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Question about hard hacking framework-res.apk or others

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    Question Question about hard hacking framework-res.apk or others

    Background info: I like the overall look of the UI of the phone but just want to tweak some colors and icons without having to flash a whole new rom; example: Selected item color

    What I have done so far: Searched the phone completely looking for the specific color value in any .xml, css or database files. Checked theme directories for snippets and/or gfx files of items I wish to change.

    The question:
    Can you copy the specific .apk files that may contain what you wish to hack to a computer, change the extension and unpack them, hack your mods, re-pack, back up original .apk and replace with the hacked version?

    If not how is this different than tweaking an app .apk?

    Cause I really don't like the greenish-sea foam selected item color - it is nauseating...

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    Seems like always I find my own best answers. And since I just wanted to change a color or two and since it seems to be a bit more involved then just a unpack - xml hack - repack I will just have to take it a bit further and just roll my own custom theme.

    So lets see if I got the basics down?
    I have the android sdk, java sdk, eclipse, moto-dev, notepad+ +, Gimp, know most color #, apk tools, know xml coding, got a backup of phone, rooted and unafraid to hack.

    Yeap looks like I am ready to roll my first theme on an android. I have on everything else from razr, linux, windows and Amigas.
    Time to roll the sleeves up and get bizzy!

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    Lol! Nice!

    Sorry for the lack of replies... you're just one of a very few on this site that have the knowledge and experience to delve into creating your own themes.

    I wish you luck with it and can't wait to see what you're able to come up with!

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    I understand I have read some of the post. That color I want to be rid of I have come to find out is also drawn into many gfx and also in blur.res. Don't like the stock background either and it isin blur.res.
    Looks like they would have done this much like a linux desktop - hack a few xml or gtkrc files and you are good to go since they put all the gnome themes on here anyway.

    Anywho I will post the theme hack screenshots and maybe even the theme.

    Thanks for good words and work.

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    Last edited by nicholetech; 07-25-2011 at 09:57 PM.

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    You'll also want to pull the SystemUI.apk from the \system\app directory.

    It has some of the png's that you'll want to theme.

    This applies only if you're trying to theme a gingerbread build though. I've done a little bit of theming, but I like the AOSP look so much I always go back to it.

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    Can't wait im always looking for a new theme. Good luck

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    There is an excellent [GUIDE] at XDA under Android Development and Hacking > Android Theme section. This is where I have been gleaming info from.

    Here is another discovered tip.
    Motodev on Eclipse connects to the phone in real time as well as allows you to run a virtual image of an Atrix.
    You can directly pull/push from inside the interface, sign your files and it is loaded with snippets.
    Very interesting stuff... Right tools for the job...

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    Last edited by nicholetech; 07-26-2011 at 10:35 AM.

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    I know nottach just posted a how to on xda just a few moments ago. I also know it seams like he kicks out a new theme every day

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    I like nottachs themes, I wish there were more like matted blues, or something similar, i LOVE blue themes... but i do NOT like the 4 bar signal bars, or the H+ icon being changed to 3G. I'm using Elegant Steel right now... its ok... best theme i think available for 4.5.91 atm. just my opinion though

    If you need help, and I appear to be offline, shoot me a msg on Gtalk, or PM me and I'll respond as soon as I possibly can!!

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    I like blue onez also. That color I want to change is drawn in the gfxs so so gimp work is at hand.

    So far I have pulled from the phone framework, blur, moto res.apk and systemui.apk. Unpacked them and checked them out.
    Gives me an idea which direction to go. I also want to make sure the webtop matches my theme. It is a fairly standard gnome/gtk theme.

    The xml is compiled but with motodev I should be able to write straight xml and recompile it without the hassle of hacking hex..
    Thd process is not unlike yahoo messenger themes. You have your gfxs and the framework is xml written.

    Once you have your first one done you have your template for others and they can be made faster.

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