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    Want to host your own OTA theme but dont know how?

    Im sure theres other ways to do this but this is the way ive done it and find it easy to do

    We'll assume you have already downloaded Plazmic from the blackberry website (www.blackberry.com) and have made a theme.

    Once you are happy with the theme, you need to save the files for it. click on 'File' in the top left corner, then 'Export'. If you click on 'Save', it will only save the files for Plazmic so you can modify it later, those files cannot be used for anything else.



    When you save the JAD file it makes 4 files..... 1 JAD and 3 COD. These need to be put into a folder (but not a zipped folder).
    Open a new text document then copy and paste the following lines. Rename this file as .htaccess
    This also needs to go in the same folder.

    AddType text/vnd.sun.j2me.app-descriptor jad
    AddType application/java-archive jar
    AddType application/vnd.rim.cod cod

    So now you need to find somewhere to host the files. Im sure theres a few places to do this if you look around but i'll go though the one i use.

    www.ohost.de

    You need to register an account. I dont speak a word of German but i managed to do this part its not a long form. Once registered, log in.



    You need to activate ftp where you will be asked to provide another password.



    then click here



    Now that is set up, you wont need to come here again but obviously keep your details just incase.

    Now you need to add your files. Go to the address bar and delete the http:// and replace with ftp://

    The address bar should now read ftp:// your username.mi.ohost.de
    dont use www anywhere.

    You'll need to enter username and password.

    Now follow the pictures






    When you drag the folder in, refresh the 1st screen and the file will show.

    That is it!

    To make an OTA link all you need to do is write the address of the JAD file

    Use my blackmagic OTA as an example (but will be a broken link for show purpose)

    http:// mic8310.mi.ohost.de/blackmagic/com_plazmic_theme_blackmagic.jad

    first bit is website, 2nd bit is the file name and 3rd bit is the JAD file name.

    Big thanks to VisITor for helping me though it for the first time

    GOOD LUCK!

    Any problems just ask

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    The 2 main problems i see people are caught up with is the initial folder where everything goes - how many COD/JAD files etc and the .htacccess file. The other is the German translation.

    So heres how to create the folder and its contents:

    EVERYTHING that plazmic saves goes into it - the theme i use as an example has 1 JAD and 3 COD files..... there can be a lot more! And then theres the .htaccess document.

    Make a new folder and rename it to whatever you call your theme











    Then put the .htaccess document into the folder you made along with all of the files from plazmic.

    Easy.

    As for the German bit, follow the pictures





    check email















    an thats it.

    now if you go to the addressbar and type in http ://yourusername.ohost.com you will go to a blank screen - which will change when you add files.



    change the http:// to ftp://

    it will ask for a password which you have already given

    then



    it will then ask for another password that you supplied

    then



    Hope that helps
    Last edited by reddog187; 12-14-2008 at 03:40 AM.

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    Thanks a lot this will be very usefull!!!

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    Just one little clarification.... Well two....

    There can be many many more than four .cod files depending on the size, complexity and number of images included in a theme.....

    Second, unless your apache is set up properly, you will need to place the .htaccess file in any directory on the server from which you want to activate .jad files... for example

    /themes/theme_1
    /themes/theme_2
    /themes/theme_3

    each directory containing themes needs the .htaccess file.

    I am playing with my apache server in an attempt to alleviate this requirement. When I figure it out I will post the solution though, unless you are the server administrator, chances are you won't be able to use the fix.

    Happy OTA-ing
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    Ah I only did it based on the one theme I done which had 4 files, didn't realise there could be more but it still applies.

    I didn't go into the complexity of directorys and such, yes there other ways of doing it but mine is the quick and easy way. At least with a .htaccess file in each folder, you can't got wrong and its not a large file.
    But yes, I'm always open for better ways etc, I just wanted to knock something up that everyone could follow without technical knowledge or understanding.
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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ awesome! Thanks for the info gonna give it a try!!

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    thanks so much!!! this is good info.
    If any issues with my themes are found, please inform me so I can fix them :)

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    This works PERFECTLY!!!! I followed your instructions and I can now host my own OTA files!!!!! This is a great thread - MIC8310 you're awesome thanks so much for this well thought out tutorial!

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    Mic, you are a golden god!!! Thank you so much for your great tutorial.

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    WOWzers.Amazing!
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    Ahhhh

    Ok, so I've been at this for days trying to figure out where I am going wrong. It's actually giving me a headache ha! So here is what I did... Can someone pleaseeee help.

    1. I install the theme builder from Plazmic
    2. I made a theme and saved it as a .thm file so i could work on it
    3. When i was satisfied, I exported the file as a .jad
    4. I then put the 1 .jad file and the 14 .cod files (ha i know a lot shhh) into one unzipped folder.
    5. I then used notepad to make a ".htaccess" file with the text
    AddType text/vnd.sun.j2me.app-descriptor jad
    AddType application/java-archive jar
    AddType application/vnd.rim.cod cod
    6. I then registered for the german website, thank goodness for german translator! I activated the .ftp and draged my file with with .cod, .jad, and .htaccess files into the ftp site in windows explorer.
    7. It transfered fine

    My problem is i can't find the ota link. i either get an error message, or something crazy. I tried to write the file into .html, the ota link appeared but all i got was what was in the .jad file for text.

    If someone could help i would greatly appreciate it.

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    You don't 'find' the ota link, you have to write it.here's mine

    http:// mic8310.mi.ohost.de

    Is the address at the top of your screen

    /blackmagic/

    Is the folder name I used

    com_plazmic_theme_blackmagic.jad

    Is the name of the jad file

    Have you done that but obviously used your folder name etc? Put all of that together and its OTA for a theme.
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    hmmm....

    Ok I think i'm confused hahaha. How do I write it? Ok so in my address bar this is what I put....

    lilepnguin103.li.ohost.de is the address

    my file is named /Collage/

    and the .jad file is... com_plazmic_theme_collage.jad

    so in the address bar do i just put lilpenguin103.li.ohost.de/Collage/com_plazmic_theme_collage.jad ??

    Or is there something i'm missing in between? If so this is what i get...

    Internal Server Error

    Thanks for trying to help

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    Great Tutorial!!
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    Penguin, the easiest way I have found to get the link is after loading the file on to the server, click on the .jad file in Internet Explorer. Then once the page loads up, copy the URL in the address bar. Then just change the ftp at the beginning to http and that's your OTA link.

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    I'll go try that now and l'll let you know what happens. Thanks so much!

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