swapping system icons?

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    can anybody tell me where to look for the homescreen & app drawer icons? i'm trying to use Destop Visualizer to swap icons & it will swap non-system app icons just fine, but i want to swap all the icons out.

    i know where to find the drawable-hdpi folders within the .apk, but don't know which folder holds the icon images for launcher...i may have just answered my own question.

    nonetheless, can somebody point me in the right direction?
     
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    The icons in the app drawer are located in the app themselves. Data/app or system/app. Hope this helps.

    Edit: ninja morph can pull these to your sd/androidthemes folder

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    Cool thanks. Found them. So to edit the drawable-hdpi folder, do i need to use ninja morph to copy the .apk out of the system/app (or data/app) folder, swap the image, then copy it back in? Root Explorer isn't letting me paste into the drawable folder within the .apk, even though the system folder is set to rw permissions.
     
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    This is how I do it. I use 7zip ( 7zip.org ). I download my rom (CM) from this forum. Once its on my pc, hit right click/open archive. I double click my way through system/framework/framework-res.apk /res/drawable-hdpi ( I'm not at my pc, but I believe the path is correct). Once there I keep 7zip's window open then just swap files from pc to 7zip. Hit the back button, click "yes" in the pop up, then reflash the rom ( I actually use an update.zip template, but dont have the link on this pc).

    You can use 7zip to exract the drawable-hdpi from a stock rom, if thats what your running. I'll link you the update.zip template when I get home or in the morning, long day so far. It allows you to just flash your changes and not the whole rom. Let me know how it goes. Feel free to bump this thread later, it will help me remember.
     
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    Now how do you change non-system app icons?
     
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    Post what apps your wanting to change, and I'll reply when I get home.

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    Root Explorer, Rom Manager, dropbox, astro, angry birds, tunein
     
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    OUTSTANDING. Thanks so much for your help! This gets me a long way towards Fluxxing out my otherwise NexTangy-themed PEv4.2! I'm going to look into unzipping & swapping icons in the theme update.zip first...
     
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    Your welcome.

    Using the template, in a nutshell: Theme something in the drawable-hdpi, back out of 7zip until you see the framework-res.apk. With the template opened with 7zip, place the framework-res.apk in the system/framework folder. Theme an app, place it in system/app. You can add to it or take away from it. If you run into problems, let me know what they are and what you did, I'll try to help.

    I dont know how much you know about themeing, but heres some stuff that helped me. https://www.google.com/accounts/Ser...NDlfMjdnazk4OHNxZA&hl=en&ltmpl=homepage&hl=en & http://www.droidforums.net/forum/te...rs-toolbox-tools-resources-making-themes.html

    Good luck.
     
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    Thanks for your help, but when i use ninjamorph to replace the icons, the app force closes. Am i missing something?
     
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    NM isn't force- closing on me, but the free version isn't doing anything at all. I was able to change a few of my icons via the 7zip method, so I guess that's the way I'll have to go. What's the best method to bundle up all my market apps into a zip file so I can edit them on the PC?

    -from an Elite 1.1GHz Droid.
     
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    @tofasttafuri-Honestly, I've only used NM one time to change my gmail icon. But from what I remember, I selected "no" to the zipalign option. If that dont help, try following along with speedfreeq.

    @speedfreeq-I dont bundle or zip them. I'm sure there is other ways, but heres some options.
    1) Using 7zip, go to your rom (or any rom) thats been downloaded to your pc and go to system/app. Thats where the apps are located that came with the rom. Pull the .apk's from there, or

    2) Using a file explorer on the phone, go to the data/app or system/app to the app you want to edit and move it to your sd. Then use the usb to get them to the pc. When you move an app this way, it will be the same as deleting it and may not work until you re-flash it.

    I have tried to place an edited app back on the phone's sd and re-install it that way, but I couldnt get it to work. I had to place it in the update.zip template and flash it.

    MAKE A BACKUP whenever your changing stuff like this. Let me know how it goes. I'll be available later this afternoon if ya'll need help.
     
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    If you want to change those apps you need to unzip them, edit, un-sign them, then resign and then your phone will let you install it again. To un-sign delete the "META-INF" file.

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    Thanks for your help.


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