FME 2011 brought the possibility to skin FME Desktop. This feature is something I needed for a long time ! I have been using FME almost every day for more than a decade with a smile on my face. Changing the appearance of the Desktop now and then would make the smile bigger!
Then I came to think of one of the superpowers of FME: Batchprocessing and raster-manipulation! I need a workbench for this!
So by the use of only 8 transformers I got FME to:
1. Read png-files from the “classic” skin
2. Query an URL for a jpg-texture
3. Clip the texture and alphacomposite with the classic skins png-files.
4. Write out the new png-files to a new skin.
The powers of FME are quite amazing!
I include some screenshots, the zipped themes and also the workbench.
Download FME Workbench skinner_01.fmw
-However – use it at Your own risk! It could (most unlikely) mess up Your FME installdir if You are clumsy.
Download sample skins Themes.zip
Read Marks post about how to install.