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Old 04-14-2011, 11:53 AM   #1
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Metro Skin for Calibre

I am big fan of the clean monochromatic look of Metro UI (usied in Windows Phone 7). I have skinned about 80% of Calibre on the same principle and here are the results.

Big Thanks to Kiwi Dude for configuring his plugins to use the "resources image folder". This allows plugin icons to be skinned just once and then remain the same whenever you update your plugins.

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Old 04-15-2011, 07:08 AM   #2
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Let's try this again with the images resized.




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Old 04-15-2011, 07:15 AM   #3
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Much better (although I replaced the tiny URLs with the full links - we have a policy against using tint URLs)!

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Old 04-15-2011, 08:30 AM   #4
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Big Thanks to Kiwi Dude for configuring his plugins to use the "resources image folder". This allows plugin icons to be skinned just once and then remain the same whenever you update your plugins.
Looks good, zip up the icons and attach them to the post.
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Once again thanks to KiwiDude for his modified plugin code and to Yankoa on Deviant Art for allowing the use of his wonderful Metro Icons. And off course Kovid for creating this awesome program.

Main GUI skin is complete. The following Plugin images are also included:
Book Sync
Devices
Extract ISBN
Generate Cover
Goodreads Sync
Plugin Updater
Quality Check
Search The Internet
View Manager.

1. Back Up you existing AppData/Roaming/calibre/Resources folder.
2. Extract the zip file to your AppData/Roaming/calibre/Resources folder.
3. Restart Calibre
4. Enjoy.

Note: I did not skin any plug-in icons that are tiny (32x32) as it did not look good.

Cheers.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:58 PM   #6
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Very cool. Thanks.

Wish there was an easy way to change the colours for the rest of the GUI in the Windows version. Unless there is something new I missed along the way.
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Old 04-21-2011, 06:00 AM   #7
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A very nice-looking icon set, although I personally prefer the default- that might be a case of what I'm used to, though
One thing you may want to look into: On Win XP, the tray icon didn't show for me, although I suspect that's because I'm using a display theme that has black title and task bars. It would help, though, to have a white border on that icon.
Another thing: The splash screen is broken, as in the status text Calibre displays writes on the image. I think you need to put a little blank space in there.
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Old 04-26-2015, 11:22 PM   #8
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I know, that this is a very, very old thread, but I just wanted to say 2 things:

1) Even after +4 years, this skin is still working (or sort of... it's unknown to me how it looked back on 2011), at least all the icons were changed, including the "splash screen", and in overall looks nice.

2) If someone decides to try this after me, just wanted to make note that the path provided by OP isn't valid anymore (at least on Windows 7 x64):

Instead of "%AppData%/calibre/Resources", the correct path is "%programfiles%\Calibre\Resources" (or "%programfiles(x86)%\Calibre\Resources" if you are using "normal" Calibre instead of the 64-bit version of Calibre on a 64 bits OS).

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Old 04-26-2015, 11:48 PM   #9
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Wrong. That folder is still very much used. If you use the installation folder it will work too, but it will be updated with the original version every time you update calibre.

The configuration folder provides the ability to set a persistent overrides folder for any files in the resources folder, which will not be expunged every time calibre is updated.

Do note, replacement images need to go in the exact filepath duplicated from the install folder, which is "resources\images\".
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I know, that this is a very, very old thread, but I just wanted to say 2 things:

1) Even after +4 years, this skin is still working (or sort of... it's unknown to me how it looked back on 2011), at least all the icons were changed, including the "splash screen", and in overall looks nice.

2) If someone decides to try this after me, just wanted to make note that the path provided by OP isn't valid anymore (at least on Windows 7 x64):

Instead of "%AppData%/calibre/Resources", the correct path is "%programfiles%\Calibre\Resources" (or "%programfiles(x86)%\Calibre\Resources" if you are using "normal" Calibre instead of the 64-bit version of Calibre on a 64 bits OS).

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NO NO NO
Calibre was designed (properly) to NOT need Admin rights for skinning.
Icons (and other custom stuff) belong in the Configuration folder counterpart of the program folder.
This way, each USER account on the PC can have their OWN personal Look and Feel.

In addition, using the config folder makes the mod fairly resistant to weekly updates (Calibre Updates replace the old program files).
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Ok, I got it...

I'm curious, it will take the icons/theme from %appdata% even if that folder (calibre/Resources) doesn't exist in first place?
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Yes. Appdata is loaded if it exists. Same goes for anything else in the %APPDATA%\calibre\ folder.

By default, nothing exists, not even the editor/gui/tweaks/history/conversion/etc settings. As they are needed, they are created.

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Ok, I got it...

I'm curious, it will take the icons/theme from %appdata% even if that folder (calibre/Resources) doesn't exist in first place?
You need to add the Resources (and only the desired sub folders) if you want to use them.
Empty folders need not exist.
The full set of 'X' need not exist (I only have an replacement Trash Icon in there)
Any (replacement) item in a Resources folder needs to have the EXACT same filename (Case and path)
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