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Created: hor255 (22 Mar 2007)
Last edited: hamishwillee (03 Jun 2013)

Announcements.pngCarbide.ui plug-in for Series 40 Developer Platform 2.0 (Full Touch UI) (15 Jun 2012): A new plug-in is available for the creation of themes for Series 40 Developer Platform 2.0 (full touch) phones. The plug-in is available through the plug-in manager feature of Carbide.ui. For more information on the theme capabilities supported by the plug-in, see Carbide.ui plug-in for Series 40 Developer Platform 2.0 (Full Touch UI).



Q: What tools or support Nokia provides in Nokia Developer to theme all Nokia devices?

A: Carbide.ui is the theme tool which helps Nokia theme designers or device users to create world class themes for almost all Nokia devices.

Currently, there are 3 Carbide.ui tools and few phone plug-ins available for Nokia theme solution and avalaiable in Nokia Developer.

Carbide.ui support details:

  • For Symbian' explore “Carbide.ui Symbian Theme Edition 4.0
  • For Series 40 explore “Carbide.ui Series 40 Theme Edition 4.0
  • For Audio themes and Symbian 2nd Edition platform only explore “Carbide.ui 3.4 Theme Edition

You can explore and download appropriate Carbide.ui tool here

Q: How can I customize my tool bar?

A: Change the position of different items on the toolbar by dragging the vertical bar next to the shortcut symbol.

Q: My PC's virtual memory is almost full. How can I reduce the load on my computer?

A: Closed themes require less memory. Close all the themes you are not working on if you want Carbide.ui to perform optimally. Closed themes are still located in the local file system.

Q: How do I resize the views?

A: Drag the mouse to the outline of the view. A black arrow appears, allowing you to drag the view's outline.

Q: Do you know that there is dynamic help available for most of the wizards?

A: Just press F1 and get context specific help related to the wizard that is active.

Q: How do I view the Carbide.ui error log?

A: In the menu bar, select Help -> About Carbide.ui Theme Edition -> Configuration Details ->View Error Log.

Q: How do I toggle between different screens in the Editor?

A: If the screen in the Editor is not the one you want to edit, you can use the Gallery view to gain fast access to a desired screen of the theme. Also, if you have multiple themes open, you can click the tab of the theme you want to edit.

Theme Creation – Symbian

Q: How do I check if a theme component is supported different Symbian releases?

A: In Editor, highlight the component. The Properties view displays the supported Symbian releases for that component.

Q: How can I see how my theme progresses compared with the standard Symbian themes?

A: You can monitor the process of your theme creation from Resources and Components view. Edited elements are marked with blue color. Navigator View presents theme files.

Q: How can I find a shortcut for launching third party icons definition tool?

A: On the tool bar, just next to the packaging shortcut, you should see a TPI icon. You can use this tool bar shortcut to quickly invoke third party icons definition tool. You may also use Tools -> Define Third Party Icons... menu to achieve the same result.

Q: How can I copy-paste a set of elements directly from one theme to another?

A: Select a set of elements from one theme copy them by pressing Ctrl + C. Go to other theme. Right click anywhere in the Resources view sub categories/ Components view elements/Outline view/ Editor and choose – Paste Elements(s) into Theme. This will paste the images to the corresponding elements irrespective of where the right click is done.

Q: Do you know how easy it is to find a preview screen while creating themes?

A: Just click on the intended application tab in the Tabbed preview in editor which list all the screens of the corresponding application. Open the Screen in editor by selecting the Preview screen from a particular application. Also, you can Add or Remove your favourite screen to the Favourites tab.

Q: How can I use the referenced colours?

A: If you want to:

  • create themes with specific colours and
  • if would like to change the colour at one place and see how rest of theme is impacted

Referenced Colours is the mechanism for you. Use referenced colours (Use Window -> Show view -> Referenced Colours if you do not already see it below gallery) to add a new colour group. Use this colour group to define colours.

Q: How can I modify the name of the referenced colour?

A: Click on the name of the referenced colour from Referenced colour view. The name becomes editable. Change the name and press enter.

Q: How can I search all the elements connected to a referenced colour?

A: Right click on the referenced colour in the Referenced Colours view. Choose Search linked elements.

Q: How can I preview & edit the Colour Gradients for a element?

A: Use the new Colour Editing mechanism in Carbide.ui to edit even the Gradients of a colour and preview the changes before confirmation. To achieve this, open the Colour editing dialog by selecting Change Colour option from the Properties view.

Q: Do you know that you can take content from other theme for faster theme creation?

A: Just right click on any of the component groups in the Resources view. Select Take content from to copy theme elements from other existing themes.

Q: How do I make the Navi pane or other BG elements transparent?

A: There is 2 steps to add transparency to all Navi pane or background elements.
1. Using C.ui 4.0 Symbian tool, it is possible as well.

  • Select and "drag and drop" any optional graphics image (e.g. - qsn_bg_area_status) which are not skinned.
  • Paste it to any Navi pane elements or other bg elements.
  • You can see, the Navi pane element is looking transparent by dropping the default optional graphics

2. You can make transparent using third party tool like in illustrator CS by Control “opacity value” in Transparency.

Q: How can I copy only the skinned elements from Components view in a single click?

