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Title: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 01, 2016, 06:25:06 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/CPk19wfl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/CPk19wf.png)


(http://i.imgur.com/l2K2TINl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/l2K2TIN.png)


download Zen Hive (http://bit.ly/Zen_Hive_3x)


This skin will only work under MusicBee v3
Not under current official v2.x release versions


update:

The player panel is completely redesigned and now a lot slimmer:

(http://i.imgur.com/zXtpZk1l.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/zXtpZk1.png)
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: Bee-liever on January 01, 2016, 08:21:35 PM
Very interesting player background treatment :)

might need to check your tabs-in-captionbar elements and the narrow scrollbar border for playing tracks
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: phred on January 01, 2016, 08:31:09 PM
WOW!!!
I like the little bee progress marker.  Very clever.  Also the treatment of the Shuffle and Repeat on/off.

I see one possible error (unless it's intentional) -
The vertical line dividing the main panel from the right sidebar doesn't go all the way to the bottom.  It does go to the bottom on the left side.
(http://i.imgur.com/fu401vXl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/fu401vX.jpg)
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 01, 2016, 08:47:25 PM
might need to check your tabs-in-captionbar elements and the narrow scrollbar border for playing tracks

Thnx Bee-liever, both are fixed.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 01, 2016, 08:50:02 PM
WOW!!!
I like the little bee progress marker.  Very clever.  Also the treatment of the Shuffle and Repeat on/off.

I see one possible error (unless it's intentional) -
The vertical line dividing the main panel from the right sidebar doesn't go all the way to the bottom.  It does go to the bottom on the left side.
(http://i.imgur.com/fu401vXl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/fu401vX.jpg)

No, that's not intentional, and I doubt if it's solvable by skinning.
I can't replicate it in my setup, but what is the panel you have positioned left of the lyrics panel?
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: phred on January 01, 2016, 09:32:54 PM
No, that's not intentional, and I doubt if it's solvable by skinning.
I can't replicate it in my setup, but what is the panel you have positioned left of the lyrics panel?
I think you're right.  It's that way on the MB3 Default also.  I guess the "missing" line is only noticeable when there's a dark bg with a light fg.

To the left of the Lyrics panel is the Now Playing panel.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 01, 2016, 09:43:44 PM
No, that's not intentional, and I doubt if it's solvable by skinning.
I can't replicate it in my setup, but what is the panel you have positioned left of the lyrics panel?
I think you're right.  It's that way on the MB3 Default also.  I guess the "missing" line is only noticeable when there's a dark bg with a light fg.

To the left of the Lyrics panel is the Now Playing panel.

Yep, the now playing panel overlaps that border line.
it's up to Steven if he feels like changing that.

(http://i.imgur.com/f0sdI37l.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/f0sdI37.png)
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: phred on January 01, 2016, 09:50:22 PM
Yep, the now playing panel overlaps that border line.
it's up to Steven if he feels like changing that.

(http://i.imgur.com/f0sdI37l.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/f0sdI37.png)

Understood. I assume it's an oversight since that line exists top to bottom on the left side of the main and playing tracks panels.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: Bee-liever on January 01, 2016, 09:53:05 PM
Is the dark blue bg2 colour on the scrollbar arrows intentional?
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 01, 2016, 10:06:36 PM
Is the dark blue bg2 colour on the scrollbar arrows intentional?

Wow, you guys have laser-vision.
Fixed that.
(and please keep 'em coming... )
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: phred on January 01, 2016, 10:42:39 PM
The link is missing from the first post.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 01, 2016, 10:47:38 PM
The link is missing from the first post.

It's back.
(I was making a minor change)
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: Steven on January 02, 2016, 07:39:55 AM
Yep, the now playing panel overlaps that border line.
it's up to Steven if he feels like changing that.
Understood. I assume it's an oversight since that line exists top to bottom on the left side of the main and playing tracks panels.
phred, could you send me your settings file?
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 02, 2016, 07:52:08 AM
I am getting a report that the download link for this skin is not working if you don't have a MS OneDrive account setup.
That would be new to me.

Could somebody without a OneDrive account please report if he/she can download this skin from  THIS  (http://bit.ly/MB-Zen_Hive) link, or if that link indeed has any obstructions?


edit:
Fixed it, something was wrong with permissions settings.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: MeeMeeMee on January 02, 2016, 08:39:26 AM
Please add a screenshot(s) to your original post to wet our appetites
Edit: Thank you! It looks gorgeous, although the bottom player controls looks to me a bit busy.
May I ask about the icons set you use? Where can I get it?
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: phred on January 02, 2016, 02:26:14 PM
Yep, the now playing panel overlaps that border line.
it's up to Steven if he feels like changing that.
Understood. I assume it's an oversight since that line exists top to bottom on the left side of the main and playing tracks panels.
phred, could you send me your settings file?
PM sent
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 03, 2016, 01:25:09 PM
Skin is updated with some minor tweaks and additions.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 03, 2016, 04:13:41 PM
Please add a screenshot(s) to your original post to wet our appetites

