iPhone Custom Colored SMS Bubbles

RobbySkateboard

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I definitely want to use red and blue, but the ones on the link where too light and I didn't care for them, how can I go about doing it myself for using a red/blue more like the ones the OP posted a pic of? (I am using bitesms)
 

anonymous6237

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can i get black and purple please? :D
I definitely want to use red and blue, but the ones on the link where too light and I didn't care for them, how can I go about doing it myself for using a red/blue more like the ones the OP posted a pic of? (I am using bitesms)
I'll work on the black and purple ones and get them back to you (not sure about black text on black though...have to figure out how to change font color). I'll also post the original red and blue at the same time.
 

RobbySkateboard

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I know this may seem a bit high maintenance, but could you give me a breakdown of HOW to do install it manually? Because last time it was just something it automatically did through winterboard.
 

Blueline29

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Thanks for the link. BiteSMS pulls from the stock images for the SMS bubbles so replacing the files should work for either Bite or the stock Messaging app
Except it isn't, at least not for me. I've altered most of the "...@2x" icons in the app folder and transferred them back to the device and nada. Sigh. This was so friggin' easy on the 3GS. I tweaked EVERYTHING.


...on that note, has anyone located where Apple now keeps the .png files for the original SMS app's bubbles on the iP4? I haven't been able to locate them as yet.

Edit: I'm a moron. I searched and actually found them. Same location as before, apparently, though I didn't remember that (I also hadn't changed the bubbles since right after I jailbroke last August).

/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ChatKit.framework/

and Balloon_1.png is outgoing
Balloon_2.png is incoming

Thanks to dhlizard who posted the original info. :)


Edit again: They're all showing up as what looks like blank masks (image appears blank when opened, solid black when viewed in explorer.) Grrrrrrrrrr.
 

anonymous6237

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I know this may seem a bit high maintenance, but could you give me a breakdown of HOW to do install it manually? Because last time it was just something it automatically did through winterboard.
These are the Red and Blue bubbles as shown in the first post

Ok here is the link to the files you will need: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6688660/SMS Bubbles.zip

There are a couple ways you can implement this:

With Winterboard

1) Download and Unzip the files linked above.
2) Via SSH, copy the entire "SMS Bubbles" folder into the "/private/var/stash/Themes.xxxxxx" folder on your phone
3) Respring and activate newly added theme in Winterboard
4) Respring again and enjoy

Manually via SSH

1) Download and Unzip the files linked above.
2) Via SSH, navigate to "/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ChatKit.framework"
3) Copy the 2 png files from the unzipped folder into the Chatkit.framework folder AFTER backing up the original "balloon_1@2x.png" and "balloon_2@2x.png" files.
4) Respring and Enjoy

NOTE: This will only work on an iPhone4
 

Blueline29

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These are the Red and Blue bubbles as shown in the first post

Ok here is the link to the files you will need: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6688660/SMS Bubbles.zip
Thanks so much for those! That was all I needed...just the original (or a usable derivative) damn .png. I don't know why Apple's made them harder to work with this time around, unless something's just odd on my end and they actually do show up normally for everyone else. Were you able to view all of the image contents of that folder normally?
 

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anonymous6237

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Thanks so much for those! That was all I needed...just the original (or a usable derivative) damn .png. I don't know why Apple's made them harder to work with this time around, unless something's just odd on my end and they actually do show up normally for everyone else. Were you able to view all of the image contents of that folder normally?
Apple encodes the images in a way that allows the phone to load them faster. Just use the link from the above poster to fix it when you need an image from the phone.
 

Blueline29

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Thanks, all. I have a PC so I'm checking out solutions for Windows that don't involve a giant PITA process to go through and/or run the risk of damaging all pngs present on my hard drive. I don't know why or how, but I'd all but swear that I didn't have to go through all of this crap last summer when I was tweaking everything I could get my hands on.

ETA: Duh, I'm a moron again. It's because I was tweaking the stuff inside themes that already worked with Winterboard. So someone else had done all of the hard work first. Oh, how I miss those days. ;)
 

anonymous6237

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Thanks, all. I have a PC so I'm checking out solutions for Windows that don't involve a giant PITA process to go through and/or run the risk of damaging all pngs present on my hard drive. I don't know why or how, but I'd all but swear that I didn't have to go through all of this crap last summer when I was tweaking everything I could get my hands on.

ETA: Duh, I'm a moron again. It's because I was tweaking the stuff inside themes that already worked with Winterboard. So someone else had done all of the hard work first. Oh, how I miss those days. ;)
Try this: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6688660/iphone-fixpng_en.zip

This is what I use on windows. Unzip the folder and place the pngs from the phone in the folder named "png". Then run "iPhoneFixPng.exe" and the fixed pngs should be in the "Fixed" folder.

I can't remember where I got this from but it's pretty awesome.
 

king001

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I'll work on the black and purple ones and get them back to you (not sure about black text on black though...have to figure out how to change font color). I'll also post the original red and blue at the same time.
well i really just need the purple i just keep the stock gray one. i forgot thats how i had it pre-iphone 4 and about the text problem ;) thanks for the heads up.
 

geque75

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When I copy files, for example 'baloon_1.png' from the ChatKit folder, I cannot open or view the image on my computer... It is coming over blank. How can I open this image?

Thanks
 

king001

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When I copy files, for example 'baloon_1.png' from the ChatKit folder, I cannot open or view the image on my computer... It is coming over blank. How can I open this image?

Thanks
you can't see the images directly from the iphone because apple encoded them for them to load faster you have to convert them. I read that somewhere. but u can just use the ones that are posted here.

i posted the bubbles i want but those are the iphone original version i need them for iphone 4. and i added the red one posted b4 i guess you can change the color in photoshop but i tried but i cant quite get it like the ones i posted for iphone 2g-3gs
 

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anonymous6237

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you can't see the images directly from the iphone because apple encoded them for them to load faster you have to convert them. I read that somewhere. but u can just use the ones that are posted here.

i posted the bubbles i want but those are the iphone original version i need them for iphone 4. and i added the red one posted b4 i guess you can change the color in photoshop but i tried but i cant quite get it like the ones i posted for iphone 2g-3gs
Here you go
 

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geque75

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you can't see the images directly from the iphone because apple encoded them for them to load faster you have to convert them. I read that somewhere. but u can just use the ones that are posted here.

i posted the bubbles i want but those are the iphone original version i need them for iphone 4. and i added the red one posted b4 i guess you can change the color in photoshop but i tried but i cant quite get it like the ones i posted for iphone 2g-3gs
Thanks. I actually found a program called 'fixpngWindows' that will convert the encrypted .png files to a veiwable format. Works well.
 

ipodlover77

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love that picture, possible to get it a bit lighter though? like lilac lol? i figured text would look kind of hard to read on a color that dark.
 

king001

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Thanks. I actually found a program called 'fixpngWindows' that will convert the encrypted .png files to a veiwable format. Works well.
okay yeah that's what I read about but i have a mac so i wouldnt of known where to get it and try myself before i recommended it ;)
 
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