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Plain and simple--it's (mainly) in black and white. Although the RU950/TSU3000 can display grayscales I was never really happy with them in point how they look on the RC itself (they DO look better in ProntoEdit, imho) and especially I wasn't happy with the visibility in a semi-dark or dark room (the backlighting doesn't help much, imho). So there are lots of prettier system files, but I did go primarily for usability. The system file is very dry and functional, no gimmicks whatsoever. The file itself is small too (about 100kb), so it will load fast to your Pronto, which is an advantage when playing around with updated versions. The majority of the pages will give you the possibilty of a direct jump to the other devices, which is another advantage in daily use. Please note that the labels are in semi German/English language as I am a German citizen. I don't think editing this should be a problem. So, It may not look as good as other but it's very functional.
A frameless tabbed design. Includes color PNGs with transparent layer for most of the Dish Network Stations as of 10/28/2006, however it does not include Dish Network PPV stations. This configuration is not based on "action pages," and the station logos could be better in my opinion. However I think it is an effective design for what we use it for which is mainly for viewing video rather than listening to audio. Thus, the design is video based and uses "watch" macro buttons on video source device tabs to turn the system on and off.
Since the TV is used as a monitor and my primary video source is the PVR (which uses the cursor pad for channel +/- functionality), I have used the "hard" channel +/- buttons as power/standby. Standby is only used on those devices that have discrete standby buttons, i.e., the receiver and the VCR. The chael macros for the PVR are our prime means of tuning various stations, and I have added macros (beyond the remote's default functions) for accessing common things like "Schedule" and "Recordings" for the PVR.
This PCF template follows the Tonks standard, with his graphics (and a few others) linked to the IR codes located under a hidden "CODES" tab. I have a fairly simple setup - only 5 devices, with some macros used for the TV where discretes wern't available. Please note that I use the hard buttons for channel up/down, volume up/down, and mute - so these commands do NOT show up on the graphics screens. I have rearranged several of the layouts to get as much functionality on each primary screen as possible - some of the buttons are a little smaller than I'd like, but work well when controlled by a fingernail OR one of the small plastic styluses found with any of today's touch-screen PDAs (Palm, HP, etc). There are a few less-than obvious connections - using the page markers - to get to some hidden pages I wanted access to, but not obvious for the kids (raw codes pages, and other debugging stuff). Have fun!