Done that.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: fossii on January 03, 2016, 04:40:06 PM
Great skin - i like it very much - Thank you.
Do you have an idea why the text in my player panel is red and not yellow (as in your snapshots)

(http://abload.de/img/sstqsxx.jpg) (http://abload.de/image.php?img=sstqsxx.jpg)

Thanks
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 03, 2016, 04:42:39 PM
Do you have an idea why the text in my player panel is red and not yellow (as in your snapshots)

That's weird.
Are you using Windows 10 ? (as I am)
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: phred on January 03, 2016, 04:44:22 PM
Great skin - i like it very much - Thank you.
Do you have an idea why the text in my player panel is red and not yellow (as in your snapshots)
That same text is red in mine also.  FWIW, it appears that fossii and I have the progress bar info on top and you (hiccup) have it on the bottom. I'm using Windows 7
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 03, 2016, 04:49:09 PM
The red text should be fixed. (re-uploaded)

Could you post a screenshot of how he progress bar looks in Windows 7?
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: fossii on January 03, 2016, 04:50:17 PM
I recently changed the bar from top to bottom, text is red in both versions.
I am using Win 10. strange...
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 03, 2016, 04:56:06 PM
I recently changed the bar from top to bottom, text is red in both versions.
I am using Win 10. strange...

And you are using the updated version that I uploaded a couple of minutes ago?
Could you make a color-accurate (png) screenshot of the 'red'? It would help if I know the exact RGB value of it.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: fossii on January 03, 2016, 05:02:12 PM
sorry for the circumstances.
I have changed the skin to the default theme, and changed again to  the 1st and the 2nd version of your skin.
Now the text appears in yellow in both versions!
Didn't get it why, but now the skin is perfect to me :-)
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 03, 2016, 05:04:52 PM
Great.
Thnx for reporting and the feedback.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: phred on January 03, 2016, 05:14:07 PM
Just downloaded the latest update and red is still red.
According to Instant Color Picker the red is 184,44,8
I'll PM you a link to the PNG screenshot
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 03, 2016, 05:29:19 PM
Just downloaded the latest update and red is still red.
According to Instant Color Picker the red is 184,44,8
I'll PM you a link to the PNG screenshot

Thnx phred. That was an oversight of me.
The reds should now really be gone.

About the progress bar and track times not being centered perfectly:

I had to break a few skinning rules to accomplish what I wanted with this skin.
Under Windows 10 it now seems to turn out well and exactly as I intended.
But it just won't work under MusicBee v2.x, and now it seems it also won't be perfect under Windows 7.
I am afraid there's not much I can do about that.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 03, 2016, 05:34:18 PM
About the progress bar and track times not being centered perfectly:

I had to break a few skinning rules to accomplish what I wanted with this skin.
Under Windows 10 it now seems to turn out well and exactly as I intended.
But it just won't work under MusicBee v2.x, and now it seems it also won't be perfect under Windows 7.
I am afraid there's not much I can do about that.

Looking at your screenshot again, the slight mis-alignement could also be due to you using a non-default main font for MusicBee?
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: phred on January 03, 2016, 05:42:30 PM
Just downloaded the latest update and red is still red.
According to Instant Color Picker the red is 184,44,8
I'll PM you a link to the PNG screenshot

Thnx phred. That was an oversight of me.
The reds should now really be gone.
Fixed! Red is now yellow.

Quote
About the progress bar and track times not being centered perfectly:
aid there's not much I can do about that.
I don't think I'm the one who mentioned this as I hadn't even noticed it until you just pointed it out.
And, it may indeed be due to my font selection.  I'll have more time to check that out later today.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 03, 2016, 05:48:30 PM
About the progress bar and track times not being centered perfectly:
aid there's not much I can do about that.
I don't think I'm the one who mentioned this as I hadn't even noticed it until you just pointed it out.
And, it may indeed be due to my font selection.  I'll have more time to check that out later today.

Ah, my speed reading is below par. I saw you mentioning something about "the progress bar info on top", and I assumed there was something wrong with it.

No need for you to invest more time in this. I checked, and indeed if you select a larger system font in MusicBee, the track position times won't center perfectly anymore.
That's just the consequence of me having been slightly pixel-anal in designing this skin.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 03, 2016, 06:04:14 PM
Re-upped.
The rating stars had wrong coloring when the player was positioned at the top.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: phred on January 03, 2016, 09:22:22 PM
I don't know if you have control over these elements, but it looks like they could use some fixin'
(http://i.imgur.com/znPmgd5l.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/znPmgd5.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/CxuDPqsl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/CxuDPqs.jpg)
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 03, 2016, 09:58:38 PM
Nope, those icons are not skinnable at the moment.

