CHanging notification bar & droid app menu font colors..

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    I just wondered how you change the notification bar font color and the droid app menu text color? I am pretty sure you have to edit some sort of .xml file I could be way wrong but this seems logical to me I just have no idea which one to edit lol. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
     
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    It's only possible one rooted devices. And it's a PAI... click new-threads someone just started a thread with detailed instructions. Also search, there a few threads on this already and a few other sites have completely walk-troughs.
     
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    I have a rooted phone could you point me in the right direction with a link? I have been searching google and forums for over an hour and I must just be overlooking it. Thanks.
     
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    The easiest way to do this is through metamorph. Yes you need root but it sounds like you are already rooted.

    Install metamorph through the market.

    I would then go for a starter and download xeoduses metamorph theme AS A STARTER!!!

    Its located here:
    AllDroid - View topic - xHero-Theme (v1.6) **UPDATED 01/12/10**

    Pull the framework.apk from your phone, rename the extension to .zip. Extract the file to a directory on your computer. Go to the drawable-hdpi folder and your icons will be there. Id do the same with xeoduses metamorph theme as well. What I would do is to compare the drawable-hdpi files, and any original icons you want to keep, I would drag and drop them to the metamorph folder. Change or insert any icons you want to change -- but for starters don't edit or leave out any .9.png files (these can be edited however its a little bit trickier). Once you get all your changes within the metamorph framework theme (Remember your changes in the metamorph theme are in the framework-res/res/drawable-hdpi folder), push the theme to your /sdcard/nandroid-themes. Open metamorph on your phone, choose the xeodus theme, and then choose only to apply the framework-res modifications. That should be about it.
     
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    Yes you can do it without metamorph but metamorph is the easiest

    What you want to do without metamorph is pull the framework-res.apk file to your computer and open the file with winrar and navigate to the drawable-hdpi folder.

    Couple of things you want to know
    framework-res.apk is signed -- so that means you can't expect to open it, extract all the files, add/extract what your want, zip it back up, and then push it back to the phone and expect it to work. It will not since you have broken the signature. Now its possible to use eclipse to generate another signature, however here is a different quicker way:

    Once framework-res.apk is on your computer, make a copy of the file -- say framework-res.zip. (This means you have framework-res.apk and framework-res.zip). You can work and extract the zip file to see all the images.

    Once you figure out what you want to change add -- say stat_sys_battery.png (although I know there is a lot of these types of files), simply navigate to the drawable-hdpi folder in winrar of the original framework-res.apk file. You can then drag and drop your new images into this folder (Please note that you are dragging from windows explorer to the open folder inside winrar). Drag and drop all the files you want to replace (please note that the files you are replacing must be called the exact names of the original files -- you can not make up new names). The amazing part about doing it in this method, is that this does not break the signature of the framework-res.apk file. Once you are done, push the framework-res.apk file back to /system/framework and reboot. Your changes should be available on boot.

    A couple of things -- after changing framework -- you need to log back into your gmail account (or set up your account again). This is everytime you change the framework-res.apk file (yes its kind of annoying -- hence why I recommend metamorph). Also the first time you boot with the new modified framework-res.apk file, the boot time will be a lot longer, but subsequent boots will be normal.

    Hopefully this was clear -- it might not be.
     
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    Well to prove you wrong and not to be mean but I did exactly what you said I pulled the framework-res.apk file from the phone put my pwn images in it zipped it up and put it right back on the phone and it worked fine so the signature thing has no bearing the way I do it. Also Joey I think you misread my post I want to change font colors. I already have all my .apk files edited to my custom images including framework-res.apk I just need to know how to change the font colors. I want the clock color white and the app menu icon names black. this is exactly opposite of the default droid. Any ideas?
     
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    Oh, well I'm glad i just Googled that.
     
