Monday, May 13, 2013

New Layout

Introducing a new layout for this blog. I have updated the "dated" look of the blog for a more flat look with Android "Holo" colors. I use the "holo blue" and various dark and light grays, all from official Android elements such as action bars and and action bar icons. I will be re-releasing two apps this summer. Theme Tester and AndroWeather (formerly Legacy Weather). Theme Tester will have a "pro" version called "Theme Tester+". AndroWeather will also most likely have  a "pro" version as well and will probably have the "plus" added to the end. The old apps will be unpublished because the "key" I used for those apps was corrupted when my old hard drive crashed. I was able to retrieve it (and everything else) off the hard drive, but not matter what I did I couldn't get the "key" to work to submit new apps. Plus the new apps have new package names, so that would also cause problems. I will be posting pictures of the apps and the feature graphics to see how you guys like them. I'm always taking suggestions to improve the look of my apps and their presentation. Let me know what you guys think of the new layout.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Theme Tester Update to v1.2

I updated and published Theme Tester in the Play Store. The new update brings several changes. First, the "concepts" screen is replaced by the "More Apps" screen, where you can see other apps made by me. Next, I removed the theme options in the "preferences" page, but I kept some sample items in there. The theme options were faulty and didn't work right and had to be removed. I also removed my custom action bar (and split action bar) backgrounds so that themers can preview their backgrounds without mine interfering. Here's a quick peek at what is being updated in the app. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Legacy Weather Update v1.3

I know it has been a while (probably too long) since I last updated the Legacy Weather app. This latest update is purely cosmetic. I made new icons for the Thunder Timer and the SPC Maps. I drew inspiration from Iron Man's J.A.R.V.I.S. UI and the NanoSuit2's HUD. Combine those with ICS colors straight from the design guideline color pallets, and the new icons took shape. I also removed the lightning background from the Thunder Timer while it's landscape. It didn't look good with it being skewed and distorted. I improved the tablet layout by increasing the font size and button size so that it doesn't look so tiny. I will hopefully (since classes are out now) be able to do the full rewrite that I had planned a while back. This rewrite will make use of support fragments that way it maintains compatibility with previous Android versions. Let me know what features you would like me to add. What would you guys like from this app?

Here's come screenshots:

Android app on Google Play

Monday, January 2, 2012

Theme Tester update v1.1.1

These past couple of updates (1.1 and 1.1.1) have added a few new things such as split action bar use for 4.0+ devices and some new form Widgets including a text box and some new text views. Another major change is that the user can now change the default app theme at will. Changing it from dark to light and even holo (android 3.0+) and holo light. Just go to preferences and hit App Theme and select one. Then go to the main screen and hit menu>refresh to apply the changes. Once again, thank you for downloading and visiting :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Google Music found in Market

While strolling through the /res folder of the new 3.3.11 version of the Market, I found a slew of orange drawables that are going to be used in the Music section of the market soon. All the images and layouts are there and ready.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Calling all ROM Devs and Themers

Theme Tester

This is an app that can be used as a tool for ROM Developers and Themers of all kinds. This is only a free version and a "Pro/Donate" version is on its way.

This app is divided into 3 tabs:
Form Widgets - Various form widgets such as buttons, checkboxes, radio buttons, etc.

Dialogs - Progress dialogs and Alert dialogs

App Icons - *Will be available in the "Pro/Donate" version* Pulls the icons from the system to show what all app icons have been changed.

This app can be used by ROM Developers and Themers to showcase all the UI elements that they have changed and not changed.

Developers can use this app to test their themes before releasing them to the public.

Developers can also use this app in their app screenshots.

I will be posting the ic_launcher drawables so that Themers can alter the Icon to match  their themes.

This app is compatible with all platforms 2.2 and up (including 4.0). If you want me to include 2.1, let me know. I personally don't know of any 2.1 ROMs running around still, but I will add support for it if you ask nicely :P

Available in Android Market