Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tip #4: a "workaround" for the beautiful widgets clock center problem (updated)

UPDATE (september 28): Beautiful widgets has been updated by the developer. The new version scales perfect with different density settings. (So as of now this post is a bit obsolete  :) However... it contains a nice tip of how to use ADW Launcher colums and rows setting to get more out your screen estate)

A problem when one changes the density is that the Beautiful Widgets Clock doesn't fit well on the desktop anymore. It just doesn't center the way it supposed to do on the default densities.

Here's a little workaround. Maybe not the one that one's hoping for, but at least it's one that works (In fact I like my Beautiful Widgets clock much more with this workaround).
  1.  Get ADW Launcher (IMHO the best launcher for the density hack.)
  2. In the ADW Launcher settings menu choose Screen Preferences and then Desktop Colums. Select 8 number of colums.
  3. Back, back, back to the desktop (or just choose the home button :) ) and select the Beautiful Widgets Home Panel-Widget. Set it up the way you like (I advice a transparant background for the clock)
  4. After setting up the widget choose "save and apply". Now, ADW Launcher will present a window in which one can choose the rows and columns span. Choose a 6 colums x 2 rows span. Click ok, wait for the widget clock to display itself on the desktop and drag it from the first column to the second.
The result will be something like this (with a 191 density value  and a transparant background for the clock):

A side effect is that you got much more colums on your desktop. I just leave a cell of space between two icons or widgets, so my desktop doesn't get cluttered. 

Maybe there are some other settings possible with ADW launcher to get the Beautiful Widgets clock beautiful again, I don't know. I didn't try all possible configurations.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome I put-off buying this for months, despite positive reviews. I tried every free weather app going and eventually decided to take the plunge. Glad I did - easily the most customisable weather widget and clock on Android and the skins are awesome!