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Thread: ArtWorker: Mac utility application for artwork files and more

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    Default ArtWorker: Mac utility application for artwork files and more
    Not sure if this is the right place to post this (I guess it could equally well go into the OS apps section). Since a lot of people seem interested in modifying artwork files, I have whipped up a small application for Mac OS X to simplify the process of extracting and compressing pngs from and into artwork files. I also threw in two utilities that seem to cause some headache for those who make sources, namely the date and hash keys for Installer sources. Here's the ReadMe of ArtWorker (you can also access that ReadMe through the application itself):

    ArtWorker - Version 1.1.4

    Artworker allows to access the iPhone's artwork files by extracting images out of them or recompressing modified images back into them. In addition, ArtWorker helps with generating Unix Timestamps and MD5 checksums for pasting into repository source files:

    • Extract png images from packed artwork files
    • Recompress png images into packed artwork files
    • Generate MD5 checksum for zip files
    • Generate Unix Timestamp for current date and time

    This version of ArtWorker can access all artwork files (including all Keyboard and Other artwork files) up to iPhone firmware version 1.1.4 and some of the artwork files in 1.1.2 (sorry, but not the 1.1.2 keyboard files).

    How to use ArtWorker

    ArtWorker will auto-detect the files dropped on it and perform the appropriate actions based on the received files. It presently can receive artwork and zip files as well as folders, whose names end with "pngs". All other files or folders will be ignored and prompt ArtWorker to offer help in the form of a short dialog or this Read Me text.

    • Extract png images from packed artwork files

    Drag and drop an artwork file (e.g. "MobilePackedImages.artwork") onto ArtWorker. This will launch iPhoneShop and extract the images into a new folder that is called like the dropped file and appended with "pngs" (e.g. "MobilePackedImages.artwork pngs"). The pngs folder will be created in the same directory as the artwork file.

    • Recompress png images into packed artwork files

    This is the reverse process, where a folder full of png files is recompressed into an existing artwork file. Drag and drop a folder with pngs (e.g. "MobilePackedImages.artwork pngs") onto ArtWorker. This will launch iPhoneShop and recompress the dropped folder back into the corresponding artwork file (e.g. "MobilePackedImages.artwork"). Note that the artwork file must already exist in the same directory as the pngs folder and will be overwritten.

    • Generate MD5 checksum for zip files

    Drag and drop a zip file onto ArtWork to have ArtWorker compute the MD5 checksum. The MD5 value will be shown in a dialog and also copied to the clipboard for easy pasting into the hash field of your repository source.

    • Generate Unix Timestamp for current date and time

    Double-click on ArtWork to have ArtWorker compute the Unix Timestamp for the current date and time. The Timestamp value will be shown in a dialog and also copied to the clipboard for easy pasting into the date field of your repository source.

    You can download ArtWorker here
    Last edited by armadillo; 03-27-2008 at 06:31 PM.
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    I like it in this forum and thanks!
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    good tool.... defiantly needed it
    Last edited by johnnytrann; 12-20-2007 at 05:26 PM.

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    Are there any solutions for people with Windows? Online, downloaded apps?

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    Ah, didn't see this till now; great!

    Thanks!

    Cheers, Johnny Crash

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    Just a quick update. ArtWorker 1.1.4 is now available. I have edited the first post, so check it out. All keyboard files (Common, Latin, and Japanese) are supported as well as Other.artwork.

    And before anyone asks about Windows, Get a Mac

    OMG, I have made it. It's a sticky
    Last edited by armadillo; 03-27-2008 at 11:53 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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    Thanks heaps man, exactly what I need.
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    Helps,THANKS!

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    Good Job... Thnk's

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    Dude is it me or does this crash often? I tried to decompress an artwork file and it didn't work!

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    Thanks Armadillo. I realize I'm 3 months behind on this post... but this is great. Just what I needed.

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    Many Many Thnx for this Mate ! Great App and Much Needed one!!!!
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    Do you have a version for FW2.0 yet??

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    Sorry to dig up an old thread, but is there a new link for this? The current one is bad.

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    Hi am hoping some one here can help me i am trying to use this app to open up the siri mic .artwork files but it just doesn't seem to work the folder it makes is empty and it gives me this error message



    if someone could help me that would be great here is the .artwork file is any 1 else wants to try and give it a go and send it back to me but i would really like to no how to do it myself as i really want to theme the siri mic

    siri mic.zip

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    I am getting the same error.

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    This really needs to be updated. Trying to pack an AssistantMic.artwork

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