Old 23rd March 2019, 14:42   #1
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SHARP-X1 Winamp Classic Skin

So, a while ago I saw this picture of a classic SHARP X1 desktop computer (16bit era computer using a Z80 cpu, storage was a cassette tape!) in iconic red colour, and I decided that the natural thing to do would be to turn it into a Winamp skin.



And, here is what I have so far. It’s just a main window, and it’s not quite complete, but you can get a good idea of the look that I’m going for.



Some details:
  • Matching the style of the CRT monitor covered with a flat glass pane for the time display and vis area
  • Fonts are accurate! I based the bitmap fonts for time display and title display off the actual font that this system uses in its BASIC text mode thanks to a YouTube video where someone dumped the character ROM.
  • The song title, volume/balance bars, monoster are designed based on the appearance of the tape deck on the front panel. Still todo: add a “reset button” to the bitrate display so it looks more like a tape counter.
  • Cbuttons are styled to look similar to the TV control buttons seen on the keyboard. This is still a WIP - I haven’t gotten the final shape or shading quite right yet, and there’s no pressed states yet.
  • I’ll add the winshade/minimize/close buttons… later.

You can download this WIP skin or preview it in Webamp. I’ll try to post updates now and then here, but you can also follow me @kepstin@glitch.social where I sometimes post minor updates as well.


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Old 24th March 2019, 01:14   #2
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Man, that's awesome, really looking forward to see it complete!
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Old 10th April 2019, 02:14   #3
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Fun fact, the SHARP X1 series was also available in off-white. So, a possible colour variation? IMO, the red looks better and will be the main version.

Only other change here is that I tweaked the button spacing and shadows a little. Haven't had time to work on this recently.



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Old 10th April 2019, 02:21   #4
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If you know me, you'd know I love color themes, so I obviously like it, looks nice. Red, white and black would feel like all bases covered (but I know that's too much to ask heh).
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Old 23rd April 2019, 22:50   #5
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who is this victhor; does he make skins...never seen him around the forums before...

hmm.

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Yeah, why is he always lurking the skins section? Doesn't he have a life? Doesn't he have something better to do? What's wrong with him??
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To live, to love, usually is all the same (?) XD :P
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Nice look so far


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Old 27th May 2019, 06:05   #11
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People still use skins ? Let's party like it's 2001 again, crazy times.

Side note , slightly worrying I can still rattle off z80 opcodes from the dark areas of my brain....
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Really nice job!
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Minor changes to the Vol/Bal bars, extended the underlying slider groove a bit so the balance doesn't look awkward at the extremes.

Initial proof of concept of the EQ bars - I was worried that I had shot myself in the foot with the vertical gradient background, but I think it's subtle enough that it works out ok in the end. The shape of the EQ slider thumbs still needs tweaking, I think they're a little too tall/narrow right now.



I'm probably gonna go with replicating the black "screen" style for the EQ display, and copy the cbuttons style for the EQ buttons.


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More EQ progress



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Very nice.
Clean and actually usable looking.
You should also submit this to the creator of webamp when finished.

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