Arctic Zephyr 2 Skin for Kodi Leia

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This skin will only work with Kodi 18 Leia. It will not install on any version of Kodi below 18.

Download the latest zip file for Arctic Zephyr 2 from here. Once downloaded install as a zip file and then enable the skin.

Home Menu Layout

  • Arctic Zephyr 2 provides three home menu layouts
    • A simple home menu with a background spotlight widget per menu item.
    • A multi widget layout with a vertical menu.
    • A multi widget layout with a horizontal menu.

The home menu can be customised in Skin Settings > Home

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Global Widget

  • The global widget is the widget that will be displayed if no other widget is set
  • Widgets set in the home customisation dialog will override the global widget for that menu item
  • If you wish to have menu items that do not have any widgets, then set the global widget to “None”

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Submenu Hubs

Arctic Zephyr 2 also provides automatically generated submenu hubs. These hubs contain shortcuts to your submenu items. If a submenu item has a widget set, highlighting the submenu shortcut will display the widget underneath the submenu.

To enable submenu hubs, select Skin Settings > Home > Press DIRECTION to access submenu hub.

Submenu hubs can also be set to the onclick action for individual menu items by setting the Action of the shortcut to “Common > Submenu Hub”.

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Custom Hubs (Experimental)

Arctic Zephyr 2 also provides an experimental feature where any library, addon, or folder of playlists can be set as a custom hub. In the custom hub, a row of shortcuts to each playlist/node will be shown at the top. Underneath, where widgets normally are, Arctic Zephyr 2 will show the contents of that particular playlist/node.

  • To set a custom hub, set the action of a menu item to ActivateWindow(1134)
  • An additional option will display “Hub node”. Select this to choose the library or addon node that you wish to use as the hub
  • To set the hub node to a folder of smart playlists, choose “Custom item” and manually enter the path to your folder
  • Due to a quirk in skinshortcuts, after setting the hub node, you will need to move up or down from the “hub node” button in order for the node path to be set

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RottenTomatoes and Metacritic Setup via SkinHelper and OMDB api

  • Install the beta version of skin helper from marcelveldt's beta repository
  • Go to omdb and get an API key by using this link. If you are lucky you can get a free key, but please consider donating to omdb via Patreon to keep omdb alive
  • Once you have an API key, go to Skin Settings > Manage Dependencies and click script.module.metadatautils to open its settings,
  • Go to the API section of the settings and enter your omdb api key, then press OK to save your settings
  • Close Kodi and delete simplecache.db from kodi/userdata/addon_data/script.module.simplecache/simplecache.db
    This step is not necessary and is only needed to force kodi to rebuild the skinhelper cache
  • Open kodi and your ratings should now work. It can take a little while for skin helper to retrieve ratings for the focused item the first time around, so make sure you give it a little bit of time before reporting problems

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