This is a follow-up from the Sansa Fuze theme, upon which this one is based:http://forums.rockbox.org/index.php/topic,34471.0.html
I tried several themes from the gallery, but I could not find one that I enjoyed using on a daily basis. So I created my own, and I have now released it in the Rockbox gallery. The "source" is actually on Google Code as well, where it will be kept up to date.
Google Code link:http://code.google.com/p/rockbox-themes/source/browse/#svn%2Ftrunk%2FiPodVideo5G
Gallery link (iPod 5G Video):http://themes.rockbox.org/index.php?themeid=1626&target=ipodvideo
Gallery link (Cowon D2):http://themes.rockbox.org/index.php?themeid=1626&target=cowond2
(note that the scrolling lines in the screendumps are displayed with jagged fonts due to how Rockbox captures the LCD data, the text is perfectly smooth in real life)
OptimalInfo is a high-contrast coloured theme with minimalist graphics, which displays an optimal amount of information using an easy-to-read 9-line layout (or 10 lines + 2 extra blank spacing for taller displays) based on a legible font. Layout tricks such as alternating line text, as well as separate screens for volume and seek controls, are used to maximise usability whilst reserving screen real estate for high-priority information.
The 10-line layout (+ 2 blank lines) is composed of:
1) a red-ish heading at the top, alternating between the date/time and the battery level
2) the track number (out of total playlist items)
3) track title
4) track album
5) track artist
6) full file path (dimmed)
7) audio codec details (dimmed)
8) next track information
9) playback progress information (current time / track duration) (percentage, remaining time only in dedicated "seeking - rewind/fast-forward" screen)
10) progress bar
Additionally, there are discrete vertical volume level indicators on either side of the screen (live peak meters for the left and right audio channels).
Main screen, paused (note the white highlight to indicate the playback state):
The main screen, playing (note the stereo peak meters):
The menu style is in keeping with the "while playing screen", nothing fancy (note that the image background is actually not used in the WPS, a similar gradient is drawn instead):
The color scheme works well with the black iPod Video / 5G:
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!