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  1. wu-wei's Avatar
    Rather than spreading things out across several threads, I'm going to consolidate all my premium themes in one place. Hopefully that will make updates easier, and provide a quick overview of my portfolio.

    Those of you who know my themes know I started with leebo, which I then ported to OS6. My approach to theming is referred to as minimalism - I want as little clutter on the screen as possible. Sometimes that's to show off my wallpaper. Most times it's just to avoid headaches when trying to focus, at a glance, on what matters in what seems like a sea of information.

    I stick with pretty straight-forward navigation in terms of home screen scrolling. I always have an off-screen button so I can completely remove the highlight cursors. That button typically launches the first application on the app screen. Where I have a weather slot visible, the off-screen button launches the second application on the app screen.

    I include banner hotspots: the signal meter will open Manage Connections, the time will open Clock. My home screen banners are identical to the app screen banner, so transitions are fluid and the theme feels like a natural part of the OS.

    I'm also big on using hotkeys. The BlackBerry OS comes with several shortcut keys pre-assigned: A for Address Book (now Contacts); B for Browser, and so on. But not all the keys are pre-assigned. I use those "empty" keys for frequently-used apps. My common assignments are:

    F = Facebook
    S = Universal Search
    Z = Clock
    0 = Profiles (that's a zero)
    $ = SMS/MMS

    ideal

    My first premium theme is called ideal. I really wanted to make something special, and I think I did an alright job.

    ideal features my signature Today panels. The unread notification area is a clickable hotspot that brings up the Control Center and the first Today panel. The Today panels are Message Center (Messages, Text Messages, Missed Calls); Organizer (Calendar, Tasks, Memos); and Networking (Facebook, BlackBerry Messenger, Twitter). when you scroll down from the notification area, you can scroll between the three Control Center buttons to select different Today panels. All of the Today panels are scrollable and clickable as well. The Today panels will disappear when you hit Escape or scroll back up to the notification area.






    CrackBerry AppStore
    Blackberry AppWorld (link coming soon)

    sophie

    My second premium theme is a more professional variation of ideal, called sophie. I think sophie is ideal's sophisticated cousin. Same Today panels and Control Center as ideal, but all of the highlights throughout the system are a deeper, more subtle dark blue. I also included some newer icons for several applications.





    CrackBerry AppStore
    Blackberry AppWorld

    blnk

    My latest premium theme is called blnk. I refer to it as a 'nihilist' theme, not a 'minimalist' theme. blnk lets you completely remove all home screen clutter, so all you're left with is your magnificent wallpaper. Oh, and all the functionality of my hotkeys and hotspots. A weather slot can be toggled on and off with the W/Alt+W keys. The banner, similarly, can be toggled on and off with Y/Alt+Y keys. When the banner is visible, my usual navigation is available. I trimmed down the Today screen on this one to the bare essentials: Messages, Text Messages, and Calendar. The weather slot disappears when you open the Today screen to avoid screen clutter. Hitting W will bring it back.





    CrackBerry AppStore
    Blackberry AppWorld

    Attribution: All of these themes use Windows 7 Indicators which were created by MattG from Blackberry Theme Lab.
    Last edited by wu-wei; 07-06-11 at 05:35 PM. Reason: Updated links
    06-30-11 02:36 AM
  2. imtheking's Avatar
    so sadly i dont have paypal or CC, i really like all ur theme

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    06-30-11 04:53 AM
  3. andyahs's Avatar
    blnk

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    07-01-11 10:26 AM
  4. andyahs's Avatar
    If you do an update could you have blnk default to banner visible on reset or is this how you prefer it? Also I hope you will consider a hidden dock version with the same 'minimalist' look with simple space/return keys (just a hint)




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  6. onozare's Avatar
    Pls advice once ur themes are available on AppWorld. Thx.

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    07-01-11 08:48 PM
  7. andyahs's Avatar
    Love it.


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    07-02-11 09:01 AM
  8. wu-wei's Avatar
    Pls advice once ur themes are available on AppWorld. Thx.

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    I will post an update once the themes are approved and available on AppWorld. They've been submitted and are pending approval right now....
    07-02-11 12:59 PM
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    Thought I would casually mention that I am working on bringing blnk to the 9800...perhaps with a little bonus feature added. I know this thread is in the 9700 section, but I'm just sayin'....
    07-04-11 11:18 PM
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    Pls advice once ur themes are available on AppWorld. Thx.

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    blnk and sophie have been approved and released on AppWorld...I expect ideal will be approved and released later today.

    As usual with AppWorld, it might take up to 24 hours for new products to appear in the store.
    07-06-11 02:28 PM
  14. Fubaz's Avatar
    Wu, i love all your work!!!
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  19. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Blnk is awesome.

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    07-11-11 02:34 AM
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    Super theme!




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  24. rickchard's Avatar
    Bought blnk for my 9780 and I love it. Just wondering if there was any way to make the font size in the message folder smaller (not the actual text messages but the list of messages). It seems like the font size options don't affect it.
    07-22-11 02:17 AM
  25. imtheking's Avatar
    Bought blnk for my 9780 and I love it. Just wondering if there was any way to make the font size in the message folder smaller (not the actual text messages but the list of messages). It seems like the font size options don't affect it.
    Me too, finally i bought "blnk" n i love it, but i have same problem with font size like r1ckchard says,
    And wu-wei can u make "blnk" for 9300 cuz my wife want it too

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    07-26-11 06:57 PM
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