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Posts: 33
Registered: ‎09-08-2009
My Device: Curve 8320

To create GUI for BlackBerry

I'm building an application that already has it's Iphone version. I must build the UI for BlackBerry on similar lines.

Chanced upon the BlackBerry Composer (Part of the Theme Builder) used to create graphics for the BlackBerry phone.

 

My questions are

 

1.My designer must use the BlackBerry Composer to build graphics i.e.. Custom buttons, header and footer images, background image etc  and then import these into the Eclipse environment to integrate it with the functionality specific app code ? or is it that the Composer is to be used with the Theme Builder only?

 

After going through so many posts below, in this forum and outside, I'm sure that building GUI is quite a task, and must not be easy.

 

Blackberry UI design query
http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/Java-Development/Blackberry-UI-design-query/m-p/267068

Crisp looking BB application examples
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http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/Java-Development/Crisp-looking-BB-application-examples/m-p/10...

How to create pretty user interfaces?

http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/Java-Development/How-to-create-pretty-user-interfaces/m-p/109...

Useful tool to design UI
http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/Java-Development/Useful-tool-to-design-UI/m-p/207291

UI on different BB's and resolutions
http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/Java-Development/UI-on-different-BB-s-and-resolutions/m-p/350...
http://www.blackberry.com/knowledgecenterpublic/livelink.exe?func=ll&objId=800508&objAction=browse&s...

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1445953/blackberry-user-interface-design-customizable-ui

 

Any pointers on how to start will be of great help coz functionality wise, I have everything up and running.

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Posts: 16,652
Registered: ‎07-29-2008
My Device: Z10 LE, Z30, Passport
My Carrier: O2 Germany

Re: To create GUI for BlackBerry

the ui of the iphone looks a lot better, but works the same in most ways. i would invest some work in basic fields that mimic the look and feel. check which fieldtypes you need and set on to modify them.

in many cases it would be not hard to put a custom manager around fields, an editfield for example, to paint some round edges etc.

 

for my latest application i used a lot of bitmap buttons (custom clickable bitmapfield), if you don't succeed in customizing the native fields this may be an alternative. simple to use, but makes the app bigger due to the many png files (and requirements for different resolutions).

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Posts: 33
Registered: ‎09-08-2009
My Device: Curve 8320

Re: To create GUI for BlackBerry

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Thank you,Sir for the prompt reply

 

Also can you please answer the question I asked in the very beginning of my previous post.

 

My designer must use the BlackBerry Composer to build graphics i.e... Custom buttons, header and footer images, background image etc  and then import these into the Eclipse environment to integrate it with the functionality specific app code ? Or is it that the Composer is to be used with the Theme Builder only?

 

Thanks in advance.

Developer
Posts: 16,652
Registered: ‎07-29-2008
My Device: Z10 LE, Z30, Passport
My Carrier: O2 Germany

Re: To create GUI for BlackBerry

Plazmic® Composer is a graphical design tool for creating animated content, such as animated web graphics, application splash screens, and custom theme icons, for BlackBerry® devices

 

some elements can be combined with a normal app i guess, usually the composer is a different way to provide something for the blackberry. easier to use than a java app, but less flexible. i am no expert on this area, only used the old plazmic to create a theme once.

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Posts: 33
Registered: ‎09-08-2009
My Device: Curve 8320

Re: To create GUI for BlackBerry

Thanks a ton,Sir for your pointers :smileyhappy: