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My approach to developing the user interface for my ProntoPro NG was focused on practicality and function. The PPNG's utility, in my opinion, comes from its many hard buttons--allowing a user to issue commands without looking down at the remote. My design therefore tries to use the hard buttons for the most common operations: arrow navigation, chapter advance, home page, the "TiVo" button, and so on.
I believe the most practical user interface for an entertainment system is one that focuses on activities rather than devices. The design I've implemented hides the devices that are merely providing "output" (namely the receiver and the television). The activities are roughly analogous to "input" devices (DVD player, DirecTivo, GameCube, and music). However, the user interfaces for these activities are often sparse--limited to only those remote control features I have ever utilized while engaged in an activity. If I'm playing GameCube, I only care about controlling inputs, adjusting the volume, and switching the television aspect.
Where possible, I have tried to keep buttons that provide a given function across multiple activities in roughly the same place. For example, a "Go"... (more)
This PCF has all original graphics that make use of the transparency and colors available. Each device has a uniquely colored background for all of its related pages as well as a help screen to identify the functions of the cursor and its surrounding buttons. The layout is quite intuitive to use. The soft buttons are well sized and spaced to help avoid pressing the incorrect one.
This is my second 7000 PCF design. This time I thought I would work on a design that used the colors found on the remote housing, plus some contrasting color that shows up well in the daytime. The background screen on buttons reminds one of the old tuner "eye" on ancient stereo equipment (now you know I'm over 50) so I call this a retro design. I was unable to get this to work in remote with latest firmware so I use it with V1.6.5. Current menu scrolls across top of screen as choice is implemented. All new button design took the most time because of highlighting. Dishnetwork channel logos (Dallas/Ft.Worth) are included in Themes.
This straightforward PCF came about as a result of the need for a design which handles the addition of long strings of text and ongoing button realignment without difficulty. In the past I have concentrated on a customized label for each button because the text looks so much better, but the shear volume of text used in this PCF made the model insupportable. So I ended up settling on a simple button and frame design so that on going additions are made easier. I even developed a simple repositioning graphic (behind the frame) to aid in this constant and frequent process. I then focused on buttons and various frame openings being perfectly aligned so page jumping is visually less tiring and annoying. The priority has become the burgeoning growth of my DVD collection. As if continually adding movie thumbnails to the file and various genres wasn’t enough, I came up with the idea of adding two new search engines! For those who don’t readily recognize the picture on a DVD cover, I added Search by Title and Search by Actor. All of the artwork for this PCF’s design evolved from the needs of the DVD Lobby area and then migrated to the rest of the file for a consistent and professional look... (more)
This time I was inspired by fellow Remote Central Pronto NG community member Lowpro and (in particular) by the way his movie library page functions. I eventually decided to convert my whole PCF to operate in this same manner because it allows me to have all 17 activities and control of my theatre readily at hand without making buttons or text too small. At over 700 PAGES and 300 DEVICES, this design is still simple to use and comes in under 7 megs and 69% free memory! The cosmetics reflect a snazzy PDA / Cell Phone. All of the artwork in the PCF is mine except for a couple of buttons borrowed from Daniel Tonks. PCF includes: complete control of 17 theatre activities; really cool (I think) customized loading pages for each activity; a DVD Library of 500 films (and growing); extensive interactive help screens; cable logo access buttons for Dallas area; an easy to use device teaching menu; X10 lighting control with active graphic of my theatre room and a slideshow area of theatre pictures and family photos. Special thanks and recognition to Lowpro, Lyndel McGee, and the great software upgrades from the Pronto Team. Needless to say, I would never have attempted this without the new shortcuts plus drag and drop provided in the new Pronto Edit software. As Lowpro says, "Enjoy"!
My first PCF, all buttons and graphics are origional except for the help page graphic that I borrowed from 'Chang' and the header icons that I 'borrowed' ages ago when creating a CCF, I apologise that I don't know who's work they were as it was so long ago (but thanks).
A complete WHOLE HOUSE remote file that addresses the Kitchen, Theater, Family Room, Bedroom, and Distributed Music. Artwork is original with large, high-contrast images for easy viewing. The file addresses multiple DVD players, DirecTV HD and standard receivers, TiVo, two Denon receivers, several HD and analog TVs, etc. NOTE: Use the "Home" button to navigate between rooms.