Hacking devices can/will void your warranty and can turn your expensive consumer electronics into worthless trash if you don't know what you're doing. This blog is for information purposes only, and if you try to hack into your own consumer electronics, you do so at your own risk. The device I'm currently hacking is the Canon SX10 IS camera.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Interface Update

I updated the wiki with new skins and a template for creating new skins.

The purpose of this blog is to explain how I did things, so here goes...
I created a grid.bmp file. It's actually in the template.zip if you want to see it. I used a special code to help identify the 100 / 200 / 300 / 400 / 500 / 600 point lines. The X in the grid boxes help to identify more specific points. By putting the grid into the background (giving it the name IMAGE_GUIDE_BG.bmp for instance) I was able to figure out the exact location of all of the other boxes on the screen. Then it was a matter of reconstructing that in layers through GIMP.

Playing around with the colors, I found that 0,0,0 was transparent on some of the images. I tried to take advantage of that fact, but quickly found out that most of the time you WANT the images to overwrite what was on the background before.

The Iomega Toys skin came from Superberny. It was similar to what I had been planning with a Disney theme. I decided to focus strictly on Mickey and found many resources on the web for getting Mickey pictures. I ended up having to modify most of them in one way or another. Mickey looks too fat on the TV. But I left it because, after all, TV does make you look too fat, right?

All kidding aside, I spent a lot of time trying to do the Mickey skin and toward the end got a little sloppy because I just wanted to get it done. There's a lot of graphics to replace if you want to match the whole theme.

I mentioned it many times on the interface page, but I'll say it again. You HAVE to save each and every bitmap out as R5G6B5 format or it will lock up the screenplay.

Kudos to SuperBerny for the initial work identifying the files to replace.

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