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Information On CS Manager (V1.2) Themes (UPDATED VERSION)

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS 

NO THEME WILL CONTAIN PORNOGRAPHIC, ABUSIVE, EMOTIONALLY DISTURBING, PROMOTION OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES, COPYRIGHTED/PATENTED MATERIALS, OR ANY SUCH UN-DESIRABLE CONTENT.

NO THEME WILL BE DESIGNED TO COMPROMISE THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE PROGRAMS "CS MANAGER" & "CSM THEME EDITOR".

THE OUTPUT OF THE THEME CREATION UTILITY "CSM THEME EDITOR" SHALL NOT BE MANUALLY EDITED OR TAMPERED WITH IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER.

THEMES CREATED ARE THE ENTIRE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CREATOR AND THE PROPERTY OF THE CREATOR.

THE THEME CREATOR HAS THE RIGHT TO COPYRIGHT THE THEME THEY CREATED.

THEMES NOT BELONGING TO THE END-USER SHALL NOT BE TAMPERED WITH IN ANY FORM.

THE THEME FEATURE OF THIS SOFTWARE PACKAGE IS USED AT YOUR OWN RISK, I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES TO YOU, YOUR COMPUTER OR ANYTHING CLASSED AS BAD FROM THE USE OR MISUSE OF THIS FEATURE.

IF YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, THEN PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK, OTHERWISE, DO NOT GET INVOLVED WHATSOEVER, AND DO NOT GET ANYONE ELSE INVOLVED.

 

ABOUT THEMES

A theme is a customized look and feel to a visible object, such as the CS Manager application.  A theme can consist of many elements, though, CS Manager has 3 elements as a part of its theme (images, sounds and fonts).  I have added the feature to the application in the hopes that you can be satisfied with the interface.

WARNING: There is a theme named "Default", do not delete it or the program will not work.

 

INSTALLING THEMES

The theme files are located in a folder in the "\themes\" folder in the application path (usually "C:\Program Files\CS Manager").  This particular folder is the name of the theme

A theme package will usually be contained in a compressed .ZIP or .EXE archive file, and should be pre-set to unzip straight into the default application folder...  If it is pre-set to unzip into the applications theme folder, and you have installed CS Manager to another location, then the chances of you getting trouble from this is approximately 99.9%.  Otherwise, everything should be fine, the author of the theme might be kind and leave a readme.txt file in the package you obtain.

The chances of you staggering across a buggy / dis-functional / disturbing theme are quite low, however, if you do happen to come across such a theme, I recommend you discontinue its use, as it could cause other problems, which are not limited to the applications functionality, or your computer system...

 

CREATING THEMES

As mentioned before, themes consist of 3 elements:

CSM THEME EDITOR V1.0 - Compatible with CS Manager V1.2

Sound Details:

Filename Description
aborting.wav Occurs when aborting checking a server or servers.
all_servers.wav Occurs at the beginning of checking all servers.
click.wav Occurs when clicking buttons.
complete.wav Occurs when a server has been checked or all servers have finished being checked.
export.wav Occurs when exporting servers.
import.wav Occurs when importing servers.
init.wav Occurs when application splash screen closes.
launching.wav Occurs when connecting to a server or launching a demo to watch.
paramexec.wav Occurs when parameters are executed.
server.wav Occurs before an individual server is being checked.

ALL sounds are optional.  The application freezes while it plays a sound, therefore, you must try to keep sounds such as click.wav very short (<300 MSecs).  The only supported format for the sounds is PCM WAV, I haven't tried all the different frequncies, the ones the CS Manager Default theme uses are 44 KHz PCM (CD Quality).

Image Details:

ALL images should have a ".bmp" extension, no matter what format they are in... 

The image for the window backgrounds is not optional, can be any size you wish, and must be named "form_bg.bmp".

Button images are optional, and function very different, each button in the program has an image file, and when using the theme creation utility, you may specify whether buttons retain their text or show it(e.g. your pictures might already have the text on them).  There is a total of 22 buttons, which are indexed as follows...

Let me start by telling you that the images can be whatever size you like and can be any of the supported formats, must also end with ".bmp".  The file naming system I have chose to use is dynamic, observe the first button (first picture, #1), the filename for this is "button_bg1.bmp".  Now let's look at the second button, the filename for this is "button_bg2.bmp".  By now you should understand how to name your button files.

There should be a total of 22 .bmp files: button_bg1.bmp... button_bg2.bmp... button_bg3.bmp... and so on... All the way to button_bg22.bmp.

You use the theme editor to enable/disable button images and button text in your theme, however, you do not have to use ALL 22 images, you can skip some if you like, the final output 'might' look a bit odd though...

Font details:

You have 5 choices, and these choices really do make the theme 'a theme'.  It can turn out nice, or nasty!

Distinguish list and text + labels by what they appear as, the lists are lists, anything else is treated as a text item, excluding buttons.

You will be using this utility to achieve your results:

Basically, you have your Red, Green and Blue(RGB) values defined using the 3 sliders, the list(bottom left) contains the object type you wish to modify the properties of, select the object in the list to start setting its RGB values.

The font property applies to all available controls.

When you finish your theme style, you save it as a text file named "style.txt", save this file with the rest of your sound and image files. This file has to be among all the other sound and/or image files when the theme is used in CS Manager, and has t be named "style.txt", without this file, your theme will not work out at all!

With this utility you can also load the style.txt file and edit it.

Distributing your theme:

All the files you have at the end of creating your theme can be bundled into a .zip file, with a target path of either "C:\Program Files\CS Manager\themes\your theme name" OR "\your theme name".  "your theme name" is the name of your theme, it will appear in the Dropdown list in the config panel as the name of the folder you specify, therefore it can be easily identified by the end-user...

Please include a readme.txt to accompany your theme files, this could include information regarding lists of other themes you have created or a guide to installing it.

 

TROUBLESHOOTING & IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

FAQs

Q: What is the size limit for my theme/skin packages?

A: I would recommend less than 500 KB.

Have any questions?  Contact Me.

 

That's it really, I'll be updating this document, and the theme feature most likely, so as usual, stay tuned!