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As you may have noticed, after the transition to 3.0 none of the old sms themes worked. The reason for this is because the messages.app has changed substantially since sms.app....
08-31-2009, 11:28 PM #1
Update your SMS themes for chatkit.framework
As you may have noticed, after the transition to 3.0 none of the old sms themes worked. The reason for this is because the messages.app has changed substantially since sms.app. Now the images that are used in the sms frontend are located in ChatKit.framework.
Recently Saurik has updated winterboard so that his previous shortcut "SMSBackground.png" works again (just like the wallpaper.png). he also added a remap for the older image names. Now winterboard checks for the images in chatkit.framework and if they are not present it checks for the images from the old SMS.app and if they exist it will use those. "Why Bother to Update the images if it will still work?" you might ask? Because by adding this remap it will now effect performance in Messages.app. To avoid this you simply have to change the location and maybe the image names.
To access the ChatKit.framework you simply use "Folders". For anyone not familiar with this method all you need to do is add a directory to your theme called "Folders" and beneath that "ChatKit.framework". It can also be accessed through Bundles but i feel that Bundles is deprecated. As stated earlier "SMSBackground.png" still works.
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06-29-2010, 08:39 AM #2
06-29-2010, 09:54 AM #3
You do realize this post is from 2009 right?
06-29-2010, 10:53 AM #4
yeah... but its stickied, and still completely relevant.
08-18-2010, 11:31 PM #5
so correct me if im wrong....
in order to make a custom background for your SMS all u need to do is upload a .png named SMSBackground.png to the chatkit frameworks folder??
and does anyone know the dimentions of this BG?
im new to skinning and learning a lot as i go....
ive already moded most of the sms chatkit frameworks folder and would like to do a custom background but i cant find the file to edit....
10-08-2010, 01:20 AM #6
11-09-2010, 07:42 AM #7
How to make it workee with @2x is another question... if anyone knows the answer.
02-08-2011, 08:39 PM #8
i know this is an OLD thread... but i have had a heck of a time changing chat bubbles... UUUUGGHHH
anyways original path is /system/library/privateframeworks/chatkit.framework
to add custom sms bubble to your theme.. u need these folders.. Folders/chatkit.framework. icons name is Balloon_1~iphone.png. Balloon_2~iphone.png
IPhone 3G IOS 4.2.1
06-10-2011, 11:25 AM #9
12-02-2011, 07:26 PM #10
01-27-2012, 06:50 AM #11
02-13-2012, 08:27 PM #12
Maybe this will help cut down the level of confusion that has been created on this subject.
SMS.theme; just change SMS to the name of your theme.
This is where the originals are:
Last edited by dpmayer; 02-13-2012 at 08:30 PM.