Themer’s Warning: update your themes

Update: There’s a new theme template here

Hi all.

Hopefully soon we will be releasing a little update for ADW.Launcher but before doing it we’d like to warn ADWThemes developers out there: There are a few *small* changes you must accomplish or your themes will look ugly.

First thing is the removal of the app drawer button as a themable object because we’ve converted it into another Action Button. That means you should include your app drawer icon as a “standard icon” on your theme’s icon pack so users can select it if they want. In conclusion, there’s no “handle_icon.xml” (ic_tray_xxxx).

So now the “main” dock consists in lab/lab2/mab/rab2/rab and all of them are customizable Action Buttons so the theme can only change the background. Oh, and make sure you test your theme with more icon sizes, the limit for AB-Scale Factor is now at 1:1.

Old ADW version had the “handle.xml” file providing the background to the dock’s middle area, now it’s changed to “mab.xml” and you should treat it the same way you treat lab.xml, rab.xml, etc.

The other small change is the position/size change of the “Trash Can”. As the whole bottom area is drag-and-drop friendly, sometimes the trash can was hard to hit or sometimes users missed the target putting items into the dock when they really wanted to delete them or vice-versa.

Now the trash zone is located at the top of the screen, using the whole width of it. So adapt your graphics.

I don’t know if i forget something, but here’s a TEST APK only meant for themer’s so they can start working and testing their themes. This APK is “separate” from ADW, so you don’t need to uninstall/reinstall/etc. Just download, install, open org.adw_test.launcher and start tweaking your themes.

PLEASE, THIS IS A TEST VERSION FOR THEMER’S, DON’T USE AS MAIN APP, DON’T REPORT BUGS (unless they are theme-related) AND DON’T ASK FOR SUPPORT (unless is theme-related)

Apologizes for all the mess (and the upcoming… :P)

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    • nmiltner
    • November 17th, 2010 1:39pm

    Thanks for the heads up! Will the template be updated before you release the new version?

      • AnderWeb
      • November 17th, 2010 2:16pm

      I’ll try to update the template as soon as possible

  1. Is the Paperless theme open source? or are you the sole maintainer? It already has some issues with the current version of ADW, I’m just wondering if you plan to update it at some point.

      • AnderWeb
      • November 18th, 2010 9:13am

      Its not my theme, its from Eliot Stocker

  2. Hey AnderWeb, So the tray_handle turns into MAB.. Will it then be called mab_bg_normal, mab_bg_press and mab_bg_focus? Thanks!

    • nevermind, answered my own question. Just named the .xml wrong. I’m good to go now again. Thanks

      • AnderWeb
      • November 18th, 2010 9:14am

      the pngs are called as you want to call them, just edit the mab.xml accordingly

      • yea, haha didn’t even think about that. I’m still remembering all i used to do when cooking ROM and customizing themes for the Samsung Omnia

    • ttx
    • November 18th, 2010 2:47am

    One big issue (non-theme, but usability related):
    having the whole top as a trash-bucket sucks for adding widgets up there. Only way is now to use widget-resizing as a work-around.

    Any ideas on how to improve that? >.<

      • ttx
      • November 18th, 2010 4:48am

      to add to it:
      I’m using a 8×8 grid

        • AnderWeb
        • November 18th, 2010 9:15am

        Good point… I don’t know a better solution for it :(

          • ttx
          • November 18th, 2010 10:21am

          I can think of two ways:
          Either Widgets have a ‘delete’ button in resize mode and no trash can/bar instead (similar could be done for shortcuts, too)
          Or in widget-movement mode, allow for the trash bar to vanish after a delay — kinda like the ‘drop to uninstall’ for apps

          (on an unrelated sidenote: would it be hard to add support for more rows? 8cx10r would be my aspired layout)

          • Esteban
          • November 20th, 2010 1:33am

          What if the screen kind of shrunk down a bit… not as much as it does for the previews but that same idea?

          Then the trashcan being at the top wouldn’t overlap with the screen space to place shortcuts/widgets. It might also make it easier to detect when a user is trying to drag a shortcut from one screen to another.

            • AnderWeb
            • November 20th, 2010 12:05pm

            I’ve already made such implementation, but not quite satisfied with it…

      • whitewolf
      • November 18th, 2010 7:48am

      Still seems possible, as the trash drop down doesn’t completely cover the row area so you can still drag widgets there as long as you don’t go too high.

