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Journal Entry: Fri Jul 29, 2011, 8:00 AM

Hello everyone. It has been a while since I posted the "next revision" teaser showing off the improved Windows 8 look in Omnimo (screenshot below). I must say that I expected to release this update sooner, but I've been really busy lately. It's summer, you say? Well this could be very well my last summer in my hometown as I could be moving to Denmark for studies and there are a lot of things to take care of. The biggest burden for me so far was the driving theory exam, which I passed recently :D (Still need to prepare for the hardest practical part, though).
Anyway, after that I got a little more time to work on the Omnimo update.  It's a little bit more difficult as I no longer have help (~Xyrfo had to leave so he can study for his senior high school year), but I'll get there.



The planned 4.1 Update

So far the work has been going pretty smoothly. The panels are mostly done with an addition of two new panels made by Omnimo fans (to be included along with the pack). I'm thinking of dividing them into two Addon packs like I did with all installed panels to avoid the bloat (quot jsmorley: which is already measured in metric tons without the downloadable content). Of course I'll include them in the 50+, err 60+ pack too.
I'm currently not finished with the Windows 8 Shortcuts gallery, because there are quite a lot of apps to have shortcuts with...

Aside from the fixes, optimizations, new panels and other stuff, there's one thing you should be looking forward to in this next update: The Extras Gallery. That's right, the chaotic small "extras" which can only be accessed through the context menu will finally be categorized. I also added quite a few new extras which I think will be very useful.



Suggestions/Bugs?

I already addressed most of the community reported issues (although some are unresolvable), I was wondering if any of you found some issues that could be fixed in this version. Feel free to report a bug in the comments or send me an email at omnimosupport.

As usual, suggestions are welcome. New panel ideas? Some useful extra, perhaps something that isn't even related to Metro/Win8 but could be included anyway, I'm all ears. Last time I didn't get many suggestions, though...

Anything besides Omnimo...?

I'm glad you asked! The answer is yes, but not right now. Currently I chose to hold on to this project and keep enhancing it as it proved to be a incredibly useful resource for the customization community. And not only in the Windows 8/Metro UI aspect. In fact, my theory is that once Windows 8 will be released with the start screen, people will port it to windows 7 and Vista just like that. Kind of like the Windows Sidebar was ported to XP. So while Omnimo won't serve the purpose of being a Windows 8 resource, it will definitely be used by people who just want to customize their desktop regardless if it's to imitate a new OS or not. Did you know that most people who use Omnimo change the layout to something completely different? I was surprised to see that too, but I'm also glad that people make use of the customization freedom in this project we worked so hard to implement. As long as there will be demand, I'll keep this project alive. After it dies down a little, I guess I can go back to regular customization.

iShortcuts?

Now this is a project that deserves recognition for its delay. We completely halted it and turned our focus to Omnimo. Mostly because iShortcuts is nothing compared to Omnimo, and we are worried it will disappoint because feature wise, it's not that great. Who would want to replace their real-time desktop icons with a static but pretty looking Rainmeter based icons? I don't know, I wouldn't. However something tells me a lot of people would use it anyway. In fact, I get several comments per month asking about that project. If there will be demand for this project, I think I could restart it and release it. But in no way it will be a bang...

Addendum

On a completely unrelated note - I recently started building a small media library for when (if) I go to Denmark. Does anyone know any awesome TV Shows and Movies which are an absolute must watch? I would appreciate if you could tell me.

TL;DR

Omnimo 4.1 Soon. Bugs or suggestions? Still want iShortcuts? Any good tv shows/movies?

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That is all. Thanks for reading!

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haluk444 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
your show/hide items is okay, but it would be very cool if when you hide omnimo, the windows 8 like clock and to do's appear on the left bottom of the screen and it would be super cool that when you hide omnimo it would automaticly change the background so you would have a lock screen!:D then show button makes everything unchanged. good idea? thought before? done before?
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Rather. I do, in fact, have a time hub planned: [link]
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MrRav3n Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Hello... um.. I'm wondering if the media control is still a WIP? It works but it still feels incomplete... An example being that most of the variants don't re-size very well, and some of the buttons aren't loading. That and not all of the players are working well through it.... Its not a big issue but it just bugs me a little...
Very nice update ether way. Looking forward to the next one.
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
WIP, yes. I haven't made it resizable yet. The other issues, however, are due to the fact that NowPlaying.dll is still in beta. It won't completely support all players though, only limited support for things like spotify etc.
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haluk444 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
according to me, mate, to make it aesthetic:
-you should do the new RAM Tile exactly the omnimo 4 CPU Tile style
-the Hard drives Tile has to be 3 parts the first part is STORAGE "text" (to make it available to translate) when you click it it goes to my computer. the second part is C which shows how much empty storage are there (because people doesnt understand if it is possible to move a file from C: to D: when they look at the percents). the third part has to show how much empty storage are there.
-hover effects except the facebook Tile
-Make smaller text because the windows 8 text smaller
-The user picture and name widget has to be like windows 8 so the first name reach the upper level of picture, the sirname (not log off) reach the bottom level of picture
-and if you look closely you should see that windows 8 panel color gets little lighter when the color goes to the right bottom corner
-it would be pragmatic if you could see the ram cpu and fan tempature on one 1x1 tile
-it would be better if the clock an calender is also a one 2x1 panel ( I meaned hozirontal if I am correct)
-it would be good if you could put "Calendar" text left bottom corner to the calendar panel
-and please make it possible to appear half of the right panels like windows 8 right panels ( I hope you understand)
-and have a nice birthday:D
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the suggestions, a lot of these are done already, didn't quite understand these:

