foreign language issues with summerboard themes

It’s been a problem that a lot of folks have emailed me about. My theme assumes English as the language selected on the iPhone and therefore the default Apple sanctioned applications whose names are different on iPhones using other languages, show up with the original Apple icons for those applications. Since making alternatively named, but essentially the same, icons available would make the install package for PlainJain huge, on top of being radically incomplete because I know I’d never be able to keep up with all the various names for all the various apps in all the various languages available on the iPhone, I won’t be doing that.

As I solution I’ll direct you to my previous post on renaming icons. Figure out what the name of your app is, and rename the icons involved to match the name your language selection has applied.

The only other alternative would be to switch to English and do as I do, run without icon labels on at all.

My hope is that eventually Summerboard will add a language set of alternative names for apps that automagically redirects the UI to the English named icons in iPhones set to use another language.

Cheers all! – Matt


8 Responses to “foreign language issues with summerboard themes”

  1. December 28, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    Where are the packages located on the ipod touch, so i can open them (with which app?) and change the names? that would be so cool, even if i have to do it with every version of the theme.

    Plz try to explain where the files are and how to open them (i don’t know the format yet, if it’s only jpgs in a folder if course i can do it myself)

  2. December 28, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    i found the location and changed all the stuff, nonetheless, there is a special way you have to change a file with weather.app or it will never take the icon, even if you name it Wetter, as it ias named on the german ipod touch ( iphone

    i found this and it worked :

    Im Ordner Weather.app muss noch die Datei Info.plist geändert werden, sonst wird das neue Icon nicht angezeigt. Dazu gehen wir folgendermaßen vor:
    mittels WinSCP die Datei auf dem PC kopieren
    diese Homepage öffnen
    die Datei Info.plist hochladen und konvertieren lassen
    die konvertierte Datei im Ordner Weather.app unserer, auf dem PC angelegten, Ordnerstruktur speichern
    Datei öffnen und die beiden Zeilen

    entfernen, es dürfen auch keine Leerzeilen verbleiben
    Dazu verwende ich das Programm PSPad, auf gar keinen Fall Word oder ähnliches benutzen.
    Datei danach wieder zurück auf das iPhone kopieren -> überschreiben ja

    from : http://www.ppc-welt-community.info/community/showthread.php?p=985435

    i think this will help a lot of people, so plz add the link to your page somehow 😀

    thnx and it was a pleasure to help ;D


  3. January 1, 2008 at 5:56 pm


    What would be the translation of that, what exactly is it that I have to do for the Weather icon to work?


  4. January 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Manage to find it on the forums:

    1. SSH your iphone and go to /Application/Weather.app/
    2. copy Info.plist to your desktop
    3. go to this link Binary to XML converter
    4. Click browes on their website and locate your info.plist
    5. Click convert and save your file
    6. Open the converted info.plist in notepad
    7. locate and delete SBIconClass SBWeatherApplicationIcon
    8. paste back the info.plist in your /Application/Weather.app/ folder

    9. you can delete the other icon that is in /system/library/coreservices/springboard.app/, the file name is SBWeatherCelsius.png

  5. 5 gametroll
    January 1, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    I have no idea what the translation is, but here’s what I’ve found on the weather icon. This is a conglomeration of a couple of posts on the subject, (not my work), but it’s what I’ve been sending to people who email me requesting help on JUST the weather icon. Hope it helps you too.

    This happens because the new 1.1.2 firmware uses the icon from the Springboard default and not the one from the weather.app.

    Heres a guide to help you out on this problem.

    1. SSH your iphone and go to /Application/Weather.app/
    2. copy Info.plist to your desktop
    3. Find a good Binary to XML converter
    4. Convert the file into XML
    5. Open the converted info.plist in notepad
    6. locate and delete SBIconClass SBWeatherApplicationIcon
    7. paste back the info.plist in your /Application/Weather.app/ folder

    1. Install Mobile Finder via installer.app on your iPhone or iPod Touch
    2. Delete the other icon that is in /system/library/coreservices/springboard.app/, the file name is SBWeatherCelsius.png
    3. This option is “nuclear”. You can’t get the old icon back.

    Your all good, now your icon will change along with the summerboard themes.

  6. February 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    hmm. Coudln’t this also be done by some .app for the installer? did noone write such an app yet?

  7. 7 Hans
    May 1, 2008 at 6:58 am

    Hi, I have an Iphone on German language. I would love to use Plain Jain Dim with it. I have tried to find out how to do it. But there really is no step by step tutorial. Can somebody help me with this one? May be there is a good link etc.
    Thx in advance.

  8. 8 Hans
    May 1, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Hi, I have found the path to change all the names of the PNG. It was quite easy.

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