Introducing the CrackBerry Theme Store: On-Device Client for Free and Paid BlackBerry Themes

CrackBerry Theme Store
By Kevin Michaluk on 4 Nov 2009 12:52 am EST
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GRAND OPENING SALE: Save 20% on All Themes Purchased Through the CrackBerry Theme Store Client Until Nov. 15th by Using Coupon Code cbthemes at Checkout!

Are you always changing up the theme on your BlackBerry? Love free themes? Don't mind paying for a nice premium theme from my time to time? If so, you'll want install our new CrackBerry Theme Store client on your BlackBerry. Themes have always been a popular category within our CrackBerry App Store, so we've taken it one step further with a dedicated theme store client. You can click the image above to learn more about the theme store and send yourself the download link, or simply visit http://software.crackberry.com/themestore from your BlackBerry's web browse. Deal of the Day, browse by category, free apps, specials and bundles are all there - it's a feature-rich theme browsing and downloading experience. 

* Note to Storm2/OS 5.0 users and Feedback/Bug Reporting: As this is a new app client we're rolling out (let's call it theme store *beta* to be safe), it's always possible you could run into a minor bug or glitch. If that happens, please send your feedback and findings to crackberrysupport@mobihand.com so we can get it addressed asap. Storm2 and OS 5.0 users should pay special attention to the fact that compatibility is still being confirmed by content providers for some themes/apps within the catalogue (you may see some apps/themes listed that are not yet optimized for your device) - if you're on 5.0 already or a Storm2 you may want to wait a day or two. *

* Message to Theme/App Developers: If you don't have your free and paid apps and themes in our CrackBerry App/Theme stores... what are you waiting for?! Get on it!! Click here for the details. *

82 comments

rinnr1

Since Plazmic isn't updated as far as I know for 5.0 software all themes for those phones have issues so why would I buy one unless it works perfectly on my phone?

wowthatisrandom

some of us have gotten the themes to run on the storm and storm 2 perfectly with no fixes necessary

see forge, hemisphere and iris all will work perfectly

rinnr1

I'll have to browse around and look at what I like.

Thanks

Jonezed7

No, plazmic hasn't been updated for 5.0 yet.

How do we list themes in there?

Kevin Michaluk

i put a link in the post above for devs... click it ;)

Jonezed7

I saw that right after I posted...
Thanks Kevin and crackberry. This is great!
I'll try to get my themes up.

trjnberry

I only have about 18 themes besides the default theme currently on my phone! I last about a week before I am switching between them. I hope Red Zapper and Natemz and some of the other very creative and functional free theme developers offer their work in this new store. Those thememakers do awesome work and this store sounds like a fascinating place for them to get recognition and gain new fans. Every time a new phone comes out, they get bombarded with requests to port over the theme to the new device. It sounds like this store will help manage those requests more efficiently by providing a 1 stop place to get the theme update. And, then to add discounts on themes... ahhhh! :-)

yellowxboy

i'm getting a "mobile Download Error: Trial version is not available for this product" when sending the link to my phone :(

Slvrbck

Hi all,
I have downloaded and installed the app, but now I have an error when I try to launch it.
The error says "Uncaught exeption: java.lang.Error"

I have tried to install it a few time and have done a battery pull at various points.

Any thoughts?

vlkers7171

same here..im running 4.7.1.40 on a Verizon BB Tour.

Mystro Biggz

Get an error: Trial version of this product unavailable. I am on a Curve 8900 running OS 4.6.1.231.

dwain77

Same here....same phone and OS too.

HookEm1968

Will these themes have the same major memory leak issue as has been reported on the forums?

des123

I get the same trial error message when trying to download.

des123

I get the same trial error message when trying to download.

JR_Rider

I am so excited about this new theme store as it's an awesome way to keep up on the hottest themes. Upon downloading the theme client I immediately noticed the Genesis theme, which is a theme I have wanted ever since it was featured on "Deal of the Day." I immediately purchased it and must say I am very pleased!! Keep up the goodwork Crackberry team!!!!

rage151

Running Storm 1, OS 5.xxx (non hybrid) and get the trial error message.

davidnc

I downloaded this ealier this AM(6am) working great , so far :p,
(curve 8330 OS 4.5.0.138)

XSFSPD#CB

Same error Trial Version not avail. Storm 2

AQucsaiJr

I like it... I would also like to see an easier way to find backgrounds... Possibly something like this.

yellowxboy

I'm going to assume that this is not going to be download-able for anybody with an OS 5.0 or greater

n0m0n

Anyone have any idea when a Plazmic update will be available for 5.0

Hanoverfiste

I get the not available error.

Tour running 4.7.1.40 (yeah i just got it)

samgbx

why when i try and launch it i get 'Uncaught exception: java.lang.Error' ??

