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    Default How to use Winterboard

    Prerequisites:

    1. WinSCP, iPhoneBrowser, or any other SSH utility
    2. Know how to copy files to and from the iPhone
    3. Winterboard - get it on cydia
    This guide can be used to modify an existing theme from cydia or to create your own theme
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    When creating a theme first make a folder under /Library/Themes/

    next we place the following items that we want to be applied inside /Library/Themes/(Your Theme)
    -Wallpaper.png, 320x480
    -If you would like to have a video wallpaper as your background, Wallpaper.mp4
    -I believe that you can have only one wallpaper.xxx file within the theme folder, if you have two, the .png file will be used
    -Dock.png, 320x90
    -LockBackground.png, 320x480
    -StatusBar.png (when it is dark/clear only), 320x20

    -SMSBackground.png 320x375
    Now there are three ways to go about skinning the icons.

    -Method #1 which is my favorite is to make a folder called Icons inside /Library/Themes/(Your Theme)/
    copy over the icon you want to change and make sure that it matches the name of the application you are changing
    so to change the Weather.app icon, you would place a .png file inside /Library/Themes/(Your Theme)/Icons with the name of Weather.png (Capitalization counts)....the easy way to do this is browse to /Applications and look at the names of all the .app folders, these will be the respective names of the .pngs you place inside /Library/Themes/(Your Theme)/Icons/
    - This method works for AppStore apps but remember the name has to be EXACTLY the same
    The second and third methods are documented in post #2

    The advantage to the second and third method is that they allow you to replace ANY icon inside the respective apps folder, not just the icon. This allows you to also theme applications as well as the springboard. For more information skip to post 2
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    Also i have a backup of every png that was used by customize during the 1.1.3 and the 1.1.4 era, these are still compatible with the new firmware given that they have the right filename and the right location.

    ORIGINAL CUSTOMIZE ICONS HERE

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    Resources used:
    http://www.saurik.com/id/9
    http://www.modmyi.com/forums/winterb...-tutorial.html

    For Future

    Things to detail:
    -UISounds - change system sounds
    -UIImages
    -How to change SMS bubbles, sliders, slider background and other misc little things
    Things to learn how to use:
    -Themeing with HTML (this will probably be a contribution from a different user, i have no need for this)
    -info.plist feature
    -change font color
    -changing default iPhone font
    Last edited by MrBucket101; 09-24-2008 at 11:41 PM.

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    Default Application Specific Themeing

    There are also two ways of doing this. The first method, which i recommend, is what i would say the more advanced users should use. The benefit of doing this is that a nice structural order is maintained that is easy to follow and come back to modify. It also lets you target a specific application regardless of where it is located.

    Method #2
    The first method involves using the info.plist file located within the apps main directory.Navigate to the main directory of Weather.app (/Applications/Weather.app/. Inside the folder we will find something called info.plist, download this file and open it with your favorite text editor (I prefer Notepad++) make sure you turn on word wrap. Next search the file for the string com (Ctrl+F, type in "com"). The first thing that comes up will be the identifier of the application


    as you can see the Weather.app' bundle identifier is com.apple.weather

    Now that we have this information, simply make a folder entitled com.apple.weather inside /Library/Themes/(Your Theme)/Bundles/

    after that simply place the new icon inside /Library/Themes/(Your Theme)/Bundles/com.apple.weather/ with the name icon.png
    Method #3
    The second way is to make a Folder called "Folders" inside /Library/Themes/(Your Theme)/
    To change the Weather.app default icon you would create a folder called Weather.app in /Library/Themes/(Your Theme)/Folders/ then you would place the respective png file inside that folder with the name icon.png
    Last edited by MrBucket101; 10-28-2008 at 10:44 PM.

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    Default list of apps and images

    Weather.app
    /Library/Themes/(Your Theme)/Folders/Weather.app/ - OR - /Library/Themes/(Your Theme)/Bundles/com.apple.weather/
    • weather_day_bkgd.png
    • weather_night_bkgd.png
    • clouds.png
    • flurries.png
    • fog.png
    • hail.png
    • haze.png
    • ice.png
    • lightning.png
    • mini-cloudrain.png
    • mini-clouds.png
    • mini-flurries.png
    • mini-fog.png
    • mini-hail.png
    • mini-ice.png
    • mini-lightning.png
    • mini-rain.png
    • mini-snow.png
    • mini-snowrain.png
    • mini-sun.png
    • mini-suncloud.png
    • mini-sunhaze.png
    • mini-sunrain.png
    • mini-wind.png
    • moon1.png - moon24.png (this is 1-24)
    • partlycloudy.png
    • partlycomboclouds.png
    • rain&clouds.png
    • rain&snow.png
    • rain&sun.png
    • rain.png
    • snow.png
    • sun.png
    • wind000.png - wind059.png


    The following are not specific applications but frameworks that you can theme, the same procedure as above is followed, I feel that they belong here.
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    com.apple.springboard

    /Library/Themes/(Your Theme)/Bundles/com.apple.springboard/
    -original png location: /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app

    com.apple.TelephonyUI
    /Library/Themes/(Your Theme)/Bundles/com.apple.TelephonyUI/
    -original png location: (still looking)


    I am only one man, so I am going to ask for help on this one. If you would like to help please send me list (through PM) with the filenames of the respective pngs located within a folder inside /Applications/...any person who contributes to this guide will be given credit in bold blue after i paste their findings
    Last edited by MrBucket101; 09-24-2008 at 10:06 PM.

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    Default Sound Theming

    until i can write my own version of how to do this...this will do for nowcredit to opusandbill @ MMi

    New winterboard update 8-19-2008

    Saurik has added support for changing User interface sounds.
    this is were the sounds are located: /System/Library/Audio/UISounds/

    Step 1: open itunes
    Step 2: click Itunes, then preferences
    Step 3: click Advanced
    Step 4: click import
    Step 5: where it says "Import Using" select AIFF encoder
    Step 6: load sound to itunes
    Step 7: select sound and right click and select "convert selection to AIff"
    You should now have 2 clips with the same name.
    Step 8: select the AIFF file click "get Info" and make note of where the file is located.
    Step 9: find clip
    Step 10: drag clip to desktop and rename it as the file you want to replace and changing .aif to .caf
    Step 11: Add UISounds to your theme
    Step 12: place new clip into UISounds folder
    Step 13: open winterboard and tap your theme twice and then exit winterboard and wait for springboard to restart.

    you now have a new sound.
    Last edited by MrBucket101; 09-24-2008 at 10:51 PM.

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    Original Guide updated

    check Application specific themeing section

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    In OS 3.0, the text messaging icon has been change. Instead of Text.png, you must now rename your icon to Messages.png

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    Thanks for the info!

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    UPDATE:

    to apply previously downloaded SMS themes

    SSH with wincp or cyberduck to /library/themes/*yourtheme*/Bundles/

    rename com.apple.mobilesms to com.apple.chatkit

    this should fix the bubble colors.

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    Great find MrBucket! We may need a whole new guide!!!

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    thanks this helps a lot.

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