I highly recommend "Ultimate Rotation Control" instead of using Nova or Apex launcher. it works with the stock launcher un-rooted. Now if I could change brightness, Bluetooth, and volume from the notification menu I would be happy with the ui.
As I can't post in dev section yet I thought I would post this to say thanks for the guides.
I had an Optus Au Razr, rooted it fine (zergrush)->OTA->Restored root via Rootkeeper.
All was fine until I got bored and thought I would try a few...