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*** [ROM] - Themed ICS Venture Update - Jan. 22 2013 ***

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Themed elements:

Browser
Contacts
Deskclock
Framework-res
Mms
PackageInstaller
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Settings
Systemui
LatinIME
Wallpaper - 1x1 pixel,black to minimize system use. Can change to any wallpaper you like.


* Replaced Launcher with current and new release of ADW Launcher.

(Will need to customize ADW to configure it the way you want it upon start up. Drag and drop your dock icons in to their normal places you like them after start up. Also turn off the google dock bar option in adw settings unless you want to reinstall google search from play store.)

* Replaced Gallery3D with custom gallery viewer.

* Replaced Stock Music with custom Music Player.

* Replaced File Manager with custom root file manager.

* Replaced Keyboard with custom Keyboard.

* Removed VPN Dialogs from system

* Removed GenieWidget News and Weather system app.

* Removed Google Custom Search application. Tends to use a lot of internal memory. Can be reinstalled from play store if needed.

* Edited stock wallpaper at start to 1x1 pixel,black to limit internal memory use. Most people will want to change their wallpaper anyway,so editing the size of this will reduce its internal use.

* Ringtones,Notifications and Alarms cut to barebones. Most people will want to use their own media for these anyway and having a ton of them in the system partition only takes away from internal memory that can be freed up for other operations.

* Edited start up and shut down splash screens.

Should be a noticeable speed increase right away. All replaced system applications are only a few kb in size difference than their stock counterparts plus giving the additional features the stock do not. Total rom size increase was approximately 6.0 MB total for a total rom size of 76.6 MB. Thats about half original stock rom size. Should run smoothly with extra overhead available in system now.

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This rom application wise and visual style wise is complete. I will pass on additional features and updates that are not application and style wise (unless drac deems to make changes in this area) to drac to add,subtract and modify as he sees fit. I consider this a collaboration with drac as an equal contributor. He has say in making any changes he sees fit without the need to consult me. I expect that in time he may want to make useful changes to this after taking the time he needs to complete his own projects. May want to incorporate any useful items from this to any project he may be working on. Or vice versa. It is his call to do so as needed. He also has at his discretion to bring to or remove from any project member he sees fit concerning this project for help,etc..


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As always a big thank you goes out to Leslie Ann for bringing the Aeneas Rom Package to The Venture. She is well known in the android community for bringing a rom building set to phones like the PCD Venture so users can begin to make their own rom for their device. Without her packages for all these devices..many would have never saw a customized rom. So if you see her here or other places that you frequent online..thank her.



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How to install:

Download rom,enter clockwork mod,make a backup of your current system,perform wipes/formats,flash rom,reboot.


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Download ICS Venture 2.zip from Sendspace.com - send big files the easy way
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hey curtis! thanks for the theme! ill b on top of testing and screenshots as soon as i finish the flashing and initial testing of harmonia! what's a good screenshot app?
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screenshot ux from play store works good.
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i got the screenshots via SDK. screenshot ux distorted images, along with all other screenshot apps i tried.
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good to hear the sdk got it. look forward to seeing how things turned out. this phone is a but different than other vm phones. i may need to tweak some stuff. but hopefully not to much.
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downloading now! ill post results and screenshots after i flash! thanks for ur time man! much appreciated!
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thanks drac..if there are any issues i think i know what they might be,but its nothing major..some ui image resizing will fix. ill check after work for your findings. if the ui stuff is an issue ill fix the issues and upload a fresh fix by tuesday evening.
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Another screenshot option: You could do them on your computer using androidscreencast. I suspect that whatever you're doing with the SDK (care to explain more?) is similar anyway.
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How to take screenshots on the Motorola DROID 3 - Know Your Cell
Check out that link on the SDK method for screenshots. If u already have your drivers and SDK installed, skip to step 9.
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I thought there might be some useful tools there and I was right. I'm glad you posted that.

FYI, androidscreencast is a pleasant way to operate your phone and get screenshots when you've already got ADB drivers working...you just run it and you have your phone in a window on your computer, where you can use your mouse and full-size keyboard to operate the phone and Alt+PrtScr to get screenshots (though they'll have a few extra controls visible too unless you use a snipping tool).
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Alrighty... Installation went well. No glitches there! First thing i noticed after install was that the boot animation was the stock VM one. i didnt know if it was intentional or not, so i thought id mention it. Next thing was the wallpaper. I wasnt sure if the default wallpaper was supposed to come up as the LWP or not (tested LWP tho, works great after u select it). Next thing i noticed was the "ghost" widget on the home screen. tried switching around some options, tried deleting and reinstalling widget, no luck. tried installing a couple other widgets, which seemed to work fine. Next i checked out the app closet. Everything worked awesome in there, but on the Venture's small low-res screen, squinting was a must to be able to read the text below the apps. As you will see in the screenshots, the numbers on the dialer were cut off. All menus and notifications looked great. As you will see on the lock screen photo, my phone was plugged in and charging and had plenty of battery life, but on the notification bar, the battery shows as red. as soon as i unplugged it, the battery symbol went to full, but when i plugged it back in, right back to empty. the battery hasnt drained yet while unplugged, so i dont know if the draining graphics are working correctly or not yet. all the animations and basic GUI functions seem to be working great. tested all other apps, all seem to be working fine. it's an awesome theme tho! cant wait for a final release!!



