BlackBerry Theme Builder speaks out

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Krad's BlackBerry themes are really coolThere’s nothing better than a slick custom theme for your BlackBerry. Ever since RIM allowed users to create their own themes, there’s been a healthy development community within the depths of the Internet busily crafting their masterpieces.

With Plazmic’s Content Developer’s Kit 4.2.2 having just dropped, we thought now would be a good time to step inside a theme builder’s mind and see what it’s all about. Check out theme builder Chunky Munky‘s thoughts after the jump, and feel free to post your own as a comment.

I’m a graphic designer. Or sometimes I pretend to be anyway, that is – I’m still a student. So I pretty much take any opportunity I can to expand my portfolio and try new things and test the waters on markets that are new to me. In that light, I got pretty excited when I discovered the Plazmic theme builder (starting with v4.1). I’ve been using the software for a number of months now, and on the whole I’ll first say that I like it. I think it’s a smart thing for RIM to have released, and I’m not going to stop building themes anytime soon.

That being said, theming ain’t easy. The learning curve is steep and there’s quite simply a lot to track when building a theme. Plazmic’s theme builder also isn’t without its flaws. To begin, the UI isn’t the most intuitive thing you’ve ever seen. In the first theme I produced, there were a few screens that I didn’t skin, only because I didn’t see the proper buttons. The sections in the Inspector window aren’t terribly similar in layout. The Controls button, for example, brings up a set of collapsible menus (fig. 01), whereas the Phone Screens menu has a set of buttons at the top to navigate through (fig. 02).

Plazmic Theme Builder

Plazmic Theme Builder

  • http://blackberrysync.com/ BlackBerrySync

    I would really like to have that theme for my 8830!

  • http://blackberrysync.com BlackBerrySync

    I would really like to have that theme for my 8830!

  • http://DaveHughes.Com/ Dave Hughes

    I started using it and gave up because it required so much work to make something that I deemed very simple. I could of thought of a dozen better ways to make a program for theme building. All in all, making custom themes wasn’t worth the effort that the program demanded. If they make a more intuitive program, I’d love to revisit the program.

  • http://DaveHughes.Com/ Dave Hughes

    I started using it and gave up because it required so much work to make something that I deemed very simple. I could of thought of a dozen better ways to make a program for theme building. All in all, making custom themes wasn’t worth the effort that the program demanded. If they make a more intuitive program, I’d love to revisit the program.

  • http://DaveHughes.Com Dave Hughes

    I started using it and gave up because it required so much work to make something that I deemed very simple. I could of thought of a dozen better ways to make a program for theme building. All in all, making custom themes wasn’t worth the effort that the program demanded. If they make a more intuitive program, I’d love to revisit the program.

  • Adam

    I would also like to know where I can get the example theme shown in the article. But for my 8100. It is really clean looking.

  • Adam

    I would also like to know where I can get the example theme shown in the article. But for my 8100. It is really clean looking.

  • For Dave Hughes

    Dave writes:
    “required so much work to make something that I deemed very simple”

    Curious. What were you trying to do?

    “I could of thought of a dozen better ways to make a program for theme building.”

    Such as?

  • For Dave Hughes

    Dave writes:
    “required so much work to make something that I deemed very simple”

    Curious. What were you trying to do?

    “I could of thought of a dozen better ways to make a program for theme building.”

    Such as?

  • http://www.kradest.com Krad

    Awesome themes bro. You can find all his themes at bplay.com

    I too love making themes and it is not as simple as people think. Takes me a minimum of 20 hours to do it.

  • http://www.kradest.com/ Krad

    Awesome themes bro. You can find all his themes at bplay.com

    I too love making themes and it is not as simple as people think. Takes me a minimum of 20 hours to do it.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BBCool Douglas

    Krad’s right,

    The theme above is from Bplay.com

    But you should also check out some of Krad’s themes, as they are also awesome!

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com BBCool Douglas

    Krad’s right,

    The theme above is from Bplay.com

    But you should also check out some of Krad’s themes, as they are also awesome!

  • colin

    That looks great u should post that on pinstick.com

  • colin

    That looks great u should post that on pinstick.com

  • colin

    That looks great u should post that on pinstick.com

  • dave

    i cant seem to download the theme

  • dave

    i cant seem to download the theme

  • Jason

    Will the theme builder work with 7250 black berry? It does not show up in the list

  • Jason

    Will the theme builder work with 7250 black berry? It does not show up in the list

  • tk

    i dont have time to invest in theme building until there is a simplified program available. 20 hours! does anyone design custom themes? i want different things on my home screen than i have been able to find.

    tksnobords@gmail.com
    forwarded to my bb of course
    i dont know anyone else with a blackberry to use pin or bb messaging.

  • tk

    i dont have time to invest in theme building until there is a simplified program available. 20 hours! does anyone design custom themes? i want different things on my home screen than i have been able to find.

    tksnobords@gmail.com
    forwarded to my bb of course
    i dont know anyone else with a blackberry to use pin or bb messaging.

  • http://www.cufflinkaficionado.com/ Jeff

    So, I see in the thread that the cool looking theme pictured in the article (black with mirrored icons) is available at bplay.com, but I can’t find it. What’s it called? Anyone been able to locate it? Its pretty sweet!

    Thanks,

    Jeff

  • http://www.cufflinkaficionado.com Jeff

    So, I see in the thread that the cool looking theme pictured in the article (black with mirrored icons) is available at bplay.com, but I can’t find it. What’s it called? Anyone been able to locate it? Its pretty sweet!

    Thanks,

    Jeff

  • http://www.cufflinkaficionado.com/ Jeff

    Hey, I found it! Its called Reflex (found under Themes, Icon). Does anyone know how to make this a Today screen theme?

    We sell cufflinks and other fashion things and this would be a nice, slick looking theme to go along with our business profile.

    Thanks,

    Jeff

  • http://www.cufflinkaficionado.com/ Jeff

    Hey, I found it! Its called Reflex (found under Themes, Icon). Does anyone know how to make this a Today screen theme?

    We sell cufflinks and other fashion things and this would be a nice, slick looking theme to go along with our business profile.

    Thanks,

    Jeff

  • http://www.cufflinkaficionado.com Jeff

    Hey, I found it! Its called Reflex (found under Themes, Icon). Does anyone know how to make this a Today screen theme?

    We sell cufflinks and other fashion things and this would be a nice, slick looking theme to go along with our business profile.

    Thanks,

    Jeff

  • Mike

    Hey how can I get you to make a custom theme for me. I know what I want…

  • Mike

    Hey how can I get you to make a custom theme for me. I know what I want…

  • Mike

    Hey how can I get you to make a custom theme for me. I know what I want…

  • Mike

    Hey how can I get you to make a custom theme for me. I know what I want…

  • gianni

    ive downloaded the software and i have made numerous themes but i dont know how 2 transfer it 2 my bb flip
    and its irritating the shit out of me

  • gianni

    ive downloaded the software and i have made numerous themes but i dont know how 2 transfer it 2 my bb flip
    and its irritating the shit out of me

  • gianni

    ive downloaded the software and i have made numerous themes but i dont know how 2 transfer it 2 my bb flip
    and its irritating the shit out of me

  • gianni

    ive downloaded the software and i have made numerous themes but i dont know how 2 transfer it 2 my bb flip
    and its irritating the shit out of me