The RML Studios Shades Page - Introduction
This page is dedicated to those rare individuals who have given of their
precious time and the effort to provide others with the means of
altering the "look-and-feel" of Bob Lentini's RML Labs line fo software
applications, namely Software Audio Console [32-Bit and 64-Bit]
and Software Audio Workshop [32-Bit and 64-Bit]. To each, we owe a debt
of gratitude that words simply cannot express!
About the Pages
As you will soon discover, there are five pages in total - this cover page, and one page for each of the aforementioned software applications. in particular, each of the software application pages make provision for the following:
1. The software application and "bit" version - either 32-Bit or 64-Bit
2. A 256px by 144px thumbnail
3. A 1670px by 940px image - the initial "click", and a 1920px by 1080px image - the subsequent "click".
• Note: each of the above images launch in their own window. This was purposeful so as not to exit the "parent" window.
4. The name of the Shade
5. The "access type" - of which there are three namely, 1) Download, 2) Donation, or 3) Buy.
Hovering over any of the above access type designations will produce one of three end results:
1. Download: Selecting this access type invokes a download of the selected shade.
2. Donation: Selecting this access type invokes navigation to the "Buy Me a Coffee" Web page.
• Upon receipt of the donation, a follow-up email will be sent providing access to the requested shade.
3. Buy: Selecting this access type invokes one of two options, a) a "Notification" pop-up or b) access to the developer's Web site.
• Note: All downloadable shades are made available in ZIP format. To unzip any of the provided shades, the software application "7-Zip" is highly recommended.
Development and Provision
The development and the provision of these shades involved two very important processes, 1) the naming schemes that are employed in the original data, and 2) the file creation dates. More specifically, is what would be referred to as "the inappropriateness" of both of the above when deployed.
1) Naming schemes employed
A prime example of the inappropriateness of a naming scheme are the "Pewter" Shades. For example, the "Pewter Enhanced Plus Special Red Rec_Amber Deluxe.shd" contains a filename of some 44 characters!! Attempting to make a filename of this length "work" - especially on a Web page, is, in a word, impossible.
So, a re-naming process must be employed. This takes time - a) time to provide the existing naming scheme, and b) time to provide the alternative naming scheme - both of which must be documented -...if for no other reason, out of respect to the author.
• For information especially pertaining to the "Pewter" shades, please peruse the following: Pewter Re-Naming
2) File creation dates
As an example of the inappropriateness of file creation dates - the author, for whatever reason, updates their shade, and sadly, does NOT provide a "versioning" number. A "new" user may then download that updated shade, whilst "existing" users - who, being unaware of the update, my not only continue to employ that "un-updated" shade, but may even provide that "un-updated" shade to others.
As a result, someone downloads that "un-updated" shade, not realizing that the author has updated that shade. This may result in various iterations for a particular shade being circulated - all without ever knowing the proper versioning of that particular shade.
Also, the manner in which Bob has developed his shades negates - for the most part, "time stamps" on shades - so "versioning numbers" become even more significant.
Version Bitmap Differences
Though potentially irrelevant, shades are both "version-and-bit" specific. More specifically, the total number of images employed in each of the versions for Software Audio WorkShop and Software Audio Console varies and therefore, it will be helpful to know if the shade you are interested in will be functional in the software application your are currently employing.
• Note: To address this particular issue. the following text will be very helpful: Version Bitmap Differences
The following texts were designed-and-created to complement the various shades listings - each text making note of the following, 1) the application specifics, 2) the total number of bitmaps contained within the default _Graphics.dll, 3) the "status" of the shade - whether free, donation, or commercial, 4) the total number of bitmaps contained within that particular shade, and 5) information pertaining to the the version and number of bitmaps specific to that version.
• Bitmap Listings, SAC 32-Bit - Link
• Bitmap Listings, SAC 64-Bit - Link
• Bitmap Listings, SAW 32-Bit - Link
• Bitmap Listings, SAW 64-Bit - Link
About the Shades
As noted, these are the shades that I have acquired - whether directly or indirectly...over the years. Some of the shades were re-developed by myself, and some of the shades may no longer be available from the original developers.
The point is simply this, it would be appreciated if any questions and/or concerns that you may have with regards to these shades be taken-up and addressed with the developer themself. I do hope that this makes sense?
• Note: For information with regards to the shade variations, please peruse the following: About the Shade Variations
Following is a listing of those whom have provided shades for SAC and for SAW. For further information on the various shades listings, please peruse the following: List of Shade Developers
• Alan Lastufka - Free
• Ambler - Free
• Bjorn Ivar Tysse - Free
• Brett Brandon - Commercial Only
• Dell Krauchi - Free and Donation
• Nick Dellos - Free
• HapHazzard - Free
• Ivan Grigoriev - Free
• Microstudio - Free
• RML Labs - Commercial and and Free
• SLF Audio - Commercial Only
• Heir Apparent, Terry Gorle - Commercial Only
• Yura Oran'sky - Free
The "Unknown" Shades
As will be seen, a number of the shades are from "unknown" developers. If anyone happens to know of the developer of any of these particular shades, it would be great appreciated to be made aware of these developers in order that such information can be updated accordingly. Thank you!
About Brett Brandon
A number of the shades - some twelve of them, were provided by Brett - and whom sadly, left the forum awhile back. His shades are my all-time personal favourites - for both their aesthetic and their functional appeal...with the "Simple" shades being my particular favourite.
As his shades Web page is no longer available, the subsequent shades, are, at this time, also assumed to be no longer made available as well. At the completion of this project, I will attempt to contact Brett to see if he has any interest in making his shades once again - available.
• Note: In the interim, this "unavailability" of Brett's shades will be further evidenced - where upon selecting that particular shade's "Buy" option...with the subsequent "Notice!" pop-up being summarily displayed.
A note of gratitude...
A note of gratitude is extended to Angie of Avocado Productions who has made available a number of the free shades and her efforts are greatly appreciated!
The Shades Pages
And finally, here are the four shades pages for your perusal:
• Software Audio Console - 32-Bit: Link
• Software Audio Console - 64-Bit: Link
• Software Audio WorkShop - 32-Bit: Link
• Software Audio WorkShop - 64-Bit: Link
I have just developed a dedicated Web page for "new shades" - Link
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