I think it just makes it easier to transition a skin to multiple devices. I've run into problems with certain skin pieces because I can't test them on my Incredible. They would look fine with a simple skin (stretchable) but not with a highly modified/textured skin. I'd like it if the online market had a way to add a comment about the skin you're posting (for example: No Wide Versions).
For the super clock, it's a system of custom ninepatch that is used. Depending of the black lines the layout will be stretched or not.
In the SDK it asks to put lines to stretch the layout.
This is the background_number.png image. As you can see there is black lines on the top. These ones permits to stretch the image on the X axis ( <-> ). The ones in height permits to stretch on Y axis.
No = not stretched
X = Stretched on width
Y = stretched on height
X-Y = stretched in the both way
Take care putting these lines because depending of them it can mess your nice design.
There you can see that the green lines come over the rounded corner and the transition color between green to black. This stretches them and mess the proper corner as you can see on the screenshot.
There I modified the 9patch (black lines) to keep the round corners away from the stretched zone. I have also taked care of the "sun effect" in the middle of the button to not stretch the bad area. This way it don't mess your skin.
This system permits to have a more accurate view when stretched in different format (landscape/ LDPI / HDPI ) . This way, no matter how the layout is stretched, the lines will remain proper and not blurry.
Some sources of ninepatch :
PS : You can submit skins to support at levelupstudio dot com
Last edited by VinS; 02-23-2011 at 02:22 AM.
I've been looking into getting myself a htc Desire HD skin cover , but from what I've read it's only really available in Europe for the time being. From what I understand, even though it uses some of the same bands, if I imported one to North America, it would still only pick up on the EDGE networks
htc desire skin cover
Is anyone else having a problem with setting the battery skin in the super clock to the standard one (the one that shows a ring)? I can change to any other of the skins that can be downloaded, but when I choose the standard one, after applying, it will default to the gingerbread skin, and I didn't even download that skin. Any tips on how to fix this? I tried everything I can think of: clearing the data, uninstalling and deleting any associated files, installing a previous version. Does anyone have the files for the battery skin?