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[Layout] Hubs- Now with in depth video tutorial

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By fliparsenal, Senior Member on 22nd February 2012, 08:59 PM
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Hey guys, after countless of request, I've finally opened a thread for Prime. Enjoy!

(Seeing as there's no General Thread for tablets, I've re posted this here.)
Hey guys I finally ported my "hubs" set up to Android Tablets and I have to say its 10x smoother on our 1.0 ghz quad core device. The general idea of "Hubs" is to create a dedicated screen for each piece of media/productivity while providing a visual eye candy. "Hubs" is easy to emulate, and even easier to create your own style. Despite the lengthy tutorial, its actually easier than it seems. The fun part comes with setting up you layout!

What you'll need:
MainOptionalVideo Tutorial
Part I
Part II


ADW Launcher Users

-To remove top bar-Press and hold and empty area on your home screen then click on "Launcher Actions" > "Hide/Show Action Bars"
-Enable Widget Overlapping-"Menu"> "ADW Settings"> "UI Settings" > "Screen Preference"> Check "Overlap Widgets" in the Advanced Settings Tab
-Increase Retail Space on your screen-"Menu"> "ADW Settings"> "UI Settings" > "Screen Preference"> Increase the desktop "Rows" and "Columns" in the "Desktop Layout" Tab.

Launcher Pro Plus Users- while not optimized for 3.2, it still runs perfect.
-Increase Retail Space on your screen-"Menu"> "Preference" > "Homescreen Settings" > Increase the "Number of columns/rows" in the Homescreen Grid.
-Remove Icons From Right Dock- Hold your finger on the icon you wish to remove> "change shortcut"> "Blank"

*You may add screen transitions for each launcher if you wish, however my advise is to leave it at default as you can set transition for Multi Live wallpaper. Doing both launcher and MLW will make your screen look "too busy" IMO.

To set the "Bars" (Titles for "Home", "Music", "Movies" etc.)
Minimalistic Text
-To set title- Press and hold a free space on the screen > "widgets" > "Minimalistic Text" (size may vary per style however I use either 4x2 or 6x1 as long as its horizontal > ensure that "background color" is checked > "Predefined Layout" > "Custom" > "Custom Layout" > Click on the plus sign > "Misc" > "Static Text".
-Black Bar Tutorial click here

ISSUE: You may experience widget being placed "behind" the black bars. If so try this method provided by user SwiftLegend
1. Put the widgets/icons you want on TOP of the blackbar FIRST. You need these before anything.
2. Select a Minimalistic Text Widget, I usually use 1x1. Clear out the text options (Predefined layout > Custom, delete all of the things there)
3. Once you're back at your homescreen and see the MT Widget, just long press and re size it to your liking.
You HAVE to make sure that whatever you want on TOP of the blackbar is put on the screen FIRST. Anything put on after will go underneath.

ISSUE 2: Users have reported that Minimalistic Widget refuses to post/ show up on the homescreen.
1. Turn your tablet into portrait mode.
2. Add the widget whilst staying in portrait mode as you apply you designs.
3. Rotate back to landscape.


-Set up - Load up your wallpapers on your sd card/internal memory and placing them into seperate folders and name them based on the images (ex. Music, Movies, Games etc)
- Long press an empty screen on your homescreen > "Wallpapers" > "Live Wallpapers"> "MultiPicture Live Wallpaper"> "Settings"
- For each "Screen _ Settings" Select the picture source as "Picture Folder" and navigate it to point to your corresponding homescreen.
- Additionally you make select the screen transition here that reflects your particular taste. You may also set a default wallpaper for your lockscreen.

Despite the dozen of widget on the homescreen and live wallpaper, battery use is minimal.I have provided wallpapers below to help you get started.

here's the original layout from the nook color if you guys are interested on putting this on your homescreen HERE

and here it is in action HERE

my wallpapers can be found here


There are two methods in which you can navigate to each individual homescreen.

Method one
: Prior/Alternate way for navigation text was achieved using this methodby trekkie0927. Using invisible icons in tandem with minimalistic text can make it easier to flip to each hubs. Please rate/comment his video.

Method two: I found a great alternative to Minimalistic Text in terms of using the text buttons to jump from one screen to another called Simple Text. Since it's only an icon and not a widget, it consumes no memory and provides a great minimal look.

