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Windows 7: Next Gen ?... WMP 12

28 Jan 2011   #51
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

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My first post here, wotz up?

Well sure, so I really hated the new look of WMP and was trying lots of things, but since hacking wmp12 was new to me it was taking a long time to figure out resources with RHack & Restorator just by looking at images then cross referencing looking at the player.. Ha, sounds dumb I know but, there is little out there to help except for changing the background, and that is just to change to more ugly bmps.. great,not.

Then I bumped into this tread, and people; this is the only one I found in such depth. This thread made me cut dev time on getting a decent look by a ton! So a great big thank you for resource refs, etc..

Here's a screen shot of my first go, my cool green look. It goes with the areo config I have now, plus I didn't have to redo rollover states since the lite blue works with the green..

Looking forward to creating a few more; labeling wploc's and having a stable of wmp looks to go with my fav desktop configs. Heck when we all get done with some we should post em, and start a repository of wmp looks.

So thanks again all. Plus, great site, I've been learning a lot here..!
LaBamba ~ WP
How did you get the Vista transparency background look for the bottom controls? Anyone know which image it is?
Hang on and I'll look for the file and post it tomorrow. Do you want the trans img for the controls themselves; play, stop, etc, or for the entire bar at the bottom of the player?
Mostly the bar at the bottom. Better yet, I would like the bottom to look like yours. Is it an image or something in the code that controls the transparency of the bottom?


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29 Jan 2011   #52
Wayan D

win 7 64bit
 
 

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How did you get the Vista transparency background look for the bottom controls? Anyone know which image it is?
Hang on and I'll look for the file and post it tomorrow. Do you want the trans img for the controls themselves; play, stop, etc, or for the entire bar at the bottom of the player?
Mostly the bar at the bottom. Better yet, I would like the bottom to look like yours. Is it an image or something in the code that controls the transparency of the bottom?
Yes it's an image. There are several that are used in WP12 to get transparency. I extracted the image, took it to PS and created what I wanted and left the transparency layer as it was. There is an image in the app-DLL in that bar that is a transparency overlay. But I did give the overlay semi.opaque image about 50% trans too, just to make sure. Also gave it a beval as you can see. It's a small image that tiles across the bar, really pretty tiny if I recall. Creating a bevel in that case is a tad tricky since you don't want to see multiple bevels across that bar - LOL - I did that at first..

Just now took a quick look in resource hacker, which I used to do this along with PS, this is a PNG you will work on, and I can't find my files yet!

I'll make a better effort and look tomorrow and post the image name..

More to come
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29 Jan 2011   #53
Wayan D

win 7 64bit
 
 

Greg S, dug through some things. The bottom bar, if you use Resource Hacker is in; wmploc.dll/bitmap/5402-1033 - also it is a .bmp, not a .png, and it is 600x60px. So my memory failed there.

I gave this resource a gradient and the trans overlay's took care of the rest. Keep in mind when you change this, the top bar and most sections of the player will not match; you have to do an overhaul of almost all the graphics of the main player. This will not affect the Playing Now player.

let me know how you do..
Cheers !
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29 Jan 2011   #54
Wayan D

win 7 64bit
 
 

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How did you get the Vista transparency background look for the bottom controls? Anyone know which image it is?
Hang on and I'll look for the file and post it tomorrow. Do you want the trans img for the controls themselves; play, stop, etc, or for the entire bar at the bottom of the player?
Mostly the bar at the bottom. Better yet, I would like the bottom to look like yours. Is it an image or something in the code that controls the transparency of the bottom?
BTW- here is the file I made that you have seen, if you want use it. <<http://dcedesigns.com/WMP12/wmploc.DLL>> Take ownership of your current dll, give it a backup name, and dump this one in, done deal. You probably know all this, but there it is again..
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29 Jan 2011   #55
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

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Hang on and I'll look for the file and post it tomorrow. Do you want the trans img for the controls themselves; play, stop, etc, or for the entire bar at the bottom of the player?
Mostly the bar at the bottom. Better yet, I would like the bottom to look like yours. Is it an image or something in the code that controls the transparency of the bottom?
BTW- here is the file I made that you have seen, if you want use it. <<http://dcedesigns.com/WMP12/wmploc.DLL>> Take ownership of your current dll, give it a backup name, and dump this one in, done deal. You probably know all this, but there it is again..
Thanks my friend! My top two toolbars have already been changed to the grayish color as was the bottom bar which is seen in my previous screenshot. I'll probably change the top two again to match what I have now in the screenshot below. Then again I may not since this is kinda close to what the photo previewer looks like. In my opinion, MS went in the wrong direction cosmetically from WMP 11 to WMP 12. Loosing the Aero look in 11 to their bread and butter blueish everything in 12 with no Aero is a step backwards. I guess they had their reasons though.

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