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amakrits CAD by OtisBee amakrits CAD by OtisBee

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CD Art Display skin designed to go with the Amakrits Suite by *Bobbyperux.




|Inside:

:new: 4 versions for:
top-left - top-right - bottom-left - bottom-right

8 substyles to fit screenwidths of:
1024 - 1152 - 1280 - 1366 - 1440 - 1600 - 1680 - 1920


|Other:

You can grab the amakrits ICO set from here as well as the PNG set from here.


|Terms of use:

All graphics are copyright © and intented for personal desktop use only. You may not modify and release or redistribute them without *Bobbyperux' permission. These graphics may not be used in any way for commercial purposes.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the skin.


© 2009 Roberto Abril Hidalgo | bobbyperux.deviantart.com


|Clouds: [link] by ~cj-productions
|Golden Grass: [link] by =P0RG

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:iconpoulnyrup:
There's just something about this guy...

Looking back at ThaImpact, Cellular RooLa, AbandonOtis and further back to YouCAD & ThaSceenario, you see a collection of work that simply never fails to impress. The attention to detail in each skin is exquisite every time - but it's much more than just that: He always manages to capture The Big Picture. The various elements that make up Otis' skins always fall into place, everything from the buttons to the shading, from the font settings to the animations - and how it all plays out on your desktop - it all just works together in the most perfect harmony.

Searching through his previous work & now "amakrits" - his 28th CAD deviation at dA, you can see he's still developing his style. Sure, the guy likes the sleek, dark look ("Damn, Otis, open the curtains, dude - it's 3 in the afternoon!"), but there's definitely a direction in his work. Every time he pulls something new out of the box that no one's tried before - it could be a new animation, an awesome font setting, or a new way to make your CAD interact with your desktop. The envelope gets pushed every time.

So - let's take amakrits for a spin. Here's it playing Miles on my desktop:

amakrits - normal & extended mode

In this skin, he's getting back to a more "flat" background and instead of beefing up the png's, he settles for a more subtle icon style, letting the gorgeous flourescent blue colour of the time/progress bar play out against the white text/icons& dark background - which it does like a charm. The extended mode (clicking "+i") gives the wonderful cross-screen display we also remember from his "Subject Matter" theme, but the animation for opening this is just simply wonderful: not a millisecond too quick or slow, all the elements making up the animation fitting perfectly together. It just seems so effortless, but must have involved a lot of testing to get it just right.

Critique? Well, this time he's using Segoe Bold & Segoe Caps, the latter giving a few problems if for the Danish letters å, æ & ø, but I suppose I can survive... ;) Another little gripe is the text size: for this font, the text is pretty difficult to read, especially the album text in the extended mode. He's solved this before by using Arial Rounded MT Bold as his font of choice, but I guess he opted against it this time because it might feel too "bulky" against the more flat background. I'm telling you, folks, this is a guy that takes his skins seriously...

Oh, and Otis dude, don't forget a 180° version... ;)

Of course, this is just minor stuff & being grown-ups, we all know how to edit a CAD skin, right?... :p

Rating? Funny as it sounds, it doesn't feel right to give top ratings over the board for this deviation. Simply out of fear that if I do, he'll get all fat & complacent.

However, I just can't for the life of me see how he - or anyone else - can make a skin better than this.

But don't worry. He will.
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
67 out of 68 deviants thought this was fair.

:iconbarberiox:
Well, this is my first advanced critique here on DA. And a pleasure, I'm doing it for one of your skins.

Preview: As usual phantastic work here! I know, you spend a lot of time in creating your previews. Amazing presentation!

Installation: Not much to say here, because the .cskin file (which I miss in most new skins) does its job here.
You provided the necessary fonts (Great!). A good and informative solution to install the right resolution skin follows. :thumbsup:

First appearance: When I have chosen my style, the skin starts without the panel. All visible parts are self-explanatory here. Except the "+i" icon. Maybe you should have told in the preview or the description, that it reveals the animated panel. On the other hand, it's a surprising effect, when you click it and the animation starts. Just wanted to mention it, because I noticed that not every user discovers such features.

