Revolve Skin Review
Revolve SkinThe Revolve Skin is the next in our series of reviews. It is a concept by ransomed and was further developed with help from mKo, relyter and Malthus. The foundation (skin) developed by Hitchex and the textures from Jezz_x. The rest of team that put this skin together are just too numerous to mention here. They obviously spent a lot of time and effort into this Skin. While I did find a few different bits that are not found on others, I think they missed the mark on functionality. 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
Installing Revolve Skin
- Skin, click to open installed Skin Menu.
- Click Get more…..
- Scroll down to Revolve.
- Select to Install.
- Select Yes when prompted “to allow this change”.
Resolve Home PageThe next 3 photos are the Nine (9) options available. Moving from one to the other was done via the mouse wheel, but was also done by moving the cursor either up or down. The directional arrows on a keyboard came in handy as well. Moving clockwise from top left:
File ManagerFrom the Home Page, select Files. You will then see the top Photo. Select Add Source and then None as indicated in the bottom photo. With the pop up keyboard, enter the URL as indicated in the photo. Select Done when completed. Repeat when prompted to enter a Name.
Installing from RepositoryPhoto A– from the Home Page, select Manage your Settings. Scroll or Rotate down to Manage your Add-ons and click to open. Photo B– Select Install From Repository to continue. In Photo A– the Supremacy repo was selected for this review. In Photo B– Once opened, scroll/rotate down to Video Add-ons and select to open. Photo A– the Add-on Yoda was selected, click to open and then select Install. Photo B– shows the Add-on is in the process of installing. In Photo A– indicates that the Add-on has been successfully installed. The Confirmation Notification can also be seen in the top left area. Not a good choice to locate this option, blends in with the rest of Add-on names and to be honest, I almost missed my chance to take this screenshot. Very confusing and frankly annoying. Photo B– Just a quick look at what Yoda looks like when opened. Yes the “ferris wheel” view is the default in all settings. More on this shortly.
Views in PlacentaAnother example to show you is from the Blamo Repo and the Placenta Add-on. And the layout with the Default View showing Placenta after being opened.
View Options in Revolve SkinI don’t know where to begin when it comes to Views. Confusing is one word that best describes what I encountered during this review. To Open the View Option Window, move the Cursor to the far Left or use the Left Directional Key if using a keyboard. The Above set of Photos were taken while in My Add-ons/Video Add-ons. Clockwise from top left:
- Revolve List. This is the default view found thru out the Skin. To advance to the next view, click on the highlighted area.
- Panel List. A much better look and it doesn’t rotate around.
- Rotate List. Same as the Default Revolve view, but it’s on the opposite side. (i really need to get off this carnival ride)
- Circle List. Same as default but using a smaller text.
- Drop List. To hard to find what you are looking for, easily passed by when searching.
- Thumbnail List. While thumbnails are appropriate in some areas, this isn’t one of them.
- Thumbnail List. Same as the previous photo, Thumbnail Views just don’t work here.
- Drop List. To easy to go past the option you want. Frustrating.
- Landscape List. Nice, still using Thumbnails but now we get to Rotate across the bottom.
- Gallery List. Just an enlarged version of Landscape.
Player SettingsTop Photo is the Player Codec info. Selecting the O key will bring this information page up. Hit the O key again to remove. Not a fan of this look, a transparent version would have been preferable. But that is just my opinion. For more information on Codec and H.264/H.265, click Here and Here. The Bottom Photo is the Subtitle Download icon. Once selected, the Movie File will pause. A search will begin, select the one which most closely matches you file. After selecting, the movie file will resume play with Subtitles enabled. You must have a Subtitle Service Enabled in Kodi prior to commencing. Click Here to find out how please.
- Audio & Subtitle Settings are shown in the Top Photo.
- Video Settings in the Bottom Photo.
- Nothing out of ordinary here, once happy with the settings, to exit click Close.
- Bookmark, select this Icon if for any reason you have to leave but wish to view at a later time. Select Create Bookmark and it will be available from that point when ready to view.