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Refreshing splash screens for FSX + new UI gfx

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I took some of my best shots and edited them into a splash screen mock-up. Also reworked Jiří Soukup's blue UI. :)

Still wip...

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Found these two high quality shots of the Sabre so credits to whoever took them, they're going to be awesome as splash screens:

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And the new ui graphics, still much work and some problems to overcome but it's getting there. Most of the theme is based on Jiří Soukup's excellent blue ui. This is modded with permission. It will be available in few flavors. Btw, does anyone know how to crack open the xzp files inside uires? They contain some stuff I'd like to change.

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Refreshing indeed! 

 

Will keep an eye on this. Thanks for the heads up.

 

Cheers

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Great shots. Do you use any special ENB config or anything like that on the Erickson SkyCrane pic because that sky color is amazing? Remember the addon/sky texture name?

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damn forum ruined my images.. hold on guys ; edit: it's fixed.. phew, that was close.

There's an annoying bug within the forum interface causing your content to render into raw html, I hope it gets fixed.

 

Great shots. Do you use any special ENB config or anything like that on the Erickson SkyCrane pic because that sky color is amazing? Remember the addon/sky texture name?

Just sweetfx, slightly tweaked but nothing special. The sky texture in that crane shot is from REX and it's called "polluted city air" iirc.

 

You can grab my sfx from my signature, I just added it.

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Very nice!

 

You're doing very good job with your GUI which means I don't really have any problems with you reusing my assets as long as the credit is given. Keep up the good work.

 

About those XZPs, I think nobody is going to know how to open them. I would like to be wrong, but XZP is just ordinary container file, nothing fancy. There's seems to be a problem with some characters in the names of the files inside it and the application that is supposed to open XZP doesn't like them and prevents work with those files.

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Awesome thanks. I will mention that I already tried like every xzp extract tool I could find on Google and none of them really worked. Those tools came up from xbox 360 communities because guess what? m$ used xzp on xbox themes as well. So, I took an xbox theme xzp file and tried to extract it with one of the tools and it worked. The fsx files, when I tried to extract them it kept saying "wrong characters in header path"; or something along those lines. If we can figure that out, then it's possible to open them all up and then the modding possibilities could be much wider.

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I edited my post just as you wrote this ^^^^^^

 

I'm not a programmer, but I'm afraid there's no way to fix that. I can speak to some programmers I know, but when application says it doesn't like those characters, there's nothing much to do. Maybe write your own I guess.

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I think I'll try to register to an xbox community forum and see if they can help me solve this. Perhaps even mail the author of one of the tools and see what he has to say. While at it, are there any past or current ms employees that can help? :)

 

On another thought, I could try making new xzp files instead of altering the old ones, but I have no clue which files are in there to begin with so back to square one.

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Just sweetfx, slightly tweaked but nothing special. The sky texture in that crane shot is from REX and it's called "polluted city air" iirc.

 

Sweet, i'll install it right away. Thanks.

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Just insane, this is how I'd have imagined FSXI to look like.

 

Keep up the great work!

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This looks awesome! Are you going to release these when they're done?

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Very nice job! Looks awesome.

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I agree, very professional looking UI, much better than default. Nice work.

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I contacted the guy who made the xzp tool. Now I'm just waiting for a reply to see if he can offer a solution... btw, I was thinking if it's possible to create a small exe app that will randomly change splash screens each time I start fsx? I think it could be awesome. :)

Until then, enjoy another splash screen featuring the Waco YMF5 with a gorgeous Castrol livery:

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Ok, this program works but it's not programmed very wisely. It won't check if a picture was already used so it can show the same picture few times in a row until it hits a new picture. Damn, it must be super easy to write such program. All you have to do is program it to read files in a specific filename format, ie, dlgsplash_XX.bmp, so it will go in a loop rather than random pick a bmp file. This way you can ensure it will not show the same picture twice. I'm disappointed. <_<

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