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MacMan4000
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Dec 30, 2004, 11:16 PM
 
I did it! Woo Hoo! This is awesome! Check out my results...
Their all Mac icons... i really haven't decided what to use yet, I'm still just playing around with it. Im thinking the ferrari logo would be cool. I am also planing on changing the battery icon and a few other things...

http://kmurphy.ambitiouslemon.com/im...ack/dogcow.jpg
http://kmurphy.ambitiouslemon.com/im...ack/finder.jpg
http://kmurphy.ambitiouslemon.com/im...k/happymac.jpg
[Do not post oversize inline images. --tooki]

To do this yourself you will need to download alterPod and I highly recommend reading the help file (in the help menu), it explains every step in detail, except the last part. The "Firmware restore" part has a slight bug. Keep reading to see how to fix it.

When you start alterPod you will extract the firmware from your iPod. Then alterPod can extract the images from the firmware file. It saves all the images in .pgm format so you will need Graphic Converter to edit them. The iPod only supports 4 shades of grey (as far as I can tell) so keep that in mind when you are editing the images

Once you are happy with the images you will need to re-Insert them Into the firmware file you extracted from the Ipod - then this next part Is goofy, so pay attention. when you go to replace the firmware in the iPod alterPod will have your iPod selected in a drop down menu already, but you need to click it and select it again anyway. If you don't do that it wont update your iPod. Once you see the "you ipod is updated" dialog you will need to eject your ipod and do a hard reset by holding play and menu for 10 seconds.

Now all of this is possible thanks to 2 guys. a guy named ipodwizard in the iPodHacks forum made the Windows version (it's called iPodWizard and has a few more features than the the mac version, if you have windows you can download it from the same link i gave above for alterpod). And a guy named aprodite, the site admin over at podite. Aprodite has single handedly ported the app over to Mac and is still adding features to make it just as good as the Windows version, if not better.

Soon to be implemented features include:
- Font editing / replacement
- string editing (example: instead of saying "do not disconnect" it could say "disconnect and die")
- replace multiple images at a time (right now you have to do it one at a time untill you get em all)

warning: this is still labeled as Beta software. use at your own risk. If you read the help file you should be OK though.
( Last edited by tooki; Dec 31, 2004 at 03:37 PM. )
     
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Dec 30, 2004, 11:58 PM
 
suh-wheet!
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 12:35 AM
 
I'm glad you figured it out... I can't wait to try it out!
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 12:57 AM
 
Cool! Fonts will be really cool.
click one
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 01:00 AM
 
Originally posted by Komisar:
I'm glad you figured it out... I can't wait to try it out!
Not me read the last paragraph of my post
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 01:13 AM
 
Originally posted by MacMan4000:
Not me read the last paragraph of my post
I know but i am glad you found out how too. Don't take everything too litterally
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 01:25 AM
 
Originally posted by Komisar:
I know but i am glad you found out how too. Don't take everything too litterally
OK, i just don't want to take credit for such an important discovery.

Side note. The new version od alterPod (0.3b) is now avaiilable here This version fixes the firmware restore problem with selecting your ipod, like i mentioned before.

EDIT: I removed the part about image replace not working, because it works fine, I was just too sleepy to test it right last night.
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Dec 31, 2004, 01:44 AM
 
MacMan,
You are a true Gui Genie !

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Dec 31, 2004, 01:49 AM
 
Originally posted by bentoon:
MacMan,
You are a true Gui Genie !

Bentoon
aprodite and ipodwizard are the genie's. not me.
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 02:25 AM
 
check out my latest creation.
http://kmurphy.ambitiouslemon.com/im...ck/ferrari.jpg

Am I the only one doing this? I wanted/expected to see other peoples ipods by now...
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Dec 31, 2004, 05:04 AM
 
Originally posted by MacMan4000:
check out my latest creation.
[Don't quote oversize inline images. Besides, you don't need to quote at all if you're replying to the message immediately above. --tooki]

Would this work on my mini? Yeah? I'm in if true!
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Dec 31, 2004, 07:18 AM
 
