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A new version (1.1.2) of color keyboard has been released. Annoyingly, the theme directory has been moved to a new location, which means all the themes you’ve saved for previous versions will need to be moved to the new directory. However, despite this small annoyance, there are some nice new enhancements:
- 35 new themes;
- The basic themes have been enhanced. I think what this means is that they now theme things like the shift key and other special keys for specialist keyboards – a lot of existing themes already do this, so this isn’t really an enhancement to the functionality of the app;
- Default pop-up themes, and the ability to choose those themes in-app, rather than from Winterboard;
- Customise background images. You can now set different backgrounds for the portrait and landscape keyboards, fixing a major flaw with background images in the previous version;
- Per keyboard background;
- Slider to change key radius;
Look forward to seeing some cool new themes.
Following on from my article about the new cydia app for theming the iPhone keyboard, I’ve done some updates for the keyboard theme I made for the very cool Prestige theme. The update fixes the caps button, so that it doesn’t have the standard apple theming when highlighted, and turns yellow when you have caps lock on. I’ve also included a bundle of UIImages that theme the popups.
To install, download the ColorKeyboard.plist file. If you haven’t already, make a new directory in /Applications/ColorKeyboard/Themes/ called “Prestige”. Then copy the file in to the new directory.
To install the popups, download the UIImages.zip file and unzip. Then copy the contents of the directory to /Library/Themes/Prestige-HD/UIImages/.
Having written recent posts on theming the iPhone and jailbreaking the iPhone, it would be remiss of me not to note the recent release of a very cool theming tool for jailbroken phones called ColorKeyboard.
This is a paid for app on Cydia, but I think worth it for what it does. Those that are familiar with iPhone theming may know about an app called iAcces. This is an app that was originally designed to provide Asian language keyboards, but has been hijacked by theme makers to provide themed keyboards for their themes. However, there are a few drawbacks (at least from my point of view) of iAcces. First, it’s damn expensive. Secondly, it is it’s own keyboard “system”, so it effectively replaces the native keyboard, and behaves quite differently – it takes a lot of getting used to. Thirdly, it takes up a lot of RAM, which can be a problem on a device that has limited RAM. Fourthly, it drains my battery faster than it would otherwise with the native keyboard.
ColorKeyboard is different from iAcces in a number of respects. It basically themes the native keyboard, so all of the downsides to iAcces I’ve listed above don’t apply. Furthermore, customising the keyboard theme is very easy – although you will have to get your hands dirty in a bit of XML style configuration. The finished product looks pretty good. So if you’re into iPhone theming and want to take things a little bit further, download and start playing with ColorKeyboard. They have a good tutorial on their website on how to make a theme for it.
If you use the Prestige theme, here’s a copy of my theme file.