Changing Fonts on S60 3rd Edition Devices!
Sometimes when you stop searching for something it just pops up outta nowhere!! These things I always rely on Symbian-Freak for and on the forum there is a thread on changing fonts for S60 3rd edition. Now that post has been there for awhile, and I was too afraid to try it out simply because the instructions seemed a bit too hard.
BUT... after reading through the tutorial a bit I did a bit of tinkering myself and hopefully came up with an easier way or method of "getting it done".
Neuropol is my signature font. Well not really MINE but the one that I chose to use. Since many users on Symbian-Freak swear by Y-Browser so I decided to use this app.
Ok... basically you find whichever .ttf font that you want to use. In my case I just went to the font folder on c:/windows/font on my laptop. Pay close attention... what you NEED to do is create a folder on your desktop. Name that folder Fonts. Since you cannot just copy and paste a font from that windows folder, its safer to have both the fonts folder from your windows drive open AND the fonts folder that you just created on your desktop (which should be empty at this point). With both windows side by side, select the font that you would like to use and MOVE it to the other font folder by holding down the control button and dragging and dropping to your new font folder.
From the font folder that you created you can now right click and select copy and move it back to the windows font folder. Once thats done you can close out the windows font folder.
Now at this point you should have your created font folder open with the font that you moved inside. From that one font type you need to create 3 copies. Don't worry about the titles, we will change that later. Right click the font and select copy. From the edit tab on the toolbar select paste. So basically you are copying and pasting within the same folder.
Now its time to rename the files of your font. Open Y-Browser from your device. Select z:/resource/fonts. Here is where you will find the names of the fonts that are preinstalled on your device. Keep in mind that different devices have different font names. So far I've tried this on the N73 and N95 and each device has different font names.
Once you have the correct file names from your device you can now go back into your created folder on your desktop and rename the files. The titles shown above were the font types that are installed on my N95. Now that doesn't mean that this will work on all N95's because the font types might differ by region, especial the APAC region.
Once you have renamed the files you can close the window. Now its time to transfer them to your device.
This next method can be done 2 ways. I suggest using a card reader because after the fonts are installed to the memory card you can no longer use the phone in Mass Storage or Data transfer mode.
The second method is to connect your phone via USB and select Mass Storage or Data Transfer. Once connected and the file manager opens, go to your Resource Folder. This will be your E:/ drive. Open the Resource folder and copy your Fonts folder stored on your desktop to this location. Once the transfer is complete close all windows and go to the USB folder on your phone and select PC Suite mode. The reason that I do this is because it is safer to power off the device once out of Mass Storage or Data Transfer.
Power off your device and power back on... Viola!!!!!
The image on the left is from the N73. The middle image is from the N75 and the image on the right is from the N95. Now of course I'm sure that this font isn't all that , but its a great compliment to my theme!
To restore your original fonts, simply put your memory card into your card reader and open the file manager from PC Suite (if it doesn't automatically open). Go to the Resource folder and delete the whole Font folder that you created. Once you put the memory card back into your phone and power it on your original fonts will be restored.
Thanks to new blogger S60TV.com for his post and Symbian-Freak's thread for keeping me up 2 hours trying to get this to work on my N95!! Now if someone can point me in the direction of changing the Op Logo on S60 3rd edition I'd be a very happy camper!
KEEP IN MIND, WITH ANY S60 HACK, ESPECIALLY
WITH 3RD EDITION YOU WANT TO BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHEN DOING THEM. IF
YOU DON'T FEEL COMFORTABLE THEN BY ALL MEANS DO NOT PROCEED! I CANNOT
BE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR PHONE!