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09-06-2010, 05:17 PM #481
09-06-2010, 05:26 PM #482
I started theming about 12 years ago, PC desktop customization and some app theming. I have been an administrator on some of the most popular PC theme sites around. I speak from firsthand experience in front of and behind 'the community'. In the beginning, the community was small and everything was free. Then as the whole idea of it gained in popularity, mostly as the result of a few very talented artists putting out some really good stuff, some aspects began to gain a premium tag and were occasionally charged for. Sometimes it was the app itself, sometimes it was preferred access to the good stuff on a site, and sometimes it was the theme itself. Usually the theme would be showcased somewhere, and only available through the author or authors website. So theming has not always been "opensource", I assure you. Most of what I have seen over the years has started out as tinkering, which lead to asking for opinions and/or help and the next thing you know, everybody is doing it. Out of this comes people who think they can grab a stolen copy of Photoshop and trace a red line over something and call it a new theme, as well as some very talented artists putting in tremendous amounts of work, and heart, into creating something beautiful and worth using. Creating a good theme is no less difficult than coding a good application, and can often require artistic skill as well as code. All that being said...
If you don't want to support something, don't.
But saying that charging for work, in any format what so ever, is wrong or even against the best interests of 'the community' is infantile. If we all held true to that reasoning, we would still be using a stick with a rock tied to it on a cave wall.
... and more to the point than anything, pirated works are stealing. Period. No one pirates free stuff.
I think I'll go make a donation to barsoverbeats for his CLASSified theme right now. In fact, I'm going to his site, that he pays for, to do it. Then I'm going to make some mods for his theme and see if anyone likes them. Then, later tonight, I'll start putting together this idea i have in my head for a theme. I know that if I put enough work into it, it will be good, maybe even good enough for people to buy.
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09-06-2010, 06:07 PM #483
I get what you're saying dorkydood. And I was never involved in the pc theming world until I got into linux, which most definitely is open source. I am speaking from a cell phone point of view. I guess what it comes down to is, the iphone was kind of what really brought the computer into a phone.
09-07-2010, 12:19 AM #484
not one dime charged.
and thats just one site that carries themes for winamp.
09-08-2010, 08:03 AM #485
@candymanmike - hey bro - I wanted to thank you again for being such a stand- up guy. I too have taken a lot of what you've said in our dialogues to heart and you have opened my eyes to a very valid viewpoint on this matter. Hope everything's going well for you and the family
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09-09-2010, 10:36 AM #486
...pretty interesting article if anyone is wondering why mediafire went down a few days ago... and I know this thread has broken off into a "paid vs free" tangent a little, but this article will also provide some insight into the original intent -- PIRACY
Massive International BitTorrent Raid: Where Will We Download Mad Men Now? | Fast Company
09-10-2010, 12:07 AM #487
that bit-torrent raid has been going on for some time now.
some company in U.K developed software to track illegal torrent downloads. about 2 months ago they started setting up shops in all of E.U and the majority of the U.S.A
not very long after this started, rapidshare started to shut down accounts and delete suspected piracy files. Megaupload, mediafire, hotfile, etc.. will all be next.
to be honest...its about damned time. only took them the better part of a decade to do this =/
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10-21-2010, 01:36 PM #492
I am about to release my 10th and "final" theme then that's it.
10-28-2010, 03:33 PM #493
Hey dan, i'm new to theme making and i made a simple theme, a final fantasy theme now i'm not sure you're the right person to ask but il ask anyway.
my theme is doing well, its got over 1000 downloads in a couple of days.
now i couldn't charge for this theme (copyright issue?) and i dont want to, but could i ask for donations? I would like to get a proper editing software like photoshop and would need donations to achieve this, can i do it?
Any help is appreciated.
11-13-2010, 06:57 AM #494hello from Afghanistan
Hello to all. I havent really posted anything on this site but i do come here on a day to day basis to see whats going on in the iphone community. I ran across this thread today and read as much as time allowed me to. Im currently in the Army stationed in Afghanistan. And as you all might not know most soldiers here have iphones from the states. I am constantly being asked, "hey how did you do that to your iphone?" And I reply modmyi.com. We dont get much here where I am, but we do get some internet, (like dial up)and ya'll cant begin to understand how much joy a simple thing such as a new theme for an iphone bings to someone when they have really nothing else. I know it probably sounds stupid but when your sitting in some of the situations we are in and a soldier sees a new theme for the first time, that smile is priceless. So dont think the work you do goes unappreciated..I know some soldiers in Afghanistan that would thank you from the bottom of thier hearts. Thanks for all you do, we will never take it for granted.
11-13-2010, 09:45 AM #495
11-15-2010, 03:52 AM #496
True there a lot of crap themes out there, just take a picture for a lockscreen and one for a wallpaper and hey presto you got a new theme. There are thousand of those around.
Regarding the quality of a theme that is up to each themer, depending on his/her standards in terms of detail perfection combined with talent. To create a really nice theme can take weeks, all done in spare time, it is a hobby after all.
So, what are the reasons for making a theme?
And the answers to that question determine if the theme is free or commercial.
To get paid for your time and work, your theme has to please the main stream end user's taste (not neccessarily the themer's taste!), otherwise nobody would buy it. But as soon as you have to pay for something there will always people that are determined to get around this, often not because they like the theme and do not have the money, it is more the challenge to being able to get something for free that otherwise requires payment.
I personally - emphasis is my own personal opinion - like to make the look and feel of my phone in a way that I like and that suits me best. Hence I will make a theme that I like, I give a s*** what other people think about it. However I still release it (usually without custom icons as other people have apps I do not have and there are no custom icon for those and I would not make 90.000+ custom icons, even if you pay me) and if just one other person uses it, unedited or changed, then the release was worth it. Any work I have done, does not matter if it was a skin, theme, programs or firmwares, they always are free to use and to be changed. OK, not everybody has the same "OpenSource" attitude to their work as I have, fair enough.
But to suggest that free themes are aweful because people do not spend a lot of time on them is not correct. Afterall the person who created that theme will most likely have it on their phone and I don't thing that they would accept a crappy theme creation.
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11-22-2010, 04:30 PM #497
god! this ain't done yet this thread???? hah!! must have not been away for too long then!!!
01-24-2011, 04:10 AM #498
Maybe it sounds dumb but, why would you give your theme to anyone (you dont trust) before you release it? If you dont do that, your theme can be leaked.
02-01-2011, 08:34 PM #499
hello i was just wondering when the new iphon......... oh sorry i thought that steve jobs was posting on this thread on the other hand i understand what your saying but........ cydia and the whole deal is becoming the apple app store i gotta pay for a theme come on now whats the point of a jailbreak... jesus would not approve
02-01-2011, 08:47 PM #500
The point of jailbreaking is definitely NOT to condone stealing. It is to simply allow users to customize their devices to their liking and find tweaks and packages that aren't available through the app store. If you think that the only reason cydia and jailbreaking exists is so you can get everything you want for free, you're sadly mistaken.