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Old 07-30-2008, 09:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I would like to make my calendar the default home application so that when I turn my BlackBerry Curve 8320 on or bring it out of "hibernation", it shows my calendar instead of the standard theme. Is there a way to do this on a BlackBerry?

If not, is it possible to develop an agenda theme without all the additional clutter of the "today-style" themes?

All in all, I'm more calendar oriented and would love to save the extra keystrokes all the time.

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Old 07-30-2008, 09:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You could make a custom Today theme that only has the calendar on the homescreen
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Would that show more than the default two upcoming events you typically see? Ideally I'd like to show as many as will fit in an agenda view. I was always under the impression that themes were mainly graphic elements and never dealt with underlying data. Am I wrong?

Is modifying a theme the only way to do this, or is it possible to create a custom Java app, for example? I'm a developer and would love to develop something for the BlackBerry.
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I do not know the answer to your question about the Java app, as I am not a programmer, but with Plazmic CDK 4.5 it is very possible to have as many subentries for a single item, like calander. I have attached a screenshot of a sample, I believe you are looking for something like this?
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If you would like to me create this for you, let me know.
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Yes, this is more along the lines of what I'm thinking. Is a custom theme like this hard to do? It would be great if I could modify my T-Mobile Zen theme to have an agenda view like your attachment.
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It isn't really hard. Time consuming is a better word for it, especially making all the icons unless I use premade ones. Give me through the weekend and let me see what I can do for you.
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Hey, I really appreciate the help if you have time to spare. I did some looking and it seems the new 4.5 OS allows more than three calendar entries to show. But it also still contains the other stuff too I think.

I'm on 4.2.2.180 right now and anxiously awaiting T-Mobile to finally release the official non-leaked 4.5 version.
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I should be able to export that theme i had the screenshot of for 4.2 devices
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I've been looking everywhere for something like this.
I was disappointed to discover that with Blackberry Curve I can't download custom theme from the Plazmic theme builder.
Would it also be possible to get TWO applications as home screen with the software you have? Like calendar and tasks or something like that.
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Plazmic themes work fine on the Curve. There isn't anything special you need to install either. I've created a theme just for the 8300 (Curve) here called Vista Metal. Currently its a Today version, but I plan on creating a Zen and Today Plus version once I get time.
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Yeah, everything works fine if I try to create something using the Today or Zen template in Plazmic. But when I actually used the Custom template in Plazmic 4.5 (in order to modify the home screen further, e.g. more than 2 items in calendar), it doesn't let you export the theme as a 4.2 version (4.5 only). And I can't load anything 4.5 into the Curve since it runs on 4.2.2.
That is really frustrating. I don't think T-Mobile is releasing the upgrade to 4.5 anytime soon. Does anyone know a way around this problem?
Thanks so much.
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you could download the version of 4.5 in the sticky, or if you search on here there is a file you can edit to make it export to 4.2
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Yeah, I noticed the same. T-Mobile is a bit behind with any OS stuff. I hear that version 4.5 lets you have more than two calendar entries showing. I'm a bit leary of installing a non-supported version though!
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OS 4.5 has been fully released and officially released by RIM and other carriers. TMo might be more cautious, they might just be slower training their CSRs in supporting the OS, but it is not because it doesn't work.
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Will I lose any T-Mobile-specific stuff on my phone if I upgrade to 4.5 if it isn't a T-Mobile supported upgrade? I guess it's a sign that I love my BlackBerry. I don't want to screw it up.
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If you follow the John Clark's Memory Optimization thread posted in the General Section sticky notes, you will see how to make sure you keep the TMo Five Favs app included.

http://www.blackberryforums.com/gene...ee-memory.html
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