Maemo UI improvements blog.

February 1, 2010

Marina Theme

Filed under: Released software — Tags: , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 01:34

Hello everyone.

As I promissed, today I’d like to present you my first, and lets hope not last, theme for Fremantle and also the default theme for Mer called Marina.

Dark, a bit glossy but calm blueish theme, packed with loopable wallpaper. First 3rd-party theme to be designed from scratch, every UI element is hand drawn (except for loading “flower” and navigation icons :). I really wanted to give it a finished professional look, hope you’ll feel it.

Right now it’s heading to Extras repository and you can vote right here to promote it even faster. You can also report bugs (if any) here or in the t.m.o. discussion thread. But I hope I’ve cleaned all of these, even though it was a tough experience without actual devic, thanks all of you who helped with them.

Anyway, I hope you’ll use it, thanks to Xisdibik some screenshots are waiting for you after the break.

And thanks for reading.



October 29, 2009

Preview: FM radio for N900

Filed under: Released software — Tags: , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 21:40

iconHello everybody.

N900 release was delayed a bit, but you shouldn’t be upset cause this only means that Nokia cares bout end quality of the product and don’t want to give you half-cooked buggy brick. Meanwhile community developers have more time to polish their existing software (like we’re doing with OMWeather) and even create new one.

Community member Martin Grimme, also known as PyCage is working on FM radio application for n900 and I’ve decided to help him with it and create something visually appealing and easy to use.

But first I’d like to thank everyone that have donated money to our Other Maemo Weather team. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve donated – the fact of your attention itself is very important to us that keeps us on track.

In random order:

Sven Muentel
Ralph Angenendt
Ziling Zhao
Zane Farooq (We got your request, will do our best :))
Marcello Bellini
Sami Kyöstilä
Randall Arnold
James Thompson

Thank you very much, we will do as much as possibe to continue work on OMWeather.

So, let’s check out brand new FM radio app.


June 10, 2009

Fremantle UI: File Chooser

Filed under: Medium UI improvements — Tags: , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 23:06

Hello everybody.

Today I’ve read an interesting discussion at about File Manager and kinetic finger scrolling. Quim mentioned that user won’t need to have a fast way to navigate thru loads of items in the File Manager cause all possible media will be arranged in specific applications like media player for music, image viewer for images and so on. Well, I think he’s right in some points but a handy way to navigate thru large ammounts of files without breaking your finger is always good. So I have an idea how to make everybody happy. And to concentrate on scrolling itself, I’ll show you my vision of built-in file chooser.

Let’s imagine you want to add an image to your mail.

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December 30, 2008

New Year Countdown Series: #9

Filed under: Heavy UI improvements — Tags: , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 23:27

Hello and welcome. Today I’ll show you one of my favorite concepts in this New Year Series. I’ll show you my vision of task switching.

December 24, 2008

New Year Countdown Series: #3 and #4

Filed under: Light UI modifications — Tags: , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 20:18

It’s Christmas Eve, everybody making last preparations for great holiday, and I have 2 improvements for today! Why not only one? You’ll see it after the break.


December 23, 2008

New Year Countdown Series: #2

Filed under: Light UI modifications — Tags: , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 12:16

And as I promissed – second Fremantle wannabe UI improvement!


December 22, 2008

New Year Countdown Series: #1

Filed under: Heavy UI improvements — Tags: , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 12:21

Hello there.

It’s been a long time since we’ve met last time, and many things happened. But I think most of themes were already discussed in many blogs and forums, so it’s not necessary to mention them here. What I want to do now is to conclude this very productive year with a series of 10 posts that will describe 10 UI innovations that I dream to see in upcoming Maemo 5 or so called Fremantle. Some of them are pretty fresh and outstanding, some of them you maybe have already seen before. So let’s begin our New Year Countdown!


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