Does AlterPod work for the iPod photo as well?
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 10:23 AM
 
Originally posted by DigitalEl:
Does AlterPod work for the iPod photo as well?
I haven't tried it, but aprodite said it will work. With the ipod photo theres something like 196 images extracted, 2nd and 3rd generation ipods (like mine) have 94 images. 1st gen ipods have abour 65. I'm not sure how many the mini has.
Originally posted by templetalker:
Would this work on my mini? Yeah? I'm in if true!
It does work, I'm not sure if the image size is the same, if it is I can email you the ferrari icon I made.
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Dec 31, 2004, 11:01 AM
 
Well, my digital camera could not seem to focus but you get the idea:
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 11:44 AM
 
Originally posted by servo:
Well, my digital camera could not seem to focus but you get the idea:
http://homepage.mac.com/sterling_and...s/iPodHack.jpg
Looks cool, is that something to do with Lord of the Rings? (I still haven't seen any of those movies yet) It looks like a ring with a sword going through it.

Camera Geek note: If your digital camera has a macro setting turn it on for this shot. Macro will let your camera focus extremely close. The symbol for macro is a little flower. I used "super Macro" for my shot. Most cameras don't have super macro, but if yours does it could help.
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 01:31 PM
 
Originally posted by MacMan4000:
I haven't tried it, but aprodite said it will work. With the ipod photo theres something like 196 images extracted, 2nd and 3rd generation ipods (like mine) have 94 images. 1st gen ipods have abour 65. I'm not sure how many the mini has.
4th gen iPods have 94 images as well, i assume U2 iPods will be the same.
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 01:42 PM
 
Originally posted by DigitalEl:
Does AlterPod work for the iPod photo as well?

something else..
http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000610023097/
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 01:44 PM
 
Originally posted by JoE950:
4th gen iPods have 94 images as well, i assume U2 iPods will be the same.
Yeah, I forgot to mention those...
You are correct, 4th and U2 iPod are the same firmware version.
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 01:44 PM
 
Originally posted by daniael:
something else..
http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000610023097/
That is showing iPodWizard, the Windows version I mentioned earlier.
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 01:58 PM
 
Originally posted by MacMan4000:
That is showing iPodWizard, the Windows version I mentioned earlier.
oh, didn't see that...
     
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has anyone seen this in action? i didnt know the iPod had an audio wave display...?
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 02:19 PM
 
Originally posted by JoE950:
http://www.fearutopia.com/avatar/pic-0x1a1710.png

has anyone seen this in action? i didnt know the iPod had an audio wave display...?
I can't figure that one out either... Haven't seen it yet.

My only complaint with the icon switching is that the apple you see when the ipod resets/wakes up hasn't been found in the firmware yet, thus you can't change it. You can change 4 other apples, but none of em are this apple.
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 03:45 PM
 
Oops, looks like I made the height 480 instead of the width... sorry Tooki. I will change the Ferrari one for you, since it looks like you missed that one.
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 06:21 PM
 
Originally posted by MacMan4000:
I did it! Woo Hoo! This is awesome! Check out my results...
Their all Mac icons... i really haven't decided what to use yet, I'm still just playing around with it. Im thinking the ferrari logo would be cool. I am also planing on changing the battery icon and a few other things...

http://kmurphy.ambitiouslemon.com/im...ack/dogcow.jpg
Clarus the dogcow is ubercool. I've been trying to figure out a way to incorporate Clarus into my tattoo plans, hehe.

Which bitmap is that one? Grabbed from the Cairo font, or from an old printer driver resource?

tooki
     
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Dec 31, 2004, 09:53 PM
 
Ok nevermind that stupid post I had... I forgot GraphicConverter showed them anyway...

Now... people need to post their custom files...
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Jan 1, 2005, 02:37 PM
 
Originally posted by tooki:
Clarus the dogcow is ubercool. I've been trying to figure out a way to incorporate Clarus into my tattoo plans, hehe.

Which bitmap is that one? Grabbed from the Cairo font, or from an old printer driver resource?

tooki
It's from an old printer set up dialog, with the help of google image search
     
   
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