Design: You both chose a minimalistic style which is fine and offers max clarity. Transparency is too high here in my opinion. And because you did the corresponding graphics this way, there is no room to change transparency in the skin editor.
The skin and all of its elements appear very clean. I like the large time display and the textinformation next to it, just as I like the toolbar and the progressbar beneath.
The animation (which is absolutely smooth!) and the revealing cover graphic is a class of its own. Perfectly done! :nod:
In my opinion, you could have altered the font size on the larger resolution styles. Especially because there is a lot of unused space left in the middle of the skin. The title "Satellite (Live in Hammersmith" for example, starts to scroll. In consideration of the width of the styles, that shouldn't be necessary. Also the informations on the right side aren't readable very good (at least for me on 1920x1200). ;-)
You followed the minimal style with your nocover.png (...) and I must say it looks very good. I must confess, less is more sometimes. :)


All in all, this is a very good skin, which I truly like. Most of my so called "Critique" is a matter of taste. Other users may have a completely different opinion here...
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
80 out of 80 deviants thought this was fair.

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:iconjoerg285:
joerg285 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
Cool work...
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner May 27, 2015   Interface Designer
Danke!! :XD:
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GHOSTMONSTER-B2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
totally stellar thank youUntitled Drawing by GHOSTMONSTER-B2  
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OtisBee Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015   Interface Designer
ah, great! thanks so much! :hug:
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:iconrashidnawaz:
rashidnawaz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Artist
i cant load it with rain meter
   
   i am using window 8.1 professional
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013   Interface Designer
no wonder, because it isn't for rainmeter.
it's a skin for CD Art Display. :hmm:
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:iconrashidnawaz:
rashidnawaz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Artist
i cant load it with rain meter
   
   i am using window 8.1 professional
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013   Interface Designer
no wonder, because it isn't for rainmeter.
it's a skin for CD Art Display. :hmm:
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:iconsunkotora:
sunkotora Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great skin, thank you !
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013   Interface Designer
you're welcome.
glad you like it.
thanks. :w00t:
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:iconhappinessism:
happinessism Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
How do I install this?
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Interface Designer
you mean the program or the skin?
if it's the program, then please tell me whether you're on windows XP or 7 and also which player (winamp, iTunes, WMP etc.) you're using. that'll make things easier for me to explain. ;)
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:iconludo61:
Ludo61 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Just amazing, I really like this man, thank you so much <3
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:iconludo61:
Ludo61 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :) !
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   Interface Designer
ah yeah, these are the type of comments i love. thank you so much. :hug:
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:iconvattenpipa:
vattenpipa Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Lovely skin, is there a possibility for you to make a 2560 width version?
I got 2560x1440 resolution these days so I can't use this skin anymore :(
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   Interface Designer
aww, what can i say? it's so nice reading that you like and used my skin this much. you know, i am also using a 2560x1440 sized screen and i can tell you that i really miss using that cool amakrits skin, too. :nod:

well, it's not that it isn't possible to create and add a 2560px wide version, it's more that the task of creating that animation sequence (we're talking about a couple of hundred still images here) is so causing me to procrastinate that in the end i just didn't do it.

i could say that i don't have the time, but that would only be partially true. truth is, it takes quite some effort to persuade myself doing it, because when i have the time, then i'm often enticed to do other stuff. :blush:

i'm so sorry, but i can't promise you anything. i'm not saying that i won't create and add a 2560 version. but i can't tell you when i do it, either. maybe in 6 months, maybe in 6 days.

the trouble is, that once you'd say that it's okay to take my time, then i will most likely forget all about doing it all together.

so hey, why don't you come back some time and text me something that reminds me of a skin i have to update? :hooray: that'd be okay and there's a good chance that you'll catch me in a different state of lazyness (or lack thereof) then. :)
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:iconthelionzheart1:
TheLionzHeart1 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
the fonts are way to small to read... any way to adjust font size?
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Interface Designer
sure. rightclick the skin and select "Skin Editor", then click the "Edit" tab and from the icons on the left select the 5th from the top. you're now in the skin's "Text Style" settings in which you now should click on the "Font" hyperlink. there you can adjust the font size, as well as select a different font face if you like. please note however, that it's necessary to make the adjustments to each textline individually, because there's no option to change the font sizes of all textlines all at once.

i hope that was helpful.

