Making Your Own MEAP Graphics

Cropped a little more

The most common problem that stops MEAP working is the Graphic Not Found Error.

This happens when MEAP is looking for a particular graphic (for example the Solo button) and because the button may not appear the same on all systems, MEAP may not be able to find it.

This is easy to fix. And as you probably know, if you send a message and Support Zip File to MEAP Support, you will usually receive a custom graphic specifically for your system within a few hours.

However, if you are in a hurry or even just a little interested, you can do it yourself.

So here’s the steps:

Finding What Went Wrong

MEAP has already tried to give us a clue which graphic it could not find, in the error message.

Graphic Not Found - Argggh!
Graphic Not Found – Argggh!

In this case it was the Solo button. It was lit up within Cubase but for some subtle (or sometimes obvious) reason, MEAP didn’t recognise it.

You can access the ZIP file that MEAP has created directly from this message by clicking the ZIP button.

The ZIP button
The ZIP button

Or if you have already closed the message, you can go to the place that the ZIP file is stored:

ZIP File located
ZIP File located

Usually this file can be found in the following location:

Windows Vista: Windows 7: C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\zip\
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USER NAME\Application Data\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\zip\

Open the Zip file and you will see a group of files. One of them should be named final.bmp (Note: If the final.bmp does not exist, simply use any screen shot that contains the graphic areas you need).

ZIP File open
ZIP File open

If you look at this screen shot you should see the button or area that MEAP was looking for. To your eyes it may look OK but sometimes computers can be very picky.

MEAP's final screen shot
MEAP’s final screen shot

Making Your Own

So now we are going to make our own version of the graphic – So it is exactly matched to your system and MEAP will always see it.

First, make some copies of the final.bmp so that you can rename them correctly before editing. The new graphic must be a Bitmap and stay in the same format that MEAP used.

Locate the MEAP graphic folder. In this case Cubase 6 graphics:

Windows Vista: Windows 7 – C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\c6gfx\
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USER NAME\Application Data\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\c6gfx\

Decide which graphic you are going to make and rename one of your final.bmp copies to the same name as that graphic. In this case the name would be c6solo.bmp

MEAP's original graphics
MEAP’s original graphics

Open your favourite photo editing software and load in the final.bmp

We now need to look at the original graphic (c6solo.bmp) and roughly crop a similar graphic from the newly created c6solo.bmp that came from you final.bmp

Zoom in so that you can see how the original graphic was cropped. It is important that the graphic is cropped in the same way, especially for the Path graphics.

Roughly cropped button
Roughly cropped button

Then we can start to crop down the new graphic and zoom in until they look similar.

Cropped a little more
Cropped a little more

Finally you should end up with a graphic that looks almost identical to the original. But remember this has been made from your own screen shot so it will match your setup exactly.

The Final Cropdown
The Final Cropdown

Now – Save the file. Do not change the file type or make any adjustments to colour or contrast, brightness etc. This is why we renamed the final.bmp to the button name before we started editing. So you can simply save the new file.

When you have saved the file and repeated this procedure with any other graphics that may have caused errors you can now copy your new graphics over the original. (Don’t worry the originals are all backed up should you ever need to restore them). Copy the new graphics here:

Windows Vista: Windows 7 – C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\YOUR AUDIO APP\
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USER NAME\Application Data\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\YOUR AUDIO APP\

In this case YOUR AUDIO APP would be c6gfx

You now have a set of graphics that are totally matched to your current system. Keep them safe! If you ever re-install MEAP or install an update, you will need to copy these graphics over the originals again.

Good luck and happy exporting.