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[SKIN .APK] PCB Sense - NOW WITH 5 COLOURS (for ALL HDPI Sense 2.x ROMs!)

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Hi all!

I have recently been playing around with the Sense 2.1 + Gingerbread (aka GingerSense) ROMs, and had to of course port (and improve) my original PCB Sense Theme from days ago. I have been testing it myself for quite a few days, and I'm finally happy with how it turned out, so I wanted to offer it up to all GingerSense XDA users.


Couple of things to note:
  • This design was meant to be close to stock for those who actually dig the Sense scheme, but want something unique
  • The file is a 7.7mb signed .APK created using apk-manager 4.9 for Sense 2.1...I may make a Sense 3.0 port if there is enough demand (need to play with .m10 editing still)
  • It is installable on HDPI devices only by simply copying to your device and running, and is uninstallable by Titanium Backup, or applying another Skin in Sense, and highlighting PCB Sense, then MENU --> DELETE...it doesn't appear in "Settings --> Applications", but why would you want to uninstall it anyways?
  • I have edited a poopload of images with utmost care and attention to detail including those precious draw9patch ones
  • The tricky thing with the draw9patch is to have a pattern get 'stretched/repeated' without looking crappy...I believe this may be one of the few Sense themes out there which attempts to skin >90% of resource images (I may be wrong, but still)
  • I tested (and approved of) this theme on my Desire (Bravo) running LeeDrOiD v3.3.1 and InsertCoin GB
  • The font used in all screenshots is "Ubuntu", however "Storopia" also compliments the skin nicely
  • The font used to make the custom clock widget is "OPTICBOT"
  • This theme took me about 55-60 hours to complete
  • I've seen some other mods/ports of my theme before, and while I am a believer in sharing and caring, it would be nice if you asked/PM'ed me before using my theme for any other purpose than your own enjoyment. I'm a nice dood, I promise, and it's good to give credit where it's due!
  • If you'd like to buy me a beer, coffee, or any other kind offering to say thanks, it's greatly appreciated and I will thank you personally... (Donate link is in my post profile)

Anyways, have a look at the preview images below, and please leave your thoughts! I hope you enjoy it!!! (Oh, and keep an eye on this thread for updates)


Screenshots of Green version (via Dropbox album):


Download:

Select your desired colour to download:Note: If you're downloading on a handheld browser and the file is saved with a '.bin' extension, simply rename it to '.apk'

if you like it...that's up to you!

Credits and thanks to some of the resources used go out to:
  • The modded wallpaper is originally from iTeppo (on deviantART) titled "Android Chip Wallpaper" (he did a great job!)
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9th May 2011, 02:15 AM |#2  
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Looks great! Too bad I have a CDMA desire (no new sense love for us)
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HTC Desire with custom rom (insertcoin GB) and this is perfect combination :3
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;) dooooooooooooooooooood!! :-p

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Wow amazing!!!!! love it........
9th May 2011, 09:32 AM |#6  
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Hi, it looks great. However when you go on the phone it shows stock images etc
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Veryyy nice theme. Appreciate all the hard work
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Hi, it looks great. However when you go on the phone it shows stock images etc

Heya retrosling, if you mean when you are in the "Phone" app, then yes, some images may not be fully skinned, but this is a limitation of the HTC Sense Skin .apk format itself. Note that there are no flashable .zips needed to use this theme, and that should allow it to be installed on multiple devices (with Sense 2.1 of course).

To skin many other components means that I would have to build a flashable .zip which modifies 'framework-res.apk', 'com.htc.resources.apk' and 'SystemUI.apk', and since these are based on certain ROMs, and can therefore be unique, I chose not to go that route for this theme (the logistics/maintenance of handling all bases/versions/ROM-specific customizations for these 3 .apks would be a nightmare of time consumption!)

Believe me, that I skinned nearly every single PNG that would allow it. The only ones missing (for now) would be for landscape support. Once we start getting more GingerSense ROMs with landscape homescreens, I will be adding them though. Good thing for updating is that you'd just have to re-download the .apk (same exact link/filename), and the .XML file defines that it's a newer version, then your phone should ask you if you want to update it. Super clean this .apk Skin route.

To everyone else who offered your great comments/feedback, thank you very much!! It's great to see others enjoying the benefits of the hard work it took to put together this theme!

All the best.
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Just tried this on Robocik's v1.2 a2sd cm7 hboot and it does not seem to work.

Have I missed something?
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Amazing.

I will say that I have allways found the backdrops you pick very distracting and make the icons hard to see, but then I am addicted to the glactic core live wallpaper - you should try it with the pcb sense - it really ties the screen theme together!

One thing I miss from the old PCB theme is the green circuit board buttons, but then I am sure I will get used to this... (see attached for what I mean)

perhaps an option in the future?

Again, Thanks!!!

Warmly, Marty
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Just tried this on Robocik's v1.2 a2sd cm7 hboot and it does not seem to work.

Have I missed something?

Hey ericb, thanks for trying this out on RCMix v1.2...I am not sure why it didn't work for you, as it should be in MENU --> PERSONALIZE --> SKIN. There is nothing specific relating to InsertCoin, so maybe it didn't install properly? Did you get any errors when you clicked on the .apk from a file browser to install it?

Only other thing I can think of would be to "Allow Unknown Sources" in SETTINGS --> APPLICATIONS, which might allow it to install since it isn't a pro-signed .apk.

Let me know though, as yours is the first report that it didn't work

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Amazing.

I will say that I have allways found the backdrops you pick very distracting and make the icons hard to see, but then I am addicted to the glactic core live wallpaper - you should try it with the pcb sense - it really ties the screen theme together!

One thing I miss from the old PCB theme is the green circuit board buttons, but then I am sure I will get used to this... (see attached for what I mean)

perhaps an option in the future?

Again, Thanks!!!

Warmly, Marty

Thanks Marty, this one was for you Anyways, I understand about the wallpaper/backdrop, but one NEEDS to be included in the .apk, and I figured people would pick their favourites anyways. I will also check out that galactic core LW that you love so dearly

I hear ya about the green PCB traces in my old theme version, and I went with grey this time because I wanted to make other colour versions overall. This would give the theme more consistency across all colour mods, since when you press those buttons, they light up green (and in the future, /blue/etc.).

Nothing's impossible though, so if I get a chance, I may make a classic version like that. Otherwise, if you REALLY want it, you can PM me and I can .zip up the files from the old theme so that you can drop them in this .apk and reinstall it...
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