01-09-11 04:19 PM
167 123 ...
tools
  1. vincetheprince's Avatar


    UPDATE - Hey guys, I've managed to finish Euphoria Pro for the 480 x 360 devices, you're up next!

    If you want a preview of what to expect, hit up the thread link: http://forums.crackberry.com/f176/pr...sional-495581/

    * FREE OTA LINKS BELOW! *

    I felt like deviating from the trend of replica themes (Frozen Yogurt, Series 7, etc) and focus on making a theme that catered to the working professional, which is the crowd I love to make themes for. I say this because these people get the most use out of their Berries and the proper theme can be considered their sidekick in the work force. If a BlackBerry was a dog to a police officer, then a theme is the breed of that dog, and they always need the right breed for the right job, similar to the right theme. It helps them get things done quicker, is easy on the eyes, and professional enough that there are no worries pulling out their device in front of their boss.

    I want to create something aesthetically pleasing, yet subtle enough for every day use. Something extremely useful and functional, but not overly complicated to the point where the theme is confusing and requires a learning curve. A theme where simplicity, elegance, and functionality work together to achieve a common goal.

    Now by no means am I even close to figuring all of this out, and I just wasted a minute or two of your life rambling on about things I might not know too much about, but I have however came up with a concept of how I want to approach this project. Without further adieu, meet Euphoria!



    As you can see, this theme is going to feature 5 home screens. The left-most will be a Settings screen with an intuitive user interface. This is where you toggle the theme's options, which I will explain later, so that the theme fits your needs.

    The main idea here is to have a home screen with a central widget that houses important information, such as weather, time/date, etc. I'm also able to pull up your name from Options -> Owner -> Name and display it in this widget, as you can see I have mine set up as VinceThePrince. This widget can be toggled on and off in the Settings screen. Beneath this widget are 3 of your most important apps at the bottom. Why no 6-icon dock? Remember, we're going for clean, simplicity and usefulness here, and I feel that there shouldn't be more than 3 of those apps. Besides, I really want this theme to be a complete package, so we're gonna try to get rid of having to ever visit the application screen again anyways. We do this by scrolling to the right of the main screen. Here you'll be greeted with an "application screen" that houses 18 icons (3 rows of 6), just like your application screen! Now before you tell me you don't need that many, don't worry, I'm going to add an option in the Settings screen to show 1, 2, or all 3 rows for this screen.

    Scrolling to the left of the main screen will bring you to the Today screen, where you can preview your SMS, Emails, and Calendar entries in full screen so they're not cut off.

    Now that covers 4 screens, which leaves us with the right-most screen (after the application screen), and I'd like some ideas of what to put there, or maybe I can just leave it blank so that you can view your wallpaper in full screen. Speaking of wallpapers, I *** THINK *** I found a way to make wallpapers panoramic using your OWN wallpaper. If you're familiar with my theme Frozen Yogurt, panoramic wallpapers are very wide and they slide with you as you're maneuvering through the multiple home screens. What I have to do is hard-code a set or included wallpapers to perform this behaviour, but I might have found a way to make it so you can set any wallpaper to do this. But I'm not promising anything yet, I'll have to try it first.

    This is what I know I want to do so far (or think I know), and the rest is really up to you. As paying customers, I believe you should have a say in the development of your products. Tell me what you like, give me ideas, suggestions, go nuts. If I feel it meets the criteria in the direction I want this theme to go and will be beneficial for most users (I say most because you can't please EVERYONE), then I will incorporate your idea into the theme.

    Apart from the initial concept, I have not started any code on this theme yet, so now is the best time for your feedback, otherwise it might be too late to add it in as I'm halfway done coding. Also, I still have a few errands to attend to for previous themes, as I've promised some updates and what not, so it will be a bit before this theme comes to fruition. So just let the ideas pile up for me to sift through, I look forward to everyone's creativity and thanks for your time if you were able to read through this massive wall of text!

    - VinceThePrince

    Update 1 - Thursday, July 15/2010

    So in between coding Series 7 for the Bold 9000 and Frozen Yogurt 2.0, I can't help but jump back to this one every so often and just tweak it and brainstorm a bit. I've decided to bring the # of home screens down to 3, as I believe 5 is a little much considering we're aiming for simplicity here. So from left to right, we're gonna have Options <-> Home <-> More. The previously planned Today screen is now gonna be pulled up using Alt+T, where you get a fullscreen glance of SMS/Messages/Calendar, where I think I can fit 4 entries per. You can hide this popup by pushing the Back key. In place of the 5th unknown screen, we're getting rid of it completely, but now you can just scroll up to hide all the UI elements and view your wallpaper unobstructed.



