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Introduction

The Color Scheme screen is used to add a new custom color scheme or make changes to an existing custom color scheme. You can create a quick color scheme or a detailed color scheme. For a quick color scheme you provide a name and primary tint color. You may also select a font and enter a note if desired. MyStuff2 will use the primary color to select a few other colors for the color scheme. If you want more control over the color scheme, turn off the Quick Scheme option. This will display many more options for setting up the color scheme.

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Display

The Color Scheme screen shows the scheme name and the Quick Scheme option. If Quick Scheme is on then you see a General section with two options. If Quick Scheme is off, you see the General, User Data, and Data Entry sections. In both cases, the last thing displayed is the note.

To the right of each section title is a button. Tap the button to see a preview screen showing the current color scheme.

When viewing an existing color scheme and not in edit mode you will see a toolbar at the bottom allowing you to perform actions against the color scheme.

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Icons

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Features

Name

Each color scheme requires a name. The name you choose must be different from any other color schemes.

Quick Scheme

If this option is on then you only pick a font and a primary color for the scheme. If off you have much finer control over colors used in the color scheme. This also gives you the option to specify a background picture.

General

This section lets you pick general options for the color scheme. These options apply to all screens of MyStuff2.

Font
This allows you to select a font to be used for all text within MyStuff2. The list only contains fonts that also have a corresponding bold font. Please note that not all selectable fonts may work well. If Quick Scheme is off, then you get further font options. In this case, this main font is used for screen titles and button text.
Primary Color
The Primary color is the color you see in the navigation bar at the top of each screen. All other colors for a new color scheme are based off of this color. While you can select any color please keep in mind that some colors just won't work very well. It is recommended that darker colors be chosen instead of overly light colors. White or bright yellow are terrible choices for example.
Screen Title
This color is used for the text seen at the top of every screen as well as the text shown in buttons used in both navigation bars at the top of screen and toolbars at the bottom of a screen. It is recommended that lighter colors be used for this text unless you chose to use a light color for the primary color.
Screen Title Shadow
To give the impression of depth, all text displayed with the Screen Title color also has a slight shadow. This shadow use the Screen Title Shadow color. If your Screen Title color is light then this should be dark color or dark gray.
Status Bar Style
iOS provides two status bar styles. Black or System. The System status bar is blue on the iPhone and iPod touch. On the iPad a System status bar is also black. So on the iPad there really is only one choice. Since color schemes can be shared across devices it is best to choose the proper style regardless of how it appears on the iPad.

User Data

User Data colors and other attributes are used on primary data display screens including the Categories, Locations, Actions, Item lists, and Lookup Lists screen.

Font
This is the font used for all data text.
Title Color
This is the primary text color for all data. This is shown against the Background color.
Subtitle Color
This is the color used for secondary data text. This is shown against the Background color.
Background Color
This is the color shown behind the title and subtitle colors.
Selection Color
This is the color used to show a selected data item.
Selected Text Color
This is the color used for the title and subtitle text on a selected row. Pick a color that shows up well against the Selection color.
Alternate Text Color
This color is used for other details on various data screen such as the count row shown at the end of lists.
Separator Color
This is the color of the line shown between each row of data.
Count Color
On the Categories, Locations, Actions, and Lookup Lists screen there are numbers shown in a colored bubble. This color is used for the primary count bubble.
Sub-Count Color
On the Categories and Locations screen there are numbers shown in a colored bubble. This color is used for the sub-count bubble.
Background Picture
You may select a picture that will appear behind the data on the Categories, Locations, and Actions screens. You will first be given a change to select a picture to be used. The selected picture is scaled to fit on the screen. Two additional option will then appear allows you to further define how the picture will appear.
Background Picture Opacity
This option only appears if you have selected a background picture. This slider allows you to change the opacity of the picture. The further left the slider, the less visible the picture will be. A setting at about 1/4 is a good starting point. Use the User Data preview option to see how the picture appears. Setting the opacity too high in most cases will make the data text difficult to see.
Picture Layout
This option only appears if you have selected a background picture. This option specifies how the picture will be positioned. A value of Aspect Fit will scale the picture down to fit properly in the screen. It will then be centered automatically. Aspect Fill will scale the picture to be the same size as the screen. This will typically distort the picture. Fill will scale the picture so it just completely fills the screen. This will typically result in some cropping but no distortion. All other options position the picture as specified but with no scaling. The use of any of these other options may work best if you used a picture that is already sized properly to fit in the screen. Keep in mind though that the same picture is used on all devices in all orientations.
Scrollbar Style
You can select from three possible scrollbar styles. Choose the one that works best with your other color choices.

Data Entry

Data Entry colors and other attributes are used on all data entry type screen. This Color Scheme screen is an example of a data entry screen.

Font
This is the font used for all text on the data entry screen except for the screen title and button text.
Title Color
This is the primary color for all text. This is shown against the Background color.
Subtitle Color
This is the color used for secondary text. This is shown against the Background color.
Background Color
This is the color shown behind the title and subtitle colors.
Screen Color
This is the color used for the general background of the data entry screen.
Selection Color
This is the color used to show a selected row of data.
Selected Text Color
This is the color used for the title and subtitle text on a selected row. Pick a color that shows up well against the Selection color.
Alternate Text Color
This color is used for other details on various entry screens.
Separator Color
This is the color of the line shown between each row of data.
Header/Footer Color
This is the color used for header and footer text above or below sections of data.
Header/Footer Shadow Color
To give the impression of depth, all header/foot text displayed with the Header/Footer Title color also has a slight shadow. This shadow uses the Header/Footer Shadow color. If your Header/Footer color is light then this should be dark color or dark gray.
Choice Color
This is the color used in place of the Title color to show the checked option on a selection screen.
Error Color
This is the color used to display error messages.
Scrollbar Style
You can select from three possible scrollbar styles. Choose the one that works best with your other color choices.

Copy Color Scheme

When viewing an existing color scheme you can create a copy. This creates a new color scheme with the same colors as the copied color scheme.

Share Color Scheme

You can choose to share the current color scheme. The color scheme is exported as a MyStuff2 template file (msd). You are given the choice of how to export the msd file. Sending it via email makes it easy for the recipient to import the color scheme into their own copy of MyStuff2.