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14th May 2012, 04:11 PM |#11  
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well, here's my first theme for Apex Launcher
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14th May 2012, 06:39 PM |#12  
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Nice theme!

I am currently travelling and haven't been able to setup a workable environment for eclipse (I don't have my own pc with me and the shared pc isn't really up to standard).

Would someone be able to compile just a base unthemed apex theme so that for the short time I can do a quick hack to add different images? Yes I know its not ideal but until I get home in 6 weeks, I don't have much choice...

Edit: I just mean a full theme but only using current unmodded apex images.

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14th May 2012, 07:03 PM |#13  
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how i load themes on apex ?
14th May 2012, 10:43 PM |#14  
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how i load themes on apex ?

You need the beta. I have pro so might be different. Its in the apex menu > about apex launcher. There is an update option and an option to select whether updates are "stable" or "beta".

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14th May 2012, 11:50 PM |#15  
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15th May 2012, 07:40 AM |#16  
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Oh great. Well laid out template.

Just to check, I don't need to change XML files if I was to populate the hdpi/mdpi/ldpi folders with images in this template, as everything is already setup to accept those files? I just should delete whichever file entries from the XML that I don't want to theme?

Or has it been setup to only use the files from the XML folder at this point.

I am planning to make a red holo theme but haven't finished downloading the sdk yet. (Travelling, its going to take some time).

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Are you talking about icon packs or complete themes? For icon packs, you need to declare your icon images in an XML file. For Apex skins, you probably don't need to change XML files (except strings.xml where you define the basic information about your theme). BTW, there is no xml folder in the provided sample projects.

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will these themes be dependent on phone resolution or will they work on any phone with apex launcher because my phone is mdpi and i am worried that my phone will have no themes

Apex themes should work on any phone, but YMMV with each theme.

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Two suggestions/questions.

A) If a theme supports multiple launchers, potentially /ignore the other configurations and only list Apex? See my screenshot for details. I also noticed that if you add Apex theme support, the Go launcher entry is no longer listed. I think it'd be smart to consolidate a theme (that supports multiple launchers) down to a single entry.

B) Would you be willing to add an intent, similar to GO/ADW.EX, that would allow a theme to direct a user to the Theme Settings activity? I'd really like the ability to bring a user directly to the settings from my dashboard.

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As of the latest beta, both of your suggestions have been addressed. A) Your theme would only appear once in the list even if it supports multiple launchers. B) Please refer to the new "Linking to Apex Theme Settings" section in the tutorial.
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15th May 2012, 07:49 AM |#17  
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Please consider theme'ing the drawer using Golaunchers appfilter, instead of the icons naming, the icon naming method, is a bit "dated" as where it reacts the same way as ADW does with icons like Honeycombs Youtube icon, and all the angry birds stuff, it just wont accept it. Also, please consider an "iconback" option.

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15th May 2012, 08:15 AM |#18  
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Please consider theme'ing the drawer using Golaunchers appfilter, instead of the icons naming, the icon naming method, is a bit "dated" as where it reacts the same way as ADW does with icons like Honeycombs Youtube icon, and all the angry birds stuff, it just wont accept it. Also, please consider an "iconback" option.

Thanks!

Thanks for your suggestion. We will add support for appfilter in the next version, and will consider "iconback" in the future.
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15th May 2012, 08:45 AM |#19  
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I love to use Apex Pro... And I'm waiting for your nice themes

Keep up your great work
15th May 2012, 09:31 PM |#20  
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As of the latest beta, both of your suggestions have been addressed. A) Your theme would only appear once in the list even if it supports multiple launchers. B) Please refer to the new "Linking to Apex Theme Settings" section in the tutorial.

Brilliant! I look forward to the appfilter support as well. Thank you for being so responsive to my suggestions and your continued development.
16th May 2012, 01:30 PM |#21  
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new APEX version 1.1 with 1552 icons

i2theme v1.1 - APEX i2Theme
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