This isn't so much a theme as a showcase for just how far we can push CHT now. I have spent the past few weeks creating new widgets and quick/freelinks, editing and adding to existing core CHT widgets, editing core CHT lua and mode9 scripts and basically seeing if I could enhance the CHT experience for everyone. A huge amount of credit has to go to Poyensa, rat_2665, MichelDiamond and everyone else on the beta teams who have put up with my neverending requests for help and advice (a few months ago I had never so much as opened an lua script let alone have any knowledge as to how to write them!). Thanks in particular to Poyensa who's original background widget provided the spark for this whole idea, and to zaxXx from away back for creating the original page switcher widget which gave me the idea for one of the new sets of links.
OK, so over the next few posts I will explain to you screen by screen what has gone into the layout you see above. I will share all of the new and edited widgets, the new links, the icons, scripts, links, tweaks and everything else that makes it up. I'll also be posting the original photoshop files for some of the icons/softkeys/etc so you can extend the sets or edit them as you like. But as an initial overview of what there is to come here is a list:
NEW - Page Switch Quick/Freelink Set
NEW - All People (Contacts) Quick/Freelink
NEW - Calendar (Month View) Quick/Freelink
NEW - MinimalWeather widget
NEW - Extended Background Widget Set (7 in total - user definable) incl edited home mode9 file by Poyensa to allow up to 40 widgets and place all seven backgrounds behind nearly everything else on screen
EDIT - CHT Standalone Weather Widget - 3rd layout option added
EDIT - BL Weather Widget
SKIN - HD Mini Lock Slider and Notification Icons
SKIN - Manila Lock Slider
SKIN - CHT Music Widget incl edited lua and mode9 scripts
SKIN - CHT Standalone Clock (only because after everything else I couldn't be arsed making another widget )
SKIN - Quick/Freelink Icon Frame incl CHT_Freelinks lua edit so contact links show frame but internet bookmarks don't (needed for weather screen)
SKIN - Page Indicators
SKIN - Softkeys and dock
SKIN - Toggle Switches and Icons
SKIN - Email and SMS widgets including (if required) email widget mode9 edit so it now uses a different qtc image than the Sense email tab)
ICONS - for lockscreen quick launch of dialer and camera, and several other apps
Probably more stuff that I can't remember!
UPDATE - Friends screen modified again with addition of skinned RSS reader showing Facebook status feed. Click on the image to jump to the tutorial...
I also use the TouchX cab attached below to remove the top bar background where the page indicators/etc sit.
There are tutorials in the next seven posts showing you exactly what to do to set up each screen. Each post has the relevant widgets, links and icons attached along with URL links to any additional info or software you might find helpful. The BLUE SK-i Source zip attached to this post contains everything. Click on the following links to jump straight to any of the individual tutorials:
Page Switch Links Tutorial - includes new Page Switch Links
Background Widget Set Tutorial - includes new Background Widget Set
Friends Screen Tutorial - includes new All People Link
Weather Screen Tutorial - includes modified CHT Weather Widget
Agenda Screen Tutorial - includes new Calendar (month view) Link
Media Screen Tutorial
Lockscreen Tutorial - includes new MinimalWeather Widget
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
co0kiemonster for CHT 2.0
MichelDiamond for the utterly amazing CHTS and Loco, and for all his help and guidance
Poyensa for his work on the original background widget.
mike2nl and Poyensa for the modified home.mode9.
rat_2665 for the massive amount of help and guidance he has given me getting to grips with lua (and helping me to make my widgets work!)
zaxXx for the original Page Switcher widget
Nordpolcamper for his excellent themes and for letting me bounce a lot of this stuff off him
BHS Interceptor for the massive amount of work he is doing with MD on making theme switching with CHTS even more amazing and for his help identifying some of the manila files I needed to find
Everyone on the CHT/S/A beta teams for all their help
Without all of you none of this would be possible
GUIDE TO THE EASY BITS OF THE THEME
The next few posts cover the new and more involved elements that make up BLUE SK-i and guide you through how to construct each screen. You will need an icon changer to apply some of the new icons to Programs (I use JWMD Icon Changer), and I've included CFCGUI in the Source zip in case you want to edit any of the manila qtc files. But to get you started here are some basic instructions for the centre screen and the email and messaging screens.
