Introducing Subdued 2—a.k.a. Subdued with Style. Not a fan of black? Need a change of scenery every once in a while? Are you an “if only I could change…” person? Subdued 2 lays the framework to design completely customized theme styles, with a large list of colors, fonts, and sizes that can be changed. Subdued comes with 8 styles, shown below. Tweak them, create your own, submit them for inclusion in future releases, impress your friends. Styles are located in C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\Plugins\Configurations\SubduedStyles; the active style can be chosen from the Subdued General configuration page.
Cold as Ice
Spy vs. Spy 1
Spy vs. Spy 2
A minimalist theme emphasizing a balance between style and functionality. Inspired and influenced by XBMC, Subdued focuses on maximizing screen usage and usability by eliminating the display of “non-essential” information. If you’re interested more in finding what you want to play, and playing it, than in seeing all of the information MediaBrowser keeps track of, give Subdued a try. And, if you like it and use it, please consider donating to the project. Thanks to all who have contributed.
+ Added ‘(Un)Watched Indicator Position’ general option: top-left, bottom-left, bottom-right (default: bottom-right)
+ Added support for custom poster overlay images (watched, unwatched, HD, new)
+ Use %PROGRAMDATA%\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\Subdued\; samples here
+ Images should be white with transparency to allow the current Style to colorize them
+ Added ‘Colorize Poster Overlay Images’ general option (default: on)
– Localization strings version updated to 1.0024
+ Added support for offical IBN MPAA ratings image support
+ Added general option to enable/disable the Quick Play action on the item details view (default: disabled)
+ Added general option to enable/disable display of the movie (MPAA) rating icon (default: enabled)
+ Added Clear Logo to item details view
– Changed alignment of Clear Logo to be left-justified
– Localization strings version updated to 1.0023
+ Added ClearLogo display on Thumb, Thumb Strip, and Details view styles
+ Added ‘[Random]’ option to Theme Style setting; will choose a random style to apply each time MB is started
+ Added support for MBMusic plug-in
– Changed ‘NEW’ indicator to be visible only if item is in the recently added list and has not been watched
– Fixed ‘NEW’ indicator visibility conditions when Folder Display is set to ‘Thumb List’
– Fixed startup crash associated with showing labels on EHS recent items
– Fixed Cover Wall crash with MBMusic plug-in
+ Added view option to Show Labels under posters on EHS RAL and poster, thumb, and thumbstrip view styles
– Fixed ‘NEW’ overlay appearing on EHS recent lists
– Fixed jagged edges on HD, watched, and unwatched indicators when using thumb rotation other than ‘None’
– Fixed placement of HD, watched, and unwatched indicators to obey ‘Cover Art Adjustment’
– Style engine version updated to 6 (added SdI_PosterLabelHeight)
+ Added general option to globally enable/disable display of new item indicator
– Fixed audio format display string on item details page Details panel to show both the codec and profile
– Fixed Media Info icons display on item details page Details panel to always be visible
– Localization strings version updated to 1.0022
+ Added new item indicator overlay for items within a collection that are in its recent list; colorized by current style
+ Added view option to turn on/off new item indicator (default: on)
– Fixed layering order of tiered backdrops: theme bg < initial folder bg < fan art
– Fixed placement of poster overlays when changing thumb size using Live Layout
– Fixed issue where “extra” metadata is displayed after an item is refreshed
– Fixed issue where no Media Info icons are displayed if the pre-2.8.6 ‘Show Media Info Icons’ setting was off
– Fixed minor display issues on item details view ‘Details’ panel: aspect ratio mismatch, separator character for audio streams
– Fixed path to theme display settings when UserSettingsPath is used
– Fixed required MB version number
– Style engine version updated to 5
– Localization strings version updated to 1.0021
+ Added audio channels Media Info icon
+ Added options to show/hide individual Media Info icons; all icons shown by default
+ Added support for tiered main backdrops (StartupFolder + VF)
+ Added animation to HD, watched, and unwatched indicators for selected item
– Changed HD, watched, and unwatched indicators to better match theme; colorized by current style
– Fixed placement of HD, watched, and unwatched indicators if using view rotation
– Improved highlighting of actors and music tracks in details view
– Localization strings version updated to 1.0020
– Improved scrolling smoothness of CoverWall
+ Added support for multi-level context menus
+ Added black background to backdrop NPV to prevent fan art/theme background from showing
– Improved speed and responsiveness of recursively counting a folder’s children for display
– Fixed display of studio images to use studios from Series metadata for Episode items
– Fixed layout of Details panel on item details page when all Media Info and Last Watched is displayed
Thank you for the detailed change log and especially the localization version string :)
hi rwhapham ! just wonder …. any prograss on Actors panel ..?
