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Old 2005.08.30, 10:07 PM   #1
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Custom Themes

for those like the salt lake crew and myself, please post information realted to creating custom themes for your core software please keep on topic as i would like to keep a few key sticky threads regarding the use of core

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Old 2005.08.30, 10:12 PM   #2
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the extent of my modifying the theme has been restricted to creating custom backgrounds and othre graphic elements. here is an exmaple, my core theme or main page background

the main page file is;
bg_frame

the properties are;
1024x768 pixels

simply copy the default theme for backup purposes and edit the bg_frame file to your liking.
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Old 2005.08.30, 10:14 PM   #3
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i amde a few others for the other beta testers although i do not know if they ever used them?
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Old 2005.08.30, 10:16 PM   #4
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i even made an initial d theme, or started one atleast
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Old 2005.08.31, 12:40 AM   #5
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here is the salt lake mini-z theme page feel free to use as you wish
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Old 2005.08.31, 12:48 AM   #6
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core, would you mind posting all of the availble parameters that you can change in the .themerc file.

here are the ones that were sent to me to change for the widescreen monitor. just add in the .themerc file and customize to meet your spcific screen needs. I know threre are more that just need to be put in.

Window Width = 1024
Window Height = 700

TextDeltaY = 30

Graph Position X = 100
Graph Position Y = 350
Graph Width = 840
Graph Height = 330

in paticular the things like graph color setting for the racers. I was just thinking if someone wanted to go with a lighter color background graphic it would be nice to change some of the colors to a darker color.

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Old 2005.08.31, 01:38 AM   #7
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core, would you mind posting all of the availble parameters that you can change in the .themerc file.

in paticular the things like graph color setting for the racers. I was just thinking if someone wanted to go with a lighter color background graphic it would be nice to change some of the colors to a darker color.

thanks

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Here are the rest of the parameters for the graph setup:

Graph Dot Size = 4
Graph Dot Color = #d0cb40
Graph Dot Active = #ffffff
Graph Dot Max = #ff4f11
Graph Dot Min = #2cff2c
Graph Line Width = 2
Graph Line Color = #cbbde1 #ff0000 #00ff00 #0000ff #ffff00 #00ffff
Graph Axis Color = #fffb8e
Graph Max Grid = 8


Once you guys have your custom theme setup, zip the directory up and email the theme to support. We'll include it in the next software release :-) Also, rename the directory to an appropriate name for your theme.

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thanks core, I'll email mine once I get all the final adjustment made. I really appreciate your help in getting everything setup just right.
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Old 2005.08.31, 08:09 AM   #9
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would it be possible to create the jpg from adobe using a transparent background or not having a backgound. i'm not sure how that works in photoshop but i know you can create graphics with no backgrounds.
With Photo shop you can create layers. Those layers can be moved around or cut and pasted to any background.

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not sure i follow... what i'd like to do is remove the background from the countdown image files so that i'm left with the numbers that appear to be floating over my background rather than a square with a number in it. i have a few eps files that have no backgrounds and i can place them over any other image or layer, can i do this with jpg's as well?

i've attached a sample of the default theme numbers for refernece only.

i'll have to wait till i get home to get an example of the eps files.
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In photoshop (adobe) you can creat a picture having no background, white, or black. I think you would have to take the jpegs you have and open them with adobe ps then erase and smooth the edges of the numbers then save them. At that point all you should have is the outline of the number instead of the whole square. YGM

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I played around with Adobe PD (photo deluxe) when making custom decals, far as layers and whatnot. Also fun for hacking SIMS game graphics. The thing I love is it can use different formats and you can save it as whatever format you want.
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core,

one other parameter that I would like is the where is displays the frequence on the page when you scan the car in. I would like to move that over so it doesn't run in to my Logo in the right corner.

can you post those parameters?

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not sure i follow... what i'd like to do is remove the background from the countdown image files so that i'm left with the numbers that appear to be floating over my background rather than a square with a number in it. i have a few eps files that have no backgrounds and i can place them over any other image or layer, can i do this with jpg's as well?

i've attached a sample of the default theme numbers for refernece only.

i'll have to wait till i get home to get an example of the eps files.

Let me know if you get this figured out. I'm interested in doing this also. thanks
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Arch, jpg doesn't support transparencies. You can do as byebye suggested though (erase the unwanted areas), and re-save them as gif, png, etc. If you have to use jpg, your best bet will be to match the background you are overlaying.
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