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bmguida
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New Theme Help

So I have started to learn how to use GIMP and I figured that a new PortableApp Menu theme would be a good starting project. Since I an a noob I broke down the original and rebuilt it. For the most part everything is coming along great but there are a few issues I am having. First, i cant get the drive_space_slider to line up properly and than there are white lines on the left and top that I can not get rid of.

Also I was curious( not that I dislike the PortableApps logo) how can you change the PortableApps logo in the top left?

Here is the jpg http://home.comcast.net/~bmguida/pwpimages/background.jpg

Here is the menu open http://home.comcast.net/~bmguida/pwpimages/PAM.jpg

You can see how the image has been shifted. Any thoughts on to why this happens is good.

SilentWalker
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OK, for the drive_space_slider bar you have to change its top and left positions. Depending on what PAM you're using, you'll have to dig under the Data\Theme directory until you find theme.ini.

It looks sort of like this...

[lblDriveName]
Height=13
Width=123
Left=8
Top=550
Visible=1
Font=Tahoma
ColorR=255
ColorG=255
ColorB=255
Size=7.5
Bold=0
Italic=0
Underline=0
StrikeOut=0

[lblDriveSpace]
Height=16
Width=132
Left=123
Top=548
Visible=1
Font=Tahoma
ColorR=255
ColorG=255
ColorB=255
Size=7
Bold=0
Italic=0
Underline=0
StrikeOut=0

You have to change the Name and Slider Top and Left positions to fit in the box on the background, fiddle with these values until you're satisfied.

I've never really dug around the original PAM as too much of it is hard coded. So sorry but I can't help you if you're using it. (I might install it when I get home and do some exploring around it; then I'll get back to you).

BTW, I'm using the R34 MOD_Patched from PTC's site. Oh, and according to the guidelines I have to mention that it's an unofficial fork of PortableApps.com and it's not supported by this site.

And as to why there is the white space around the borders, you'll have to deal with transparency. On GIMP, the background/layer is transparent if you see it checkered white-and-grey, not just plain white.

bmguida
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theme.ini does not exist

theme.ini does not exist in that or any other location

SilentWalker
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which PAM are u using?

is it the official one from this site?

bmguida
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Yes

Yes All my apps have been downloaded from here. I am also running PAM on my home PC and it has the same files with no Theme.ini

SilentWalker
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ok

well then you are not able to modify the individual components of the official menu from my knowledge. Everything is compiled into the launcher. If you want full customization, go to http://ptc.kain-planet.de/details.php?file=283 and download the PAM MOD

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The problem is with your picture....

It's the right size (436 x 603), but you made the actual colored part only 410 x 572, and you have a white border that's actually part of the picture. WYGIWYS!

This can be done with the official release of PAM.

It's really not as complicated as mikaeel.ghany indicated for the official PAM. So long as the places in your image line up with the corresponding ones in the original, the drive space slider should work fine. Don't worry about theme.ini.

I suggest you start from the original background.jpg file included with the menu.
Use GIMP or a similar program that supports layers.

Leave the original image as the base layer, and add a new layer to start building your new menu image on.
That way, you can adjust the transparency of the top layer while you are working to check every once and a while and make sure that everything lines up.
Once it's done, make the top layer not transparent so you can't see the original layer, and save.

Also, you will need to change the color of background_top.bmp - just make sure the pink parts remain the exact same shade of pink: #ff00ff.

P.S. The files you need to alter are:

PortableApps
   +PortableAppsMenu
       +App
          +Default Data
              +Theme
                  -background.jpg
                  -background_top.bmp
                  -drive_space_slider.bmp

for the background and stuff.
Icons are here:

PortableApps
   +PortableAppsMenu
       +App
          +Default Data
              +FolderIcons
              +IconTheme

but icons are trickier...

I made this half-pony, half-monkey monster to please you.

bmguida
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Ill play around with it again

Ill play around with it again tonight and see what I can come up with.

As for the icons, i don't think i was going to alter them too much at this point.

Thanks

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