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Sk Hinge Sounds On Audacity

I already made a video on "How To Make Hinge Sounds" with Adobe Audition, but since Audacity is Free, I decided to remake the video on Audacity. The process is basically the same, the hinges can be in any audio format as long as they do not exceed 100 KB.

Download Audacity:

Audacity needs a plug-in to export MP3 files so you'll also need:

Lame MP3 Encoder

In this video I show you how to make hinge sounds from a sound file already on your computer. If you would like to make custom hinge sounds by recording them, watch my video on "How To Record What you Hear". Although that video is made with Adobe Audition, The process in Audacity is exactly the same, All you have to do is go to Edit... Preferences... and Under "Audio I/O", Select "Monitor Mixer" as your Recording Device, the rest is exactly the same, just play the sound and hit record on Audacity.

Remember once you have your hinge sounds done to make sure they do not exceed 100 KB and to add the hinge sound string to your Theme.txt file. The strings should look like this:

sound system-hinge-open-sound FILENAME.mp3
sound system-hinge-close-sound FILENAME.mp3


Editing Sidekick Theme.txt File

Have you ever downloaded a great looking sk theme with annoying hinge sounds? Maybe you downloaded a great looking theme with no hinge sounds at all, or you just simply want to change a theme's name so it's easy to find on your phone, you can do all of that by simply editing the "Theme.txt" file on that theme. The Theme.txt file is found on your theme's folder and is used to tell your Sidekick what to do with the files in the theme's folder. All you have to is remove a string pointing to a file, and your sidekick will never look for that file again. The lines below point to hinge sounds by the name of "hingeopen.mp3" and "hingeclose.mp3":

sound system-hinge-open-sound hingeopen.mp3
sound system-hinge-close-sound hingeclose.mp3

If you remove these two lines your phone will no longer look for hinge sounds and the default hinge sounds will be used. You can also make one file point to more than one place on your phone, The lines below tell the Sidekick to use "bg1.png" for both ring background and folder background.

bitmap ring-background bg1.png
bitmap ring-folder-background bg1.png

If you only point to one background and remove the second background string, you will end up with a custom background (bg1.png) and the default background on your phone for second. You can also use the Theme.txt file to hide images. The way to do this is by using a transparent image file. The most common case is hiding the phone splash, Most Sidekick theme maker's use a transparent phone splash image so they can take their theme's screen shot on the phone splash screen. If you need a transparent phone splash, my free bubbles have a transparent phone splash image included. Bubbles, icons and zoom effects can all be made transparent but If you use a transparent background, the result will be a white background. If you want to learn more about the theme.txt file watch the video, it is based on the sample theme.txt file available under downloads. The theme I used to make this video is "TDK Joker", If you like the theme follow the links at the end of the post.

The Dark Knight Joker


How To Make Sidekick Themes

The question I get asked the most by Sidekick users is "How Do I Make A Theme?". The Truth is that it isn't really all that hard, Anyone with a little time on their hands can make a Sidekick theme. I'm not saying that everyone can make a master piece but you can definitely make your own favorite theme. In order to make things easier, I created theme templates for the Sidekick LX & Sidekick Slide. The template is a regular theme but it contains information instead of images of your favorite clothing brand or music artist. When you put this theme on your phone you can identify all the images so you know exactly what goes where. The idea is once you know where every image goes, you can replace the images with whatever you want. When I first made a theme, that was the way I did it, so it shouldn't be any harder for you. All you have to do is duplicate the theme template and replace everything in there with whatever you want!

This video has two parts, In the first part I will show you how to make a theme with the theme template and the help of image editing software (remember GIMP is free); In the second part I'll show you how to make a theme with SkLXthemes' or SkSlidethemes' theme creator. Making Sidekick themes with the theme creator is a lot easier and faster but you will not be able to use hinge sounds, zoom effects or SMS icon with this method. This video is meant to show you how to put a theme together and it doesn't go into details about making bubbles, or hinge sounds, If you need help with that you should watch my other videos.