    I couldn't decide which focus colour to use, they all look really nice! It was then I decided that since this theme is about control, why not put it in your hands? So I'm adding an option in Settings screen to change the colour of the focus icons within the theme itself... as you can see, so far we've got gold, blue, and red. Hit me up with requests for other colours, so far I'm thinking purple, pink, green, orange, etc.

    During this dilemma, I also came up with another idea. Not everyone is going to want all these options or want to pay a premium price for a theme, and I understand that completely. So, in an effort to have my work on as many devices as possible, I'll release a "Basic" version of Euphoria, which won't have the multiple screens, popup Today screen, and the various options available in the "Pro" version. They'll also be limited to a grey icon focus. It will be available for $0.99, and it least this way, you get an idea of what the theme is all about and if it's right for you, and if you want to upgrade, it's your choice. When you purchase the Basic version, you'll get an upgrade coupon code within your MobiHand confirmation email, which can be used towards the Pro version, that way you're not paying "twice". Anyways that's it for now, keep checking for updates!

    Update 2 - Friday, July 16/2010

    Success!!! I have indeed been able to make it so that ANY wallpaper you set becomes panoramic, so that it slides left and right just as you do, WOOOOO!!! =D

    I'm gonna make it so you can turn this feature on, or turn it off to have a static wallpaper.

    Update 3 - Monday, July 19/2010



    Just made some custom battery and signal meters. So on the HOMESCREEN, you can change the color scheme to whatever you want, but it's impossible for me to let you change the color scheme of everything else like the menus, dialogs, etc, so I've decided to go with the default as Blue. And I've decided to make the Basic version free instead of $0.99, and they will be getting the blue scheme instead of a boring grey. That's it so for now =)

    Update 4 - Monday, August 9/2010

    Version 1.3 of Euphoria Basic is now available for the Curve 85xx! Please put Profiles in slot #1, your Weather app of choice in slot #2, and the next three slots are user-defined! In case you don't know how to set your Owner name, from your Application Screen go to Options -> Owner. Once set, this name will appear on your Home Screen! (You may need to perform a battery pull for this to take affect). Enjoy!!!

    OTA - OS 5.0 | OS 4.6





    Update 5 - Tuesday, August 10/2010

    - Fixed some graphical issues related to fonts

    OTA - OS 5.0 | OS 4.6
    Last edited by VinceThePrince; 10-15-10 at 01:20 PM.
    07-14-10 04:52 PM
  2. Snipa7's Avatar
    Damn it Vince your gonna break my piggy bank with your themes.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    07-14-10 05:18 PM
  3. vincetheprince's Avatar
    LOL I do what I can
    07-14-10 05:22 PM
  4. BadgerUSMC's Avatar
    I was thinking about the 5th screen...maybe a utilities type screen for Settings, Connections, Search, Options,etc. to avoid using the app screen further.

    Just a thought

    It looks great btw!!



    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    07-14-10 09:40 PM
  5. deckyon's Avatar
    I love simple.

    I also love original - not just following the same "lets take design x and put graphics y" formula and then charge people for a new skin. And really, most are just new skins for tired theme layouts. This is why I got the Frozen Yogurt. The other theme I bought was MMDesign's "Brisk" as it was also something original and new.

    My one fear here is that it will look like a new "skin" for Frozen Yogurt. The image above looks great. But how will the theme itself differ from Froyo (there is another now, "Befroyo" that has some similarities and slightly different layouts.
    07-15-10 10:25 AM
  6. vincetheprince's Avatar
    I was thinking about the 5th screen...maybe a utilities type screen for Settings, Connections, Search, Options,etc. to avoid using the app screen further.

    Just a thought

    It looks great btw!!
    I've decided that since we're going for simple, 3 screens will be enough. Options <-> Home <-> More, in that order. In place of the today screen, it can now be launched via Alt+T, and hidden with the Back button. In place of the 5th unknown screen, I'm gonna have it so when you scroll all the way up, it hides all UI elements and you can view your wallpaper that way

    I love simple.

    I also love original - not just following the same "lets take design x and put graphics y" formula and then charge people for a new skin. And really, most are just new skins for tired theme layouts. This is why I got the Frozen Yogurt. The other theme I bought was MMDesign's "Brisk" as it was also something original and new.

    My one fear here is that it will look like a new "skin" for Frozen Yogurt. The image above looks great. But how will the theme itself differ from Froyo (there is another now, "Befroyo" that has some similarities and slightly different layouts.
    Don't worry, I think I have some tricks up my sleeve to differentiate this one from FroYo
    07-15-10 12:30 PM
  7. deckyon's Avatar
    Also, having the lock screen be the same as the background is nice. Or, the Home screen, with a small lock in the corner but displays the info.

