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Overview

Using the Cover flow layout in MediaPortal

Description

Cover flow is a layout for displaying a list of items that resembles the iPhone style cover flow. The layout is similar to the existing filmstrip layout.

The following video shows a short demonstration of the cover flow layout in the Videos section of MediaPortal:

Usage

You may select cover flow the same way you select other layouts, by using the Layouts button on the Menu.  Cover flow view is available in the following windows (it may also be available in many plugins.):

  • Videos
  • Music
  • Pictures

Use your remote control left and right navigation buttons (or keyboard arrow keys) to navigate left and right.  Use your remote control select (or OK) button to perform the desired action on the selected item.  In most skin implementations you should be able to access the action menu using your remote control up or down button or by navigating to the left of the first item or to the right of the last item.

A unique feature of cover flow is rotation of the selected item to reveal additional information. When you press your remote control Show Info button (usually the yellow remote key) or keyboard F3 key, the selected cover flow item will rotate 180° and show additional information (e.g. title, plot, genre,...) on it's backside.  You can either press the Info button again to return to the front of the selected item or you can simply navigate away from the currently selected item.

Note: If your remote does not have a yellow key to Show Info, or any other key mapped to this function, you may map the 'Show Info' action to any key you wish.  See Remote > Mapping Buttons.

Further Information

GUICoverFlow Public Methods

Method Name

Parameter

Description

Add

GUIListItem

 

AddCard

GUIListItem, GUIListItem or GUIListItem, Integer

card, beforeCard or card, index

AllocResources

 

 

Animate

Float, Animator

timePassed, animator

Clear

 

 

DeleteCard

GUIListItem or Integer

 

Dispose

 

 

FinalizeConstruction

 

 

GetCard

Integer

 

GetSelectedCardIndex

 

 

GetSelectedItem

String, String, String, String

 

GUICoverFlow

Integer

 

Insert

Integer, GUIListItem

index, card

OnAction

Action

 

OnMessage

GUIMessage

 

PreAllocResources

 

Preallocates the control its DirectX resources.

Render

Float

timePassed

ReStorePosition

 

Method to restore the saved-current control rectangle

SelectCard

GUIListItem or Integer

 

ScaleToScreenResolution

 

 

Sort

System.Collections.Generic.IComparer<GUIListItem>

 

SpinningCardsHelper

Float, Float

curr, exp

StorePosition

 

Method to store(save) the current control rectangle

GUICoverFlow Public Properties

Property Name

Type

Description

Angle

Float

Angle of the currently not selected cards (on the left and right side of the selected item).

BackgroundDiffuse

Long

 

BackgroundFileName

String

Path of the background image file.

BackgroundHeight

Integer

Height of the background image.

BackgroundWidth

Integer

Width of the background image.

BackgroundX

Integer

X position of the background image.

BackgroundY

Integer

Y position of the background image.

Count

Integer

 

DimColor

Integer

Color for a control when it is not focussed. Defaults to half transparent (0x60ffffff)

EnableSMSsearch

Boolean

 

FirstCardIndex

Integer

 

ForegroundDiffuse

Long

Alpha mask for the foreground image.

ForegroundFileName

String

Path of the foreground image file.

ForegroundHeight

Integer

The height of the foreground image.

ForegroundWidth

Integer

The width of the foreground image.

ForegroundX

Integer

X position of the foreground image.

ForegroundY

Integer

Y position of the foreground image.

LastCardIndex

Integer

 

OffsetY

Float

Y offset of the scrollview in relation to it's parent control.

SelectedListItem

GUIListItem

 

SelectedListItemIndex

Integer

The currently selected list item.

SelectedOffsetY

Float

Y offsite (in the upper direction) of the selected item.

ShowBackground

Boolean

Show the background image.

ShowForeground

Boolean

Show the foreground image.

SideDepth

Float

The depth of the unselected cards in relation to the selected item (how far "behind" the inactive cards are).

SideGap

Float

Distance between the unselected cards (on the left and right side of the selected item).

SideShift

Float

Distance between the middle (selected) item and the cards on the left and right side.

   

 

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