BlackBerry Theme Builder speaks out

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The second thing that bothers me a little bit is that there are functions performable in the newest version of the Theme Builder (4.2.2) that don’t translate to the device you’re working on. For example, most 7100s run on OS 4.1 which obviously has more restrictions than OS 4.2. One of those restrictions includes static items at the top of the screen: time, date, carrier – they’re all on the same place on every 7100 that runs OS 4.1. However, in Theme Builder 4.2.2, I have the option of moving those banner objects around and repositioning them. Theme Builder 4.2.2 just doesn’t let me export a 7100 theme that’s compatible with the 4.1 OS, because of the fact that the banner objects are movable in Theme Builder 4.2.2. Even if I don’t move them, the fact that they ARE movable prevents me from exporting to OS 4.1. Therefore, I have to do all my 8100 themes in Theme Builder 4.2.2 and all my 7100 themes in Theme Builder 4.1.

The help file is thorough if you read the whole thing, but sometimes I just didn’t know exactly what I was looking for. For example, when I was replacing the default icons with the ones I designed, I was literally clicking the default icon, navigating to the new icon and clicking OK. It doesn’t sound like much, but with over 90 icons to replace, it gets to be a little tedious. Luckily, I found out this past week that if you name the new icons to the same name as the default icons, you can perform a “Change All Icons…” and point Theme Builder to a new folder containing the same names. I wish I had known that 3 months ago!

I was lucky enough to have been a part of the beta testing team for Theme Builder 4.2.2, and so I know for a fact that RIM is aware of a lot of the problematic issues with the software. I know a lot of it’s fixable, and so I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next version.

Fellow theme builders: post a comment and let us know what it’s like to get your theme on, ed.

  • 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