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BlackBerry Theme Studio 5.0 - SUCKS!

BlackBerry Theme Studio 5.0

After the official release of the BlackBerry Theme Studio 5.0 we were very excited and enthusiastic to start making themes with extended compatibility with the BlackBerry OS 5.0, so we spent hours and hours doing what we enjoyed up to a moment where we got so tired with the constant bugs (which were a few) that we decided to write this post. As first there are many bugs... well everything seems to be running smoothly at first but as soon as you start doing some serious theme working things change. When we started having problems with the Theme Studio on our Windows XP desktop we decided to put it on the Vista notebook to see if something would change, but unfortunately no. We were still getting errors, fonts were changing by themselves and I am talking about the default BlackBerry fonts which sometimes disappeared and were replaced by some other font. So imagine changing the font and the font-size for all the elements for the hundredth time, untill you notice that the Call Screen fonts have been changed and hey there is no way to change them. It is frustrating, is it not?
Another thing is sometimes themes take up to 30 minutes to load and the Theme Builder just freezes. After that the fonts change as described. So what the hell is happening, the OLD Plazmic CDK 4.7 had it's bugs but it was working perfectly compared to the Theme Studio 5.0. Also the error window with the "Unknown Error" message is quite common for some reason.

The themes we are making or trying to convert to be exported for the BlackBerry OS 5.0 devices use a lot of SVG made with the Composer. The problems we encountered here are that the Composer does not export SVG when it should and the only way to get an SVG export is to use the "View SVG" option in the menu and manually copy/paste the code to the file we want. OK I can live with this. But having the SVG imported into the Theme Builder is another question. When the export is done the normal way, 3 out of 4 times there are some kind of errors that prevent the Theme Builder to load the file, so I manually checked the generated code and it seems that differs from export to export and a lot. How can it export it right one time and the next just scramble the code? Apart from that the SVG import errors that you get when loading the file into the Builder are what... all things work...or I think they do.

Another problem we had was with the hidden dock icons, somehow using the default app order for all buttons rendered the first button twice, so on slot one you have Messages and on slot 2 you have Messages again although it should be another app in that place. Creating the Composer file from scratch again solved this but why? I did exactly what I did the first time!

Sorry for writing this without any concept, but hey I am trying to do something very simple and it takes me a week to do it. I don't think that this is happening only to us, and I am sure that there are a lot of people out there with the same problems, but what we can do. NOTHING, at least for now. We will have to wait for BlackBerry to release a new updated version and hopefully theme making will be a less headache accompanied experience.

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Published on 16.12.2009 in Blackberry News

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Comments: BlackBerry Theme Studio 5.0 - SUCKS!

Posted by Mark on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 03:02
You must be very angry when you wrote this. I am too trying to do some theme work and having the same problem as you do. Hope a new version of theme studio is released soon
Posted by RobertoZ on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 06:09
I have been making themes for a lot of time and no such problems until version 5.0 BB should fix this soon cos it is impossible to work!!!!!
Posted by Brian on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 12:40
Most annoying is the call screen font issue. The fonts and caller ID picture do not show up where you set them in the designer.

Also, for some reason I have had no luck with the Zoom transitions - Zoom In and Zoom out. All the others work on my Tour 9630 running .61, but not zoom. Has anyone else had any luck with the zoom transition effect?
Posted by co2o2 on Saturday, December 19, 2009 13:31
I have used Plazmic CDK and it was not perfect but it was OK but BTS 5.0 is simply useless. I am experiencing all the problems you described plus a list long as a toilet paper. I wander if BB test their products before they release them.
Posted by doanyen on Tuesday, March 02, 2010 15:20
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