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#387031 - 12/29/16 09:05 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Add a little Color Back To GUI
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OK, I know this is a sensitive issue. And the "Gray Shades" was an effort to make a more modern and professions look. And I do like the new look! Good Job. But time to move on... grin

Here is a something I think looks very neat and would work in a similar fashion\style with BIAB. Keep the Gray template but just add a bit of color to selected icons.

Check it out.

http://www.rayzoon.com/jamstix4_preview.html
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#387037 - 12/29/16 09:21 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: MusicStudent]
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+1
yes I know that 'Gray shades' icons are really trendy ! but recently somebody who saw these icons told me 'they are ugly'.
So, add some colors...
It could be an option, according to the taste of the user.
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#387096 - 12/29/16 01:59 PM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: John-Luke]
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Originally Posted By: John-Luke
+1
yes I know that 'Gray shades' icons are really trendy ! but recently somebody who saw these icons told me 'they are ugly'.
So, add some colors...
It could be an option, according to the taste of the user.


+1 for the option and/or having the user choose their colors.

Colors like blue, green, red, purple etc can be a big problem for those of us that are partially color blind.
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#387458 - 12/31/16 07:49 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: MusicStudent]
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Yes another big +1 for coloured icons in full screen view.

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Edited by musiclover (12/31/16 07:49 AM)
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#387469 - 12/31/16 08:38 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: musiclover]
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http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=387240#Post387240

Originally Posted By: PeterGannon
>>> Any reason the icons in a custom menu and the reduced menu need to be black and white? Makes it harder to associate (mentally) the icon with the function...

Good question. The b/w colors were a specific request of many for the new toolbar as the "modern" way of doing things (found in most DAWS). We do plan on making a color variation of these buttons (like skin) so you'd be able to choose which you like. I'd expect that in a future (free) patch.
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#406370 - 04/09/17 01:26 PM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: Pipeline]
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I'd have to say that I really like the new muted icons, but choice is always good!
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#407424 - 04/14/17 10:35 PM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: Guitartist]
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Everything should be Customizable for young n old.
I use the Gray mostly but can switch at an instant Ctrl+T to find stuff.
I tried to find the Gray bitmaps in the program to make a user patch to change to color for those that want it but I couldn't find them.

EDIT: found them in C:\bb\Data\Images\MainScreenButtons\
so I will try and make a set up and upload them.

RE-EDIT: These include the Photoshop PSDs that you can open with GIMP Win/Mac if you don't have PS.
Use the gifs in the BIG folders or any transparent gif or png for your custom ones.
Just do an image search on google for png icons they should show transparent checkerboard background when you view them in google images.
To save the pink background bmp to transparent gif you can use Irfanview in the gif save settings
check choose transparent color.
To create blank backgrounds for your custom icons,
in Irfanview select a large area of clean background color beside the icons,
now select the icon and paste,
this will clear the icon for your new ones.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3bz62247457c8li/MainScreenButtons-Color.zip?dl=0
Click No Thanks Continue at bottom

Close Biab
Rename C:\bb\Data\Images\MainScreenButtons\ > MainScreenButtons - Gray
Extract the folder you want from the zip and Rename > MainScreenButtons

I must say the color breaks the nice tone of the new UI, just looks out of place.

Not sure what those little blue square icons are ??? are they meant to be Hard Drives, USB Flash Drives or SD Cards ??


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Edited by Pipeline (04/15/17 06:13 PM)
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#407443 - 04/15/17 03:45 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: Pipeline]
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I got this far, will do the rest later, I can also make them like Mac so they magnify as you mouseover ?:


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#407447 - 04/15/17 04:25 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: MusicStudent]
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Very cool, Pipeline.

I know RHARV has tried to do similar things with PowerTracks and RealBand (sometimes successful, sometimes not).

But as you have shown, clearly doable.
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#407448 - 04/15/17 04:26 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: Pipeline]
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Good point Pipeline,

That looks better sympathic with your colored icons !
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#407451 - 04/15/17 04:57 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: Pipeline]
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I'm kind-of taking the license to paraphrase here, I'm very sure that the new UI will evolve:

"as it is very flexible with the design. For example, adding new schemes/skins, with different types of buttons (e.g. color), or even a "slightly taller look" is very doable with the design.

So the first step is getting it released, and hearing from customers as to what they want."

Therefore, I guess we can expect that some colors will be part of the future delivery. Small steps... bigger ones will follow.
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#407452 - 04/15/17 05:02 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: Pipeline]
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You know what would be REALLY cool? If a mouseover turned a grayscale icon temporarily to color. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too? smile



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#407466 - 04/15/17 06:57 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: MusicStudent]
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Pipeline,
Thanks. That's awesome.
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#407482 - 04/15/17 07:55 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: Pipeline]
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Originally Posted By: Pipeline
I got this far, will do the rest later, I can also make them like Mac so they magnify as you mouseover ?:



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#407507 - 04/15/17 09:21 AM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: Pipeline]
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Not sure what those little blue square icons are ??? are they meant to be Hard Drives, USB Flash Drives or SD Cards ??


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#407540 - 04/15/17 01:30 PM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: Pipeline]
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Originally Posted By: Pipeline
Not sure what those little blue square icons are ??? are they meant to be Hard Drives, USB Flash Drives or SD Cards ??

Yes, clearly used from a slightly earlier icon library:


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#407583 - 04/15/17 06:11 PM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: VideoTrack]
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Yes, I'll do a set without the DOS Floppies, with USB or Hard Drive icons.

These include the Photoshop PSDs that you can open with GIMP Win/Mac if you don't have PS.
Use the gifs in the BIG folders or any transparent gif or png for your custom ones.
Just do an image search on google for png icons they should show transparent checkerboard background when you view them in google images.
To save the pink background bmp to transparent gif you can use Irfanview in the gif save settings
check choose transparent color.
To create blank backgrounds for your custom icons,
in Irfanview select a large area of clean background color beside the icons,
now select the icon and paste,
this will clear the icon for your new ones.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3bz62247457c8li/MainScreenButtons-Color.zip?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/s6v6tq6fexlnt2w/MainScreenButtons-Color-USB.zip?dl=0

Click No Thanks Continue at bottom

Close Biab
Rename C:\bb\Data\Images\MainScreenButtons\ > MainScreenButtons - Gray
Extract the folder you want from the zip and Rename > MainScreenButtons



These are the 2 included skins, Gray to Color and Color


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BB-Color-Icons-Gray.gif (596 downloads)
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#407589 - 04/15/17 06:30 PM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: Pipeline]
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I will do a set for Mac when it's released, it should be the same deal ?
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#407696 - 04/16/17 01:19 PM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: MusicStudent]
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Well that actually works pretty darn nice! grin

I used the full color version and so far have no reason to go back to the prior gray. As best I can figure you opened each icon and "colorized" it. Then saved it back. That had to take a bit of time. crazy

It just took me a minute to replace the old folder (just renamed it to save it) with the new colorized folder and it looks great.

Thanks much for making my wish come true. grin
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#407706 - 04/16/17 02:23 PM [Band-in-a-Box Wishlist] Re: Add a little Color Back To GUI [Re: MusicStudent]
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In the BIG folders you have the original color icons from the Normal Screen Mode, so I had to lay them over the gray ones:

Full Screen View



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