Add"Theming" Ability in App

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Blakeasd, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. Blakeasd macrumors 6502a

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    Hello.
    I am ready to submit an app to the App Store. Before I did I decided I wanted to add the ability for the user to be able to "skin" my app like Google Chrome.
    How can I achieve this?
    Thanks
     
  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6

    gnasher729

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    Don't. How much effort is it? How many more buyers will you get? How many bugs will you introduce? If someone watches a friend using your app, will they recognise it on the App Store? Do _one_ nice design.
     
  3. Blakeasd thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think you might be right. It would probably make my app 10 times slower.
     
  4. whooleytoo macrumors 603

    whooleytoo

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    Gnasher is probably right, it adds a lot of work for you and most users might think it's cool - but wouldn't miss it if it never was there.

    I did spend some time doing a skinned app that used swfs for the UI. Probably a performance hog, but was cool to play with. I never tried with a very animated swf, that could have been fun.
     
  5. Mac_Max macrumors 6502

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    I haven't really played with Interface Builder or Cocoa in a while (I'm learning Qt and usually work in Win Forms/C# & VB.net) but on the dev platforms I'm familiar with its rather trivial to set colors or overlay bmps and other images over your window object. I think that stuff is cool for music players web browsers and similar apps but skinning something like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro wouldn't make much sense ;).
     

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