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Round Watch Faces  - 
 
Update to my Earth watchface. I'll keep it short, it's mostly just a cosmetic update. I spent enough time on it though that I feel it deserved an update post.

I wanted a nice ghostly light around the moon to make it look all shiny, and I bumped up the size of the moon as well. It obscures the watch a bit when the moon is out, but in practice I don't ever really notice. I used some fun math to make the shiny-stuff on the moon phase in and out so it looked less "static". I also wanted the Sun to "churn" around a little more, motivated by watching too many "How the Universe Works" shows on the Science channel. So I threw in a few more layers for it.

Be sure to do a time warp so you can check both the new Sun and Moon out :).

More description of the technical functions in the original post. Credits below since I know most people won't click through to see them =P

+Rich Torque​​​ for the base design, and +Sean Grondin​​​ for the hands and some bezel code. And +Roberto Rosado​​​ for the sun image and rotation code (borrowed from the Sun and Moon face you published a while back)

Original:
https://plus.google.com/105208498329769056578/posts/CKCNXouB6V2

Dropbox:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0jo9k8gpdxxk42j/earth-sunrise.watch?dl=0


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Awesome face. Thanks! 
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So Yahoo Weather is definitely broken for me, wondering if anyone else is seeing it. If I switch to Yahoo, it keeps trying to update and sucks my phone battery dry. If I switch from GPS to Manila location, however, it updates right away. If I go back to GPS again, it is again unable to get the update. If I switch to openweathermap it updates instantly using GPS location. Normally I'd just use openweathermap, but Yahoo is far more accurate in my region... Openweathermap constantly tells me it's raining if there are no clouds in the SKY, that kind of thing.

Anyone else seeing this if they try a manual update from Yahoo weather using GPS vs manual location?
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Same here... seems to have started at the same time Yahoo updated their Android App.
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Quick and dirty mashup of two faces I like.  Been a big fan of Material Valley by +JC Dalisay since it came out in July.  Love the parallax type effects and the gorgeous sunset/sunrise transitions.  I've added the weather icon and changed the font, but that's about it.

I also love the snowfall effect on the Christmas face +Tom Hald released this morning.  I felt both the day and night time colors of Material Valley lent themselves well to snow.  Plus I've just loved snowfall on computer screens since the Snow plugin for Compiz a few years back.  So I went ahead and threw the snow from Tom's face onto Material Valley.  I take no credit for any part of this face, but I wanted to share the seasonal love with the community.

Original works:
Material Valley: https://plus.google.com/113800064592798450390/posts/XWQjwspadAu
Snowfall Christmas: https://plus.google.com/114138242978245912667/posts/G6D3NFUA5wZ

Dropbox for mashup:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lzposx5i66n7h1n/material-valley-snow.watch?dl=0
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+JC Dalisay my pleasure, thanks for releasing itnin the first place! Been getting lots of comments on it since I've been rocking it the past few days. People seem to really like it. 
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Round Watch Faces  - 
 
This has been my "tinker toy" face for a while, and I thought I'd share it.  It was originally inspired by a face by +Daniel Astudillo  , but I've replaced every part of it piece by piece, unintentionally making it wholly my own.  The notable exception being the exquisite hands by +Terry Zahn  .  I made this face for maximum glancability and ease of use.  Highlights on the left and right are watch and phone battery, made to look great with the 360's chiseled edge.  Dial changes from 1-12 to 13-24 at noon and midnight, blue hand and inner dial are GMT (keyed off TZ1).  Ring segments around the outside of the dial are calendar events.  The little gray segment in the dial itself (just after 6am here) is sunrise in the morning and sunset in the evening.  I indicate it as a range of time since sunrise and sunset are gorgeous for a period of time =P.  Lastly, with the exception of the hands, this face is 100% WatchMaker.  

Tap between 1 and 2 to start/stop chrono
Tap between 4 and 5 to reset. 
Tap center to park hands in normal or chrono mode
Tap weather to update weather. 

Weather window changes to digital chrono when it's running. Date up top changes to current time as well, since the hands swing around to do analog chrono. 

Calendar rings!  I wanted something similar to the stock Pascual face, so I made it happen.  The narrow rings in blue show the appointments for the current 12 hour period, and the wider ones in gray show appointments for the next 12 hour period.  Until WM has support for a {c1dy} type tag for "calendar event 1 day of year", the rings fall flat on their face if you check "show events after today".  It does make the face look cooler with more rings segments around the face though lol.

All colors are variables in the main script.  I did it this way after I got frustrated with changing a dozen elements every time I was having a red day or a teal day.  I dislike too many tap zones getting in the way of normal watch function, and I like the artistic ability to whip up a sub-menu, so sadly I don't have tap-able color change.  you have to go into the script and change around the color code in there.