Had to drop a line to say thanks for the most configurable awesome theme MB now has. Used to be a throg guy…….not any more ;–) Looks stunning , and ive got it exaxtly how I want with all your options.
Thanks again….off to donate !
Can the bottom bar when displaying letetrs be made a little bit smaller?
I've been trying to use some png files with transparency. I always get grey shading where it should be transparent. If I turn on the thumb background it only shows up on the selected item. I’ve tried the same files in other themes and they work correctly. Am I missing a setting?
Not a biggy but the gap between the first and last folders is missing in coverflow and thumb strip.
Another little display issue is the bottom background overlaps ontop of the the folders as below.
Subdued 2.4 is out. In addition to several bug fixes, this release features a redesigned ‘Cast’ panel on the item details view and the ability to apply a rotation to the thumbnail lists on coverflow, poster, thumb, and thumbstrip views. Choose from None (the default), To Back, and To Right. Screen grabs on poster view below:
Is it all possible to have the option to move the time and Config button to panel one so everything up top will be in one row with or without the panels?
Hi, apologies if this has been discussed somewhere else already, I'm not toally up to speed with recent theme / media browser developments:
I've been trying the white version of this theme, very nice, but the coloured media icons are tricky to make out on a white background (ie the divx logo, AR logo etc). Is it possible to change these to simple black logos, similar to the logos in Harmony for example?
Great work on this, donation on the way! Thanks
Release 2.4.1 is out. Highlighted are improved thumb rotation layout and scrolling, and the ability to move the clock and config buttons to the top panel (provided you aren’t using a mouse for navigation).
Thumb view style (top 6%), Singe Panel top panel style, Show Clock/Config at Top enabled, To Right thumb rotation:
It seems as though the selected covers in Coverflow are blurry. Not sure when this bug came up, I noticed it right before v2.4.1 was released. The cover looks focused in the details view.
It’s a shame I does not have time to play with your theme at the moment, it looks really good and thanks for the play menu :–)
Love the new features and the quick play :D
It seems that the media icons bug is back:
Can it be fixed again?
Ok, so I'm not a big fan of the new “Rating” icons. If the decimal is more than one, like 8.75… The icon cuts off the 5. I'd much rather have an option to turn it off completely. Any chance of that Rwhapham??
Love this theme – donation made and please keep up the excellent work.
After fighting with some problems getting the plugin repository to recognize the update, Subdued 2.5 is out. Check out the main post for the full relaese notes, but of note are the ability to choose the MediaInfo icon set you would like to use, display settings for an item’s star rating, and a redesigned layout for the MPAA rating/star rating/MediaInfo icons display. Continued thanks to everyone who submits suggestions. They have made Subdued better, and some have even become part of my everday HTPC settings.
There is something wrong when you update (Unable to launch “media browser”). If you delete the theme and start from scratch so there is no problem. I have checked my log and get no errors in it.
