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amakrits CAD



CD Art Display skin designed to go with the Amakrits Suite by *Bobbyperux.


:new: 4 versions for:
top-left - top-right - bottom-left - bottom-right

8 substyles to fit screenwidths of:
1024 - 1152 - 1280 - 1366 - 1440 - 1600 - 1680 - 1920


You can grab the amakrits ICO set from here as well as the PNG set from here.

|Terms of use:

All graphics are copyright © and intented for personal desktop use only. You may not modify and release or redistribute them without *Bobbyperux' permission. These graphics may not be used in any way for commercial purposes.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the skin.

© 2009 Roberto Abril Hidalgo |

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barberioX's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Impact

Well, this is my first advanced critique here on DA. And a pleasure, I'm doing it for one of your skins.

Preview: As usual phantastic work here! I know, you spend a lot of time in creating your previews. Amazing presentation!

Installation: Not much to say here, because the .cskin file (which I miss in most new skins) does its job here.
You provided the necessary fonts (Great!). A good and informative solution to install the right resolution skin follows. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":thumbsup:" title="Thumbs Up" />

First appearance: When I have chosen my style, the skin starts without the panel. All visible parts are self-explanatory here. Except the "+i" icon. Maybe you should have told in the preview or the description, that it reveals the animated panel. On the other hand, it's a surprising effect, when you click it and the animation starts. Just wanted to mention it, because I noticed that not every user discovers such features.

Design: You both chose a minimalistic style which is fine and offers max clarity. Transparency is too high here in my opinion. And because you did the corresponding graphics this way, there is no room to change transparency in the skin editor.
The skin and all of its elements appear very clean. I like the large time display and the textinformation next to it, just as I like the toolbar and the progressbar beneath.
The animation (which is absolutely smooth!) and the revealing cover graphic is a class of its own. Perfectly done! <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":nod:" title="Nod" />
In my opinion, you could have altered the font size on the larger resolution styles. Especially because there is a lot of unused space left in the middle of the skin. The title "Satellite (Live in Hammersmith" for example, starts to scroll. In consideration of the width of the styles, that shouldn't be necessary. Also the informations on the right side aren't readable very good (at least for me on 1920x1200). <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=";-)" title=";-) (Wink)" />
You followed the minimal style with your nocover.png (...) and I must say it looks very good. I must confess, less is more sometimes. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)" />

All in all, this is a very good skin, which I truly like. Most of my so called "Critique" is a matter of taste. Other users may have a completely different opinion here...
PoulNyrup's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

There's just something about this guy...

Looking back at ThaImpact, Cellular RooLa, AbandonOtis and further back to YouCAD & ThaSceenario, you see a collection of work that simply never fails to impress. The attention to detail in each skin is exquisite every time - but it's much more than just that: He always manages to capture The Big Picture. The various elements that make up Otis' skins always fall into place, everything from the buttons to the shading, from the font settings to the animations - and how it all plays out on your desktop - it all just works together in the most perfect harmony.

Searching through his previous work & now "amakrits" - his 28th CAD deviation at dA, you can see he's still developing his style. Sure, the guy likes the sleek, dark look ("Damn, Otis, open the curtains, dude - it's 3 in the afternoon!"), but there's definitely a direction in his work. Every time he pulls something new out of the box that no one's tried before - it could be a new animation, an awesome font setting, or a new way to make your CAD interact with your desktop. The envelope gets pushed every time.

So - let's take amakrits for a spin. Here's it playing Miles on my desktop:

amakrits - normal & extended mode

In this skin, he's getting back to a more "flat" background and instead of beefing up the png's, he settles for a more subtle icon style, letting the gorgeous flourescent blue colour of the time/progress bar play out against the white text/icons& dark background - which it does like a charm. The extended mode (clicking "+i") gives the wonderful cross-screen display we also remember from his "Subject Matter" theme, but the animation for opening this is just simply wonderful: not a millisecond too quick or slow, all the elements making up the animation fitting perfectly together. It just seems so effortless, but must have involved a lot of testing to get it just right.

Critique? Well, this time he's using Segoe Bold & Segoe Caps, the latter giving a few problems if for the Danish letters å, æ & ø, but I suppose I can survive... <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" title=";) (Wink)" /> Another little gripe is the text size: for this font, the text is pretty difficult to read, especially the album text in the extended mode. He's solved this before by using Arial Rounded MT Bold as his font of choice, but I guess he opted against it this time because it might feel too "bulky" against the more flat background. I'm telling you, folks, this is a guy that takes his skins seriously...