User AcIdC0R3 has posted a great tutorial. (Please thank him!)
  • Make sure you have ADWLauncher EX
  • Go to the market and install Simple Text
  • Long press on the screen and select 'Custom Shortcut'
  • 'Pick your activity', select 'Launcher Actions'
  • Choose which screen you want, 1 - 5 or 1 - 7 if your using seven screens
  • Click on the picture of the 2 screens side by side
  • Select 'ADWTheme IconPacks' and select 'Simple Text'
  • Select the grey box named 'Simple'
  • replace the word 'Simple' with whatever of your choosing like 'Video' for your video hub or 'Social' for your social media hub and so forth
  • Adjust your text size, Y and X coordinates, your shadow settings etc.
  • Click the little blue 'A' in the top right side of the screen and select your font (more on fonts further down)
  • You also have the option to select the color wheel next to the 'A' and adjust your text color
  • Select the menu icon on the task bar at the bottom and select 'Save Style' if you want to keep what you created for later use as well.
  • Click 'Save Icon' which will create your icon for you
  • Back at the black edit screen remove the text from the text field and click OK
You should now have a custom text icon that will activate whichever screen you chose for it. You can click any app icon on your screen and follow the same procedure for your apps so all your apps also have text icons.

[FONTS] In a file manager go to /sdcard/Simple Text/ and create a folder named 'fonts' (that is plural with an 's' at the end). Next go to somewhere like and download you some kewl fonts and place them within that 'fonts' directory you just created. Now when you go into Simple Text to do your editing you will have more fonts to choose from.

That's all there is to it.

You can also work with layers within the creation of your Simple Text. Notice below where I created a new layer, rotated my new text layer and intersected where both words have the letter 'E'.

However you may notice that simple text does have it's limitations:
  • Icons can only be 1x1
  • Works best on adw
  • No way to resize; it is only an icon after all.

Other Users take on "Hubs":


"Hubs Remix by CinderWild "

and lastly hubs for different devices! Make sure you check each thread as people have different ideas that works on all devices. Wished Xda had a tablet general forums.

special thanks to AhmazinSKM
special thanks to 00McD00 for the banner
sepcial thanks to AcIdC0R3
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23rd February 2012, 12:32 AM |#2  
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Hi there,
This is a great post, and thanks for mentioning my app, Simple Text. But I want to add some info that Simple Text now has supported widgets, so If you want icons bigger than 1x1, you can use it. Currently it only has 1x1, 1x2, 2x1, 2x2 widgets but I'll add more sizes soon.
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23rd February 2012, 02:18 AM |#3  
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This will take forever, cant you just upload your backup of this? in the adw ex launcher?

on before hand thanks:)
23rd February 2012, 04:29 AM |#4  
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Originally Posted by redphx

Hi there,
This is a great post, and thanks for mentioning my app, Simple Text. But I want to add some info that Simple Text now has supported widgets, so If you want icons bigger than 1x1, you can use it. Currently it only has 1x1, 1x2, 2x1, 2x2 widgets but I'll add more sizes soon.

Hi redphx,

Can you tell me where simple text stores the graphics it creates? I don't want to have to create the same icon for each page.


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23rd February 2012, 06:08 AM |#5  
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Thanks for posting note though...your wallpaper link does not work because of where its hosted.....there are a few of your wallpapers I would love to add to my desk top that I have not been able to find too. If you need a place to host them I have plenty of space on my drop box if you wanted to send them to me.......

PM me if you would like that.
23rd February 2012, 04:00 PM |#6  
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Yeah I'm pretty pissed bout that.

Unfortunately I no longer have those wallpaper

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23rd February 2012, 05:56 PM |#7  
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I too would love it if you uploaded your entire theme.

In the meantime, how'd you change the font for your icon labels in the video? That's not a simple text thing is it?

Edit: I've decided to go the simple text with no icon route, so scratch that question.
23rd February 2012, 07:09 PM |#8  
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So I just got my HUBs setup done and I love it, however now that the TP is unlocked I will want to start flashing ROMs.

If I flash a ROM and wipe data/cache how easy is it to restore my HUBS?

It took me a couple days to complete the setup and if the adw restore feature doesnt restore it well, I will be dissapointed....

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23rd February 2012, 08:25 PM |#9  
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I haven't followed the following procedures as of yet, but a number of users have reported the following as one way to preserve your hubs so you mileage may vary:

1.) In adwex settings scroll to the bottom and hit both options to save your layout.

2.) Using titanium backup adwex

Restoring :

1.) Ensure that you have the Widgets installed first

2.) Restore with TB

3.)restore layout from adw ex

If that doesn't work this method at least saves your layout sans the widget which you'll have to try to apply again. Folders, simple text icons will remain in tact. If you use minimalistic text you can save those too through the settings.

Good luck, hoped it worked

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24th February 2012, 12:26 AM |#10  
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Thanks a lot for figuring this all out and taking the time to post instructions for everyone. I used your instructions in the nook color forum when I set up my prime and I love the way it looks. Really creative use of the apps.
24th February 2012, 01:39 AM |#11  
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Love the way this looks ,but I have a simple question.. How in your video do you have 7 Screens? Mine only has 5..Is there a setting to increase the number of screens?
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