Getting Started - the CHT settings
The settings used in this theme are as follows:
CHT lockscreen enabled with HD Mini lock screen selected
One level with 7 pages and page 4 as default
Quick link and freelinks with icon frames, text background and text all hidden
All Snap to Position settings (freelinks, widgets, etc) set to 5 pixels
Enable lockscreen sliding set to On in Freelinks
CHT Softkeys enabled
Subtext colour for SMS and Email widgets set to 11,75,136
Show Page Indicator
Subtext Color set to 173,233,255 (used by Appointments and Tasks widgets)
Don't Link to Widgets set to OFF so notification icons jump to email/SMS widget screens when pressed.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS IN POSTS 2 & 3 to install the new Page Switch Links and Background Widget set before you do anything else.
Then you need the following widgets installed (only install these after you have successfully installed the background set):
CHT Standalone Analog Clock - included in the zip folder
BL Group Weather Widget V3 - thanks to Moonah
The rest of the widgets are new or modified and are included later in the thread.
Centre Screen including toggle switches:
1. Page Indicators
2. BLUE SK-i skin for CHT Standalone Analog Clock widget
3. BLUE SK-i toggle switch set - only the ones shown are included but you'll find a link at the bottom of this post to the Token icon set so you can make your own if you need more. I made the Restart Sense one to match. The lightbulb icon is a Program freelink to Flashlight. Don't ask about the 3G/Auto toggle switch - I could tell you but I'd have to kill you (all I'll say is keep watching the CHTS thread for the next release...)
4. BLUE SK-i skin for CHT Softkeys and background
Email and SMS Screens:
The skins for the email and SMS widgets took a little bit of doing. I wanted the same look for them as the backgrounds on the other screens but you can't use light transparencies here because of the way messages are 'stacked'. If you try to use a transparent message background all you end up seeing is the text from the messages below so you can't read anything. So I took screenshots of the screens I was going to place the widgets on and then used those screenshots to select the exact section of the wallpaper that would be visible on those screens (Page 3 for email and page 5 for SMS). I then took a png copy of the existing email and SMS background qtc files and overlaid them on the relevant sections of the wallpaper image. I then selected the background shapes and used the selection to cut out the shapes from the wallpaper image. I then placed the cutouts over the original png images to get the positioning correct and deleted the original images. It was tehn just a case of adding the same semi-transparent black overlay as the background widgets (15% Opacity) to the new message backgrounds and adding some drop shadow to finish off. Converted them back to qtc using CFCGUI. It is then just a case of placing the widgets on the correct pages and positioning them so that the image lines up exactly with the wallpaper. I reckon the effect is pretty much spot on! I have included in the zip folder the Photoshop file I used for making them which is hopefully self explanatory if you want to try the smae thing with any other wallpaper of your choosing. I have also included the Photoshop file for the three small icons used in both widgets (new message, delete and menu).
Additionally I have edited the co0kieemail.mode9 file so that the email widget now uses a different background image to the Sense email tab so you don't need to worry about text colours on the email tab not showing up if the background you use for the widget requires a light text. If you want to add this tweak you'll find it in the zip in the Email/SMS folder in a subfolder named Email mode9 Mod. The manila name for the new qtc file is
The theme cab attached to this post will install all of the basic elements of the theme which do not require any additional widgets so basically the Page Indicators, core CHT toggle switches, notification bubble, softkeys and dock bar, music widget skin and mode9 edit, quicklink icon frame and CHT_Freelinks.lua edit, email and SMS widget skins. Each of these elements are also included in the zip folder individually as both seperate cab files and just as file sets if you just want to copy and paste.
The BLUE SK-i Source zip folder attached to this post includes a subfolder named 'Cab Files' which includes cabs for the various basic elements of BLUE SK-i, plus folders for each element of the basic theme which contain the actual files (manila files, pngs, etc) along with any relevant Photoshop psd files you might need to extend or edit to meet your own requirements.
The 1440x800 wallpaper is attached in the BLUE SK-i Wallpaper zip. I don't have any wallpaper set for Lockscreen in the Set Wallpaper screen so it just picks up the first 480 wide section of the main 1440x800 wallpaper.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
Wallpaper - Above_the_cloud_by_bo0xVn on deviantArt
Toggle switch icons based on Token set by awOken on deviantArt
Softkey bar based on one I found somewhere in the Android Themes forum - sorry, can't remember who it was by but thank you!
Clock skin is one I made based on THIS - thanks to vide infra for the screenshot
Media and social networking icons based on ones I found buried in THIS set by tiheum over at deviantArt (resized and reworked by me)
Some amazingly useful links for you:
Amazing library of icon sets HERE - by Falloutboy2000 in the Samsung Galaxy S Themes Forum
Amazing wallpaper sites - Wallbase and Interfacelift
DeviantArt for pretty much anything!
Amazing collection of free fonts over at dafont