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[IDE][] Virtuous Ten Studio - Advanced Reverse Engineering Solution

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Prompt [IDE][] Virtuous Ten Studio - Advanced Reverse Engineering Solution

Virtuous Ten Studio (VTS) is the ultimate solution for the modification of android applications.
This program allows you to manage entire Android projects within an easy to use and familiar environment.

The intended group of users covers anyone from a themer over ROM devs up to the smali gods known for their awesome mods of existing apks.
The modifcation of smali code is one of the biggest features in VTS. You can easily decompile, edit and recompile any apk or jar file.
However, the application is not limited to smali files. You can edit almost any file found inside an apk or jar.

Virtuous Ten Studio is also the official successor to the highly important M10Tools released 2011 by the Virtuous Team.
You can easily edit any m10 file from Sense apps in order to resize or change them.

Additionally VTS brings support for un- and repacking of boot images (boot.img), a job that previously required a cygwin installation with the dsixda kitchen.
Since VTS' own implementation is a native windows solution, which means you don't need dsixda or cygwin anymore.

VTS has been designed to run on Windows, has been in development for nearly two years and has gone through many stages of testing.

Today VTS is a highly respected, multiple purpose Android IDE (Integrated Develoment Environment) suited for all your reverse engineering tasks.



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Main Features

This is only a short summary of all features, a full list of features can be found here.
  • Never before seen UI
    • Fully featured IDE
    • Seamless integration of useful third party tools
      • ApkTool
      • Smali/Baksmali
      • ADB
      • Zipalign
      • Sign
      • dex2jar
      • WinMerge
      • Remote Theme Injector (RTI)
      • many more

    • Work with your apks just like having real java code
    • Support for apks and framework jars
    • Easily keep track of multiple apks/jars with the Solution Explorer
    • Manage big projects with ease

  • Edit smali code like never before
    • Syntax highlighting
    • Jumping to smali references (method calls, fields, classes, gotos)
    • Help files on almost every smali command and topic
    • Connection between smali code and public.xml to expose hex references
    • Have a helpful look at the java source of any smali file if needed
    • Paste often used smali snippets right from the editor

  • Enhanced XML workflow
    • Easy navigation in XML documents
    • Follow XML resource paths and jump to the source file with a simple click
    • Previews of color codes, images and string resources directly in the xml file

  • Edit M10 files with great usability
    • Support for all Sense versions (3.0, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.5)
    • Work with m10 files either with the dedicated M10-Project or via the combined APK-Project
    • Decompile m10 images of all Sense versions to create HTC Sense themes
    • Quickly analyze the contents with the M10-Structure viewer
    • Validate your m10 changes with the syntax checker
    • Unimportant m10 parts are greyed out or completely hidden

  • Unpack and repack boot images (boot.img)
    • Easily edit any content of your boot.img
    • Dedicated syntax highlighting for *.rc and *.prop files
    • Advanced support for files modes and symlinks
    • Native implementation, no need for cygwin or the dsixda kitchen

  • Communicate with your device with yet to be seen ease
    • Tight integration of most ADB commands
    • Push apks or jars easily to any place on your device
    • Remote import files to edit them with VTS
    • Debug your device with the integrated Logcat-Viewer

  • Enhance your workflow with useful additions
    • Easily create backups of your projects
    • Dedicated compare interface for easy comparision of files, folders or projects

  • Hundreds of other awesome features (seriously, you really have to see and try it yourself)

User feedback

I've had the pleasure of beta testing and writing tuts for vts and I must say that it is the most useful, well put together program for Android that I've ever used.
I got that excited that I almost pre jacked when I first used it.
It is simply truly fxxxxng amazing.
Thank you team and testers
Diamondback and everyone involved in this project - thank you! I just started learning (this morning) and
I am already pushing out some alpha mods to the lockscreen thanks to your tool!!
It is a great tool, and I will be using it more as I learn more.
Thank you for the effort you put into this for free, it is amazing. Keep it up!
VTS has done amazing, meticulous work that has enriched, massively, the android community.
Thank you!
As someone that's been using your tools since they were first available, I give a HUGE thanks.
I have, like duce been innovative with m10 modding. There are probably endless options, through mostly trial and error.
The payoff on the end result is always worth it. I'll be more than happy when your next release is out.
I've been using VTS for over 2 months now and it has become the only tool I use. There are tremedous advantages and I'm still finding more. The java source tools are invaluable when working with xmls and smalis. I can now switch between projects with 3 clicks. Great program for modding.
This is probably by far the most useful thing I've used on windows lol
Ohh this is going to be awesome. I'm giddy with excitement. Great job on the app as a whole but with the upcoming m10 editing?
You guys rocked any other editor out of the water. Keep it up
Waw.. this project is being developed very fast.... many changes in the software since the last 2 months when I tried it...

