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Released: Media Center Themer 1.40

A new version of Media Center Themer has been released. Version 1.40 brings in lots of improvements such as string replacements, reorganization of menus, and the possibility to add your very own menu items to launch custom programs or display web pages inside Media Center. You can download the new version right away from the usual web page, see below for a full list of changes.

Media Center Themer is a lightweight add-on that lets you completely customize the interface of Media Center. Modify text colors and other formatting attributes, pictures, MCML interfaces, and automatically re-colorize most of the built-in pictures with a single setting (say goodbye to the original blue theme). All of it is done in memory, without modifying a single resource file on disk, preventing screws up and the reversal of changes during software updates. and yes, it’s entirely free to use.


Change log from version 1.30 to 1.40:

  • The <TextFormat> element has been modified to include <LegacyText>  sub-elements in addition to <Text>. They now replace the old <Legacy> and <String> elements for better organization (see the updated schema).
  • MCML resource files (mcml and xml extensions) are now modified when extracted to look properly formatted when viewed in any text editor (identation and line breaks).
  • The new <Resources>\<Strings> element can be used to replace any of the text displayed by Media Center, such as menu labels and titles.
  • A new <StartMenu> element has been added. Its <Builtin> element can be used to reorder or hide menus and sub-menus in Media Center’s start menu.
  • The new <Custom> element of <StartMenu> allows for the creation of a custom menu strip with user-defined menu items to launch programs or display web pages.
  • Command line parameters can now be used instead of some registry settings. See the updated documentation for more details.
  • The documentation has been updated new sections have been added to it for the new features.
  • The setup is now copied to Program Files and an uninstall entry is added in Windows’ Control Panel to easily uninstall the application.
  • The setup now creates shortcuts in the Start Menu of Windows.
  • Fixed: the first resource loaded in each DLL was not taken into consideration. This could prevent important files, such as CommonStyles.xml to be logged or replaced.

4 Responses to “Released: Media Center Themer 1.40”

  1. Andy says:

    This application gets better and better, the things you can do are only limited by my own imagination!

    Thank you for your hard work!!

  2. gonzo90017 says:

    Awesome! Every time you release an update I try it out but never stick with it(xml learning curve). I hadn’t noticed the ability to change the background before but because of it i’m planning to stick with it this time. Before I had to use something like Resource Hacker if I wanted to change the background.

  3. RJS says:

    Thanks for this, looking forward to trying out the new features :)

  4. anDerB16 says:

    Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic. I’m blown away by the quality of your work. Thank you so much for providing such a useful solution. I’m an xml novice, but using your incredibly easy to understand, and to the point instructions, I had my own theme going in less than a day.
    Once again I’m blown away by Media Center Themer and look forward to future releases.

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