for more informations you can take a look at the Skin Editor: settings explained thread [link] or at just the Text Style setting explanations [link] .
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:iconeclipter:
eclipter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love this CAD skin, I use it all the time only switching it of with Subject Matter. But there is one little problem, I don't seem to have the green timer like in the preview. Its just blank space.
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Interface Designer
thanks heaps. i'm glad you like this. :w00t:

well, it seems like you haven't installed the required fonts that are used by this skin.

please close CAD and check this skin's "Fonts" folder and then copy/paste any ttf file you'd find to your systems fonts-directory.
after that you can launch CAD again and everything should be fine.

in case there are no ttf files in that "Fonts" folder, please download the skin again and rename the included amakrits.cskin file to amakrits.zip. unpack the newly created zip file and you'll find the above mentioned "Fonts" folder plus the according ttf files.

thanks again and i hope that was helpful. ;)
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:iconeclipter:
eclipter Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks alot, that did the trick...works like a charm now :)
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Interface Designer
excellent. thanks! :highfive:
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:icondegonstruction:
dEGOnstruction Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ive recently been finding CAD skins that have aero enabled. What are the chances of getting some aero in the BEST CAD skin by far (Amakrits)?? Would doing it locally be difficult, like adding a line of code or something, or is it a headache?
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011   Interface Designer
hmm.. frankly, i think the blur effect would ruin it. well, not so much in either of the two slide in or -out states, but during the actual sliding itself, because CAD's not capable of maintaining the blur during animation sequences. so yeah, it's pretty much a headache. sorry. :hmm:

but hey.. thanks for referring to my Amakrits as the best CAD skin by far. :lol::horns:
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:icondegonstruction:
dEGOnstruction Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good point that is very true, i hadn't considered that. that's too bad. oh well. huge fan of your skins and style :meditate:
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011   Interface Designer
thanks so much, Dude. i appreciate a lot your kindness. :#1:
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:iconamen665:
amen665 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
awesome skin, exactly what i've been looking for, thxs!
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011   Interface Designer
you're most welcome! :w00t:
thanks for stopping by! :hug:
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taoyaka Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Amazing work! I love it! :D
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011   Interface Designer
wow.. well, thank you so much for that fine feedback and also for all the favs and the watch! :faint:
i'm glad you like my work. :hug:
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:iconkevin-utkarsh:
kevin-utkarsh Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Loved this skin...e e

:la:

So excited to get it on my desktop.. :eager:
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011   Interface Designer
haha.. that's great. thanks a lot. :w00t:
..and thanks for the fav as well, man! :hug:
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:iconkevin-utkarsh:
kevin-utkarsh Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Your most welcome...e e

all your works are as usual so clean and elegant
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:iconadipol:
Adipol Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
thanks.
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011   Interface Designer
my pleasure. thank you! :hug:
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:iconanimistro2002:
Animistro2002 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
great skin!!!!!!!
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011   Interface Designer
thank you very very much! :lol:
i appreciate that.

also, thanks a lot for the fav. :hug:
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:iconanimistro2002:
Animistro2002 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
no problemo!
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:iconmaikkkk:
maikkkk Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
possible for rainmeter?
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011   Interface Designer
well, maybe. but if you ask if i make it, then i say nope, i don't think so.
sorry. ;)
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:iconmaikkkk:
maikkkk Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
its ok^^
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AbbeyRoad483 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Student
Thanks
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011   Interface Designer
you're by all means welcome. :lol:
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jatontg Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
thanks otisbee! much appreciated, i'm sure i can wait a little longer for it, just have to remember to come back to download this awesome skin once it's completed - and kudos to all the hard work you put into this!
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010   Interface Designer
no no. you don't need to come back. when i'm ready i will inform you about the update. :nod:
simple as that. :D
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:iconjatontg:
jatontg Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
brillant skin! any chance of a 2560x1600 version?
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010   Interface Designer
thanks. glad you like it. :lol:

well, you know.. i also have a 2560px wide screen now and i definitely want this skin to support that screenwidth, so i can use it myself. :D
but unfortunately i won't have that much time to add 2560 versions at any time soon. sorry. :hmm:
to be honest, i don't think that i can add them any earlier than july or august 2011.
i tell you what.. i'll inform you when it's done and we'll see if you're still interested then.
that's all i can promise right now. ;)
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6l6 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
omg, this is a very very good skin. perfect!!!
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:iconotisbee:
OtisBee Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010   Interface Designer
..and this is very very nice of you to say this. :D
thank you so much. ..also for the fav! :hug:
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