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  • WinterViewer - Preview WinterBoard Themes On Your PC


    NOTE: There is an application similar to this for the PC that is in BETA and is already available called iDesigner. More geared for designers than the avid iPhone user though. Read more [ame="http://www.ipodtouchfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245104"]here[/ame]

    UPDATE:
    using Mono (Main Page - Mono) you can run iDesigner on linux and even Mac


    I caught wind today of an Windows Application that is in development by a the folks over at BeYourIPhone and a user by the name of AleBiT, that is designed to let you preview WinterBoard themes on your PC before installing them to your iPhone.

    Don't get your hopes up just yet. Although the application is still in development (it looks like it still needs MAJOR development work, and it's not even in english, let alone its not exactly the most stable over at beyouriphone), this will be a more than useful tool for those of us with Jailbroken iPhones and a large amount of WinterBoard Themes. I can spend an hour just browsing themes and trying them out, so this could save a lot of time from respringing my iPhone a gazillion times.

    This is also good news for Theme creators. I've personally been working a theme in development called Elemental, and when I test out a new set of icons I can end up respringing my phone enough times to want to bash my head into the wall.

    Keep your eyes peeled for this one and possibly some others, hopefully one for us Mac users. It's too bad the iPhone simulator didn't sync with the iPhone. Would be PERFECT for theme testing.

    Not sure how often this will be updated but you can check out the developers blog here: AleBiT Dev Blog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: WinterViewer - Preview WinterBoard Themes On Your PC started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      yeah, i hope they complete this all the way thorugh!
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Boker View Post
      that's cool
      who's the cutie in your signiture? lol

      i definitely like the preview feature of this! i might just get it.
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpenserJ View Post
      So I definitely took that as a challenge and am now working on my own app for Mac users :P After about 6 hours of work, it has a nice interface, dynamically loads the themes from a folder, and can display a basic iphone interface. Not bad for a first attempt with Cocoa and Obj-c. If WinterViewer and iDesigner work out pretty well (as there are probably quite a few bugs still), and I can get my app finished and released, this would turn what is currently a tedious task (if you are checking out quite a few themes) into a walk in the park.

      Looking forward to the updates on these two!
      Spenser
      Excellent! I was hoping this would encourage someone to take the challenge! WAhoooo! let me know of any future updates

      nickhesson AT modmyi DOT com
    1. agentfubu's Avatar
      agentfubu -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      No need to change, just give credit where credit is needed
      Can I have a link to the theme in the screenshot then? And I'll post it below my screenshots

      Also using Mono (Main Page - Mono) you can run iDesigner on linux and even Mac without any problems
      When I release 1.0 (later this week) I will post instructions on how to get it running on linux/Mac.
    1. SpenserJ's Avatar
      SpenserJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by agentfubu View Post
      Also using Mono (Main Page - Mono) you can run iDesigner on linux and even Mac without any problems
      When I release 1.0 (later this week) I will post instructions on how to get it running on linux/Mac.
      Oh nice. That is definitely good news, but I have never been a big fan of running apps in Wine. They tend to be ugly, slow, and glitchy :P Especially when you add Mono in. What language did you code iDesigner in anyways?

      Spenser
    1. agentfubu's Avatar
      agentfubu -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpenserJ View Post
      Oh nice. That is definitely good news, but I have never been a big fan of running apps in Wine. They tend to be ugly, slow, and glitchy :P Especially when you add Mono in. What language did you code iDesigner in anyways?

      Spenser
      I wrote iDesigner in C#.
      A nice thing about mono is that it themes it natively, so it looks like a normal application in the OS (To some extent ) (http://www.mccreations.us/idesigner/iDesigner_mono.png)
      And with mono you wouldn't even need Wine.
      But if you're working on a mac version keep it up! A native version is always better than a crossover.
    1. SpenserJ's Avatar
      SpenserJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by agentfubu View Post
      I wrote iDesigner in C#.
      A nice thing about mono is that it themes it natively, so it looks like a normal application in the OS (To some extent ) (http://www.mccreations.us/idesigner/iDesigner_mono.png)
      And with mono you wouldn't even need Wine.
      But if you're working on a mac version keep it up! A native version is always better than a crossover.
      Haha right, sorry, its been a while since I fiddled with mono. And I hadn't noticed that you said mono in your first message, so I thought it would require wine. Mono does do a decent job of theming it nicely, however it doesn't use the native elements. If you want some help on your app, just let me know. I did C# apps for quite a few years when I was on winblows, so I can definitely help out if need be. Got msn or anything? I love connecting with other devs and hearing how they do stuff, so if you are interested, my msn is brilliantwinter [at] hotmail [d] com.

      Spenser
    1. SpenserJ's Avatar
      SpenserJ -
      If anyone is looking for a mac version similar to this, I have developed the basics for one and have it at http://goml.info/viewforum.php?f=43. Its fairly basic at this point, and the create/edit/add/remove functionality doesn't really work, but that will be coming over the next few days. Place all of your themes in ~/WinterMac/ and then start up the application, and it should find all of your themes.

      Spenser