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BladeRunner

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Is there a way to display themes without reboot?
« on: March 01, 2010, 07:48:58 PM »
I have been looking for a way to view a theme, as it would look during the boot process, without rebooting the system.  So far, I have found none.  Google shows me that there are several products with the name Chameleon, but that's no help.  Mostly Google searches show descriptions of how to install Chameleon and select a theme, but nothing I might use during development.

Any pointers or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Blackosx

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Re: Is there a way to display themes without reboot?
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010, 12:21:17 PM »
Hi Bladerunner :)

This has been a request ever since Chameleon v2 was released and there was this older thread, but nothing ever materialised. But now the Chameleon source code is out there, maybe some clever person can adapt it to run as an app?
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BladeRunner

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Re: Is there a way to display themes without reboot?
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2010, 03:37:47 PM »
I pulled the full Chameleon source a few days ago and compiled the trunk version just to be sure I had the environment set.  That's the easy part.  Locating the GUI part is easy enough as well.  What I don't know yet is how much scaffolding is required to get the GUI portion to run.

Being basically lazy, I don't want to attempt to build that from scratch.  So, much more digging to do.  I don't know if I still retain the skill to do it either.  It's been quite a while since I did development for real :)

Oh well,  It's a good snow day project and there are more of them before spring.
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Kabyl

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Re: Is there a way to display themes without reboot?
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2010, 07:06:15 PM »
You can test your themes in a VM.

Blackosx

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Re: Is there a way to display themes without reboot?
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2010, 02:07:06 PM »
Thanks Kabyl.. I just need to find out how to do it.  :P
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HotBreeze

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Re: Is there a way to display themes without reboot?
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2010, 08:32:07 PM »
BUMP!
See the other topic, I'm having progress writing the theme preview app.

BladeRunner

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Re: Is there a way to display themes without reboot?
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2010, 11:15:38 PM »
BUMP!
See the other topic, I'm having progress writing the theme preview app.

Just curious, are you putting a wrapper around the actual Chameleon GUI code or developing a viewer from scratch?
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HotBreeze

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Re: Is there a way to display themes without reboot?
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2010, 12:02:20 AM »
No, It's being written in Java, for cross-platform sake.
I'm thinking about a theme editor, not just a theme viewer
so, I have to port everything to Java.

I'm about to upload some preliminary work.
The XML core structure is working perfectly, now I'm working in class modelling and applying the Model View Controller standards. The viewer class will be "extended" by the Editor class ;)

Blackosx

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Re: Is there a way to display themes without reboot?
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2010, 08:44:16 AM »
Welcome back HotBreeze.
Interesting work.. and good to hear you are still on this idea.
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