Changing a theme

Four Winds supports changing of the visual and aural environment of the game by use of "themes" (available only in a registered version of the game). In addition of graphical elements (game board, tiles, dialog boxes, buttons, cursors, etc.) a theme can also include the sound effects and background music designed to support the visual outlook of a theme. Users can create their own themes easily by using Four Winds Theme Editor. This utility can be downloaded free of charge from Four Winds web site.

To change a theme (graphics and sound effects) of the game:

  1. Choose Preferences on the File menu.
  2. Choose Themes under the User Interface section in the category tree of the Preferences dialog box.
  3. Open the Themes drop-down list and choose the desired theme. You can see the preview of the graphics on the right of the list.

Note: The theme plug-ins (.dll files) and external 256-color themes that come with Four Winds (or that can be downloaded from the Four Winds web site) work well in all color modes supporting at least 256 colors. User-defined themes, on the other hand, are normally 24-bit bitmaps and require that the current screen mode supports at  least 16-bit colors (High Color mode), though the actual bitmaps of user-defined themes can have any color depth. For more information on user-defined themes, see the help topic How to create user-defined themes.

Related topics:
Choosing the language of the user interface
Enabling or disabling the splash screen
Enabling or disabling editing of hand names
Leaving Windows Taskbar visible
Using color management
Forcing MIDI to always play from the start
Bypassing DirectX sound
Using power save scheme
Configuring game controls
Specifying user file locations
Adjusting the speed of the animation
Keyboard shortcuts
Using custom tiles
Customizing the sound effects and background music
Choosing the board size
Choosing a way to display discards