-hover effects except the facebook Tile (what)
-it would be good if you could put "Calendar" text left bottom corner to the calendar panel (last time i checked it has that, the win8calendar)
-and please make it possible to appear half of the right panels like windows 8 right panels ( I hope you understand) - do you mean like this: [link] ?
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haluk444 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
sorry my bad english
1)it would be better if you remove the hover effect on facebook tile because facebook has its own colors like blue band upper part of tile, white color background and black texts
2)calendar.ini calendar_Sunday.ini date.ini doesn't have it but all the other variants have.
3)I mean exactly like that:D
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haluk444 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
and I congratulate you, the link is exatly the same Windows 8 but left corner texts must be a little smaller, there is no borders around the original Windows 8 Tiles, and some icons and texts are a little slipped but they can be corrected manually so easily, so it is the best copy I have ever seen;)
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Plz read the note i sent you
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
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CMYKs Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Sounds great! Watch "The good guys"! Pretty funny and action series,discontinued though ;)
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HiddenSanctum Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Not sure if someone reported this already but the stocks don't work in 4.0
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Was, was broken. Already fixed (in 4.1)
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jeffreyobrien2 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
[link]

REGARDS
JEFFREY
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Link is broken :\
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HiddenSanctum Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Awesome thanks!
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HiddenSanctum Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Also a suggestion if this is not already included in 4.1. Perhaps you could make a tile that uses poiru's nowPlaying plugin to control various music players.
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
It's already in Omnimo 4.0, under WP7\Panels\MediaControl, though it's not in the gallery...
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HiddenSanctum Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Ah, that's why I never noticed it. Well then I guess you've covered all my bases xD
Amazing work!
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nukehumvee Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
As on 1st August, how long is it until 4.1 comes out?
I really can't wait.
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I hope to release it before my birthday (8th of August)
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nukehumvee Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
By the way, 2 questions:
1. Say if I contributed to earlier versions of Omnimo. Do I need to recontribute to 4.1 in order to get the 4.1's Contributors' pack?
2. Will installation of 4.1 replace the modifications I have made to 4.0?
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
1. If you helped before, send us an email telling what you did specifically
2. There will be an upgrade version which will keep all settings.
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nukehumvee Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Thanks again. =)
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nukehumvee Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
That's less than one week.
Well good luck and happy birthday in advance! =)
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ironrex1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Um Doctor who
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shiios42 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
I recommend you watching vampire diaries, its not all crappy twilight shit. Just pure adrenaline rush for every episode. I don't know if you like Bob's burgers but for me it kinda sucked and I'm sure you already have the sitcom today at your disposal as I have mine (south park, american dad, FG, simpsons,futurama etc)
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milanioom Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Drive safely :)
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I
Promise
Nothing
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YungHopp Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Also, if I may, congrats on passing the driving exam !
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Not by a long shot :)

Theory is the easiest part, passing the second part of the exam is much harder
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YungHopp Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
TV Show : The Killing.

Very nice to know about the Extras. Waiting patiently for 4.1.
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Daan-Falcao Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Yes, please, keep working in ishortcuts!
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chrislangle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you implement a countdown panel where you can input a date and a countdown clock will ensue? The panel you have (labeled as "Countdown") only seems to work on a much much smaller scale (hours, minutes, seconds).
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Hmm I'll look into it.
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i-Clarke Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Omnomnom. I just had to.
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Totally never heard that before
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i-Clarke Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
I KNOW I IS SO ORIGINALS.
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parthinhell Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
iShortcuts were very good , please continue on it pls pls :) i always loved the mac apps .. !
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Pytt Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
"Community" is quite fun at times. Depends what kind of humor you're into.

"Dexter" .. yes, very recommend.
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iResult Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
TV Show:
Top Gear
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IzzuThug Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
TV Shows:
How I Met Your Mother
Doctor Who
Dexter
Weeds
Breaking Bad
White Collar
Warehouse 13
Eureka

Thanks for the update! :)
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