Tutorial 7: Customization and Skins

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Tutorial 7: Customization and Skins

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Tutorial 7: Customization and Skins
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TABLE OF CONTENTS


7.0: Introduction

7.1: Usage GUI Customization

[list]7.1.1: OSD Settings[/list]
[list]7.1.2: Remote Button Settings[/list]
[list]7.1.3: Remote Hotkey Settings[/list]7.2: Advanced Customization

7.3: Skin Customization
[list]7.3.1: Installation of a Skin Plugin[/list]
[list]7.3.2: Removal of a Skin Plugin[/list]
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7.0: Introduction

In this tutorial, we will look at some additional useful features and show you how to customize the skin of your Linux STB.


7.1: Usage GUI Customization

It is often useful to customize the On-Screen Display (OSD) and assign special functions to buttons on your remote.

Go to: Setup > Usage and GUI


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7.1.1: OSD Settings

Click on OSD Settings.

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From here you'll be able to set important OSD parameters such as the infobars timeout, fadeout speed and positioner movement. You can also change the signal meter in the infobar to read in absolute dB (instead of relative %). Setting a longer timeout for the infobar (e.g. 10 - 15 seconds) might be useful for monitoring the satellite signal strength when changing transponders.

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7.1.2: Remote Button Settings

Go to: Button Setup

From this menu, you will be able to assign the mode to the most common remote buttons. For example, you can assign graphical, multi or single epg to the remote epg button. Do this for other buttons like OK, INFO, TV and more.

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7.1.3: Remote Hotkey Settings

Go to: Hotkey Setup

From this menu, you can assign more complex modes/functions to the remote hotkeys (e.g. red, green, yellow and blue).

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Let's suppose we want the Signal Finder to pop up when we press the red button. To assign this function, press the red button on the remote. You should see the screen below. Scroll down to Scanning and select Signal Finder. Press the green button to save.

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For the green button, let's assign the Positioner Setup. This will be useful if we ever need to fine-tune the motor control of our dish.

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Finally, when I press the Up button on the remote, I like to see the Graphical Multi EPG, so I assigned it as shown below.

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To view the fruits of our labor, let's test the hotkey assignments. Pressing the Up button results in the screen below.

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Pressing the red button brings up the Signal Finder.

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Finally, pressing the green button shows the Positioner Setup.

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7.2: Advanced Customization

From the Usage and GUI > Customize menu, you can make advanced customization edits.
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Finally, from the Usage and GUI > Display > Display Settings menu, you can edit the brightness and other parameters of the display. You may wish to experiment with some of these settings to find out what works best for you.

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7.3: Skin Customization

If you won't like the default skin of your Linux receiver, not to worry, you can change it to something else that will suit your needs. This can be accomplished from the Plugins menu.

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7.3.1: Installation of a Skin Plugin

From the Plugins menu, press the green button to download the available plugins.

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Scroll down to the skins plugins.

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For this example, I selected the blackalu (Coolman_V6.0) skin.

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Click yes to download.

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To switch to your new skin, go to Usage & GUI > Skin Setup.

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Select the BlackAlu skin.

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Select yes to restart the GUI.

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The new skin is shown in the screen shots below.

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7.3.2: Removal of a Skin Plugin

If the installed skin is causing any kinds of stability problems, or you simply wish to remove it, you can do so by going to Plugins and pressing the red button.

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Scroll down to skins and select the skin you wish to remove and then press OK.

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