Oh, and Otis dude, don't forget a 180° version... <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" title=";) (Wink)" />

Of course, this is just minor stuff & being grown-ups, we all know how to edit a CAD skin, right?... <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":p" title=":p (Lick)" />

Rating? Funny as it sounds, it doesn't feel right to give top ratings over the board for this deviation. Simply out of fear that if I do, he'll get all fat & complacent.

However, I just can't for the life of me see how he - or anyone else - can make a skin better than this.

But don't worry. He will.
PoulNyrup's avatar
The pleasure's all mine, Friedolin... :)
OtisBee's avatar
aww man, say that you made my day is just an understatement. :faint:
it is soooo incredibly great to receive an outside insight on my work that words can barely describe how flattered i feel right now.
i don't even know if i was aware of this before, but dude... this is how i always wanted my work to be recognized.
i have to admit tho that it's not always easy to distinguish whether your critique is referring to this deviation or my own humble existence in general, but what the heck... i actually couldn't care less. :D

what i do care about is the fact that this skin is also an achievement of the great *Bobbyperux and so it goes without saying that all your compliments go to him in equal amounts as well.
without his great expertise in design and quality we wouldn't even talk about this skin.
in fact everything goes back to the fact that *Bobbyperux sent over a psd file and asked me to make it come to life.

now, to come to an end i once again like to thank you for making me smile, grin and laugh, for making me blush and for making me proud!

thank you soooooooo much, Matthew! :#1:
joerg285's avatar
OtisBee's avatar
totally stellar thank youUntitled Drawing by GHOSTMONSTER-B2  
OtisBee's avatar
ah, great! thanks so much! :hug:
i cant load it with rain meter
   i am using window 8.1 professional
OtisBee's avatar
no wonder, because it isn't for rainmeter.
it's a skin for CD Art Display. :hmm:
i cant load it with rain meter
   i am using window 8.1 professional
OtisBee's avatar
no wonder, because it isn't for rainmeter.
it's a skin for CD Art Display. :hmm:
sunkotora's avatar
great skin, thank you !
OtisBee's avatar
you're welcome.
glad you like it.
thanks. :w00t:
happinessism's avatar
How do I install this?
OtisBee's avatar
you mean the program or the skin?
if it's the program, then please tell me whether you're on windows XP or 7 and also which player (winamp, iTunes, WMP etc.) you're using. that'll make things easier for me to explain. ;)
Ludo61's avatar
Just amazing, I really like this man, thank you so much <3
Ludo61's avatar
You're welcome :) !
OtisBee's avatar
ah yeah, these are the type of comments i love. thank you so much. :hug:
vattenpipa's avatar
Lovely skin, is there a possibility for you to make a 2560 width version?
I got 2560x1440 resolution these days so I can't use this skin anymore :(
OtisBee's avatar
aww, what can i say? it's so nice reading that you like and used my skin this much. you know, i am also using a 2560x1440 sized screen and i can tell you that i really miss using that cool amakrits skin, too. :nod:

well, it's not that it isn't possible to create and add a 2560px wide version, it's more that the task of creating that animation sequence (we're talking about a couple of hundred still images here) is so causing me to procrastinate that in the end i just didn't do it.

i could say that i don't have the time, but that would only be partially true. truth is, it takes quite some effort to persuade myself doing it, because when i have the time, then i'm often enticed to do other stuff. :blush:

i'm so sorry, but i can't promise you anything. i'm not saying that i won't create and add a 2560 version. but i can't tell you when i do it, either. maybe in 6 months, maybe in 6 days.

the trouble is, that once you'd say that it's okay to take my time, then i will most likely forget all about doing it all together.

so hey, why don't you come back some time and text me something that reminds me of a skin i have to update? :hooray: that'd be okay and there's a good chance that you'll catch me in a different state of lazyness (or lack thereof) then. :)
TheLionzHeart1's avatar
the fonts are way to small to read... any way to adjust font size?
OtisBee's avatar
sure. rightclick the skin and select "Skin Editor", then click the "Edit" tab and from the icons on the left select the 5th from the top. you're now in the skin's "Text Style" settings in which you now should click on the "Font" hyperlink. there you can adjust the font size, as well as select a different font face if you like. please note however, that it's necessary to make the adjustments to each textline individually, because there's no option to change the font sizes of all textlines all at once.

i hope that was helpful.

for more informations you can take a look at the Skin Editor: settings explained thread [link] or at just the Text Style setting explanations [link] .
eclipter's avatar
I love this CAD skin, I use it all the time only switching it of with Subject Matter. But there is one little problem, I don't seem to have the green timer like in the preview. Its just blank space.
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