VDub2174

I have a Tour 9630 and got an error message when trying to download.

pgrudo01

Error - uncaught exception: java.lange.error

Slvrbck

This hasn't been the slickest launch of an app has it?

jlgosse

One of the reasons I hate the current on-device app store is because of the fact themes are littering the space where apps should be shown.

With this new version will themes be removed from the app store?

Crunch

So bplay has been assimilated? :D Awesome to have it all in one place. I'd love to win the goodie here, too. :)

bullitt453

Really like the idea of a Theme Store. But the app runs dreadfully slow on my 8330 with 36mb free.

richv77

Thanks for prviding these free copies.

-Rich

trsteve1

Error. Trial version not available.... Verizon Storm, 9530 running OS 5.0

the5barrons

It's the carriage before the damn horse again. Nice to have the 5.0 out there but for Storm I users the white bars in landscape is it till they fix it. Or plasmic get their shit in gear.

Damn, I love the new OS for everything it does, and it is merely an inconvenience for the white bars, but really? I paid enough for the damn phone, it "SHOULD" work...no questions or flaws.

sbradleyh

When I try to use the cbthemes coupon code on the vistalike them I get this message.

"We are sorry, we cannot apply the coupon code to an already discounted price"

Anyone else see this?

irishmac53

as hell and keeps freezing on me

vic_machu19

it said that its not available for me 8900 5.0.314 leak
:(

Upstreammiami

why don't you guys put this on your other store app all in one.. instead of 2 apps

captain_dl#AC

There is an area in the first app store client for themes. Don't really see a need for this.

adriano72

just a quick note here. Both the download unavailable problem occurring for some device and the start-up issue (java error) are actively being looked into.

Expect more updates as we address them in the next few hours.

adriano72

for everyone that got the "trial version not available" message, please visit again:

http://software.crackberry.com/themestore/

on your bb browser and you should now get the download.

Lunars Edge Design

Awesome, this is a must for every BlackBerry. Looking forward to all the great themes going to be displayed.

iPhoneTHS

This is a great app for those of us who can't seem to find a happy medium with themes.

adriano72

If you are among the users affected by the "java.lang.Error" message showing up when trying to launch the Theme Store after installation, we might have a fix.

Please visit:

http://www.mobihand.com/themestorealpha

on your bb browser.

You'll be delivered our latest internal build which might address the issue.

Let us know how it goes.

Thanks!

pgrudo01

Getting the same exact thing. :(

iDennis08

Ok I'm a owner of a bb curve 8310 got it chritsmas( waitin to get a 9700 AT&T ) along with my iPod touch which I am on now I'm my algebra class on my touch. But a few things tht rim could add as a software update that I'm sure most bb users would agree on is
1.) like the iPhone and the palm phone, it would be great if the added the feature that tells u that u have a text and wat it says while ur browsing the web or listening to music or on a phone call ect.. I kinda get tired of backing out of what u was doing to go to my text...
2.) I'm not sure if the 5.0 software dies this or not but " conversation view " another feature the iPhone and palms have. Tht would be nice for both texting and email...
3.) for the mstorm and possible thunder. For u to be able to lock the click screen and not click it, to just let u be able to tap away at the screen like u do on a iPhone
copy and paste this to other comments and add ur sugestions btw i'm 15 :). These are some great features if u have any thoughts please do tell...

trsteve1

I was getting the same error message as has been stated above. I then went into my browser options and switched the "Browser Identification" Option to "Blackberry" and it downloaded perfectly..

Of course, running OS 5.0... so.. most plazmic themes have issues in Landscape, but once that is taken care of, I'm sure it will be great that I have the app =)

adriano72

we enhanced the device detection to take care also of users setting their bb to emulate a desktop browser, so moving forward even if you switch back the "browser identification" to what you had before, download should still work.

Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

once i successfully download a theme where does it go??? I want to apply it. not in my downloads :(

trjnberry

It goes to your options > themes menu. So click options, then themes, then select the one you want. If you have more than one theme, including the default theme, it should show a preview of what the theme will look like, so you can pick which one you're in the mood for. If you download a theme that is not compatible with your device, it will not show up in your options-theme menu. However, it will count against your device storage memory. I think to delete that incompatible theme, you would need to go options > advanced options > applications > then choose the app you want to delete, then hit menu and choose delete. It won't show up in your download or applications folders. Themes appear to be system only, so you need to go to your options menu and manage your themes from there. If any other advanced CB user knows otherwise, please advise. Thanks.

ItalianPrincess

obsessed already, great job! loving my Iris theme, there are many more on here that i would love to have!!

Bold...go into Options->Theme your new theme should be listed along with your default =)

tnewton3

Downloaded and bought my first theme already. Woot. Going for the free now.

parrotheadcubs

Anybody get this to work on the 9530 yet? I keep getting the java error. Downloaded the newest version as well.

adriano72

thanks for the feedback. As far as we can tell so far, the issue is not related to the specific device nor to the specific os version.

