Found how to customize dial pad

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  1. tdawg5480
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    :icon_ banana:Ok afte creating a metamorph theme I have found where the phone dialer skins are hiding. They are not the ones in the Phone.apk they are actually in the Contacts.apk :icon_ banana:
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    very interesting. good find
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    Where is this located exactly?
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    Here is my first attempt at skinning my dialer, There are many improvements to be made, but at least it's a start. Thanx TDawG.

    I do have a question for the themers out there. Why is it that when I change the colors on some images, the resize to an odd size and don't look like the did before. For ex. look on the # 5 of the dialer. All I did was change the color and now the red (pressed) image is too large for the button. Could anyone explain to me what happened and how to fix this consistently without just doing trial and error all of the time to get it to the right size.
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    hate to go off topic, but magma what font is that? and where can i get one to throw on the droid?
    nevermind.....I am slow tonight..
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    It is the DROID font and can be found here http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-themes/8605-how-install-custom-font-your-rooted-droid.html along with the instructions of how to install it.

    I recommend using the regular font for both font files. The BOLD font is just TOO much. You will see what I mean after reading through the thread. If you have anymore questions about the font I am sure the guys in that thread will be happy to help. Most likely any questions are allready answered. Hope that helps.
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    the images we edit are located in the .apk files. for example:
    inside the droids /system/app folder are .apk and obex files I dont touch the obex files. I take the .apk files off the droid onto my laptop then rename the file extension for example contacts.apk to contacts.zip.

    I can now extract the contents to a folder and view the icons and xml files and edit them.

    When I am done i rezip it to contacts.zip then rename it to contacts.apk and put it back on the droid and reboot.

    Viewing the Phone.apk you can see all the dialer icons and images but changing them does nothing besides change the in call dial pad.

    now building my theme I began unzippinf every apk in /system/app and stumbled upon another set of dialer icons in contacts.apk which edit the main dial pad.

    Warning do not try to do this with apps in the data/app-private folder I tried it and end up having to reinstall my apps from market. Tried this with metamorph so no go yet till I or we can get a workaround

    As for the deformation in changing colors I think it has something to do with the way things are converting I experience it too its very bad when u tinker with a few icons in framework-res as those are for market and distorts th whole search field in marker so I left alone. Some icons Ive changed and it saves and i get white box around it.....hmmmmmmmm wish i knew
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    If you edit signed apps you have to resign them to get them to work. Google signing android apps.
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    Thanks for that. Was wondering where that was hiding. Neon blue my first attempt at.
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    Thats hottt. I like it. when you press the buttons do they change shape a little? I changed my dial pad BUT the buttons are kinda rounded yours are square
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    Thanks. ye the corners had to be filled in. Something to do with being a .9.png stretchable could not have done it without your find, nice job! Working on the press part now going to make the colors inverse when pressed.
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    could you send me copy of it. so i can view? thx
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    how do you resign an app?
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    dont need to resign any apk from the system/app folder only /data/app-private needs to be as far as i know
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    hmmm. well heres what I did and why I ask. I tried to open up a apk app package for bettercut. I wanted to change some of the icons to more of my liking. copyed it to my pc. changed it to a zip. opened it up, changed one icon to test it out. ziped it as a apk. put it back in, when I installed it it said, aplacation was not installed with a error symbol. so what did I do wrong or is that type of app unchangeable?
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    does anyone want to share one of there contack.apk apps that customized the dial pad,i been looking for this. im not very good at changeing icons and stuff. learning as i go.
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    I just spent the whole day refining things even deeper and a redesigned dial pad heres the dial pad rename to contacts.apk and use adb push or drag and drop into /system/app with a capable file browser
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    thank you so much,i was tinkering around in the mean time,it is very time consuming,it was much easier to do with the iphone,lol
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    Trueblue v.2 is being upd now
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    has this method been tested on 2.1 or any other of the roms floating around.
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