thanks to @marcelveldt for helping me with the installation issue. I was able to confirm the fix in VMWare vSphere Enterprise 6 on a fresh Kodi with Emby so once I have seeded the updated zip and let @@im85288 know, a new version (3.0.01) will be released containing the hotfix.

 

For those that have the theme installed already, you may have to go to the updates menu to get the latest update when it goes live. Everyone else should just be able to install.

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Alright everyone: 3.0.01 ("January Hotfix 1") is here.

 

This should fix the installation issues some were facing.

 

I have already PMed @@im85288 for it to be uploaded to the Emby Beta repo.

 

Until then, you can also find the zip here: https://embycdn.northebridge.com/AZFA/dormer/3.0.01/skin.arctic.zephyr.fromashes-3.0.01.zip

 

And as always, it's on GitHub!

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As for those still asking about the views: yes, that should be fixed in the next update.

 

Much appreciated - as is your continued work in this new AZ iteration. :)

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Indeed, 2015 is coming to a close and 2016 marks a new beginning.

 

I have however added the bug to the bug list to be fixed with the "January Update."

 

The bug is still there. Just for your info.

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