      Also, seems that he did add something in because the background of the trash drop down can turn red(but not the widget you’re draggin/the trash icon) implying that the widget will get dropped in the background behind the trash drop down.

      Please correct me if I am wrong.

        • ttx
        • November 18th, 2010 10:28am

        As stated in another comment, I’m using and 8×8 grid atm for my homescreen. In that mode it does almost cover the whole row which makes it a very close thing trying to get it up there by ‘not going too high’, it’s very much a fine balancing act. Resizing is far more convenient than that still, even if it’s a rather inconvenient way already. I ended up deleting widgets a couple of times trying to see how much of a space I have up there.

    • blazerrr
    • November 18th, 2010 11:28am

    in yr post u said that we should include our app drawer button as a “standard icon” in the theme icon pack….can i skip this and just put the icons in a folder in the sd card and let the users choose it from their gallery like on Launcher Pro…thx ((am nt really familiar with the putting the icons in the thmem icon pack))

      • AnderWeb
      • November 18th, 2010 2:50pm

      Yes, you can

    • david1171
    • November 18th, 2010 12:57pm

    Not sure if this is me messing up or not, but I added the app drawer icon to the icon_pack.xml, and the test adw.apk force closes when trying to select the icon when trying to make the custom shortcut. Here is a logcat of it happening.

      • AnderWeb
      • November 18th, 2010 2:51pm

      Can you post the theme apk? Or send it to me by email?

    • turki
    • November 18th, 2010 2:32pm

    Is there any hope to see 3d drawer ? am sick of launcher pro and am using it only becuse of the 3d

    • Quentin-
    • November 18th, 2010 5:48pm

    Hi, love ADW Launcher. Couldn’t find a contact button so I wanted to mention a bug with ADW Nofitier that I found. If you have used Titanium (or probably any other app) to remove the GMail application (among others) notifier will hang and not run properly. Probably a simple matter of testing for application availability. Cheers!

      • AnderWeb
      • November 18th, 2010 10:58pm

      Weird, cause I’ve tested on a device without gmail and no issues. Could you post or send a log?

    • Jan
    • November 19th, 2010 1:04am

    Hey there, looks very nice so far!

    I’m wondering whether there will be any changes to ADWNotifier due to this pretty major update of the main application?

    Thank you for all your awesome work!

      • AnderWeb
      • November 19th, 2010 12:19pm

      Yeah, ADWNotifier will be updated with custom colors and notifications whitelist for Norriz mode.

  3. Hi, I can’t understand how to add your site in my rss reader. Can you Help me, please

    • rori
    • November 19th, 2010 3:46pm

    the update is not clear for me..
    + mab.xml
    - handle.xml

    I better wait for a new template.

    • Becks
    • November 19th, 2010 3:55pm

    Hey AnderWeb, I couldn’t find a contact, so I hope it is OK to post here. I wanted to make two comments: I MUCH prefer ADW to LauncherPro, but I do like that they have the option to hide apps in the app drawer. I was also wondering if there is a way to lock the dockbar, I sometimes switch the apps on the action buttons by accident. Thanks! And I am sorry I am such a Noob.

    • es1907
    • November 20th, 2010 5:43am

    why can not i locate ADW launcher Android 2.x version on the android market and use it on my dell streak?

      • AnderWeb
      • November 20th, 2010 12:04pm

      Make a search by “adw.launcher” or by “pub:anderweb”

    • es1907
    • November 20th, 2010 11:26pm

    failed all themes comes up and donut but not the android 2.x version tried scanning as well no luck i do not know why that keeps happening.

      • AnderWeb
      • November 21st, 2010 10:31am

      I don’t understand you, sorry

  4. There’s clearly a whole lot to know about this. I believe you created some great points in Attributes also.
    Keep working , great task!

  5. is there a version for 1.5?

    • braqet
    • December 14th, 2010 3:15pm

    Is there any way to change the Open-Close App drawer icon for a theme? I have tried including a customized drawable all_apps_button.png with my theme, but it doesn’t work. Is there any way to do this?

    • arkazain
    • December 27th, 2010 2:15pm

    I don’t know if this is just me, but take a look at this:
    I’m pretty new to this, so am I doing anything wrong?

    • Tomas
    • January 4th, 2011 2:26pm

    Very nice, but we need the calendar widgets, Twitter, etc..

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