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    Default BlackBird - New Skin for DDO

    BlackBird is a replacement skin for DDO by my good buddy Ualac. The main goal of the skin was to have something that melted into the background in dark quests, rather than constantly vying with the action on screen for your attention. As a nice little side bonus, lining up windows is also a lot easier.

    You can download BlackBird at: http://www.lotrointerface.com/downlo...BlackBird.html

    To install follow these directions:
    • Close DDO if you have it running
    • Find your "Dungeons and Dragons Online" folder in your “My Documents” area under Windows
    • Inside the "Dungeons and Dragons Online" folder, create a “ui” folder, with the name all lowercase
    • Inside the "ui" folder, create a “skins” folder, again all lowercase
    • Place the zip archive you downloaded into this folder
    • Right-click the zip archive and choose something like “Extract Here” or whatever your zip unarchiving tool lets you do. Note: if you were lucky to already have a version of BlackBird installed, then delete the old one prior to extracting this new archive. You should end up with one folder called “BlackBird”. The path to your BlackBird folder should be "My documents/Dungeons and Dragons Online/ui/skins/BlackBird". If it isn't, the game won't be able to find the skin.
    • Start DDO
    • When loaded and logged in, go to the Options panel, go to UI Settings, and near the bottom of this panel is a dropdown menu called “Current User Skin”. Change it from “None” to “BlackBird”
    • Play
    • Go and provide feedback here!


    Screenshots below.

    Windows opaque, bars locked, with hireling window



    Character sheet, options, default inventory, bars locked, windows transparent



    Character sheet skills, quest hournal, inventory with details, bars locked, windows opaque



    Adventure compendium, social panel, bars unlocked, windows transparent



    MyDDO, social panel



    Adventure window



    Auction house, quest map



    Logout



    New hotness



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    Love it.
    This will probably be my 1st installed custom UI.
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    Oh brilliant. Nice work. This is similar to the other one I like, rival01, in style, but with more elements skinned by the looks of it. Will be trying it out, thanks!

    Have commented on myddo, but is your mate on the forums? Looking to give +rep.

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    Yeah, I'll get him to post in the thread. He definitely deserves the big-ups, it's a hell of a lot of work!
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    Looks a lot like the Fade2Black, but without the annoying transparencies or Blocked Windows

    Definitely getting this one.

    Edit: Effects the Character Selection Screen as well. WAI?
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    I can hardly see the selected items on your bars. Perhaps something more flashy could be used. And something that isn't just the border, because if it is only the border, 2 items being used with one in the middle of those could give a false impression.

    Other than that, looks quite good. I do agree that the default colour scheme is a hindrance in some darker quests.
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    Looks good. Will give it go so many thanks
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    Love it! thanks
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    I LIKE it!
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    Yep, tried it and will stick with it. Very good, ta.

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    Wow,awesome job..i love it !

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    Tried it and I really like it. The only thing I would change is really the point I made earlier.

    Other than that, it's really good! Thanks for it!
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    hey Nospheratus, i hear what youre saying. if i get a chance ill try and make the active items in the hotbars look a lot more obvious for ya

    theres an alignment issue id also like to fix up with the autoattack animation for 3bar characters (health+spell+ki) so i'll get an update out with those things in it.

    thanks to everyone thats giving it a go, and posting a comment, i appreciate it.

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    Nice.

    Good job! I like it.

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    My first custom UI... and it is AWESOME!!!

    EDIT: I have to agree i can hardly see what gear i have equipped if inventory isnt open but i think i can notice tiny changes so isnt impossible once used to it.
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    very nice

    as you and others have stated the equipped/selected items are a bit hard to notice as a first time user (probably easier once you get used to it)
    apart from that its perfect, i definitely like the transparency on the hotbars between key icons

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    Very nice!

    The cosmos skin just got replaced!

    Nice work. Thanks


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    After playing with this installed for a little while - I just simply love it.
    Brilliant work, and I am most impressed and pleased with the results.
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    Yes, VERY nice and so easy on the eyes.

    One negative thing though, there's no real indicator of what u have equipped.(Old default had little things on the 4 sides to show which item was equipped, blackbird don't, other than that haven't seen anything else at ALL negative about it.

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    Installed it today and agree with the rest, it's kick ass (minus the slight lack of seeing actives)! Keeping it as my new default...

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