Former Writer · Mar 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

What Asus Developers Need to Know About Blob Tools

There are a plethora of tools out there that help developers do all sorts of things. From cooking ROMs to compiling kernels to editing and modifying apk files, you can find a tool for almost anything if you search long enough or hard enough. For owners of the Asus Transformer and Asus Transformer Prime, developers have a nifty little application called Blob Tools. XDA Forum Member rayman84 released the tool a little while ago, but aspiring developers are still using it as a stepping stone to get their ROMs working properly on the old school Transformer.

The application itself is a tad complicated and is suggested for use to only those who are serious about learning to develop on the Transformer. It is also only compatible for Linux as of right now so Windows and Mac users will need to Virtual Box their favorite Linux distribution in order to use it. It includes a series of commands that allow developers to alter anything from the system files to controlling whether or not their blob has a boot.img or a custom recovery aboard. The things that can be altered include (but are not limited to):

blob.HEADER – Header stuff (ignore it)
blob.APP – system.img
blob.LNX – boot.img
blob.SOS – recovery.img (e.g. regular boot.img)
blob.EBT – bootloader.bin (ignore)

Devs looking to get started on the Transformer devices can head on over to the Blob Thread for additional information and download links. You’ll have to read a couple of pages in order to get all the instructions, but they’re all there. Of course, make a complete backup before attempting to flash your new creations, just to be on the safe side.

Update: for a Windows-compatible version that works with the Transformer Prime, visit this post courtesy of XDA Forum Member sparkym3!


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