You can now publish skin yourself and they will be available for everyone.
What do you need :
– a 9 patch strechable image for the widget background (we’ll see how to create it just after)
– some icons for other graphics like buttons
– a preview image (50×50 pixels).
Then, you are ready to publish your first skin.
PUBLISH A SKIN
Go on the Pure skin manager website : http://pureapps.mooo.com/skins_manager
Create an account the skin manager and confirm it with the email you receive.
Once you are logged, on the top menu, go to ‘Member’ -> ‘My skins’.
Click the ‘create skin’ button.
Then, you need to fill the publish form.
And press the ‘post’ button.
Your skin is now on the skin server.
You can try it from the Pure widget: enter in the widget config panel and press ‘continue and skin’ to enter in the skin manager.
Press the first button, and select ‘BETA’ skin (or ‘USER’ and enter you skin publisher account name).
Then, ‘install’ and ‘select’ your skin… and ‘save & exit’.
If the skin is ready for an official submission, you can go back the skin manager server page, ‘Member’ -> ‘My skins’ and on the skin line, on the right : ‘POST TO ADMIN’
I’ll receive an email, validate the skin and flag it as official.
HOW TO CREATE A 9 PATCH BACKGROUND IMAGE
To define a strechable skin, you need to create a 9-patch PNG background.
9 patch PNG ? what is that ?
It’s PNG image, where you define strechable zones.
Some explanations about 9 patch PNG images :
Here is a 9-patch PNG for Pure calendar background :
You can use a 9-patch tool if you want to test the scaling (cf here).
But you can use a simple image editor if you prefer (be sure the first/last row and columns are only transparent or with black pixels).
Once you defined the strechable zones, you save the image & keep the 9 patch image.
This is the file you’ll have to publish to the skin server.
Nota 1: use ONLY 1 vertical and 1 horizontal strech zones
Nota 2: do not use ‘padding’ zones.
WHICH IMAGE SHOULD I CREATE FOR BUTTONS
I advise 48×48 pixels images, but they are stretched for fill the button layout.
Pure Grid calendar:
Currently, I manualy affect skins ratings. Later, users will be able to vote and donate for skins.