Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Grey: one screen for all your needs

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Nova Launcher:

Pretty straight forward. No Overlapping or anything.
  • Grid Size: 8Rx6C
  • Icon Theme: Shapely Icons
  • Icon Size: 100%

Power Toggles:

Place a Power Toggles widget and go in to edit it. Remove all of the standard buttons and add your media controls. Turn the Background Fill transparency down to 0%. Change the Button Dividers to hidden. Change the Button Color to FF787878.


Place the UZIPs, and resize them
  • Time Bar - 6x1
  • Notifications - 2x4
  • Weather - 3x4
That's all there is. Enjoy

Friday, August 30, 2013

Panoramic: No background, no problems

Ok, so posts on this blog have slowed because of the job that pays me, but to get back into the swing of things, I’ve got something big planned for this weekend. Since everyone is home this weekend and will have plenty of time to play around with their phones, I'm going to do something new every day this long weekend. New themes today through Sunday, and on Monday there will be a surprise for you guys for checking back regularly. So, without further ado, let’s get to the first theme of the weekend…

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Nova Launcher
Resources ZIP folder

Nova Launcher:

As you can see, this theme is pretty straight forward. Nova’s settings are:

  • Grid: 4Cx5R
  • Width Margin: None
  • Height Margin: None
  • Transistion: Wipe

Make three pages: two for your UCCW widgets, and one to create your folders on. Creating your folders (if you haven’t already done so) will probably take the longest so knock this out first.


The UCCW widgets serve two purposes. They are pretty to look at, and they are one giant hotspot for the most common app in that category. Before you place these widgets, open them up for editing and change the hotspots for what you need. My hotspots are as follows:

  • Phone: stock Phone app
  • Social: Falcon Pro (Twitter client)
  • Internet: Dolphin Browser
  • Photo: stock Camera app
  • News: NY Times app
  • Productivity: Google Keep
  • Travel: Google Maps
  • Music: This isn’t an app hotspot but an action which automatically starts listening with Soundhound.

Place your 4x1 widgets on your two empty screens.

Back to Nova Launcher:

Now, drag your folders onto dots on the right sides and delete the extra page. Long press to bring up the folders menu. Click the icon’s picture and change it to the blank PNG included in the ZIP folder. Here’s what mine looks like open:

The icons will be the same as you set in Nova, and it’s really up to you what works best. I wasn’t looking for something that matched the theme. I chose to use my Lumen Icons at 130% because of the high visibility. I’m including this info because when people think of themes, the first place that their mind goes to is, “what icons should I use?” If you have a set that’s working for you, stick with what you’re already using. Icons are useless if you don’t recognize them, and since these are tucked away all nice and neat, that’s your call.

That's it for this one. Drop a comment if you have any problems, and be sure to check back frequently this weekend.


Someone has requested the PNGs without the folder dots so I've provided those here. To use them, Open the UZIPs in UCCW for editing. Change the background image to the new PNGs. It is as simple as that.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Red Rover: Lock and Home Screen Replacements

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I know, I know, I know. It’s been two weeks since I’ve posted but with my summer classes coming to a close, I had a metric buttload of papers to grade. Just so you don’t think I’ve been holding out on you guys, this is what I’ve been using for these last couple weeks:

See, nothing special. Anyways, when tackling this week’s theme, I wanted to address something that I usually ignore—the lock screen. Now, the lock screen that I’ve been using was just the center console from BigRed v.2.0 using the green color from the Greenscreen on a solid black background, with a white Jellybean Circle lock. It looks great with the Greenscreen theme but I haven’t used it in a while so the change was overdue. This lockscreen has everything I need without having to unlock the phone. It has the information I use regularly like the time, day, weather, and notifications. It also has music controls since I recently installed a new cd player in my car with auxiliary input. That’s enough backstory, let’s get down to business.


Widget Locker:

Okay, the widgets on the lock screen are pretty straight forward.
Change the settings to:
  • Check alternative wallpaper and select wallpaper included in resources folder
  • Background tint: none
  • Layout: 9 Rows, 6 Columns
  • Hide Notification Bar

After that, just place your widgets:
  • 2x2 UCCW time in the top corner
  • 6x3 UCCW notifications below slider
  • For Power Toggles place the 6x1 widget and click on it to adjust what you want included, I only used the music buttons but Power Toggles does so much more. Change the button color to #e11f1f and the background and dividers to transparent.
  • You’ll find the slider in the resources folder, place it in phone>data>com.teslacoilsw.widgetlocker>themes. You may need to wait a minute or restart your phone for it to register. Place the 1x6 slider dead center.

Nova Launcher:

  • The grid is 9 rows x 6 columns, just like widget locker
  • The width margin is none like always but the height margin is medium
  •  Color Theme is #e11f1f
  • Icon size is 100%
  • Set the transition to Wipe. This makes it look like only the bottom is changing.


The icons you see are Shapely Black, however In the drawer they don’t show up so set your Icon theme to something else and set the desktop icons manually.

MultiPicture Live Wallpaper:

Just like other themes I’ve posted, set the screens individually and set the transition to wipe.


Place the 2x2 time widget in the same spot on each page. Then, place the 3x3 UCCW weather widget on the travel page in the red square. You can also edit the UZIP to include a hotspot for whatever weather app you want to use.

Desktop Visualizer:

Place a 3x4 widget on each of the big red rectangles (excluding the travel page) and assign the blank png as the icon and the following actions:
  • Media – Gallery
  • Welcome – App Drawer
  • Social – Instagram

I think that’s it. If you hit any snags, just drop a comment below and I’ll help out as best I can.