26th May 2014 - un8y v 2.0.2: Fixed issue with picture details text colour in Media Center slideshows
29th November 2013 - un8y v 2.0.1: Bug fix to prevent certain Teletext icons showing as full screen under some circumstances
12th October 2013 - un8y v 2.0: Original release
What is un8y?
This is NOT a theme for Media Browser. It is a theme for Windows Media Center, designed to be a good visual match with soultaker's neo Media Browser theme. It as an evolution of some themes on the old CT, but this time with a Windows 8 twist.
Since running Windows 8 with Media Center, I found the WMC graphics a bit jarring with the general W8 "style", so decided to do something about it. I've been working on this off and on (mainly "off") for a while now.
As things are, it could be used as a stand-alone WMC theme, and could be useful if you still use MB 2 or run MB Classic with MB3.
As it is designed for Windows 8 (it works for Windows 7 too!), it has been built for Patchou’s Media Center Themer (sorry, never been able to get Media Center Studio to work in W8... ). This themer does not require ANY changes to be made to system dlls.
Media Center Themer 1.5 was released on 16th November 2013, meaning un8y is also now Windows 8.1 compatible.
New Start screen:
New transport controls:
And lots of deeper level changes.
Here's a (fairly low-res) video of Media Center running un8y entirely under touch control:
This theme changes graphics and font colours to change the default Media Center theme to match the neo mediabrowser theme. If you are running with a custom Media Center theme, please reset to the default WMC theme before applying un8y.
If you don’t use Media Center Themer, download it and install it.
Once installed, navigate to %ProgramData%\Media Center Themer\ and take copies of the Theme directory and MCTDefault.xml file there and put the copies somewhere safe. (Note %ProgramData% is hidden by default).
Download and unzip un8y.
In this directory is a Theme subdirectory and MCTDefault.xml file. Copy the Theme subdirectory and MCTDefault.xml and paste into %ProgramData%\Media Center Themer\.
That’s it – un8y is installed! Go ahead and fire up Media Center…
I have deliberately not made any changes to the start menu (lesson number one - don't mess with peoples Start Menus!), so your existing start menu layout will be preserved.
The un8y Media Center font changes can make the mediabrowser settings screen text difficult to read – to rectify this, copy customstyles.mcml from the download to %ProgramData%\MediaBrowser\ (for MB2) or %ProgramData%\MediaBrowser-Classic\ (for MB3/MBC).
If you already use Media Center Themer and have custom MC start menus, etc., set up, you can simply copy the Rcdata and Html sections of the download xml into your current xml, and merge the Theme directory with your current Theme directory.
So, to install: copy two files and one directory to the appropriate places.
To uninstall: uninstall Media Center Themer (or revert back to your previous Theme directory and MCTDefault.xml) and delete customstyles.mcml from %ProgramData%\MediaBrowser(-Classic)\
As usual, a lot of the graphics in this theme were born in chef’s original Pearl WMC theme – thanks again chef!
There are a lot of graphic changes in the xml, there may be a few rogue graphics in there – if anything doesn’t look as it should, let me know and I’ll fix it…
As a postscript, I don't intend releasing any more Media Center themes. un8y gives you EVERYTHING you need to create your own WMC themes. Just about every graphic you could wish to change is exposed. Look in C:\ProgramData\Media Center Themer\Theme\Resources\ehres\Images, and change/edit/re-colour as you want. You can simply re-colour the existing images as Alwin has done, or create your own images. It just take patience and perseverance! Font changes may be a little trickier, but I'll be happy to point you where to look.
You have the template to create whatever theme you want, match Media Center to whatever Media Browser 2/Media Browser Classic theme you use.
Not so much a "Rage, rage against the dying of the light" (hey, that MUST be the first link to Dylan Thomas poem on the new forum!), more a wistful goodbye...
Any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Have fun!
Edited by keef, 23 September 2017 - 01:55 PM.