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Making Modification Simpler with Clockwork Combiner
Flashing ROMs has become a fairly straightforward affair for (most) Android devices and their users. However, one of the most painful parts of flashing a new ROM is all the repeated flashes that need to be done for themes and modifications, especially if you love to heavily tweak your device. Thanks to XDA Forum Member jcspecs, your days of having to load up dozens of separate .zip’s is a thing of the past thanks to his latest application: Clockwork Combiner.
Designed to combine (as if the name didn’t tell you) all of your flashable .zip’s into a single, flashable file, Clockwork Combiner’s biggest strength is its simplicity and ease of use. The instructions are simply:
Download and extract the program.
Run the program.
Hit the settings button and set up an output directory or leave it as the default (program location).
Select the zips you wish to combine.
Add a name for the combined file.
Wait for them to load (the combine button will become usable).
Click combine button to join the zips into one zip.
The file will be put into a folder named Final Outputs within the output directory you have specified.
Wait for any processes to finish (windows should provide progress windows).
Click the sign button if you wish to sign the zip.
Of course, this will only work on files that are compatible with your device, and the Windows-based program does require .Net 4.0 along with the Java Runtime Environment in order to function properly. Having tested this with a set of files for my Galaxy Nexus I can say that I had no trouble getting this utility to work. As always, head on over to the original thread and give this a go![P.S. Extra points for those who figure out what the featured image for this article is!]
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