The importance of good and appropriate graphics for your development work is undeniable. Be it an app, a ROM, a tool, or a mod; you’ll probably want to invest a good amount of time and effort into such factors because if the ‘icon’ sucks, the potential user may infer the same for your work. However, not everyone will be adept to create absolute masterpieces, which is why XDA Recognized Developer neroyoung‘s tutorials are much appreciated.
What neroyoung has done is guide users on how to edit images with the software GIMP, a free and open-source alternative to the popular Adobe Photoshop. The guides come in the form of videos hosted on YouTube, and they visually guide users on how to edit grayscale, indexed, and RGB images of both PNG and 9PNG file extensions. They also cover how to batch process images with common actions such as sharpening, cropping, and many more. Furthermore, the guides cover how to install custom brushes similar to what is available for Photoshop.
The videos are quite short in length, both under 8 minutes, but nevertheless they still cover the necessary steps clearly and at a sane pace. Accompanying subtitles of extra instructions aid the process. The series so far consist of two videos, and we hope to see more in the future.
If you need a kick-start with some graphics editing, make sure to check out the guide thread.
August 12, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
It’s not a crazy thought to think that most of us spend a fair amount of time looking at either the status bar or notification drawer. It goes without saying then that you probably want to tweak these areas to suit the way you use your device. While some custom ROMs contain features to do this, you may not wish to run a different ROM for a simple tweak or that tweak simply may not be available. This app might just be what you’ve been looking for.
Omega Status Bar by XDA Forum Member A Dev@Calstro is a complete alternative to the stock status bar boasting a wide array of features from simply tweaking the clock to blacklisting specific notifications. It also supports custom themes from a third party or even your own. Some of the apps main features include;
The app should work on Android 2.1 through 4.1, so if you are looking for a replacement status bar, this is definitely something worth looking into. Head on over to the original forum thread for a full run down of the features and download links.
For those of us who don’t have tablets, we often find ourselves envious of those who do have tablets. The giant screen, the extra features and the slick user interfaces, to name a few. Sometimes, it’s a little fun to grab up a tablet-like feature just to feel the love.
The mod is pretty simple to apply compared to some. It involves overwriting a services.jar file and a couple of build.prop tweaks, then reboot and your home screen should bear a striking resemblance to an Android Tablet. It should help lessen the jealousy, at least. Getting back is no big deal either, as AndroidON explains:
So, If you want to get back,
just change your density to 240 and it will revert to phone UI.
We need reboot between UI change now,
but maybe devs can do some mod after CM9 have all feature
So if you’re looking to add some tablet UI goodness to your Atrix, you can find the proper files and instructions in the original thread. Don’t forget to make a backup, though, just in case something goes awry.
HTC Sense is one of the most popular customizations UI on the Android mobile interfaces, and just a month before the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona we have some leaked information about the upcoming Sense 4.0.
According to the source the unlock screen now show us more information from our list, quick access to contacts and even the ability to open the notification bar directly. This is not exactly a customization of HTC as this feature is included on Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Also, new widgets are included, like the one that allows access to websites that have previously saved in the browser. That’s not all, because now the email client also includes surprises so good that according to the source the interface is the “best application to date”.
We will finally see HTC and Dropbox integration, with the main advantage that if you have an HTC device you can have a free account with 50GB of storage.
Android is diverse. From Themes to Launchers, the strength of Android is (in part) measured by its ability to be customized. While custom launchers are quite common, Skydroid takes differentiation a step further.
Built by a team of 5 developers, and publicly voiced by XDA Senior Member TheRedDrake, Skydroid is an advanced user interface inspired by Windows 8’s Metro UI. Unlike other systems that are only launchers, Skydroid will have around 20 apps involved. Thus far it includes:
5)People with IM and social
12)Stock + Currency converter
The interface is currently under development with more apps being created, and a release scheduled for March/April. If you would like to make a suggestion or an offer of assistance, send an email to Andreev Yanko here or TheRedDrake here.
So head on down to the thread and take a look around. You might be surprised by what you find.