The point of this thread is pretty well spelled out in the subject. Now I know some things that I wish may just not be possible and I may have to compromise one thing or another, but we’ll get to those answers in time. First a little background for some context - I’m a new WD SMP owner, I’ve had it about a week. I’m a programmer professionally holding a BA in Multimedia (emphasis in Game Design), so I know a little something about code and UI design. I previously owned a custom-built HTPC that was getting a little long in the tooth, but I decided I didnt want to tinker with the thing anymore so I bought: a Roku, then returned it; a Sony box, then returned it. Then finally landed on the WD SMP.
The thing is great but after a week, there are just some little details I wish I could change for the better (according to me.) I have spent all week reading these threads, learning about theming, and trying some themes out. Almost none of the themes do what I want or they’re just not my taste. Basically, I want an out-of-the box experience that’s tweakable in small ways. So even though I’m a programmer, I do not wish to spend my time learning the ins-and-outs of WD’s XML files nor spending hours in photoshop making graphics. I want it to just work - that’s why I got rid of my HTPC.
I originally had a long, drawn out post with many of my tweak wishes but I decided to trim it down to a couple questions at a time so none of my ideas get lost in other discussion. I’ve spent a week reading and searching these threads, so if you know of a thread that answers my questions and I may not have seen it, by all means, please link me.
Now I’m generally fine with the Mochi theme but I see there are definitely better looking themes. The reason I want to stick with Mochi is it does everything out of the box as its supposed to while custom themes are designed based on that designer’s preferences (such as self-aggrandizing text or logos pasted all over the theme). Some others look really good but just don’t suit my tastes. For example, I don’t want snakeskin and a woman’s shadowy profile on every page. It looks fantastic, just not my taste.
So 1st question: I haven’t seen the PSD’s of the main pages available for download for any theme. It’d save me a bunch of time if I can find a theme I mostly like and just change the 1280x720 images to my liking. Are these around already and I’m blind? Do authors share them if requested?
Additionally, I don’t think I want a moviesheet theme (I’m not wholly decided yet.) My family likes to play music and have the slidehow on in the background of our family photos. Our plasma becomes a jukebox/digital picture frame quite often. Changing how the slideshow works just to accomodate a moviesheet theme (however good it looks) eliminates other functionality I wish to have.
2nd question: does using a moviesheet theme preclude me from the slideshow functionality? I really don’t want a 5-minute delay on photo slideshows just so I can accomodate a semi-static moviesheet theme. Is anyone else using all this functionality with a moviesheet theme and found a happy compromise?
The answers to these two questions will help me decide to go the moviesheet route or not.