It is an error concerning custom style. Even if you correct it to version 4
6:59:04.024 7-3-2011 , Info , Subdued - Setting active style: C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\Plugins\Configurations\SubduedStyles\The Original v2.mcml , , 1 , Application 6:59:04.026 7-3-2011 , Error , Error adding theme - probably incompatible MB version ( Unhandled exception. Type=System.IO.FileNotFoundException Msg=Could not find file 'C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\Plugins\Configurations\SubduedStyles\The Original v2.mcml'. Src=mscorlib [n] StackTrace= [n] at System.IO.__Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode,, String maybeFullPath) [n] at System.IO.File.InternalCopy(String sourceFileName,, String destFileName,, Boolean overwrite) [n] at Subdued.MyConfig.set_ThemeStyle(String value) [n] at Subdued.MyConfig.CheckActiveStyle() [n] at Subdued.Plugin.Init(Kernel kernel) ) , , 1 , Application
Okay … A little feedback to the latest version. I'm not impressed that MediaInfo icons are moved to the bottom I think it makes it bit messy to look at and I've disabled them. If I ever get to enable them seems doubtful, they tell not so much about the movie and if you want to view format, bitrate, etc then you have the details. But they certainly will not be activated as long as they are at the bottom :)
Regarding genres then I thought it might be an idea to move the genres a bit towards the year, etc. so there is the same distance from the film title to year, etc. But that is just little things. Again, thanks for a great theme :)
Is it possible to have on the EHS different backdrops for each topic?
For TV have a TV backdrop
For Movies have a Movies backdrop
How should my folder/file structure be setup for custom backgrounds and folder Icons. I have a IBN/General/Movies folder with ‘backdrop.png’ in it. But it doesn’t show up. I tried ctrl-R, restarting 7MC and windows.
I want one of the theater pics for my main background that MB opens up with.
In anticipation of Titan’s impending release, I've released Subdued 2.5.1. It requires Titan, so only those of you who got in on the public beta or are running a pre-release get to play right now (membership has its rewards). Mainly a maintenance release to fix bugs and align with Titan, but four new theme styles are now included (in addition to the four that were already there):
Blue Note (for a better match with Media Center colors/fonts)
Cold as Ice
Since subdued 2.5.1 localization does not seem to work. The strings file is in place the version is correct.
Draco localiztion is working, But subdued string are not being loaded.
Please help :D
Does the ability to configure local trailer window size is core or theme related? I really like the windowed playbeck. If its theme related can this be implemented in Subdued?
Does anyone else have an issue where the MediaInfo icons don’t display in 126.96.36.199?
It’s turned on in the settings but nothing is displayed (Color, never used Custom Icons). All the mediainfo is stored in the XML (fetched by another program) and it worked prior to 2.5.
I had the same issue in 2.3.0 on 2.5 and a rollback fixed it. So far I've tried resetting all the plugins and configuration.
I feel like I'm missing something obvious.
Hi, in the picture above you show the “movies, tv shows” etc bar across the middle and not on the left hand side which OS standard….how was this achieved?
Is it possible to get the same coverflow mode as diamond where the posters fade to the left and right depending on the side it is in relation to the selected item (hope that made sense
Subdued 2.5.2 has been released. A very small update that adds the options to set the alpha transparency of unselected thumbnails, as well as enabling “graduated” alpha for coverflow and thumbstrip view styles.
[Coverflow, Unselected Thumb Alpha: 60%, Graduated Thumb Alpha: On]
rwhapham, the recent overhaul to subdued has made it my favorite skin, and I hadn’t realizes you were the author. It really shouldn’t come to me as a surprise as I have noticed we share some of the same ideas of what the perfect HTPC should look and feel like. Whenever I search for a feature to see if something is possible, there I see your name on a thread asking something similar or contributing in some way.
Keep up the good work!
Subdued 2.5.3 is out. It may seem like a very minor update to most, but it marks the solution to a problem that has been plaguing me since the start of Subdued’s development: how to get around the need to restart MB when theme config items are changed. There are a couple that still require a restart (‘Theme Style’ and ‘MediaInfo Icon Set’), but the rest will now update Subdued as soon as you change them. This should make customization a lot less painful. Because Subdued has so many config options, I was not able to test that changes to each and every one are picked up immediately; so if you change something in the config pages and the theme doesn’t seem to respond to it, please post what you tried here. Thanks.