Monday, February 25, 2008

Theme Maker

I completely forgot to talk about theme maker in my last post. Yes, I finally gave into the dark side. I moved to use Nokia official template for theme maker. This is good and bad. Bad in that if you had made something on the old theme maker, you'll have to port it to the new template. Good in the sense that you'll get all the features in exactly the manner god of this device intended (nokia).

Above, you can see the first test theme that I made with the new theme maker. It's there to also test out how 'light' themes look. As you've noticed, pretty much all the current themes are very dark. So, to balance the 'turn to the dark side', here is the latest (1.2) iteration of the nuvo theme.

So, many people probably don't know what theme maker is. It's an java application for windows/osx/linux that makes a theme out of an png file. So, you open the png in gimp or photoshop, edit it out, open theme maker, specify the theme name, font size and click on make theme. Wait a minute or so and you have a .deb file of your newly created theme. Current version doesn't set the bg, but you can't have it all on day one.

If you are interested in Nuvo, dl it from here:
NuvoPearl 1.2

and for theme maker:

When you have new themes, please put them to the for all the world to use!

Just to show the nuvopearl a bit more, here's a screenshot of file manager. Smaller font makes it much nicer looking as well. (and usable)


  1. Anonymous12:18

    Great work! Currently I don't think I have the patience or Photoshop discipline to create my own, but I'm in love with the new NuvoPearl, and anything that spurs the creative members on is awesome!

  2. Thanks, Urho. I appreciate it!

  3. Anonymous10:07

    This is great. In particular, the nuvo theme is great. I like light colors, and they are much, much easier to read under the sun on the N810 transflexive screen.

    However, it seems that there is a bug with the nuvo theme. On my machine, the RSS feed reader applet will not display properly on the home page: it is black (would that come from the big black squares under "webradio" around the center of nuvothemeSourceImage?), and the bottom of the picture is corrupted.

    Which brings me to another comment. The idea to edit the theme as a big picture in photoshop is good, but it does not make it easy to edit an available theme for a small change. Would it be difficult to write the reverse program: build the general png out of an available theme?

  4. So, since you've moved to the official Nokia template, is there a place I can get the templates for the existing Nokia Chinook themes? I was hoping to take an existing theme and tweak it a little.

  5. You cannot make changes to existing themes, and the theme templates are not available, because the templates are Nokia copyright. Thus, you are out of luck if you want to modify them.

    On the other hand making such an extractor program is simple. You will just have to do it yourself, I won't do it for you.

    So, please, always publish your themes under creative commons and put your template images downloadable by others, so that the content can be used in other peoples templates.

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