And you are right about the difficult to read credits. I noticed that before too on several dark skins.
It's currently drawing it's color from a 'disabled' element.

I'll post a request for both....
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 23, 2016, 10:33:56 PM
Edit: Thank you! It looks gorgeous, although the bottom player controls looks to me a bit busy.

To be honest, I myself am mostly quite content with it, but the one thing that I feel might be improved a bit is that I find the player panel is taking up a little bit to much vertical space. (I much prefer slim player control panels)
I will see if I can make some changes to accomplish that in the coming week(s), but it will take some meticulous pixel re-ordering.
Any other suggestions/wishes are welcome, I could use and incorporate those for my next (and final) revision.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: Leodj on January 24, 2016, 07:21:19 PM
This is Cool I like it , but you need another with Bees on the background ;) although on my PC some frames are from different color like green and White on the right Panel where you see the details from the file and lyrics
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 24, 2016, 07:35:31 PM
This is Cool I like it , but you need another with Bees on the background ;) although on my PC some frames are from different color like green and White on the right Panel where you see the details from the file and lyrics

Thnx Leodj.
I have been playing around with some more bees, but the skin became even more buzzzy looking as it is now already.
Could you perhaps post a screenshot showing the parts where you get 'green' and 'white'?

And to be sure, are you using MusicBee v3?
As stated in the start post, this skin is created for MB 3.x, and will probably not work, or result in graphical abnormalities under MB 2.x.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: Leodj on January 27, 2016, 10:02:38 PM
This is Cool I like it , but you need another with Bees on the background ;) although on my PC some frames are from different color like green and White on the right Panel where you see the details from the file and lyrics

Thnx Leodj.
I have been playing around with some more bees, but the skin became even more buzzzy looking as it is now already.
Could you perhaps post a screenshot showing the parts where you get 'green' and 'white'?

And to be sure, are you using MusicBee v3?
As stated in the start post, this skin is created for MB 3.x, and will probably not work, or result in graphical abnormalities under MB 2.x.



Here it Is


(http://i.imgur.com/HQZKxgK.jpg)
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 28, 2016, 08:33:58 AM
Here it Is

As I suspected, you are trying this skin with a current MusicBee v2.x version.
This skin is exclusively designed and maintained for MusicBee v3, which is under development and in beta stage at this moment.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on January 31, 2016, 11:42:38 AM
I completely redesigned the player control panel, it is now a lot slimmer:

(http://i.imgur.com/zXtpZk1l.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/zXtpZk1.png)

The download link is in the start post.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on February 06, 2016, 08:42:45 PM
Updated.
Gotten rid of the "1px. Windows 10 border" and some other minor tweaks.

(needs MusicBee v3.0.5880 or higher)
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on April 22, 2016, 05:53:07 PM
Updated.
A few new icons, some small fixes, and revised some elements for the most recent v3 release.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on May 09, 2017, 06:34:29 PM
Minor update/tweak
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: jorik on May 18, 2017, 08:42:56 PM
Good
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on June 04, 2017, 07:44:32 PM
Updated
Some refinements and adjustments for MB 3.1, and the option for displaying a wavebar in the player panel has been added.

The download link is in the start post.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on July 29, 2017, 02:53:24 PM
updated

(and probably final for MB v3.1)

the download link is in the startpost
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on September 03, 2018, 06:17:07 PM
updated
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on December 29, 2018, 11:45:26 AM
Updated, several small improvements.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on December 25, 2019, 01:42:21 PM
Updated, minor tweaks, device icons added.

(these device icons will only show up in MusicBee v3.4> which is not yet available at this moment)
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on December 27, 2019, 07:09:15 PM
Updated again, the Mini Player has been improved.
(needs MB 3.3.7299 or up to display as intended)

My apologies for this forum bomb (again ;-) , but it's probably useful to users of these skins that have subscribed so to get notifications on updates.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on June 21, 2020, 12:29:35 PM
updated

Main changes:
- The Jukebox view is skinned.
- The readability/contrast of sub-text fields in 'Album and Tracks' view and in the Expanded Album panel is improved.

note: both these updates only function under MusicBee 3.4
(which is currently under development and in alpha release state)
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on April 11, 2021, 09:53:29 AM
updated

improved the contrast/legibility of the text in the status bar
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on October 23, 2021, 09:23:18 AM
updated

The last.fm scrobble button can now be hidden.
Title: Re: Zen Hive
Post by: hiccup on April 17, 2022, 07:30:11 PM
updated

I actually updated all my skins, but I didn't feel like creating 20+ 'updated' posts, so I only announce it for three popular ones.

- fixed the issue where custom contrast settings for the Track Information panel would not function on pre-3.5 MB versions
- improved the quality of the 'Unknown Artist' image in Explorer
- added: PDF indicator icon