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Media Center Themer 1.50

A new version of Media Center Themer has been released to add compatibility with Windows 8.1.

You can download it on the usual page: Media Center Themer 1.50.

Program updates!

After a long day, I have completed and released new versions of NB-Retention (1.10) and Media Center Themer (1.43). You’ll find them in the usual download pages.

That’s it for today :)

Released: Media Center Themer 1.42

…yup, another update for Media Center Themer has been released. Version 1.42 improves the way programs are launched from custom menus, fixes reordering priorities and allows to move or duplicate built-in menu items from one menu to another (for example, to group Picture and Music libraries in the same menu strip). This was a heavily requested feature so I’m sure some of you will enjoy that. The documentation has been updated as well.

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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.

Media Center Themer 1.30

Media Center Themer - New Colorization Feature

A new version of Media Center Themer is now available on the usual page. Among the updates, a new Auto-Colorize feature has been added to greatly simplify the creation of themes using all sorts of colors other than the default blue. With the new “Colorize” XML attribute, the software now automatically changes the color of more than 300 Media Center pictures (buttons, overlays, …), allowing you to concentrate on more important stuff. You’ll find all the information you need in the new “Change the Pictures” section of the documentation.

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