A: Select a particular group/sub-group in the Resources view. All the elements belonging to it will be shown in the Components view. Now, right click on that particular group/sub-group in the Resources view. Choose Copy Elements -> Skinned only. Skinned only will appear only if one / more elements in the Components view for the particular group/sub-group have been skinned.

Q: How do I replace a multi piece image with a Single file and still see it as multi piece?

A: Carbide.ui has a unique feature of slicing a single svg image to a required number of parts for a multi piece svg element. To achieve this, select the multi piece component in Properties view and browse to the single svg file you would like to slice. Try Slicing to slice the svg into desired number of parts.

Q: Do you know that you can convert a 9-piece element into single piece?

A: For multiple reasons including faster rendering, phones allow multipiece elements to be associated to theme-able elements. However, if you want to just associate a single image to a multi piece element, Carbide.ui helps you with a Convert to single piece option on the right click menu.

Q: How can I see all the available preview screens in one file?

A: Carbide.ui gives you an option to view all the available preview screens in a single file. This can be done by exporting the preview screens to a PDF file by using the Export to PDF option in Carbide.ui.

Q: How can I create DRM package?

A: In the packaging window, select DRM option in the Protection group and create package. In the Packagingoutput folder, a DRM folder is created.

Q: How can I install phone plug-ins in Carbide.ui tool?

A: Phone plugins are necessary to get phone specific previews and thus create effective themes. Open Window -> Preferences -> Plugin Management. This page will help you to manage plugins.

Animation – Symbian

Q: How do I get a fast access to editing effect parameters?

A: Right-click the effect in the Animation editor.

Q: What are control points?

A: Control points are used in animations. They define the values of effect parameters on a specific moment in the timeline.

Theme Creation – Series 40

Q: How do I check if a theme component is supported different Series 40 releases?

A: In Editor, highlight the component. The Properties view displays the supported Series 40 releases for that component.

Q: How can I access the components?

A: The Resources view allows you fast access to different components.

Q: How do I find out what component I am about to edit?

A: To easily find out what component you are about to edit, click a component in the Editor. The Resources view displays the mobile screen element that the component belongs to. Also, the tool tip displays the name of the component.

Q: How do I monitor the progress of my theme?

A: A good way to follow the progress of a theme is to open Navigator View. This way you can view the files of the theme along with the outline and the different tasks you have added to your to-do list. Also, notice blue mark in Resources and Component View that is marking that the element has been skinned.

Q: How do I access a theme component, for example, a list highlight?

A: If you want to quickly access a certain component of a theme in the Carbide.ui, select the Resources view, browse to the component you are looking for and click the mobile UI screen that you want.

Q: How can I access icon animation views?

A: You can access icon animation views by selecting the Resources view and the Icons element. Click the sub-element and select one of the user mobile screen locators.

Q: How can I see how my theme progresses compared with the standard Series 40 themes?

A: You can monitor the process of your theme creation from Resources and Components view. Edited elements are marked with blue color. Navigator View presents theme files.

Q: How do I edit a task in tasks list?

A: Right-click a task and select Properties to view and edit information about the task.

Q: How can I add transparency to the Navi Pane component?

A: To add a background layer to Navi Pane, select the component and go to Layers view or the Animation editor. Right-click the layer and select Add Background. Now you can add effects to the background layer.

Carbide.ui Tool's Shortcut

Q: How can I gain fast access to an external editor for a certain component?

A: Double-click the component in the editor. This opens the external editor for that component. If you click a vector graphic component, it opens the external vector graphics editor (if you have configured it).

Q: How do I create a shortcut to a certain component?

A: Select the component in the Editor, right-click it, select Add Task and create a task for the component. To later quickly access the component, click the task in the Tasks view.

Q: Is there a shortcut for closing themes?

A: In the Editor,on the tab of the theme you want to close, click X.

Q: Is there a shortcut to the Properties window?

A: Highlight the desired theme or component in the Navigator view and press Alt + Enter. Also, you can right-click the highlighted component and select Properties.

FAQ based on Nokia Developer Forum

This FAQ is based on questions from the Nokia Developer Forum

Q: Can I edit sis files in the Carbide.ui?

A: No. You can edit existing theme project directory, import project zipped or in tpf form.

Q: Can I convert bitmap format (PNG, GIF) to vector format (SVG)?

A: No. Although it is possible to embed the PNG file inside the SVG this does not convert bitmap format to the vector format (so when resizing SVG containing bitmap image inside, the image gets distorted). And besides embedded bitmaps are not supported anyway.

Q: What is the recommended SVG editor for the Carbide.ui?

A: I would say that there is not any specially preferred SVG editor. The most important thing is that the editor gets the job done. You can find links to SVG editors on the SVG page. Please note that the SVG files are converted during the edition to the SVG Tiny format, that is subset of SVG format specification.

Q: How can I extract and edit default icons from Symbian 3rd Edition phones?

A: Unless they are not released for public use, you cannot do it.

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