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    Lol sorry man like i said i wasn't trying to be mean I am just trying to figure out how exactly to change text colors :( i just need to figure out where the file is for it then ill be golden lol
     
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    Does this Help?


    a FULL walkthrough on on how to Theme the droid (2.0.1)

    the shoutouts. thanks to Tdawg5480 for the knowledge on how to do most of this. Xeudoxus and cortalusfreak over at Alldroid.

    ok, First an explanation to those that might not know what the difference is between Theming your phones /system files and using 3rd party programs such as Home ++, Panda GDE ext..

    The Theming I'm going to explain here is literally changing the phones systems it self. what programs like Home ++ do is put a second home version on your phone. think of it like this, you want to put down a new floor in your home. you have tile floors and want wood. one direction you can go is to place wood ON top of the original tile floor. that's what Home ++ does. on the other hand, you can take all the tile out and put wood down. that's whats what I'm talking about. its changing the original parts so to speak. I hope that makes sense. on to the instructions!

    step 1) in order to do any of these changes you need to root your phone. that can be found here

    step 2) you need busybox. the fastest and easiest way to get it (at least for me) can be found here

    step 3) now that your rooted and have busybox. flash a new recovery image. that can also be found in step 2's link. after that do a nandroid backup. (this is just in case something doesn't work, you can still go back to were you started from)

    step 4) get a theme. there are 2 ways to go about this. you can use the systems theme by going in to the /system/app area of your phone. copy the file you want to change.. IE Launcher.apk. pull it out and put it in the SD card. then place said file on your computer. rename launcher.zip pull the files out and make your changes.

    or.. you can get a already made theme. everyone Ive spoken to who has made themes doesn't seem to mind if you make changes. just give them the respect they have earned if you should re list your newly made theme.

    Note: if you should decide to start from scrach, you need to make a .thm file. this goes in the directory part of your ziped file. what it is is a list of what your changing and were the phone needs to go to find the file to change. example, you want to change your launcher. so, in this .thm you will put Launcher.apk then right under it you will put were its located /system/app .......fairly simple to do. you can use notepad then use something like 7-zip to zip it. hit add to archive. when it shows the name uptop change it to .thm instead of .zip.

    step 5) once you have your working platform so to speak. now you want to make changes! every .apk file has sub folder called res. in this folder you will find such folders as drawable-hdpi, drawable-land-hdpi (the land stands for landscape mode, when your phone is horizontal format instead of the vertical format) so, in this file drawable-hdpi you will see a bunch of images. these are the images that are displayed on your phone. there are tons of them and each once displays a certain thing. you can change these images to whatever you like.
    NOTE: the size of the image can matter in some cases so its best to make sure whatever your adding is the same pixel size as the image your replacing.
    NOTE #2) when changing a image it is best to use some type of photoshop platform. reason why is, if you use something like windows paint to make changes, the background of said changes will stay. so even though you spent hours cutting out and fine tuning a image. when you put it back it the white background on the image will stay. so when its put back on the phone you will have this white background around the image you changed.
    NOTE #3) the location of the images your changing is important
    . make sure any file you change goes back to its repected place of orgin.

    step 6) now that you have your changed images this is how you put them back on the phone. there are few ways to do this. im only going to cover the Metamorph way (Metamorph is a free app on the market that will push your files to the correct location). first you need to rezip the file. dont make it a .apk file, keep it as a .zip file. when ziping it, you want to make sure its a store compression. this basically zips the file with 0 compression. 7-zip is a good ziping program to use for this. once its ziped, place it in the Androidtheme file on your SD card (this is after Metamorph has been launched) once its in the androidtheme file on your SD card, open up MM.
    if will give you 2 options, new theme or existing theme. hit new theme. then select the theme you just placed in. open it, select the area you want to push IE Launcher, Framework.res ect.. then let MM do its thing. when changing the Framework your phone will need to reboot.

    There, now you have just customized your phone! ENJOY!
     
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    Thanks joey I am sure this will help someone out but I have already altered my .apk files and all the images in them. All I need to know is how to edit the font colors lol. Thank you for all your help this post should help some people out for sure!
     
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