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What's the difference between Wallpaper and Logos?:
There isn't necessarily any difference. However, you might normally think of Wallpaper as being a 'background logo or picture'. In other words, you want it to be a logo/picture that doesn't intrude too much on whatever is in the foreground - eg. your folders and files. In practice, this probably means that you only have 'light greys' showing in your chosen wallpapers. Having said that, there is certainly a grey area (no pun intended!) between what you might want to consider as Wallpaper for your 5mx / MC218 / etc. and what might be considered as a logo (or picture) that you'd want to use as a screensaver in (say) Clock5. The pictures in the Wallpaper.zip file below are predominantly more suitable as Wallpapers and those in the Logos.zip file are probably better suited to being screensaver logos. It's a matter of personal preference however and you might want to play with both.
NB: You cannot change the system wallpaper on the Series 5 or Geofox - only on newer ER4 and ER5 machines (e.g. Osaris, Revo, 5mx, etc.)
Free 'Wallpaper Creation Service':
If anyone has a particular logo/image that they'd like converted for use as an EPOC logo or wallpaper (and/or 'greyed' and/or 'embossed' so that it can be used as a wallpaper without overpowering the folders and files in front of it), just email it to me at and I'll get it back to you asap (probably in a day or two). :-)
But I want to create my own
If you want to have a go at creating your own wallpaper, it's really not that difficult. EPOC can display wallpaper images that are stored in the c:\system\wallpaper\ folder on your machine (and/or d:\system\wallpaper in a 5mx/Osaris/Series 7/etc. with a CF card fitted) but the images must be in EPOC's MBM (Multi BitMap) format. There are currently at least two programs available for the Psion which let you convert standard GIF, JPG, BMP, etc. images to MBM:- MBMView from Lieuwe de Vries (see my 'Lost & Found' web page) and nConvert from Neuon - both are excellent programs. However, you probably have more flexibility if you convert the files on your PC - and you can do it for free! ;-) Read on...
Psion (now Symbian) produced a free DOS utility called BMCONV.EXE. This command-line utility lets you convert to/from MBM<> BMP file format (BMP being the standard PC bitmap format). Initially, Psion bundled it on the PsiWin CD but I believe now that you have to either download it from Symbian's DevNet site or it should be on any of the SDK (Software Development Kit) CDs if you're registered as a developer. If you go looking for it on a CD, make sure that you've got the latest version as pre-ER5 versions didn't support colour. To make life easier, here's a zipped copy of the program to download (click on the zip icon):-
The syntax of the program (obtained by just typing BMCONV at the DOS prompt without any arguments) is as follows:-
All of which is a bit of a mouthful! However, if you just want to convert from (say) Example1.bmp to a 4-greyscale MBM file called Example.mbm then you'd use the following:-
BMCONV Example1.mbm /2Example1.bmp
(note the lack of spaces between /2 and Example1.mbm)
Or from Example2.bmp to a 256 colour MBM file:-
BMCONV Example2.mbm /c8Example2.bmp
Or from an MBM file called Example3.mbm to an equivalent bitmap:-
BMCONV /u Example3.mbm Example3.bmp
Now that you can convert to and from BMP <> MBM files, it's an easy matter to use any one of the image manipulation/conversion programs available for the PC to lighten your original images, change the contrast, convert JPG/GIF to BMP, etc.
Another option is to use one or both of the two freeware programs, WinPic and XnView (links below) to do the conversions.
Other useful links / programs / information:
I'd suggest that you check out the following if you haven't seen them already:-
• David Steer's excellent (and free) PsiWallpaper program. It changes the background wallpaper in your EPOC device automatically with whatever regularity you choose. It also comes bundled with an initialisation file that lets you display your wallpapers as 16-colour images as opposed to the standard 4-colour images and a whole bunch of 16-colour wallpapers (all of which are available as 4-colour wallpapers below). Download David's program from PocketIQ.
• You might also like to check out Fatcatz. free WallpaperMan program. It also gives you control over how often your wallpaper gets changed and can also generate fractal pattern wallpapers for your machine.
• Another good source of wallpaper files is the TUCOWS download area:- http://pda.tucows.com/epoc/specialist_wallpapers_default.html
• Kevin Millican has some excellent hints for making the MBM (wallpaper)<>BMP conversion process much easier on your PC - check out his page on the subject.
• Alternatively, try this excellent freeware program which can convert EPOC's mbm (i.e. wallpaper) format to/from other standard image formats:- XnView by Pierre-e Gougelet is available at http://www.xnview.com/ .
• J.D. Medhurst (aka Tixy) has details of how to run the 5mx in 16-colour mode at his site (Tixy's Psion 5 Pages). Well worth a visit.
• If you haven't seen it before, you might want to check out my own freeware program - Clock5 - which can display logos (or wallpapers) of the user's choice as one of its screensavers.
This file now contains some 53 different wallpapers. Some generated by myself and others kindly donated by others. Please feel free to send me any others that you have for inclusion here and you'll be sure to get a mention. All the wallpapers are converted and/or dithered to 4-colour images (this is personal preference on my part as I prefer just to run my machine in 4-colour mode to save battery power). A selection of some of the wallpapers are shown below. Download the complete file from the zip icon here:-
New - Series 7 / netBook wallpaper:
I converted some wallpapers for Pedro Regalla in Portugal to use on his netBook - and he has kindly agreed for these to be available for download on Pscience5. There are 7 images altogether and each has been dithered to 16 colours so that they display correctly as Series 7 / netBook wallpaper. The image below is one of these dithered images converted back to a gif image - so this is how it should look on your machine.
David Ferguson very kindly contributed a new collection of revo-sized images. The theme is a collection of cars. Whilst the images are sized for use on a revo or mako, they can of course be used on any machine (although of course you can't change the wallpaper on a Series 5 or Geofox...)
David originally contributed the files as 16-level greyscale images. I've also converted the images to 4-level greyscale images to save memory space if you want to use them as wallpapers (since all the greyscale machines will display wallpapers in 4-level greyscale anyway). Both are available for download here as you wish...
And David's been busy again - this time with 'Actresses' as the theme:
Again I've converted the images to 4-level greyscale images to save memory space if you want to use them as wallpapers.
This file now contains some 20 different logos. Some generated by myself and others kindly donated by others. Please feel free to send me any others that you have for inclusion here and you'll be sure to get a mention. Download the complete file from the zip icon here:-
Most of Bruce's images are sized for a Revo'sscreen - although of course they'll work just as well on a 5mx, etc. Currently there are 13 images in the zip file. Many thanks Bruce for all your hard work.
Mathieu Brugman sent a collection of EPOC Art - i.e. images that he's either created himself in Sketch, adapted from existing images, or scanned in directly - all for use as background wallpaper.
Mathieu has created the images so that they exactly fit a 5mx/MC218 'desktop' with the Title bar on the left and the Toolbar showing on the right. He's also drawn his subjects to the right of the 'paper' so that they don't get in the way of folders and files on the left hand side. The quality of his own sketches really is astonishing and I'm totally in awe of his artistic abilities. There are now 76 in the collection and Mathieu has indicated that he intends to add to them on a regular basis.
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Last Update: 26th July, 2004
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