I finally got completely sick of all the small round buttons, and wanted to go to a significantly different look without messing with a fairly ergonomic layout that already existing in the default irule device templates. This was mostly brought on by getting an ipad mini, and not liking how small all of those round buttons got.
Looking for a change of pace, I wanted at least some square'ish buttons, with a bit flatter appearance. I started off making some buttons in Adobe Illustrator that could be droppen in over existing buttons, but were designed to take up nearly all the available space in the grid the standard buttons occupied. I then started making some of the larger play, puse, vol buttons with symbols on them. I then worded on trying to get a larger directional pad that would work with the standard ipad device template grid size.
A couple of pics of where I am with this "draft" version are below, but first some qualifications:
I'm a newbie at Illustrator, and my buttons are quick, dirty, and amateurish. If you look closely at the round buttons, you'll see the round edges are clipped by how Illustrator exported the files. I'm using CS4 and have not found a way to correct this, but will before I make the final buttons up. For now, these buttons will do, as they are more a size/fit experiment than anything else. I'll later make a much nicer set of buttons with more refined colors, better edging, etc., but keep in mind, I will still be going for something relatively flat, and not 3D'ish.
My cursor pad has the same button issues, but if you look closely, the size of the pieces are not a perfect fit the for grid arrangement, and it is not perfectly symmetrical in placement of the 4 buttons. I'll work on this later, but for now, it's close enough until I get time to do the math and get this just right. Quick 'n dirty for now, once again.
I will be doing some new source buttons, but would like to find access to the stock irule source button graphics for all sources, so I could make a complete set. Anyone know where to find those, so I can use the source images on new buttons? I tried the iRule site but it only had a couple of buttons. I would share anything I've created. He'll I've shared all my buttons, and a couple of example panels already, even though I doubt anyone would want to use any of this in it's current crude state.
My backgrounds are simple, and not much time was spent on those either, but I'll make some more variety later as I have time.
Here's a couple of screen shots of this first rough draft. It uses the stock arrangement with left/right drawers pinned, and the second shot shows the "AVR control drawer" for that room pulled all the way up.
Here with the AVR Drawer pulled up into view:
The purpose was to make bigger appearing buttons, and make it more fitting for smaller tablets, which I'm starting to favor for remote control use. If some of you feel this design direction has merit, I'll move it along (need to fix that direction pad!), and keep sharing all of the files.