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Friday, September 15, 2006

Skin Edit Guide - part 1

Skin Edit Guide
part 1
I am not going to write a guide for creating new skins. No one can write better guide than fearsim. Here is fearsim's how to create your motorola skins guide. Here I will show you some common skin mods and some tips and tricks.

Tools I used to edit skins:
1. Motoskin on PC
2. Skinner4moto on PC
3. TextWrangler on Mac

Motoskin is a basic and easy-to-use software. It is good for doing some simple mods. I use it to do the followings:
1. change position and width of operator name, date and time.
2. change opactiy/transparency and alignment of the left/right/center soft buttons, operator and datetime text.
3. replace icons using icons with the same dimension. A good feature is that it can replace all icons in a folder.
4. delete icons.

screenshot of motoskin:

Skinner4moto is much more powerful. I haven't fully utilised it yet. I use it to do:
1. replace icons using icons with different dimension.
2. change colors of text.
3. change the path of the wallpaper gif file.
4. modify the structure or layout of the skin. For example, we can change the layout to achieve big photo of incoming caller, and different preview mode of pictures and phonebook entries. I will give details of these tricks in part 2.

screenshot of skinner4moto:

Sinner4moto is also very useful for understanding the structure of the SKI file. Once you understand it, you can use text editor, like TextWrangler, to edit the SKI file directly. This is important for Mac users, as motoskin & skinner4moto are for PC only.

motoskin: []
skinner4moto: []
TextWrangler download page

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12:12 AM, September 16, 2006 chely said...

Hello there :)

Your page is awsome!!!

kudos for doing this enlighting blog :)

3:00 AM, September 16, 2006 brettstar said...

Cool! The possibility of editing skins on a Mac with a text editor sounds interesting. Please try to include more on this in part 2. Cheers!!!

9:25 AM, September 19, 2006 crazy_ivan said...

Hi Yuet

Love all your mods and things.

Just a qt. Im trying to modify my 3x3 menu inot a 3x4 menu.

Im using skinner4moto the lastest eiditon which has a mod section to modify the skin layout to 3x4.

I add, the skin, and then use P2k Advenced Menu editor to edit the mma_ucp file and upload it to the phone.

When i activate my skin, the menu shows a 3.4 layout, but the last line of the menus are all blank and show no icons, and when i hover over the blank space it pops back to the main screen.

Any suggestions please


10:33 AM, September 19, 2006 Yuet said...

ivan, you have changed the skin, but you also need to modify the mma_ucp file to 12 icons. You can download mine in this post. If you want to DIY, you can follow steps in this post.

4:20 AM, October 10, 2006 Anonymous said...

I've already downloaded the yuetmod 1.8 and it was installed correctly. However, I wanna add some skins but I dont have a mobile/skins directory. I'm currently using P2k Commander and i click the "a" directory, then mobile, but after that there is no "skins" directory. Any help would be greatly appreciated

11:43 AM, October 10, 2006 Yuet said...

for V360/L7, the skins are in /c/mobile/skins. Try using P2Ktools.

7:21 PM, November 29, 2006 Chai said...

hey yuet,

after i upload my skin's files into the skin folder, nothing happens, can i know how to use the skin? I do create a folder inside the skin directory, n copy all my files in, so wat's actually gone wrong?
I used the skin for E398, does it work for V360 as well?

10:21 PM, November 29, 2006 Yuet said...

chai, is the folder name same as the name of the ski file? did you to go personalise-skins to select the new skin? skin for e398 should work well with v360.

12:19 PM, November 30, 2006 Chai said...

thx ya Yuet,

after i rename the folder, eveythg's been ok d, but i wanna ask u tat , some icons cannot be displayed properly, eg. the personalise icon remains the same( i'm using ur v1.x MP, so the icons remain as the icons in ur MP), anythg can i do to change to suit my new skin? Or becoz the skin i'm using doesnt support the 12 icons mode in the menu?

12:17 AM, December 03, 2006 Yuet said...

Chai, it is because the skin doesn't come with a complete set of icons. You will have to install those skins with complete icons, or add those missing icons yourself.

2:44 AM, January 25, 2007 Paul said...

Hi Yuet,

Thank you for the great website. Is there any software like skinner4moto for the mac? I would like to edit the graphics and fonts on skins. Thanks.

10:47 AM, January 25, 2007 Yuet said...

paul, too bad, no such app for mac yet. :)

9:24 AM, August 08, 2007 Anonymous said...

why does the skin editor cannot read by my computer.?it cant be open?i already download all?can you pls. help me... Web