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this is very helpful. i thought the dialer icons might be offset in size. i cheated a bit hoping the phone would do its on resize from mdpi to ldpi. but its not a major issue. i can manually resize them. ill take a look at the battery icons and make sure everything matches up with original venture set. theres probably a few named differently. the elite had same issues with signal icons. i did redraw the signal icons manually for the venture,good to see they turned out well. once i get the dialer icons set ill up another final release to the forums. i think i can optimize things even further also. clean up some of my sloppiness and that'll increase response time. ill also select another font type other than sony sketch to improve font size.



edit: just noticed the wallpaper reverting to stock. i have changed it. it must need to be changed in another apk also. cant think of another reason why the added one didnt load. but shouldnt be to difficult to track down. as for the boot animation,yeah i left that the same. didnt want to break it until i can create one or find some compatible ones that will work on the venture.
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right on man! u need screens of anything else? i tested everything i could think of, but u never kno, i could have missed something. anyway, it seemed to run great! i cant believe u got my internal storage down to 37 megs! 181 free is a lot better than the 144 free it came with (i believe that was the number after the mobile ID pack install).
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i think i can bring down internal storage even more,is worldclock a must have system app? how about the spanish language pack? its got some size to it...also what about easy installer? check these apps out by uninstalling them and rebooting in my build to see if you get any crashes or oddities..also is play store installed properly in my build? i thought i left it in..labled vending.apk i think..some stuff is labeled differently. and yeah i need a screen of the settings screen in general and also of browser if possible. browser with its menus opened up..want to really do some stuff to it i havent yet.


edit: i think i can get overall rom size down to around 60 mb? and clear up another 6-9 mb internal..maybe a bit more.


heres the apps i left in but hope can be removed..

worldclock.apk (might be system..dont know)
Spanishpack_with_curve.apk (probably can be removed)
touchpal.apk (unfamiliar with app)
picotts.apk (this one is usually safe to remove on most devices)
myfiles.apk (probably can be removed)
memo.apk (not sure if needed)
jrdpowersaver.apk (this one is unfamiliar to me..left it)
home.apk (seemed needed but not sure)
easyinstaller.apk (not sure on this one either)
digitalclock.apk (not sure about system status on this one..looks removable though)



if we can get these removed..internal space increases a fair amount.
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ill check if those apps can uninstall too.


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ok those things look ok..notice a few small issues in browser menus i want to correct..im going to take a few days to work on all this so the next release is a final one.
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right on man. i gotta take off for a bit, but ill b back in a few hours and do some testing with those apps for u!
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As you will see on the lock screen photo, my phone was plugged in and charging and had plenty of battery life, but on the notification bar, the battery shows as red. as soon as i unplugged it, the battery symbol went to full, but when i plugged it back in, right back to empty. the battery hasnt drained yet while unplugged, so i dont know if the draining graphics are working correctly or not yet.

is it just usb charging that gives the false battery icon? or all charging. im assuming from your previous posts thats your phone is connected to the pc to take the screen shot. im just asking because i know the phone can tell when its a/c charging, and usb charging. i mean, maybe its a simple thing, but set cpu has a profile specifically for usb charging and a/c charging and they work independently.

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alrighty, im back. hey curtis, i could just freeze those apps with titanium backup or something to check and see if they r safe to remove, right?
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yeah you could freeze them,should render the same results we are looking for,meantime im fixing the dialer issues and cleaning up some stuff.
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updated check original post. fixes include dialer,battery,wallpaper and more. as for the apps discussed that may be removed or not,i didnt remove those and actually restored google search and geniewidget to fix a possible break on this device. if you think the other apps can be removed safely,use an app like sytem tuner to uninstall them to free up more system space. be sure to back up before making any changes or flashing this rom so you have something to return to if anything goes wrong,which shouldnt.

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say, i have holo launcher plus, and i would like to make this rom have IT as the default launcher? would this be easy to code?
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i think i can round up plus to add vs standard,and wait on downloading this until i repost again..dialer is still having issues. im pulling the download until later this evening.
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OK...this beast is tamed. There should be no more issues in anything. Enjoy.
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hey, sorry curtis. been crazy, crazy busy. never got time to test the 2nd release, but i flashed ur 3rd release a few hours ago and its AWESOME! not a single bug so far! thanks everybody for all ur time and dedication on giving this nifty little phone exactly what it needed! after flashing ur themed rom, ive seen much snappier performance, a dramatic increase in battery life (also a much, much lower average battery temp), and a huge boost in freed internal storage. i still have yet to test the list of possibly removable system apps, but after i do, ill post a list to this thread. anyway, thanks again, and awesome job!!
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sounds good drac. if you think those other apps can be removed ok,then ill update and remove them to give everything a boost in performance. also when you arent to busy,post a few new screens so we can update what we have to reflect changes. that dialer was difficult to fix,no matter what changes i made they didnt want to stick in the rom after transferring. i finally ended up layering over top the originals and bringing their opacity to zero..then it took.
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ya, dialer turned out beautiful bro! props on gettin it to work! i did notice that the issue with the battery icon wasnt fixed either. sorry, i was testing the rom on the go, and i forgot about the issue of the icon while plugged in. it still shows the empty red icon, whether its plugged in to the charger or the computer. i'll definitely post some screens later on today for u. i'll be testing with those apps later today too, so ill post those results as well!
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ok..i redrew all the original icons for the battery in ics coloring..dang that should have fixed it. well i wont stop until it is. weve got a few things left to do then.
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drac! i need a test! eh, i guess i could just give it a whirl....
wait
wait

