You know, when I wanted to do an ORB skin a while back, this sort of thing is very similar to what I had in mind. One of the reasons I decided to make a contest instead of making a skin myself is that I felt that I myself wouldn't be able to do the artwork the justice I deserved. And I was spot on in my decision to make a contest - the skins--in-progress I'm seeing are tremendous.
As far as functionality goes, I don't see why anyone would have a problem with this one. Well, certainly not anyone who's ever made a skin, anyway. It's perhaps not the easiest skin in the world to use, but it's completely fine IMO.
I definitely prefer the brighter one.
some little technical things:
: You're using Numbers.bmp, yet you're skinning it like Nums_ex.bmp. Numbers.bmp is archaic and only has the numbers and an empty space. Nums_ex.bmp has the numbers, an empty space and
the minus sign. At the moment, your skin displays a minus sign at all times - and not just when in "show-time-left" mode.
OK, since you are a very good skinner, and you take your skinning pretty seriously, I strongly
recommend that you download Skinner's Atlas
and read the readme.txt in there. It takes a while to read, but you'll be glad you've read it when you're finished. Also, I recommend using Skinner's Atlas as a template instead of Template Amp, because it has a number of corrections and improvements on Template Amp, only one of which is:
: go to winamp options - then display options, and turn "always show the clutterbar" OFF. A big grey rectangle appears on your skin. That bit should be skinned (with or without buttons, your choice). Just open any skin that has that bit skinned and you'll quickly see what you have to skin (or check the titlebar.bmp in Skinner's Atlas)
: yours has a pixel-shift bug. In case you don't know how to activate the egg: have the MAIN window active, and type N U L L S O F T (pressing ESC after each L )
I like pretty much everything about this skin, but I especially like the way you've dealt with the EQ so far - top stuff
My only real criticism would be that the "Orblivion" text is just a little blurry.