How To Record What You Hear

I've already made a video on making hinge sounds with Adobe Audition but I know a lot of people are wondering where do I get good sounds from so I made this video. I get hinge sounds from anywhere on the web, basically any sound that I can hear coming out of my PC can be recorded and saved. I use a M-AUDIO Audiophile 2496 audio card for my recordings but the process is the same with any audio device. I am using Adobe Audition on this video but most recording programs are capable of recording what you hear if you select Monitor/Mixer as the input. You can use this process to capture sound from anywhere, If it plays on your computer, you can record it! This video only explains how to record the sounds you want, If you want to use the sounds you record as hinge sounds for your Sidekick, you need to watch my other video on "How To Make Hinge Sounds".


How To Put Themes On A Sidekick

Most people who come to my blog already know how to put themes on their Sidekick, but everyday new people get Sidekicks and have no clue how to put themes on their phone; This video is meant for them. If you're wondering were to get the themes from, you can download my themes from this blog or go to one of the sites listed below for thousands of free user made themes!


Making Bubbles With GIMP

I've already posted a video on "How To Make Bubbles With Adobe Photoshop" but since not everyone is able to afford this program, Now I will show you a similar tutorial for GIMP.

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

In this video I will show you the basics on making a clear (see-through) bubble on GIMP and how to recolor it to black. Once again, this is only basics and is not a standard procedure. The bubbles can be done in other ways, you have mix what you learn and your creativity so you can get exactly what you want!

Bubbles Made On Gimp


How To Fit Images

It sounds like something very simple to do yet, It seems many theme makers still can't figure out how to fit images. The easiest way to fit an image is obviously resizing it, but resizing doesn't always work. If you take a squared wallpaper of a ball and resize it for a rectangular shaped screen, the ball is going to start looking more like an egg. In this video, I will show you how to use the aspect ratio lock feature on Adobe Photoshop to keep the proportions of your images. This video also includes a couple tips you can use for filling space when the image doesn't fill up your wallpaper space. The wallpapers I made in this video are for the Sidekick LX, you can download the finished wallpapers below!

P.S. I used the Lil Wayne wallpaper below for Tha Carter III theme which can now be downloaded for SkLX & SkSlide.

Lil Wayne Tha Carter III

Mariah Carey Wallpaper


Mac OS X Collection

If you are constantly looking for new themes for your Sidekick, then you most likely have already seen my Mac OS X Leopard themes for the LX, Slide and, SK3. These themes really didn't require much picture editing like my usual themes, since they're based on the default Mac OS X Leopard wallpaper but, nevertheless it took me sometime to get the themes done. The thing I loved the most about this theme on my LX was the hinge sounds because anyone who knows about Sidekicks would hear a Sidekick yet, anyone used to Mac computers would think I had a mini Mac on my hands. Given the success of my Mac OS X Leopard themes, I decided to add more Mac OS X themes to the collection. The addition includes Leopard Server, Time Machine Cosmos, Grass and Zebra. These are only my favorite OS X wallpapers, leave me a comment if you would like to see any other OS X wallpaper added to this collection.

Sidekick LX - Sidekick Slide - Sidekick 3

(8/13/08 - Added Sk08 Collection)
All the themes are included in the same zip file.

Mac OS X Sk08 Collection


Free Sidekick Icons Pack

These icons are free for your personal use but don't forget to give me credit for my work if you decide to post any of the themes you make using these icons anywhere. If you don't feel like renaming the icons to match your Theme.txt file just add or replace these lines on your Theme.txt file:

bitmap chooser-category-im-large imlg.png
bitmap chooser-category-im-small imsm.png
bitmap chooser-category-games-large gameslg.png
bitmap chooser-category-games-small gamessm.png
bitmap chooser-category-apps-large appslg.png
bitmap chooser-category-apps-small appssm.png
bitmap chooser-category-pim-large pimlg.png
bitmap chooser-category-pim-small pimsm.png
bitmap chooser-category-sms-large smslg.png
bitmap chooser-category-sms-small smssm.png