Sorry

As the title of this post says….sorry. I’ve really been slacking and just haven’t been doing much with Android. I slapped together a header (that I will replace soon anyways) and found a theme I liked. It’s pretty typical looking, but I like it. So all I need to do is come up with a permanent header and some new content for the site.

I used to own a Droid X but switched over to a Thunderbolt and I’ve been pretty happy with what Sense had to offer. However, I’ve become tired of Sense and felt like the phone should be a lot “snappier”. I’ve rooted it before, but ran a build of DAS-BAMF that was pretty buggy. I switched back to stock and just now gave CM7 a shot since it seemed to be pretty solid. I love it! Now that I’m back to switching between ADW EX and Launcher Pro, I’m going to come up with some more Beautiful Widgets, docks and I might purchase Fancy Widget and bring some of my stuff over to that app.

So, look forward to some actual updates. I think I’ll be sticking with CM7 (or at least an AOSP rom).

Not something anyone would use, but hey, heres an Android-Chicken.

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Nothing new lately….but maybe soon?

Haven’t been working on anything lately. I really need to get back in to the flow of things and try to get some stuff done. I want to work on making themes for the Launcher Pro widgets but I need to look into how to do that. Going to have a friend maybe help me with some things in the future so there is more creative input with the designs. Once LP Widgets skins are figured out, we will put up some free ones up in the market and maybe make a more premium one that is cheap for people to buy. Also, were going to look in to making downloadable skins for ADW.

Launcher Pro Tutorial for custom docks

Now I’m moving on to the Launcher Pro tutorial. The ADW Launcher EX tutorial and this tutorial will have their own pages now on this blog. I will be making more and more docks so having these tutorials pinned to the top of the blog will help anyone that is new to changing this stuff out.

Now for the fun!

Step 1:Click on options the options button on your phone and then click “Preferences”.


 

Step 2: Click “Appearance Settings”


 

Step 3: Click “Dock Background”


 

Step 4: Click “Custom”


 

Step 5: Select the dock you want to use.


 

Step 6:Back on the home screen, do a long-press on one of the dock icons and select “Change Shortcut”.


 

Step 7: Here you will select the application to replace the icon you long-pressed on. Navigate to the “Applications” section to choose things like Gmail, Browser, Text Messaging, etc…


 

Step 8: Now you need to change the icon so that it is the blank.png file. Download png here: Blank PNG You need to unzip that file and put the blank.png file somewhere on your phone.


 

Step 9: Select that blank.png file here.


 

Step 10: Now your icon is fixed to show the dock in the background.


 

Step 11: Rinse and repeat and you are done!


ADW Launcher EX Tutorial for custom docks

Since sending some dock files over to Droid-Life.com, people are asking how to use these files. First off, you don’t need to be rooted or running a custom ROM. This particular tutorial is for ADW Launcher EX but I will add a Launcher Pro tutorial shortly. I’m pretty sure the regular ADW Launcher will not let you change the docks to custom icons like EX will. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m almost postive you need to buy ADW Launcher EX to be able to customize icons and docks.

Sorry if this tutorial is condescending to some, but I wanted it to be as thorough as possible. Anyhow, lets get started:

Step 1: Click the option button on your phone and bring up the menu on the bottom. Navigate to ADW Settings.


 

Step 2: Go to “UI Settings”


 

Step 3: Go to “Main Dock”


Step 4: Select “Dock Background”


Step 5: Select “Custom”


Step 6: Select “Gallery”


Step 7: Select the dock you want to use.


Step 8: Go back to your home screen. Make sure you drag the icons from the app drawer on to the dock itself.


Step 9: Long-press the newly placed icon on your dock until this pop-up shows up. Then select “edit” so you can make the icon blank.


Step 10: Select the picture of the icon you are changing.


Step 11:Select “Picture”


Step 12:Select “Gallery”


Step 13: Select the blank icon. Make sure you know where it is. You can download this icon here: Blank PNG


Step 14: Hit “OK”.


Step 15: Now your icon is blank and you will be able to see the custom dock’s icon.


Step 16: Rinse and repeat and you are finished!






Docks for leaked 2.3.3 Gingerbread on Droid X (Updated 3/29)

I wanted to match the colors Motorola used for the new look in the newest (leaked) update of Gingerbread. I made a few docks to go with the theme since I didn’t have anything that matched it very well. Nothing amazing, but I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. Enjoy!

For those that don’t have the update yet (Droid X and Droid 2 only), make sure you go to My Droid World and download the update through them or the Team Black Hat app in the market.

Blank PNG file here: PNG