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Themed Helix Launchers

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    I have been working on putting together several themed versions of the Helix Launcher... I had been working on these for a bit, originally using Helix 1.1 as my base.

    I have since started to convert them to the new version 1.2a that is on the market. I change themes and ROMs often so I like to be able to quickly install whichever launcher best fits... After talking with Jrummy, I have decided to start a thread to share them with the community.

    I just finished the Cyanogen themed version... using the cyanogen logo...

    Other versions will include my own launcher button, designed to be very simple. Colors will be Blue, Cyan, Red, and Green to match the current theme colors provided by Jrummy... I will update this post as I finish each one.

    Credit and Thanks to Faruq Rasid for designing the launcher itself.


    To install:

    1. Download the desired .apk file)
    2. Copy the apk to your SD card
    3. Uninstall any previous installations of Helix Launcher 1
    4. Install this version using any file explorer app (Astro is FREE)
    5. Enjoy!

    As of 05/21 all Themed Helix 1.2a files have been moved here...

    Themed Helix 1.2a Launchers

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    Helix Launcher 1.2a Cyanogen Themed
    (Includes Darkened Cyan transparent app drawer, themed trashcan, and themed search widget)
    [​IMG]


    Helix Launcher 1.2a Blue Themed
    (Uploaded 05/19)
    (Includes Darkened Blue transparent app drawer, themed trashcan, and themed search widget)
    [​IMG]


    Helix Launcher 1.2a Red Themed (Uploaded 05/19)
    (Includes Darkened Red transparent app drawer, themed trashcan, and themed search widget)
    [​IMG]

    Helix Launcher 1.2a Green Themed (Uploaded 05/19)
    (Includes Darkened Green transparent app drawer, themed trashcan, and themed search widget)
    [​IMG]

    Helix Launcher 1.2a Cyan Themed (Uploaded 05/19)
    (Identical to the Cyanogen theme, only with my style launcher instead of the Cyanogen Logo)
    [​IMG]


    Helix Launcher 1.2a Pink Themed
    (Uploaded 05/19)
    (This theme is fully credited to jrummy and of course the App Dev, as I pulled it directly from Jrummy's PINK LIFE Theme)

    All I did was pack it into an installable APK so that you can easily switch between it and other launchers without using update.zip and SPRecovery...

    Here are Jrummy's screen shots... That include this launcher... If you like this theme, it can be found here....

    PINK LIFE


    [​IMG]



    Oh and I just uploaded a CyanBlue Helix 1... Nothing big, just my blue themed helix 1 with the launcher button swapped for the Cyanogen Icon.
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    Note: Due to the way the Dev chose to build Helix 2 the transparent/themed App Drawer and Blue Icon Selection within the drawer is not possible at this time. Sorry. I will e-mail the Dev to see if there is any way to work around this later.

    Cyanogen Themed Helix Launcher 2 is up... Install same way as suggested in OP
    Blue ........Themed Helix Launcher 2 is up... Install same way as suggested in OP (Uploaded 05/19)
    Red .... ....Themed Helix Launcher 2 is up... Install same way as suggested in OP (Uploaded 05/19)
    Green .... .Themed Helix Launcher 2 is up... Install same way as suggested in OP (Uploaded 05/19)
    Cyan ..... .Themed Helix Launcher 2 is up... Install same way as suggested in OP (Uploaded 05/19)


    As of 05/21 all Themed Helix 2 files have been moved here...

    Themed Helix 2 Launchers


    Last edited: May 21, 2010
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    Very nice. Can't wait to see what these develop into
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    Just out of curiosity... any chance these launchers can have to option to hide the status bar?
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    I assume you mean to have it cover the clock and such when the drawer is opened? If so, there is no way that I know that this can be done by changing the themes...

    However, I read in another thread that version 1.3BETA2 is available for for those who make a donation the on the Dev's page, and that it is supposed to include this feature.

    [APP] HelixLauncher: ON MARKET! UPDATED [130510] - xda-developers

    Also, the current version of Helix Launcher 2 includes this feature, and I will be including themed versions of this soon too....

    Edit: I just uploaded the Cyanogen version of Helix 2 in the second post of this thread.
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    Yea, I meant the feature that Helix2 has, removing the bar when it is on the home screen. Helix2 has always been really buggy for me no matter what rom I've ran. I'll give your upload a shot....

    Looking forward to the blue versions...
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    I just uploaded a blue version... Enjoy! :)
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    Thanks! How is it you can get the launcher icon to change like that?
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    Do you mean, how is it that I can change the icon, or how is it that it changed when pressed or when it is time to delete something?


    Changing the icon is fairly easy... Just create your own picture file of the correct dimensions and replace the original like all other themes...

    Making it change based on pressing it is just a matter of making sure the icon that represents whatever action being done is changed to how u want it to look...
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    Yea I'm trying to change the "all_apps_button..." files. For some reason once I change them I cant get Astro to load them onto my phone. I know I'm using compatible pictures because I pulled them from the other launchers you've uploaded... I used winRAR to try and change the files...
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    This is an issue with app signing... Unless you are familiar with the Java Dev Kit I am not sure how to explain the process... Hold on, I will PM You.
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    I know this is a single user's request, but would it be possible to make a themed Helixlauncher 1 that uses the same green that JRummy used everywhere in his green theme for the outline of apps when you click on them as well as for all other outlines that the normal orange would be used for while keeping the stock app drawer icon and having a gray "Smoked Glass" transparent background for the app drawer instead of the green transparent background? If so thanks, if not no problem.
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    Please give this a try and let me know if it is what you had in mind...

    [attachment below]
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    The green used isn't exactly what I would like, if you could use the standard Android green, the green used for the unlock button and the battery indicator it would be perfect.
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    Try this one on for size...
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    Very close, if you can get the green from this Android dude it would be 100% perfect.

    [​IMG]
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    LOL, I think I got it this time... Throw paper money, coins hurt! :icon_ banana:
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    These look great! I will have to further look into changing the color for launchers that have the 3d app drawer. If I know where the color is located in the app before it's compiled then that's just half the battle.. keep up the good work.
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    Thanks man...

    I am not sure which file holds the key to the background color for Helix 2.
    It is coded into the program. If I knew where I would simply update in the hex code (similar to changing the notification colors in framework)

    Too bad it is not a png, like in helix 1.2a or 1.3... In fact the pattern_carbon_fiber_dark.png file in helix 2 has no effect at all.

    I have been working with themes for Helix 1.3Beta2, but I cannot release them due to this only being available in the Dev's Repo for those who choose to donate. But I must say that a full screen themed transparent app drawer looks amazing...
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    Just a quick update...

    I just added file links to the OP to download the files from.

    I did this due to the 5 file per post limit on the forums. :)

    If there are any requests for other theme variations please let me know, and I will work on them when I have time...



    -Droid Maine
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