Xine-ui - how can I make it usable on my system?

I’m trying to change some settings in Xine to correct video colour corruption. However the way the Xine-ui is displayed on my Iiyama 19" monitor makes it simply impossible for me to see how to use this GUI. My monitor is old, true, but in good enough condition for me to do photo editing. My eyesight is poor - but I can use almost very other application on my system.

The issue is the use of tiny (6 point or less) white font on a black background - a notoriously difficult combination to read on a CRT.

I have looked through the README for the xine-ui and also at xine.conf file, but I cannot figure out how to change the way the UI is displayed.

Could I have some suggestions please?

This post a a blatant attempt to bump the thread in the hope of getting some assistance. Failing this, can somebody just point me to the Xine-Ui developer mailing list?


Maybe this helps you: Xine-ui is themeable. Start the Xine-ui and hit Ctrl-D, the skin downloader starts. Now pick the Keramik skin, and click load. The Settings window appears with the new skin preselected, click Apply. Now everything will be readable, at least that’s what I hope, since it’s black on whitish, and the font is slightly bigger.

Meanwhile you should know that there’s lots of enhancements for bad sighted, like zoom and magnifiers. On KDE4 you can enlarge the entire desktop or individual apps or just their content.

Good luck, let us know if this helps you.

That’s a great mprovement thanks I can now make out about 70% of the controls without having to guess. Now I’m off the find some of the enhancement utilities you mentioned.

I have not had such difficulty on any other application on either the Linux or Windows environment (or any other I have used in the past 30 years)- and I use a very large number of applications.

I think the Xine-ui GUI needs a serious rework - I find it hard to accept that that in its current form it complies with best practice in human factors design.

It seems to me that the app is dead. All updated go to gxine since two years ago.

Oh, I didn’t know this. There is still some guidance - from experienced/respected moderators - to install xine-ui when trying to identify the source of multimedia problems

I’ll install gxine.

I use xine-ui quite often with the karamic skin. I don’t have a problem with the setup size, nor fonts, nor anything else in the setup …

But I do have a problem providing any Linux support on Fonts in any shape or manner. Fonts are so friggin subjective I now refuse to get involved in support/discussions on fonts as it is next to impossible to satisfy someone who has a bee in their bonnet on fonts. I’m not saying this is the case. I’m just fed up providing support on fonts so I don’t even bother trying now if there is even a REMOTE hint that text size/fonts might be involved. I don’t need the aggravation. Someone else can support in that area.

In truth, I rarely go into the setup on xine.

My video player of choice is smplayer.

Just a further note.

… typically I recommend users install xine-ui and also smplayer. As noted smplayer is my player of choice. I recommend xine-ui as xine is OFTEN the video/audio engine chosen for other applications, and for debugging purposes it is good to be able to go right to the gui that runs xine, as opposed to have to wonder if a problem is the kaffeine gui, or the amarok sound gui, or something else.

If I had to explain in detail why I install every app it would take a lot of posts, and would cause a lot of debate as everyone has a different way of doing things and not every one shares my view.

So I provide a recommendation as to apps that may be used, and I hope users simply take it in good faith, … as opposed to recriminate if some part of it does not do what they want.

The fact that you don’t have a probelm with xine-ui tells me:

  1. You are a lot younger than me or your vision is far superior to mine or (most probably) both

  2. You have a **** sight better monitor than my 19" Iiyama Vision Master Pro - so I guess it must be something from Eizo or LaCie

  3. Ergo you have much higher disposable income than me

  4. You are not using my system and so you can’t see what I’m seeing (or, more precisely, what I’m not seeing) - which is the classical reaction that I sometimes get when I call a technical support line “it works on our system; no problem here so it must be your fault”. This reminds me of the of so frustrating battles I used to have with my employees 25 years ago, trying to get them to understand that when somebody called in with a problem, it’s because THEY had a problem, even if we didn’t.