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Holo-fying Tasker

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Lately I’ve been giving my Tasker creations a face lift. It started with me redoing the way my todo list works, making it both faster and have more features. I ended up using icons from the holo icon pack available from the Tasker developer, an icon pack that uses the official holo icons from Google. That lead me to create my own scene templates, which I then expanded to all my previous quick scene tasks.

I finished the last upgrade yesterday, replacing the button-based settings scene I use for everything with one that uses holo icons. I moved my home automation controls to a separate scene, and put location, profile, and brightness settings in its own scene as well. Those scenes are now available from the main scene, rather than being part of that scene. That freed up enough space to switch out the buttons with icons and text.

Ironically, I don’t have much good to say about the holo theme when used by Google or other developers. It’s most commonly used together with “ICS blue” (or whatever you want to call it), which I think makes the OS look cheap. Pairing it with black instead looks much better in my personal opinion, especially since my phone has an AMOLED screen where black is truly black. On a black device, you don’t see the screen, so it gives you the illusion of the frame and the screen being one and the same.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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5 thoughts on “Holo-fying Tasker

  • Avatar of hisuwh

    Wow this is personalisation to the max. Is there anything tasker can’t do

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  • Avatar of D. Stroya

    This looks amazing.

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  • Avatar of Steven

    This looks great. Tasker desperately needs a UI overhaul in my mind, but this is just as good.

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  • Avatar of Gollyzila

    Hi Andreas,

    Where did you get that nap mode icon? It’s not part of the holo icons Google provides and it isn’t in the Tasker icon pack.

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    • Avatar of Andreas Ødegård

      It, the dropsync icon, the bus icon, and the light bulbs are my own creations. Since, as you pointed out, there’s nothing like that in the icon pack :) If you want it, you can get it here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/g9dug5xtby8jv2f/bed-icon-gray.png?m
      But I have to warn you that I think the original icons are slightly transparent, which makes them appear gray on a black background. I matched that gray color, which means that if you use it with the stock holo icons on something besides a black background, they might not be the same color.

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