Dim mode is black and white, but it looks great in low bit mode for Gen2 360 users!  Lovingly created just for us.  All the elements are linked to the same variable as mentioned above...  so changing the color of dim elements is easy.

As usual I talk too much, so go download and enjoy!

WatchAwear:
https://www.watchawear.com/watches/watch-faces/download/2-watch-faces/2348-rings-360.html

Original inspiration:  https://plus.google.com/+DanielAstudillo/posts/f87yK9X5hNT
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Made a variation on the clever watch posted by +Daniel Astudillo​ yesterday. The RDF theme got my gears turning towards the Battletech universe, and the tickmarks on the side reminded me of a BattleMech HUD. Been a long time Battletech fan. So it inspired me to do a MechWarrior pilot's watch :). I whipped up a version of his face with some extra bells and whistles, themed for my current House of choice.

Tap between 1 and 2 to start/stop chrono
Tap between 4 and 5 to reset.
Tap center to park hands in normal or chrono mode
Tap weather to update weather.

Weather window changes to digital chrono when it's running. Date up top changes to current time as well, since the hands swing around to do analog chrono.

Park mode persists through transitions in and out of chrono mode, digital chrono will tick along as normal, and analog will pick up at the correct time when park is turned off.

The "3C" in front of "chrono" when stopwatch is running is a Battletech reference. Watch and phone battery bars turn red when their respective sources exceed 40 degrees C. Heat being another Battletech thing. Lastly, the Robotech font is to spite Harmony Gold in remembrance of our Unseen champions. Hope you guys, especially you BT fans out there, like this mod.

Original post: https://plus.google.com/+DanielAstudillo/posts/f87yK9X5hNT

Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hq30q0zkxwlz7kx/radial-360-blue-steiner.watch?dl=0


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Yeah agree with +Ian Bowers if it wouldnt be for watchmaker I wouldnt wear smartwatches. Flat Tire was never a  big issue exept for having to design around it which wasnt the nicest thing often.
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Questions & Discussions  - 
 
Anyone know the name of the executable for Moto Body?  I want to add it as a tap action in a face I use,  but the "Apps on watch" list doesn't seem to load all the apps onboard (only about half).  I've gotten "Weather" working before by manually editing the watch's XML file, but I've also screwed things up pretty badly by doing it wrong before.  so if anyone can post the XML entry for a tap action launching Moto Body, or even just the APK name, that'd be snazzy.
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Round Watch Faces  - 
 
Updated version of a watch face I shared a little while ago. This is still one of my ever-WIP faces but I thought it was worth sharing some of the coding that went into it. For this version I wanted to throw the sun behind the planet and add some bling. The sun icon changes to moonphase at sunset. The moonphase bit is boring, I haven't figured out much to do with it yet (suggestions welcome). But I wanted to share the stuff I did with the sun.

I wanted the sun images to spin to make it look more alive. To do this I had to get clever with shaders to make the sun look like it's behind the planet because of how the layers fall. Basically the angle of the progress shader counters both the rotation of the sun around the center of the watch, and the rotation of the sun around the center of itself. The net effect is that the cutoff on the image appears stationary as it spins.

Secondly I wanted to get some nice bright lens flare bling at sunrise that faded as the day went on, then got brighter again as sunset arrives. I couldn't find any faces that did quite that effect, so check out the code in opacity if that kind of transition is interesting to you. The effect is dynamic and will adjust as sunrise and sunset get earlier and later. Throw on time machine and check it out!

So that's it. Just a pretty face and some clever tricks to check out if you're into funky corner case coding :p. Dim mode is made to look "less terrible" on low bit mode, but can be easily adjusted to have the bright face be visible in dim mode for you huatch boys. See original post for the chrono/park/bezel stuff.  I've written out enough and don't want to go on rambling here.

Credits to +Rich Torque​​​ for the base design, and +Sean Grondin​​​ for the hands and some bezel code. And to +Roberto Rosado​​​ for the sun image and rotation code (borrowed from the Sun and Moon face you published some months back)

Dropbox:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0jo9k8gpdxxk42j/earth-sunrise.watch?dl=0

Original Post:
https://plus.google.com/105208498329769056578/posts/HCU5C6SthLB
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Wow...... Amazing Watch Face. Thanks!!!!
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Ian Bowers (Iggdawg)

Round Watch Faces  - 
 
Here's a little number based on a simple watch face +Rich Torque  put together a while back.  I got a little inspired and put some functions and flair on it.  I wanted some glanceable info on tap, and a bit of function, so I threw in a chrono, date, weather, and battery level (the little bar below weather). And I'm hooked on analog. So, I made it happen. I liked the rotating bezels that have been going around, so I borrowed some bezel rotate code from +Sean Grondin  .  An actual pointy bezel didn't work on the face, so I worked out a clever little disappearing act for the pointer when it's not in use.  And lastly I made a similar disappearing trick for the hands to stand in for the hand-park code I usually do on analog watches since sometimes I like to have the background stand out on its own.  The dim mode isn't great in low bit mode,  but I still like staring at the map.  Should look pretty great on Huatch.

Chrono is at 1:30 to start/stop and 4:30 to reset.  Hands toggle is at 3:00, and bezel indicator is at 6:00. Blue hand is 24h, so set TZ1 to GMT or whatever other time zone you prefer.

The background and bezel image are Rich's.  The hands are, of course, by the illustrious +Terry Zahn  .  The bezel rotate code was borrowed from Sean Grondin.  I got consent from Rich and Sean to share, and Terry seems to be ok with people using his hands =P.
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+Michael Greenham My pleasure!  I'm glad it's making more sense now :)
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Long time IceCold fan from all the way back to the DesireHD.  I just saw HimaUL got official CM support, and I'm even seeing AICP has support now too!  I'm quite pumped, but without any supporting context as to the state of AICP on M9 I'm hesitant to give my favorite ROM a spin.  Anyone give it a whirl yet?
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Preview of a face I'm making with the exquisite alSinn hands +Terry Zahn​ just put out. Still tinkering with some mechanics under the hood. So you might beat me to releasing it, +ComicCos Gal​! Love these hands, they're so simple and elegant. 
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Sweet my friend!
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MISC. WatchMaker  - 
 
I'm using a stock face.  This is torture.  I'm in WM withdrawals.

I switched from the Huawei Watch to a 46mm Moto360 for a couple reasons.  I knew there would be one bug I'd have to deal with.  The gyro/accel sensors randomly cut out, making me have to reboot to get them back.  It was there in the 42mm models I went through before the HWatch, and it's here in the 46mm model too.  I'm in communications with Motorola, and as part of troubleshooting I have to show it happens when I'm not using WatchMaker.  

So I'm stuck using a stock face till the issue manifests again.  It can't come soon enough!  I need my WM fix!
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The thing that makes me think it's something lower level than WatchMaker is that VimoFit stops functioning at all.  It won't count any reps of any sort when I lift.  The symptom I notice the most is dynamic lighting and stuff not moving around, but other 3rd party stuff that uses the sensors also fails.  Except for one instance, tilt-wake, wrist gestures, and moto body all keep working (and those cutting out that one time may have been unrelated).  It's just 3rd party apps that fail.
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Questions & Discussions  - 
 
So I picked up the Huawei watch to test drive for a week or so, and I have some questions on always-on mode and dim modes.  I figure who better to ask than +Jim L about dim modes, since he's the resident master and he recently picked up a hwatch as well.  And I figure this is absolutely the right community to have this discussion.

So Jim, and obviously anyone else with anything to add, what can you tell me about the care and feeding of AMOLED, and keeping battery life high while keeping burn-in down?  

I see a lot of dim modes that are just dim versions of the interactive face with some brighter glowy bits.  Does it matter at the end of the day that the background is a dim face rather than just black?  And how much does animation like a seconds hand (sweeping or ticking, either way) end up affecting battery life?  it seems from a burn-in perspective, a textured background is fine since it'll be constantly shifting around, evening out the wear.  I suppose it's more battery than black, but probably not much since it's pretty dim at that point.

Basically, I see so many gorgeous dim modes I've never been able to play with before since the Moto360 V1 wasn't exactly an endurance champion, and I feel like this whole new world of watch faces has opened up.  But I want to make sure I'm doing right by this gorgeous screen on the hwatch.
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I too have the Huawei. Beautiful watch! I'd love for others to comment as well, but I can say that with most watch designs I can get a full day out of it regardless of how the dim mode operates.

Obviously with the way OLED works a black pixel is the least costly from a battery perspective. But even though a dim pixel is more expensive than a black pixel, it's still cheaper than a bright pixel. In other words, black backgrounds will get you the best life but dim backgrounds still help a lot.

You can test this for yourself. Just pick any watch you want that has a full-bleed image even in dim mode. Preferably one that has a fairly bright full-bleed image in dim mode. Run it for a day and check your battery level. Then, edit the watch face and add a circle as the top layer. Set the color to black and the opacity to, oh, let's say 50%. Then set the visibility to be "only when dim". You've now effectively decreased the brightness of each pixel by an additional 50% when in dim mode. Run the watch for another day and see how the change impacted your battery life. From there you can determine how important it is to you to stick to faces that are only black or have very dim backgrounds.

You're right that burn-in shouldn't be a huge issue. The watch faces shift a few pixels ever few seconds and with the pixels being dimmed anyway this shouldn't be much cause for concern.

As I said, I can get a full day out of virtually any watch face. The only one I couldn't get a full day with was F05 for Round Wear. But that's not a Watchmaker face, that's a standalone face and I think they just aren't doing a great job with the way they manage data and sensors.

As always, YMMV. Let us know what you find!
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