    I still like that home screen above. I am running some things through my own head, will put them down when they make sense.
    07-15-10 12:51 PM
  8. laney12186's Avatar
    If this theme comes out with the same high quality icons and graphics as frozen yogurt I'm game. Looking good so far! Keep us posted on new ideas you're having for this, can't wait to see the end result

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    07-15-10 02:29 PM
  9. vincetheprince's Avatar
    Updated the first post, check it out =)
    07-15-10 03:07 PM
  10. laney12186's Avatar
    As far as choosing which color those icons will be...a green choice would be great but I also really like the original black/grey color.
    07-15-10 03:23 PM
  11. deckyon's Avatar
    You have hit most of what was going through my head. I was sitting and going through the backgrounds I use a lot and love that we can change the focus color to either match or contrast the background. I would just stick with the basic color wheel, have about 8 options max.

    Since there is only one screen showing, I can only make an assumption that the 3 will have screen titles. Bad. I personally don't care about the title. It would clean it up to not have titles. Best of both worlds - allow them to be hidden.

    Just giving initial impressions and off the cuff thoughts.
    07-15-10 03:23 PM
  12. vincetheprince's Avatar
    As far as choosing which color those icons will be...a green choice would be great but I also really like the original black/grey color.
    Sorry, I should have been more clear... it will stay black/grey until being focused over, then it will light up a colour. And you will be able to choose what colour you want for the light up =)
    07-15-10 03:24 PM
  13. deckyon's Avatar
    On a different note - considering I just got Frozen Yogurt, will the Frozen Yogurt 2 be offered as a free upgrade, or at least at a discount, for previous users?
    07-15-10 03:25 PM
  14. vincetheprince's Avatar
    On a different note - considering I just got Frozen Yogurt, will the Frozen Yogurt 2 be offered as a free upgrade, or at least at a discount, for previous users?
    Yeah don't worry, it will be free.
    07-15-10 03:26 PM
  15. HiMaintz's Avatar
    I absolutely love your themes! You are a genius!! This might have an obvious answer - but this is for the 85XX too? One thing I would LOVE to see is user defined fonts on the menus (on the Frozen Yogurt, too - I just got it last night ).
    Last edited by HiMaintz; 07-15-10 at 08:07 PM.
    07-15-10 08:02 PM
  16. vincetheprince's Avatar
    I absolutely love your themes! You are a genius!! This might have an obvious answer - but this is for the 85XX too? One thing I would LOVE to see is user defined fonts on the menus (on the Frozen Yogurt, too - I just got it last night ).
    Thanks! Appreciate your support and I hope you are enjoying your new theme. Yes, this will be available for 85xx for sure. I'm not sure yet if the menus will be user-definable yet, depends if I need to change their default colour or not. I'll keep yah updated =)
    07-15-10 11:40 PM
  17. kitty32's Avatar
    Wow! I usually only go for the girly pink themes but yours are great and you say I can tweak them to make them a "little pink"
    07-16-10 12:37 AM
  18. vincetheprince's Avatar
    Wow! I usually only go for the girly pink themes but yours are great and you say I can tweak them to make them a "little pink"
    That's right, you can def. do that
    07-16-10 09:53 AM
  19. vincetheprince's Avatar
    Update 2's in first post.
    07-16-10 11:28 AM
  20. bbpound's Avatar
    Looks like another amazing theme Vince. When can we expect this to ba available for purchase?

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    07-16-10 03:58 PM
  21. ryaninfg's Avatar
    Lookin good buddy!

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    07-16-10 04:48 PM
  22. vincetheprince's Avatar
    Hey, thanks guys. I should be able to start coding it Monday, so we're looking at a release for 9700/9650/9630/8900 on Wednesday/Thursday the 22nd, followed by the 85xx release maybe on Saturday the 24th. Then a Bold 9000 release closer to the end of the month. That's the timeline anyways, anything can happen.
    07-16-10 05:01 PM
  23. bbpound's Avatar
    Good looking time line.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    07-16-10 05:20 PM
  24. Betharina's Avatar
    Wow! This is amazing! Im definitely interested in the 8530 version!
    07-16-10 10:27 PM
  25. laney12186's Avatar
    Looking forward to this theme!

    *edit*
    Would you be willing to update frozen yogurt so we get the scrolling wallpaper with anything we put up?

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    Last edited by laney12186; 07-17-10 at 09:54 AM.
    07-17-10 09:48 AM
167 123 ...
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD