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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Patent-Weekend: MIGHTY Interface Customization Tool



I introduce to you a new series covering Creative patents. Some might really give us insights of what Creative has got up their sleeves. Some are just for the fun.

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I introduce to you the GOD of UI tweaking. This is what your Zen could have shipped with. The most recent patent filling shows us the mightiest of all User Interface tweaking tool. Patented by Creative  under:

HOST IMPLEMENTED METHOD FOR CUSTOMISING A SECONDAR DEVICE

What that means is a tool where you can customise the interface of your awesome Zen to pretty much any way you like. From individual icons to whole re arrangement of the Now-Playing screen.

Invented by Sim Wong Hoo himself, the tool appears to give a plethora of options of customization and devices. This probably would have been the same tool that make all the pleasing Zen Themes

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Shown here, ability to change background of the whole UI; the font colour and highlighted title bar colour. Ability to crop pictures right from the application tool.

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Here shown the ability to change how the scroll bar and background appears.

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Ability to change the background and text in a message box for various tasks. Also the ability to change the search bar and it’s respective icons and texts.

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From individual Icons of features to contents of features like Radio Station listings.

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One of the most interesting tweaks include having the title bar up or below. Even the side where the contextual menu appears also appears to be tweaked.

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Ability to change the order of items of any items on the screen. The Animation Sequence can also be changed or altered to anything you like.

With lots of other internal UI tweaks, this shows to be a tweak-ers paradise!

It makes me cry to think Creative never released such a great potential tool.

Thinking positively, this actually was published quite recently but filled over 2 years back. Hopefully this comes out real.

[pdf Link to Patent]

Lots more coming soon. Stay tuned.


4 comments:

DP said...

Cool. It would be nice to have this software for people who own the Creative ZVM. It would be make much easier to customize their player

Varuna Singh said...

Definately DP!
I hope they release this for future players with their new UI.

Jimmyboy88 said...

they have this tool since zen vision m's time so whats holding them back from release it? hmm

Varuna Singh said...

I have no idea ! They SHOULD have release it before everyone got their nerves in cracking the firmware.

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