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The reason I've been slower at posting requests lately is about to come clear!

I have created an "online kitchen" of sorts for creating custom skinned, signed, HTC_IME high and low res apk files. This means you guys can very easily create your own skins and customize the ones I've created!

What is this?

A website you can visit on your computer or directly from your phone that will let you a> create a custom skinned keyboard based off of any of the images currently in the library (various colored keys, backgrounds, etc) with whatever text color you want and b> customize existing "skins" (will be known as "presets") however your heats desire.

Currently, it should be considered very beta. All the features that are here should be working 100%.

Why beta, that sounds scary?

It's beta for a couple of reasons, 1 because it's currently UGLY as sin (concentrated on features and back end first) and 2 because I'm actively working on it which means it could break at any time.

What is the point of this?

Besides the fact that you can now customize the hell out of the way your keyboard looks, it drastically reduces the amount of work I have to do in the future. Currently, i'm uploading 46 pre-themed apk files for every single update. While this isn't really a big deal since I automated the process, it slows down how quickly I can put up updates. With this new method, all I have to do is upload the original unthemed keyboard apk and classes.dex for each new version and my work is done!

Everything else:

If you select a preset, you will still be asked to choose each portion of the keyboard (background, buttons, text color etc). The image with the yellow border around it (you'll see what I mean) is the default "piece" for the preset.

One last thing, depending on server load it could take anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes to generate the keyboard. Most of the time I suspect it will be < 1 minute tho.

I don't mind if you use this to generate a keyboard and include it with something (theme/morph) or post it somewhere, just give due credit

URL for HIGH RES online kitchen: now offline, sorry

URL for LOW RES online kitchen: now offline, sorry

Current feature list / changelog:
  • Start from a "preset" (any of my current themes) and change any component of it.
  • Choose any of my current backgrounds
  • Choose any of my current primary/function key styles
  • Choose any of my current "symbol sets"
  • Choose any of my current space bar logo/images
  • Upload your own spacebar logo
  • Choose any color text for letters and alternate characters
  • Built in bug reporting/feature requests (for new image sets, for example)
  • Choose any color for background image
  • Preview keyboard before generating it
  • Option to see/reuse all skins you have generated
  • Option to see/reuse last 25 skins anyone has generated
  • Choose any color for symbol sets
  • Added lowres kitchen
  • Added option to choose between 1.5 only and 1.6+ low res versions in low res kitchen.
  • Added v25 froyo version.
  • Added all v26 versions to kitchen!
  • Added all v27 versions to kitchen!
  • Added v27-froyo lowres version to kitchen!
  • New option: Create your own primary/function keys is FINALLY here!
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29th March 2010, 04:37 AM |#2  
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Pre-themed/Pre-built skinned keyboards.
Custom skins for Jonasl's HTC_IME high res.

These are signed with the exact same certificate that jonasl uses so if you can install his, you can install these and go back and forth with no problem.

These are no longer flashable update.zip files, all you need to do is download the zip file, extract the HTC_IME_hi.apk to your sd card and install with a file manager (linda, or something that supports reinstalling for future installs).

Special note, if you have not already installed v22 or higher, I highly suggest you read Jonasl's thread here for important information regarding this keyboard. You will need to re-enable and completely reconfigure this keyboard after installing (only if you haven't already done v22+).

One last note, there is a new hi res Clicker.apk available too. I have not included it in these downloads, you will need to get that from the official HTC_IME Mod download if you haven't already! Update: or get it here -> Clicker_hi.zip

v24 links removed because v25 is now available in the kitchen, screenshots represent some of the many themes you can create there!
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Thankyou so much all working perfectly !
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Oh thanks for this, I definetly don't like Metamorph - so this was a life saver. Well not really a life saver, more like a life enhancer lol..
29th March 2010, 09:53 AM |#5  
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Great job thanks .
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I know this is an htc forum but is there any way you can throw an update.zip of v18 for us droid users? The candidate bar is broken on v19 for droid but it worked on 18... if you can do it would you make it the black with white text theme? This would be much appreciated! Keep up the great work!
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the cyanogen skinned keyboard is corrupted
even with a manual push or adb install it crashed on selection
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the cyanogen skinned keyboard is corrupted
even with a manual push or adb install it crashed on selection

could u also do a skin for swype?
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Hello guys, I'm new here at the board!

This site was a great find for me looking for the "legendary" HTC mod keyboard :). Props to jonasl for sharing this with us and gimpsta for coming up with great skins.

BTW, I hope the keyboard skin site will get better over time. Also hope that the transparent backgrounds would also be good on other applications in the future, not just the home screens :).


Cheers!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by awdlexusis

any plans on theming more semi transparent colors?

Yes, just been busy, but hopefully some big things coming in next couple of days

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Originally Posted by majikdragoon

What about an Android version of Dinik's Anastasia keyboard?

You mean a skin/theme like that or the whole keyboard? Porting the whole keyboard would likely not be possible. I can try to replicate the skin tho if that's what you meant?

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Originally Posted by hayer

where can i find a link to the pre-themed keyboards?

First post has links to the kitchen where you can create your own, or any of the "presets" from the second post in this thread. This is currently the only way to access my themed keyboards. It's worth it, trust me

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Originally Posted by moo2min

Thank you so much, you are the man

And thank you

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Originally Posted by Dwoid

Hello guys, I'm new here at the board!

This site was a great find for me looking for the "legendary" HTC mod keyboard :). Props to jonasl for sharing this with us and gimpsta for coming up with great skins.

BTW, I hope the keyboard skin site will get better over time. Also hope that the transparent backgrounds would also be good on other applications in the future, not just the home screens :).

Welcome and thanks!

The site is a work in progress. I'm currently beta testing some fairly big changes to the site that I hope to roll out in next few days, but it will always be a work in progress and will be improved as I have time/ideas/suggestions!

As far as the transparency thing, not much I can do on that. Some apps will show it transparent (handcent sms comes to mind, for example). It's not just the homescreen, but rather a handful of apps that for whatever reason draw their own background (or container) behind the keyboard. Some apps make it white, some black, it's really annoying but I think would take modifying each individual app to remove that behavior.
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