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2008-07-18

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

22 comments:

MrDonCar said...

Hello Cubanita...I was wondering, how do you make that personalized
title bar, with the cuban flag in it and your name, that's cool. If you could show me, I would appreciate it.

Thanking you in advance

CubanitaStylez said...

It's only a signature and it doesn't actually show on my phone. I just take regular screen shots on my phone and add my custom title bar on Photoshop. You can say I'm branding my themes with my title bar. If you make themes and would like a custom bar to post your themes with, I can post a PSD file so you can edit your own bar but if you're not making themes, there would be no use in a custom bar because is not going to show in your phone.

MrDonCar said...

Ok...I got it, I appreciate it though, I thought it would be cool, to have a customized title bar,

Hey by the way...you are doing some cool stuff on this site, and i'm loving your themes keep up the good work, i'm in the process of making up some themes, you can check them out in a few days, under the name, Manbabe.

Thanks You

FNJ said...

I was wondering where do get your font styles like the font you use on ur cuban stlyez theme and how do u cut the background of the pictures with gimp?

CubanitaStylez said...

You can search on goggle for "free graffiti fonts and many sites will come up where you can download free fonts. If you want the specific one I used for the "Cuban Stylez" theme is called "Uni Wide" from Highground Industries but that is not a free font, you can buy it at myfonts.com for $29.99.

You can extract images on Gimp many different ways, but it wouldn't be easy explaining with text only, I will probably be making a video on how to do it but in the mean time I recommend you search for videos on how to do remove backgrounds on Gimp. YouTube has many good videos that will help you.

FNJ said...

Thank u!

star.kiss said...

So can you change the SMS from the Theme.txt File so It will show on your phone?

CubanitaStylez said...

I don't really understand your question but if you're using my template, the strings for the SMS icons are these:

bitmap chooser-category-sms-large smslg.png
bitmap chooser-category-sms-small smssm.png

If you used the theme creator you need to add those strings to your theme.txt file for them to work because the theme creator doesn't add that string.

star.kiss said...

ok I add the strings to a theme that I made and It changes the sms Icons the only problem is that they are black So I was how to I use the colored Icons?

CubanitaStylez said...

you can either replace the icon with your own or use one from one of my themes, I have made the icons in many different colors, just don't forget to give credit for the icons if you post the theme.

Benjamin said...

i was wondering if you were ever going to make a sidekick 2008 black shell splah screen?thanks

CubanitaStylez said...

I will be making a set in different colors available for download soon!

ylopez2007 said...

Hello, I love your themes and blog! I was wondering what type of program you use to edith the images.

CubanitaStylez said...

I do all my image editing on Adobe Photoshop. You can download a free trial version at Adobe.com. If you like the program you'll have to purchase it once the trial period is over.

MobileOPT said...

Hey,

Care to make me a Randy Orton Sidekick Slide Theme

Hinge Open : Voices by Rev Theory
Hinge Close : Burn In My Light

Theme design is up to you ! Cant wait to see what it looks like :D

Thanks

cnetsidekick said...

Hi i made a website on blogspot and i have some stuff i want to put in Dowloads section .the files are on mediafire but i dont know how to post it

kissable89 said...

hey cubanita i lvoe your themes they are really great, i was just wondering if you can make me theme just like the one American Styles but i would appreciate if you make one Ecuadorian Styles thanks so much

RE5 said...

hi I was wondering with all the different requests u get, how long does it take you to make one theme??

TristanTallyho said...

Cubanita, I followed your YouTube video on how to create themes, but none of my hinge sounds work. Can you give me any pointers?

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Jarhead said...

Was wondering about adding the hinge. I made a sound in Audacity. And well I'm still confused on what to do. I added the open hinge string into the theme, yet the defualt sound is still there. Any help?

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