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25th March 2019, 09:10 PM |#1751  
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Hello Guys. Can someone help me to open bmp files in decompiled apk ?
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26th March 2019, 08:27 PM |#1752  
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Hello Guys. Can someone help me to open bmp files in decompiled apk ?
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What's the problem you're having?

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26th March 2019, 09:37 PM |#1753  
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I use the CarHD Rom by Carotix. I design this for myself according to my conception. All icons are supposed to be real pictures. But I do not find many pictures. So I have to open the bmp files to see what's behind it. Unfortunately, the bmp files contained in the Rom can not be opened with a single program. What can I do

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27th March 2019, 09:26 PM |#1754  
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I use the CarHD Rom by Carotix. I design this for myself according to my conception. All icons are supposed to be real pictures. But I do not find many pictures. So I have to open the bmp files to see what's behind it. Unfortunately, the bmp files contained in the Rom can not be opened with a single program. What can I do

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Perhaps they're constructed in some unusual way. It's not common to see BMP images files in Android - it's normally PNG or some of Samsung's odd custom formats.
Can you share some of the APK files? I can take a look on my end.

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27th March 2019, 11:28 PM |#1755  
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Perhaps they're constructed in some unusual way. It's not common to see BMP images files in Android - it's normally PNG or some of Samsung's odd custom formats.
Can you share some of the APK files? I can take a look on my end.

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I do not know how to continue. Have tried everything. I hang an apk on. Maybe you will find a way.
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29th March 2019, 05:30 PM |#1756  
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I do not know how to continue. Have tried everything. I hang an apk on. Maybe you will find a way.
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https://mega.nz/#!N1wAgYjY!VhhUqMOHY...ZD1CpUdsi72cxI

Oh. I thought I'd be able to do something clever with these...but you're right. These are BMP files, but they're not encoded as normal BMP files. Samsung must have put these together in some odd way, which is not unusual for them sadly.
I can't really help much here. I've no idea what they've done. Sorry.
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Oh. I thought I'd be able to do something clever with these...but you're right. These are BMP files, but they're not encoded as normal BMP files. Samsung must have put these together in some odd way, which is not unusual for them sadly.
I can't really help much here. I've no idea what they've done. Sorry.

Yes, Samsung is known for that. But no problem. Thanks anyway for your help
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Thank you boss for tutorial!
8th September 2019, 08:16 PM |#1759  
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I'm asked all the time how to theme; what's the best way, the best tools, etc. Well, I'm going to compile the best resources that I think will get you up and theming. It's a process, and you'll need to have time and devotion, but these tools and tips will help


This is the best guide that I know of out there for theming; it is comprehensive, and if you use it, you should give a big thanks to the makers of it.


I find both of these to be great; I have apk manager (windows and linux) on my pc, and apktool (windows, mac, and linux) on my mac. APK manager will likely be best for beginners due to its simplistic and user friendly UI, and it offers some more features then apktool, like zipaligning, optimizing, etc. Both are fantastic, and absolutely a huge help for theming and decompiling apps.

It's always helpful to know how to use the SDK for adb, zipaligning, and other tasks. Remember, even if you have other tools like apk manager to zipalign, it's always good to know how to do it by hand And you'll need tools in it like draw9patch for those pesky .9pngs

You will use this all the time. Editing files like decompiled XMLs on this is a breeze

You'll use this every time you do XML edits; you'll need these color codes to tell the XMLs what color you want to show up

Want to go all out? Go photoshop in pinoy tv. Want a great, free tool to theme with? Gimp is the way to go. Either way, you'll want to use one of these tools for png edits when theming. Paint.net is also another good free tool for edits.

For you mac users like me, Hex Fiend comes in handy if you ever need to edit binary (non readable or decompiled) XML.

Fabulous tool on windows to create and modify elements of updates zips

Want to make an ADW theme? This is a great tool to get you started on that
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You'll want some general knowledge with terminal or windows cmd prompt. Because you will use it. Also, you'll need to know what to edit in a theme to change aspects of color and such correctly. Well, this is a great tool to find out what you need to edit


I'll be adding to this guide as needed. Please, feel free to ask any questions, and I'll be here to answer them Hope this helps everyone!

That's really cool. When i go to change the layout of my phone always recommend me for launcher but i hate lauchner
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that's powerful article
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