It is unfortunately something rather tricky to track down, which is why is taking us a bit of time.

Expect news on this soon.

HookEm1968

I had no problem downloading and using the app on my 9530 running OS 5.0.0.328. I am just concerned about the memory leak issue and whether or not these apps will have cause serious memory drains. That would be useful information to have before I purchase a theme.

adriano72

glad to hear is working for you -- not aware of any memory leak, aside from the known startup issue occurring in very specific situations.

Are you referring to something I might have missed from the posts above?

HookEm1968

I should have said "themes" not "apps". The themes create a huge memory leak on the new 5.0 OS - I haven't found one yet that doesn't leak badly.

L-J#CB

I get 2 errors when trying to open the app.

1. error starting MHThemeStore: Class 'org.w3c.dom.NodeList' not found.

2. error starting MHThemeStore: Module 'MHThemeStore-2' has verification errors.

Is anyone else getting these 2 errors?

adriano72

thanks for reporting -- we didn't run into those issues in our internal tests. We'll investigate.

What device / OS you have?

L-J#CB

Tour on 4.7.140 also

mbecker319

the idea is great love that there is a place to get themes...i have two complaints one not alot for 5.0 and those dam white bars and two there is 817 themes and only 12 are free and i can get those in the reg. crackberry app store.....i guess i just dont see the point yet for just a theme store but never the less still a good idea....

iamdjpaul

I agree once I loaded the RedZapper theme for the bold I have never put another one on my phone. The center weather icon plus Quicklaunch at the top corner, what else would I need. I wish more themes would include quick launch and the weather icon.

Riatwo

Curve 8900 on tmobile cannot open theme app even tried go to link as advised...still wont open lang error message

adriano72

thanks for confirming... the build currently at the alpha link (b244) has still a problem.

new one coming up in a few hours. Keep an eye on this thread.

Delrahim69

anyone having problems launching app? i get "Uncaught exception:java.lang.Error"

Whats wrong?

buckken

it installed and it runs, but really...two stores? Two downloads, and two things hitting memory that is hard to come by?

I do purchase my programs through Crackberry App Store. Unless or until I get a Storm 2 (unfortunately, not soon since I purchased Storm last Nov.) there just isn't enough memory to keep hogging it up with more than 1 theme.

Theme owners must understand this "lack of memory" issue is keeping their business stifled. Storm 2 and other new units with more memory will certainly help theme makers. My concern is that theme makers will go where the "money" is and any current Storm owners, or for that matter, owners of units with as much or less memory than the original Storm will just not get the love any more. Why, then, would I want to load up a program who's sole existence is simply to sell another program that will eat up even more of the precious memory I have.

adriano72

A note here for everyone that run into the failure to launch problem, with error "Uncaught exception:java.lang.Error"

We have a new build (b245) which we are rather confident should solve the issue. You may download it by visiting, from your bb browser:

http://www.mobihand.com/themestorealpha/

We would really appreciate if someone could try it and report back here.

Thanks!

jenalyn

Works for me now! Thanks for fixing it!

tomrbon

...Do not reset your Blackberry. downloaded app and got the Uncaught exception:java.lang.Error then reset Blackberry and got Error 552 could not get desktop manager to connect. Used BBSAK to connect and remove app. rebooted fine after removal.

adriano72

have you tried the new alpha build (b245)?

http://www.mobihand.com/themestorealpha/

did you get the same error?

tomrbon

Yes the new build works great, thank you.

adriano72

Many thanks to everyone that helped nailing down the "java.lang.Error" issue. We found the cause and as of now a new build (b245) with same version number (1.04) is available for download at:

http://software.crackberry.com/themestore

On a side-note, also the "download not available" problem is solved.

Should you run into other issues or have feedback in regards to the Theme Store, moving forward please use the built-in "Contact Support" feature of the app (menu -> "Contact Support").

Happy theming!

Riatwo

thanks guys...theme store works finally..but I had the same lang. error with app store..was that ever fixed curve 8900 tmobile....really wanted the app store

adriano72

yes you are correct the app store we have out there is affected by the same problem -- in fact it was a while we were chasing this issue.

You can expect a new build of the App Store to come out live in the next couple of hours -- visit http://software.crackberry.com/appstore after noon pacific and you'll get b245 of the app store, which will happily (hopefully) work on your device.

richlouie99

I downloaded this App yesterday & could not get it to run. I reinstalled it twice. I keep getting a Java error. I'm on Verizon. Has this been tested with an 8230? I won't waste my time with this App.

adriano72

we had some issue yesterday -- fixed as of about 12 hours now. Please download it again at:

http://software.crackberry.com/themestore and you should be good to go

richlouie99

OK...My previous post was BEFORE I had a chance to read the comments thread. Build 245 fixed the problem! Thanks.