01/20/2011, 11:21 PM
I had an idea to create a theme a few months ago. So I started. Then got busy doing other things. Then today I picked it back up and am pleased to announce the release of humulos' 8-Bit theme!
8-Bit Palm Pre Theme @ PreThemer
This theme is designed for us retro-nerds, those who grew up playing video games in the late 80s/early 90s, specifically the NES. The goal of this theme is to replace all graphics with 8-bit equivalents. Now, I'll warn you right away, one of my biggest pet peeves is when people refer to something as 8-bit, and it simply is not! This is not the case. Each individual graphic is made to be pseudo-8-bit, meaning that they are created with the limitations of the original Nintendo in mind. Thus the icons are no more than 16x16 and each graphic will only contain a maximum of 3 colors (some NES games were made with 5 color sprites, I don't care) Not only that, but I am using the original NES color pallet (which contains NO yellow, how odd...)
So if you like this kind of thing, download away! And please keep me informed of anything wrong you may come across.
Here is the current road map for the project. I will not necessarily work in the following order, so I may end up doing .3 before .2, we will see on wot I want the most. And if any of the following are something you want to see quickly, please let me know and I will start working on that sooner (more demand, more quickly done!)
0.1.0 - Initial release, all stock app icons replaced.
>Current< 0.2.0 - Boot Screen, Wallpaper, Screen Lock, USB Mode
0.3.0 - Top Bar Icons
0.4.0 - App Splash Screens
0.5.0 - Launcher Graphics and that little explosion that happens when you touch the screen
0.6.0 - Universal System Images (IE: Slider Bars, Buttons)
0.7.0 - Phone, Messaging, Email, Calendar Apps
0.8.0 - ???
0.9.0 - ???
1.0.0 - ???
1.X.X - Major 3rd Party Apps (Official and Homebrew)
Desired features (meaning I don't know if they are possible)
-Changing the font(s) to an 8-bit styled one
-Inclusion of 8-bit ringtones
-A Booting Sound
Currently known mistakes, to be fixed on next release:
-Video Player did not replace, looks like the appID was wrong. As far as I can tell this is something that is a problem with Prethemer. It is rewriting my Zip File and changing my XML. I have requested to have my App on Precentral so that problem won't continue...
-Need a black background for the lock screen text to make it more visible
-Vertical spacing of lock screen numbers is not uniform
-The zero in the lock screen clock is missing a pixel
Third Party Apps to receive 8-Bit Icons (Chosen either because they have a significant userbase or because thesy are the ones I use most!)
Apps Requested to receive 8-Bit Icons (These will likely be lowest priority until everything else is complete, sorry! Also, yellow is not a possible color, closest is a pale orange, just so you know for if you request an App with yellow in the icon)
As you can see, my roadmap is a little lacking in some parts. If everything there is completed, then 1.0.0 will be released, but I would like some input as to other things I should change, if any. And if anyone could confirm or deny the plausibility of my desired features, and point me in the right direction of how to complete them, that would be much appreciated!