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Swiftkey theming

Discussion in 'Android Themes' started by estafusisx, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. estafusisx
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    Why have I never seen it? I'd love to have a functional keyboard that matches my theme.

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    i'd like to see this too
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    never used swiftkey, or heard of it for that matter lol....

    tell me what colors you would like and ill see what i can do...

    also, can i get it from the market?
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    Its on the market but it isn't free (now that i think about it that's probably the reason it hasn't been done) but i was wanting 1 to match the honeycomb theme for PE 5.0 (if u wanna take the time to do more than 1 an orange version would be cool too)

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    It's been done before. A member over on xda named bad4u6669 made a black one. I had it for a while but stopped using it because there was an update and it reverted back to white. I don't think he has themed the new one yet but you can always ask him. Just search 'swiftkey theme' at xda, it's the first thread listed.
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    If you wanted to theme it yourself it really would'nt require anything too complicated... just:
    1. Grab the program 7zip
    2. Copy SwiftKey from your phone onto your computer
    3. Rename the apps extension from .apk to .zip

    • EDIT: Actually; I think 7zip will let you extract the apk without renaming it to zip first; I personally use WinRar-Pro for dealing with archive file and am able to do it that way.
    4. Extract the contents of the app package with 7zip
    5. Then edit the png files to your liking using whatever image editor you prefer
    6. Then zip it back up
    7. Then change the extension back to .apk
    8. Enable installing apps from 'Unknown Sources' on your phone
    9. Copy it back onto your phone and reinstall it with your new modified package.
    10. Tada... themed SwiftKey!

    The reason it hasn't been done is because its on the market as a paid app, so unfortunetly themed versions cannot be freely distributed. Maybe people should request the dev of SwiftKey to consider releasing the non-trial (paid) version of it by purchasing a SwiftKeyLicense file/app or something like that. Then people could start freely distributing themed versions of the SwiftKey trial, and then users would have the option of purchasing the full version without the modified/themed apk from over-written.

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    It's the png editing that is stopping me. I have 0 experience with picture editing

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    I did too about 3 months ago. GIMP and paint.net are pretty easy to learn though, just have to mess with them :)



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    I am with you on that... I may know the steps, but I certainly am not a graphic designer or have any artistic ability. However, in this case the image files are already made for you; amusing that you aren't trying to do anything really fancy, and just change the colors a little, you could probably get away with achieve your goal with minimal effort. Most graphic programs have in built 'filters' you can apply that will change the whole image file in one shot. You could do something like that, and then mess with the hue, tint... to get the look your going for. Then once you know your settings, then it will be easy to batch apply the same thing to rest of the image files.

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    Thanks for the tip I'll check those out later

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    If anyone here actually ends up doing it, and would be willing to share your work; I really don't see a problem with distributing it as long as people provided proof of purchase first. I personally would like a themed SkiftKey myself but I don't care enough to actually do it. It's definitely my favorite keyboard by far... it knows what your are going to type before you do.. lol

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    i never knew it was that easy... i assume its the same for every app? how many PNG files are average for an app?
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    I would advise any of you thinking of diving into png editing, to spend a week or two on paint.net just playing with suff. Youtube videos are nice as well. You dont want 2 hours of image editing to not look nice, right? And if you need to get your feet wet in .9png patching, check my sig!
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    +1!



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    I don't know... really depends on the app. Plus I don't have much experience doing it so I couldn't tell you a good estimate. Best advice would be to grab 7zip and find out. The shear amount of knowledge I have gained simply by extracting everything on every ROMs and looking inside is ridiculous. So much information lies within those compressed files, you just have to open them up and explore a little. Its not necessary for this but I also recommend grabbing a copy of notepad++ and checking out all the script files, you will be surprised how simple somethings are.

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    +++++1 SwiftKey is the best!!!

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    I keep getting force closes no matter what I do

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    PM a link to your modified apk and I can check it out and see if I can figure out why its not working for you. Is it safe to assume that you kept all the png file names the same?

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