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Retro Android Amazing Screen Tutorial

This retro-inspired homescreen really shows you how to transform your Android into something from the 50′s era. With it’s 3 screens, it gives you all the info you need, weather, news feed, music player as well as shortcuts to all your favourite apps.

Part 1: Before you begin

These are the apps you will need
UCCW
Widgetsoid
ZPlayer (Widgetsoid alternative)
MultiPicture Live Wallpaper

The files that you must copy to your phone
Wallpapers
UCCW Skins 1
UCCW Skins 2
Fonts
Blank png (Transparent Icon)

Other
PSD

Part 2: Nova Settings

Desktop

  • Desktop Grid: 16×7 (Try 10×7 for other phones, see video on how to get large grid size)
  • Width Margin: None
  • Height Margin: Medium (change if widgets don’t fit)
  • Disable: Shadows, Label Icons
  • Homesceens: 3
  • Wallpaper Scrolling: ON
  • Advanced: Enable: Widget Overlap, Overlap when placing

Dock

  • Enable Dock: Disabled (Enable to get widgets to fit better if needed)

Look and Feel

  • Show notification bar: Disabled

Gestures and Buttons

  • Apply any if needed.

Part 3: Wallpaper Setup

1. Make sure Wallpaper Scrolling is ON.
2. Hold down on the homescreen – Wallpaper – Live Wallpaper – MultiPic Live Wallpaper.
3. Add 3 individual screens.
4. For screen 1 settings – Picture Source – Single – Select the first wallpaper (with the the news reader block.
5. Change Crop/Resize Ratio to “Show Entire Picture”, or “Fit to fullscreen”, whichever works best for your phone.
6. Repeat for all 3 screens, changing wallpaper for each screen.
7. Disable shadows.
8. Go Back – Set Wallpaper.

Part 4: UCCW

To add the skins:

  1. First copy the .uccw files into the /sdcard/UltimateCustomClock folder, as well as the fonts into your /sdcard/fonts folder, create it if it’s not there.
  2. Hold down on the homescreen – New Widget – UCCW – any size.
  3. In the main menu after tapping the widget, scroll down where all the skins are located, find one that you want to add
  4. After it appears on your homesreen, position/resize it to the way it looks in the video.
  5. Add all the skins provided
  6. You might have to re-position the skin’s objects, see the link below for more info on moving objects as well as general UCCW tips.

Remember: Turn Hotspots mode ON to prevent opening the editor each time.

Part 5: Icon Setup

  • To add the app drawer icon – Hold down on the homescreen – Apex Action – App drawer.
  • To add any app icon – Simply open up the app drawer – Drag the app onto the screen.
  • To make the icon transparent – Hold down on the icon – Edit – Select the image – Select Picture – Change it to a blank.png.
  • Desktop VisualizeR: To create a desktop visualizer widget hold down on the homescreen – desktop visualizer – any size – place it over the gallery picture and resize. Tap the widget- select icon – blank.png, select action- gallery. Take off touch effect if desired then press ok.
  • If you want to change any of these icons, you can use the blank wallpaper and place the icons using photoshop.

Part 6: Other Widgets

  • Feedly – Add a 4×2 size over the white block (change grid size/enable dock/change height margins in order to get the best fit).
  • Widgetsoid: Add a 3×1 switcher – Add the music toggles shown – make the background transparent – take off dividers and indicator.

Useful Links

UCCW Tutorials
Retro Android Amazing Screen on MyColorScreen

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