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Problem with label marker on MM Express 7.7

When I add a label marker, I am able to edit the text of the label, but when I press enter, the text of the label becomes white so I can't read it. I need to read fast the notes because I use the software for indoor cycling lessons, but in this way it is impossible to read it. While I'm editing the note, the text is black and when I finish editing it becomes unreadable. How can I change the color of the text? Thank you guys.
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  • Hi,

    I have no idea if this will help or not, but here goes. I am running on Windows, so if you are running Windows as well then great, otherwise this may not apply. I played around with the Windows color settings (Personalization > Windows Colors and Appearance Advanced Settings) to see if MM picked up the changes...and it does for the comment text only, in Studio anyway, so I suspect Express as well. Whether Mac or Win, I would guess the system color settings are your culprit. I don't think there is any way to change these colors in the product itself.

    Hope this helps. Let me know.
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  • Hi,
    Thanks for your help, but I've tried to change Windows colors, but the color of MM remain the same, so the text is still unreadable.
    Any other suggestion?
    Thank you!
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  • Hi Stefano,

    I was able to get my label to change color using the Windows settings, so I am wondering if this could be a situation where the correct Windows parameter is not being changed. For example, I changed the color of the MessageBox text in Windows and my label color changed.

    That said, I love a good challenge, so I spent the last hour or so digging into this issue to see what I was missing, and I made a discovery. I must place a disclaimer to identify that the MixMeister folks most likely do not support this in any way, and making the wrong mistake may require you to completely reinstall your application.

    So now for the fun...

    MixMeister uses skins to determine the color of every element on the screen.

    IMPORTANT: Do not make any changes before first creating a backup copy of the original file, and do not change any permissions on the file. I discovered that changing permissions caused MM to not load the skin correctly, and all of my screen elements were really messed up.

    There seems to be an inheritance hierarchy between Windows and MM, as whatever change I made using skins seemed to override the Windows settings. Basically, there is a file in your MixMeister directory named skin.bmp. The other four bmp files are used for toolbar buttons only, so ignore them. MM apparently loads this bitmap and uses it to determine the color of interface elements. The tech folks most likely have a map to identify which pixels/elements are used to change specific elements, but I do not, so it took quite a bit of trial and error to figure out exactly which pixels affected the labels. I used Photoshop to change my bmp, but you could use MSPaint as well. So here are the steps...

    1. Close any running instances of MixMeister.
    2. Create a copy of skin.bmp and store it away in a safe place.
    3. Create another copy of skin.bmp and place it in a working directory outside of the Program Files/MixMeister directory. You will modify this copy, then replace the original in the Program Files/MixMeister directory. (I never like working in Program Files due to the potential cost of error as well as the more stringent security hierarchy.)
    4, Open the skin.bmp file in your editor.
    5. Change the color of the active track title. In my case the third track in the timeline is the active green track, and the title is "Strange Place for Snow". If you are using Photoshop then this is relatively simple using selections. If you are using a basic MSPaint app then you may need to do this one pixel at a time. I am assuming that your interface is similar.
    6. Save the skin.bmp file.
    7. Copy/paste the file into the MM directory. Due to security restrictions you may need to authorize the copy as an administrator.
    8. Open MM.
    9. Voila

    Second disclaimer: Any tangential issues arising from this procedure are your responsibility. If you don't feel comfortable with this process then please do not attempt.

    Last thought: Please let me know how everything works out. I would also like to see if your skin.bmp is the same as mine, so please add the file as a jpg image with your reply. I have circled the place in the interface where I made my change. You can view the image below.

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  • Hi,
    do you know what I've done? I've simply replaced my skin.bmp file with yours and magically problem solved.
    Thank you so much!
    Now that you helped me solving the problem on windows version, I have to work on my Mac version.
    Thank you again friend!
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  • Here's a clean copy of my skin file. The big yellow circle on my example image most likely won't mess things up, but best to be safe.

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