skin it with just a .psd !!!
Published on September 25, 2006 By BoXXi In WinCustomize News
A new skinnable media player arrived on the scene in August, say hello to Xion. This is a very capable little player, but by far the most interesting thing about it is it's skinning format. To skin this player you simply create the interface in Photoshop, making sure all the different elements are on individual layers, (which many of us do anyway) and then you give the layers specific names and just dump the .PSD file in the skins folder of the player...... That's it!!!! The software does the rest and converts your layered .PSD into a skin.

This is surely a step forward for ease of skinning. No code to write, no XML to battle through, NO SLICING UP OF IMAGES!

I made two skins within an hour of downloading the software, and they work perfectly. So well done to r2 Studios, the creators of Xion, they really have an innovative Player AND skinning system here. It even supports animation too.

I hope some of you guys will support this player and make a few skins for it. They deserve to have some success, and I think you will enjoy skinning it.

Comments (Page 1)
on Sep 25, 2006
i would like to try it but i cant download it the download link wont work
on Sep 25, 2006
  
on Sep 25, 2006
Holy skinnable player Batman! This is just awesome. 'Bout time somebody took advantage of all those layers for something really useful

So does Stardock have any plans to do something like that for DesktopX or WindowBlinds sometime in the future - like maybe in time for the Vista release Seriously, get on the ball here guys, you gonna let yourself be outdone by some independent punks?! (punks = geniuses)
on Sep 25, 2006
nvm it just wont let u download it from Firefox all i had to do was go into Internet Explorer so anyone who wants to download it, download it from Internet Explorer
on Sep 25, 2006
Thanks for this great link and info.
on Sep 25, 2006
nvm it just wont let u download it from Firefox all i had to do was go into Internet Explorer so anyone who wants to download it, download it from Internet Explorer

Microsoft conspiracy! J/K

I still can't download it even through IE, could somebody maybe mirror it
on Sep 25, 2006
Looks good, downloads fine in Opera btw.

Impressed with the sound quality, better than iTunes (not difficult I know), anyone know what it uses for output? (eg it's own decoder, Windows Media etc).
on Sep 25, 2006
I DLed it in FireFox. It has a damn good sound. I have 1 by 1, iTunes,QMP.Winamp MusicMatch,WMP, foobar, and probably a couple more, but this sounds good. I have always said MusicMatch sounded better than any of them, but this little thing is KILLER. Playin' through Bose speakers. Something I have never been able to figure out. The sound comes through the same sound card, and out the same speakers, so why does each player have it's own unique sound.
on Sep 25, 2006
Managed to download. Man, I tell you, making skins using PSD files is like an eye-opening experience - no saving PNGs, BMPs with pink (ugh!) or TGAs, no slicing images, no hastle! I don't know how I'll ever go back to skinning DX objects, it'd be like going back to Win 3.11 . I don't think it completely replaces scripting though as of course we are limited to what the author has thought of, but imagine combining the power of DesktopX scripting with PSD based skinning - it'll blow microsoft and yahoo widgets, gadgets or whatever they call them out of the water.

I DLed it in FireFox. It has a damn good sound. I have 1 by 1, iTunes,QMP.Winamp MusicMatch,WMP, foobar, and probably a couple more, but this sounds good. I have always said MusicMatch sounded better than any of them, but this little thing is KILLER. Playin' through Bose speakers. Something I have never been able to figure out. The sound comes through the same sound card, and out the same speakers, so why does each player have it's own unique sound.

That's interesting. I myself haven't noticed a difference, but then again I'm listening through cheap headphones It is strange that different players have different sounds, I mean they all go through the same hardware... the only thing I can think of is maybe their "zeroed out" equalizers have actually different levels.
on Sep 25, 2006
There is a very good tutorial section on making skins for the player here: http://xion.r2.com.au/index.php?page=help

I'm going to have a go at an animated skin for it (if I ever finish this WindowBlind that I'm making), It looks like fun, and as it says, the possibilities are endless.
on Sep 25, 2006
Download is NOT working....GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Speedy
on Sep 25, 2006
Try this download page..... http://www.cnet.com.au/downloads/0,239030384,10558548s,00.htm
on Sep 25, 2006
Thanks Boxxi!!!!!!!!!

I'm getting ready to try it now!!!

Speedy
on Sep 25, 2006
It doesn't work!!!! It crashes as soon as it opens!!!

Speedy
on Sep 25, 2006
I couldn't download it either. The version at CNET Australia is xion_v1.0b56. I found an alternative download at Link

works fine for me