Thanks alot for the hard work, and great job.
I want to give a huge THANKS for the Virtuous Team!
I finally released a working transparent HTC clock widget on One X thanks to the new editor.
I'm just glad that there are people out there smart enough to do this stuff! I was seconds away from getting a Samsung.
Thank you Diamond for this superb tool and updates!
Thanks everyone for this. I decompiled, made an edit, then recompiled my first skin last night thanks to this tool and my helpful huddle mates and teammates.
Great job VTS team and thanks for the many hours of hard work and testing.
Thank you very much Diamondback for all the hard work you put into this. You're the man!
I just tried it now And I would just say WOWWWW.....
This is awesome! [..] And again bravo for your help, HTC Sense is much sexier thanks to you
Thanks again man, I really love this
I have just found this, and it's amazing
Just dropped in to say that Virtuous Ten Studio has been an enriching experience for me
You make us feel crazy ,This tool is a bomb .
Thanks so much man, its nice to have the dev give a direct and clear response.
Awesome tool.Comes in handy many times.thank you
Dude you rock thanks so much for your kick ass creation!

Featured Projects

These projects were created with the help of VTS, check them out (alphabetical order)
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Virtuous Ten Studio, Tool/Utility for the Android General


Version Information
Status: Stable
Current Stable Version:
Stable Release Date: 2013-09-12
Current Beta Version:
Beta Release Date: 2014-04-28

Created 2013-11-14
Last Updated 2014-06-02
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Bugs & Issues

If you are about to make a new post in this thread asking for help because you got an issue, please make sure to check the FAQs here first.
If you still need help, please include all the required information listed under the "Something else went wrong" section.
I can't help you if you forget to provide these information.

If you got any issues feel free to ask here while adhering to the guidelines above.

I am also usually available on IRC, channel #vts-dev on Freenode. If I don't immediately answer you, stick around for a while and make sure to mention my name so I get a notification.

Guides and tutorials

My team and I spent a lot of time on writing detailed and comprehensive guides and tutorials about VTS.
They cover a wide range of topics, from a total beginner level up to complex topics like creating your own HTC Sense skins.

You can find the guides on my website:
Need help with M10 mods? Have a look at this thread. (no requests please)

Download and more information

The downloads, tutorials and many more resources can be found on the dedicated VTS website
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How to properly install framework apks and use tags

ApkTool (and therefore VTS) needs framework apks to properly de- & recompile Android resources.
Framework tags are used to differentiate between multiple sets of framework apks.
You are usually going to have one set (ie. multiple apks) per device and base/rom version.
When installing frameworks it's very important to install all frameworks from the same device/rom with the same tag.

Have a look at this tutorial to learn more about installing frameworks with VTS.
How to completely reset the VTS layout

VTS has a "Reset layout" button, but sometimes this can't repair all problems with a broken window layout.
To fix such persistent problems, open the settings and untick the "Save dock layout" checkbox.
Now restart VTS, the layout should be reset to the default layout.

You can enable layout saving again.
How to manually edit VTS settings

Since VTS 2.6.12 you can easily change these settings with the "Advanced settings" window inside VTS.
Open the settings window and click on the "Advanced" button at the bottom.

VTS stores its settings easily accessible in XML files. They are stored in a folder (normally) located here:
C:\Users\<your user>\Documents\Virtuous Ten Studio\Settings\

You can easily open and edit these settings files, just make sure VTS is closed before doing so.
Note: Some settings only exist after VTS used them for the first time.

VTS can't find the Java binary

Make sure to add the location of your Java.exe to your PATH variable and reboot after doing so.
VTS should be able to find your java binary now.

If it still doesn't work, you can manually specify the java path in the VTS settings.
Something else went wrong and I need help

Editing apks and other Android related files can be a highly complex task.
There are many possible error sources. If something goes wrong nobody can help you unless you provide some important things: (if applicable)
  1. The VTS logs. Without these it's pretty impossible to troubleshoot problems that occured while using VTS.
    Have a look at this tutorial, it explains you how to use the Log Viewer.
    Make sure all checkboxes on top are checked and copy all the log text from the textbox.
    When asking for help, make sure to include all the text in [CODE]<log text>[/CODE] tags.

  2. A logcat of your device, the packagename (if applicable) and filename of the file you are working on.
    If something goes wrong or doesn't work on the device you are working with, it's absolutely required to get a logcat before asking for help.
    You can use the Logcat viewer of VTS to get a copy of the so called Logcat. It's the internal log of your device and usually helps revealing and solving all kinds of problems occuring on the device.
    As with the VTS logs, please include the Logcat in [CODE]<logcat text>[/CODE] tags.

  3. Your Operating System version (eg. Windows 8, Windows Vista etc)

  4. General information:
    • Can you reproduce the issue?
    • Did you try to restart your computer/your device first?
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There are several flavors available:

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Note: If you want a custom color or text, feel free to contact me. You can also create your own banners if you like to.

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Looks interesting!
I need to try this out soon

Currently using device: HTC One
ROM: Android Revolution HD 71.1
Kernel: ElementalX-m7-14.8
Mods: none

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Awesome! Thanks for all the hard work, DB! looking forward to playing with this!

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Definitely going to check this out. Glad its finally out of development, thanks and congrats!!

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Oh this baby won't leave development soon I just hope everything will work

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Amazing job, mate!!!

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