Wallpaper Tutorial

"How to set up different wallpapers and use the "Timeline" feature"

This is the main part of the optical changes Claw's UCI has to offer you. The Cowon standard usage of a wallpaper will set up one wallpaper as background for all screens. With Claw's advanced settings for the wallpapers you will be able to choose different wallpapers for the different screens and menus. With the "Timeline" feature you will even be able to use a series of wallpapers for the different times of the day.

To activate the advanced wallpaper feature, you have to switch the "Wallpaper Mode" in Claw's "User Settings"->"System" from default to "Per Screen" (=> 3. -> System). By now you are able to choose different wallpapers for screens separately. If you want to set a wallpaper you can do this like before by tapping the related icon. Now a dialogue box will appear, which lets you choose for which screen to use the wallpaper for:

"Menu 1" "Menu 2" "Menu 3" "Widget" "Music" "Broswer" "Radio" "Record"

HINT: BE SURE TO DO THIS IN "Folder" MODE, OTHERWISE IT WON'T WORK!

(That means that you have to select the wallpapers by using the folder "Folders" in the top directory, if using the browser or the picture viewer. Don't go to the "Pictures" folder direct!)

Please note, that the selected screen should be compatible to Claw's settings. Setting a wallpaper for the music screen won't work if you use some other custom music UI for example.

Another hint for the usage of this feature is related to the technical interiors how Claw's UCI works. All wallpapers are preloaded on starting the player since if it would be done while running the player, the change would be too slow. So choosing a wallpaper for one screen and leaving others blank (for example if you want to set one theme to look like the original default one) would lead to the last shown wallpaper being displayed in these "blank" screens. You can set the "Wallpaper Blender" option to 0/100 (as mentioned farther below), but the wallpaper would still show between switching the screens. At the moment Claw is working on an option to disable this. By now the only way to work around this feature would be to create a *.jpg which looks like the standard background.

The timeline function allows the setting of wallpapers for individual screens to be active at only certain times of day, allowing for example day/night wallpaper rotation. To get the settings for this feature enabled you have to select the "Per Screen" mode as well. The selection of the wallpaper will work like in the simple screen mode. But if you selected a screen, another dialogue will appear, which offers you to set a certain time in which the wallpaper should be used. "All means that the wallpaper will be used at all times. The display of the time differs depending on which time scheme you use (12 hours am/pm or 24 hours).

12 hours: 12am, 4am, 8am, 12pm, 4pm, 8pm
24 hours: 00:00, 04:00, 08:00, 12:00, 16:00, 20:00

You may set the chosen wallpaper to be active at multiple times in the day (press once to select, once more to de-select). The selected screen should be highlighted in yellow by now and by double tapping it again, after the time selection, the settings will save for it. Just pressing the (x) will not save them, but cancel the current setup. Repeat this for other screens and/or timeframes.

HINT: While assiging timelines you will get a little preview. When timeline zones show up and you wait a few seconds, a tiny thumbnail will display in the appropriate slot designating actual wallpaper assigned to that zone.

Below the "Wallpaper Mode" option in the User Settings are three more options to customize your "Timeline" even more. By setting the "Wallpaper Fade" you can choose whether to fade the wallpapers in and out or to simply change . The "Default Wallpaper Alpha" is used as an interim value, to make the fading feature work. Since a fading between two wallpapers with the same values would actually lead to no fading take place. So you have to set a value different from the value chosen in the "Wallpaper Blender" option (see below despription). If you set your "Wallpaper Blender" to 100/0 (with the "100" being the important value), you will have to set your "Default Wallpaper Alpha" to a lower value to make the fading work. Try some lower values to see difference. And finally the "Fade Rate" determines, how fast the wallpapers will fade (if you enabled fading).

You can toggle the "Timeline" setting on and off. If you turn it off, the original wallpapers should immediately reload. If you turn it back on, time-based wallpapers should load again.

At last I want to mention the "Wallpaper Blender" option, available for all screens which can have backgrounds. You find it usually as last entry of "User Settings" of the concerning menu. These settings adjust the values of visibilty for the wallpaper and the blender separately. (100 = fully visible, 0 = invisible) That means for example the settings 100/0 let you clearly see a selected wallpaper, while 0/100 will let you only see the blender effect.

(Please note that the tutorial for the wallpaper slideshow is still missing yet.)

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