« Popular Woman's Mags Go Mobile | Main | Carnival of the Mobilists #73 »

May 14, 2007

Changing Fonts on S60 3rd Edition Devices!

by Darla Mack

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.

Fonts_tutorial1


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. 

Fonts_tutorial

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!!!!!

Screenshot0004_2Screenshot0009

Screenshot0071

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!

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
https://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c2ef853ef00d83514dfbe53ef

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Changing Fonts on S60 3rd Edition Devices!:

» Hacks for changing S60 fonts from Tommi's S60 applications blog
Here's yet another feature that would be nice to have built-in: S60 TV: S60 Hack: Changing fonts in S60 Darla Mack: Changing Fonts on S60 3rd Edition Devices! Check out the pictures. (nice work!) Note: follow these hackety-hack instructions with... [Read More]

Comments

DaWaBZ

Hello all;
got it working on my E90 - ThX all !!!
Very simple - Just a precision, could not create "resource" folder on the phone using Y-Browser
Had to create it on desktop (phone mass storage mode)
Copy renamed files
Stop/Start phone and ... voialà !
No issue so far - Thanks a lot,; had been searching for this for a while
By all

-- DaWaVZ --

lian

Hey, how do I reveal the hidden folders in my N95? My memory card is locked coz my dummy of a brother borrowed it and locked it and forgot the password. Anyways, since it's locked I can't open it thru memory card reader. Only through USB. And there's no data transfer on the choices when I plug in my phone USB to the computer. Only mass storage.

lian

Also, there's no resource folder on my memory card. Do I just make a folder and name it 'resource'? I read another blog and it sez that when there's no resource folder I could just make one..

Dominic

Hi,
Your method worked great, but I find that when I use "Psiloc Font Magnifer" my phone reverts back to the old fonts.
Is there any way around this?
Many thanks,
Dominic.

ubuntuser

Hello,

for all who have problem with their n95 8gb and who have install the fonts on card and cannot remove it and no access to their card:
see how to do http://www.forummobiles.com/index.php?showtopic=172448&st=30,
it save me but it's in french language (traduce with google)

Christina

thanks..after a few tries i finally got it..thanks..

Thorin

I came to try this after I had installed the Font Magnifier software. Hence, when I put the replacement fonts onto the memory card, the phone would not read the font during startup -- it prioritizes the replacement fonts installed on the C-drive by the Font Magnifier software. After I removed the Font Magnifier software, the phone easily loaded the new font during startup (if the font was compatible - I have seen fonts not get loaded and some fonts are not displayed correctly.

In other words, easy-peasy: Put the new fonts in the \resource\Fonts folder on your memory card, and restart the phone. Make sure you do have a way to access the memory card without using the USB connection to your phone - e.g. with a memory card reader connected to your PC. (This is necessary because the phone system automatically detects the "resource" folder at any time when the memory card is plugged in, and the files there are not allowed to be written/deleted.)

unknown

hey how can i download it to my nokia 5700 ????
tnx ...

tatsuo84

@ubuntuser

Hey, I have n95 8gb and i have set custom fonts to e:/resource/fonts. It works but as u wrote, i dont have access to transfer data option anymore, whats worse my opera mini font broke and some other things went bad. How can i restore the oryginal fonts, please could u explain a little bit more from the site http://www.forummobiles.com/index.php?showtopic=172448&st=30,
Please help, i dont know what to do, and i heard that even hard reset doesnt help with this situation.

Kasco

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. <---- i dont understand this part..can someone please tell me how to transfer into the mobile?

sagar

i am copy 4 no of ttf font in my n-73 mobile in redouses/fond foldd
but how to change this fond
pls hepl me

mike

i cant return it to the original font. Plz help me, coz resource folder not appearing......
PLZ help me>>>>>

Jay007

hi i have a n95 8gb. how can i restore the original font because i cant see the resource folder.So please me for this

Ahmed Ali

Plz can you give me the font name which is on the sample

Darla

@Ahmed,

The font name is Neuropol.

Raymond

There is a way if you use bluetooth but extremely risky, I tried on my N73-1 and it stuffed up and the font turned into [] sorta shapes. I skillfully removed it using HelloCarbide but here's the prodecure anyway. (It'll be on my new phone website http://phones.raymondspage.freehosting.net)

1. Copy the fonts to your phone on the memory card (Anywhere)

2. Install BinPDA App Trk and connect it to you're computer. Use the BinPDA Secman installation tool to install BinPDA Secman// Or you can use HelloCarbide.

Now for HelloCarbide read step 3a and for BinPDA Secman read 3b

3a. Start up Y-Browser/X-Plore/F-Explore first and press the Menu button so it stays open and go into HelloCarbide, Choose Menu1 and click yes, then hold down the Menu button and choose Y-Browser/X-Plore/F-Explore. Go into the memory card and copy the fonts (depending on phone model), Then go into resources and create a new folder called 'fonts', and paste the fonts there. Restart your phone and it should be working with the new fonts.

3b.Start up Y-Browser/X-Plore/F-Explore first and press the Menu button so it stays open and go into Secman, Choose Turn off root seucrity , then hold down the Menu button and choose Y-Browser/X-Plore/F-Explore. Go into the memory card and copy the fonts (depending on phone model), Then go into resources and create a new folder called 'fonts', and paste the fonts there. Restart your phone and it should be working with the new fonts.

The fonts for the phone model will be posted on my site very soon.

ajek

my n81 8gb fonts
s60cc.ccc
s60thck.ccc
s60zdigi.ttf
how to changes???

The comments to this entry are closed.

Subscribe


Editors Corner

Links

Media Partners

Adsense

Archives

Copyright © 2004-2021 Darla Mack "Darla Mack", "Mobile Diva" ™ Darlene McNeill
Design by Paul Mather @ mmcforums.net | Powered by Typepad