Arctic Zephyr Skin

The Arctic Zephyr Skin is the next in line for our review of Skins. Our aim is to to show the user exactly how the Skin is configured within each main menu. Krypton 17.6 was used in this review. If you have a clean 17 install, you will have to enable unknown sources first.
  • Click Settings (cog)
  • Choose System Settings
  • Select Add-ons
  • Toggle Unknown Sources
  • A warning pop-up will appear
“Add-ons will be given access to personal data stored on this device. By allowing, you agree that you are solely responsible for any loss of data, unwanted behaviour, or damage to your device. Proceed?” This is your choice, if you wish to install 3rd Party add-ons you must agree.  We strongly advise against installing headline grabbing “the best add-on ever….” etc. and use only official developers with a proven track record.  

Installing Arctic Zephyr Skin

  arctic zephyr   To install the Skin :
  • System.
  • Interface.
  • Skin.
  • Select Get more…..
  • Locate Arctic Zephyr.
  • Click to Install.
  • After the Skin Add-on is installed, a prompt will ask if you wish to keep this change.
  • Select Yes.
  arctic zephyr   The above photo indicates what you will next see, Settings. The Contents are the same, but the layout is different. To exit this screen, click ESC on yourKeyboard. That’s right, I said ESC, see the next photo for more information.   arctic zephyr  

The Top Photo is the Main Menu page. Rather plain, no special images. It comes as advertised. However……. As you can see in the lower photo, this Skin is Not Mouse Friendly, in fact a Mouse is not supported at all. So if you have any aspirations to using this skin with a Mouse and no Keyboard, think again.

     

Main Page Menu

  arctic zephyr   As you can see, there are only Seven (7) optionsPower is directly after Settings when Scrolling to the right, Photo to follow. To move Left or Right, select the Left, Right, Up or Down directional Arrows on the Keyboard. You will also notice there are only Three (3) Menu Options that have a Sub-menuVideos, Music and Settings. To open these, while Highlighted, click the Down Arrow once and as you can see in Settings for example, you will be able to access File manager, Profiles, System Information, etc. Click Enter to open the Sub-menu.   arctic zephyr   After using the Enter key, a pop up window or context menu will appear. Use the Up/Down keys to select what you wish to do. Simply hit Enter on any of the options show. It will always open to Exit.  

Accessing File Manager in Arctic Zephyr

  arctic zephyr   To open File Manager:
  1. Highlight Settings in the main menu.
  2. Open the Sub-menu by clicking the down arrow once.
  3. Hit enter when File Manager is selected.
  4. Move down to Add source and select to continue.
  arctic zephyr   Select None.     arctic zephyr   Enter the URL by using the Keyboard Provided. Of course you are already using yours so by all means add the required information with your keyboard. Select Done when completed and repeat when asked to enter a name.    

Installing from a Repo

  Nothing out of the ordinary here, and it is very easy to get to:
  1. In the Main Menu, highlight Settings and hit enter.
  2. Move the cursor to the right and Select Add-ons.
  3. Select Install from repository.
  4. Pick the Repo you wish to install an Add-on from. Select to open.
  5. Once opened, scroll down to Video Add-ons and select.
  6. Select Install.
  7. Wait for the Installed confirmation notification to appear at the top.
  8. All done.
  Viewing Movie Files   To Access your Add-ons:
  • In the Main Menu page, click Videos.
  • Select Add-ons from the Sub-menu.
  • Find the Add-on you wish to open.
  • For this review, the Add-on Anubus was selected randomly.
  • Click to Open.
  arctic zephyr   Anubis Movies was selected.  

Changing Media File Views

  arctic zephyr Ready Player One was the movie selected only because it was the first one listed. The View shown above is the Default View when opening any add-on.     arctic zephyr   You must access the Context Menu by hitting the C key on the keyboard or I found hitting the Up key will also do the same. As a result, I selected Icons and enabled Extra Info as indicated in the above photo. To find the view setting of your choice, keep hitting the Enter key while View is highlighted. It will scroll thru the list available and the result of each view will appear in the background to give you an idea of how it will appear. Consequently, I’ve not found a way to exit this page without ending up back on the Main Menu page. At least Videos was highlighted and after I selected Add-ons, I was returned to this page with the changes made. I’m sure there is a different way, but I’ve not found it yet.  

Player Settings

  arctic zephyr   Now that your Movie File has started, you may want to fine tune the settings to your taste. There really isn’t very much to choose from. Moving from left to right you have:
  • Audio.
  • Video.
  • Subtitles. Did not respond, but I have not enabled Subtitle Services which is probably why. Click here to find out how to install that service.
  • The usual Cluster of Pause/Play, Stop, etc.
  • DVD Menu. Can not open.
  • 3D Mode. Same as DVD.
  • Bookmarks.
Audio Settings:   arctic zephyr   Pop up window for Audio & Subtitle settings. To exit, scroll down to Close and click.   Video Settings:   arctic zephyr   Exit the same way as you did for Audio.   Subtitles:   arctic zephyr   As mentioned earlier, you must have a Subtitle Service enabled before you can download any.  

Movie Information in Arctic Zephyr

  arctic zephyr   To Access Information about the Movie File, hit the Up Arrow once, the information is located in the top right corner of this grayed out area. Short and sweet.   arctic zephyr   You can also find the same information and then some by just hitting the O Key on your keyboard. To remove from the screen, hit the O key again.  

In Conclusion

 

Based on the fact it is not Mouse Supported I don’t think I would recommend this skin. It is easy to use and rather simplistic in it’s appearance. But for me? I would not use it, but that’s my opinion. Some of you may like it, so please don’t make your final decision on what I have stated. You be the judge. Try it out and if you find some tips that I have missed by all means let us know. Stop by the Streaming World Forum and give us your thoughts on this Skin, it’s free to join !