Holo Cards (by Brian "Thand" Roberts) - Android Homescreen Tutorial





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Published on Jan 23, 2013

This homescreen is one for the record books! With so many likes this is one setup we couldn't resist! Thand brings this minimal clean theme "Holo Cards" together with its 5 screens, each unique and beautifully combined.

Added: Dark Holo Cards: http://bit.ly/YvC7Ce

Helpful links:
Holo Cards page on MyColorScreen: http://bit.ly/VrABfN
Images: http://epichippo.com/Images.zip
Fonts: http://epichippo.com/Fonts.zip
Minimalistic Text Preferences: http://epichippo.com/HC_Text.zip
Images (720x1280, thanks to gorle): http://bit.ly/WUZf6d

Desktop VisualizeR: http://bit.ly/USMsBx
Simple Text: http://bit.ly/WmLIoG
Minimal MIUI GO Apex Theme: http://bit.ly/VrzRqO
Minimalistic Text: http://bit.ly/YntsSg
Power Toggles: http://bit.ly/WfQXtw
Eye in Sky: http://bit.ly/Vn5LoA
Simple RSS Widget: http://bit.ly/WUYUAG
Circle Battery Widget: http://bit.ly/Wtf8CN
ES File Explorer File Manager (or similar): http://bit.ly/11Rmkyn


Part 1: Before you begin

Once you have downloaded and installed all the apps above, here is what you need to do with certain files:

1. Place .mtpref files from HC_Text.zip in the MinimalisticTextPreferences folder in your sdcard directory.
2. Place 'home—1358621776.xml' from Fonts.zip to the Simple Text/styles folder in your sdcard directory.
3. Place the 2 Roboto fonts from Fonts.zip into a folder that you use for fonts (might have to be a sub-directory)
4. Place both Image folders (you must extract them) onto your phone, as you will be needing them for wallpapers, etc.


Part 2: Nova Settings:

Desktop Grid: 12x7
Width Margin: Small
Height Margin: None
Disable: Shadows, Label Icons
Homesceens: 5
Scroll Effect: In and Out (or your choice)
Wallpaper Scrolling: On/Off depending on which Wallpaper method you use, see below for more details)
Advanced: Enable: Widget Overlap, Overlap when placing

Enable Dock: Enabled
Dock Pages: 1
Dock Icons: 5
Width Margin: Medium
Advanced: Dock as Overlay: Enabled

Look and Feel:
Icon Theme: Minimal MIUI Go Apex Theme (preffered)
Show notification bar: Disabled

Gestures and Buttons:
Apply any if needed.


Part 3: Wallpaper

Method 1: Using Desktop VisualizeR (Good for a rooted Nexus 4)

1. Make sure Wallpaper Scrolling is OFF.
2. Apply the grey background included in the images folder, selecting the "Crop" icon and then "Portrait" when applying the wallpaper.
3. Create a Desktop VisualizeR widget (any size), make it take up the whole screen, select it, change the icon to the 1 of the 5 'cards' provided in the images folder, depending on what screen you're on.
4. Do this for all 5 screens.

Method 2: Using MultiPicture Live Wallpaper (if method 1 doesn't work)

1. Make sure Wallpaper Scrolling is ON.
2. Hold down on the homescreen - Wallpaper - Live Wallpaper - MultiPic Live Wallpaper.
3. Add 5 individual screens.
4. For screen 1 settings - Picture Source - Single - Select the first 'card' in the Images (720x1280) folder.
5. Change Crop/Resize Ratio to "Show Entire Picture".
6. Repeat for all 5 screens, changing the card number depending on the screen.


Part 4: Dock Settings

1. Hold down on the homescreen - Nova Actions - Jump to Page - 1.
2. Place it at the start of the dock.
3. Repeat for all 5 pages.
4. Hold down on the first one - Edit - tap the image - Icon Pack - Simple Text.
5. Select the icon displaying 'home', rename the text to 'info', then menu - Save Icon.
6. Repeat for each icon (info, play, home, news, apps)


Part 5: Minimalistic Text

1. Hold down on the homescreen - Widgets - Minimalistic Text - 5x1 size for all of them.
2. Select "Restore", select the preference you wish to restore, select "Yes, do it!".
3. Select Global Settings - Fonts folder - use the folder you placed your Roboto font.
4. Go back, Text Style - Select the font that looks modified - Font Family - Roboto light/thin depending on which text it is.
5. Repeat for all the text shown.


Part 6: Other

To add icons, hold down on the homescreen - Apps - Select Multiple - Add desired apps. If you installed the Minimal MIUI theme you won't have to change their looks.

Finally add all the widgets shown, to many minor details to mention, refer to the video if required. If you need further details, the blog post will be up soon for it.


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