will i need to call and have them reactivate it?
or is there a code i can do it myself?
or will it do it automatically?
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I'm going to track down the battery animation issue tomorrow. will post a fix sometime in the evening.
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oh and are the signal bars changing color properly? should not be gingerbread green.
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sorry guys. been working all day long. im gonna start testing and get screens up when i get home. should b home within the next hour or so. curtis, the signal bar is working perfectly in a beautiful blue!
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ugghhh... finally home. long day... starting testing now...
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i accidentally posted 2 screens i took of the home screen, and didnt feel like rearranging all my IMG coding. lol! anyway, u will notice that in some screens the battery is red, some it's full blue. after it finishes charging, it goes full blue, but until it reaches 100%, it's the empty red icon. the anis for the battery draining while it is unplugged and discharging seem to be working as normal. as u will see in the last screen, the reception bars ARE turning blue. it's just that most of the screens i took with my unactivated test Venture, so i could get them from a clean flash. anyway, im gonna go test out those apps now and find out what we need, and what we dont! ill post back n a bit!











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ok, so here's what i came up with...

worldclock.apk - No Issues Noticed After Removal
Spanishpack_with_curve.apk - No Issues Noticed After Removal
touchpal.apk - No Issues Noticed After Removal
picotts.apk - No Issues Noticed After Removal
myfiles.apk - No Issues Noticed After Removal
memo.apk - No Issues Noticed After Removal
jrdpowersaver.apk - No Issues Noticed After Removal
home.apk - *Immediately causes constant Force Closes*
easyinstaller.apk - No Issues Noticed After Removal
digitalclock.apk - No Issues Noticed After Removal

Also, unless u know of any known issues, it seems that the Tts Service should be fine to remove as well. I ran into no issues.
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ok im going to go back through the rom now and remove all that bloat and fix the battery hopefully..looks like the signal icons arent changing to blue like they should be either..ill post back in a bit with an upload. thanks drac
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in my comments with the screens, i mentioned that the signal bars ARE working correctly. they r not blue in most the screens cuz i took them on my test Venture which isnt activated. if u look at the very last screen, you will c a screen of my activated phone running your rom, with beautiful blue signal bars!
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i notice that at least one of the battery charge icons is working..the fully charged one..and then it seems to be jumping past all the others and using the last charging icon which is flat dead.
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yeah, the anis are perfect all the way thru for discharge, its just when charging that it shows flat dead (until fully charged, then it shows the full blue icon).

edit: the full blue icon only appears when fully charged while attached to PC. when fully charged from a wall adapter, battery still shows flat dead. as soon as u unplug it, it jumps to the full blue.
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stupid me... don't delete myfiles.apk. i didnt think about it cuz i had already installed root explorer, but if u delete myfiles.apk, u have no way to browse the file system. :-P
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So, these APKs that are (at least somewhat) necessary; do they come as System apps or as User apps that can be easily uninstalled? Might want to uninstall myfiles.apk after installing a file manager...

Keep up the good work guys, it sounds like I might want this ROM for the performance, increased free space, and improved battery life.
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yeah, i say its definitely worth flashing to this rom. the apks we r talking about r system apps. i uninstalled with titanium backup.
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ok update is up,check original post. removed the extra bloat and trimmed size to 70 mb. hopefully fixed the battery charging icon issue..went through that with a fine tooth comb..cant be much else if anything,causing the issue.
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stupid me... don't delete myfiles.apk. i didnt think about it cuz i had already installed root explorer, but if u delete myfiles.apk, u have no way to browse the file system. :-P

its ok to delete myfiles.apk,you can download far better file explorers on the play store or google root explorer apk on google..its your friend!! lol
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again, same question...never answered. when i do finally flash this rom, is the activation process simple, like do i just use the activation app?
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yeah the activation app is included. you can use it,or call VM directly. but usually your customer data will already be there.
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and if your device has never been activated, you can still use this ROM just like original stock to activate with help of VM manually where VM will get your device info and put it in on their end and walk you through entering proper info on the phone. or using the activation app..which I never use because most times it errors out and you have to call VM anyway.
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My noobness is about to show:

So when you flash a ROM you have to activate again? I better go and find a ROM flashing for dummies post somewhere...
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Yes, i have already activated. So reactivateing is not needed thru vm i assume
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your current info will be passed on to this rom. in the event it isn't which I highly doubt will occur,you can use the activate app or call VM to manually input info.
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