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ThaPorthole

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© 2009 - 2020 OtisBee

originally released in july 2007 over at cdartdisplay.com i recently decided to have this skin undergo a complete overhaul.



NEWS |
  • new toolbar & ratings
  • new "nocover" images
  • new substyles
  • new fonts

TIPS |
  • utilize the "title" textline for some basic progressbar functionality
  • click the cover area to show/hide the textinfos, ratings & toolbar
  • hold down "CTRL" while leftclicking the skin to easily switch styles

PREVIEW |
  • click here to fullview all included substyles
  • wallpaper = "Soft Spot" by Steven Ligatsa

ANOTHER VERSION |



i hope you like it.




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64stefan's avatar
You're the best!! Even if i can't put it on my PC (only things coming from Rainmeter) 
sabinakarki's avatar
sabinakarkiHobbyist Interface Designer
sir you are the one of the best designer in here, and you make the Best CAD of all, but I was wondering if this ThePorthole can also be designed in square shape with all those embedded effects with shadow just about everything is same except shape, it would be a great CAD for a full art display thank you very much.
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OtisBeeHobbyist Interface Designer
wow, thanks so much for all your kindness. :)

well, i'm afraid i won't find the time right now to create a square shaped version of ThaPorthole, but you might be interested to read that back in 2007 i created a skin which is very similar to what you described you want a skin to be.

you can take a look at that skin here. ;)

apparently the download links are outdated tho, and so you might want to download from here instead.

as i said, it's a rather old skin and i haven't updated it in ages. just tell me if there are any issues with it and i will gladly try to fix them asap.

thanks again for the fav and feedback! :hug:
sabinakarki's avatar
sabinakarkiHobbyist Interface Designer
yes it is just what I've been looking for,every things all right with it, but see carefully you'll see the exactly opposite effect on it when focusing on left shadow on the album art,I think you know what I mean sir,BTW thank you very very much for responding so eagerly to this humble design lover.
OtisBee's avatar
OtisBeeHobbyist Interface Designer
nope, i'm afraid i don't know what you mean. :hmm:
the opposite effect to what exactly?
sabinakarki's avatar
sabinakarkiHobbyist Interface Designer
hha I am sorry, i mean, it seems it is above the surface in some glance rather than engraved. actually i am not finding the proper words to explain what I mean,but it seems like that only when i zoom it, by the way just watching your another piece it is called AbandonOtis, good CAD.
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OtisBeeHobbyist Interface Designer
ah, i think i understand now. :lol:

well, if an imaginative light source would hit the skin from the bottom right, you're right and the skin indeed looks like it's above surface. but i made it so that the light source is at the top left and then the skin looks perfectly engraved imo. i guess it somehow depends on what wallpaper you're using to display this skin upon. a wallpaper with a gradient from bright to dark (from top to bottom) should very much contribute to the skin's engraved impression. an inverted gradient would likely ruin the effect, i think.

anyways.. this is about all i can offer at the moment. as i said, i'm rather busy right now and won't find the time to either finetune this skin or to create a completely new one.

and hey.. thanks for your compliments on my AbandonOtis skin. :hug:
sabinakarki's avatar
sabinakarkiHobbyist Interface Designer
may be you are right,thanks a lot,i didn't think the direction of the light, will be finding a good wall for it soon,
OtisBee's avatar
OtisBeeHobbyist Interface Designer
you definitely should. :D
at my idea the wallpaper can make a real difference. ;)
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OtisBeeHobbyist Interface Designer
yesssssssssss .. today's the kick-off to the long awaited worldcup. :iconyesyesyesplz:
so cool that you even have created a desktop for this great event. :headbang:
thanks for using and faving my skin, man.

now, let the games begin. :eager:
LilaLaura's avatar
100% Otis!
One of your most identifiable skin revisited!
I'll use this one more often now ;)

PS: Wow! There's a dull version! But we're not in fall yet? :)
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OtisBeeHobbyist Interface Designer
way to go 'til fall. :D
i'm very happy that you like those two skin-veterans and i highly appreciate your feedback. :hug:
artist-enjoi-drawing's avatar
whoa theres a glassy one! This is waaaaay better!
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OtisBeeHobbyist Interface Designer
you recently have asked me why i love CAD so much and what there is that's so good about it.
well, ...i'm glad you're now finding out yourself. :D

thanks for your compliments. ;)
artist-enjoi-drawing's avatar
hehe well yes I am :D
Orca239's avatar
Hey there, this is really awesome and I'm using it right now. Was wondering if there was any chance of having it not show the ratings when using the Slideshow while the player is stopped... it looks a bit odd sitting there on my desktop with a few orbs where the ratings would be. Thanks! ^.^
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OtisBeeHobbyist Interface Designer
okay, ...here's what i suggest for a much better slideshow usability:
please open this skin's directory in your explorer and duplicate the folder of the substyle you'd like best for it to be your slideshow skin.
name that duplicate "Slideshow". (no different spelling or additional tags etc.)
the specific naming of that folder is mandatory for CAD to detect a certain skin's substyle as being for slideshow purposes only.

now you can apply that newly created "Slideshow" substyle in CAD and edit it to your liking (deactivating ratings etc.).
you might be interested to know that there are some useful image related textinfo tags for you to try.
for instance you can exchange the %artist% tag by %filename% or you can have CAD show the %width%, %height% or even %filedate%.

don't forget to save your changes when you're done.

from now on you can listen to your music with any ThaPorthole style applied and once you'd decide to stop (not pause) your player CAD will automatically switch to that "Slideshow" style and instantly becomes an image viewer. (works for all skins btw.)
as soon as you'd start your player again CAD will switch back to your previously used skinstyle and will proceed with being the wellknown CAD again. :lol:
Orca239's avatar
That was amazingly detailed and helpful, thanks and sorry for the trouble!
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OtisBeeHobbyist Interface Designer
i'm glad i could help and that you got it working! ;)
sgraves's avatar
How do I disable the lighting effect?
OtisBee's avatar
OtisBeeHobbyist Interface Designer
sorry, but could you be a bit more specific?
what "lighting effect" are you talking about?

:confused:
sgraves's avatar
The lighting reflection over the album art.
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